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    We watched a pair of movies through Hulu over the past 2 nights: Proxima and 2067. Proxima is not a science or even science-fiction film. It's an emotional drama following the training and life-stresses of a French ESA astronaut and her family, as they train for the "final" ISS training mission before a future-scheduled crewed Mars mission. The movie seems to have a lot of access to ESA and Roscosmos facilities - or else some rather impressive set doubles. The mission itself is not part of the film.

    I am not sure how to frame 2067 other than a not entirely terrible time-travel post-apocalyptic action drama that was a good way to pass the time. Surely not a blockbuster, but I enjoyed it well enough.

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    [Just saw that the borky board software duplicated my above post so I'll add that we also watched ATROPA and I really liked it.. and that twist, while perhaps not rendered physically accurate .. HOLY MOOOoowwoah! o.O]

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    The Professor And The Madman. Well, that was odd. Liked the dictionary bits, disliked the rest.
    Mel Gibson's Scottish accent hasn't improved in the last 25 years--still the same parody of Glaswegian he used in Braveheart, and a long way from the sort of Borders accent James Murray would have had.
    I haven't seen it, but I read the book, and loved it. Of course, no bad Scottish accents in the book...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    We watched a pair of movies through Hulu over the past 2 nights: Proxima and 2067. Proxima is not a science or even science-fiction film. It's an emotional drama following the training and life-stresses of a French ESA astronaut and her family, as they train for the "final" ISS training mission before a future-scheduled crewed Mars mission. The movie seems to have a lot of access to ESA and Roscosmos facilities - or else some rather impressive set doubles. The mission itself is not part of the film.
    I watched Proxima a while ago, and very much enjoyed it. I think I posted here at the time that it was a sort of antidote to Gravity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    I am not sure how to frame 2067 other than a not entirely terrible time-travel post-apocalyptic action drama that was a good way to pass the time. Surely not a blockbuster, but I enjoyed it well enough.
    Speaking of post-apocalyptic, we've been watching "See" on Apple TV. I'm really enjoying it.

    Although I have questioned a couple things - most recently when I asked my wife, about a particular character, "Who is she wearing makeup for? And how does she even have any?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    I haven't seen it, but I read the book, and loved it. Of course, no bad Scottish accents in the book...
    Entitled The Surgeon of Crowthorne in the UK edition, so it took me a while to register that the movie was based on Winchester's book. (I'm often amused and intrigued at the way publishers change the titles of non-fiction books to hook potential readership on either side of the Atlantic.) Yes, good book, and Murray has a flawless Hawick accent throughout.
    Not that I'm suggesting Mel Gibson should have attempted the full Hawick dialect, which is difficult to follow even for Scots, and Murray would have moderated his accent anyway, when he moved to England--so he'd maybe have ended up talking a bit like this fella.
    To what extent dialectic accuracy is worth pursuing is another matter, of course--it would be a lot of work that would be appreciated by a tiny part of the movie's audience, puzzling to a slightly larger proportion, and unnoticed by most. I remember David Tennant doing a good rendition of the characteristic Doric accent of northeast Scotland in Des, only to find himself hilariously accused of "not being able to do a Scottish accent".

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    In my opinion, they simply shouldn't have cast Mel Gibson. For several reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I watched Proxima a while ago, and very much enjoyed it. I think I posted here at the time that it was a sort of antidote to Gravity.

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    That's right, you did. I liked it very much and recommend it, especially as counterbalance to some of the hyperactively amped up body count presentations. Yes, I'm looking at you Mandalorian (though I did enjoy the 2 seasons).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    In my opinion, they simply shouldn't have cast Mel Gibson. For several reasons.
    It was largely his project, of course, so I guess the chances of him not casting himself were slight.

    The film also reminded me that I often puzzle over how pieces of really faulty dialogue ever make it into movies. There's a scene in which Jennifer Ehle's nineteenth-century Scottish character says something like, "I hear you quit your job." Did no-one involved in the production ever look at that and think: That's pure American English. She needs to say, 'I understand you've resigned from your post.' But maybe these things are being corrected all the time, and I only ever get to hear the ones that slip through.
    A friend of mine once pointed out how often chess-boards are wrongly orientated when a chess game is depicted on-screen. As he pointed out, so many people are involved in setting up a scene, it'd be surprising if no-one involved had ever played chess to the rudimentary level required to remember "white on the right". For a while he kept a note of the orientation of chess boards when cinema or TV depicted serious chess matches, and it came out to be indistinguishable from a coin toss whether they were correctly orientated or not.

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    Coming back to The Mandalorian (I know, sorry). The Season 2 finale just emphasized the points I made earlier all the more, and now there's a whole new potential dimension to Grogu's fate. It's unclear to me if we're getting more The Mandalorian seasons or we're shifting to Boba Fett and Fennec (i s'pose it was inevitable that Fett was not dead, but really - Boba Fett as an anti-hero?). I'm always good to go for some Ming-Na Wen, though!

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    The Mandalorian also seems to further indicate that The Force favors some species over others. Maybe this is well drawn out in the EU, but I barely know any of that, this show being my first significant foray into anything Star Wars outside the films.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    I'm always good to go for some Ming-Na Wen, though!
    Same here.

    She is about five years older than I am, which kind of bothers me, as she doesn't seem as old as I feel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    Same here.

    She is about five years older than I am, which kind of bothers me, as she doesn't seem as old as I feel.
    To be fair, though she does seem to be in great shape and in good health, she does have the benefit of stunt training, camera work, stage (movie?) make-up, lighting, and other after-effects that you likely do not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    To be fair, though she does seem to be in great shape and in good health, she does have the benefit of stunt training, camera work, stage (movie?) make-up, lighting, and other after-effects that you likely do not.

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    In my case it would have to be special effects and full-blown CGI from Lucasfilm studios.

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    I watched the movie American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally on Amazon Prime. It’s about the trial of an American woman that broadcast propaganda for the Nazis in WWII and after the war was put on trial for treason with death as a possible outcome. In the movie, Al Pacino plays the main defense lawyer. I didn’t know anything about this, it just never came up in history class or books I read or my parent’s comments (my father was a navigator on a bomber in the European theater).

    The movie kept my interest, though I wouldn’t say it was particularly fast paced. I will warn that it got a terrible rating on Rotten Tomatoes (glad I waited to check after I watched it). I don’t agree with their rating. I thought it was worth watching, though I wouldn’t give it a super high rating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    I watched the movie American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally on Amazon Prime. It’s about the trial of an American woman that broadcast propaganda for the Nazis in WWII and after the war was put on trial for treason with death as a possible outcome. In the movie, Al Pacino plays the main defense lawyer. I didn’t know anything about this, it just never came up in history class or books I read or my parent’s comments (my father was a navigator on a bomber in the European theater).

    The movie kept my interest, though I wouldn’t say it was particularly fast paced. I will warn that it got a terrible rating on Rotten Tomatoes (glad I waited to check after I watched it). I don’t agree with their rating. I thought it was worth watching, though I wouldn’t give it a super high rating.
    I'll look out for that. I know a bit about Tokyo Rose, Lord Haw-Haw and Gustav Siegfried Eins (in reality, the marvellous Sefton Delmer), but hadn't heard of Axis Sally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    ... The last is interesting since Majel Barrett played both Number One in the first pilot (and a woman in the first officer position was considered too much in the Ď60s) and Nurse Chapel in the main series. ...
    And Nurse Chapel in The Animated Series and a couple of movies, and the voice of the ship's computer, and Lwaxana Troi (in TNG and DS9). And, of course, she was married to Gene Roddenberry and was a force in the franchise after his death.

    Otherwise she had little to do with ST.
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    I just discovered Tom Scott on YouTube. Very enjoyable little videos.
    And this contraption is beyond cool. He mentions in the video that lack of an alternative if the power is down might be a problem, but I don't think it would be hard to integrate a stairway -- two stairways! -- and pedestrian bridge into the same basic structure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    I watched the movie American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally on Amazon Prime. It’s about the trial of an American woman that broadcast propaganda for the Nazis in WWII and after the war was put on trial for treason with death as a possible outcome. In the movie, Al Pacino plays the main defense lawyer. I didn’t know anything about this, it just never came up in history class or books I read or my parent’s comments (my father was a navigator on a bomber in the European theater).

    The movie kept my interest, though I wouldn’t say it was particularly fast paced. I will warn that it got a terrible rating on Rotten Tomatoes (glad I waited to check after I watched it). I don’t agree with their rating. I thought it was worth watching, though I wouldn’t give it a super high rating.
    We watched it last night. I would agree that it wasn't fast moving and was worth watching. Like you I had never heard of her before you posted your comment. I' pleased that the jury found her not guilty in all but one of the charges. On that one I would be hard pressed to vote guilty/not guilty seeing the evidence as portrayed. I agree with the defense lawyer in asking "what would you do if a gun was held to your head?" Probably the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    I watched the movie American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally on Amazon Prime. It’s about the trial of an American woman that broadcast propaganda for the Nazis in WWII and after the war was put on trial for treason with death as a possible outcome. In the movie, Al Pacino plays the main defense lawyer. I didn’t know anything about this, it just never came up in history class or books I read or my parent’s comments (my father was a navigator on a bomber in the European theater).

    The movie kept my interest, though I wouldn’t say it was particularly fast paced. I will warn that it got a terrible rating on Rotten Tomatoes (glad I waited to check after I watched it). I don’t agree with their rating. I thought it was worth watching, though I wouldn’t give it a super high rating.
    We watched it last night. I would agree that it wasn't fast moving and was worth watching. Like you I had never heard of her before you posted your comment. I' pleased that the jury found her not guilty in all but one of the charges. On that one I would be hard pressed to vote guilty/not guilty seeing the evidence as portrayed. I agree with the defense lawyer in asking "what would you do if a gun was held to your head?" Probably the same thing.

    ETA the site is malfunctioning again duplicate post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    We watched it last night. I would agree that it wasn't fast moving and was worth watching. Like you I had never heard of her before you posted your comment. I' pleased that the jury found her not guilty in all but one of the charges. On that one I would be hard pressed to vote guilty/not guilty seeing the evidence as portrayed. I agree with the defense lawyer in asking "what would you do if a gun was held to your head?" Probably the same thing.

    ETA the site is malfunctioning again duplicate post.
    Glad you liked it. It was a little out of what I often pick to watch (if it isnít obvious by now, I tend to watch and read a lot of science fiction and fantasy) but it sounded interesting. I thought they did a good job of not portraying her as either an entirely sympathetic character or a monster. I donít know how close to real world it was, but I felt she should have had some idea of what was coming and should have gotten out before she got too deep. Afterwards, it probably was do or die, or at least do or be jailed which may have led to the same thing.

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    Netflix has something called ďOats Studios, volume one.Ē They are a collection of shorts, mostly science fiction themed, and apparently they have been on YouTube (with some others from the same folks) for a few years. Some of the same people that worked on District 9 worked on this.

    I was curious, but I canít say I was very impressed. I will say they seem professionally done with good special effects and decent acting with the occasional big name. But the stories are all quite dark, involving bad things happening to people. For instance, an alien invasion where the aliens are changing the planet to suit them, so not only humans but most earth species are dying out. Some humans are fighting back in small ways but it looks hopeless. Part of what I didnít like is that in the bit they showed, there was a hint of something that may help humanity near the end, but it wasnít at all clear, and then they stopped and moved on to another story. After all that dark, if they were going to show something hopeful, then SHOW IT. Donít just stop.

    There were other bits that I think were supposed to be darkly humorous, like infomercials with particularly nasty food making items, but it was obvious where those were going.

    Anyway, weird but not my cup of tea. Others may feel differently - there are some quite positive online reviews.

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    Oh, Star Trek: Lower Decks had what I thought was one their best episodes so far. There was story development with the introduction of what is likely a new regular character, a bit of excitement and a nice comparison of lower decks on Federation, Vulcan, Klingon, Pakled and Borg ships that felt serious sometimes but other times made me smile. This felt more like a proper story with comedic elements than an episode just for making jokes.

    Incidentally, another one of the bits I like about the show is that they have been making a point of working in species seen in the early ‘70s animated series, but nowhere else until now. I get a kick out of seeing them again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    Oh, Star Trek: Lower Decks had what I thought was one their best episodes so far. There was story development with the introduction of what is likely a new regular character, a bit of excitement and a nice comparison of lower decks on Federation, Vulcan, Klingon, Pakled and Borg ships that felt serious sometimes but other times made me smile. This felt more like a proper story with comedic elements than an episode just for making jokes.

    Incidentally, another one of the bits I like about the show is that they have been making a point of working in species seen in the early ‘70s animated series, but nowhere else until now. I get a kick out of seeing them again.
    I've been watching Lower Decks, too, and really enjoy it - especially the references to other ST series and the inclusion of some characters from those series.

    Yes, this last episode was especially good with the comparisons. Are you thinking the "disgraced Vulcan" may wind up on Cerritos?
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    I've also discovered Doom Patrol on HBO Max. The characters are not your usual superheroes.

    And Wash is in it! (Well, first season anyway.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
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    I was curious, but I can’t say I was very impressed. I will say they seem professionally done with good special effects and decent acting with the occasional big name. But the stories are all quite dark, involving bad things happening to people. For instance, an alien invasion where the aliens are changing the planet to suit them, so not only humans but most earth species are dying out. Some humans are fighting back in small ways but it looks hopeless. Part of what I didn’t like is that in the bit they showed, there was a hint of something that may help humanity near the end, but it wasn’t at all clear, and then they stopped and moved on to another story. After all that dark, if they were going to show something hopeful, then SHOW IT. Don’t just stop.
    Sounds like an egregious violation of Chekhov's gun.

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    Over the past few days I've watched maybe a dozen videos from Solo Travel Japan. Mostly about trips on overnight ferries. Been enjoying them. No voice-over, just captions in English. It's incredibly relaxing and interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Over the past few days I've watched maybe a dozen videos from Solo Travel Japan. Mostly about trips on overnight ferries. Been enjoying them. No voice-over, just captions in English. It's incredibly relaxing and interesting.
    I am glad to see that I am not the only person watching these videos. They are usually pretty interesting especially showing some of the more obscure ports, to me anyway, that he uses. I am somewhat concerned about his 'sea legs' though as he often mentions feeling a bit seasick in pretty mild seas. His train trip videos are also diverting.

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    I have been watching a re-run of Blakes 7, a late 70s sci-fi series. I remember enjoying it as a kid so I thought it was worth a shot.
    Not quite how I remember it. The sets are obviously cardboard and you can almost but not quite see the wires holding the ships in space scenes.
    The most amusing thing to me is that all the actors have a BBC received accent, even the villains. Also, Blake is a patronising idiot who treats his crew like personal possessions and they mostly just agree with him. Together with the misogyny, I don't think this kind of thing would get made today.
    All fairly innocent fun for it's time though.

    As an aside, this is being aired on Forces TV, a free channel which appears to aim at members of the armed forces. Pretty much everything they air is old which is not necessarily a bad thing but the choice of content is suspect. Maybe it is just me, but everything is misogynistic, borderline racist and incredibly patronising. I can't believe we used to watch that stuff and not notice. It's also telling that this stuff is expected to appeal to soldiers.

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    Ah, Blake’s 7. Back in the ‘80s I watched it on a UHF PBS station that was about a hundred miles away across some hills. I could only pick up the station at night and reception varied with weather. Very rarely it would come in clear but usually there was a lot of noise so you didn’t see the sets all that clearly. Leaving things to the imagination probably helped.

    Unlike Doctor Who, it just didn’t get much notice in the US. I never saw it on cable or on another over the air station. It never got distributed on region 1 DVDs (most still available Doctor Who episodes with the older actors did). However, I did eventually buy region 2 DVDs of the whole series and used software to copy the disk images onto a NAS so I could play them. I probably last watched it 10-15 years ago. Since then I’ve noticed it has been uploaded to YouTube (but not by me). Just checked - I see various episodes uploaded under different names.

    I didn’t notice some of the things you said - I thought Blake was nicer to the crew than when Avon took over, for instance. But to be sure it wasn’t as interesting to me as it used to be. It is, of course, a very dark story in a dystopia that doesn’t get better. That was interesting to me initially as it was a different type of story, but I’ve had my fill of dystopian stories since they seem so common now.

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    We just finished Among The Stars, on Disney+. It's a 6 episode docuseries mostly centered around astronaut Chris Cassidy's last space flight, starting from a few years back and ending in the middle of the pandemic and just after SpaceX's DM-1 flight. I thought it was exceptionally well done, and it captured the so-called "inflection moment" of current space access in which we find ourselves.

    An interesting addendum to the series is this well-written article about events in Star City as Cassidy was prepping for and leaving Earth:
    https://www.reuters.com/investigates...ssia-starcity/

    The above article highlights the panic and paranoia surrounding the spread of COVID-19 into Star City just as and immediately after the Soyuz launched.

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