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Re: Squid Game
« Reply #60 on: October 13, 2021, 11:37:09 PM »
https://www.kentonline.co.uk/deal/news/kent-schools-warn-against-watching-popular-netflix-show-255312/

Yeah because if you don't want kids to do something, get teachers to tell them not to.

There's something really funny and circular about this safeguarding issue being raised because the show has made high-school kids want to... play childhood playground games. Sounds like they thought it would be a laugh to play some Red Light Green Light (or What's The Time Mr Wolf), maybe the squid game itself, or the game with the shapes in the snacks, due to the novelty of them not really being played over here.

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Re: Squid Game
« Reply #61 on: October 14, 2021, 12:23:46 AM »
Haven’t watched this cos it sounds shite. However, I could be tempted by series 2 if it features Nicola Murray campaigning for the toys to be made of wood. Just the entire B plot of the series is that.

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« Reply #62 on: October 15, 2021, 11:20:29 PM »
I really enjoyed this, for the most part. Agreed on the VIPs being a bit unwelcome and shit, mind

Like others I really didn't like the twist in the last episode, and felt it cheapened the excellent marbles episode

I'd be quite happy if they left it there, but of course it'll be back. It's gone through the roof on Netflix

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« Reply #63 on: October 17, 2021, 12:50:29 AM »
Think I was reading an article in the Graun, talking about how Squid Game has a lot of political commentary that a lot of us in the west won't get, as SK young people face massive debt issues, their overall debt is more than GDP as they try and find affordable housing, education is locked off to the rich and there is no class mobility. Their new leftist candidate is promising a Universal Basic Income but has to win against a history of right-wing US backed candidates.
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Also this
https://twitter.com/TreborRhurbarb/status/1449322668021387265

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« Reply #64 on: October 19, 2021, 05:26:37 PM »
This Guardian article speaking to the VIP actors was interesting - and featured a wonderful final line:

“I get tattoos of my signature. I get invitations for fellatio. I’m a star!”

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« Reply #65 on: October 19, 2021, 09:13:23 PM »
Doesn't specify receiving or giving, mind

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« Reply #66 on: October 19, 2021, 09:18:25 PM »
In regards to VIP four, i.e fat, perv lad?

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« Reply #67 on: October 20, 2021, 08:42:30 AM »
Hmm, maybe it remembers your choices then. I was watching it on somebody else's TV. The English dub is shit btw. Like 80's Kung Fu bad, but without being funny.

This is totally unfair to the job that the actors did, IMO. I think the dub is really good, technically (I mean the lip sync), and in terms of acting. At least, I was very moved by the series, in spite of it not being the original Korean version that I watched.

Sure, dubbing always has the effect of making a watching experience seem more artificial, but in the case of this series the characters are already pure stock, they are played very broadly and the situations are already incredibly far-fetched. I really didn't mind suspending my disbelief for this aspect.

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« Reply #68 on: October 20, 2021, 08:49:36 AM »
Like others I really didn't like the twist in the last episode, and felt it cheapened the excellent marbles episode


I don't agree that it cheapens that earlier episode. The earlier episodes show you the good side of the man - the childlike side. The twist shows you that there is something very dark about his character that you had never reckoned on, because you presumed things you should not have presumed. This is made more plausible because of the character's disability, which makes it easy to divide the man he "really" is, from the man we get to know. So all in all I was very satisfied with the twist.

(I tried hard here not to spoil anything, but also not to have to use spoiler tags)

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« Reply #69 on: October 20, 2021, 10:04:08 AM »
I think it would've been better if they left in all the clues about the old man, but never confirmed anything. It would soon become a 'cool theory'.

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« Reply #70 on: October 20, 2021, 10:26:39 AM »
Not paying attention to runtime, I thought it was about to end with the first death of the finale. That scene is very realistically shot, and with a lot of Hitchcockian tension leading up to it. So it felt very "final".

The plot that follows this death scene seems to deliberately take a turn for the overtly fictional, in contrast to the former scene: the physical transformation of the character sort of signposts that we're moving into a manga-like territory: that is, a purely fictional reality. As does the sudden passage of one year, which asks far more questions than it answers: instead asking you to go along with it, for what it means for the emotional state of Gi-Hun.

I was therefore "acclimatized" for the controversial twist ending[1]. To it's credit, it fulfilled the desire I had to see a proper, more dignified final meeting for these two characters - and it transformed that relationship into one that gave room to leave some final words on the broader ethical themes. So, all in all, I'm definitely a fan of the decision the writer-director made: I think that he gave us the "real" ending, and the poetical, "unreal" ending, that - conveniently - leave fans like me hopeful for a second series that continues in the same vein.
 1. as I was also "acclimatized" to the unreality of the entire organisation before the arrival of the VIPs, and so I also had no problem with them, either

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« Reply #71 on: October 20, 2021, 01:55:17 PM »
This Guardian article speaking to the VIP actors was interesting - and featured a wonderful final line:

I have to say that (not having watched this) to have this serial grifter suddenly pop up in the talk surrounding it wasn't what I was expecting.

He's one of those, 'once met someone for five minutes at a party and now I can write the definitive biography' types - think Dylan Jones and Bowie, but much worse. He's not only annoyed George Harrison/Beatles fans, but also Bonzos/Viv Stanshall fans, after he hoodwinked Viv's ex-wife and daughter into giving interviews with a view to publishing a definitive authorised biog, only to turn tail and then use all the interviews for his own devices (he currently has 500 audiobooks for sale on Amazon - mostly read by himself...).

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« Reply #72 on: October 20, 2021, 02:00:09 PM »
From the article's opening:

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‘Why is Squid Game’s English-Language Acting So Bad?’ demanded one recent headline, echoing the sentiment of hundreds of tweets and memes.

Apparently I'm well in the minority commending the dubbing effort then. Weird. I think it's because I went in with incredibly low expectations. Because I'm racist towards Koreans.

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« Reply #73 on: October 20, 2021, 02:07:47 PM »
Geoffrey Guilliano played the big fat noncey VIP?? Author of scurrilous macca biog "Blackbird", without which the world would have been denied this incredible piece of cinema? There's been a gangbang at the hat factory and no mistake.

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« Reply #74 on: October 20, 2021, 02:18:55 PM »
From the article's opening:

Apparently I'm well in the minority commending the dubbing effort then. Weird. I think it's because I went in with incredibly low expectations. Because I'm racist towards Koreans.

I didn't like the dubbing mainly because the main character should have had less of a 'cool voice' and more a bit manic or whiney-  more Steve Buscemi, less Steve Rogers.

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« Reply #75 on: October 20, 2021, 02:43:07 PM »
From the article's opening:

Apparently I'm well in the minority commending the dubbing effort then. Weird. I think it's because I went in with incredibly low expectations. Because I'm racist towards Koreans.

That wasn't about the dubbing, it was about the VIPs.

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« Reply #76 on: October 20, 2021, 03:47:02 PM »
I hope all this success of Squid Game convinces Netflix to buy the Korean game show The Genius Game.

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« Reply #77 on: October 20, 2021, 04:18:50 PM »
Geoffrey Guilliano played the big fat noncey VIP?? Author of scurrilous macca biog "Blackbird", without which the world would have been denied this incredible piece of cinema? There's been a gangbang at the hat factory and no mistake.

Didn't know Macca was with Heather Mills while Lennon was still alive.

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« Reply #78 on: October 20, 2021, 09:56:41 PM »
Personally I didn't mind the VIP's maybe because it reminded me of the slight uncanny feeling of Westerners as depicted in Japanese video games, and the strangeness of them felt correct considering they take pleasure in watching these horrible things unfold.

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« Reply #79 on: October 20, 2021, 10:14:27 PM »
Hopefully this means more Korean cinema gets exposed to the outside world. There was this cool Korean film, OldBoy, maybe Hollywood could show that and possibly improve on that?

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