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    What movie did you watch last night?

    Vice, the one where Christian Bale plays Dick Cheney.. I thought this was very middling - good mimicry and make-up but it felt like most of these 'true life' biopic movies end up doing, dialogue that doesn't feel authentic because it's mostly about potted plot/character progression. I think...
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    What movie did you watch last night?

    Free Solo - very good documentary about a virtuoso rock climber who was the first person to free climb (i.e. without using any ropes or safety gear) a notorious 3000 ft sheer granite mountain face in Yosemite national park in 2017. The footage they got is incredible and gave me more sweating and...
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    What gig did you go to last night?

    Really enjoyed it (my dad did too).. I appreciated the band intro / instrument breakdown at the beginning of Born Under Punches where they convince you that all the sound is actually live, there's something about the wireless free-roaming setup with no cables or amps in sight that makes you...
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    What movie did you watch last night?

    I thought BlackkKlansman was grand, there's an interesting enough story in there for sure and some decent performances.. They really laboured the point about trying to get across how relevant it is to the state of America today, the real-life Charlottsville footage inserted at the end felt a bit...
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    What gig did you go to last night?

    I had tickets for that and totally forgot about it until I read this message,, d'oh.
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    What movie did you watch last night?

    Agreed.. If they wanted to go down that route, all they needed to do was show
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    What movie did you watch last night?

    The Shape of Water, kind of like E.T. for adults only with a strange sexual component to it.. The stylized retro twee vibe was a bit off putting but there's enough dark weird shit going on to offset that. Great central performances, Michael Shannon makes a very good villain.
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    What television series are you currently making your way through?

    Watched both seasons of Search Party, I think after reading about it earlier in this thread.. Season 1 I really enjoyed,. the combo of mystery / investigative storyline and darkly funny skewering of self absorbed 20-somethings works well (Alia Shawkat as lead is a big plus also). 2nd season was...
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    Dublin's Independent Music Shops?

    I used to work very near Queen & Yonge intersection, the real estate values have gone sky high there and driven our anything that isn't catering to suited types and luxury condo dwellers.. They did still have some really good record shops a bit further out from downtown when I left 2 years ago...
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    What movie did you watch last night?

    Saw The Disaster Artist last night.. It's entertaining and quite funny, though I feel like they didn't do much more than weld the real life story onto a standard Hollywood feelgood buddy comedy. Franco mimics the real Wiseau very well but I don't know that he gives him much of an inner life (as...
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    What gig did you go to last night?

    John Maus at Grand Social - was buzzing after this, the live band added a lot of power to the sound and his murky 4-track compositions really explode onto another level in a live setting. The manically intense performance style would leave you slightly concerned for his health but I assume...
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    What movie did you watch last night?

    Blade Runner 2049 - It looks and sounds fantastic, and I liked that it held to the sometimes leisurely pacing of the original film (but didn't feel like it dragged, which is to its credit for a near 3 hour film).. I would say that it lacks the vivid characters of the original, Gosling is a bit...
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    What movie did you watch last night?

    The Limehouse Golem - felt like a BBC historical potboiler given higher production values, quite entertaining though I had a strong inkling of the 'twist' from about 10 minutes in, paced well and never got boring anyway. The Farthest - this is an extremely good documentary made by an Irish...
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    Twin Peaks: The Return (spoilers)

    It's really cooking with gas now.. Besides the Cooper turning point I am deffo looking forward to seeing what happens with the crazy cast of characters they are assembling in that jail.. They really hit the emotional notes in this one with the Ed / Norma / Nadine segment and Log Lady's sendoff...
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    What television series are you currently making your way through?

    I caught up with Season 4 of Silicon Valley over the last few days.. It's still entertaining enough but it feels like a series that's running out of steam a bit. I wish they'd allow plot arcs to develop gradually over the course of the season, instead of the ongoing crisis-of-the-week thing...
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