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    Black Mirror

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    Arsenal

    Mkhitaryan not traveling. What a shambles this is.
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    Documentaries

    I watched a couple of documentaries over the weekend. The first was Beyonce:Homecoming. It's about Beyonce and the lead up to her Coachella show in 2018. She had been originally booked to play in 2017 but had to cancel after getting pregnant. She promised she'd come back the following year with something special. And this film is a mix of that performance and the creation of the show. I'm a big Beyonce fan so I've been trying to find the 2.5 hours I'd need for this. Eventually I got to watch it on Saturday and it was as good as I thought it would be. The show itself is spectacular; the banks of musicians and dancers combined with the screens and other visuals make for something properly special. But the rehearsal and preparation stuff takes it to a different level. The amount of work that went into creating a one-off event is mind-blowing. Massive warehouses and sound-stages full of people going flat out for months at a time. Beyonce herself oversees every aspect of the production - clothes, choreography, visuals etc. She's a proper auetuer. And at the same time she's on an insane diet and fitness regime to get fit for the show. This was so good. One of those things that make me glad to pay my Netflix sub. My only, slight, criticism is that I would have liked to know more about the costume design. In particular the Black Panther inspired outfits of the backing singers. But that aside this is essential viewing for any music fan. Beyonce is truly on a different level. Next up was the new HBO Muhammad Ali film Say My Name. This follows the same structure as the HBO Elvis film from last year, The Searcher. It's all archive footage and photographs strung together chronologically to make a biographical narrative. There's no voice-over or onscreen text. I thought this was incredible. There was nothing new here if you're familiar with Ali and his life but the footage of his early years is still as powerful as ever. They do this really clever thing were they show footage of the early fights, which is all blurry, and occasionally cut in still photographs that are clear and crisp. This effect works really well and makes the old fight footage seem really modern. One particularly powered bit was all the stuff with Malcolm X. And the Black Muslim movement. The charisma and intelligence of Malcolm is still undiminished all these years later. And you can see why the man had him killed.
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    Doom Patrol

    Along with 'Barry' this is my favourite TV of the year. If you told me that I'd be emotionally affected by I hope it becomes available over here so I can support it somehow. Also, how good is Diane Guerrero in this?
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    A song of ice and fire

    Isn’t Brienne about to be killed by Stone Heart?
  6. Silent Runner

    Football Thread 2018/19

    What a pointless game of football.
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    Arsenal

    €70M for Laca? No way I'd take it. Our transfer lot couldn't be trusted to spent it properly and would probably end up with Mustafis striker equivalent. He can be frustrating at times and misses easy chances but A bird in the hand and all that.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    On the other hand if Derby go up we'll have to endure Lampard back in the PL. Aston Villa are truly our only hope now.
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    EFL Championship 2018/19 - All aboard the rollercoaster

    I thought Berardi was fouled at least once in that incident. Ref should have blown up. But it's still a stupid tackle that might cost his team a place in the PL.
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    Black Mirror

    I guess Bandersnatch counts as probably two episodes - production resources wise. Wasn't there something like 150 minutes of footage for that?
  11. Fair play to the old geezer - loyal to Cersei right to the end.
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    Black Mirror

    5th of June for the new season. Can’t embed the trailer from their tweet for some reason.
  13. Totally agree. Even though they were only Dragon Fodder you could totally feel the fear from the civilians on the ground. And putting my wanker hat of for a second. It felt like the writers were saying something about modern warfare, civilians and airstrikes/drone strikes. Or maybe I'm reading too much into it. Either way, I loved it. Apart from Euron washing up on the beach.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    Your no 11 pushing Koscielny into the advertising boards was a classy touch.
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