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CuriousG
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Jan 28 2013, 11:19pm

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Watched "Super 8" [In reply to] Can't Post

It started out with some potential, but then got a little silly, as I think most Spielberg and JJ Abrams movies do. It borrowed quite a bit from other movies, most noticeably from ET. And maybe it was meant for kids and I shouldn't have been watching it, because the kids turn out to be fearless heroes with a plan while the adults don't know what to do. Just so much of it was cliche, but it started out well. I suppose I'm slamming it to spare other people from wasting time on it as I did, or to at least moderate their expectations.


CuriousG
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Jan 28 2013, 11:22pm

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Do you have a physical, attachabel keypad? [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm required to use an iPad for work, and mostly scowled at the little beast until I got a logitech keyboard for it, and now I am typing away normally again and it's become my new best friend--okay, that's a gross exaggeration, but it no longer elicits scowls from me. This is what "portable computers" and "laptops" should have been 20 years ago!


CuriousG
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Jan 28 2013, 11:33pm

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Something about Mary [In reply to] Can't Post

This is funny, because while I find Mary quite beautiful, I don't like her all that much, yet here I am going to defend her--a little.

What I liked about Mary, both at Sybil's death and Edith's wedding, was Mary's honesty in saying that they're not close and probably never will be. That has a ring of authenticity for some families, at least, and while Hollywood prefers dramatic breakthroughs where people reunite and bury all their hatchets, that doesn't happen all the time. Maybe it's because I don't like Mary all that much that I appreciate her honesty that much more in these moments. Though it also seems tactless and a little cruel. Like I say, I'm only supporting her a little.

As for motivations for others, I watch the show expecting not to understand the Upstairs people, I suppose, though you make a great point about Jane Austen's people being understandable. At least for specifics, I would say:

1. Robert is out of touch, and part of the aristocratic view that "doing business" is uncouth and beneath him, hence he has no business sense and doesn't know how to run the place. He's also part of the aristocratic tradition that wants everything to stay the same, so he won't make any changes and delegates the operations to others, whether they do a good job or not. And there's the sense of entitlement that he's rich and should always be that way, so why lift a finger unless it's to shoot grouse? It seems to me that British nobility doomed itself with these attitudes, and he represents them.

2. Mary's similar to Robert in all these views, and that came out in the friction between her and Sir Richard. When he talked about buying paintings for their new mansion, she said her lot inherited them, and all this buying he talked about seemed uncouth to her. She expects Downtown to perpetuate itself and keep her in lazy luxury, this same ruling class that criticized the poor for being lazy.

That's how I see it, anyway.


Hamfast
Rohan


Jan 28 2013, 11:58pm

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Legend [In reply to] Can't Post

1985 fantasy film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, and a surprise appearance from Kiran Shah (legendary scale double from LOTR ). I think the visuals in this film are outstanding, particularly the forests, be they pleasant,scary,or frozen. As far as fantasy movies go, this tends to get lumped in with Labyrinth, Willow, The Dark Crystal, etc., but I find this film better than all of them. I love the design of the devil (Darkness), and how he wishes to bring eternal darkness to the world by killing the two remaining unicorns. The Gump (elves) are my favorite part of the film, as they inject some much required humor to the proceedings as much of the movie is fairly dark in tone. Really nice soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith, and I was interested to learn from IMDB that some versions of the film were released with a Tangerine Dream score.....weird. I'd love to hear/see this version of the film if anyone knows where to find it.

As far as the Ridley Scott resume goes, I rarely think of this one, as most folks (myself included ) tend to focus on Blade Runner and Alien, but I think he turned in a lovely film in the genre of fantasy too....I hadn't watched this film in 15 years and it was a treat to re-visit.


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CuriousG
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Jan 29 2013, 12:02am

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The unicorns are memorable [In reply to] Can't Post

And that was before all the CGI and advanced makeup techniques of today.


LaerasŽa
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Jan 29 2013, 12:08am

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Almost finished the Battlestar Galactica (remake) series!! [In reply to] Can't Post

I got Netflix a couple of months ago, and spent the last few weeks of winter break watching BSG, and I am absolutely addicted. I'm about halfway through season four now, and very excited to see how it finishes! I'm generally not crazy about sci-fi, but I've really been enjoying the mythological references, as well as the religion stuff going on in the series. I'm expecting some twists before the end!

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Patty
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Jan 29 2013, 12:09am

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I do, actually... [In reply to] Can't Post

Extreme laziness keeps me from using it, as it is buried away under a lot of stuff in the cupboards, and I don't have anywhere else for it. . If I have something with a lot of text that I have to do though, that's when I use it. When iPad gets Word I'll probably try to find a more accessible place for it.

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Patty
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Jan 29 2013, 12:20am

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I'm actually a big fan of Mary ... [In reply to] Can't Post

And the storyline with Matthew was my favorite bit. I am also a big fan of O'brien, cause she is so funny with her conniving self. I love watching this trap she is building for Thomas . I also loved it when they were cohorts.

Although it's probably not a popular opinion, I can sympathize with Robert's wanting things to stay as he has known them. He's wrong, of course, but he wants to be comfortable and to feel he has a lot of self worth. Nothing wrong with that, except that that attitude by definition keeps others from being all they can be. That whole house of cards , historically, is about to come crashing down, regardless of what he wants.

Maybe I just sympathize because I love Hugh Bonneville.. Laugh

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Patty
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Jan 29 2013, 12:23am

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Is there anybody that didn't know what was going to happen last night? [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm just curious as to how many people are going into this season from America who have not seen the spoilers.

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Magpie
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Jan 29 2013, 12:28am

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not sure [In reply to] Can't Post

I caught the season ending 'spoiler' by virtue of ew.com - a site I visit fairly often.

ew.com promoted it as big news for Season 4 which was that Dan hadn't renewed his contract. They linked to an article on another site that gave more details. I didn't visit that article but someone here did and reported back in the thread here what it said about his dying and about Sybil dying. :-P

But it was okay. I mean, I wasn't bummed as I think I enjoy the show about as much as I am going to and not having been spoiled wouldn't have made it more enjoyable. although, that's an odd way of putting it since I'm implying I might have enjoyed a death more if I hadn't been spoiled.

It was such a moving scene. The most moving of all the series so far for me. So I was fine with being spoiled.

But I don't think there's been lots of spoiling going on in more mainstream arenas. If someone isn't online, it's very likely they weren't spoiled.


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CuriousG
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Jan 29 2013, 1:06am

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Memorable scene related to *spoiler* [In reply to] Can't Post

Sybill's demise. I thought all the acting was first-rate in her death scene--the actors made me feel great empathy for them, and it all felt authentic.

One scene that struck me so much I replayed it 4 times was after the Dowager leaves Carson behind in the hall and walks across an empty room, lifting up her veil as she goes to see the others. She doesn't say a word, but somehow the scene said a lot: stumbling along quietly and almost heroically, stifling her own grief and summoning up some gumption as she went to try to confront and assuage the grief of the others. Or maybe I read too much into it, but it seemed a moody, atmospheric shot the likes of which I'd never seen in the series before. Did it grab anyone else's attention?


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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Jan 29 2013, 1:08am

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Spoiler in your subject line! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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CuriousG
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Jan 29 2013, 1:24am

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Oops! Sorry, but I thought anyone watching the show would know that already./ [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Aunt Dora Baggins
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Jan 29 2013, 1:26am

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It's not on until tonight on at least one of our local channels. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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Patty
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Jan 29 2013, 2:19am

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You are right. That scene with Maggie [In reply to] Can't Post

was absolutely impeccably done. The acting is one of the reasons why I watch the show. They were on top form for the death scene, all of them.

Another of my favorite scenes was from the Christmas special last year. The scene between Mary and her dad which took place in the library, in which her dad asked if she was marrying Carlise so he wouldn't expose her night with Pamuke. Bonneville and Dockery were excellent there.

This conversation really has made me realize that, for me, the handsome Mr. Stevens is the weakest of the actors even though I loved the M/M storyline.

Haha...did someone here reveal a spoiler about Dan? So glad it wasn't me, cause I've tried hard not to do so.Laugh

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entmaiden
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Jan 29 2013, 2:56am

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I fixed it // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Magpie
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Jan 29 2013, 4:06am

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yes... I noticed it [In reply to] Can't Post

She's really a great actress, isn't she?

I thought it was one of the saddest among many sad moments. She was hurting. Carson was hurting. They had history together. They had something in common. But they can't comfort each other. Dang, it seemed like no one could really be comforted. They all needed to just tough it out.

It was very sad.


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Ataahua
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Jan 29 2013, 5:45am

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The show screens in different months in different countries, [In reply to] Can't Post

so it's good to keep any spoilers marked and in the body of the message, not the subject line.

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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Jan 29 2013, 12:50pm

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Thanks. [In reply to] Can't Post

I actually had seen it, since there are two different stations airing it here. But sometimes I watch it on Monday nights instead of Sundays, and I knew other people were avoiding spoilers in this thread.


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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Jan 29 2013, 12:52pm

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I didn't. [In reply to] Can't Post

Uncle Baggins only started watching it last week, and I was following along, but not as into it as he was. So I was surprised. I was googling the medical stuff while it was going on.


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leleni at hotmail dot com
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AlassŽa Eruvande
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Jan 29 2013, 2:15pm

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Yes! [In reply to] Can't Post

Agree about the whole death scene. I was particularly impressed with the actress who plays Sybil (forgot her name).

The scene with the Dowager and Carson was especially moving. I'm sure I would have replayed it as well if I hadn't been watching it on PBS. It was such a demonstration of restraint. I wanted the Dowager to at least touch Carson's arm, but of course that would never happen. Then she soldiered on, stiffly with her cane, but elegantly, too, as she removed her veil, the epitome of the old guard.

Don't ever leave us, Maggie Smith.



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Magpie
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Jan 29 2013, 2:37pm

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And some people record to watch later in the week // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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Otaku-sempai
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Jan 29 2013, 11:04pm

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Purchased 'Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2' today... [In reply to] Can't Post

The direct-to-home animated movie went on sale today. The Best Buy exclusive version of the Blu-ray/DVD combo includes a Joker figure all dressed up for his appearance on the 'David Endocrine Show'. The Blu-ray disc includes trailers for Man of Steel and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

I thought that the adaptation was very well done. Peter Weller voices Batman, Ariel Winter is Carrie Kelly/Robin and Michael Emerson is the Joker. Mark Vally voiced Superman. I thought that Weller was a bit flat, but I may be biased; I really wanted Kevin Conroy back for this one. He would have nailed it!

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Kimtc
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Jan 29 2013, 11:52pm

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Watched "Burke and Hare" with our own Andy Serkis [In reply to] Can't Post

I had heard about it, and seen snippets, but sat down and watched it all. It was actually really funny, full of lots of great British actors (including Christopher Lee) and directed by John Landis, of all people. It came out in 2011. Andy took over a role that was supposed to be done by David Tennant, but I think he was great.


Patty
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Jan 30 2013, 12:59am

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Jessica Brown Findlay... [In reply to] Can't Post

I did hear she is going to play Captain America's new love interest, but I don't know if that's true.

Speaking of the good acting on this show, there is an upcoming scene between Tom Branson and Mrs. Hughes that takes place in the library. Look out for it--the acting is great here, too. Really, I haven't watched Mad Men, Breaking Bad, nor the other SAG nominees, so I can't really voice an informed decision, but I have a hunch that SAG best drama cast is well deserved.

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