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Explained: 1x18 Why Women Are Paid Less

You know you are getting bogus arguments when VOX starts throwing in graphs en masse. At least they didn't go full feminist here ;)...

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The Rookie: 1x01 Pilot

Mainly watched this for Fillion so my expectations were quite low and got exactly that. It will most likely end up in the pile of other procedural but it's hard to tell from this episode alone since they crammed in so much stuff (way too much tbh)...

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The Haunting of Hill House
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2018-10-13T18:18:48Z— updated 2018-10-15T16:22:05Z

I think Mike Flanagan is quite competent in most of what he does, but nothing of his ever blew me away. This show is no different as he certainly is aware of today's tropes and crafts an unusually slow paced horror story more focused on the psychological impact of the haunting than scares, but after so many scene transitions between the story's timelines it gets quite tedious. It is really the later half of the series that tainted my enjoyment with more focus on melodramatic elements, monologues and a conclusion that had me feeling like I just wasted quite a lot of time...

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Dreadit's Top 100 Horror Films (2018 edition) - /r/horror

Oh wow... this list is really Reddit I guess :;). Might as well watch the remaining 5 I have not seen.

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Searching

Having seen the producer's own https://trakt.tv/movies/profile-2018 this year (Timur Bekmambetov that is, who focuses on "on-screen narratives") this one just came off bland and more flawed (but hey, at least less forced FaceTime)... I think the gimmick burns out very fast and comes down to whichever movie is "more" consistent. Given the background I was also expecting this to be a bit darker, and not just a "let-me-spell-this-out-for-you-in-my-great-montage-and-here-is-the-twist-you-were-waiting-for-since-we-hinted-at-it-early-on-but-you-have-to-accept-leaps-of-logic-for-it-to-make-sense-kind-of-thriller" with very cheesy music...

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Into the Dark: 1x01 The Body

This wasn't deserving of the movie length. There is very little about the "selfie culture" here despite the attempts at comedy and all the characters, especially the lead, are as interesting as a bag of rice. But hey... no one notices a killer on Halloween night, now that is really original concept. Even the twist was obvious.
Too bad they missed the chance to tie all of those upcoming episodes together :/.

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Pornocracy: The New Sex Multinationals

While most documentaries around the subject of porn focus on the girls and US market, this one starts out in Europe and actually gets global (with plenty of hands-on interviews). I wasn't familiar with the situation around ManGeek/Manwin/Fabian Thylmann but this was really eye opening and frankly disturbing. From a former performer I would have however expected a tiny bit more critical view of the industry pre-internet.

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Firecrackers

Firecrackers is a short-film turned feature and coming of age (the Canadian style) which has certainly some good parts, but also felt needlessly destructive at times (due to very stupid actions). I was tending around 1pt higher of a rating but I am adjusting this for me as the director of this work would have wanted. The Q&A certainly brought up the favorite feminist vocabulary and going out of the way to shit on men... Also, if you are trying to shoehorn in trans topics, try to do it more naturally.

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People's Republic of Desire

This was for my taste not enough "documentary" as the main narrative of this are a couple streamers on one of many streaming sites during their annual "top host" event. A lot of this is depicted in a gamesque render of whats happening in chat and donation... I doubt many people really want to experience that specific aspect. In terms of value you can learn just as much from something like a VICE mini doc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8elssWPmus (minus the "sponsors" and viewer aspect) or Googling...

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Netizens

Walking into this I was expecting to hate this for a different reason. Featuring Anita Sarkeesian (which I consider to be a toxic "victim") and all female opening credits I was ready for some proper man hating. To my surprise it didn't really dwell too much in that area and focused on the stories of the three mains, that however wasn't really balanced or fruitful either. Besides pointing out some issues in regards to online abuse (bullying, revenge porn, stalking), there were no solutions provided or looked at in more detail (bleh bleh Sillicon Valley is enabling people and the police cannot help us). It also was extremely one sided and focused on really imho irrelevant stuff at times (Carrie Goldberg's obsession with glamour or Tina Reine's medical condition). I was curious of the aftermath of Tina's case (after no one told her that she can also use Google non-personalized results) and only found more evidence that this certainly held a lot of information away from the viewer (http://tinareinenetizens.blogspot.com/2018/09/netizens-tina-reine-victim-or-predator.html - in the scope this information is reliable anyways). Too bad this doc took the title away from a legit documentary about Netizens...

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Sword Art Online: 3x01 Underworld

SOA back in top-form... Part A was a showcase for a boring MMO concept where people supposedly have fun hacking away on the same tree all day and little kids just happen to be able to reach the cave which is told of in legends within a minuscule amount of time (to be fair that could just be part of a quest/setup of the game but considering this is SAO I doubt that). Part B is lame GGO action without impact followed up by an exposition dump deluxe. TFW when you get "stabbed" in the leg by an umbrella and apparently get knocked out by that...

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RErideD - Derrida, who leaps through time -

I fear this has nothing to offer besides KVs by Yoshitoshi ABe..? The pre-release seems to be a good dump to get impatient people on it (seeing as CR also has production credits).

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Follow This: 1x09 Teen Boss

Still can't get past this lady. Her expressions are so not genuine and that is about as interesting her questions are.

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Follow This

Besides the episode about Intersex this is quite awful but expected given that this is by Buzzfeed.

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Follow This: 1x05 Life Support

I'm filling these pages with useless comments but dang... graphs from BF are too funny. This "science" editor writes very few science articles and states statistics as counter arguments which do not address the issue which has been brought up.

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Follow This: 1x04 Men's Rights

Lmao... she deserved all the hate she got and going by her smug face she enjoyed the attention. And here is BuzzFeed trying to be a serious news organization.
Love that graph they made up for the "Manosphere" https://i.imgur.com/HyXqbN0.png (yes it is only available in this shitty quality)... some of the statements and the last segment were really misguided.

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Follow This: 1x02 Black Survivalists

tfw when racist fearmonger that doesn't even know what the f* he is teaching.

This is ultimate BuzzFeed lmao...

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Netflix

Many Netflix "Originals" are not at all produced by them... they just have the streaming rights. Just thought I'd leave this note here ;)... Ex. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_original_programs_distributed_by_Netflix#Exclusive_international_television_distribution

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Disenchantment

Wow... didn't expect this to be so bad. There are some beautiful backgrounds to look at here but that's about the praise this gets from me. Feels like Groening can't really progress as a writer. If maybe the leads had any chemistry then it would have been easier to get into it but as it stands I didn't even chuckle once and the jokes moreso were cringey given that fantasy setting this is supposed to takes place in.

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Who Is America?: 1x05 Episode 5

I only know Mahbod Moghadam from a doc about start-ups and he already struck me as a tryhard hipster there in the wrong field... to think that he'd fall for something like that...

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Inuyashiki

Straight forward adaptation of the major manga part.

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Terrified

Starts out really baller but cannot really keep it up. Still not bad (esp. considering how cheap the poster looks).

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Profile

Timur Bekmambetov who produced "Unfriended" swears by "Computer screen PoV" movies only nowadays and chose a book about an investigation into ISIS recruitment techniques as the inspiration here. Said material lends itself surprisingly good for the scenario but I would hold my breath for this really becoming a thing. For anything filler they relied on having just a facetime app open which isn't that natural and there have been inconsistencies as to how the story is told technically playing recorded files of strarting the recordings as well as when being logged out of the current user. Shazad Latif carries the movie and helps to distract from the more annoying Valene Kane. The reveal was also convenient as I'm certain that a reverse image search of that one photo of her she uploaded first would have busted her right away if it were real

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Sicilian Ghost Story

An arthouse pseudo ghost story that is overly long... I was however disturbed to read in the end credits that this was based on a true event...

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Liverleaf

I read half of the manga this is based off quite a long time ago so I was under the impression that some things were changed for the worse in this adaptation. Turns out I miss remembered and it is pretty much a straight transfer from the original. While it looks great and also delivers on the violence, it does not change the fact that the manga itself was just kinda bad :(.

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Diamantino

The plot of this movie is quite wild at times but Carloto Cotta manages to keep things grounded for the viewer.

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The Field Guide to Evil

What should have been an awesome showcase of international short films focusing on local folklore turned out to be a tedious mess. There isn't really a standout piece that would make it worthwhile to suffer through the bad ones (give "Cobblers’ Lot" a try though). It overall feels quite long but I still think some of them could have benefited from a bit more runtime (and there was hardly given enough time to read the "book" pages presented on screen). Most of the people involved did some decent work before this so IDK...

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Premika

A goofy thai horror flick until it turns to social issues. Unfortunately it offers very little variation and some of the humor is quite regional (as in not the style of humor I'm used to).

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Truth or Dare

I usually rate everything lower than the average but this seems to be an exception? Didn't watch this to be scared and got FInal Destination with moral dilemmas... not mad tbh.

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Dead Night

Some decent gore but other than that a little too weird for my taste. Not sure if that was intentional or not but with all the crossover of other movies these actors have partaken in it probably was...

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