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  1. achilles

    The Last of Us 2

    So where do I watch the good stuff in 4K? YouTube?
  2. Paatal Lok This show is incredible. The first line and the first scene set it up. The main character tells us about the three loks (swarg, dharti, and paatal) of India and when the constable tries to stop the drunk man beating his wife in a slum, the wife retaliates and tells the constable to FO. We do not understand them. We do not understand paatal. The show starts off as a mystery and investigative thriller, and turns beautifully into a glimpse of the two contrasting worlds. It is more about how and why it happened than what happened. It shows India. It shows the Indian-ness of India's gutters. Swarg: the shining, admired, beautiful, wanted, projective, rulers. Rulers who can annoyed equally about the grass in their lawns or the low TRP of their channels. The face. Their motivation is power. This is the world of men. Paatal: the ugly. The wretched. Unwanted. The underbelly. Their motivation is survival. This is the world of insects. Insects survive on the will of men. PL navigates this contrast exceptionally. Most scenes alternate in sequence between the two worlds. In one where children are getting high by smelling a dosed rag to be able to bear their life, the next is an ostentatious media awards night. These worlds co-exist, mostly intertwined, interdependent, like the human body. The face can't survive without the a**hole, and vice-versa. But nobody thinks about the a**hole, unless it stops handling sh*t like it was supposed to. This show is meant for us, of people of the normal world, who have a prime membership, and can read. The names of the episodes, some of which are in English, give this away. The show doesn't really spend any time showing Dharti Lok. It is not about us. The sets and locations appear unbelievably authentic. The pind felt like the pind. The village feels like the village. And the people appear as if they belong. That is hard to do on screen. All characters have detailed multiple elements that they have to juggle. All side characters, from the Europe toting East Delhi gay builder-developer to the regional political leader, to the thick lady constable are superb. Actors who have one scene are the characters. The performances are outstanding. If India had an Emmy's, this show's cast would take like all of them. With a show like this, it is extremely difficult to not fall into the social commentary pitfall. To not be preachy. To not be "Pseudo left-liberal type". This show mostly doesn't do that. It mostly doesn't drag. PL shows some of the most horrific things imaginable. But what made me like this show so much was the realisation that these things probably happen, and they probably happen nearby. In the edges of the bell curve. In adjacent loks. Not infrequently. I could realise this because of the way those things are presented. They don't feel embellished. They don't feel exaggerated. It made me feel thankful. It made me laugh, and punched me in the gut. Favourite scenes: Favourite line: Yeh system jo hai na Chaudhary, door se dekhne mein sada-gala kachre ka dher diktat hai, lekin andar ghus ke samjhoge na, well-oiled machinery hai. Har purzey ko malum hai usey kya karna hai. Favourite performance: Jaideep Alhawat (Haathi) Favourite character: Shaw-vitri When man love dog, he is good man. When dog love man, he is good man. 9/10
  3. Want to start reading it. Any recommendation for which version/author I should pick up? Only have a vague idea of the story, KvP etc.
  4. That was his move. He stopped short. RIP.
  5. Okay, so Joker was... conflicting. You can split it into two parts: the f**k-all, and then after. The movie got me hooked in the last 45 minutes, and I wanted it to go on and not end. It starts working when ARThur And then it offers true "agent of chaos" like joker vibe. There's good art in it, lucid visuals and funky music with Joaquin's craziness. If you don't let the first 80 or so minutes get on your nerves, the last 45 are so worth it.
  6. Bruh Better Call Saul has fire grilled long form Drama. "I'm talking scorched earth, mthrfkr". The actors have been phenomenal. The previous cast from BrBa was near top of the food chain already, but what a find and revelation Rhea Seehorn (Kim) and Tony Dalton (Lalo) are. They have upped the level a few notches, and added a dimension to the show and have made it their own. They have made Better Call Saul, in separate arcs, about Kim and Lalo. The camera work, production, locations, dialog, scenes, everything just works, and you feel it could not have worked better. They could not have made a better show. Because when all the above meets incredible, pitch perfect writing, magic happens. Better Call Saul is magic, and Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are magicians. I mean, even the intro credits of both BrBa and BCS are inspirational. They're perfect, in length and feel, appear at perfect times, have the colour of the show, moody music, serious for BrBa and goofy for BCS, and you never want to skip them once. BCS has not matched the absolute high of BrBa's season 4, but it is, and has been, a more interesting show throughout. Aside from the actors ageing since BrBa, and this is in a timeline before that show's, there's nothing you can think of on improving. They've tried to mask the age bit with dimly lit scenes and off-hand camera angles, and actually made it a feature in this show. The music and background added just fit like a loved ones' fingers in your hand. And speaking of loved ones, Kim and Jimmy's love story is the best love story portrayed on any media that I can think of. It's lovely, and palpably romantic. There isn't a better show out there today. Just look at the ingredients: two incredibly smart lawyers, who practice their craft in very different ways and who live together and share an incredible love for each other, in the middle of a revenge story involving drug trade and border trafficking, an unhinged man of exemplary intelligence and counter-intelligence precision, a truly street-smart and incredibly sharp mob-boss, espionage, moles, courtrooms and complicated law stuff, shootouts, guns, and explosions, underlying all of which is grippy, unyielding tension induced drama with dark humour, montages, and whack job side characters as spotters. And if all of this wasn't enough, the revenge is on the Hefe´of the Mexican motherf**king cartel. God fkn damn.
  7. achilles

    The Last of Us 2

    Black steelbooks
  8. As incoherent trash as this movie was, this made me want to watch the “Snyder Cut”.
  9. Hearing good things about Ozark all over. Are the first two seasons connected with this one?
  10. How you use the Xbox as a part of your HT set up. Well Jio movies are hardly worth going to the theatre for so maybe not the best example No one has infinite money to burn. Microsoft is doing the typical Silicon Valley thing. Have a good idea, medium execution, and kill with brute force, which in their case, is money. Doesn't last forever. Nadella is too sharp to let this go on for too long. Anyway, I hope full catalog subscription is figured out by someone properly. Apple Arcade and XGP are a small start. Does Steam have anything like that? They can pull it off.
  11. It's time for these guys to figure subscription out. It works for everything else already. Subscription is extremely compelling. Big movie releases are coming, maybe with a separate (subsidised) additional charge. Eg: Netflix/Apple TV/Disnep+ make Top Gun available for streaming the same day as cinemas get it, and you pay to access those titles till about 60 days (or some other number) after release on subscription services. They will experiment soon. And it is going to work. The biggest plus for publishers this way is they are assured of a minimum amount that they will make before the game has even released. This gives them a much clearer picture on estimating and sticking to a budget. Explain. Also, if you haven't yet, play the Doom soundtrack (specially At Doom's Gate) at reference in stereo. Jesus Fkcing Christ that music can make bears forget hibernation.
  12. On Switch? Can we co-op online? Wait, will I need the Nintendo Online thing? Ugh.
  13. Ow, that looks sweet, but I'm thinking of getting it for the Switch. Are the versions similar in performance? Edit: that looks really cool. I would've bought the edition if it was available here.
  14. Dude I used to love playing this game. Can't possibly count how many times we played this game on the Mega Drive, that epic 6 button controller and co-op! Adam, Axel, and Blaze used to tear it up. Undoubtedly one of my favourite games of all time.
  15. It is so good. Feels more Gilligan-ish than BrBa for sure. Waiting for Netflix to catch up on episodes, where'd you catch it?
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