[generic] What have you viewed recently?

Anyone watching The Marvels?
I am not, but found the end credits to watch the rumored new power in the MCU.

These days, I just pick and choose parts of the Phase 4 MCU like Shang-Chi, and no longer religiously follow all branches like I did with the classic Infinity War Saga years past.
 
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Really enjoyed The Marvels. Lots of energy, a plot linked to the more SF side of the MCU, and the three leads playing well off each other. Having seen Ms Marvel and/or Wandavision is helpful rather than necessary. Compared to most of the MCU Phase 4, this felt agile and light in touch. Cinema complex as a whole was very quiet and some of the local restaurants had closed down. Sign of the times, I suspect.

There are a couple of plot holes if you stare too hard at the Kree plan, but it was pretty spectacular to watch. There is also a potential mess left behind (The Kree have destroyed the ecosystems of two worlds to save Hala, one of which Princess Marvel is responsible for). Kamala Khan‘s fangirl moments are funny, excruciating but do tone down as she builds a relationship with Carol Danvers. The end credits scene is intriguing as it brings with it the promise of X-Men goodness.
 
Just started watching the entire Dr Who on BBCiPlayer. Brings back memories of my childhood, esp. seeing William Hartnell again. Just finished Daleks: Invasion Earth. At the moment just watching the sci-fi stuff, the historical stuff doesn't interest me that much. Maybe later.
 
Just started watching the entire Dr Who on BBCiPlayer. Brings back memories of my childhood, esp. seeing William Hartnell again. Just finished Daleks: Invasion Earth. At the moment just watching the sci-fi stuff, the historical stuff doesn't interest me that much. Maybe later.

I'm currently watching Jodie's era once more. Great to have it all on the iPlayer.
 
I'm watching random Dr Who on iplayer that I'd never seen before, or only seen part of the story.

The Sensorites (Hartnell) - yawn. Gave up after 2 episodes.
The Tenth Planet (Hartnell) - great.
Power of the Daleks (Troughton's first story) - also great. I now appreciate what the "I am your soldier" lines in Victory of the Daleks (Smith) were riffing off.
The Happiness Patrol (McCoy) - um, er... well it was more fun than The Sensorites. Nice idea, failed by naff bad guy and unconvincing puppet.
 
Just saw the extended trailer for Liu Cixin's award winning SF novel, turned to TV series: "The Three-Body Problem".
Warning: Lots of swearing. Maybe ultra realistic virtual reality does that to you, I guess.

Though, did we need Jason Bradley to sell this? Not like this is an artifact of The First Men.

 
We've watched a ton of stuff recently... so time for some one-sentence reviews

Austenland (Netflix) - best LARP film ever
Gen V (Amazon) - Gory, superhero goodness. Loved it.
Fall of the House of Usher (Netflix) - atmospheric but not for me. Lara loved it
Interview with a Vampire (BBC) - see above
Titans S4 (Netflix) - Good ending, sort of, sad to see this show end.
The Witcher S3 (Netflix) - yawn, what's going on?
Wheel of Time S2 (Amazon) - much better than it deserved to be
The Last Ship (Amazon) - guilty pleasure time. Love it.
Loki S2 (Disney+) - s'alright
Ashoka (Disney+) - s'alright
Avatar: The Way of Water (Disney+) - all the same, now wetter
COBRA: Revolution (Sky) - decent, continuation of the previous stuff. Nothing spectacular
Red Dwarf (BBC) - All the highs and lows you expect from it. Never seen the last few series, now I have
Babylon 5: The Road Home (Amazon?) - Better than I thought, didn't like where it left the franchise at all.
 
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A couple of MR James adaptations from the BFI's Ghost Stories for Christmas six disc DVD set.

The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral, handsomely mounted tale of skullduggery amongst Anglican clerics. For me, there's something a bit anti-climactic about it despite an amusingly sardonic performance from the late great Robert Hardy. Writer/director Lawrence Gordon Clark just getting into his stride I would suggest.

A Warning to the Curious with Peter Vaughan as the luckless Paxton on the trail of an ancient Anglo-Saxon crown. He finds what he's looking for, but something finds him. Now this is more like it. One of the best of the seventies strand of christmas ghost stories. The location filming is excellent. I rate this far higher than Jonathan Miller's Oh Whistle...which it resembles in places. Image quality not up to much, unfortunately.
 
I'm watching random Dr Who on iplayer that I'd never seen before, or only seen part of the story.

The Sensorites (Hartnell) - yawn. Gave up after 2 episodes.
The Tenth Planet (Hartnell) - great.
Power of the Daleks (Troughton's first story) - also great. I now appreciate what the "I am your soldier" lines in Victory of the Daleks (Smith) were riffing off.
The Happiness Patrol (McCoy) - um, er... well it was more fun than The Sensorites. Nice idea, failed by naff bad guy and unconvincing puppet.

I've been doing much the same, albeit on ITVX until iPlayer started saving me 6 quid a month!
Ambassadors of Death - exactly the Avengers/Quatermass riff it always sounded like.
Web of Fear - turned out to be a better novelisation than story.
Sun Makers - loads of great lines, in what must be one of the cheapest stories ever made (so much wandering around concrete corridors).
Back to watching late Capaldi ones now, while waiting for the 25th.
 
I've been doing much the same, albeit on ITVX until iPlayer started saving me 6 quid a month!
Ambassadors of Death - exactly the Avengers/Quatermass riff it always sounded like.
Web of Fear - turned out to be a better novelisation than story.
Sun Makers - loads of great lines, in what must be one of the cheapest stories ever made (so much wandering around concrete corridors).
Back to watching late Capaldi ones now, while waiting for the 25th.

I'm about halfway through my Jodie era rewatch. To hell with the naysayers, as I have to say that I personally feel it's the best Who of the revived era. It's my opinion that Series 11 is definitely more in tone with the classic era than the poor attempts of the latter Moffat years.
 
We snuck away from work (self-employment do hath its privileges sometimes) to watch the original King Kong on the silver screen. It took me back to watching it the very first time - staying up way past my bedtime to sneak downstairs to catch a late showing on BBC2. The movie’s attitudes are the kind that would get a lengthy warning on Talking Pictures TV, and Fay Wray ends up having to do an awful lot of screaming, fainting and tripping up but the stop motion Kong really is a marvellous, marvellous thing and the pace is relentless. A terrific way to spend an afternoon.
 
I watched more Doctor Who...
Dragonfire (McCoy) - yeah, yeah you've seen Aliens. But you needed to light it and perform it like Earthshock and not fill it with pratfalls and cute kids who add nothing to the plot if you wanted me to be engaged.
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (McCoy). Would have been brilliant if they'd done it as a 2 parter instead of padding it to 4. Too much capture, escape, random person we don't care about dies, rinse & repeat. Come back The Happiness Patrol, all is forgiven!
 
I watched more Doctor Who...
Dragonfire (McCoy) - yeah, yeah you've seen Aliens. But you needed to light it and perform it like Earthshock and not fill it with pratfalls and cute kids who add nothing to the plot if you wanted me to be engaged.
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (McCoy). Would have been brilliant if they'd done it as a 2 parter instead of padding it to 4. Too much capture, escape, random person we don't care about dies, rinse & repeat. Come back The Happiness Patrol, all is forgiven!

Dragonfire would have worked better as a four part story, in my humble opinion. I always felt it missed a beat between episodes two and three. The Greatest Show is a better story, but it’s not as strong as other serials from the McCoy era.
 
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