Post by Ian J. Ball Post by Ubiquitous
What did you watch?
I tried to actually get stuff done yesterday (and probably will today
too), so I tried to avoid (seriously) watching movies. Instead, I
Cursed (Netflix) - "Nimue" (ep. #1).
Katherine Langford is a freaky weirdo.
Well, at least, the character she plays on this is - I've never met
the woman, so I can't say if she's a "freaky weirdo" in real life or not!
Anywho, as Fred pointed out earlier, Katherine Langford's Nimue is
treated as a freaky weirdo by everyone in her village, for her magic,
DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE WHOLE VILLAGE SEEMS TO BE MAGICAL TOO! Why
they all think she's a "freaky weirdo" is never adequately explained in
this pilot (there's one oblique reference to Nimue being "dark magic" or
something, but they don't explain that here!).
So, because everyone is taxing her gig so hardcore - e.g. in a
ceremony with the village's elders, the "magic" annoints Nimue the new
"Summoner" (whatever the Hell that means!!), another gig she doesn't
want, and that her fellow villagers are outraged she has - Nimue decides
to split town to sail over the seas, and her plucky, nosy BFF, the very
pale redheaded Pym (Lily Newmark, who looked familiar to me - it turns
out she recurred on NBC's earlier short-lived "Emerald City"...) tags
along with Nimue, trying to talk Nimue out of leaving.
But when they get to the port town, the boat Nimue intended to split
on had already left, and won't return for months. In town, she and Pym
run across some dude with a guitar, claiming to be a "knight", named
Arthur (Devon Terrell, who's fine here, but it is absolutely tedious
revisionist casting), and Pym immediately sets upong throwing Nimue at him.
Eventually, on the way back to her village, Nimue and Pym discover it
is being sacked by the bad guys (led by Peter Mullan), who kidnap stupid
Pym, and who kill everyone else, including Nimue's mother - though the
mother manages to give Nimue Excaliber first.
Meanwhile, in a mostly unrelated subplot, Floki from VIKES!!...
sorry... let's call him Floki-Merlin! is... doing... well, it's unclear,
but he seems to figure out that Nimue is some sort of prophesied figure
OK start to this - it didn't turn me off, so I'll stick with it.
I am really close to watching this. I kept trying to squeeze it in
Post by Ian J. Ball
I then saw most of "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" on one of the
Showtime channels - this sequel is crap,
I think I maybe, probably, saw this once.
The Wrong Wedding Planner (LMN) - I finally finished watching this silly
movie. A guy's ex stalks him and secretly befriends his fiance by
pretending to be a wedding planner. Wackiness ensues. Vivica A. Fox
produces and stars as a cop. I have to admit, it felt like a guilty
pleasure but it was somehow or another entertaining.
Tell Me A Story (CW) - I do not know what to make of this. It was all
over the place. There were multiple characters/stories all happening at
the same time. One was a liberal couple arguing over getting married
and having kids. One was a teenage girl going clubbing. One was a pair
of young guys doing drugs and covering up a murder. Another featured
bank robbers wearing pig masks. I'm sure I'm missing one or two more
stories. By the end some of them started to connect. None of the
characters were likeable. In fact most were downright hateable. I
didn't see any real sign of the "fairy tale" aspect other than the
"three pigs" masks. I don't know if I want to come back for episode 2.
NOS4A2 - Last night's episode was perhaps the worse episode of the
season. Vic and her friends are nowhere to be found. We get a
backstory on Manx no one wants or cares about. And Batkid has the
chance to escape then frustratingly blows it because reasons.
The Big Boss (blu-ray) I dived back into my Bruce Lee box set yesterday.
Enter the Dragon is the only Bruce Lee movie I've ever seen before so
these are all new to me. I went in with low exceptions and was *very*
pleasantly surprised by how much I liked them. I love martial arts
movies, but I never watch "old" martial arts movies. I think my low
expectation bias must have be because these are 70s movies and I just
sort of dismissed them out of hand.
Anyway, this is Lee's first staring role in a theatrical movie. On the
commentary they said the movie was written for another actor to star in,
but once Lee signed on the part was rewritten to make him second fiddle
and Lee the star. It came out in 1971. Lee stars as a guy who works for
a company that's secretly smuggling drugs. As employees accidentally
stumble upon this they are murdered. When Lee's friends are killed, he
gets revenge. Normally, I would never watch a movie I've never seen
before with a commentary track on. But for the first 15 minutes I kept
switching to the commentary to sample, and the commentary was just so
good, that I restarted the movie so I could watch it with the commentary
throughout. Unfortunately, the guy doing the commentary was
unapologetically spoiling the movie. He flat out said at one point, you
have no business listening to this commentary if you've never seen the
movie before. But his commentary was pure gold loaded with Easter eggs
and trivia. He spoke the language and could point out differences
between the release cut and the translation errors that popped up in
America. And the guy was a Bruce Lee superfan, and this is his favorite
Bruce Lee movie, and I honestly I don't think I would have enjoyed the
movie nearly as much if the commentary wasn't on.
Fist of Fury (blu-ray) 1972 Bruce Lee movie. This is sort of based on a
true story. Lee stars as a young man in 1910 China who is out for
revenge after his master is murdered by racist Japanese people living in
China at the time. This movie is also heavily referenced in "The Last
Dragon" so it was really nice getting to finally see the movie being
referenced. I liked this one a lot. It might be my new favorite Bruce
The Way of the Dragon (blu-ray) 1972 movie, written by, directed by and
of course staring Bruce Lee. This is more of a comedy. Lee plays a guy
visiting friends in Rome when he learns the restaurant they own is being
targeted by gangsters. He steps up to save the day. I was shocked to
see Chuck Norris' name in the opening credits. I had no idea other than
the brief cameo in Enter the Dragon that Norris and Lee ever stared in a
movie together. I was even more shocked when Norris faced off against
Lee for the climatic battle at the end of the movie. I didn't grow up
watching Chuck Norris movies. To me he's just the old guy who made a
cameo in The Expendables 2. To see a young Chuck Norris going toe to
toe with Bruce Lee was awesome. I just couldn't believe what I was
seeing. This was another one that I decided to watch with the
commentary track. I don't know if this was an error on the disc or just
how it's always been, but there were often (I think never) subtitles
when the characters talking were American. I could tell the English
track was playing underneath the commentary, but it didn't matter even
if I went back and rewatched the scene without the commentary, there
were still no English subtitles for Americans speaking in English. I
suspect that might be a flaw in the mastering of the disc. I'm going to
write the Criterion Collection people and ask about it.
I was *almost* going to skip this one and watch "The Last Dragon"
instead. "The Last Dragon" pays homage to Bruce Lee movies and when I
checked the imdb page to see *which* Bruce Lee movies are referenced,
"The Way of the Dragon" wasn't listed. Turns out imdb was wrong. This
movie is definitely referenced multiple times in "The Last Dragon." I'm
extra glad I held out and watched this first. Now I only have "Game of
Death" and if I'm up to it there's' also a longer special edition
version of "Enter the Dragon." Had I known the special edition was in
the collection, I would have watched that instead of the theatrical