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I just randomly watched this movie “Encounter” on Amazon prime, and it was different from what I expected, but ended up being pretty good.

Reviews for it aren’t real great, so I might be an outlier, and I admit I like weird stuff, but I did like this.

Nice! Time to marathon some of the old, good ones. Hell, maybe I’ll even try to get through Casino Royale again.

It’s on my backlog, because it was recommended by I think Jason Mantzoukas, whose tastes generally align with mine, but I haven’t got round to it yet.

After Yang just popped up in my feed and was free to watch on Prime. Lovely little film. Also got me interested in finding out more about a documentary called The Burden of Dreams, after I detected what I was sure must be a Werner Herzog impression in an early scene with Colin Ferrell, as he quoted a line from that film.

It’s just on Showtime, right? I’ve been waiting for a chance to see this!

If you liked this, you might like Kogonada’s previous film Columbus (unless you were particularly into the sci-fi premise).

Released on Showtime, yeah, but also available on a few streaming services including Prime and Hulu.

Looks like it’s only Showtime in the U.S., yeah.


Is this based on a book because I would swear I’ve read a book with this plot

It was originally a spec script, got adapted into comics in 2014, and is now actually coming out as a movie.

Samaritan is the name of the Superman-analogue in Kurt Busiek’s Astro City graphic novels. Those would make a fun TV series.

I watched this (“The Protege”) last night. Samuel Jackson? Michael Keaton? Maybe it’ll be good? Maybe I’m dumb, or I was too tired but nothing in the movie made any sense. I guess I’ll spoiler this, if you have any intention of watching it, don’t click:

So, Samuel Jackson is a professional assassin who kills people professionally, but this one time he gets an attack of conscience and decides to help out the kid of someone he killed. Except it turns out he didn’t kill him, the guy faked his own assassination so he could… become a billionaire philanthropist that I guess nobody recognizes for reasons that aren’t clear. But when Jackson starts searching for the kid, assassins kill him and go after his protege. So, she (the protege) decides to find out about the kid to get revenge, I guess? Except it turns out Jackson isn’t dead so there wasn’t really any reason to need to get revenge? But Jackson doesn’t bother telling his protege he’s still alive until later so, oops, I guess. Anyway the kid turns out to be a total red herring I guess? It’s never clear why the bad guys had to kill everyone to keep Jackson from finding the kid, who turns out to be catatonic and couldn’t have told him anything. Anyway, for some reason Jackson is really mad at the guy he didn’t actually kill for trying to have him killed, I guess, so gets revenge by committing suicide. And then the protege kills Michael Keaton for some reason. Oh, and there’s something about a flashback where Jackson rescues the protege as a child, but she cut her hair so you think it’s not her.

I mean, did anybody read this script?

Assassin movies seem to be the lowest hanging fruit these days. I suspect they manage to get access to a known start and just pull Assassin Movie #56 out of the drawer to give them a vehicle. How many times has “She’s a trained assassing that is on the run from her own organization!” been made?

I thought this happened in April, but…

It did happen in April … In the UK

Even when No Time To Die went to Prime Video, the other movies were taken off. So now the US has caught up to the UK!

I feel like I should mix them up this time, watch them in some kind of weird order. Maybe I can start with the Pierce Brosnan ones first, and go backward in time.

Pretty sure that over the summer I started Casino Royale with the wife to get her into the new Bond from the beginning. And it looked like most of not all Bonds were available then.

EDIT: Well, now Prime is showing CS as a ‘rent or buy’. I know I started it and never finished in in the last few months, presumably on Prime but whatever. Maybe I’m in the wrong multiverse.

Sweet Jesus Amazon is bad at surfacing stuff. It’s the start of the month, so like I always do, I’m trawling through the list of newly added movies. After going past 180 movies, most of which are nothingburgers, it finally shows me the “Amazon exclusive” Everything Everywhere All At Once. For fuck’s sake, Amazon, this should be the very first thing I see when I open the app. It’s not even in the list of Originals and Exclusives.

It’s also largely true of Netflix, but it’s baffling to me why these new addition lists seem to have no concept of “bigness”. Like, only a few movies before EEAAO was Baby Driver, which was definitely a bigger movie than 95% of the movies before it. Most people aren’t going to scroll as far as I do You’d think user retention would be a big driver of UX for these platforms but they just don’t seem to care that most of their users don’t know what they have.