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Jack the Sailor 07 Nov 10 - 11:28 AM
Little Hawk 07 Nov 10 - 11:39 AM
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katlaughing 08 Nov 10 - 12:41 AM
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Becca72 19 Nov 10 - 12:55 PM
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GUEST,Eliza 23 Nov 10 - 01:21 PM
Sawzaw 23 Nov 10 - 09:10 PM
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Amergin 25 Nov 10 - 02:41 PM
Beer 30 Nov 10 - 10:09 PM
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Beer 09 Dec 10 - 09:32 PM
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Stu 20 Dec 10 - 05:44 AM
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josepp 25 Dec 10 - 10:37 AM
Beer 25 Dec 10 - 08:39 PM
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Donuel 10 Jan 11 - 10:39 AM
Green Man 11 Jan 11 - 10:41 AM
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katlaughing 13 Jan 11 - 03:28 AM
JHW 13 Jan 11 - 06:50 PM
Beer 13 Jan 11 - 10:26 PM
Beer 13 Jan 11 - 10:41 PM
katlaughing 13 Jan 11 - 11:09 PM
Amergin 15 Jan 11 - 02:12 AM
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The Fooles Troupe 15 Jan 11 - 05:35 PM
jacqui.c 15 Jan 11 - 07:02 PM
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Jim Carroll 19 Jan 11 - 07:53 AM
Bonzo3legs 19 Jan 11 - 08:05 AM
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GUEST,erbert 19 Jan 11 - 08:43 AM
Becca72 19 Jan 11 - 08:52 AM
Jim Carroll 19 Jan 11 - 11:07 AM
Lonesome EJ 19 Jan 11 - 12:01 PM
Bonzo3legs 19 Jan 11 - 01:48 PM
Wesley S 19 Jan 11 - 03:19 PM
Little Hawk 19 Jan 11 - 03:37 PM
Lonesome EJ 19 Jan 11 - 05:21 PM
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Naemanson 24 Jan 11 - 08:18 AM
Backwoodsman 24 Jan 11 - 08:40 AM
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Mrrzy 24 Jan 11 - 11:56 AM
Beer 11 Feb 11 - 08:33 AM
jacqui.c 11 Feb 11 - 08:37 AM
katlaughing 25 Feb 11 - 10:50 PM
Max Johnson 26 Feb 11 - 12:28 PM
Neil D 27 Feb 11 - 03:07 AM
kendall 27 Feb 11 - 08:08 PM
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Dave MacKenzie 28 Feb 11 - 11:12 AM
Neil D 05 Mar 11 - 02:06 AM
GUEST,number 6 05 Mar 11 - 10:55 AM
Jim Carroll 06 Mar 11 - 06:23 AM
Beer 06 Mar 11 - 10:52 PM
J-boy 06 Mar 11 - 11:43 PM
Richie Black (misused acct, bad email) 07 Mar 11 - 03:11 AM
katlaughing 13 Mar 11 - 10:35 PM
Donuel 13 Mar 11 - 11:05 PM
Wesley S 14 Mar 11 - 01:34 PM
Beer 04 Apr 11 - 11:02 PM
Bert 05 Apr 11 - 12:24 AM
Dorothy Parshall 05 Apr 11 - 05:08 PM
bobad 05 Apr 11 - 05:16 PM
katlaughing 09 Apr 11 - 11:37 PM
J-boy 10 Apr 11 - 12:26 AM
katlaughing 10 Apr 11 - 07:29 PM
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Neil D 03 May 11 - 09:51 PM
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katlaughing 09 May 11 - 03:16 PM
Neil D 11 May 11 - 10:36 PM
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Becca72 16 May 11 - 09:14 AM
Bonzo3legs 16 May 11 - 09:29 AM
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Mrrzy 25 Jun 11 - 06:32 PM
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Janie 28 Jun 11 - 10:25 PM
Jack the Sailor 28 Jun 11 - 10:53 PM
Beer 28 Jun 11 - 11:10 PM
Jack the Sailor 28 Jun 11 - 11:37 PM
Janie 28 Jun 11 - 11:51 PM
Sawzaw 29 Jun 11 - 08:41 PM
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Jack the Sailor 02 Jul 11 - 04:19 PM
DougR 02 Jul 11 - 04:25 PM
Jack the Sailor 02 Jul 11 - 04:42 PM
Jack the Sailor 03 Jul 11 - 12:56 AM
Wesley S 03 Jul 11 - 08:34 AM
John on the Sunset Coast 03 Jul 11 - 11:54 AM
katlaughing 03 Jul 11 - 03:03 PM
Dave MacKenzie 03 Jul 11 - 08:06 PM
katlaughing 10 Jul 11 - 08:42 PM
Jack the Sailor 10 Jul 11 - 09:23 PM
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Jack the Sailor 29 Jul 11 - 09:15 AM
Little Hawk 29 Jul 11 - 04:52 PM
Jack the Sailor 30 Jul 11 - 09:59 AM
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Little Hawk 01 Aug 11 - 05:32 PM
Jack the Sailor 01 Aug 11 - 05:37 PM
Amos 01 Aug 11 - 06:01 PM
katlaughing 06 Aug 11 - 11:35 PM
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Wesley S 11 Aug 11 - 04:47 PM
Jack the Sailor 11 Aug 11 - 04:51 PM
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C-flat 19 Sep 11 - 03:58 AM
Fred McCormick 19 Sep 11 - 07:34 AM
Little Hawk 19 Sep 11 - 05:58 PM
katlaughing 08 Oct 11 - 09:50 PM
Joe_F 09 Oct 11 - 08:00 PM
Wesley S 14 Oct 11 - 02:59 PM
Micca 14 Oct 11 - 07:41 PM
katlaughing 26 Nov 11 - 10:27 PM
Max Johnson 27 Nov 11 - 09:28 AM
Lighter 27 Nov 11 - 10:34 AM
katlaughing 27 Nov 11 - 11:47 AM
katlaughing 08 Feb 12 - 12:03 AM
GUEST,Bluesman 08 Feb 12 - 04:34 AM
Little Hawk 08 Feb 12 - 08:27 AM
Little Hawk 08 Feb 12 - 08:43 AM
SINSULL 08 Feb 12 - 10:07 AM
Desert Dancer 08 Feb 12 - 03:55 PM
katlaughing 08 Feb 12 - 08:00 PM
Beer 21 Aug 12 - 10:13 PM
ChanteyLass 21 Aug 12 - 11:24 PM
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GUEST,Eliza 22 Aug 12 - 05:39 AM
Jim Carroll 22 Aug 12 - 02:57 PM
katlaughing 22 Aug 12 - 04:04 PM
JohnInKansas 22 Aug 12 - 06:28 PM
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katlaughing 22 Aug 12 - 11:41 PM
Jim Carroll 23 Aug 12 - 04:19 AM
Beer 23 Aug 12 - 08:47 AM
Becca72 23 Aug 12 - 11:13 AM
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Becca72 23 Aug 12 - 04:04 PM
Desert Dancer 04 Nov 12 - 01:17 AM
MGM·Lion 04 Nov 12 - 02:05 AM
Beer 05 Nov 12 - 02:37 PM
Wesley S 05 Nov 12 - 02:47 PM
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Becca72 06 Nov 12 - 08:15 AM
katlaughing 06 Nov 12 - 12:04 PM
Little Hawk 06 Nov 12 - 12:42 PM
ChanteyLass 06 Nov 12 - 08:43 PM
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GUEST,Lighter 31 Dec 12 - 11:56 AM
Little Hawk 31 Dec 12 - 11:58 AM
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Becca72 31 Dec 12 - 01:11 PM
Jack the Sailor 31 Dec 12 - 01:53 PM
MGM·Lion 31 Dec 12 - 01:57 PM
MGM·Lion 31 Dec 12 - 01:58 PM
Jack the Sailor 31 Dec 12 - 02:56 PM
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MGM·Lion 31 Dec 12 - 03:25 PM
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Subject: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Feb 08 - 07:45 PM

We just watched a wonderful movie, from netflix, called "Kolya." It is Czechoslovakian and takes place during the "Velvet Revolution." Here's what IMDB has on it:

Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet by playing at funerals and painting tombstones. But he has run up a large debt, and when his friend, the grave-digger Mr. Broz, suggests a scheme for making a lot of money by marrying a Russian woman so that she can get her Czech papers, he reluctantly agrees. She takes advantage of the situation to emigrate to West Germany, to her lover; and leaves her five-year-old son with his grandmother; when the grandmother dies, Kolya must come and live with his stepfather - Louka.

I see it got an Academy Award. It was really well directed, the music was gorgeous, and the whole thing had a touching loveliness without getting at all sappy. I highly recommend it.

My girlfriend just watched Across the Universe and really liked it. She said it used a lot of Beatles' music, which I know I would like.

What have you seen lately?


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Bill Hahn//\\
Date: 17 Feb 08 - 08:05 PM

YES!   That answers the question.

Seriously---Kolya was brilliant and came out over 5 years ago now---or thereabouts.

Want some really great ones --current and otherwise:

The Savages                  Current
Gloomy Sunday                On VHS and DVD
The Lives of Others          Current and on DVD
Away From Her                DVD--fairly current


http://billhahnprogramnotes.blogspot.com


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Bill Hahn//\\
Date: 17 Feb 08 - 08:06 PM

OOps---clicked the wrong button---it was supposed to be just my nam,e---never did figure out how those links can obscure your address and just have the name as a link---I shall look for a 7 year old to teach me---they know

Bill Hahn


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Feb 08 - 08:28 PM

You mean like this?

Bill Hahn

I did it like this:
<a href=http://billhahnprogramnotes.blogspot.com>Bill Hahn</a>
Now, don't ask how I did that, 'cause I don't know how to show you!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 12:09 AM

Once- fairly new but available on DVD.
The Wind that Shakes the Barley- on DVD (The soundtrack cd is pretty good too)
La Vie en Rose (Cotillard is superb)
Showboat- the old one with Paul Robson singing Old Man River. VHS
An American in Paris (Paul Kelly was a great dancer) DVD
Goya in Bordeaux- DVD
Moulin Rouge- DVD
Several operas and a zarzuela- on DVD
Now looking for "Midnight Cowboy." Haven't checked for price yet.

Haven't been to a film theater for years, although one of my sons owns one. Much rather buy the DVD or VHS and loan out to family.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Mr Red
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 01:15 PM

Beyond the Sea
Darrow
and
The Queen.

Kevin Spacey does it for me but Helen Mirren does it better!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: michaelr
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 01:34 PM

Atonement. I highly recommend this beautiful film.

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Bill Hahn//\\
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 02:16 PM

JIM: Thanks for the above advice let me see if this works

Bill Hahn


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Mark Ross
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 02:19 PM

THERE WILL BE BLOOD with Daniel Day-Lewis is a thought provoking and an excellent film.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Bill Hahn//\\
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 02:19 PM

Bill Hahn


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Bill Hahn//\\
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 02:24 PM

Bill Hahn


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Tweed
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 02:50 PM

I saw one a month or so ago called Schultz Gets the Blues.
He's a laid off or retired miner/German oompah accordionist who accidentally tunes into a radio show broadcasting zydeco music, goes nuts over the sound and ends up going to Louisiana to experience the real thing. A nice quirky sorta film.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: PoppaGator
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 03:07 PM

Speaking of Czechoslovakia (or more properly these days, the Czech Republic), I recently rented, and thoroughly enjoyed, the low-budget Irish musical "Once," which was a hit at Sundance 2007.

The story concerns a (male) Dublin busker who meets a young (female) Czech immigrant who turns out to be a fellow musician. Their flirtation does not lead to romance, but to a strong musical relationship. She likes the songs he writes, accompanies him on piano and vocal harmonies, and they quickly recruit three additional band members to record a demo before heading off on the their separate ways ~ all in less than a week's time.

The main characters do not have names; they're listed in the credits as "The Guy," "The Girl," "Guy's Father," Girl's Mother," etc.

If you like the music, you'll like the film ~ and I liked it all. It's not folk music ~ indeed, when they appoach the prospective bandmates, they are asked, "What is it? Singer/songwriter crap?" The Guy replies, "Yeah, it's singer/songwriter stuff," and the Girl quickly interjects "But it's very good!"

I don't always play the commentaries and all the extra features that come with DVDs, but I did so for this one. The writer/director used to be a musician himself, and in fact was a member of a band headed by Glenn Hansard, who plays the leda (The Guy) in this film.

He made a great deal in his commentary about the low-budget aspect of the film, including how nicely his players fulfilled their roles in spite of "not being actors," but musicians pretty much playing themselves.

I thought this was pretty disingenuous, since (like many viewers) I instantly recognized Hansard from his earlier major movie role as "Outspan," lead guitar player in The Commitments. He's just a little older now, with a tighter haircut. Now, I'll concede that when that earlier film was made, none of the players had prior acting experience, and also that Glen Hansard has probably not acted since then ~ but he was not exactly a novice at this filmmaking business when they started work on "Once."


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 07:45 PM

I don't really think seeing a video or DVD on the box really counts as actually seeing the film. Just not the real thing. Which means that there's an awful lot of good films I tend to think I've seem, which I turn out not to have, when I think a bit harder and consult my memory.
.............

A film I did see recently (in a cinema) which I really enjoyed was Juno. Not great art, but a good film for all that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Don Firth
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 08:37 PM

I used to go to movies a lot, but the last movie I saw in a theater was "Jurassic Park." A few years back. Watched a lot of videotapes since then.

Both Barbara and I got new laptops a couple of years ago, complete with DVD/CD player-burners and 15.4" "brightview" screens, and a friend enrolled us in NetFlix, and he keeps re-upping the subscription as a Christmas present. We've seen some really great movies lately. We sit on the bed with one of the laptops in front of us, the screen less than three feet away. Not Cinemax, perhaps, but crystal clear and the laptops have surprisingly good sound systems (Harmon-Kardon). We can put the movie on "hold" for a bathroom break or snack break, and if we miss a line, we can back it up and play it again. No hunting for a place to park. No waiting in line. And no kid behind you kicking that back of your seat.

But here's the big thing. Most of the DVDs have "Special Features," which include such things as deleted scenes, interviews with the actors and directors, all kinds of information about the movie.

Barbara's a Jane Austin/Charlotte Brontë junkie, and I bought her a couple of different versions of "Jane Eyre," and I'm looking at the various filmings ("diskings?") of "Pride and Prejudice."

I also recently bought the "Platinum Series Extended Edition" DVD set of "The Lord of the Rings." All three movies, 12 discs altogether, with an extra 2 hours and 10 minutes of scenes they didn't show in the theatrical or taped releases. Along with this, a whole bunch of interviews and such, including how some of the special effects were done.

I've seen the taped versions, but I haven't watched the DVDs yet. The box is sitting across the room still in its shrink-wrap. In a couple of days I'm going to take the phone of the hook, lock the door, board up the windows, and spend a few days on an Epic Quest through Middle Earth.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 09:05 PM

Very strange French movie called Angel-A. Fun, but strange.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 11:58 PM

A plug for my favorite director, Jim Jarmusch ..one of his earlier flicks "Down By Law."

...and a short film "The Accountant." (fairly recent)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,John O'L
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 12:00 AM

My daughter and I really enjoyed Stardust.
My son wasn't impressed, but he saw it on DVD, we saw it at the theatre.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Goose Gander
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 12:13 AM

Persopolis.

Based on the graphic novel.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Hollowfox
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 08:48 PM

La Vie en Rose.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Peace
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 08:51 PM

"Charlie Wilson's War".


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 11:57 PM

Don,

Best Jane Eyre is the one with Timothy Dalton. The best Pride and Prejudice is the one they've been playing on PBS, with Colin Firth. Hands down.

I just had a quirky little four-part John Mortimer drama from NetFlix called Summer's Lease (1989). Susan Fleetwood, and an over-the-top John Gielgud. I remembered bits of it from when it originally played on PBS. Interesting story, ironic (it is Mortimer, after all) and sad. That Fleetwood would die a few years later, age 51, of ovarian cancer. Beautiful woman, good actress.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Diva
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:12 AM

We went to see Beuoweulf.....loved it


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 07:48 AM

The King of California was a nice pleasant movie. The Hunting Party was a good action/adventure movie that didn't rely on high speed chases or impossible heroics.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: mack/misophist
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 10:38 AM

Another Jarmusch - Dead Man
Also Zorba the Greek - great but not what I had been led to expect


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 10:51 AM

I really liked Sweeney Todd with Johnny Depp

I also liked The Perfect Stranger (which should be on DVD by now).
Beowulf and The Mist were both really good, too. I go to the movies frequently, as since starting my job last July I now have Mondays off and the 1st show on a Monday morning is the perfect time for a movie. Most of the time I have the theatre to myself.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 10:59 AM

I would go to a movie theatre everyday if I could. But, our area is ltd. on what makes it here AND it is horribly expensive.

I love netflix for all of the reasons Don mentioned, plus for the huge numbers of movies to choose from. We love foreign films. Thanks to netflix we've been able to watch so many of them plus Brit shows which may not have run over here, yet. we would really miss it if we didn't subscribe for whatever reason.

Thanks to all of you, I have a few more to look up and add to my queue at netflix!

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Grab
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 12:48 PM

Strange - I'm sure I posted on this yesterday.

"Little Miss Sunshine" is now on DVD.

Also just saw "First Blood" for the first time on late-night TV the other night. And wondered how a fairly good film about PTSD and small-town prejudice with a Rambo-inflicted bodycount of zero managed to turn into that Hollywood trash kill-em-all franchise. Ho hum.

I also caught that pilot of "Being Human" on BBC3 the same night - a vampire, a werewolf and a house sharing a house. If you didn't see this, find it now and then petition the BBC to make the series. The trailers presented it as a comedy - actually it's about as much a comedy as early "X Files", so there's some funny interplay between the characters on top of a very creepy scenario. Unlike "Blade" and the like, there's no CGI and no special effects - just great writing and acting. And for those who saw it, you'll probably agree that the few lines between the ghost and vampire characters about the nature of the afterlife or the werewolf talking about the taste of carotid arteries are worth any dozen Hollywood creature-features.

Graham.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Bert
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 12:59 PM

Ratatouille


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Amergin
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 12:59 PM

How does a house share a house with a werewolf and a vampire?


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Don Firth
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:32 PM

Yeah, Maggie, we have the Jane Eyre with Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton. I taped it off the air when "Masterpiece Theatre" ran it, but just recently bought the DVD version. I agree that the best version of Pride and Prejudice is the one with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, but some years back, "Masterpiece Theatre" showed a "P&P," running several weeks, with Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul, that was really excellent. The Colin Firth version is on the buy list, and I would also like to get the David Rintoul version (BBC production, 1985), but it looks like I'll have to settle for VHS because it doesn't seem to be available on DVD

Barbara and I just finished watching the entire Monarch of the Glen (BBC Scotland) series from NetFlix. Seven seasons, several episodes per season. We watched it over several months. It was basically a soap, but with a good premise, interesting and attractive characters. Wonderful cast of British and Scottish actors , (for openers, Richard Briars as the flakey Hector; and Susan Hampshire as Molly has a smile that could melt glaciers). But the real star of the show was the the setting.

Almost made me want to go out and poach a deer.

Hmm. How big a pan would you need if you were going to poach a deer?

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:58 PM

Do documentaries count? "GENGHIS BLUES" follows blind bluesman Paul Pena as he learns the esoteric art of Tuvan throat singing and then travels to the central Asian republic to compete against the masters of the genre. I'm a sucker for anything Mongolian (Tuva borders on Mongolia and shares much common history) and some of the throat singing is breathtaking.
   I think its kind of a shame that the Academy Awards has a foreign film category because this often precludes foreign language films from being nominated for the big awards. The two best movies I saw all of last year, "PAN'S LABYRINTH" and "OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES" were nominated as foreign films, "OTHER PEOPLES LIVES" won, but both were better than any of the American films in the best picture category.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: PoppaGator
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 04:33 PM

I recently rented "Genghis Blues" from Netflix and enjoyed it. Mention of that film reminds me of another excellent recent documentary out of San Francisco, "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill."

I have not yet returned "Once" to Netflix; played/viewed it again last night and will probably do so at least once more before shipping it back. I'm more likely to re-watch concret DVDs than movies, and this partiular movie musical is really much more like a concert than a narrative.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Grab
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 08:12 AM

Doh! Should have been "a vampire, a werewolf and a *ghost* sharing a house". Thanks Amergin. :-)

Graham.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Don Firth
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 02:48 PM

A vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost walk into a bar.

The bartender says, "                               "

Anybody?

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 05:13 PM

I've seen a lot of good movies...but not any recent ones. Thank God for TCM and video in its various formats.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 01:30 PM

Juno with Ellen Page, best fil I have seen in ages. Away From Her, Gordon Pinset is FABULOUs. I must say that I saw Shultz Gets The Blues...it is, without a dobt, the worst fil I have ver seen.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,heric
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 02:31 PM

Kat a very nice little film I think you would like but which gets low ratings on netflix is Ten Canoes. See the special features afterwards to see what went into it.   (They almost crafted the film out of thin air after going into production.) Ignore the descriptive blurb they have it all wrong.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Slag
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 04:28 PM

No.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jeanie
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 05:30 PM

I saw the new "St.Trinian's" film at Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The one I'm really looking forward to is coming out next week:

The Bank Job

Script by Clement & La Frenais and with David Suchet in the cast - it looks to be really good. Based on the true story of the "Walkie Talkie robbery" in London in 1971: Britain's biggest bank robbery, that was reported in the news for 4 days and then nothing more was heard of it because a 'D' notice was served on the press forbidding further publication at the time. The reason: "scandalous" photos of a member of the royal family held in the bank vaults - blackmail - Secret Service engineered the robbery so as to retrieve the photos - robbers were allowed to keep the money and were given new identities. Very interesting indeeeeeeed.

- jeanie


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Stu
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 07:21 AM

No Country For Old Men

Must be the Coen brothers best film apart from The Big Lebowski. Excellent acting, minimal soundtrack and superb cinematography - I can't recommend this film enough. We went to see it at the pictures and it made me realise what a fantastic medium film is - don't wait for the DVD, get to the flicks and see it on the big screen.

Also, watched King of Comedy for the first time the other day - De Niro is the man!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: deadfrett
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 09:05 AM

The French animated feature.. Triplets of Belleville.. great flick but hard to find.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Don Firth
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 01:25 PM

Right, HiLo! Away From Her with Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent is excellent.

I first encountered Gordon Pinsent on "The Red Green Show" where he plays Possum Lake water taxi captain Hap Shaughnessy, who is also the local tall-tale teller (Gold Medal for wrestled elephants in the Olympics Games, killed a charging rhino with a spoon, attained 70,000 feet when shot out of a cannon, etc.). Then, we saw him in a serious role and he turns out to be a superb actor. Barbara started requesting his movies on NetFlix, and that's how we saw Away From Her. We've also seen him in The Shipping News and Saint Ralph. No car chases and shoot-outs, just good stories, good acting,

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 24 Feb 08 - 10:23 AM

Gordon Pinsent has been a well known actor in Canada for over forty years. I was disappointed that he was not nominated for Away From Her as he was by far the best actor in the film. I did like Julie Christie but the actress who played Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose was amazing and she should win the Oscar. I wonder why Sarah Polley, director of Away from her was not nominated as best director ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 24 Feb 08 - 06:38 PM

Back in about 1960 I read "The Leopard" by Giuseppi di Lampedusa, a true classic.
I didn't see the movie of "The Leopard" with Burt Lancaster (1963), but recently I obtained the film(s) on DVD; newly redone transfers- a copy of the Visconti original with English subtitles, and a second disc with the American release, both complete. A third disc presents a documentary on the making of the film, and a summary of the profound sociological changes that took place during the period portrayed in the film.
The little Italian island of Lampedusa was a microcosm of the changes that took place in Europe in the late 19th c., with the eclipse of the patrician upper class and the development of the middle class, as seen by a man living through those times.

A fine historical film, and Burt Lancaster was a great and intelligent actor. A rich film, this is one I will periodically replay.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Bert
Date: 25 Feb 08 - 12:32 AM

Everyone's Hero.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: bankley
Date: 25 Feb 08 - 07:50 AM

Hey Poppa G. you'll be pleased to know, as I am, that that low-budget ($100K) Irish film "Once" rec'd the Oscar for 'best song'
'Falling Slowly' by Glen Hanzard and Marketa Iglova.... close enough to folk for me..... piano, guitar and 2 voices...

I like Glen's old 'coustic Takamine, with more gouge holes than Willie's......


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: PoppaGator
Date: 25 Feb 08 - 10:09 AM

Hey bankley, I was watching the Oscars and so, of course, already know about Glen and Marketa's win.

Did you catch Jon Stewart's commentary, quoting their backstage banter (after calling Mar back to give her a turn at the the mic for her thank-yous, etc.)?

According to Jon, they were holding their respective statuettes ~ and discussing them ~ when this dialog occurred (I'm paraphrasing, but this is as close to direct quote as my menory allows):

She: "Let's make 'em kiss"

He: "But they're both guys!"

She: "Hey, it's Hollywood..."


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 25 Feb 08 - 11:45 AM

The DVD of "Once" has some excellent 'extras," including commentaries by Glen Hansard and others, and "Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer." We watched it while the Oscars was on; award programs are always bad.
Marion Cotillard, I was glad to see, got best actress for "La Vie en Rose." This is another I will watch again on DVD; She captured the essence of Edith Piaf quite well.

Both of these were on the first list I posted, there are many other good ones out there.
An old timer favorite I watched again recently was "Zulu." Sometime again soon I will put "Tampopo" on my VHS; perhaps the best parody film of all time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: bankley
Date: 25 Feb 08 - 11:51 AM

yeah, one of the best lines of the night.... they must have had a lot of fun after the gala as well.....good for them...

I watched the film about 2 months ago and enjoyed it, esp. the studio and music store scenes...


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: PoppaGator
Date: 25 Feb 08 - 12:07 PM

The song that won the "Best Song" Oscar was the one played in the music store, shortly after the characters first meet, and the first time she has access to a piano.

The song used for the studio-recording scene, "When Your Mind's Made Up," is probably my favorite in the film, the one I would have nominated for the Oscar competition. It would certainly have been just as likely to win. Maybe it was held back from consideration because it's written in "difficult" 5/4 time. The director's DVD commentary points out that the other three actor/musicians sen in the studio are not actually heard on this song, that the song is actually being played by the Frames (Glen's regular band) plus Marketa. The young drummer who appears onscreen, in particular, was singled out for not being able to play well enough on this the song. I don't imagine many (or any) of the other songs were overdubbed in this manner; the low budget cannot have allowed for very much such manipulation.

There's another concurrent thread about "Once," by the way, initiated back when the film first came out and revived right now thanks to the Academy Award connection...


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 25 Feb 08 - 01:34 PM

Jeanie mentioned the forthcoming movie The Bank Job, with a script by Clement & La Frenais, and that reminded me of a movie scripted by them a few years ago (1999) which I really loved, though I've never had a chance to see it on the big screen.

It's "Still Crazy" - sort of an Auf Wiedersehn Pet clone, but in the world of Rock music rather than the building trade. Anyone who's ever played in any kind of band or group at any level will recognise aspects of it. And it's got a cracker of a song that winds it all up, and sums it all up.

Here it is on YouTube- The Flame Still Burns


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jeanie
Date: 26 Feb 08 - 04:01 AM

Yes, McGrath - I'll second that film ! I never saw it in the cinema, either. It was on TV very late one Christmas about 5 years ago and I managed to tape it. Great film.

- jeanie


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 26 Feb 08 - 07:41 AM

The Water Horse

I started a thread on it, but it could be merged in here if a J-Clone is watching?

I'm a big fan of the original St Trinians films and comic strip so I'm avoiding the new film. I do want to see 'Sweeney Todd' to see if it's like the song, but I may run out of time. I certainly ran out of money yesterday - over £10 for one adult and child, mid afternoon on a weekday... and that was without popcorn, drinks or sweeties. At this rate, it's cheaper to wait the extra 3 months for the DVD to be released.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 26 Feb 08 - 10:09 PM

Sweeney Todd was a disappointment to me. I saw it on Broadway with Angela Lansbury years ago and loved it. The movie was too grim. The whole movie is done in shades of gray and dark blue with hardly a primary color for the entire time. I was angry after it was over.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 06:35 PM

I just finished watching "The Assassination Of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford".   I strongly recommend it. Not your usual outlaw movie. No spectacular bank robberies, no chase scenes. It was more about Ford and his fate. Maybe the best historical movie I've seen in a long time. (I started to call it a Western, but it takes place mostly in Missouri. A Mid-western, maybe).

3:10 From Yuma was also good.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Alice
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 08:13 PM

Just watched Little Miss Sunshine on DVD.
Good film.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 11:35 PM

McGrath, thanks for recommending "Still Crazy." I've just put it in my queue at Netflix. That song was really neat, esp. the poignancy which came through their performances.


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From: katlaughing
Date: 01 Mar 08 - 10:57 PM

We just watched a gem of a movie. It is called The Way Home, is from Korea and, in fact, won Korea's equivalent of an Oscar and outsold Lord of the Rings in Korea in 2002, when it came out. There's stuff about it at IMDB, but this review is a bit better, imo. A beautiful movie, esp. for grandmothers and grandchildren every where!


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From: rich-joy
Date: 02 Mar 08 - 07:33 AM

"As It Is In Heaven" - from Sweden - and my partner is still raving about it!!


Cheers! R-J


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From: number 6
Date: 06 Mar 08 - 08:46 PM

Here's a trailer for a very powerful (but rather dark) documentary I saw just recently.


Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus

biLL


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,heric
Date: 07 Mar 08 - 03:51 PM

Just saw the documentary Deep Water, the story of solo sailor Donald Crowhurst in 1968. Not an ocean storm adventure film, so don't be mislead. If you go in completely ignorant of the story, as I did, it is mind-bending.


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From: Slag
Date: 07 Mar 08 - 11:12 PM

Fools Gold, very entertaining, well acted, unbelievable but so what!


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From: Amergin
Date: 08 Mar 08 - 05:18 AM

I watched a fabulous documentary called The Devil Came On Horseback...it was about a marine captain who was in Darfur as an observer....and as soon as he got out of there almost....he released the photos he had taken....and it is about his efforts to get some one to take action....and the politicians all doing some posturing but doing nothing.


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From: GUEST,JTT
Date: 08 Mar 08 - 06:14 AM

Oh yes, Triplets of Belleville/ Rendezvous a Belleville/ Belleville Rendezvous (some clips on YouTube under the last title). Brilliant, but weird, sad and kind of disturbing. But one of the great dogs of film, and the old ladies are wonderful.

One of the most disturbing films I've ever seen: Grave of the Fireflies - a Japanese animation about two children who starve to death during and after World War II, based on its author's own childhood.

Sold as a double bill with this, My Neighbor Totoro, a charming animation about two little girls and their father, who move to the country to be near their hospitalised mother, and the magical creatures the girls encounter there. A film I used to put on for any visiting kids when I had a telly.

I also used to put on (for older kids - it's a bit scary) The Time Bandits, a Terry Gilliam film about a boy and a band of bandit dwarves travelling through time pursued by a besuited God. Satan does a nice turn as a game-show host. All kinds of stars, including Sean Connery as Theseus and John Cleese playing Robin Hood in a killing imitation of Prince Philip ("Eh, thenk you, the poor will be *so* grateful. (Who were those *dreadful* people?)" he drawls.)

Plus all the other Ghibli ones - Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, etc.

If you like St Trinian's, you'll love The Happiest Days of Your Life - due out soon on DVD. Alistair Sim and Margaret Rutherford as headmaster and headmistress of two minor public schools who find that the post-war Department of Education has accidentally housed their boys' and girls' schools together. Very, very funny, with a great performance by Joyce Grenfell as a delicately hearty gym mistress.

Baraka - not a plotty type of film but a meditation in utterly beautiful film about life and religion.

Wings of Desire - Wim Wenders' strange film about angels. Beautiful and brilliant.

Bubba Ho Tep - Elvis and JFK are together in an old people's home invaded by an evil mummy. Say no more. This film has everything.

That's enough for now. I could go on...


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: freda underhill
Date: 08 Mar 08 - 09:03 AM

Romuald et Juliette, starring Daniel Auteuil and .. I don't know her name, but she is wonderful. this is a great movie - very funny and full of social insight and irony. i loved it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Don Firth
Date: 09 Mar 08 - 03:12 PM

Yeah! Just saw a good one a couple of evenings ago that we got on our NetFlix subscription.

"Quigley Down Under."

It takes place in the late eighteen-hundreds in Australia. Matthew Quigley (Tom Selleck) is an American cowboy hired to come to Australia because he is a crack shot with a long-range rifle. Sniper type. The man who hires him is Elliott Marston (Alan Rickman), who owns a ranch (station?), and Quigley is under the impression that he's being hired to kill varmints that are plaguing Marston's livestock. Marston has a different idea of what constitutes "varmints," and when Marston tells Quigley what he wants him to do, Quigley picks him up and throws him bodily out his own front door. Their relatationship kinda goes downhill from there. . . .

Very early on, when Quigley gets off the boat in Western Australia, he runs into Crazy Cora (Laura San Giacomo), also an American. Crazy Cora is cuter than a bucketful of koalas, but she's as loopy as a loon. Later in the movie, you learn about the tragedy that made her that way.

It's one hell of an adventure story. A lot of the elements of a good Western, but an unusual and awe inspiring setting, a gripping plot, interesting characters, the haunting presence (whether you see them or not) of the aborigines, and sometimes some pretty snappy dialogue,
[Quigley has been beaten and left for dead in the Australian desert]

Crazy Cora: Don't worry, on a new job it's quite common for things not to go well at first.

or

[Both Quigley and Crazy Cora are on horseback, riding across some pretty grim terrain. Cora's wearing a new blue dress Quigley bought her when he was in town. Cora is carrying a naked aborigine baby that she found lost.]

Crazy Cora: I don't want you to go.
Matthew Quigley: You sure look pretty in that new blue dress.
Crazy Cora: If you go after Marston, he'll kill you.
Matthew Quigley: Kid, next time she talks like that, pee all over the dress.
Heck of a movie! Check it out.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Thompson
Date: 09 Mar 08 - 04:52 PM

Anything with Daniel Auteuil is fabulous. La Vie est un Enfer - strange but great. La Reine Margot - ditto: a film about the St Bartholemew's Day Massacre of Protestants in France, "Good King Henry" (Henri de Navarre) and the Medicis.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Skivee
Date: 09 Mar 08 - 05:56 PM

Because nobody else bit Don's bait:
A vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost walk into a bar.
The bartender says, "(To the vampire and werewolf) We don't much care fer yer kind around here; you have ta go. But we do serve spirits"

I Am Legend was a better film than I expected. Better by far than the old Chuck Heston version. I really liked Will Smith's acting.
The "abandoned NYC CGI was pretty spiffy. Using the USS Intrepid's SR-71 as a golf tee was a hoot.(Not giving that away, it was in the TV commercials)
On the other hand, I just saw an alternate ending to it that was so much better than the one they used, I wanted to thump whoever made the choice with a stick.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 09 Mar 08 - 07:16 PM

there are not new, but they're good I thought. Netflix rules!!!

Little Boy Blue
The Butterfly Effect
Chelsea Walls
King Arthur
Wild Things
Monsters Ball
Long Voyage Home
Bullet
Life On The Mississippi

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Mar 08 - 08:33 PM

Netflix DOES rule!

I just watched The Magdalene Sisters. Whew! That was a tough one to watch, knowing it was all true to life and reading what became of he girls. What a terrible and sad thing to have going on and the last laundry didn't close down until 1996. Shameful. (Now, I'll not say a word more...go look it up...it's worth it!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Don Firth
Date: 09 Mar 08 - 09:12 PM

In my post above regarding the movie "Quigley Down Under," I may have inadvertently transgressed the bounds of political correctness in my use of the term "aborigine." Knowing very little about these people, I did a bit of googling and encountered the following:
The word "aboriginal," appearing in English since at least the 17th century and meaning "first or earliest known, indigenous," (Latin Aborigines, from ab: from, and origo: origin, beginning), has been used in Australia to describe its Indigenous peoples as early as 1789. It soon became capitalised and employed as the common name to refer to all Indigenous Australians. Strictly speaking, "Aborigine" is the noun and "Aboriginal" the adjectival form; however the latter is often also employed to stand as a noun. Note that the use of "Aborigine(s)" or "Aboriginal(s)" in this sense, i.e., as a noun, has acquired negative, even derogatory connotations among some sectors of the community, who regard it as insensitive, and even offensive. The more acceptable and correct expression is "Aboriginal Australians" or "Aboriginal people", though even this is sometimes regarded as an expression to be avoided because of its historical associations with colonialism. "Indigenous Australians" has found increasing acceptance, particularly since the 1980s.
No offense intended.

Terrific movie, though! In the story, the Indigenous Australians are among "the good guys" in a quiet, but very effective way.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Mar 08 - 12:44 PM

And, I have found Magdalene Girls was based on composites of many women's stories, rather than those specific characters which were featured. Still, appalling in its truth of what really went on.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 10 Mar 08 - 02:02 PM

The last few movies I saw weren't anything worth raving about. "Gone, Baby, Gone" was just okay, in my opinion.
"Darjeeling Express" (I think that was the name", was mildly entertaining, not the rousing comedy that some critics claimed it was.

I went back to renting British TV series. (Thank God for Netflix for having them). I'm alternating between "Ballykissangel" and "Upstairs, Downstairs". The first was new to me when I started watching it, the second was one that I had only seen occasionally when it was new and I'm re-acquainting myself with it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 10 Mar 08 - 04:49 PM

Don Firth
Do you know if they ever issued an aboriginal cast recording for Quigley??????????? ;-)

Personally, the film didn't get to me. Did not last through it as I recall.

All the best,

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Riginslinger
Date: 10 Mar 08 - 05:00 PM

Seen any good movies lately?


             Yes, I watched "Sometimes a Great Notion," the other day, on VHS.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 11 Mar 08 - 03:21 PM

I've just watched a crap one - 'Tristan and Isolde'. It was set in "Dark Age Britain" (as imagined by some crass tw*t from Beverley Hills). In an opening scene a character gives a 'presentation' involving a sort of 'flip-chart' made of deer skin (yes, really!). Everyone in the film seems to be able to read and write and frequently sign treaties and read books (small, neat portable ones). In spite of its dramatic theme the film is fairly boring and packed full of Hollywood cliches.

My favourite film of all time is 'Last of the Mohicans' - the Michael Mann one with Daniel Day Lewis playing Hawkeye. An astonishing recreation of the wars between the British and French in Eighteenth Century North America. It also unfolds at break-neck speed and had me on the edge of my seat all the way through. Why can't all films be like that?


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 11 Mar 08 - 03:46 PM

If you're looking for brain candy and not historical documentary, I just saw 10,000 BC yesterday...it's pretty slow in the beginning, but it picks up. Probably worth renting instead of dropping $9 to see it in the theater, though.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: number 6
Date: 11 Mar 08 - 03:58 PM

Yikes ... for a brief moment there Becca i though you meant "One Million Years B.C." ... that movie Raquel Welch starred in.


biLL


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 11 Mar 08 - 05:02 PM

LOL number 6...she's not really my style. :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Sep 08 - 09:27 PM

Down to the Sea in Ships (HOW does it END??? PM if you know so as not to spoil it for others please)

Captains Courageous

Mystery Train

Born in the Brothels of Calcutta

Ulee's Gold

The Last Wave

Reservoir Dogs


(Just got a DVR and in love with the IFC channel! Hated to erase these!)

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: DougR
Date: 01 Sep 08 - 09:34 PM

Yes. "Tell No one." A French film with subtitles.

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 12:54 AM

I agree that "Last of the Mohicans" with Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the finest films of all time. Just superb.

Another great one is "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World".

For monster films..."Cloverfield" was rather good in its own way, I think. It was a bran new approach to city-wrecking monsters, in that no attempt at all is made to explain where the monster came from or why or anything at all about that...but you were just faced with the actual events unfolding right on the spot. Quite effective, I thought.

The recent animated feature "Wall-EE" was pretty good.

And for an absolute animated masterpiece of a movie: "Ratatouille"

It has great adventure, wonderful humour, terrific subtlety, brilliant animation, great characters, and a truly heartfelt script in every way possible.

For a great extended TV series, rent yourself all the episodes in the 2005 HBO series "Rome". Very, very good.


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From: GUEST,heric
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 01:26 AM

The Violin.   Wonderful.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 08:38 AM

I have just seen Son of Rambow, great film.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: john f weldon
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 09:50 AM

I don't think anyone's mentioned No Country For Old Men. If you like villains, this guy Javier Bardem beats Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson (a couple of Jokers). He's up there with Anthony Hopkin's Hannibal Lecter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 11:02 AM

Not exactly a GOOD movie - but far better than I was expecting was "The Invasion" with Nicole Kidman. It's an updated version of "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers".

Also on another thread I've pointed out that the TV miniseries "Lonesome Dove" has been rereleased in a widescreen version.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 04:16 PM

See my post about the Leadbelly movie.

its a musicians movie. Civilians won't get it. It opens up his music for you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 07:34 PM

I saw "No Country For Old Men". It had some strong points here and there...but I ended up really not liking it much at all by the end, and frankly wondering what the hell the point would be to even making such a movie? It's like a sort of high class snuff film with an ending that's a total non-sequitor and defeats whatever sense of direction the movie ever had. If I were giving it a review it would be a weak 2 and a half out of four stars.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Joe_F
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 09:03 PM

Ace in the Hole
Heathers
If I Had a Million
Ikiru
The Lost Weekend
A Man for All Seasons
Miracle on 34th Street
Paths of Glory
Revenge of the Nerds
A Taste of Honey
Yidl mitn Fidl


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Sawzaw
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 09:31 PM

Kit Kittredge was a good movie, especially for kids, to see.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Barry Normal
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 10:19 PM

"300" DVD, tonight; astonishingly good

"Gladiatress" BBC1, last night; astonishingly bad


enjoyed both...


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 10:58 PM

Dead Man with Gary Farmer and Johnny Depp.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 12:31 AM

Sweeney Todd - Another outstanding performance by Johnny Depp, and everyone else in it was great too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: MAG
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 11:32 PM

Yeah, I liked *Tell No One* too.

I know the Indiana Jones movies have stupid plots, but that's part of the point, right?

I loved the new one. Even if I hate perpetuating urban legends like the crystal skulls.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 12:44 AM

Yeah, I really enjoyed it too. Good clean fun. ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 03:24 PM

I may have mentioned this on another thread, but there is one film I've seen that even afer 2 years is still the first movie out of my mouth when recommending films. It is called "Everything is Illuminated" and it has more heart than anything I've ever seen. Based on the debut novel by Jonathan Safran Foer with first time direction by the fine actor Liev Schreiber this movie will have you laughing till your sides ache and then a half hour later, genuinely bawling your eyes out. It stars Elijah Wood and a refreshing turn by Eugene Hutz, but in my opinion Boris Leskin as "Grandfather" should have easily won an Academy Award. I've seen it many time in the past couple years, we keep getting and making friends sit down and watch it, and I never tire of it. If you have not seen it, see it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: quokka
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 11:40 PM

'A Very British Gangster' - documentary made by Irish investigative journalist Donal McIntyre about Manchester crime boss Dominic Noonan. If you liked 'Snatch' and 'Lock Stock' you'll love this! I saw it at a festival though - not sure if it's had a general release. Was shown at Sundance 2007. May be out on DVD. VERY powerful film.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: maire-aine
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 01:08 AM

Saw "Bottle Shock" a couple weeks ago. Very enjoyable, but probably not widely distributed. Check for a Landmark Theater in your area.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: MAG
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 10:32 AM

Since this has become wine country, I'll look for Bottle Shock. It hasn't played here yet, although I noticed it is playing in Portland (Oregon).


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Don Firth
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 05:26 PM

Seen any good movies lately? Yes.

This movie is full of murderers and other felons, but there are no gun fights or car chases. Despite that, there is a fair amount of suspense. The movie stars Clive Owen, David Kelly, AND Helen Mirren.

Greenfingers (2000) – (There is a horror movie out with almost the same title: "Green Fingers." But that ain't it, so be sure you get the right one. No relation to "Greensleeves," "Green Gables," or "green around the gills.")

It deals with prisoners in an experimental "open" prison who are being given job training for when–and if–they are released or paroled. A group of them are dragooned into learning to be gardeners ("You guys are a disgrace to the prison system!" says another prisoner) and after some initial distaste and misgivings, they take to it with gusto—and wind up at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Trailer

Unusual movie based on a true story. Very well done. (Be forewarned, though. It's kind of a "feel good" movie. But don't let that put you off).

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: DougR
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 05:35 PM

Little Hawk: I think you are being most generous by rating "No Country for Old Men" 2.5 stars. I thought it was a terrible movie. Woody Harlson's role was a throw away part and Tommy Lee Jones' (a fine actor I think)role was only a tad bit better.

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: olddude
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 07:09 PM

Frankenfish scifi channel
oh yes rates right up there with AI assult, or Boa vs Python

only the best for the olddude


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 07:26 PM

I love this! I open one window to my netflix account, the other to this thread, then go down the list of posts, check to see if netflix has each movie and voila! They are on their way to me for viewing. Thanks for the recommends! I have just added Greenfingers (love Clive Owen!), A Very British Gangster, and Everything is Illuminated to my queue.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 06 Sep 08 - 12:40 AM

Doug - You're absolutely right. I was being very generous to give
"No Country for Old Men" a weak 2.5 stars (out of 4). I should have given it about 1 star.

I guess I was in a merciful mood when I rated it at a 2.5.

Yes, it is a terrible movie. I was not impressed when I saw it. I'm glad I just rented it rather than blowing 10 bucks on it at the theatre.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Sep 08 - 12:51 AM

Haven't seen this since it came and until now couldn't find it anywhere on the Internet, so I am chuffed to note that the First Nudie Musical is now available on DVD!! It is a blast to watch with those clean cut kids from Happy Days, Ron Howard and Cindy Williams. Netflix doesn't have it, yet, but I plan to request it. It is one of the most hilarious movies I've ever seen...right up there in the spoof category with Spinal Tape etc.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Sep 08 - 03:01 PM

Death and the Maiden

The Illusionist

Out of Africa

Children of a Lesser God

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Sawzaw
Date: 07 Sep 08 - 03:55 PM

Does anybody remember "Bar Fly"? I thought it was a good one especially to show to alcoholics to sober them up.

Mickey Rourke seemed to be imitating the voice of Hokey Wolf in the Hanna-Barbara Cartoon series.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Sep 08 - 03:58 PM

I loved Bsr Fly-- I thought of it as a character study.

I most loved about that I could say to one man of my acquaintance that he did NOT meet me in a bar.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 10:11 AM

Must see: Rabbit-Proof Fence

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit-Proof_Fence_(film)

Rabbit-Proof Fence is a 2002 Australian drama film based on the book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara. It is a true story concerning the author's mother, as well as two other young mixed-race Aboriginal girls, who ran away from the Moore River Native Settlement, north of Perth, in order to return to their Aboriginal families, after having been placed there in 1931. The film follows the girls as they trek/walk for nine weeks along 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of the Australian rabbit-proof fence to return to their community at Jigalong, while being tracked by a white authority figure and a black tracker....[

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Robyn
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 03:10 AM

On Saturday we saw The Power of Song.
Wonderful!
I sang all the way through.
(I don't know what the lady sitting next to me thought.)
So inspirational.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Don Firth (computer still in the shop)
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 07:31 PM

We love NetFlix!! And the Internet Movie Database!

Barbara has a neat way of picking good movies, most of which we had never heard of before. She zings in on an actor we particularly like or think is especially interesting, for whatever reason. Then she looks him or her up on IMDb to see what other movies they've been in. Then, she looks the movies up on NetFlix. That's how we ran into Quigley Down Under and a particular filming of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, looking for movies with British actor Alan Rickman (most recently, probably best known as Prof. Snape in the Harry Potter movies).

Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent was another. We'd seen him as Hap Shaughnessy, the tall-tale telling blowhard on "The Red Green Show" and heard that, as ridiculous as the character was, in real life, Pinsent was an excellent serious actor. Which, indeed, he is. We saw him in The Shipping News, Saint Ralph, and Away from Her, all excellent movies, and Pinsent is, indeed, a fine actor.

Lately we've been sampling the work of another British actor, the late Roger Livesey. We had first noticed him as the elderly Duke of St. Bungay in the TV series, The Pallisers (secretly, I'm madly in love with Susan Hampshire), and there was something about that sort of "hoarse-ish" voice of his. We checked out the 1945 movie, I Know Where I'm Going, with he and Wendy Hiller. Then the Errol Flynn swashbuckler, The Master of Ballantrae (okay, but very Errol Flynn-ish), and quite recently, Futtock's End, with Ronnie Barker. Grunts and mumbles, no actual dialogue. Bloody hilarious! At the age of eighty, Livesey insisted on doing his own stunts!

We've just watched Livesey in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943). I had heard of Colonel Blimp as a satirical British cartoon character, and this movie picks up on it, although the character played by Livesey is much more fully rounded and sympathetic than the cartoon character. This carries the character, British army officer Clive "Sugar" Candy up through the ranks as he partakes of three wars (the Boer War, WWI, and WWII—over time, they age him with make-up, mainly a walrus mustache, a "bald cap," and a prosthetic belly). Deborah Kerr co-stars, playing three different (?) women in his life.

I can recommend all of the above-mentioned movies (unless you're not a fan of Errol Flynn as he swashes from the neck up and buckles from the knees down), particularly The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.

A most unusual and enjoyable movie.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 09:57 AM

Au Revoir, Les Enfants

Ikiru

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 07:41 PM

I confess that I haven't read ALL of this thread, so this might just be a repeat of someone else's recommendation. If so, record it as just several exclamation marks after the previous rave, if any.

This afternoon my Beautiful Wife and I saw Elegy, with Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Cruz. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Those two are such great actors, and the story is marvelous. Then add lovely cinematography, and gorgeous music along the way.

In a nutshell, Kingsley, a professor and arts/literature critic and commentator (on NPR) falls in love with Cruz, who had been a student in his class. His angst about the difference (30 years or so) in their ages tortures him through the real romance. I don't want to tell you more about it, because it might spoil the effect of certain developments in their lives.

SEEITSEEITSEEITSEEIT!

(If you gather that we liked this movie, you must might be getting the flavor.)

Dave Oesterreich


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From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 11:46 PM

Don, we do the same thing, using IMDB and netflix. Love it!

Dave, I just "sved" Elegy at netflix, but it won't be out on DVD until Jan, 13, 2009. Oh, well, I look forward to it. Thanks!

Thanks to someone's recommendation up thread, Greenfingers is on its way to us, just in time for the weekend!


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From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Sep 08 - 12:06 PM

Onibaba

Vatel

Wonderland

~S~


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From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Sep 08 - 05:10 PM

When the Legends Die

LOVE my new specs-- bifocal line lowered so I can lean back AND see the TV!

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Sep 08 - 05:26 PM

If you have not seen Perfume, DO NOT SEE IT
It is of a reality so different that your senses of sight sound and smell will be altered forever, along with your sense of history.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: DougR
Date: 12 Sep 08 - 06:03 PM

We saw one last night that the majority of you folks will eat up if you haven't seen it. It actually is a movie made for television and is the final chapter of the popular BBC series, CRACKER. My wife and I have viewed all of the other DVDs in the series and looked forward to seeing this last one (CRACKER, the final chapter). None of the previous episodes included anything political at all. Just a good old mystery type story with excellent characters. This one was almost totally political. Who's the bad guys? Why, George W. Bush of course and his able sidekick Tony Blair. Even the IRA was drug into it.

Rent it. You'll love it.

DougR


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From: DougR
Date: 12 Sep 08 - 06:29 PM

Little Robin: I don't know what your seat partner thought either, but I'm pretty sure if I sat next to someone in a theatre who sang all though the movie, I would have been annoyed.

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 10:16 AM

Burn After Reading!   Saw it last night, and it is a hoot!
John Malkovich is forced out of the CIA, and starts to write his memoirs. By a weird chain of events the partly completed "book", on CD, gets into the hands of Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt, who realize it's got classified stuff in it, and they try to blackmail him, and when he doesn't bite, try to sell it to the Russians. Then there's another interweaving story line with George Clooney and Malkovich's wife (sorry, I can't remember the actress's name) having an affair. Weird (there's that word again!) happenings all the way along, ending with dead bodies here and there, which SEEMS like a strange basis for a comedy, but it's great!

Seems like every identifiable character in the movie is an idiot, including Malkovich's superiors in the CIA.

Another triumph of the Cohen brothers!

I should tell you, my Beautiful Wife was wonderfully offended by the prevalence of the F word, especially in Malkovich's mouth.

Dave Oesterreich


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From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 12:14 PM

The other day I found, in a charity shop, a film (in video-tape format) that I had wanted to see for ages. It was called 'The Limey' and starred Terence Stamp. It was about a gangster from the East End of London who goes to Los Angeles to investigate the death of his daughter.

It turned out to be eye-wateringly, tooth-achingly BAAAADDD!!!!! The plot, the acting, the dialogue were just awful - especially the dialogue ... no, that's unfair, the plot was worse ... holes that fleets of aircraft carriers could pass through without touching the sides ... but on the other hand the scene where Stamp talks in Cockney rhyming slang to the LA cop ... my toes still haven't uncurled after a week!!

I hope the Director (and Stamp) were shot soon after this went out.

Still, the video only cost me 99p and I'm eternally grateful that I didn't go to the cinema to see it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Nicholas Waller
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 03:31 PM

Don Firth -

Two of the films you mention with Roger Livesey - I Know Where I'm Going! and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp - were made by Powell & Pressburger (whose non-Livesey films include The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus). If you liked them you should like A Matter of Life and Death aka Stairway to Heaven in the US, which stars David Niven and Kim Hunter, with Roger Livesey as a brain specialist.

Very specifically set over a few days over the end of WW2 in Europe, and in fact shot during the last part of 1945, it combines black and white (the "afterlife" - or is it?) and Technicolor (earth) and is about life, death, love, law and war and also Anglo-American relations (it was partly a propaganda film to show Americans why they should still like the Brits, even if we did have cricket and the Empire) and is my favourite film.

Blimp is another film I really like; one amazing thing about it is that it was shot in Technicolor in south east England during WW2. Decades of exposure to films set in WW2 but shot years afterwards maybe dull the impact, but when you see magazine front covers in the film dated 1943 that's not years ago, that's months or weeks before and the outcome of the war was not fully known. Similarly with the ruins of Canterbury in A Canterbury Tale; that's real bomb damage while the war was still on, filmed in 1943, not recreated production design.

Churchill, incidentally, tried to get Blimp banned; with its sympathetic German officer character (Anton Wallbrook) and its message that the Brits ought to stop being jolly good sporting warriors and fight (and interrogate) more like Nazis, plus the suspicion that the Blimp character was partly a portrait of Churchill, he thought it didn't send the right message.

For more on Livesey and his family - including the tidbit that he and his wife Ursula Jeans met Susan Hampshire as a 6-year old and wanted to adopt her - see http://www.powell-pressburger.org/Reviews/Livesey/JillWatt.html


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: MAG
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 01:08 PM

Oh I loved "Limey." Stamp gets out of prison and goes to find out what happened to his daughter years after the fact. The plot is non-linear, so you have to figure out what has happened by mentally putting them back where they go. They use bits of an old Terence Stamp movie in it for the flashback. The ending is poignant. See it!

I wasn't so sure about "Burn After Reading." I don't think it is the Cohn's best work. And the wife is Tilda Swinton, and her acting is polished as always.

They get good performances out of a bunch of Hollywood names. I wasn't so sure about Brad Pitt as the buff gym idiot. It's all a spoof on espionage thrillers and it has its moments.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Amergin
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 03:38 PM

I watched a good movie last night called Reign O'er Me, with Don Chedle and Adam Sandler....It wasn't the usual Sandler affair, where he is the obnoxious 12 year old in an adult body. He played a dentist who basically just shut down, refusing to acknowledge even his grief, when his wife and daughters are killed on 11 September. The movie takes place years after the event, and Don Cheadle is an old college rommate who runs into him, and rekindles their old friendship.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 04:02 PM

We really enjoyed Greenfingers last night. Thanks to whomever recommended it upthread.


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From: Schantieman
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 04:21 PM

My 12 year old daughter took me to see the new 'Batman' film.   Not at all what I expected, no 'BIFF' 'KERPOW'   'SPLAT', no Robin and VERY unpleasantly violent. Not to mention what happens to that bloke's face!

She loved it.


Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 11:10 PM

Garage Days

Cute.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Sep 08 - 10:43 PM

Les Enfants du Paradis

Three hours, all worth it. In two parts. Wish there'd been an epilogue!

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 23 Sep 08 - 10:16 AM

I saw Ghost Town on Saturday. It was really pretty funny. Ricky Gervais was perfect for the role.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: MAG
Date: 23 Sep 08 - 11:22 AM

The local college showed a Korean film called "Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring."

Simple and powerful.


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From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 06:35 PM

NeilD, thanks for recommending "Everything is Illuminated!" Excellent film, I can see why you have it in mind and keep sharing it. So funny, poignant, elegant, and beautifully directed, acted, filmed, etc. AND I love the music. I am going to get the soundtrack, soon." Start wearing purple for me now!":-) Oddly enough, Elijah Wood as Jonathan was perfect but really irritated me. I think it was the character more than the actor, though. I loved Hutz's part best of all, as Alex, and yes, Samudovsky was excellent as the grandfather, too. Thanks, again! Here's a link to Gogol Bordello's myspace where one may listen to "Start Wearing Purple."


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From: Shanghaiceltic
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 07:43 PM

Saw 'In Bruges' on the flight up to Shanghai a couple of weeks back. Great movie, very black comedy and some great lines. Not rerally rated Colin Farrell before but in this he is excellent.

Also watched 'Death at a Funeral' and nearly wet myself.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: heric
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 09:02 PM

Yeah I liked Limey a lot too. I always remember the scene where the meatpackers maul him brutally and throw him unceremoniously into the alley, then he gets up, calmly . . . .


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 09:23 PM

I saw Brideshead Revisted today. I thought it was better than I expected.


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From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 12:36 AM

WALL*E...

Far too much subtle stuff in there for just kids - but a really nice love story 2 robots!. Almost no dialogue in first half.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Amergin
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 05:18 AM

Every once in a while one will come across a show that just makes you go WOW! I just watched The Lives of Others, and it is a very amazing thought provoking film. The ending was perfect. I thought the guy would go up and talk to him, but no...he didn't.

Was it me or does the guy who play Wiesler resemble Kevin Spacey? Also, I do not think it was a coincidence that the film initially took place in 1984, when they started spying on the author.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: MAG
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 12:24 PM

Y'know, the thing about Brideshead Revisited is that I don'tremember any ofthat stuff beingthe focus of the book -- I remember the focus of the book being the End of Empire, as symbolized by this family too hidebound for its (or its members) own good.

Sabastian didn't come across nearly as swishy, but naybe I need to go reread it.

Oh, Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist was a must for us Young People's Librarians -- fun, but they changed a bit too much from the book. Which will now fly off the shelves.

An Israeli movie called, I think, Close to Home at the college this weekend. grim.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: alanabit
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 04:59 PM

I saw "Das Leben der Anderen-2 ("Lives of Others") too and I agree it was excellent. It was so convincing to see the frighteningly scrupulous Stasi guy was sincere in his beliefs. He was a sort of Robespierre - incorruptable, yet capable of causing untold misery. You hate him at the beginning and come out of it respecting his integrity two hours later. That's a clever film.
There are some German films around at the moment, which are dealing with their big issues very sensitively and intelligently.
We went to see "The Baader Meinhof Complex" on Friday, which was every bit as good at Neil Ascherson described it in his Guardian review. It is a believable and unsentimental telling of the story of the terrorist group (and it's successors), which wreaked carnage in Germany in the seventies and early eighties. I believe the makers tried very hard to be objective in the way they told the story. Nobody was made to look a complete monster, although it would take a special person to like a lout like Andreas Baader. Sadly, a lot of facts about that series of catastrophes are never likely to emerge, but the makers showed admirable restraint.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: MAG
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 05:57 PM

Is the English language consciously shedding its irregular verbs??

Sutely the past form of "Wreak" is "wrought"??

I have noticed numerous examples of this.

and the sprinkled apostrophes -- please please! nails on a blackboard to us recycled English majors. ("Its" -- possessive. "It's" -- contraction of "it is.")


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: heric
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 06:01 PM

Actually it's not "wrought." I had to learn that the very hard way from a college professor long ago. (Wreaked.)


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From: alanabit
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 07:13 PM

Sorry if I muffed it... I have been away from the UK for nearly a quarter of a century now. Is there a special word for someone, who is illiterate in two languages?


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 07:23 PM

I thought we didn't give a damn, at least too much of one, when writing in the threads? I think we all *know* most of the rules...which makes it fun to ignore them at times.:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 04:45 AM

I remember that song

Love you! hold you! eight days a wreak!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 06:01 PM

I just got home from seeing "Burn After Reading". The ads on TV made it look like a comedy. It isn't. But once I realized that, I really liked it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Donuel
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 09:46 PM

"Das Leben der Anderen-2 is a film Americans need to see to understand that our neww SS police are agencies like Homeland Security and other new domestic spying police.

How is Religulous?


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 10:19 PM

I've seen lots of good movies lately, but nothing recent. I confine my movies to TCM, and the film history class I take...Wednesday we're going to discuss Columbia pictures of the mid-late '30s.

We've already had the pre-code stuff in which women had the strong roles...quite a switch from the last half century. And certainly a far cry from what passes for stories today.

And I wouldn't give you piss for 95% of those who call themselves actors today.


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From: michaelr
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 10:33 PM

"The Fall" -- a beautiful film. Paralyzed stuntman in 30's LA tells tall tales to little girl in hospital with him; girl's imagination provides visuals. Most incredible cinematography I've seen in years.

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 06:04 PM

"Yeah I liked Limey a lot too. I always remember the scene where the meatpackers maul him brutally and throw him unceremoniously into the alley, then he gets up, calmly . . . ."

So why did the silly tw*t only produce the gun AFTER he had been beaten up? The meatpackers could easily have killed or disabled him him (and probably would have in real life).


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 04:33 PM

I also just saw "Burn After Reading" and I didn't really care for it. It was ok but not worth all the hoopla it's getting, IMO.


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From: alison
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 10:38 PM

Enchanted


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From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Oct 08 - 12:10 AM

Thanks, oneL! Just watched a preview at netflix and it looks really funny/good AND I can watch it instantly on my PC at netflix.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Oct 08 - 03:02 PM

Private Fears in Public Places (aka Coeurs)

House of D

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: ranger1
Date: 24 Oct 08 - 05:44 PM

Jason and I went to see Appaloosa the other day. Great western along the lines of some of the older Clint Eastwood westerns.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: DougR
Date: 24 Oct 08 - 06:05 PM

I doubt any of you will be breaking down the doors of your local theater to see the last movie we saw in a theater. It was "An American Carol." A tongue-in-cheek movie jabbing liberals. I'd like to say it was a good movie, but it wasn't. Oh, it took the jabs, alright, but there were very few funny scenes and it wasn't well written or acted.

DougR


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From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 09:59 AM

Paschendaele (sic), the Paul Grosse film about Canadians in the Great War Battle. A very good film for the most part, although the love story is a bit too much, still, a film worth seeing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: DougR
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 03:47 PM

"Eastern Promises", is a pretty good flick. We watched it last night. The end left something to be desired, and it's pretty gruesome in parts, but it held your interest.

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 04:37 PM

We watched Death at a Funeral last night. It was fairly funny and good, though it went a little over the top in some places. Still, we enjoyed it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 03:13 PM

I'm using this list regularly to aid our orders from Netflix. Thanks to you all.



Art


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Raydio
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 04:00 PM

Watched three AS (advanced screeners)over the weekend, quantum of solace, Henry Poole is here and Taken.

"Taken" is great, Liam Neeson played the part of his life in it. He plays an ex governmeny agent who comes out of retirement after his daughter is abducted in Paris. He seems to have lost so much weight. This film has to be on top of your list.

"Henry Poole is here" was so enjoyable, Owen Wilson's brother played the lead role. The face of Christ appears on his wall of his home and he tries to get rid of it. A great family film.

"Quantum of Solace" how the hell can they call this Bond, no gadgets, no women (one) and no one liners. There is also a guy in the role that no more fits bill than I would. Bond as we know it is over.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Amergin
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 04:13 PM

I watched a good movie called Liam last night....it is about a boy during the great depression....who watches his father slide into fascism...


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: deadfrett
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 07:53 PM

" Honeydripper" -Mississippi 1950's-with Danny Glover and Stacey Keach and great supporting cast. Good music too.


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From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 09:22 PM

Ooooooohhhhhheeewwww......

Tokaido Yotsuya kaidan


Not for the faint of heart, but lovely blend of Japanese legend, stylized theater, and cinema!

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Nov 08 - 11:27 PM

"I'll be there" written and directed by Craig Ferguson, starring himself and some other great actors plus "introducing" Charlotte Church. It was such a fun and endearing movie!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: MAG
Date: 04 Nov 08 - 09:50 AM

Well, I loved Bill Maher's slam at religion, though I don't suppose it will ever make wide release. I don't agree with him on some points, but found it very provocative.


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From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Nov 08 - 10:01 PM

Just watched Mongol, first in a trilogy about Genghis Khan. Excellent and I loved the music, lots of Tuvan throat singing!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Peter T.
Date: 09 Nov 08 - 02:39 AM

Last movies seen:
The Battle of Algiers (still the best movie about terrorism and urban warfare ever). I hadn't seen it in ten years, but Criterion has a new print of it, and it is still unbelievably good.

L'Atalante. Another film I hadn't seen in years, and really still maybe the most extraordinarily mythic film ever made.

Out Of The Past. One of the best of the film noirs, which I had heard about vaguely, but never ever seen. Just a total knockout. With Jane Greer in her one truly, truly, truly, truly great part.

yours,

Peter T.


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From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 07:26 PM

Elegy with Ben Kingsley...very sexy, very sad, very funny, and good.

Just watched the docu A Very British Gangster...not much to say except the tenderness I felt for the young boys already so tough and matter-of-fact about their lives and one of them so talented as a singer. To hear them talk about their dreams amidst their mafia-like lives was a poignant juxtaposition, yet, not the only one in this superbly done docu.


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From: DougR
Date: 25 Mar 09 - 02:45 PM

"Taken," with Liam Neeson.

DougR


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From: GUEST,heric
Date: 25 Mar 09 - 04:19 PM

Frozen River and Little Fish


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From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 25 Mar 09 - 09:42 PM

I saw "Double indemnity,' 1940s, yesterday, w/ MacMurray, Stanwyck, and Robinson. Still a great film nearly seventy years on.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Janie
Date: 26 Mar 09 - 01:43 AM

I just watched The Loss of Nameless Things, on Hulu. One of of the films from the PBS series Independent Lens.

It's a documentary about Oakley Hall, III (I think III -maybe he was IV.)   A brilliant playright who founded Lexington Conservatory Theater, and who suffered a severe head injury at age 29 that stopped him cold. Or not.

Fascinating.   I recommend it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Neil D
Date: 26 Mar 09 - 03:35 AM

I recently caught an old one I had missed up to now, "Talk of the Town". Average plot, good dialogue but what a chance to hear 3 such
distinct voices playing off each other: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur and Ronald (could listen to him read the phonebook) Colman. "Goya's Ghosts" wasn't bad but I haven't seen anything I'd give 4 Stars lately. I'm waiting for "Milk" and "Slumdog Millionaire" to be available on Netflix.
   I have heard about a movie in the works that has me filled with anticiption. A Three Stooges movie with Johnny Depp as Moe, and its even rumored that Sean Penn might be interested in the role of Larry Fein. This could be an instant classic.


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From: goatfell
Date: 26 Mar 09 - 01:00 PM

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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 26 Mar 09 - 01:06 PM

As to the Three Stooges movie. The rumor I heard was Benico Del Toro was to play Moe, Sean Penn to play Larry and Jim Carey to play Curley.


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From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Mar 09 - 02:45 PM

Careful, He Might Hear You (1983)
Directed by Carl Schultz. With Wendy Hughes, Robyn Nevin, Nicholas Gledhill.

www.imdb.com


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From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 26 Mar 09 - 07:47 PM

Sometimes I think too much. Any time I start making a list of "Best Films Ever," or "My all-time favorite films," I end up with different categories. For instance, Some of my favorite films I would not necessarily consider "best films," and frequently some of the so-called best just leave me cold. Often my favorites are "guilty pleasures," films that I like but wouldn't necessarily recommend them to anyone I know. Frequently close friends or relatives are crazy about a film or films that I don't care for or can't stand. One friend literally can't get enough of Woody Allen, and I can't stand to watch his stuff. I loved the book, "No Country For Old Men," and enjoyed the film almost as much. One all-time favorite would be "A River Runs Through It." Last time I started a list I wound up with the following divisions: Favorite Films of the 1930's, 1940's, etc., up to the present. Then I added separate lists for "Must See Horror," "Good Spooky Stuff," "Gangsters," "Spy Films," "Westerns (Old School)," "Westerns (Modern)," then I decided to give it a rest. Three favorites, all from the 1980's have writer Horton Foote in common; "Tender Mercies," Trip To Bountiful," and "Places in the Heart."


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Neil D
Date: 26 Mar 09 - 10:07 PM

Wesley, you're absolutely right. I just saw an update on Maddow.
A Farelly Brothers production as well. Funny though, I was just thinking that if Jim Carey wanted to gain some weight, he could pull off the Curly role.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 27 Mar 09 - 08:01 AM

Correcting myself. Horton Foote was not responsible for "Places in the Heart." Another Texan, Robert Benton, was the writer and director for that one.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Micca
Date: 27 Mar 09 - 08:02 AM

I recently saw (borrowed from the College Library where I work) "Rififi", which has one of the Most Copied scenes in all 1930/40s Film noir in it, But which I had never seen the whole movie until now!!! The "break in" scene, silent,with NO background music track, only the ambient sound is rightly a Classic and as fascinating and revolutionaary now as it was when first made!! I would highly reccommend this one.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Victor in Mapperton
Date: 27 Mar 09 - 03:12 PM

Two excellent films I enjoyed recently are "Doubt" and "Electric Mist".


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From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 27 Mar 09 - 06:09 PM

I'll second that vote for "Electric Mist." Too bad the studio had no faith in their film, and too bad they released it directly to video missing 15 minutes of director Bertrand Tavernier's original vision. Still good with some elements that I always appreciate: Cajun country, cypress trees, Spanish Moss, Buddy Guy, blues, Cajun music, Tommy Lee Jones, visitations from the ghost of General John Bell Hood, meditations on how the past resonates in the present. Reminds me too of the William Faulkner quote, "The past is not dead. It's not even past."


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From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 27 Mar 09 - 11:06 PM

Forgot to mention that was Levon Helm as the ghost of General John Bell Hood in "Electric Mist." Mea big culpa.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Mar 09 - 12:12 AM

Thanks, fellahs! I just put Doubt, Electric Mist, and Rififi in my netflix queue.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Amergin
Date: 28 Mar 09 - 02:46 AM

I saw a few good ones recently....

The Watchmen....which I found rather interesting the whole concept of an alternate universe where superheroes are known....and they are not necessarily good....

Juno....it was quite refreshing to watch a teen comedy that didn't include a quest for getting drunk and laid.....the sex had already happened before the movie began.

Atonement....my god....what a fabulous film....lives destroyed because of the actions of one misguided jealous girl...

neverwhere...a bbc miniseries by Neil Gaiman....very low budget but it works.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 28 Mar 09 - 07:02 AM

I got Neverwhere on DVD for Christmas and it is great - Lenny Henry had a lot to do with it if you didn't know. Anyhow - that was not what I got on to post about...

Defiance - Fantastic film with something for everyone. I didn't think Daniel Craig would work as a Bellarussian Jew but he definitely pulls it off. And in disagreement with a poster above I think he makes a good Bond as well:-)

Cheers

DeG


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Mar 09 - 12:18 PM

The Secret of Roan Inish - a gentle low-budget film - a story around the legends of the selkies.

The Long Riders - The story of Jesse James - music by Ry Cooder.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Neil D
Date: 29 Mar 09 - 05:40 AM

"Flawless" with Michael Caine and Demi Moore was very good. A heist movie but definitely a cut above the average genre piece. Caine is, as always, brilliant and Moore holds up her end well.


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From: GUEST,Jack The Sailor
Date: 29 Mar 09 - 11:55 AM

Seen any good movies lately?

I just saw a bad one.

"W" was disappointing. I learned nothing new. The acting was bland and the device of using Bush's malaprops from his speeches as dialog in private conversations was distracting. It tended to take my mind of what little narrative there was.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 06:01 PM

We tried Doubt and turned it off in disgust. It really just didn't work for me and Rog, who grew up in parochial school, etc. really had vile things to say about it. I was kind of shocked because I have always likes every role I've ever seen Meryl Streep in, until this one. This afternoon, I just tried to watch her in another, Dancing at Lughnasa (sp), and turned it off, too. Her Irish accent was weak and artificial, esp. compared to the other actors and the story seemed a bit unr/idealistic. Maybe I didn't watch it long enough, but I did not like her character nor the way she played her. It felt to me as though she'd been stereotyped with two very similar characters which, imo, just weren't right for her. I hope she gets into some more roles worthy of her abilities.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Aug 09 - 11:18 PM

Watched a wonderful film called La veuve de Saint-Pierre/The Widow of Saint Pierre which was on a small French island off of Newfoundland. Juliette Binoche played the lead part. She is SO beautiful and did a superb job as did the two leading men: Daniel Auteuil as her husband the Captain and, Emir Kusturica as Neel, the man sentenced to die. Really well-done, imo and well worth watching a second time, even.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: maire-aine
Date: 23 Aug 09 - 11:38 PM

Saw "Julie & Julia" this afternoon, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Warning: don't go hungry.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 12:04 AM

I thought "Doubt" was very good. Not exactly enjoyable, mind you...but very good. (I'm not Catholic...so what do I know?) ;-)

"Atonement" is an utterly superb film. 10 out of 10!

"The Reader" is a superb and very moving film that really gives the viewer a great deal to think about...specially if they can honestly relate to the 2 main characters in the film and put themselves hypothetically in their place without any prejudgement. "What would I have done if it were me and this happened to me?" "What would many others have done if it were them?" That is the question the viewer must ask himself or herself...if inclined to look directly and unflinchingly at the very real possibility that something like this can happen to anyone, given certain circumstances.

"Revolutionary Road" is quite good. It's also pretty damn harrowing to watch, so only watch it if you're ready for a heavy evening.

"Taken" is a perfect action film. It's a bit unbelievable at times...but you can't fault it for engaging your attention 100%, and Liam Neeson makes the best secret agent of all time. Bond is mere oatmeal in comparison to Liam Neeson in "Taken".

However...here's another vote for Daniel Craig as the best James Bond ever...in my opinion. I was prepared to be surprised at the first movie he portrayed Bond in, and I was. "Casino Royale" was wonderful. "Quantum of Solace" is only a so-so movie in comparison, but Craig is still excellent as James Bond in both films. You believe he's as tough as the part requires him to be.

"Apaloosa" is a terrific recent western.

"Juno" was very good. Best movie about a teenager that I've seen.

I really liked "W". But then, I like EVERY movie made by Oliver Stone. The only character who seemed not to have been caught very effectively in it to me was Condoleeza Rice. Cheney and Dubya were played extremely convincingly.

And lastly: I loved "Frost/Nixon" ...or is it "Nixon/Frost"??? Whatever. It's great.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 07:08 AM

Knowing, with Nick Cage. Brilliant ending. I also caught up with the latest Star Trek movie on the transatlantic hop and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I agree with Taken - superb movie, got my daughter and son in law hooked so they've kept the DVD to watch again.

Took my granddaughter to see Ice Age 3 - that was great, lots of sub text for the adults, as had G-Force, which I saw with my grandson.

Caught up with the latest Harry Potter, as an addict I found it well up to the mark.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Lighter
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 09:43 AM

I was about to ask whether the name of this thread was a joke.

Then I remembered that "Revolutionary Road" really was first-class. Kate and Leonardo have come a long way from "Titanic."


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 11:31 AM

I forgot to say I'd also recently watched The LAST (forgot that earlier)King of Scotland. Wow, esp. the performance by Forest Whitaker.

Really enjoyed a sweet Irish film based on a story by Maeve Binchy called How About You.

Also, a rather disturbing one called Vers le Sud/Heading South. Very thought-provoking.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 12:40 PM

Oh yeah,....the last "Star Trek" was very good. And "The Last King of Scotland" was great. Thanks for the reminders.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 01:21 PM

Say, here's another good one:

"The Queen" - wonderful acting!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 01:35 PM

Seen it twice LH - I agree - great acting.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 01:49 PM

Not been to the Cinema in nearly thirty years !!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 01:50 PM

And THAT was 200 !!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Janie
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 08:55 PM

Recently watched "Mongol", a Russian or Mongolian film (not sure which) about the rise of Ghengis Khan. Was interesting and entertaining. Assuming the costumes and sets were well researched, I learned a wee bit of something about a culture and history I know absolutely nothing about. Not sure why it won an Academy Award for best Foreign Language film. It was, as I say, entertaining, but not remarkable.

I don't how many times I've looked at "The King of Scotland" and put it back, undecided. Thanks for the recommendations, I'll definitely grab it.

Just watched "The Soloist", and then read the book. Highly recommend both. Much more realistic portrayal of an individual with Schizophrenia than "A Beautiful Mind" (A movie loved, by the way, but highly romantisized and unrealistic portrayal of a person with the disorder.) Deals very honestly and accurately with a number of issues, including family, homelessness, and the need for a variety of approaches to offer respectful assistance, as well as the potential importance of relationship. Having worked in this field for a number of years, I thought Lopez, in the book, did a very good job of portraying how much one is challenged within one's self to maintain meaningful relationship, and also how ultimately rewarding it can be. I wasn't sure, however, how clear that would be to some one who has never had a family member or friend with severe and persistent mental illness.

Ultimately, what I most applaud, is the respect Lopez understood that Nathaniel deserved, his struggle to offer that respect, and ultimately, his success in doing so. That is, in my view, the heart of the relationship that mutually benefitted them both.

Don't just watch the movie.   Read the book. But watch the movie first or you will be disappointed in the movie. (Ain't that nearly always the case?)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Aug 09 - 12:22 AM

Now I've got anew list, thanks to you folks!

We just watched a charmer called "Stardust" which came out in 2007. Based on a story by Neil Gaiman. Definitely a good, fun/campy movie with small parts featuring Peter O'Toole, Robin Deniro and a not so small part with Michelle Pfeiffer.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Janie
Date: 30 Aug 09 - 01:19 AM

Sum Yung Sun and I watched Stardust a few years back. It was a lot of fun!


Watched a very intriguing movie Friday night, "Goodbye Solo." Low budget indie film with Souleymane Sy Savane and Red West. Directed by Ramin Bahrani. Filmed in Winston-Salem, NC. It won the Critic's Award at the Vienna Film Festival. Wonderful, spare acting, and sociologically and psychologically complex. Not a feel-good movie, but it is not a sad or disturbing movie either. Makes you think.


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 30 Aug 09 - 01:25 AM

Ratatouille - Wonderful animated film about an utterly charming little French rat named Remi who dreams of becoming a great cook. This movie could not be better. It's a masterpiece. 10 out of 10.

Der Untergang - German language film about Hitler's last days in the Berlin Bunker as seen through the eyes of his hired secretary/typist, a rather innocent young woman named Traudl Junge who answered the ad and got the job (in 1943?). She survived the war and lived to tell of those last terrible days in the FuehrerBunker. This movie is, I think, the finest film that's ever been made about Hitler's end and the various people around him at the time. It doesn't preach or take any position...it just shows what happened according to the historical record, what the various people said and did, and it's chilling.

One lengthy scene from Der Untergang has been used again and again on Youtube to concoct various humorous "Hitler rants" about jazz music, Michael Jackson, etc... Never mind worrying about that. Just watch the original movie and see the scene in context. It's tremendously well acted and totally believable throughout.

Das Boot - Another great German language film...this one about a German U-boat crew during WWII. The Kriegsmarine's U-boat service had the highest casualty rate in the German forces by the end of the war. This movie shows what they went through in a very realistic fashion.

Ruthless People - Hilarious old comedy film with Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold, and Bette Midler. Funny from beginning to end.

The Big Country - Absolutely classic western adventure film with sterling performances by Gregory Peck, Burl Ives, Jean Simmons, Charlton Heston, Charles Bickford, Carrol Baker, and Chuck Connors. This one stands alone among westerns. It's unlike any other.

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof - The young Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman at their best. Burl Ives in another great performance. Terrific movie.

Suddenly Last Summer - One of Liz Taylor's best early films. A very interesting tale indeed.

Now, several of those are old movies. Just thought I'd mention them, because they are among the best.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Amergin
Date: 30 Aug 09 - 07:37 AM

Secret Life of Bees with Dakota Fanning....god she is a fine young actress...Queen Latifah...and several others....great film.

Yojimbo by the great Akira Kurosawa.....

The Proposition....a very dark bloody Australian Western.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: robomatic
Date: 30 Aug 09 - 04:55 PM

Saw "District 9" last night. Sort of social Science Fiction. Like most sci-fi of its ilk, it is not necessarily coherent as either (Science or Fiction) but I felt entertained, and there was a lot of action, and I found the effects pretty good. The set-up was interesting, that a large number of aliens (as in from another planet) arrive unannounced, need a place to stay, and accrue resentment from the locals, who ignore aliens their ways and their technologies at their peril.

In theme, this one was reminiscent to "Alienation" which I can't recall in enough detail to be useful. All I think of in "Alienation" is 'Mandy Patinkin in a rubber suit'.

Peter Jackson was behind the effort, the actors were by and large not 'names'.

It was good not great, well acted, well filmed, and way better than such films as "Independence Day" and the Spielberg effort "War Of The Worlds". This is not high praise as those flicks sucked for story.

As a movie with a story to tell, I much preferred "Cloverfield" which gave a genuine new spin to the Godzilla/ King Kong theme.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 30 Aug 09 - 04:59 PM

"Cloverfield" was interesting, and quite original. I wouldn't rate it a great movie...but not bad. "Independence Day" was one of the 4 or 5 worst movies I've ever seen in my life. Another on that list was the American version of "Godzilla" by the same director. He seems to specialize in making incredibly bad movies with lots of spectacular special effects.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: robomatic
Date: 30 Aug 09 - 07:25 PM

LH, I totally agree. I was a volunteer DJ when ID came out, and I spent about ten minutes on air bitching about what a piece of uh 'work' it was. Someone called in to the station to say I'd pretty much put the plot on the air and spoiled it for him. My reaction: what plot?
All that and a free advertisement to Macintosh computers which apparently have alien code in their OS (now evicted in the new streamlined version of "Snow Leopard")


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 09:46 AM

On IFC, two-violence/war/genocide movies; summaries adapted from IMDb:

MILAN (2007), a short about NATO bombings in Yugoslavia. Set in Serbia during the 1999 NATO bombing, the movie follows one boy as he plays hide-and-seek with his older brother. During the game, he finds a soldier, a survivor of an F117 plane crash.

THE GREY ZONE, about the Sonderkommados at Nazi death camps. The locations are extremely reflective of recently-documentaried photos of camp settings. Like seeing BW stills of death come to life and then, death again. During the Jewish Holocaust of the Second World War, as part of the genocidal "Final Solution", several death camps are established in occupied Poland to recieve, process, and exterminate the Jews of Europe..... The true story of Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, a Hungarian Jew chosen by Josef Mengele to be the head pathologist at Auschwitz. Nyiszli was one of Auschwitz's Sonderkommandos - Special Squads of Jewish prisoners placed by the Nazis in the excruciating moral dilemma of helping to exterminate fellow Jews in exchange for a few more months of life. Together, the Sonderkommandos struggled to organize the only armed revolt that would ever take place at Auschwitz.

Both excuciating but manageable in short doses. IMDB has more info on both.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 11:53 AM

I saw "District 9" last night. It's very good. Best sci-fi film I've seen in a long time, and it's got some very keen social satire in it about some of the worst aspects of contemporary human civilization.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Stringsinger
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 04:01 PM

Hi Kat,

I have seen many movies and the ones that I like stick out like shiny diamonds.

Midnight Cowboy was written by a great guy and a wonderful writer named Waldo Salt.
He collaborated with Earl Robinson on a musical about the building of the subway system in New York called "Sand Hog". Too bad what happened to Voigt.

Waldo was a mentor of mine in folk music although he probably didn't know it.

Wild Strawberries and Seventh Seal remain for me. I love Bergman.

Some acting tour de forces: Viva Villa with Wallace Beery.

I have tastes with which many would disagree. I adored "The Golden Compass" and
"The Road to Wellville".

Most Hollywood movies (which I've seen on TCM) are poorly written, stiffly acted
and always leave a bad taste in my mouth when they are done.

I don't like Traffaut. Hitchcock for me is a complete waste of time.

Alain Renais' Hiroshima Mon Amor was one of the worst movies I've ever seen.
You can't show those pictures in a story-line without being horrified. It made the story irrelevant.

Olivier's Hamlet wasn't bad. Citizen Kane is always worth seeing once. The Battle of Algiers is an important lesson for US foreign policy.

I loved "The King of Hearts" with Alan Bates.


Well, there's "City Lights" and "Modern Times" and I love anything with Laurel and Hardy in it.

"Grapes of Wrath". "Wizard of Oz".

(For me, Cabaret worked better as a film than it did onstage. "Westside Story"..terrible...just the opposite if you saw the stage production).

There are some interesting movies (not that I would call great) such as "Salt of the Earth".
"The God's Must Be Crazy".

Seen any good movies ? Not really. They don't make 'em like the above any more.

I have to confess being pulled into Scorcese's "Taxi Driver" and "Mean Streets" but I can't honestly say I liked 'em.

BTW, Woody Allen's movies are cloying like a bad taffy. (My opinion, of course).

Frank


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 04:07 PM

I liked the movie "The Golden Compass" too. Then I went and read the book. Very good. Then I read the 2nd book in the trilogy. Not so good at all...I actively disliked it by the end. I have never bothered to read the 3rd book, having lost my taste for the story by the end of the 2nd one.

The author of those books has a particularly negative emotional hangup that dominates his story line, and it's not one I have much natural sympathy for.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Joe_F
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 08:46 PM

I just re-viewed _The Male Animal_. It wasn't as funny as the play, but it was still funny. A mixture of farce, satire, and propaganda -- cf. _The Great Dictator_ & _Revenge of the Nerds_. The satire is on machismo, which will always fetch me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: michaelr
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 09:51 PM

"Julie and Julia" is delightful.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: robomatic
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 10:39 PM

I liked the books of "The Golden Compass" The movie was okay but apparently roused some animosity on the part of the Narnia set. I'm not aware of a projected sequel, and Lyra's gettin' on...


Meanwhile, NPR had a spot on "District 9" Apparently pretty popular in the States, but South Africans not as pro-. One interesting tidbit was that in the real South Africa there was a "District 6" and you can guess for whom that was reserved.

I tend to give movies points for guts even if they are less than PC.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 10:44 PM

Me too. ;-)

Of course, one person's political correctness may not match another's...which is to say, different people may have different sacred cows.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Sep 09 - 04:16 PM

Whaddayagonnado when you've seen ALL the Tom and Jerry's? (Five times?)

Shorts seen on IFC-- some are pretty weird (squeam alert):

THIS IS ME
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrcMDsmc_Dc

SPIDER
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koeLu6OYnwg&feature=PlayList&p=3E86CF38E7F0A7CC&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=66

THE FIGHTING CHOLITAS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFXSsoyLpLg

TYGER
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LsMoUtBlDk

WRONG
Pretty sick, can;t find it at YouTube

WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO DIE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHslQ3JVJ7U
With aquatics!

MILAN (posted earlier, here's the video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcGRtKFIjWY

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: freda underhill
Date: 04 Sep 09 - 10:25 AM

Romuald et Juliette


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: freda underhill
Date: 04 Sep 09 - 10:28 AM

and another love story, but this time not a French comedy,and from a long way away
samson and delilah


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 10:51 AM

Another GREAT short-- easy to see why it won at Cannes, AND-- it has something for everybody! Too bad YouTube had to split it into two parts to "fit."

DEBT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsSgneVVeGo (part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhDdnR60WQM (part 2)

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 01:31 PM

Looked at "Flying Down to Rio" (1933) last night. Nostalgia plus! One of the first musicals with great choreography.
A weird number features showgirls doing their thing on the wings of those tincan planes of the time, the planes flying in formation.
A feature was a spectacular dance sequence based on the "Carioca."
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers were in supporting roles to Dolores del Rio and Gene Raymond, a break-in for them and sort of a swansong for Raymond and del Rio (she couldn't lose her Latin accent).
Great fun!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: heric
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 02:00 PM

No, I saw Repulsion, Roman Polanski 1965. I was hoping Catherine Deneueve would commit suicide before I did, and that was on "fast play." It was like watching dried paint crack.

Oh, yes: I saw The Class, written, produced by, and starring a French French teacher in France, based on his real life story, as a psuedo-documentary. No action, almost entirely inside the classroom, quite compelling all the way through and lingers on.

And Sugar, Everyman's tale of inspiration, striving, and The Results, told by a Dominican Republic baseball player who makes the minor leagues.

Which is much like The Wrestler, best I've seen in a long while.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Neil D
Date: 06 Sep 09 - 01:52 AM

"In Bruges"


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: robomatic
Date: 06 Sep 09 - 05:36 PM

oh, get me started on French movies:
In my youth I saw two French flicks that sucked so bad it put me off the genre for years (and by two I mean trois):

First was a 'histerical historical' snoozefest which we had to see for school. It was called "Louis Cat-horse." It was all in French and it doesn't matter if it was subtitled because it was pretty much edited in real time, the main scene being an interminable dinner which went on forever. When the king was going through the many halls of Versaille (which the movie showed being constructed pretty much in real time) on the way too (and from) dinner, various standing extras were reqired to yell "Le Roi!" a appropriate intersections. This went on for so many times that when he vanished from the corridors for a moment, one of my schoolmates yelled (imagine a coarse New England accent here) "Where's 'Le RWAAAAAAA?'" the only bit of levity to this mass expenditure of le film. The only known cure for this movie is a quick round of Gilbert & Sullian but at the time the films of Gilbert & Sullivan were being strangled by the courts and actor's equity.
My fellow schoolmates reacted with the same benumbed reflexes as myself, and the effect was so noted by the school authorities that next month, as we showed signs of recovery, they sent us to see it all over again.

Sometime later, and probably on my own nickel, I saw a suspense thriller called "Le Boucher" (The Butcher). It was a thrill-a-minute, and by that I'm talking about a minute on Jupiter which takes about a billion years to go around the sun one time (It's gone around about twice since God made Darwin). Anyhow, a byoutifull French gal is visiting a charming town in the suburbs of Paris which is about fifty miles out, and she's caught the eye of the local boucher which is French and sounds kinda like he could be a baker or a bootcher but he's really a butcher. He takes a shine to her and she keeps coming by because she gets hungry. He saves the good cuts for her. But all around, people keep on dying. And well, the screenplay comes to life and wanders up and down the aisles screaming alternately c'est le boucher! and occasionally in a French accent: "heet's thee bootcher, heet's thee bootcher!" which the entire audience can here and often responds telling the animated script "yeah, like that's a surprise!" so anyway the distraction is welcome, but the movie is still rolling slowly on, and the cute gal is still showing up for her regular meat pies. There is no tension, there is no flirtation. There is no nothing. There is animated stasis. People die, young French woman shows up to get the cut de jour, and butcher guy looks shifty. Finally for some reason, probably to avoid being hit under the chin by the closing credits, he confesses, to the pretty French girl. He is the killer. He feels bad about it, too. And that's pretty much how the film fin'd. The cute gal was still alive, too, but the audience had died.

Some years later, full of dread, and with a cute blonde, I attended a French film for the third time in my young life, this time by a great director full of la criticisme de la nouvelle ague: It was by Bunuel and it was called "La Charme Discrete de la Bourgeosie". It totally does not matter if it was subtitled, which it was. The film was a surreal critique, which either means it was a critique of class done in a surreal style, or it was a surreal critique or it was a critique of a surreal class. It involves a bunch of upper class nimrods trying to have a meal together so they can talk about those not present, which is one of the standard human conditions (talking about those not present OR not being there, take your pick). In the early part of the film they are at a restauranat where the waiter is on the table, because he's already seen the script and passed himself off as dead (or not speaking, or trying the clever third position: Being there AND being spoken about).
Ultimately these hungry well clothed people playing hookey from their jobs (as actors) wind up in a restaurant which gets attacked by terrorists, but not the new terrorists, the old kind who wore red berets and liked to shoot up airports. Many of them (the real terrorists) later became lawyers and bankers, but that's an entirely different, much scarier story than this. The best scene in the whole movie is when a terrorist goes up to a restaurant table and lifts the tablecloth, exposing one of the nastier wealthy bourgeois characters, who is holding in his hand a chicken leg, and defiantly chews it in his the terrorist'sface. Earning him his just reward, the same reward I'd've cheerfully awarded Bunuel had I had my Kalashnikov with me. The only only good thing to say about this movie was that the film was like a bludgeon to my cute blonde friend and she was helpless before the crude advances of youth.

So anyhow, this is just to say that I do love French films. I think they are great and I heartily endorse them and am probably going off to see one right now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 12:01 AM

Waking Ned Devine

Good music, too.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 10:42 AM

Breaker Morant. Especially loved the references to race relations.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 07:45 AM

District 9

Solid robust storytelling replete with laugh-out-loud humour, searching metaphor, a thoroughly unlikely (and unlikeable) hero and a touching tenderness that made sure I watched the credits roll through my tears. Ups the anti on the genre; the most thrilling and inspirational sci-fi since Aliens....


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 03:55 PM

I agree. It's an excellent movie.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 10:09 AM

Gran Torino. Man, I didn't even know there WERE so many racial slurs.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 10:51 AM

There's no end to it. You just have to hang around the wrong people.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,heric
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 04:39 PM

I saw a very, very bad movie: The Informers. I can't remember anything as bad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 04:41 PM

When it comes to bad movies, the competition is vicious and the field is very, very extensive.


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From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 04:42 PM

Legend of 1900

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,heric
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 04:51 PM

Yes LH but this is new on DVD with Billy Bob and Mickey Rourke so I thought a public service announcement was merited.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: billhudson
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 11:19 AM

Jacob Young's documentary -DANCING OUTLAW
      Liey Schreiber film, Everything Is Illuminated
       Berhard Wicki, West German film, The Bridge      
      Joseph Losey's film, The Boy with the Green Hair
      Jim Jarmusch.'s film, Down by law
      Any 1950's English films


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 12:41 PM

Just watched The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from Netflix last night. Wonderful! I wish I'd seen it in the theatre!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 May 10 - 11:29 PM

We just watched The Fastest Indian in the World with Anthony Hopkins acting as Bert Munro, the man from New Zealand who set a world record on an old Indian motorcycle at Bonneville Salt Flats. What a great movie and such an amazing man he was...Kiwis be proud! Really incredible. The only thing that bothered me was I thought Hopkins shouldn't have tried a New Zealand accent as he didn't quite get it, esp. when compared to the real Kiwis who acted in the movie, too, imo. It's Hopkins, though, and he did a superb job regardless.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 23 May 10 - 02:55 PM

I just watched "Good Night And Good Luck" - about Ed Murrow's taking on McCarthy. Directed and co-written by George Clooney.

Fascinating subject matter - that really was a scary time in the annals of the American people. Just the short extracts of what I guess were actual hearings were enough to make me glad that I wasn't in the USA at that time. David Strathairn, playing Murrow, came over very well, although I can't say whether he made an authentic Murrow. It was very definitely another time, if only shown in the constant lighting up of cigarettes. That was a time when smoking was socially acceptable. It's not surprising that he died early from lung cancer.

What a departure from the normal Clooney image. The part he played (Fred Friendly) was nowhere near the normal Clooney roles. It took a few minutes to realise that it WAS George.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 23 May 10 - 04:03 PM

I agree with S O'P. I thought "District 9" a better movie than either of the 2 big Oscar nominated pictures from last year, "Avatar" and "Hurt Locker". The movie I've seen lately I heartily recommend is "Smoke Signals", the first feature film written, directed, and co-produced by Indians to ever receive a major distribution deal. It's not a recent release (1998) and it's not something you find in the average video store or Red Box. Luckily my library is in a swap network with libraries all over the country and were able to find it for me. It is a subtly nuanced story with lots of humor and even more heart. Since Huck Finn our best stories have been about journeys and friendship and man's dubious interaction with society. Writer Sherman Alexie does a wonderful job of using those themes to tell a tale about Natives that is also a great American story. Here is a clip from the end of the film which captures its essence and grandeur without spoiling the plot:How Do We Forgive Our Fathers?


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 May 10 - 04:44 PM

Neil, we had a special screening at the Casper College in WY when Smoke Signals came out. I am glad you liked it so well. I have never forgotten it and bought the soundtrack right after seeing the movie, plus read Alexie's other books. Fantastic talent and breathtaking writing. I would recommend it to any and all and would hope they would use it in history classes, etc.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: michaelr
Date: 23 May 10 - 04:59 PM

Best movie I've seen in a long time is a Swedish film: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The actress who plays the title character gives a tour de force performance. Plotting and suspense-building are superb. Don't wait for the watered-down Hollywood version now in the works.

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 23 May 10 - 05:10 PM

I thought "District 9" was very good. On the other hand, I thought "Avatar" was absolutely wonderful, really unforgettable, and I enjoyed it more than any other movie I've seen in the last 20 years. I haven't seen "The Hurt Locker", because the subject holds little or no interest for me. "Smoke Signals" looks very good, going by that clip that was posted.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: DougR
Date: 23 May 10 - 05:25 PM

My wife and I watched a very good film last night, "As It Is In Heaven" a Swedish film we got through Netflix. I should think anyone who enjoys music would enjoy it. It's kind of a Swedish "Brassed Off."

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 23 May 10 - 05:35 PM

One for the "to be avoided" file: Ghost Writer. Absolutely horrible. I expected so much more from Pierce Brosnan and Ewan MacGregor. Very predictable and painfully slow. That $9 could have been much better spent.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: gnu
Date: 23 May 10 - 06:05 PM

Becca... I haven't been out to a movie theatre for over ten years. The sound was so loud, I walked out after ten minutes and asked for my $ back because it hurt my ears. They said no, so I picked up two foot long subs, a large popcorn, a HUGE coke (who could drink that much?) and said, "Call the cops. I'll be out in the parking lot for ten minutes. Ford F150, black over silver. Plate is CHC-160."

The cops never arrived.

Good munch. Never went back. Watched the movie two years later on cable... it sucked.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 23 May 10 - 09:12 PM

They keep pushing the envelope up and up on sound volume, low frequency stuff that hits you like earthquake aftershocks, quick cut visuals that bombard your senses but don't give you time to really see what the hell is happening...and an absolutely ridiculous number of thunderingly over-amplified previews and ads before you even get to see the movie you just paid a hefty price for.

And they try to sucker you into buying popcorn with way too much salt on it, and other junk food that's no damn good for you at all.

This is what happens in a decadent consumption-oriented society that's lost touch with reality, I guess...

Nevertheless, a few really good movies still do get made, in spite of it all. And the seats are very well designed in the modern cineplex, I'll give 'em that...a big ergonomic improvement over the theatres of my youth.

I am pretty careful which movies I go to, so I seldom end up seeing one that "sucks". And I accordingly ignore probably about 98% of all the movies that get realeased in any given year. Works for me.

As for the half-hour of bombastic previews that precede the feature film, I have just about mastered the art of entering the theatre when they're almost all done.

And as for the popcorn and other junk food, I simply don't buy it. I drink water instead. The corporate movie industry hates people like me, but probably not quite as much as they hate you, gnu. ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 May 10 - 10:24 PM

When we go to a theatre, which is almost never, we still sneak in our own goodies in my purse...I carry an extra large one then. Most times I don't carry one at all. I took my grandson to a matinée, got popcorn with no butter, low salt (they have started offering that) and two small drinks as it was a special treat for him. Afternoon rates are cheaper, right? It cost me $35 ad I haven't been back since.

LH, you'll really like the humour in Smoke Signals, imo.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 23 May 10 - 11:05 PM

The best time to see any movie is in the afternoon, specially on a slow day. There'll be very little audience there.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 May 10 - 11:56 PM

I agree.

Just saw the last vignette of three in a 1957 John Ford movie which I posted about in the Rising of the Moon thread. Hope I can find a copy to watch the two I missed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 24 May 10 - 08:54 PM

Why is the sound so loud?? Do they believe all us Baby Boomer's are deaf?
A movie from the Eighties which was amazing in may ways was a flick called " The Gods Must be Crazy"
Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Don Firth
Date: 24 May 10 - 09:48 PM

Last time I saw a movie in a theater was in 1993. "Jurassic Park." Cinerama Theater in Seattle. The curved screen is about the size of a football field set on edge, and even though the theater seats many hundreds of people, there are maybe a dozen good seats in the place. Where the radii to all areas of the "wraparound screen" are close to equal. I saw "2001: A Space Odyssey" in that theater a few decades before, sat in a good seat, and it was really spectacular.

Since then, I've had to take to a wheelchair. The "wheelchair accessible" areas of the theater are down very close to the front and over on the sides.

I saw some of the tallest, skinniest dinosaurs imaginable!!

A few weeks later, I rented a video and watched it at home on my 13" television set. Much better.

My wife and I belong to NetFlix. About ten bucks or so a month. We watch a movie, send it back, and no more than two days later, we get the next one on our list. No late fees if you don't get around to watching one for awhile. They just don't send you the next movie until they get the one you have back.

And the DVDs are often "director's cut," with extra features, interviews with the actors, directors, etc, how certain special effects are done. Good stuff.

We watch movies on my laptop (15.4" screen, Harmon-Kardon speakers), sitting on a small lap-desk between us on the bed, or on a coffee table. Excellent. Whatever snacks we might want.

Maybe get a large, flat-screen TV sometime if the spirit moves us. And if Ed McMahon ever gets around to sending me the $10,000,000 he said I had already won a few decades back. . . .

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 24 May 10 - 10:01 PM

Hi Don,
Try this site;http://www.movies-links.tv/

I have watched many movies here. Some great oldies and some recent ones.
Ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Don Firth
Date: 24 May 10 - 10:13 PM

Thanks, Beer!

No time to investigate it right now, but I just bookmarked the site.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 31 May 10 - 12:24 AM

Just watched a French movie called "Seraphine" about the French painter, Seraphine Loius aka Seraphine de Senlis. It's a remarkable film which won seven Cesar awards including Best Picture and Best Actress. One may read more of Seraphine at WIKI and see a trailer for the movie HERE. I highly recommend it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 31 May 10 - 01:14 AM

I rented one recently called "The Young Victoria". It's about Queen Victoria in her late teens and in the early years of her reign and marriage, and it's excellent. It gives you a view of Victoria when she was a young, attractive, lively woman rather than the old lady dressed in black whom we all think of now when her name comes up. Definitely worth watching.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Jun 10 - 11:05 PM

We just watched Lost City by Andy Garcia who also directed and starred in it. He talks about it HERE. It was excellent, esp. the music. Think I'll get the soundtrack.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 06 Jun 10 - 04:43 PM

'The Departed' - directed by Scorsese; incredible cast - Di Caprio, Matt Damon, Martin Sheen, Vera Farmiga, Mark Wahlberg, Ray Winstone, and a memorably evil Jack Nicholson. Marvellous film.

Already in the realms of the great: 'Jean de Florette'/'Manon des Sources'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Jun 10 - 09:53 PM

The Big Gay Musical...poignant, hysterically funny, great songs and performances. WARNING: nudity and simulated sex scenes as well as lots of irony and poking fun at the "far right of Christianity."


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,erbert
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 07:41 PM

"The Matador"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365485/


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 08:37 PM

I've found this to be one of the better locations to see trailers of upcoming movies:


The Movie Box


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,erbert
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 11:03 AM

"Black Snake Moan"

American rural music life seems far more interesting than that light weight Brit film about morris dancing...


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 12:59 PM

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles - an excellent, touching movie


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Sep 10 - 11:25 PM

Just watched "Himalaya" which was a 2000 nominee for Best Foreign Film. I don't know which one won that year, but this one would have had my vote. Stunning, poignant, beautiful, and shot on location in Nepal. I would urge anyone who is interested in other cultures and relationships across generations to watch it. I really cannot recommend it highly enough! Available online at netflix. Not sure of where else.


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From: Amergin
Date: 13 Sep 10 - 02:12 AM

Saint of 9/11....a documentary about Father Mychal Judge, who was an FDNY chaplain that was killed that day....truly amazing man.


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From: VirginiaTam
Date: 13 Sep 10 - 02:48 AM

Kamikaze Girls


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Sep 10 - 11:10 AM

The Real Dirt on Farmer John -- a documentary about the hardships of John Peterson, an eccentric (but, in my opinion, lovable and admirable) bachelor farmer, who comes into conflict with his narrow-minded and suspicious neighbors. Harrowing (no pun intended) but it has a happy ending. Here's the trailer. It's been shown on PBS, but I rented it from Netflix.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Sep 10 - 12:32 PM

Thanks for the links, Jim. That looks good!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 14 Sep 10 - 06:54 AM

I go through phases of choosing the type of film I watch depending on the mood but it still has to be a really good story.

The last DVDs that I've watched are:-

In The Name of the Father.
There will be Blood.
The Last King of Scotland.
The Grudge.
The (Digitally Re-mastered) Exorcist.
The Village
Cabaret
Pulp Fiction
Kill Bill 1 and 2
Slumdog Millionaire
Sean of the Dead

Jurassic Park the first one, I still enjoy no matter how often I see it.
Shrek 1 and 2 for the same reason. Recent animated films don't seem to quite come up to the quality of Shrek.

Ice-Age 1 and 2, didn't think I was going to like it but it's really enjoyable to watch along with some nibbles on a boring rainy Bank Holiday.

Bolt, about a stunt special effects dog. This was surprisingly good the story was original about a stunt dog who finds himself out of his staged environment and has to get by in the real world and he suddenly discovers that he can bleed and get hungry unlike his unreal life in the movies. A good lesson for children to learn that special effects are not true life.

The last time I saw a film of my choice at the cinema was 'Hot Fuzz' I'd seen Sean of the Dead and had been impressed by that so didn't mind so much paying the extortionate cost of the ticket. Likewise I take my own popcorn or pick n mix sweets which I get at a local supermarket and take it in my holdall or handbag. I've even smuggled in a small can of gin and tonic when watching an higher rating film. No-way will I buy an over priced carton of coke that is probably watered down anyway. Our cinema is in a complex surrounded by restaurants and bars so to my way of thinking it is no different than having one or two before I go in. On the whole though I rarely do go to the cinema now, it has to be really really darn good or I wait until the film is released on DVD. I have seen the odd turkey though and it seems such a waste of money, the film I am contemplating seeing is the 'Last Exorcism' and hoping it is not a disappointment but if anyone knows differently I would be grateful.


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From: kendall
Date: 14 Sep 10 - 06:58 AM

Waking Ned Devine.


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From: michaelr
Date: 14 Sep 10 - 08:47 PM

"Inception" was fascinating. "The American" put me to sleep.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 15 Sep 10 - 09:50 AM

After seeing "Smoke Signals" I went looking for other movies with Gary Farmer in them and found "Powwow Highway" from 1989. Not quite as good as "Smoke Signals" but still a worth watching. Ebert called Farmers's portrayal of Philbert "one of the most wholly convincing I've seen". Sherman Alexie wrote in one of his short stories that the highest form of literature for modern natives is the road movie and after seeing these two I say "ain't nothing wrong with that".
Further up thread someone recommended "In the Electric Mist" and I recently watched that. It's based on the novel "In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead" by James Lee Burke, one of our finer, more poetic mystery writers. Tommy Lee Jones does a more than credible job of bringing Burke's rough-edged, flawed detective Dave Robicheaux to the screen. One of the highlights of the film for me was this haunting song that played over the closing credits.


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From: Amergin
Date: 15 Sep 10 - 01:52 PM

In the Electric Mist is on Netflix online....think I'll give it a shot tonight.


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From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Sep 10 - 04:37 PM

Me, too, that's one of my fav. novels by him! Thanks, Neil.

Loved Smoke Signals. Will have to watch the other. Alexie's writing is also some of my fav.!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Sep 10 - 10:41 AM

I love netflix online. Had fun watching an endearing movie last night with Eddie Murphy in it, as well as a remarkable little girl. It was called Imagine That and was a "feel-good" movie served up with LOL gentle humour. I haven't watched anything with him in it for a number of years, so was really glad to see he has not lost his touch.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Stu
Date: 27 Sep 10 - 11:37 AM

Let the Right One In - An excellent Swedish film in which a bullied 12 year-old boy befriends a young girl who lives in his block of flats, and discovers a long-held secret.

It's a beautifully shot, well-written and brilliantly acted piece of cinema, and is in turns subtle, shocking but never anything less superb. It's an antidote to the dross of Hollywood and proves there are intelligent, thoughtful and inventive film-makers still working in the world today.

Incidentally, it appears a Hollywood studio is remaking the film (the original having subtitles makes it difficult for some apparently) but please please don't wait for it as it will not better the original film. In fact, if it comes from Hollywood chances are it'll be a bag of shite remake that ditches subtly and storytelling for the usual crap they churn out of LA these days.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 27 Sep 10 - 07:47 PM

Just watched "All About my Mother" again - it was even better than the previous times.


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From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Sep 10 - 12:49 AM

Just watched a Belgian film, "Hop." Really good. It's available online at Netflix. Here's the blurb, though it doesn't do it justice:


All young Justin (Kalomba Mboyi) and his father want to do is sit down and enjoy watching a soccer game together. When this simple act sparks a chain of events leading to Justin running from the law, the boy must now embark on a thrilling adventure to reunite with his father. In order to fight the system, however, he must enlist the help of a former anarchist, and together they'll need to apply the secret of … the Hop.


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From: Green Man
Date: 28 Sep 10 - 06:29 AM

Try Machete. Its gory but a camp hoot.


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From: Jack Campin
Date: 28 Sep 10 - 06:38 AM

"Winter's Bone" - the movie "Deliverance" could have been if it had been much better.

Relentlessly ugly portrayal of American rural poverty and desperation. Dialogue kept to the absolute minimum. Terrific lead performance.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 28 Sep 10 - 09:27 AM

I watched Misery again at a friend's house on the weekend and enjoyed it as much as ever. Kathy Bates is amazing as the obsessed 'number one fan' and really did Stephen King's book justice and the best acting role I have ever seen James Caan in.


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From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 28 Sep 10 - 10:03 AM

Just saw "Hubble," an Imax, 3D film about the Hubble space telescope. Lots of great images and footage inside the space station. Wonderful viewing of a launch from the space center.

A very fine experience.


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From: SINSULL
Date: 28 Sep 10 - 12:55 PM

The Ruling Class with Peter O'Toole
The Loved One
Twilight (ho hum)
House Of Cards (BBC Series)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 28 Sep 10 - 10:36 PM

Well, I just finished watching a great great movie titled "Smoke Signals".
Thank you GUEST,Neil D it was most enjoyable.
Ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Sep 10 - 12:08 AM

Isn't that a GREAT movie, Adrien?!

Thanks from me, too NeilD. I just watched Powwow Highway. I thought I Smoke Signals was better, too, but PH was still very good. Looking up info on Gary Farmer, I see he also has a Blues Band!.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: J-boy
Date: 29 Sep 10 - 01:45 AM

The Ruling Class.Oh yes,love that one.Peter O'Toole is a beautiful and wondrous monster in it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Sep 10 - 02:02 AM

Check out Last Chance Harvey, a wonderful piece of improvisation by Dustin Hoffmann and Emma Thompson. It's the story of how two people "our age" stumble into love.
And most of the dialogue was improvised by these two great actors.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 29 Sep 10 - 08:04 AM

Thanks Joe, must check that one out. Dustin has always been a top notch actor.
A few weeks back I watched a movie called "The World's Fastest Indian" with Anthony Hopkins. It may have already been mentioned above but if not it is a classic. Based on a true story.
ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Donuel
Date: 29 Sep 10 - 06:50 PM

The Inside Job,
A wonderful and enlightening journey through the offices, hallways and homes of the actual people who placed collectively 40 trillion dollars in credit default swap bets, and to collect, had to encourage the destruction of the US economy.

This thriller documentary stuns the audience with how they got away in plain sight unlike the finance frauds of the 1980's who went to jail.

"If 70 financiers went to jail for life, we wouldn't have another financial crises for a long time"


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Sep 10 - 06:54 PM

Adrien, did it again. We LOVED the World's Fastest Indian. Wasn't it wonderful?!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 29 Sep 10 - 09:36 PM

The title completely threw me. It certainly is a great one.
ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 30 Sep 10 - 09:09 PM

Just finished watching "Beyond Rangoon". Excellent but very disturbing. Leaves you a bit pissed off of and a feeling of helplessness as to what is happening in Burma.
ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Lox
Date: 01 Oct 10 - 04:14 AM

Downloaded "the kid" by Chaplin last night.

Will watch it with my 6 year old this evening.

Can't wait.

A more beautiful film never was made.


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From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 02 Oct 10 - 10:22 AM

Watched Master And Commander, The Far Side Of The World last nught. Not as good as the books, but well done just the same...lots of sea battles and a fair depiction of life in the Royal Navy of Nelson's era.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Donuel
Date: 02 Oct 10 - 10:39 AM

Master and Commander is a favorite.
The soundtrack is well done. The violin and cello duets are spendid.


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From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 02 Oct 10 - 08:39 PM

"Appaloosa" (2008)

best 'genuine' Western in ages....


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 02 Oct 10 - 10:40 PM

Oh My. I just finished watching "Black and White". I was told a while back that any movies made in Australia be sure to watch. Now I have not had the time to check if it was made there or not, but what a great movie. Thank you to the person who recommended it. I will go back and check the 200 or so post and find who you are.
Ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Oct 10 - 11:32 PM

Adrien, another really excellent Australian movie, imo, is Rabbit-proof Fence.

Thanks for the recommendation of Black and White, I have added it to my queue at netflix. Also added Appaloosa.

I keep hearing about such good movies from Mudcatters!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 02 Oct 10 - 11:38 PM

OOooohhh! got to check that one out kat.
ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Stu
Date: 03 Oct 10 - 06:48 AM

After my rant regarding Hollywood, I'm going to be the arch-hypocrite and say I saw Shutter Island last night and thought it was superb.


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From: GUEST,Chongo Chimp
Date: 03 Oct 10 - 08:36 AM

"Shutter Island" was real good in my opinion. Pretty well any movie with Leonardo DiCaprio in it is guaranteed to be good these days. That guy is a class actor, and he'd like to forget the part he did in "Titanic" just as much as a lot of other people would too. ;-)

Say, Kat, how does this Netflix thing work? I might give it a try.

- Chongo


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Oct 10 - 01:01 AM

Less than ten bucks a month gets you one movie via the mail with a prepaid return envelope, then they send another, but the really neat thing is they have tons of movies you can watch for free on their website. We watched four of eight episodes of Pillars of the Earth, tonight, and can't wait to see the rest. So, it's not just movies, there are all kinds of television programs, docus, etc. Lots of BBC stuff. We really enjoy it. (You can pay more to get more DVDs at a time at home, but we average four movies a month that way, plus whatever we watch online.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 04 Oct 10 - 10:48 AM

"Disappearances" is haunting, beautifully shot and well acted.


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From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Oct 10 - 12:02 AM

Just watched it, Neil. Thanks for the recommendation. It was a little disjointed and strange at first, almost as though Kristofferson just wanted to play around with his friends, other superb actors and actresses, but then I got into it and understood it better. Haunting to say the least and my goodness there were a lot of people who donated to bring it about. Made me go to paperbackswap.com and order one of Mosher's books about Kingdom County and the scenery was beautiful. The only thing I wish is that Kris, whom we all know is a musician, would have at least moved his fingers on the fiddle whilst he pretended to play it!:-) I hate when they don't at least try to fake it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: DougR
Date: 17 Oct 10 - 06:42 PM

We just watched an old Hitchcock movie and enjoyed it very much. Got it from Netflix: "Strangers on a Train." Hadn't seen it in years and it's still a very good flick.

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 08:46 AM

I watched the new 'Wall Street' movie with Michael Douglas but found myself weepy for the wrong reasons, seeing Michael unwell like that choked me up.


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From: Desert Dancer
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 12:00 PM

My son and I enjoyed the documentary "Babies" this weekend. (Streaming via Netflix.)

Humans are interesting animals. :-)

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 12:18 PM

The last movie I saw at the theater was "The Expendables". Complete brain candy "dick flick" (the opposite of a "chick flick") but I SO enjoyed it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 06:20 PM

"Complete brain candy "dick flick"

I usually detest those kind of movies, and usually avoid them, but I always liked the ones that starred Arnold Schwarzenneger. ;-D


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From: Wesley S
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 07:36 PM

We saw RED the other night. RED stands for "retired - extremely dangerious". It was silly, goofy, - totally over the top. And great fun. I mean - how can you turn down Helen Mirren with a machine gun?


Here's the trailer


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 19 Oct 10 - 08:17 AM

The Governator makes a brief but very funny appearance in "The Expendables". The most entertaining interaction is between Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 19 Oct 10 - 10:14 AM

katlaughing, my wife also commented on Kristofferson playing the fiddle without moving his fingers. LOL. The story was a bit murky while trying to be mystical but the acting was thoughtful, with fine supporting performances by Genevieve Bujold, Gary Farmer (that's how I stumbled on this indie flick, looking for more Gary Farmer roles) and Gary Sanderson who played Larry with the the two brother Darryls on "Newhart". Also a fine breakout performance by Charlie McDermott as Kristofferson's son Wild Bill. He's the kid who plays Axl Heck on ABC comedy "The Middle". And yes the scenery was breathtaking. One might almost say it was the "lead" in this film.


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From: Edthefolkie
Date: 19 Oct 10 - 02:15 PM

The Dam Busters on BBC4. First saw it with my dear old Dad in 1956 or so, still holds up even though we now know that the bombs didn't look like that!

The "N" word reappeared in this version which is maybe why it was on at 2300 hrs. Must say it does make one wince a bit today.


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From: Mrrzy
Date: 19 Oct 10 - 02:55 PM

The new Sherlock Holmes is absolutely excellent. 4 stars.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Oct 10 - 03:29 PM

Neil, you summed it up much better than I. I love all of the actors who were in it and they all did a great job, save for the fiddling:-), but, yeah...the scenery may have been the lead.:-)


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From: open mike
Date: 20 Oct 10 - 03:45 AM

The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo...had me clenching my fists and grinding my teeth at times...but it was great to see the movie baswed on the book by StiEg Larson, who recently passed away. hE HAS 3 BOOKS
THAT HAVE BREEN MADE INTO MOVIES...OR THERE WILL BE 3 WHEN ALL ARE DONE


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Nov 10 - 11:36 PM

Just watched Black and White, recommended by Beer, who heard of it from someone else way back up thread. Excellent movie and the interview afterwards of the "accused" Max Stuart was really interesting and moving. Thanks, again, for the recommendation.

Beer/Ad., I plan to watch Hearts in Atlantis this weekend.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 05 Nov 10 - 11:49 PM

No.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Amergin
Date: 06 Nov 10 - 09:49 AM

I watched this very strange movie last night called Repo a Genetic Opera starring Anthony Head from Buffy as the Repo Man, who repossesses artificial organs if you cannot pay for them....it has everything one desires in a musical, bad lyrics, lots of blood and gore, all sorts of campiness....it ranks right up there with the classic Cannibal! A Musical.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Nov 10 - 07:07 PM

Just watched a sweet, poignant film called A Very Serious Person. Rog and I both enjoyed it.

Ad., I'd forgotten. I'd seen Hearts in Atlantis years ago, after I'd read the book it is based on, which I highly recommend. The book is very good, as is the movie. Thanks for the reminder!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 06 Nov 10 - 08:36 PM

Can't pick that suggested movie up Kat.
Oh well.
ad.


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 Nov 10 - 11:23 AM

I just watched that recent Robin Hood movie with Russel Crowe. I loved it. I gather that the critics and most of the public were not so well impressed. I liked it because it seemed like a real medieval story for a change, rather than just doing the usual romanticized typical Robin Hood story. It was wonderful visually, Cate Blanchett was stunningly good, as always, and everybody else suited their parts well too. It was a serious treatment of Robin Hood for a change...totally blows the silly Kevin Costner thing out of the water. It also showed characters like Richard the Lionheart and Prince John as flawed and complex characters...shades of gray, in other words...not your standard all-good-and-noble-Richard, all-bad-and-despicable-John, but real people with both strengths and quite notable weaknesses. That's refreshing! By golly, real people for a change instead of stereotypes. Rodney's treacherous role moving his loyalties between the King of France and the King of England was pretty typical of the sort of intrigue that was going on back then. All the royal families were related, and a clever knight might end up serving one line or another on his way up the ladder. Lots of good stuff in that movie. Was it flawed? Yeah...but it was a far more realistic portrayal of life back then than any other Robin Hood film I've ever seen. (As for the actual story of Robin Hood...that's almost entirely fiction...but so what? It's a good story.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 07 Nov 10 - 11:28 AM

Has anyone mentioned the extended version of Avatar? The extra 11 minutes, really fleshed things out and made the story more clear. More scenes of Na'vi life and explanations of the tech of the planet and the finer plot points. They make a great movie considerably better.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 Nov 10 - 11:39 AM

I'd love to see the extended version of Avatar, but haven't yet. I liked Avatar more than any other movie I've seen in...oh...maybe 20 years. Loved it, in other words.

I saw the "Director's Cut" of "Robin Hood" too...so I gather there were some extra scenes in that, but I don't know which scenes those would have been.


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From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 07 Nov 10 - 01:30 PM

Stupidly went to see "Saw" because it was in 3D. Didn't realise just HOW horrific 18-rated films can be these days. After only five minutes I fled the cinema, and the nice man behind the desk refunded my money. I was as white as a sheet and felt sick on the bus all the way home! A wee teenager and her mate were chomping away from a huge bucket of popcorn in front of me in the cinema and didn't bat an eyelid. I felt a right nitwit running out. Don't go to this film if you are squamish!


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From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Nov 10 - 12:41 AM

We watched the 162 minute Avatar, is that the extended version? We rented it from netflix and their info thing doesn't say.
Ad., sorry you can't get that movie;it was very touching. It was written and directed by the actor who played the nurse.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 19 Nov 10 - 12:38 PM

Hounddog: "A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley."
2007
Touching and sad. Other than that not sure what to say.
ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 19 Nov 10 - 12:55 PM

Went to see "Red" last weekend. Bruce Willis unrealistic action flick, sure, but really really funny. Of course, I wouldn't kick Mr. Willis out of bed for eatin' crackers anyway. :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 19 Nov 10 - 01:07 PM

I'LL tell you tomorrow, when my wife and daughters have seen Harry Potter


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From: lefthanded guitar
Date: 19 Nov 10 - 02:01 PM

Morning Glory with Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and a whole buncha faces that you keep catching:Jeff Goldblum, Morley Safer, the guy who played the weasely D.A. on the old Practice....just a fun movie, lighthearted comedy, and even tho he's in a supporting role, Harrison carries the show.


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From: Amergin
Date: 20 Nov 10 - 12:43 AM

The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire, both on Netflix online...very good. Though I did like the first one better. I can't wait for the third one.

It is such a travesty that the unoriginal Hollywood has decided to remake these films in a blatant attempt to overshadow the good work a Swedish crew completed, and to grab a few extra dollars.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Chongo Chimp
Date: 20 Nov 10 - 12:59 AM

I just seen "Dick Tracy" again with Warren Beatty and Madonna and Al Pacino. The whole thing is on Youtube in 12 parts. It's gotta be my favorite film ever. Great romance, good dance numbers and music, great visuals, fantastic action, humor, plot twists, just a super great movie in every way possible, and totally unique too.

I met Warren Beatty awhile back at this private party over at Clint Eastwood's place in Hollywood, and I walked right up to Warren and shook his hand and told him, "Ya done good as Dick Tracy!" He was great in "Bonnie and Clyde" too and pretty cool in "Bugsy". That reminds me, I gotta send Faye Dunaway some flowers at Christmas. I always do that, cos she is a great dame.

- Chongo


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 21 Nov 10 - 07:58 AM

Well my wife and daughters saw Harry potter yesterday.

Their verdict (all 3). Brilliant. They are all avid book readers and film goers.

Say no more.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Nov 10 - 08:55 PM

Juts watched a French film on netflix called "Don't Look Back." It was excellent, the directing, the acting, esp. of the lead actress. A haunting and riveting film, imo.


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From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 12:21 AM

"You, the Living"

superb Swedish surrealist Military Brass-Band Goth-Guitar musical tragi-comedy...


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 03:59 AM

>Stupidly went to see "Saw" because it was in 3D. Didn't realise just HOW horrific 18-rated films can be these days. After only five minutes I fled the cinema, and the nice man behind the desk refunded my money. I was as white as a sheet and felt sick on the bus all the way home! A wee teenager and her mate were chomping away from a huge bucket of popcorn in front of me in the cinema and didn't bat an eyelid. I felt a right nitwit running out. Don't go to this film if you are squamish! <

Please tell me more, I avoided it at the time because I wondered if the 3D was only to drag people in to see it rather than for the content.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 10:38 AM

I am looking forward to "Cowboys and Aliens."


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From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 02:57 PM

Guest Patsy, It started with a young man dragging a stump along on the floor, which had obviously just been sawn off. He cauterised it on a hot pipe, emitting piercing screams. Then a strange scene in a city square, a large shop window showed two young men chained to two circular saws. Above them hung their joint girlfriend. They had to either saw eachother in half or the girl would be sawn up from underneath. She was, and a lump of intestines hit the floor with a thump. Some Police were trying to break the shop window to get in, but I was breaking my neck to get OUT! The atmosphere of those few minutes was terribly sinister and I seem to remember a character called Jigsaw (?) had set up the whole scenario, as it was his hobby. I am worried that youngish people sit through these things quite happily. Are they desensitised, and if so isn't this dangerous for our society? (I later went to see Despicable Me in 3D and loved it)


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From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 23 Nov 10 - 12:38 AM

THE HURT LOCKER

Probably as gruesome as "Saw" but one ope of the best made movies I have ever seen. I can see why it beat Avatar for best picture.


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From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 23 Nov 10 - 03:05 AM

Eliza I get your point I think I might choose Despicable Me instead, thanks for the warning. If it has the effect of the 'ear' scene in Resevoir Dogs for me I think I will keep away from it. I like good (if you can call it that) horror but not sadism.


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From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 23 Nov 10 - 01:21 PM

Guest Patsy, yes, I can thoroughly recommend Despicable Me, it had subtle quirky jokes for adults, and lots of excellent scenes of machines and inventions whizzing about. The 3D was amazing, my first 3D film (I'm trying to forget the two minutes of Saw!) I also like GOOD horror films, with suspense and scares, but Saw was just Gut Smut for me. I must be getting too old for being traumatised at the cinema!


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From: Sawzaw
Date: 23 Nov 10 - 09:10 PM

It is not new but I saw The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith recently.

There are very good morals on this movie and it is based on a true story.

The ending is so happy that it will make you misty eyed.


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From: lefthanded guitar
Date: 24 Nov 10 - 05:02 PM

Admittedly I'm a Harrison Ford fan, but I feel that I can recommend Morning Glory- just a fun, light romantic comedy (tho Harrison winds up stealing the show as a cranky anchorman) that's perfect to unwind with after burping off the turkey.

Lots of guest stars and cameos that are fun to spot (see if you can spot the guy who used to play the skeevy sqirmy D.A. from the old Practice ) along with Morley Safer, etc.

P.S. Jack, I'm looking forward to Cowboys and Aliens too.


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From: Amergin
Date: 25 Nov 10 - 02:41 PM

I watched two great movies last night....Toy Story 3....though it was a bit bittersweet at the end...and How to Train Your Dragon.


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From: Beer
Date: 30 Nov 10 - 10:09 PM

What a great shock with the movie "My Boy Jack". Total surprise.
ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Joe_F
Date: 01 Dec 10 - 09:11 PM

The Grapes of Wrath.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
To Kill a Mockingbird.
Creation.


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From: Amergin
Date: 01 Dec 10 - 10:18 PM

Beer, My Boy Jack is a wonderful heart wrenching film.....I was pleasantly surprised too, as the guy who played Kipling is forever in my mind as the brainless detective in Thin Blue Line....


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From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 02 Dec 10 - 01:11 AM

Not EXACTLY 'movies', but PBS is in their fund raising week, or two..Bocelli's Christmas Special, Cirque du Soleil, and Jeff Beck's salute to Les Paul...All wonderful! Also John Sebastian is hosting a folk tribute..
Check all of them out.
Just a 'heads up'.

GfS


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 08 Dec 10 - 06:20 PM

Just back from watching "The Illusionist". Captures Edinburgh and Jaques Tatti perfectly (though I've never seen Jenners so empty).


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 08 Dec 10 - 08:11 PM

It is quite clear. Had I ever had any doubts, I DO live in a parallel universe. I have never even heard of any of these movies!

The last best movie we saw was Waiting for Superman. It almost made me weep as it paralleled a term paper I wrote in 1971 for Sociology of Education. Nothing has changed! The education systems in both USA and Canada are very much as bad, or worse, than they were then.

Maybe that is why I never heard of any of these other movies?

Rob enjoyed Eat Pray Love which I found slightly more interesting than the book - which I thought was totally pitiful.

We also enjoyed Coming to America, and some others so memorable that I cannot remember their names.


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From: Lighter
Date: 08 Dec 10 - 09:50 PM

Megamind.

About an extraterrestrial sociopath with a heart of gold.

In 3D.


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From: Smokey.
Date: 08 Dec 10 - 10:32 PM

Sir Henry at Rawlinson End


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From: Beer
Date: 09 Dec 10 - 07:18 AM

"LUTHER"
Excellent.
ad.


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From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 09 Dec 10 - 08:07 AM

Not lately but would like to get the chance to see 'The Way Back' over the Christmas break with Colin Farrell. It is based on a true story about a group of convicts escaping and making a journey across Siberia.


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From: Beer
Date: 09 Dec 10 - 09:32 PM

Patsy,
"The Way Back" sounds like a great movie. Hope I can find it. Just watched "Pope Joan" which I found very good.
ad.


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From: GUEST,erbert
Date: 19 Dec 10 - 07:42 PM

"Blame it on Fidel" / "La Faute à Fidel"

A sulky spoiled child's point of view on uncomfortably changing family circumstances,
due to her affluent parents radical politicization in Paris 1970.
Intelligent, cute and frequently very funny.

Thank you BBC4.


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From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Dec 10 - 08:55 PM

I think we watched that a year or two ago and enjoyed it a lot.

Just really enjoyed a new animated one called How To Train Your Dragon. We both loved it as did our grandson.


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From: Amergin
Date: 20 Dec 10 - 02:05 AM

Well since it is Hogswatch season....I had to watch the Hogfather again.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 20 Dec 10 - 03:57 AM

Beer, is the story of Pope Joan about how a woman way back in history who managed to get elected as Pope until a miscarriage revealed the truth? Apologies if I am mistaken.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Richie Black (misused acct, bad email)
Date: 20 Dec 10 - 05:08 AM

Watched three over the weekend,

The American, directed by Anton Corbijn and starring George Clooney.

The Town, starring, co-written and directed by Ben Affleck.

Devil,directed by John Erick Dowdle.

All three were excellent.


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From: Stu
Date: 20 Dec 10 - 05:44 AM

Werner Herzog's brilliant Nosferatu.


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From: GUEST,erbert
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 11:20 PM

"Le Renard et l'enfant" / "The Fox and the Child"

BBC2 early xmas eve morning. Thank fox for modern recording technology..

and in true wide screen cinema ratio.
But as expected the English dubbed version..

Visually stunning magical realist natural history fairy bushy tail kids film.
Adults may if inclined stretch their imagination to read deeper darker
pagan forest spirits versus human civilisation allegorical undercurrents.

If you enjoyed "March of the Penguins"..

Lovely charming, not perfect, but no where near as sickly sweet as Disney would have made it back in the 60's.


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From: GUEST,erbert
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 11:43 PM

Sorry, "Thank fox for modern recording technology."

silly casual drunken pun.. [wish i hadn't now]

definitely not praise for any american mega media corporations..


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: J-boy
Date: 25 Dec 10 - 12:10 AM

Has anybody seen the new True Grit movie yet? Thoughts?


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,erbert
Date: 25 Dec 10 - 01:12 AM

not yet but looking forward to it.
If it's anywhere near as good as "Appaloosa "(2008) or "3:10 to Yuma" (2007) I'll be contented.
Some recent Westerns are getting pretty good since "Deadwood" set the standard and reinvigorated an almost finished genre..

Actually, it's a time long since I saw the original "True Grit"
and I was not that impressed....

Btw, I love Westerns and have enjoyed them all, classics and pitiful dross
since the early 60's...


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From: josepp
Date: 25 Dec 10 - 10:37 AM

Just saw a couple of Japanese movies. "Okuribito" or "Departures." This one puts a whole new meaning on "tear-jerker." Hollywood tear-jerkers don't affect me because they are so predictable that I feel cheated and/or they are "chick flicks" and so I don't relate to them. But Departures is something everyone can relate to...or you will sooner or later. The acting, cinematography and music all combine to make a truly beautiful movie. If you don't find yourself at least blinking back a tear or two, you're probably already dead and no one told you. Don't watch the trailer as it pretty much ruins the movie.

The other is "Dainihonjin" or "Big Man Japan" (actually it translates more accurately as "Big Japanese Person") and it's a bizarre satire of the old godzilla, mothra giant monster and hero genre. I thought it was hilarious but others don't get it so see it if you liked watching those old Japanese monster flicks as a kid. Here's a scene:

Big Man Japan


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 25 Dec 10 - 08:39 PM

Been away Patsy. In answer to the "Pope Joan " Yes that is the movie.
ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: toadfrog
Date: 02 Jan 11 - 03:49 PM

I saw "True Grit" last night, although I had sworn after "A Serious Man" I would never see another Coen Brothers film again--I had seen the same old black humor routine too many times. (I had not seen the John Wayne version, as I understand the Coen Brothers also had not.) I noticed no black humor here.

"True Grit" is just an EXCELLENT film. I recommend it.

What impressed me most was the EXTREMELY effective use of music in the soundtrack. Subtle, never overdone, and generally the extreme opposite of the way music is almost always done in westerns and historical films. The signature tune is "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms." It worked remarkably well.


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From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Jan 11 - 04:43 PM

That's interesting, toadfrog. I swore off John Wayne after the original True Grit which I detested. I may have to give the new one a try.

We watched Kinky Boots last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Really good acting, great story line based on a true story and all came out right in the end. The behind-the-scenes were neat, too.

Also watched the latest Shrek with my grandson. It was a lot of fun!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Wesley S
Date: 02 Jan 11 - 04:48 PM

I just got back from seeing True Grit and I loved it too. I admire that the Cohn Bros don't feel the need to improve the plot of a good novel and just stick to the source. Be sure to stick around for the credits. Iris DeMent sings the previously mentioned "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" and does a great job. Her voice fits the song perfectly.

Kat - go see it.


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Jan 11 - 04:51 PM

I think the funniest role John Wayne ever played was Genghis Khan. ;-)

I used to giggle through those "get tough" talks he'd give to the other cowpokes to make them brace up and get serious and do what had to be done. There'd usually be one or two of those in any John Wayne film.

"I don't put up with weak sisters. Any man that's in this outfit better pull his damn weight or I'll know the reason why. If you think this is gonna be a cakewalk, better think again, mister!"

LOL! Chongo's been studying those scenes for years, but he has improved on them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Wesley S
Date: 02 Jan 11 - 04:56 PM

I'd still like to know if John Wayne ever said "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do" in a movie or not.


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From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Jan 11 - 06:38 PM

We loved the imitation of him in Always when one of the guys tells Holly Hunter's character:

1. 'well i'll tell ya something missy, you sure are pretty when you're angry...waha'.

2. oh so you do impressions.

1. Just that one.

2. So who was it?



She goes on to guess Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, then gets to John Wayne.

My daughters and I got such a kick out of it...we still say it once in awhile. That was a beautiful movie.

Thanks, Wesley. We'll wait for it to come out on netflix, but I will give a try.

I sent Appaloosa back after the first half hour. Too much blood, guts and imitative of the old good/better ones, imo.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 06:56 AM

I watched Shutter Island on DVD last night. Not sure but I think I enjoyed it.
Anybody else seen Valhalla Rising?


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 08:32 AM

I saw the new True Grit over the weekend. Bloody brilliant! I love Jeff Bridges anyway but he did a terrific job in this one.
I, too, have never seen the original movie as I cannot stand John Wayne.


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From: Amergin
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 09:26 AM

Horton Hears a Who.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Charmion
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 11:36 AM

Edmund downloaded "Valhalla Rising" one evening while I was out, but couldn't sit through it.

"True Grit" is, indeed, excellent. After the sterling performances by Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, I was most impressed by the use of the first strains of "Talk About Suffering" as a theme tune.

Until his last couple of films, John Wayne always played the same character. Jeff Bridges, on the other hand, can actually act -- and so can Matt Damon, unlike Glen Campbell, who was cast as LaBoeuf in the 1969 version of "True Grit."

According to Answers.com, the line "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do" is uttered by Fred MacMurray in "The Rains of Ranchipur."


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Richie Black (misused acct, bad email)
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 11:41 AM

Watched "Unstoppable" on Saturday night, it was excellent.Starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. The film tells the story of a runaway freight train, and the two men (Washington and Pine) who attempt to stop it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Wesley S
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 11:52 AM

Thanks Charmion


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 03:34 PM

Actually for people who didn't like John Wayne's usual roles, the original True Grit was pretty good.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,number 6
Date: 09 Jan 11 - 04:18 PM

Metropolis ... the current restored version released by Kino International .... this version was discovered discovered in the archives of the Museo del Cine in Buenos Aires. It includes all the previously missing footage. It's an outstanding movie and a must see for all fans of this movie or fans of the works of Fritz Lang.


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From: Becca72
Date: 10 Jan 11 - 10:37 AM

Not a movie, but I just watched the first season of Dexter through Netflix. I LOVED it! Too bad it's a Showtime show and I have to wait for the DVDs but I intend to get up to speed quickly


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From: Donuel
Date: 10 Jan 11 - 10:39 AM

I laughed a lot at Dinner for Shmucks


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From: Green Man
Date: 11 Jan 11 - 10:41 AM

Machete, a brilliant hackfest.


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From: maple_leaf_boy
Date: 12 Jan 11 - 04:57 PM

I came across a movie called "Ondine". It's about a fisherman who
finds a woman in his net, and experiences good luck afterwards; and his daughter who is into silkies believes her to be one. It was a good
story.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 03:28 AM

I thought Ondine was really beautiful, too.

Just watched two Swedish films: As It Is In Heaven..very special and the music was wonderful. Exquisitely beautiful film, imo. And, the first one of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I had to fast forward through one very violent rape scene, but on a whole it very well done and fascinating.

I've also been watching a Japanese series from netflix called Baian - the Assassin starring Ken Wantanebe as a daytime acupuncturist, night-time assassin. Very classic, well done.


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From: JHW
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 06:50 PM

The King's Speech


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 10:26 PM

This movie may have been mentioned before but after 300 plus post I'm not going to try and find out.
The movie i just watched is called "Sampson and Delilah"2009 release. It is about two down and out teenagers (aboriginal)in Australia.
Some movies just make you want to cry out to help. This one did it to me. Very slow moving but very real. it will stay with me for awhile I'm afraid.
ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 10:41 PM

Here is a song from the movie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VNzh65tMdU

ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 11:09 PM

It's a beautiful song, Ad. Thanks for listing it.


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From: Amergin
Date: 15 Jan 11 - 02:12 AM

Descipable Me....god I haven't laughed so bloody hard i9n a long time!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 15 Jan 11 - 04:04 AM

A few older ones, yet, nonetheless, great watches.

'The Notebook'
'Pay It forward'
'Somewhere In Time' (music is WONDERFUL!!)
'Dangerous Liaisons' (with John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Keanu Reaves, Glenn Close.)

There's some..all brilliantly done!

GfS


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From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 15 Jan 11 - 05:35 PM

The King's Speech

One of the best I have ever seen. Reflects brilliantly the Aussie Larakin spirit, as well as just how brave Bertie was. Laughing uproariously thru the tears.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 15 Jan 11 - 07:02 PM

Just spent the afternoon with Mary, drinking a very good bottle of wine given to me by Janie and watching, first, Eclipse, which was awful and then The Young Victoria, which was so good!


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From: maeve
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 07:26 AM

Even without a good bottle o wine, we enjoyed ""High C's"
and "Rough Seas" with Charley Chase and Thelma Todd and many songs and banjo picking from "The Ranch Boys".

I thought of Kendall, especially listening to "My Pretty Quadroon". Lots of laughs and music in these two early 1930's movies.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 07:53 AM

"The King's Speech"
Thanks for the recommendation - off to see it tomorrow.
Wasn't going to bother (due to my contempt for royalty), but one that comes as highly recommended and award-nominated can't be too bad.
Saw Kite Runner for the second time last week - still excellent, and left me wondering if 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' will ever be filmed.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 08:05 AM

Superb acting from Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech - all in all a wonderful film.

The more films about royalty the better!!


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From: GUEST
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 08:41 AM

"Starship Troopers"

Just watched it again for the first time since it's 1997 cinema release....

.. and this loud lurid exciting blood splattered comic book political satire
still remains the greatest ever of the big overblown popcorn CGI space sci fi romps.

Paul Verhoeven's most inspired big budget 'American' movie,
and his wicked subversive European sense of humour gleefully exploits all the best and worst cliches
from the post war abundance of hollywood military battle movies.

The sequence paying homage to "Zulu" is a special bonus for any big kid of a 'certain' age...

In 1997 this was the first truly 'convincing' high quality CGI FX movie
and nearly 15 years older, it still looks fresh and spectacularly superior
to current mundane conformist formulaic 'epic' movie productions.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,erbert
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 08:43 AM

that guest was me.. of course Starship Troopers would be my choice of a good movie..


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 08:52 AM

I saw The Fighter last week. It was very good. Christian Bale really surprised me with an excellent performance.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 11:07 AM

"The more films about royalty the better!! "
Yeah - great one about bumping off the Romanoffs - lots of great ideas.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 12:01 PM

Recently, I enjoyed True Grit, and The Fighter, both primarily because of some fine acting turns by Christian Bale in The Fighter and Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit.
True Grit has to be the ultimate exercise in the Coen Brothers' penchant for articulate but inappropriate dialogue. Since Raising Arizona, where all of the characters speak in a sort of rustic amalgamation of Shakespeare and Mark Twain, I have looked forward to more. In the original True Grit, I really liked the formal way the characters spoke, a reflection of the sort of rather stilted diction that can be witnessed in contemporary newspapers of the old west. In the Coen Brothers' version, the argument between Steinfeld and the Stable owner is destined to be a classic scene.
Jeff Bridges also has some great lines, but he grunts and growls so many of them that it gets a little frustrating trying to decipher.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 01:48 PM

I wish cinemas would turn the sound down to deafening.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 03:19 PM

Almost all of the dialogue in True Grit was lifted right out of the book.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 03:37 PM

The thing to do, Bonzo, is wear earplugs when you are in the cinema. All of a sudden everything sounds normal again.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 05:21 PM

I realize the dialogure was from the novel, Wes. It was just such a good fit with the Coen Brothers' style, that it almost had to happen.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 23 Jan 11 - 08:18 PM

Just rewatched "Prospero's Books" - probably my favourite interpretation of "The Tempest".


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From: Naemanson
Date: 24 Jan 11 - 08:18 AM

I just saw a restored version of Lost Horizon from 1937. Great movie.


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From: Backwoodsman
Date: 24 Jan 11 - 08:40 AM

Mrs. Fenswoman bought 'To Kill A Mockingbird' on DVD, and we watched it twice this past weekend. Fantastic film, one of the best IMHO.
I love B&W films - so atmospheric.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Blind DRunk in Blind River
Date: 24 Jan 11 - 11:03 AM

Yeah, well, we all got our tastes, eh? I would watch black and white movies if ya payed me to, I guess...

But otherwise no way, eh? Get real!

The real weerd thing is that the world useta BE in black and white and that is why all them old movies look that way. It hadda do with some kind of shift that happened or somethin' but people in them old times just hadda put up with everything bein' in black and white or shades of grey. The thing I can't figger is why there was racial trouble back then, eh? It don't really make no sense?

Anyways, along about the 19-flippin'-50s sometime colour started comin' in in bits and patches...here and there...you hadda be in the right place to catch it, eh? I think there was even a few insidents in the 40's of color but they was rare. So by aobut 1960 there was colour almost everywhere and black and white movies natcherally ended by then. We now live in a world of total colour!

Nature is weerd, eh? People preetend like they undetrstand this stuff, but they are foolin' thems3elves. Them paintings you see of Romans and Jesus in colour are not right. They been colorzied after the fact.

- Shane


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Reality
Date: 24 Jan 11 - 11:42 AM

"Planting Vines" and "Catfish" are two of the best movies I've seen in months


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 24 Jan 11 - 11:56 AM

Boondock Saints. What a riot. Shades of Pulp Fiction and of Snatch...


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 11 Feb 11 - 08:33 AM

"Gods And Generals"
A piece of American history.
Ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 11 Feb 11 - 08:37 AM

We went to see The King's Speech the other day. I think that this was one of the best movies that I have seen in many years.

The story was spellbinding and the acting sublime. Kendall said that he wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. If this film doesn't sweep the Oscars there ain't no justice.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Feb 11 - 10:50 PM

"Arn: Knight Templar" based on Jan Guillou's Crusades trilogy about Swedish Knight Templar Arn Magnusson. It was really good.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Max Johnson
Date: 26 Feb 11 - 12:28 PM

I think the film I've most enjoyed on TV, ever, is part 1 of Edgar Reitz' 'Heimat' trilogy (Part 1 is serialised, and subtitled 'A Chronicle Of Germany').
It first appeared in the UK in London in 1984 as a 10 hour movie(!) It's a masterpiece.

A movie that I saw again a short while ago is 'Pleasantville'. A good film, but check out Fiona Apple's version of 'Across the Universe' on the soundtrack.

Favourite film and Soundtrack is 'Barry Lyndon'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Neil D
Date: 27 Feb 11 - 03:07 AM

We just watched "Inception" and it was quite good.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: kendall
Date: 27 Feb 11 - 08:08 PM

I saw SHALL WE DANCE on the coach from Boston yesterday, and although it is not my kind of film, in places it is very funny. I'd bet most women would love it. Richard Gere was the star.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 07:17 AM

Some films are better to be seen in black and white, it can add to the mood of the times that it was made in (depressed, broke or both!). Some of the Fred Astaire/Ginger Roger films in b&w look so classy and the Beatles Hard Days Night can only be in b&w. The change from black and white to technicolour worked really well in the Wizard of Oz but that was a fantasy film anyway. I don't think it works so well when it's attempted today not sure why that it is. Mel Brooks had a success with the Young Frankenstein the subject based on old Hammer type horror was going to make it more likely to be a success anyway.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 11:12 AM

Watched 'Pelle the Conqueror' last night. Been meaning to for ages, but noticed Sofie Gråbøl ('The Killing') was in it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Neil D
Date: 05 Mar 11 - 02:06 AM

Winter's Bone was amazing. We had a thread open about this indie masterpiece last year and I'm surprised it didn't get refreshed since it was nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture. One of the finest examples ever of how to tell a gripping story on film on a low budget, of how to achieve suspense and intensity without CGI and blowing stuff up. The breakout performance of it's 20 year old star, Jenifer Lawrence, was simply stunning. Some pretty cool authentic mountain music as well.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,number 6
Date: 05 Mar 11 - 10:55 AM

This is one of the finest movies I have seen in a long, long time ..

Tokyo Sonata

biLL


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 06:23 AM

'The Tempest' starring Helen Mirren as 'Prospera' - exquisite.
Of Gods and Men.
Most overrated - True Grit
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 10:52 PM

This is becoming a real pain. Kat, you started this thread and i love it. Have seen some great recommended flicks by it. Any chance of starting a "Thread two" on your topic? The waiting time for the thread to download for some must be coming a real pain. Me as well.

Neil D.
Just watched your recommended movie "Winter's Bone". Right on. Brought tears and memories of hard times. Totally hated it and love it as well.
Thank you.
ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: J-boy
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 11:43 PM

Check out Restrepo. It's a documentary about the war in Afghanistan. It brings you as close to combat as you can without actually being shot.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Richie Black (misused acct, bad email)
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 03:11 AM

Just watched "The next three days", excellent movie, also "Company Men" is worth a view.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 10:35 PM

The Great Match for anyone who loves (European) football. Excellent and I don't even follow the game. It's about three diverse groups of fans who go to the ends of the earth, in Mongolia, Brasil, and the Sahara(?) to watch the World Cup Final. Really great movie!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 11:05 PM

The man who sued God

An Australian film about a lawyer who loses his boat to lightening and is denied insurance coverage because it was an act of God.

Insurance companies will not pay you if they declare Force Magor.

They will not pay for Nuclear disasters
They will not pay for war
They will not pay for certain kinds of weather if they determine God did it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 01:34 PM

Sunshine Cleaning

Two sisters down on their luck manage to work through the demons of their past by cleaning up crime scenes. It was billed as a comedy - and there were a few laughs - but mostly a serious topic.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 04 Apr 11 - 11:02 PM

Here is a very moving,sad, but to the point of what was happening in Ireland.
http://www.watchmovieon.com/movies/fifty-dead-men-walking

Plot: Based on Martin McGartland's shocking real life story, Martin is a young lad from west Belfast in the late 1980s who is recruited by the British Police to spy on the IRA. He works his way up the ranks as a volunteer for the IRA whilst feeding information to his British handler and saving lives in the process; until one day he is exposed, captured and tortured to within an inch of his life. He escaped dramatically by throwing himself from a tower block window and is still in hiding today.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Bert
Date: 05 Apr 11 - 12:24 AM

What a great thread.

It's amazing how different out tastes are.

I've jotted down a dozen titles that I must get.

Here's some that we have enjoyed recently (bearing in mind that sometimes we watch with grandchildren)

Ratatouille
Racing stripes
101 Dalmations
Water Horse
Harry Brown
Independence Day (It isn't supposed to be REAL)
Lady in the Water
Saving Grace
The Full Monty (you probably have to be English to appreciate the characterization. The cinematography was perfect)
Firewall
Passenger 57
The Italian Job (The original)
Second Hand Lions
Son In Law


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 05 Apr 11 - 05:08 PM

The King's Speech - superb
Barney's Version - well done, heavy
Win Win - good
Incendies - excellent, very heavy!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: bobad
Date: 05 Apr 11 - 05:16 PM

La Dolce Vita - A Fellini morality tale.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Apr 11 - 11:37 PM

Is Anybody There...a beautiful little gem with Michael Caine and a really great young actor last name of "Milner."


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: J-boy
Date: 10 Apr 11 - 12:26 AM

Tami and I just watched Toy Story 3. There were tears. Honest.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Apr 11 - 07:29 PM

An Australian film: Strange Bedfellows - warm, funny, poignant, and good fun with Paul hogan and others. Great music and shot in a beautiful town named Yakadandrah (I think that's the way to spell it.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 15 Apr 11 - 10:32 AM

Here's Peter Jackson's video blog on the preproduction process of "The Hobbit".

Video Blog


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Neil D
Date: 03 May 11 - 09:51 PM

"Dean Spanley" with Peter O'Toole, Jeremy Northam, Bryan Brown and a captivating performance by Sam Neill in the title role. Pure magic.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 04 May 11 - 02:44 AM

Well the 'News' media is getting pretty dramatic..but really could use more believable script writers! ..not only that, the plots are too contrived!!

GfS


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Richie Black (misused acct, bad email)
Date: 04 May 11 - 06:38 PM

The Rite, with Anthony Hopkins, just watched it on DVD. An excellent film.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 May 11 - 03:16 PM

Ghosts of Goya


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Neil D
Date: 11 May 11 - 10:36 PM

Kat, I think you mean "Goya's Ghost" and you're right, it's an excellent movie. Javier Bardem is impressively villainous, yet complex, in the role of the Inquisitor turned Napoleonic prosecutor.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 May 11 - 11:10 PM

Oops, you're right, Neil, thanks. It really was extraordinary.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: 3refs
Date: 12 May 11 - 09:53 AM

The Last Waltz! Can't believe this thing is 35 years old and I just saw it for the first time a few months ago! Ran out and bought it. I've watched(or listened)to it 20 times or more since then. Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson better known as "The Band", makes one proud to be a Canadian! Levon is an honorary Canuck!

The King's Speech. Watching King George VI stomp and curse left me speechless with laughter!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 16 May 11 - 09:14 AM

I watched "Around the Bend" through Netflix last night. Very touching story and two of my favorite actors - Michael Caine and Christopher Walken.


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From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 16 May 11 - 09:29 AM

The Black Pond - starring Bonzo, not yet on general release!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 20 May 11 - 10:53 PM

"Citizen Ruth" (1996)

Early movie from "Election" & "Sideways" Director/writer Alexander Payne

A wry black comedy satirising both sides of the pro/anti choice abortion 'debate'.

Would work well in a very entertaining themed double bill for intelligent teenagers with "Juno"


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 May 11 - 11:16 PM

Just watched Stone of Destiny about Ian Hamilton and the other students who took the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey returning it to Scotland in 1950. The real Ian Hamilton even played a small part, though I didn't know until it was over, so can't place him. The only thing I didn't like was the arrangement of and woman who sang Wild Mountain Thyme at the end. She sounded slightly flat and, imo, it was over-produced. Still a good flick.:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 May 11 - 07:18 PM

The Field, starring a younger Richard Harris, Tom Berrenger and others. Really dramatic, sad, beautiful Irish movie. Great dance music and filmed on location in Ireland.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Jun 11 - 12:44 AM

Not a movie, but a BBC series we started watching at netflix tonight: George Gently, an excellent chief inspector crime show set in the 60s in Northumberland, though filmed, at least the two we've seen, so far, in Ireland. Reminded us a bit of Inspector Morse, as Gently, too, has a younger "sidekick," is from the Yard and a bit curmudgeonly. Quite good!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 19 Jun 11 - 10:20 PM

Maybe "Glory" was mentioned in the 400 plus previous threads, i don't know but it is an excellent flick if you are into the American civil war. Wow!!
Ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: number 6
Date: 24 Jun 11 - 11:13 PM

"Biutiful" .... directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Incredible acting by Javier Bardem. This has to be one of the most compelling movies I have ever seen.

biLL


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: paul vaughan
Date: 25 Jun 11 - 07:07 AM

"Small Engine Repair" Got it on DVD recently though I think it was originally released about 5 years ago. Maybe not the greatest movie of all time but worth a look if you fancy a good story with a musical theme. Here's a traler Small Engine Repair


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 25 Jun 11 - 06:32 PM

Finally and long overdue:

Terminator 3: extra full star for the ending.

A league of their own: Tom Hanks really, really acting, the evolution of his character amazing. Also, I didn't know half that stuff...


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 25 Jun 11 - 07:42 PM

Go see "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," Werner Herzog's documentary about 32,000 year old cave art - in 3D if possible.

An archaeologist even plays a familiar tune on a stone-age bone flute.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Janie
Date: 28 Jun 11 - 10:25 PM

Just watched Running the Sahara.

Excellent!

A documentary produced by Matt Damon and distributed by National Geographic - 3 guys, one American, one Canadian and one Taiwanese, who ran the length of the Sahara from the Atlantic coast of Senegal to the Egyptian coast of the Red Sea. 110 days with no days off.

Very well done.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 28 Jun 11 - 10:53 PM

Hot Tub Time Machine (free on NetFlix) Its better than the title would make you think. I admit that the title sets a low bar.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 28 Jun 11 - 11:10 PM

Thanks Jack. I just recently signed up to Netflick and it is great. Just watched a movie called "Defiance", great flick.
Thanks again for your suggestion.
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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 28 Jun 11 - 11:37 PM

Defiance was very good as well. It is a VERY different movie.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Janie
Date: 28 Jun 11 - 11:51 PM

"Running the Sahara" was on Netflix streaming also.

Their monthly subscription service seems to be a good value. Son (with his Dad's consent,) has added my home computer to their monthly subscription account. I think it costs about $8.00 per month.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Sawzaw
Date: 29 Jun 11 - 08:41 PM

Super 8 wasn't bad.

Reminiscent of ET.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 02 Jul 11 - 01:33 PM

Clash of the Titan 2010, (Netflix mailed to our house)

Excellent effects, better story than I thought it would be, generally excellent acting, Sam Worthington's accent kinda wavered between his native Australian and the neutral English accent that nearly everyone else was affecting. Why does Hollywood so often use English accents in the portrayal of classical Greeks and Romans? But it is is early in Sam's career. He is improving.

A very nice little comedy was "Feed the Fish" which had Tony Shaloub as a producer and actor. A fun picture of rural Wisconsin. You might want to read the blurb to see if the plot is your cup of tea.

Leaves of Grass, another fun little movie which Carol knew from watching was written by someone who knows rural Oklahoma quite well. Tim Blake Nelson


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 02 Jul 11 - 01:41 PM

seen a good few 'quality' indie/arthouse films in the last month
but today I nominate

"Meet Dave" (2008)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0765476/

by any reasonable standards it's complete CGI dominated rubbish.

But the wife is feeling very low and demoralised by work pressures
at the monent;
and by good chance of early evening TV scheduling
this modern day 'Jerry Lewis' style children's comedy
took her mind off her problems and had her laughing herself silly for 90 min..


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Jul 11 - 04:07 PM

JtS, thanks for the recommendation for Feed the Fish. I just finished watching it. What an adorable, quirky feel-good movie. Love Shaloub and Corbin. The rest of the actors were great, too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 02 Jul 11 - 04:19 PM

u r welcome kat


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: DougR
Date: 02 Jul 11 - 04:25 PM

I saw a bad one last night. "The American" with George Clooney.
DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 02 Jul 11 - 04:42 PM

I haven't seen it DougR but I won't watch a movie where Clooney is the only star. So I won't be watching it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 03 Jul 11 - 12:56 AM

Inception!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 03 Jul 11 - 08:34 AM

Doug R and I can agree on something. "The American" was an awful movie. The ending made no sense at all. Just a lot of people shooting each other.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 03 Jul 11 - 11:54 AM

Yes, but, as previously answered, none recent. Watched "Two For the Road" on DVD last night. I think I appreciated it even more than when it was new back in 1967. The difference? Forty years being married.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Jul 11 - 03:03 PM

Finally got to see The King's Speech. No wonder it was raved about. I really enjoyed it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 03 Jul 11 - 08:06 PM

I will soon. Film4 has got an Ingmar Bergman mini-series coming up.

Incidentally, I was at the 'Magritte: The Pleasure Principle' at the Tate, Liverpool today, and I thought his 'Homage a Erich Stroheim' was hilarious.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Jul 11 - 08:42 PM

Docu. on netflix: Beyond the Burly Q. Very good. Lots of interviews with the women of burlesque, with the history and film footage, plus Alan Alda talking about growing up travelling with the troupe his parents were in. It was really good!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 10 Jul 11 - 09:23 PM

Centurion was pretty good.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Bert
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 08:42 AM

Saving Grace
Calendar Girls
Full Monty (The English one)
Harry Brown


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 09:15 AM

Still Bill - a biography of Bill Withers. If you liked his music, you will probably enjoy it. I particularly enjoyed the discussions of "Grandma's Hands."


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 04:52 PM

Inception was good. It wasn't cheerful. It didn't leave you feeling marvelous. But it was pretty good.

I find that Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be attracted lately to very heavy movies of dark psychological torture and suffering...such as "Shutter Island" and "Inception". He does them well, but I'm not sure they're what I'm exactly yearning to devote a few hours of my life to.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 30 Jul 11 - 09:59 AM

And seeing as over 50 non cinema going single men are Hollywood's target market, I'm sure that situation will soon be corrected.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Bert
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 05:30 PM

Secretariat


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 05:32 PM

Jack - LOL!!!!!

Yeah, Hollywood doesn't give a shit what kind of movies I like. But I have not yet quit going to the cinema. I just don't go very often, that's all. It's TV that I have quit totally on, not the cinema.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 05:37 PM

Secretariat was good.

Big hearted horse. Literally.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Amos
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 06:01 PM

The Rage of Placid Lake" is a beautiful, funny movie about self discovery in an AUstralian youth who has a wicked sense of humor.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Aug 11 - 11:35 PM

We haven't been watching too many movies, lately, as we were working our way through all of A Touch of Frost on neflix. We were, ah...addicted, ya might say.:-)

We then moved on to Midsomer Murders of which we've seen about three episodes. Really enjoyed them, too, but not as addictive as DI Frost or is it DCI?lol

Tonight, we made it to a movie, via netflix. A comedy called "In and Out" with Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds, Wilfrid Brimley, Bob Newhart, Tom Selleck as a gay reporter, very well done, and a host of other well-known characters directed by Frank Oz. It was really fun, good, and poignant. A feel good movie with a twist.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 10 Aug 11 - 10:23 PM

Wild Target.

A little English flick on Netflix instant. Very funny story about a hit man.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 11 Aug 11 - 04:47 PM

If you like funny movies about hit men - here's one of my favorites. With Ben Kingley and Tea Leoni


You Kill Me

Here's the trailer


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 11 Aug 11 - 04:51 PM

Yeah Wes, that was a good movie, I saw it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Bluesman
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 06:31 PM

Just watched Michael Caine in "Harry Brown" it is excellent.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Brown_%28film%29


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: C-flat
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 03:58 AM

Just watched "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy".
I was really looking forward to it as I was a fan of both the novels and the TV series with Alec Guiness but came away dissapointed.
As good as the TV series was, the slow pace of delivery that made Guinness' "Smiley" so appealing, doesn't work nearly as well in a 2 hour movie format and the producer seemed to be slavishly and reverentially copying the original.
Some good performances and I would have loved it as a remake of the whole TV series but a different approach was needed for the cinema.
I found myself wondering what the younger members of audience, who may not of read any of the Le Carre novels and were too young to have seen the TV series, could have made of it.
At least it makes the audience work, rather than constantly explaining itself in the way a lot of todays dumbed-down offerings do, but, for me, the effort was poorly rewarded.
C-flat


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 07:34 AM

Der Untergang is a great movie. Bruno Ganz's portrayal of the Nazi monster in his final days is an acting tour de force which has to be seen to be comprehended.

You can watch a trailer of it Here .


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 05:58 PM

Der Untergang is excellent, but it's not (IMO) a depiction of a monster. It's a depiction of a tragically flawed little man with some very strong oratorical skills who unfortunately rose to very high political power in an unstable time and whose rise resulted in the development of a monstrous political system. It is the systems which are monstrous, and that sure wasn't the only one. There are several more mostrous systems around right now, usually run by tragically flawed little men who rose to very high political power.

They all imagine they are doing what is "right", what is just, what is good, noble, and proper. They think THEY are right. They're absolutely sure of it. (Just like most of the people reading these lines are sure they are right.) They're sure that those who disagree with them about anything are wrong. Dead wrong. Evil, in fact. And that's what makes them so dangerous. They'd rather be "right" than be merciful.

Hitler sincerely thought he was saving Germany from the most evil and terrible forces, and he created an evil and terrible system while trying to do it.

I see people very similar to Hitler in high places now. Some of them are governing in what we call "democracies". They are dangerous men, and they are in command of exceedingly dangerous powers.

But they are not monsters. They are just flawed men out of their depth. They're rather be right than be merciful. They're rather win the next battle than secure a lasting peace. They'd rather compete for final "victory" than share and share alike. The systems they have created are monstrous.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Oct 11 - 09:50 PM

We've been watching a lot of series including Midsomer Murders, Inspector Lewis, Luther, etc. Tonight we watched Ironclad which was really pretty good, though gory. One of the taglines at IMDB was "heavy metal goes medieval!" LOL


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Joe_F
Date: 09 Oct 11 - 08:00 PM

_Tortilla Flat_, at last, to pay homage to the source of the delightful song "Torelli", which I have sung for many years. I suppose it's not as good as the book, but it is fun, and incidentally it makes no concealment of the nasty side of peasant mores.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 14 Oct 11 - 02:59 PM

I just saw this one on the Sundance Channell this morning. An excellect documentary about presidential elections:

The Return of The War Room.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Micca
Date: 14 Oct 11 - 07:41 PM

Just watched the First of the EXTENDED set of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Trilogy!!! It( the 3 "films" packaged more like a TV series) includes more than 2 hours of additional material and is much closer to the books , it has room for more Character development especially Lizabeth Salander which I felt the shorter Cinema release lacked, and therefore does more justice to Larsons original concept. I am looking forward to enjoying the rest of the series.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Nov 11 - 10:27 PM

We finally finished watching all eight seasons of an Australian television series called McLeod's Daughters; each season at over 25 episodes. I suppose some might call it nighttime soap opera, but we found it quite engaging and enjoyed it very much.

I watched some others in the meantime which were absolutely riveting. One we just finished was produced by and starred Wes Studi. It was produced in 2009 and is called, The Only Good Indian. A lot of us already know about how Native Americans' and First Nations' children were torn from their homes and placed in boarding schools and much worse. The movie is about that with some well-done inner conflicts among the various characters. Takes place in Kansas. Quite well done, imo.

Another stunning indie film, which I watched recently, was The Unmistaken Child, a documentary. It had a profound effect on me.

Cosi, was hilarious, touching, and uplifting. Inexperienced guy is hired to run crafts, etc. for folks in an insane asylum. There were some outstanding actors in it, one of whom convinces him they should do a production of the opera by Mozart, Cosi fan Tutte.

One more documentary, highly recommended, Blossoms of Fire, about the families, the women especially, of Juchitan, Isthmus Zapotec in Mexico. The outside world calls it the last matriarchal society, but the women do not call themselves that. From what I saw, as much as there can be, it was an even society between men and women, though the majority of men do give their earnings to the women who then manage it for the entire family. Very much a sharing community and trying very hard to keep from losing their language and their culture. It was beautiful to watch.

I typed this using a voice-recognition program. Any typos or mistakes are entirely its fault. Next time I will proofread.

(Okay, I lied. Came back to check it and couldn't stand the mistakes. I have to speak more slowly!)
kat


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Max Johnson
Date: 27 Nov 11 - 09:28 AM

Anyone following the epic series 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey' on More4 in the UK? Brilliant! (Apart from the, sometimes, bizarre commentary).

Apart from that, the film I've most enjoyed recently was 'The Station Agent'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Lighter
Date: 27 Nov 11 - 10:34 AM

Arthur Christmas. (Excellent.)

Puss in Boots. (Even better.)

I may not go to any more movies with actual humans on the screen.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Nov 11 - 11:47 AM

I forgot to mention an excellent movie we just watched: The Ip Man. it starts out in 1935 just before the Chinese invade Japan and is about A Wing Chung master who was very careful about using his martial arts. He was the best there was and once the Chinese came in he was eventually forced into a tournament by one of their generals who wanted to fight the best as he felt Japanese kung fu was superior to Chinese martial arts. It's based on a true story. Ip Man became Bruce Lee's teacher.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 12:03 AM

The follow up movie to Ip Man is excellent, too.

I just watched and indie film, The Civilisation of Maxwell Bright. At first it seems very raunchy and as though it may not be that good, but it takes some very unexpected turns and tells a deeply thought out message. Excellent, imo.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Bluesman
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 04:34 AM

500. The Iron Lady and Girl with Dragon Tattoo are excellent.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 08:27 AM

Drive - This turned out to be an absolutely superb movie! Ryan Goslin is a very good actor, and everyone else in the film does their party perfectly too. Talk about a good script! Most "action" films are really stupid...this one is anything but.

Conan - Okay, if you happen to like "sword and sandal" epics...or if you just like the Conan stories...this one is quite good. It's better, in my opinion, than the Schwarzenneger ones were, though they were pretty good too. Definitely a fun way to spend an hour and a half.

The Rite - A film about demonic possession, this is not your standard horror fare, but a serious film with good acting. Anthony Hopkins is excellent, as always, and the subject is treated in a sober, thought-provoking fashion. Really gives some food for thought. There's something going on with these sort of cases, and I'm not sure what it is, but it's serious business.

True Grit - A fabulously good western. Couldn't be better. The scene where the plucky young girl bargains for a better price with the slippery old businessman is worth the price of the entire show.

The Irishman - Tremendously gritty film about the rise and fall of an organized crime boss in Cleveland in the 1970s.

The Ides of March - Great film about ruthlessness and corruption on the political campaign trail in an American election. Should be required viewing for all American voters, I think.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 08:43 AM

Typo! Should have been "Ryan Gosling". He is one hell of a good actor.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: SINSULL
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 10:07 AM

Just saw "Messengers" for free on line. Decent horror flick with some real "jump out of your seat" moments.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 03:55 PM

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was very good. I hadn't seen the Alec Guinness series, so can't compare (though comparisons from others have been favorable).

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 08:00 PM

BTW, for got to mention a free movie and tv show site which I didn't know about until the other day when my son told me about it: www.crackle.com

No sign-up, no email log-in, and it is legal. Apparently they sell content to a lot of other sites such as Netflix. My grandson has been having fun watching Spider Man movies, etc. on there. We've also been watching old Bewitched episodes on Hulu. What a hoot!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 21 Aug 12 - 10:13 PM

kat,
Just watched "Get Low". You will love it. On Netflix. Hope you can get it.
Ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 21 Aug 12 - 11:24 PM

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, To Rome with Love and Moonrise Kingdom. I liked both. However, most people close to my age that I've talked to liked the first two but not the third. I think it's interesting that they could accept Woody Allen's quirky storytelling style but not Wes Anderson's.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 21 Aug 12 - 11:55 PM

The mrs is on her summer holiday so we've enjoyed a mini film festival
catching up on...

"Frozen River"
"The Road"
"Winter's Bone"
"London To Brighton"
"Harry Brown"

notice the thematic link ???

... Gritty and Despairing........

Just the right mood for a British summer....


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 05:39 AM

Husband went to see The Expendables 2. Said it was brilliant, lots of action, gripping and never flagged in spite of its length. Sounded like sheer hell to me to sit through all that bang bang stuff, but men like those sort of films. He's a great fan of most of the (rather ageing) stars in it, so he was doubly delighted.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 02:57 PM

Here in the West of Ireland we are a little starved of good films so we take regular trips to Dublin and pig-out - usually at The Lighthouse and I.F.I.
The last time we fitted in 5 films in 3 days as follows:

The Angel's Share
Even the Rain
A Royal Affair
The Dead
Le Grande Illusion

All glorious, not a glugger among them - would especially recommend the first two
JIm Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 04:04 PM

Great! Now I have a bunch more films to look for.

Ad, sorry, I don't know what is wrong with netflix down here, but they do not have that movie, either. Idjits! I'll look for it elsewhere. Thanks, anyway!

We've been watching BBC detective series, Wire in the Blood, Blue Murder, Touching Evil (we both really like Robson Green)and a few others.

Ad, I've been meaning to recommend "King & The Clown" on netflix. You have to read subtitles but it is one of the very best movies I've ever seen.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 06:28 PM

It's rather unusual, but I have been "watching" quite a few movies lately. Since our recent relocation, we're rather cramped for storage space, and one of the attempts to reduce what needs(?) to be stored was based on the smaller space required to store DVDs rather than VHS tapes, so I've been transferring some of "our" (I claim mostly "her") tapes to disk.

Unfortunately, copying them requires running them in "real time" so for the "interesting" ones I've "sort of watched" while they're running.

The current count is at 281 titles "watched" in this way -- (?) beginning with "Apollo 13" and winding up at "Zulu," with every thing from "Black Adder" and "Avenger" episodes (and of course all 13 of "her" episodes of "Cadfael") through some 3 Stooges shorts, about 3 of the "Road to ..." flicks, and even a poor copy of "Barbarella" mixed in.

I very much doubt that "we" had anything in our VHS stuff that was released since about 1970, though, so recommendations based on our library wouldn't be of much interest to anyone looking for current suggestions.

Of course due to transfer failures, some of them required "watching" 2 or 3 times, and the 2 hour limit on what can be put on a DVD means that some had to be split between a couple of disks.

"Dune" is running now, but will take (at least) three disks, and another that I've defered for later apparently will need four.

We also seem to have around 400 commercial DVD releases, and a handful of them might have been released sometime after 1970, but none that I can think of that likely were produced since about 1980 or so. Season 1 of "Xena" (a gift) and Lin's recently acquired "all six seasons of 'Bones'" would be exceptions.

The question of "where did they all come from" occurs; but the real question is "WHY! WHY! WHY! THE %@$#!^ have we got all this $!#@% SH*T???? (And why are we keeping it?)

But it all fits in a much smaller space now.

John


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: number 6
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 09:42 PM

I agree Ad (Beer) .... "get Low" .... very good movie

biLL


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 10:17 PM

"The Time Traveler's Wife" was on TV tonight.

Sat and watched it with the wife on her insistence.
She's read the book, and seen it at the Cinema.

I thought it was an ok romantic drama with a slight Sci fi twist.

My wife was sobbing her eyes out throughout
and almost looked grief stricken by the time the end credits rolled...

She says it's one of her most favourite films ever.

Eric Bana shows his arse quite a lot.

Funnily enough, he's one of her favourite movie stars.

This may be a strategic DVD to rent for a night in
if for any reason you are in your wife's bad books..


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 10:40 PM

Wow!! so many new titles to look for. fantastic.
kat, maybe you can see if "Get low" is on Crackle. your recommendation to watch "King & the Crown" is not available to me. Don't understand this horseshit. Like WHY NOT! I will look when I am finished typing if it is on "Crackle". Thanks for the link. Here is one that is touching that I just finished watching. biLL, if you liked Get Low this one you will enjoy as well. "Second Hand Lions"
Ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 11:41 PM

Ad, check again, it is "King and the CLOWN.":-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 23 Aug 12 - 04:19 AM

Does anybody know if 'Songcatcher' was ever released in Britain - if not, it should have been
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 23 Aug 12 - 08:47 AM

No luck kat. So I guess you can't get some that I recommend and the same for me. Very strange.
ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 23 Aug 12 - 11:13 AM

I saw Expendables 2 and loved every second of it. I loved the first one also. Total brain candy but lots of action and lots of laughs.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 23 Aug 12 - 12:12 PM

Becca72, have just got the first Expendables on Blu-ray DVD for hubbie as he hadn't seen it, only number 2 at the cinema. He's watching it at this moment, so I'm confined to the study just now, as it's definitely not my cup of tea!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 23 Aug 12 - 04:04 PM

Good luck, Eliza! For some reason I've alwasy been more attracted to Action/Shoot-em-up movies (AKA dick flicks) than chick flicks.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 04 Nov 12 - 01:17 AM

Just saw a sweet movie on Netflix: "Sweet Land".

Based on the short story ""A Gravestone Made of Wheat," by Will Weaver, it tells the story of a mail-order bride arriving in Minnesota from Germany in 1920, and her difficulty in integrating in the community.

It takes a little bit of suspension of disbelief for minor historical inaccuracies, and the presence of some familiar actors in unfamiliar roles/accents. Also, apparently if you speak German or Norwegian that's kind of a mess.

official website

But, its heart is in the right place. :-)

~ Becky in Long Beach


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 04 Nov 12 - 02:05 AM

Watched Channel 4's documentary about Frankenstein and its film versions. Karloff's must have been one of the greatest series of performances in the whole history of film.

~M~


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Beer
Date: 05 Nov 12 - 02:37 PM

Watched this documentary last night on Netflix. "Happy People: A Year in the Taiga". May not be to everyone's liking but I sure did.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 05 Nov 12 - 02:47 PM

We enjoyed Denzel Washington in "Flight". I'm not so sure a heroin addict could get clean as fast as the woman in this movie but I won't quibble about the details.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 05 Nov 12 - 03:24 PM

Husband went alone to cinema to watch Skyfall. Said it was good at first but far too long. He left before the end!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 05 Nov 12 - 04:57 PM

Here are the films at our local six screen cinema this week:

Skyfall
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted‎
Taken 2
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 3D
Silent Hill: Revelation
Frankenweenie


That really is a pretty dispiriting collection.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,achmelvich
Date: 06 Nov 12 - 08:01 AM

i have been looking for a french film -'jeanne's house' - for about 20 years. anyone any idea where i might find a copy? as far as i know it's not available on dvd.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 06 Nov 12 - 08:15 AM

Saw Looper at the Drive In a couple of weeks ago - that was pretty good.


I also watched Mr. Brooks on DVD last night and enjoyed it very much!


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Nov 12 - 12:04 PM

Guest,achmelvich, doesn't look as though it is available according to its listing at IMDB.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 06 Nov 12 - 12:42 PM

Hey! Frankenweenie sounds like an inspired idea to me. What could be more fun than a Dachshund who comes back from the dead?


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 06 Nov 12 - 08:43 PM

I haven't seen Argo yet, but everyone who has tells me it is great. It's about the Americans who sought refuge in the Canadian ambassador's home in Iran and were rescued by a CIA team pretending to be filming a sci-fi film.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 10:16 AM

Well the Mrs. and I saw Les Misérables yesterday. Overall we enjoyed it a lot but:

The closeup shots were too long and TOO close. I don't need to see that Ann Hathaway's nose is about to run while she's crying. Leave me some mystery please.

I don't really care for hand held camera shots, esp in a period piece like this one.

Sorry - but I don't care for Hugh Jackman's vibrato. I know that vibrato seems standard in musicals - but it's just not pleasing to my ears.

Having said that - there were plot points that became clear in the movie that I missed in the stage presentation. The art direction - the look of the movie - was wonderful. And the quality of Amanda Sayfried's voice was a real surprise. I still think it's worth seeing and recommend it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 11:42 AM

I watched Dredd recently, which is the latest attempt to bring 2000AD's premier crime fighting character to the screen. Pretty good too I say, little on the gory side, but Dredd was well played, or at least as well played as a monosyllabic futuristic law enforcer can be. I liked the ett story arc - at least so much as it can be called one - of Judge Anderson too, as well as the gritty underworld of Megacity One, which looks like the grimy underside of 80's Britain (the Judge Dredd strip was born in the late 80's), Brutalist architecture and all, as ugly as can be imagined - with a few futuristic tweaks naturally.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 11:55 AM

Oh, and a second viewing of Billy Bob Thornton's (writer, director and actor) brilliantly bad taste 'Bad Santa' - if you don't enjoy dark comedy, this flick won't be appreciated..


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 11:56 AM

Lincoln: gripping, historically astute, puts you there and makes you pay attention. Easily Spielberg's best since "Schindler's List" and every bit as good.

The Hobbit: stuffed, bloated, and formulaic, almost a rip-off of the great "Fellowship of the Ring." Lots of battles in which a dozen dwarves slaughter a million goblins. Score seemingly lifted unchanged from _"LOTR." There are one or two beautiful sequences - if you can stay awake.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 11:58 AM

The latest James Bond film is quite good of its type. I can't say I give much importance to James Bond movies...but...it is an entertaining couple of hours and Daniel Craig plays the part very convincingly.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 12:05 PM

"The Hobbit: stuffed, bloated, and formulaic, almost a rip-off of the great "Fellowship of the Ring." Lots of battles in which a dozen dwarves slaughter a million goblins. Score seemingly lifted unchanged from _"LOTR." There are one or two beautiful sequences - if you can stay awake."

We're going to see this in the early new year. I do remember remarking to my partner that a trilogy of (inevitably) three hour films culled from The Hobbit's modestly slim lone volume, sounded like "butter scraped over too much bread" even for Tolkien fanboys (which we both are).


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 12:52 PM

Considering the book was a little over 300 pages - if the other two movies are as long as the first it will clock in at close to nine hours. Plenty of time to tell the whole story. And then some.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Becca72
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 01:11 PM

I saw The Hobbit a week or so ago. It was OK, but they could have wrapped everything up in 2 hours or less... I got quite restless about 3/4 of the way through.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 01:53 PM

Premium Rush, an hour of bicycle chase scenes, 30 minutes of plot, surprisingly good.

Moonrise Kingdom, Quirky kid romance, Wes Anderson's best IMHO

Total Recall.. Better effects than the Arnie one, but no Ronnie Cox.

Dark Night Rises. As good as the other two in the trilogy.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World ... Quirky funny, poignant, lusty romance with an odd lesson for desperate times.

Wanderlust   ... Quirky funny, poignant, lusty romance with an odd lesson for desperate times.

Dark Shadows - Tim Burton and Johnny Deep, quirky, silly, funny.

Bernie, Quirky, funny, true story.

Hunger Games was Margaret Atwood meets Die Hard.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 01:57 PM

"Spielberg's best since "Schindler's List" and every bit as good."
.,,.
Disagree, Leveller. I can't find words to express my hatred & contempt for that vile cop-out from the worst thing that has happened in the entire history of the world*; surpassed only by the Oscar-winning{Christ!) & unspeakable Life Is Beautiful, about the fun & games children had in the Belsen holiday camp.

~M~

*YMMV ~ not trying to drift into a competition for that undesirable title. Just can't think of another such enormity committed with the full knowledge & approval of the entire population of perhaps the most cultured nation in the Western world.


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From: MGM·Lion
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 01:58 PM

Sorry ~ meant Lighter, not Leveller. Apologies to both.


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From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 02:56 PM

MtheGM, Surely you are referring to "Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva at Berchtesgaden "


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From: MGM·Lion
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 03:23 PM

No, Jack ~~ I have made a point of avoiding that one. Twice bitten...

~M~


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From: MGM·Lion
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 03:25 PM

Anyhow; that one makes a point in its title & pre-pub of demonstrating that it is not meant to be in any way a serious contemplation of the issues raised; whereas the two I animdvert against above...

~M~


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 04:18 PM

I also thoroughly enjoyed "Seeking a Friend at the End of the World", though I saw it on the computer, not at the movies. Like most of the movies Kiera Knightley's been in, it was excellent, and it was a really fresh and new approach to the basic scenario of a story about the end of the world. It didn't take the kind of path they usually do at all. I could very much identify with the lead characters, different as they were from one another. Like the guy in the film, I'd just want to spend the time quietly....no wild parties or orgies, thanks! Just some quiet time either alone or with someone I really care about.

The brief section with the desperate ex-boyfriend was kind of annoying, but I liked the rest of the movie a lot.


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From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 04:59 PM

M: I stand by my opinion of "Schindler's List," but I agree fully that "Life is Beautiful" is truly "unspeakable."

If you'd like to boost your blood pressure two or three hundred points, check out the gushing all-star reviews at IMDb and Amazon.com. I've done it, and I don't recommend it.

Benigni's own father allegedly survived a Nazi camp. If so, the young genius is even more obtuse than he might appear. (He is quoted as saying, "I hate, I hate, I hate sentimentalism!")

Of course, millions of fans love the message: "Not even crummy bunks and mean old Nazis can beat a guy who thinks positive!"

Thus LIB garnered an award at Cannes, three Oscars, and a special commendation at the Jerusalem Film Festival: "for furthering the understanding of Jewish history."

Sic.

I realize that, statistically, people who are appalled, like me, are the weirdos, and I guess I have to live knowing that. (The chorus of Pod People scolds, "Lighten up, dude! It's just a *movie*! And
>sniff!< Roberto was a *great* father!")

Double feature: follow up a viewing of "Life is Beautiful" with one of "Inglourious Basterds." For a pop evening you'll never forget.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 05:17 PM

Yes, I've done it too Lighter. Ugh indeed. Inglourious Basterds I am sort of ambivalent about.

Schindler never seems to me to face up to the majority of times when it wasn't hot water that came out of the nozzles. I find its feelgood tone rebarbative, tho can see why it is admired, unlike the vile LIB. But, as Kubrick remarked, you have a movie about 6 million people meeting particularly nasty ends offscreen while 600 manage to survive on...

~M~


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From: Elmore
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 06:54 PM

Enjoyed Les Miserables on Christmas, and this afternoon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 07:33 PM

Schindler's List is about one self-absorbed criminal opportunist whose dormant human decency is finally awakened. It has the virtue of being more or less a true story, and certainly makes no novel claims about the nature of the Holocaust.

"Life is Beautiful," on the other hand, says that Auschwitz was not so bad, and that only a gloomy Eeyore would let a Holocaust or a Gulag or a Nagasaki or a Cultural Revolution of exploding Towers dampen his sense of fun. For Benigni, the smile of a happy child and his unfazed mom tells us all we need to know about such silly annoyances. Life is beautiful!

Benigni has also said that the only way we can "get past" the Holocaust is to "laugh at it."

That proves he's a fool no matter what he thinks he means.


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 09:38 PM

Okay, I just saw "The Hobbit". Nice movie. Much as I would have expected. Lovely to look at. And it's always good to see those magnificent Elves, the very image of what we humans could be if we rose to our very best...although they only appeared for short segments. Nice to see the Dwarves get their day on film too.

The section with Gollum was the most memorable part.

It won't have near the impact the LOTR trilogy did, but I think the fans will mostly enjoy it.

I also enjoyed seeing all the interior shots of "Bag End", and, no, I didn't find the movie "too slow", but I do think it's a bit much to stretch that particular story out to 3 movies. 2 movies would probably do it fine.

I do find it a bit odd that a dozen Dwarves can repeatedly fight vast numbers of Orcs, assorted monsters, and Goblins, slay them in droves, yet not lose a single Dwarf while they're doing it.

That doesn't happen in real war. It gets a bit silly after awhile, watching it happen onscreen. I think Orcs and Goblins can fight better than that. If they couldn't, they'd all just give up, surrender, and go home. And after all, where is the drama in watching battles where they never lose a single man on the "good guys" side? And do Orcs and Goblins also have mothers who weep when their sons don't come home? (It seems quite likely that they would....if they really existed at all.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 01 Jan 13 - 12:10 AM

I just watched Enchanted on NBC. I had seen it before. It's a light, frothy bit of fluff. Amy Adams was a delight.


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From: alex s
Date: 01 Jan 13 - 08:47 AM

Hugo


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 01 Jan 13 - 12:52 PM

"I do find it a bit odd that a dozen Dwarves can repeatedly fight vast numbers of Orcs, assorted monsters, and Goblins, slay them in droves, yet not lose a single Dwarf while they're doing it. "

Well duh - It's because they are the GOOD guys.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Jan 13 - 01:28 PM

Yeah, sure....but do you get what I mean about that sense of unreality that sets in after awhile when the "good guys" don't lose a single man while slaying hundreds or thousands?

I mean...why even worry about the good guys if they are to all intents immortal??? ;-) It defeats the sense of real drama for me.

In a great movie, "The Last of the Mohicans", a number of important characters we've come to know well and probably empathize with die during the movie. That gives it a hell of a lot more emotional impact than if they had slain upwards of 5,000 Iroquois warriors and all made it through without losing a single life on their own side, doesn't it?

The general public apparently prefers (or at least has fed TO them) completely unreal fantasies where only the "bad guys" die...and by the hundreds. Well, that's just silly. Mind you, they did have some heroic Dwarves die in the flashbacks....apparently the Orcs did know how to fight back then! ;-)

It's a minor complaint. I did quite liked the movie anyway, and I expect I'll like the next 2 installments of it.

We don't live in a world so simple that you can tell the "good guys" and the "bad guys" from what race or nation they belong to. Some would like it to be that way, some are even deluded enough to think it IS that way, but it never will be.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 01 Jan 13 - 02:08 PM

"It defeats the sense of real drama for me."

I'm not sure you should attempt to find "real" in a book about Hobbits....

What bothers me in the movies - among other things - is guns that never seem to need reloading. Or a man and woman who hate each other until they look longingly into each other eyes,kiss and discover that they really DO love each other.Even though they have nothing in common.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 01 Jan 13 - 02:11 PM

"We don't live in a world so simple that you can tell the "good guys" and the "bad guys" from what race or nation they belong to. Some would like it to be that way, some are even deluded enough to think it IS that way, but it never will be."

I take your point, but to be pedantic it's not a good analogy LH, because both Goblins AND Orcs were *created* by evil people to *be* bad. As of course were the Uruk-hai too. :P


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Jan 13 - 02:29 PM

Yeah, those last 2 things bother me too, Wesley. ;-)

As for stories, I think a fictional story, to be a good story, needs some real drama in it just as much as a nonfictional story does...generally speaking...in order to be effective as a story. There might be the odd exception here and there.

The one thing I find weak about Tolkien's stories (and they are brilliant) is the idea of having specific races of beings that are intrinsically evil by their very nature. It's just a dumb idea. You don't find any situation in real life where that happens....but it's a common device in stories, because we use them to play out symbolic dramas between supposed opposites...or archetypes of good and evil. Such opposites are crude outer symbols of the moral struggle between light and darkness that occurs within each one of us during our entire lives.

Gollum is a very interesting character, precisely because we are aware that he wasn't intrisincally evil in his original nature...but fell from grace! That makes him tragic...and it makes him interesting in a way that the Orcs and Goblins and other "Bad Guys" like Sauron never will be. They're not presented as real characters at all. They never had any grace or innocence to fall from. They're one-dimensional cardboard cutouts of evil, and nothing more.

That's the way people once saw wolves. We don't see wolves that way anymore, do we? They're just ordinary animals who hunt to live, same as many other animals do. We see wolves more realistically now than we once did, because we've set aside the ancient myth of their supposedly "evil" nature. You have to understand wolves and their place in Nature to get beyond the myth.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Stim
Date: 01 Jan 13 - 04:24 PM

I saw "The Hobbit", and was very surprised, in a good way. It's a better movie than any of the other LOTR films, partly because it has a lot of humor, partly because Bilbo is a much more interesting character than Frodo, but mostly because the story line doesn't disappear for 20 minutes at a time in battle scenes.

Just so you know, I am slightly OC checking this stuff, and went back and watched all three LOTRs just to make sure...

One thing to remember is that Peter Jackson is the "auteur" of the films, not JRRT, and he isn't as good a story teller.

As to the orcs, you gotta love them...aren't they really zombies? They are just lumbering corpses who are going to going to be cut to pieces, and they are so enthusiastic...they haven't got a clue....

Little Hawk, if you liked "Looking for a Friend..." you will probably like "Safety Not Guaranteed"--it's about some low-end reporters who find a personal ad from someone seeking companion for time travel, and decide to find the person who placed the ad and do a feature story about him.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Janie
Date: 01 Jan 13 - 10:17 PM

Just watched "12 O'Clock High" with my son on Netflix. I'd never seen it. A good way to spend an evening at home.


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From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 02 Jan 13 - 08:55 AM

"12 O'Clock High" is a true classic. Gregory Peck was just as compelling then as he was thirteen years later in "To Kill a Mockingbird."

The mid '60s series was good too, for TV, but it quickly deteriorated when star Robert Lansing was deemed too "old" to pull in the ratings.

So the producers killed off General Savage, dropped his tough boss (John Larkin, whose jaw was squarer than Dick Tracy's), and replaced them with a colonel (Paul Burke) who led everybody (including a young guy with blow-dried hair) in simpler, less psychologically-oriented adventures.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Jan 13 - 11:40 AM

"12 O'Clock High" was a very fine film indeed.

Stim - Brilliant! (your comments on The Hobbit) Having given what you said some consideration...I think you're absolutely right in what you say, comparing "The Hobbit" to the LOTR trilogy. They'd have had to make LOTR into about 10 full length movies to get in all the less action-oriented stuff, the humour, the songs, all that other more subtle stuff that was in the books. Maybe they should have...

Regarding the Orcs. Okay...maybe Tolkien saw them as having been "created" by magic specifically to BE evil...therefore they are only 2-dimensional creatures with no natural characteristics. If so, it makes them unrealistic as a race of beings, and it's Tolkien's error. He was, after all, symbolically playing out the great struggle of his own time (WWII) in his story about good and evil in Middle Earth...so it seems that the Orcs and Goblins were intended to represent the legions of the Fascist powers in WWII. Well...the young men who served in German, Italian, and Japanese forces were not evil monsters created by some wizard in a castle. ;-) They were perfectly ordinary young men of their time, born into unusual political circumstances, and like the soldiers in all the other countries who fought, they went to war for the usual reasons: duty, honour, country, tradition, patriotism, loyalty, obedience to authority...and because it seemed completely unavoidable at the time.

So they were real people, just like us, serving a very bad and misguided political system that ruled over them. Like us, they experienced love, hope, and every form of human idealism.

If there really were a race of Orcs or Goblins, I expect that they too would turn out to be quite complicated beings, much like us, and not simple cardboard cutouts of pure evil. And that's how I'd have looked at it, if I were Tolkien. But since he didn't write it that way, the movies have depicted the Orcs much as Tolkien would have wanted, I guess.


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From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 02 Jan 13 - 11:59 AM

I watched 'Catch Me If You Can' the other night. It's based on a true story in which a 1960s American teenager pulled off a sequence of amazing and audacious frauds before eventually being caught by a very persistent FBI agent.

Somewhere above, Little Hawk mentions (Michael Mann's) 'The Last of the Mohicans' - which is my favourite film of all time!


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From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 02 Jan 13 - 12:02 PM

>'The Last of the Mohicans' - which is my favourite film of all time!

It certainly has one of the best scores, plus the presence of Madeleine Stowe.


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Jan 13 - 12:33 PM

It's definitely in my top 10.

Another one that's right up there for me is "Groundhog Day".


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Stim
Date: 02 Jan 13 - 12:37 PM

You are perfectly right, Little Hawk. Disturbing right, actually.

The orcs were elves, the highest born of Middle Earth. They show us
what happens to even the highest born when they become obsessed with the Ring of Power. Gollum shows us the psychological process that turns even a loveable hobbit into a creature that eats its own kind. That's why the ring has to be destroyed.

Given that Tolkien says that the orcs were elves, he could have given them all histories, but with all that added back story, LOTR would have been really long;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 02 Jan 13 - 01:14 PM

Your points about the orcs and goblins are valid. But looking at it from a story telling point of view, or even from the point of view of the characters, where the only interaction with the creatures is danger. The point of view of a hobbit viewing a group of Orc's the hobbit would not likely be pricy to the campfire conversation and music of those hunting him as dogs hunt rabbits.

In the Star Trek universe Klingons started out universally bad until further development made them admirable allies, at which time they were replaced as evil antagonists by Cardassians and Borg.

Getting back to point of view and the war you brought up, If the Japanese Islanders had seen the invading Marines as people like themselves would they have flung themselves and their children off cliffs rather than surrender? Were not the concentration camp guards who committed mass murder worse than any creature in a LOTR book? Gassing people, making lampshades of them? But yet they had mothers wives and children and probably drank beer and ate sausage in October.

I don't think the LOTR movies need sympathetic orcs anymore than a movies including Gestapo and SS troops need scenes of baby NAZIs eating black forest cake with their moms.


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Jan 13 - 02:46 PM

Sure, the depiction of the Orcs in the films works...in the context of the films. But it makes them less interesting than Gollum...as characters...because they have no depth of character.

And that is basically my point.

"Were not the concentration camp guards who committed mass murder worse than any creature in a LOTR book?"

Actually, I think not. Various people among those guards were, in fact, stricken with a deep sense of guilt over what they were doing...or had done...because they were given orders to do it and they were deeply afraid to disobey those orders...in fear of losing their own lives in front of a firing squad. This was also true of many German soldiers in the field who were ordered to summarily execute prisoners (It happend a lot in Russia, specially. And the Russians were doing that to the Germans too, of course...hard to say who started doing it first, and it probably doesn't matter.). Many of those German soldiers and guards who had committed atrocities ordered by their commanders suffered great remorse over what they had done, and some committed suicide because of it.

I think this makes them considerably better and more human individuals than various of the evil creatures in LOTR. If someone is capable of repentance and regret over his own misdeeds, he is clearly not entirely evil. He's more likely someone who wasn't quite strong enough to stand up and say "No, I won't do that."...and face the consequences.

I've never seen the slightest reluctance in a Tolkien Orc or other monster to commit atrocities. This makes them quite different from we humans, who must usually be persuaded to do so over a period of time by gradually being numbed to what we are really doing by political propaganda, coercion, prejudice, and fear. In our case, that's tragic...and tragedy makes for very interesting drama.

There's nothing tragic about the demise of a crowd of Middle Earth Orcs, is there?

But the fall of Berlin in WWII was an astoundingly tragic event in terms of what happened to the people and the city...an event that resulted in death, misery, and despair falling on a vast number of innocent, ordinary people (and a group of tragically flawed idealogues and a few outright fanatics in the command structure) most of whom were just unlucky enough to have been born German, in the wrong place, at the absolute wrong time. They came under bad political leadership. It could happen to us someday, just like that.

We don't see anything tragic in the fall of Mordor, however. There isn't one shred of goodness in Mordor to feel sorry about. This makes it good for a fictional story, but completely unreal at the same time. In this world, there are always a lot of good people on the opposing side in any war...people you'd have been glad to have as friends under a different circumstance.

I can't imagine having a Tolkien Orc as a friend! ;-) Nope. That wouldn't work too well at all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 02 Jan 13 - 10:58 PM

Some of my best friends are orcs.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Stim
Date: 03 Jan 13 - 02:13 AM

But are they Tolkien Orcs? That's what Little Hawk is talking about. Not those generic ones.
Tolkien Orcs look like Star Wars characters that are dead and decomposing. Generic ones just look like Bruce Willis with chronic depression.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 03 Jan 13 - 10:21 AM

In order to make Orcs more sympathetic - coming soon......

ORCS - The Musical.


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Jan 13 - 10:33 AM

My feeling is that Orcs are not very much like the ones in the Tolkien films, most of whom look like reanimated corpses hopped up on some kind of violent drug effect. I think that real Orcs would have a different skin colour, yes...and different features from humans or Elves, etc. They'd probably be strongly built, large-boned, and rather fierce looking. They'd probably have a society that involved families, same as other societies do, and that would mean wives and children, and communities. They'd probably be at war with Elves, Humans, and Dwarves all right, because of the cultural differences. They'd probably have a religion, a social philosophy, and a history. They would think of themselves as "the good guys". They'd probably be more nocturnal than diurnal (same as wolves, cats, coyotes, owls, bats, etc). They would know how to make clothing, weapons, houses, jewelry, etc.

There would always be the possibility of a temporary truce being made between the Orcs and various of the other races...depending on their leaders and events. They would probably trade with the other races from time to time.

Until you respect and try to understand the Orc...don't expect him to ever respect or try to understand you! ;-D


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Wesley S
Date: 03 Jan 13 - 11:07 AM

Why would they have a family structure if they are "hatched" out of the ground { if I remember correctly }?


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Stim
Date: 03 Jan 13 - 11:10 AM

My deal, and indulge me, is that, all kidding aside, the film orcs are "Peter Jackson Orcs". I like the Little Hawk Orcs a lot--also all kidding aside--they have great story possibilities--anti-heroes. On reflection--aren't orcs reminiscent of Morlocks?

My question is, did Tolkien develop them more? I know that LOTR was actually the last
part of a much longer story that he'd started years before "The Hobbit' was published.


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Jan 13 - 11:21 AM

Well, I just can't relate to the idea of a race that's "hatched out of the ground". ;-) Seems unlikely to me.

If anyone is familiar with the role-playing game "Oblivion", it has a world in which Orcs are one of about 8 different races in that game (3 distinct races of Elves, 3 distinct races of Humans, some Lizard beings, some feline beings, and the Orcs). The Orcs in Oblivion are much of the type I'm describing, civilized but rather fierce creatures, and they fit right in socially with all the other races, take part in the society as the others do, and have much the same concerns and abilities.

Every race in Oblivion naturally thinks well of itself! Every race has its own special talents and weaknesses. They're all proud of being what they are, Orcs included. But they have found ways of getting along with each other too for mutual benefit, although there are some racial tensions and prejudices between them, for sure.


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From: Jim Carroll
Date: 03 Jan 13 - 02:45 PM

Quartet - Seven Psychopaths both magic
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: Seen any good movies lately?
From: GUEST,Mrr whose computer RsIP
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 01:41 PM

Loved The Hobbit and didn't think it was too Teletubby except Gollum and the Great Goblin. Forgivable. The Dwarves are great but aren't stunted enough for me... but I am hearing from people that they now feel ripped off that LOTR didn't last for 9 movies. I am not thinking that, I always liked The Hobbit so much more anyway.
But I also saw Django - really enjoyed that too, to my surprise,it hadn't sounded anything I would like.


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