?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Few things I've watched

I finally found more boring production with David Tennant than "Spies of Warsaw"! It's called "Bad Samaritan". It's supposed to be a thriller about two bulglars who break into a wrong man's house; the man is a psycho and wants to teach them a lesson. The movie's fine for about fifteen minutes - there's suspense, disturbing music and a surprising reveal, and then... nothing. I didn't care about any character, the plot wasn't interesting at all and even David barely kept my attention. I spent the last minutes reading an article on my phone. I hope David Tennant's luck for good productions hasn't run out, as I heard "Camping" was bad, too. For now, I don't feel like finding it out myself.

On the more positive side... "Bodyguard"! A BBC series, which makes it a miniseries for the rest of the world, about a policeman who gets to protect a politician he strongly disagrees with. That's all what I'm saying about the plot, as events at least twice turned into a direction I wasn't expecting and left me saying "What?!" to the screen. You think you know all those tropes in stories about politicians, terrorists and police officers, and here comes "Bodyguard" and actually surprises you with what comes next. I think it's sometimes more difficult to do than a surprising reveal of a mystery. Tension? Look and learn, dull thrillers. Interesting, layered, well-acted characters? Here's how you do it.

And it had Richard Madden in it (I'm in a fascination phase, but it might change into becoming a proper fan). Richard Madden with his Scottish accent, I must add, which is something I'm looking for since then, and haven't found again in a film yet. I've watched "Cinderella" (he's been playing Prince Charming; I've no idea why someone thought English accent was more suitable for a fairy tale prince than a Scottish one, but I don't second that) and a series "Medici: Masters of Florence" (where he was playing an Italian in fifteenth century so it's not like he was more Italian talking English with English accent than with a Scottish one. Or was he?) and both productions are a pleasure for eye and ear (the music in "Medici" is amazing!). Not much more than that, I'm afraid, but it was good to watch them.


I'm back! I'll try to catch up with you, friends, and read, and comment. And write some more posts. And also get some new icons because seriously, I should have posted this entry minutes ago, but can't choose an icon. Oh well, what the hell-

Comments

( 32 comments — Leave a comment )
shivver13
Feb. 21st, 2019 10:34 pm (UTC)
Hi! It's great to see you! :) Hope you've been doing well!

I haven't seen "Spies of Warsaw" because I'd heard it wasn't very good, and I didn't watch "Bad Samaritan" because I don't like psychological thrillers. I've heard "Camping" wasn't very good as well, but again it's not the kind of show I'd like to spend my time on, so I haven't seen it either.

I'm really not one for watching all of a person's work just for that person, so I guess I'm a bad fan. :) This is probably because I did finally sit down to watch "The Decoy Bride" despite not caring for romcoms and finding it to be terrible. (The 26% on Rotten Tomatoes is well-earned.) I vow to never be burned like that again! :)

I recommend the "Takin' Over the Asylum", "Fright Night", and "The Escape Artist" if you haven't seen them already. I've also heard good things about "United", "Recovery", and "Blackpool" but I haven't seen them myself. I liked "Einstein and Eddington", but only the Eddington (DT) parts - the Einstein parts were terrible.

And we're all trembling for "Good Omens". May can't come too soon!
alumfelga
Feb. 22nd, 2019 10:35 am (UTC)
Great to see you! I'm okay, it's just lack of time, as usual.

"Bad Samaritan" aspires to a psychological thriller, but it has so bad and shallow psychology that the word "psychology" doesn't even come to my mind when I think about it ;) I can imagine DT's character seemed deep and interesting in the description, and it could be why he was interested in doing it. I'm glad the movie didn't make it to Polish cinemas, I would have wasted my money.

I'm really not one for watching all of a person's work just for that person, so I guess I'm a bad fan.
I think you just have common sense :) It's something I lack, as I've watched all productions you've mentioned (and many more. It'd be difficult to find something with DT I haven't watched lol). I strongly reccommend "Blackpool" and "Recovery", not that sure about "United" - I watched it just for David. I can't remember much about "Einstein and Eddington", so it probably didn't blow me away :D

I'm not as critical about "Decoy Bride" as you, it's still better than a typical Polish romcom :D But yes, it's something you can live without, which can't be said about "Good Omens". This is, I feel, going to be spectacular. When it was announced it'd premiere "this spring", I hoped for March, but no, the end of May. Hey, it's practically summer!

cynthia2015
Feb. 21st, 2019 11:47 pm (UTC)
"I didn't care about any character, the plot wasn't interesting at all and even David barely kept my attention."

Okay, that is bad.
alumfelga
Feb. 22nd, 2019 10:37 am (UTC)
You know how terrible a film is when even David Tennant doesn't save it. I strongly advise everyone to watch something else.
cynthia2015
Feb. 24th, 2019 12:00 pm (UTC)
Noted! Thanks for the information.:)
aletheiafelinea
Feb. 22nd, 2019 06:25 pm (UTC)
The movie's fine for about fifteen minutes ... and then... nothing.
Sounds like "Valhalla Rising", only yours at least had some plot...

about a policeman who gets to protect a politician he strongly disagrees with.
!!!
Stop growing my list to watch I have no time for! :D (Nah, keep them coming. XD )

I'm back! I'll try to catch up with you, friends, and read, and comment. And write some more posts.
♥!

And also get some new icons because seriously, I should have posted this entry minutes ago, but can't choose an icon.
*nods sagely* Icons are srs bzns.
alumfelga
Feb. 22nd, 2019 10:40 pm (UTC)
Sounds like "Valhalla Rising", only yours at least had some plot...
*googles Valhalla Rising*
Do I want to know more? ...I don't think so.
Why were you interested in watching it? Just asking.

Stop growing my list to watch I have no time for!
If you have time to watch anything, watch Bodyguard. It's that good.

Icons are srs bzns.
New interests, new icons. It's like getting a haircut, but you can have more then one at the same time!
aletheiafelinea
Feb. 25th, 2019 10:16 pm (UTC)
Why were you interested in watching it? Just asking.
Huh, you know what, actually I think today I can answer this question more precisely than I'd be able back then.
# From the nowadays perspective and judging on my other/later choices/interests apparently I must have a thing for the "prisoner trapped and exploited by enemies" type of a story.
# I don't really care for following Mads Mikkelsen's everything, but if he's already in the movie, it's a big plus.
# Historical drama! :) And one having nothing to do with politics at that.

If you have time to watch anything, watch Bodyguard. It's that good.
*has just checked it's only on Netflix* ... -.-
Ah well, will find another way.
dieastra
Feb. 22nd, 2019 08:07 pm (UTC)
I used to be (still am but the group is dead) a member of the David Tennant LJ group and you would get links for everything he did. But nowadays I am totally out of loop with all the other guys I am juggling. I haven't even watched Jessica Jones yet. Will you watch the Terry Pratchet thing aletheiafelinea posted about? Maybe we'll make a fan out of her yet ;)

I loved loved loved Bodyguard as well! I binged through it and after the last episode I really didn't know what to do with myself. Would be nice to have a second season but then the tension and dynamic I loved most about it won't be a part of that so I am not sure how they could continue it properly. Wish they had given it more episodes to draw it out more.

And yes, it kept twisting and turning. I hear "In the Line of Duty" by the same series creator (and it also has some of the same actors, and more episodes) also is quite good. We might try this one? I haven't yet.

I hadn't known Richard Madden before watching. I have seen and even liked Cinderella, but only in German dubbing. My original reason for watching it was that Cinderella's castle is based on the Dresden Zwinger, I once made a post about this!

https://dieastra.livejournal.com/129427.html

Happy to have you back. Please don't vanish again. You are one of the people I have the best conversations with.

Edit: Two other shows I fell in love with recently are "Stranger Things" and "Black Mirror". If you need any recommendations.

Edited at 2019-02-22 08:08 pm (UTC)
alumfelga
Feb. 22nd, 2019 10:34 pm (UTC)
I'm still one of admins of Polish DT fangroup on Facebook, although I have to admit, recently I mostly get the information about DT from there instead of spreading the news myself like a good admin :) Someone posted that "Bad Samaritan" would be on tv. I recorded it and it took me a month to watch it. So I'm not exactly being an A+ fan right now :)

Will you watch the Terry Pratchet thing aletheiafelinea posted about?
Good Omens? Sure! I have to reread the novel first but since it comes out on May 31th, I still have plenty of time.

Maybe we'll make a fan out of her yet ;)
*secretly hopes so*

Weren't those twists in Bodyguard fantastic? And yes, I heard about "Line of Duty" and I've already watched the first episode. I can't tell much about it yet, I need to see more.

I hadn't known Richard Madden before watching.
Me neither, and now I'm sad his CV isn't as long as David Tennant's. I want to see more of him, but I don't want to watch Game of Thrones.

I remember your entry about Cinderella's castle, I thought it was an interesting fact. The should put it on IMDB.

I've watched Black Mirror! I'm not sure what to think of it, surely it had better and worse episodes. Some great ideas but sometimes the episodes felt too long. How did you like the series?

Happy to have you back. Please don't vanish again. You are one of the people I have the best conversations with.
Awww <3
I'll do my best in trying not to vanish. Love to talk to you, too.

dieastra
Feb. 23rd, 2019 09:09 am (UTC)
Wrote too much part 1/2
LJ said I wrote too much ;)

So I'm not exactly being an A+ fan right now :)

It seems I can switch being a fan on and off? David is not the main focus of me right now but then I might see him in a theatre play and the interest is back and I try to catch up. Same with some musicians I like, I don't listen to them all year, but after a concert, I will listen to their songs for a few weeks. Until something else comes along. It does not mean that I am not a fan anymore, it's just - dormant?

But not being in a fan group (me) certainly does not help. I'm still in the John Barrowman FB group to see what he is up to these days but my interest for him has vanished I am sad to say :(

The thing with "Spies of Warshaw" is, I used to have David-Tennant-watch-parties with my friends where we would watch together and then discuss. So I invited them all and we sat down to watch that and it was not a good experience. We never did a watch party since :( I don't know how they stand on the whole fan thing now, surely they have moved on to other things as well. Or just being busy with real life. I hear that happens ;)

Good Omens? Sure!

LOL I couldn't even remember the name! Right, so you're one of those people that actually have read the book. I haven't. I wouldn't even know who Terry Pratched was if you guys weren't talking about him. It was not part of my East German education and I saw no reason later as well. I'll be honest, from reading the Wikipedia description alone it does not sound like my cup of tea at all, but if you are trying the Orville, then I am willing to give it a chance as well.

*secretly hopes so*

At least I still recognize David in whatever disguise he is! I was scrolling down LJ, saw him, then checked who wrote the post and did a double take LOL Took me a while to understand the connection.

Weren't those twists in Bodyguard fantastic?

I was very astonished to see that they were willing to go there and no return. You don't expect that from your TV series. If this was an American series, it would have been much different.
Sorry to bring up the Orville again but this is exactly what they are doing. Taking plots everyone thinks they already know what will happen in the end, but then doing it totally differently which keeps you on your toes and is indeed surprising as you never know what happens next.

dieastra
Feb. 23rd, 2019 09:10 am (UTC)
RE: Wrote too much part 2/2
And part 2/2

Hah, I don't watch Game of Thrones either. It does not appeal to me in any way. I am actually afraid as Sean mentioned he might want to go into the spin-off (apparently there is a spin-off? No idea) and then I'll have to watch for him :(
I mean, I watched "The Arrow" for John and really liked it in the beginning before it became worse and worse.

I still have some Black Mirror episodes from season 4 to go through but overall I really liked this series. There is only one episode that I don't like at all, the one with that guy wanting to be a politican, it was in season 2 I believe.

I love to sit down, start an episode and have no idea what it will be about. It slowly reveals over time. Yes, some are very dark, but they stay in your memory for that. The one where the woman was hunted all episode long without having an idea why. It's a series you cannot binge watch, you have a lot to think through afterwards.

One of my favorite episodes is the one where everyone is voting everyone 5 stars. It felt all so real. I can see our world being like that in a few years. Also the one with the mechanical bees was very good.

The one with the two old women falling in love gets a lot of hate as it takes so long for the technology to come into play and you wonder why you watch all those people dance and have a party and I can see how that would feel long but still I liked it.

The last I saw was the one from season 4 was the one where they have to to though several dates to find real love and I was very emotionally attached to that as well.

I also liked the one with the avatars on a space ship which clearly was inspired by Star Trek. I showed that to my friends thinking they might enjoy it too and then we had a heated discussion. While I was happy that they got away in the end an said the guy got what he deserved, and it would have not happened had he not tried to get back into the game, my friend was adamant that the avatars killed him and felt poor for this guy.

I also like to read what others write after watching an episode and apparently if you pay close attention you can find easter eggs from other episodes, little things. I never notice them but it's nice they put them in for the fans.

With "Stranger Things" it was funny too, I had heard people gushing about it in the internet but did not think that "Eighties childhood nostalgic plus Supernatural" would appeal to me. But then I bought the figure of the Sheriff, as I thought it would be nice to have a sheriff among my action figures, and everyone said now you have to watch it. So I did and got hooked. It's always about the figures with me ;) Same way I started to watch "Gotham", I saw the figures first. Even with "Torchwood", I only started to watch that to understand a friend's pictures better.
Re: Wrote too much part 2/2 - alumfelga - Feb. 24th, 2019 12:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Wrote too much part 2/2 - alumfelga - Feb. 24th, 2019 12:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Wrote too much part 2/2 - dieastra - Feb. 26th, 2019 09:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Wrote too much part 2/2 - alumfelga - Feb. 27th, 2019 06:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Wrote too much part 2/2 - dieastra - Feb. 27th, 2019 09:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Wrote too much part 2/2 - alumfelga - Feb. 28th, 2019 06:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Part 1/2 - dieastra - Mar. 2nd, 2019 05:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
Part 2/2 - dieastra - Mar. 2nd, 2019 05:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Part 2/2 - alumfelga - Mar. 2nd, 2019 07:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - dieastra - Mar. 2nd, 2019 11:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - alumfelga - Mar. 3rd, 2019 01:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - dieastra - Mar. 4th, 2019 05:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - alumfelga - Mar. 6th, 2019 06:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Part 2/2 - alumfelga - Mar. 2nd, 2019 07:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Wrote too much part 2/2 - alumfelga - Feb. 27th, 2019 06:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
aletheiafelinea
Apr. 2nd, 2019 09:15 pm (UTC)
Meanwhile, I've seen The Bodyguard. I don't think I'll be writing an entry, so just here. Noted down in Polish, sorry.

Zdecydowanie wart był uwagi i chodzi za mną, ale tak bardzo czekałam na ten obiecany twist, że w końcu jednak ze skarpetek nie wyrwał. Chyba już po prostu jestem zblazowana w kwestii kryminalnych twistów. Zatem serial nie zapisał mi się jako specjalnie wstrząsający, a raczej "tylko" bardzo dobry. Największe zaskoczenie: że jednak poszli w happy end. ;D

Oczekiwałam więcej konfliktu po linii zderzenia mentalności/poglądów, napięcia budowanego na tle "Klient jest klient, a ja jestem profesjonalistą nawet jeśli jej nie cierpię". Zamiast tego był stary ograny chłyt "napięcie na tle romansu w pracy". Meh... :/

Najbardziej żal mi Tahira. Zginął jako zupełny pionek w cudzej grze, gdyby policja nie przyłożyła się bardziej do roboty, to przypięto by mu winę, a wcześniej jeszcze usłyszał, że jest tam tylko po to, żeby szefowa miała politpoprawny PR. Nie fair, chlip.

W oglądaniu cały czas myślałam, że skądś znam te gęby, ale potem w napisach się okazało, że nazwisk nie. To normalne z brytyjskimi serialami? :')

To tylko ja, czy David miał coś z akcentem, jakby nie był 'native'?

Ulubione fragmenty: scena z koszulą w pierwszym odcinku i cała sekwencja potencjalnie wybuchowa w ostatnim. Dodatkowe wyróżnienie dla synchronicznej miny Louise i szefa "Tja, postaraj się bardziej, nie kupujemy tego". Miniwyróżnienie dla defaultowej miny szefa Secret Service - dla jej docyzelowania musiano poświęcić życie wielu cytryn i były to bardzo rasowe i arystokratyczne cytryny. :)

Zastanawia mnie scena przemówienia: David rzuca się do sceny na widok biegnącej objajczonej policjantki, ale co poderwało ją? Uznała, że Tahir jest zagrożeniem? Czy zauważyła ustępujące deski sceny?
alumfelga
Apr. 20th, 2019 06:08 pm (UTC)
tak bardzo czekałam na ten obiecany twist, że w końcu jednak ze skarpetek nie wyrwał
To jest zawsze problem: pisać o plot twistach czy nie, bo jak już się oczekuje, to to może trochę odbierać :(

Największe zaskoczenie: że jednak poszli w happy end. ;D

:D

Zamiast tego był stary ograny chłyt "napięcie na tle romansu w pracy". Meh... :/
Może i ograny, ale jak dobrze zrobiony, to znaczy faktycznie z jakąś równością obu stron, ciekawie, bez melodramatów. Może nie naoglądałam się tego wystarczająco wiele, że mi nie przeszkadzało :) No i oczywiście wykluczyło śmierć pani minister z możliwych rozwiązań, a na pewno nie w połowie serialu.

W oglądaniu cały czas myślałam, że skądś znam te gęby, ale potem w napisach się okazało, że nazwisk nie. To normalne z brytyjskimi serialami?
U mnie nagminne :D I z tych, których wydaje mi się że znam, mniej więcej połowę faktycznie znam. A drugą odtąd już znam ;)

To tylko ja, czy David miał coś z akcentem, jakby nie był 'native'?
W moich uszach wszystko (bardziej niż) grało, a Richard M. jest Szkotem...

David rzuca się do sceny na widok biegnącej objajczonej policjantki, ale co poderwało ją?
Kurczę, nie pamiętam, a nie mam jak sprawdzić sceny. To nie było tak, że widziała Tahira, a nikogo, nawet jego, nie powinno tam być?
aletheiafelinea
Apr. 21st, 2019 06:39 pm (UTC)
To jest zawsze problem: pisać o plot twistach czy nie
Pisać. Ja generalnie lubię fabuły z twistami, więc odbierze później czy nie, ale najpierw zwróci uwagę. :)

To nie było tak, że widziała Tahira, a nikogo, nawet jego, nie powinno tam być?
A, może... Ale w takim razie David powinien był go jakoś ogólnie zgłosić, "Sprawdziłem, ma zielone światło".

Hej, mam coś dla Ciebie. :)
(no subject) - alumfelga - Apr. 23rd, 2019 07:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - aletheiafelinea - Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
( 32 comments — Leave a comment )