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Ridley Scott films I have seen

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I was reading the poor reviews of Alien: Covenant and thinking about Ridley Scott. And then ended up watching The Martian with Jane, as she hadn't seen it, and was reminded how great he is at his best. So I figured I'd go through his filmography and mark them up for enjoyment factor.

Blade Runner: Gorgeous. And the plot works. And it has some great moments. And nothing which made me furious. But it's a bit too cold for me. I don't love it, but I am glad I've seen it.(About four times now, in an attempt to like it more.) 6/10
Alien: Amazing realisation of a fictional future. Fantastic design. Lots of iconic moments. Hangs together really well as a film, and I'm glad I saw it at the cinema a couple of years ago. 8/10
Legend: Very silly. Doesn't quite work. But Tim Curry is really, really good in it, and it looks beautiful, and I can forgive it its weaknesses. 6/10
(Thelma and Louise I feel bad for not having seen. Sorry!)
Gladiator: I didn't buy into the hype, and it felt overly glossy. Nicely made, and a better movie of its type than we'd seen in a while. 6/10
Hannibal: I really wanted to like this. But he managed to make a film about a charismatic serial killer dull. I literally wondered _during_ the film how he managed to make it so dull. 3/10
Matchstick Men: A fun romp that I solidly enjoyed at the time. The characters are having so much fun I couldn't help but join them. 8/10
Kingdom of Heaven: A Ridley Scott movie I enjoyed _more_ than most people. It felt like it had been hacked up though, and I wasn't surprised there was a directors cut. Which I will someday see! 7/10
Prometheus: A film I despised more because it could have been amazing than anything else. But sadly it fills me with rage. 2/10 (4/10 if you include the fun I had reading meta about it later.)
The Martian: An incredibly well made film that was dramatic, and gorgeous, and funny. I wish there were more films like this. Slightly _too_ many thing go wrong for me, but it's nigh perfect. 9/10

in search of fictional things

May. 20th, 2017 02:29 pm
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My brain needs some new fictional escapes, I think. I have the vague sense that Black Sails is a thing that a few people around here liked? If I wanted to binge that, suggestions? I'm happy to pay to do so, but I can't quite figure out what way makes sense to do that.

I think I've also got the latest seasons of Lewis and Grantchester kicking around somewhere.

Anyway, Black Sails: I don't currently have a Starz subscription, but it looks like I can do that through Amazon Prime and they have all the seasons. Does that seem right?

I downloaded so much stuff from Amazon video and Netflix before traveling last week, only made it halfway through 13th before the cable news on someone else's screen distracted me, and haven't gotten back to any of it yet.


Also need to get my Hulu act together so I can talk Handmaid's Tale with friends who are watching, but I'm not sure that's a good direction for me right now.

Playing a lot of fetch with my disaster cat with the dodgy knees, which feels like an appropriate metaphor for everything. Great fun for everyone in the moment, maybe not such a good plan, long term.

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