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    1. A couple of thoughts about Annihilation (2018)

      Warning: this post may contain spoilers

      Just finished Annihilation. Decided to share some random thoughts:

      The film looks absolutely stunning. Perfect blend of beautiful and horrifying. But the characters… ugh. They are your classical horror film bunch of idiots. And, as per tradition with the modern sci-fi horror, they're supposed to be “scientists”. Bah.

      It seems like both the screenplay and the visuals were heavily inspired by Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers, and possibly Andrei Tarkovsky's film adaptation, Stalker (1979), as well as a bit of his other sci-fi work, Solaris (1972), here and there. Honestly, if you like the idea of “alien shit twisting stuff around it”, and you like reading, you're way better off just reading Roadside Picnic.

      Why didn't most trees change? The flowers, the moss, and the animals get all kinds of wild twisted colours and mutations, but the trees remain just green? That really bothered me. They also don't mention all this mutated flora and fauna going outside “the zone”, which, I assume, would be a giant issue.

      That lighthouse would be so destroyed if it was really hit by an object of that diameter.

      I found it ironic that the psychologist of the team was the one who was severely depressed. Here in Russia we call that a “barefoot cobbler” situation. But the way the film shows severe depression is pretty accurate.

      Overall, I reluctantly enjoyed the film, but I couldn't stop thinking that all those visual effects and designs would be much more amazing in a Strugatsky bros. adaptation film.

      15 votes
    2. Giri/Haji (duty/shame) Japanese/English BBC crime drama mini-series on netflix

      We had nothing to watch and for once Netflix didn’t show utter shit as a recommendation and I found this. After checking the reviews, they seemed… positive. 100% on RT and Decider said "Stream...

      We had nothing to watch and for once Netflix didn’t show utter shit as a recommendation and I found this. After checking the reviews, they seemed… positive. 100% on RT and Decider said "Stream It". As my wife and I both love British crime dramas, we decided to give it a chance.

      And boy, was it worth it.

      The show is in the genre of crime/detective/noir-ish/LBQT/drama ;) One warning, while it plays (estimated) 30% in Tokyo and 70% in London, the language is about 80% (estimated, again, might just be because those parts were harder) Japanese.

      We follow a Japanese detective who (eventually) travels to London. Some characters are down to earth, some are cartoonish. None of them seem unfitting. I don’t want to say too much to avoid spoilers, but if you like the crime shows and can handle having to read subtitles most of the time (or speak Japanese I guess ;)), you should really give this a chance.

      It’s on Netflix at least in the US and Germany ;)

      14 votes
    3. In The Tall Grass (2019) is…

      Warning: this post may contain spoilers

      … essentially Cube 2: Hypercube. It's even written and directed by Vincenzo Natali, the man behind Cube. I didn't dislike it, in fact I liked it. But seriously, am I the only one who noticed that?

      Also, Harrison Gilbertson has big Aaron Paul energy. Especially in the voice.

      3 votes