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  1. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    I’m reading Gods without Men by Hari Kunzru and The Middle Ages by Johannes FriedReport

  2. Avatar North says:

    GoG2 couldn’t ever be as good as GOG simply because GoG was so surprisingly good when you went in kind of unsure what exactly Marvel’s angle was on it. In similar fashion Ant Man was shockingly good not only because it was cleverly and light heartedly written and pretty well done but also because you’d heard there was blood on the production floor and you went in wondering “is this going to be the MCU’s strike one?”
    That said I thought GoG2 was pretty good but the fireworks ending was waaaaaay too blatantly Disney- like holy Agnostic Jesus I expected to see Mickey floating by with a space suit on.
    Also Chris Pratt is painfully hot, like disgustingly painfully hot. God(ess?) damn!Report

  3. Avatar KenB says:

    Yeah, there was definitely that “yada, yada, yada” quality to the action itself. But the characters aren’t deep enough to make a character-focused movie really work. I enjoyed the funny spots but overall was slightly bored, and definitely rolled my eyes at some of it.

    But to be fair, and echoing North, the sequel was never going to be able to match the experience of the first one.Report

    • Avatar DensityDuck says:

      I think GoG2 fell apart for me when…

      …I started wondering why, exactly, Nova was in the movie. And I realized that she was in the movie so that Gamorra would have something to do. Because other than fight with Nova, Gamorra basically does nothing.

      (I was wondering whether she’d join the team at the end; I muttered to my wife “I guess they need another blue person”. I got smacked and told to be quiet.)

      People in our theater laughed like heck at the “energy ball catch” scene, and I did too, but it felt a little odd, like maybe we weren’t supposed to be laughing at it. But we couldn’t help it; they were too goofy, too obviously not actually throwing anything.

      The whole thing with Yondu in the beginning felt like there was a whole movie that we’d missed.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        Because other than fight with Nova, Gamorra basically does nothing.

        It’s not about what they *DO*.
        It’s about the relationship they *HAVE*.Report

        • Avatar Marchmaine says:

          Hmmn… we clearly take away different things from the movie. I don’t deny that the movie is *about* relationships… but that’s not what makes the movie good; it’s just the oil to keep the gears from seizing up.

          The gears of Self-referential Chaotic Good Space Pirates with Uncool 70’s songs mislabeled as 80’s songs. We, or at least, I had no sense of attachment, emotional or otherwise to the Blue people or lusty Kurt Russel. If there was any growth among the characters, I hope they lose it in time for GoTG3.

          Baby Groot, on the other hand…Report

  4. Avatar Slade the Leveller says:

    Reading: I just finished Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This might be the most beautifully written post-apocalypse novel I’ve ever read. Definitely worth checking out.

    Watching: Master of None, Aziz Ansari’s sitcom on Netflix. It’s incredibly funny, and I can’t believe I didn’t catch this when it first came out.

    Regarding GotG 2: meh, but it’s a sequel, so meh is to be expected. GotG 3 was heavily pitched at the end, so let’s see if the franchise recovers, a la Return of the Jedi. And, fer chrissakes Star Wars nerds, that one came out third, hence it cannot be episode 6.Report

  5. Avatar Zac Black says:

    Watching the Silicon Valley season finale and the Preacher season premiere.Report