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deej
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Sep 10 2012, 1:33pm

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What movies did you watch this weekend? Can't Post

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Hamfast
Rohan


Sep 10 2012, 2:47pm

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Rome [In reply to] Can't Post

I charged through the first eight episodes starting on friday night, and I plan to continue watching tonight. This is a cancelled series from HBO. Due to the high production costs, it only lasted two seasons. Showing all the geo-political intrigue, warfare, and sex you might expect from Rome BC as the transition from fractured republic to sprawling empire is created. Superb acting all around, but I am particularly enjoying Ciaran Hinds as Julius Caesar. My only criticism coming from all of the British accents appearing in Rome.....but once you get over it , its barely noticeable. The last episode I watched had Pompey fleeing Caesar to Egypt and well....things didn't go too well for him : ) Now Caesar is heading to Egypt in hot pursuit. Can't wait to fire up the blu ray player tonight !


Annael
Half-elven


Sep 10 2012, 4:11pm

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Finished up Season 3 of "Warehouse 13" [In reply to] Can't Post

Now I can start watching all the Season 4 eps on my DVR.

I love this show. Great concept and they have so much fun with it. The actress who plays Mika annoys me though, because she basically has one expression: when she wants to indicate any emotion you care to name (fear, surprise, enjoyment, confusion, whatever), she opens her eyes as wide as possible and tilts her chin up. This has gotten old.

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imin
Valinor


Sep 10 2012, 4:22pm

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Total Recall [In reply to] Can't Post

I had previously seen the arnie version as a young teen and loved it so i had some doubts going into this from other reviews from people saying if you like the first one, then you wont like this.

I really enjoyed it and it was for me completely different to the cheesy version that arnie did.

I still prefer the original movie over this but i think that is more down to having feelings of nostalgia associated with the movie and being a big fan of arnold in general.

If i had watched this film first and then arnies i am pretty sure i would prefer this one.

Farrell has definitely bulked up for this one and was looking in fantastic shape - i would say he had the physique i wanna get to (maybe add a few more lb of muscle). I only mention this as obviously Arnie was massive in the original.

Yeah overall a solid movie 7/10


Aunt Dora Baggins
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Sep 10 2012, 5:34pm

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Some Like it Hot [In reply to] Can't Post

with Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis

If you enjoy gender-bending comedy, this one is pretty fun. Lemmon and Curtis witness the St. Valentine's Day massacre, and flee in disguise with an all-girl band. Some of the mob stuff is pretty dark, and I was glad it was in black and white when the blood started to flow. But the romance stuff was fun. It was supposed to be set in Florida, but I recognized the Hotel Coronado in San Diego (where Baum wrote some of the Oz books.)

It was interesting to see how much society has changed since 1959 (or before; the movie was set in 1929). The constant harassment that unmarried women had to put up with, for example. And then there was a memorable scene where Lemmon decides he's going to marry a (male) millionaire. Curtis is shocked and lectures him about tradition and social values. And the amazing surprise ending. None of us saw that coming! My guess is the writers couldn't figure out how to get the characters out of their mess and just went with it.

There are a lot of laugh out loud moments, and some more subtle laughs: "Anything could happen. The stock market could crash."

We enjoyed this enough to watch it twice before we returned to the DVD to the rental place.


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SirDennisC
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Sep 10 2012, 5:50pm

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Cowboys and Aliens [In reply to] Can't Post

The director seemed to have difficulty handling an ensemble cast and action on a large scale. The battle scene at the end was a complete disaster. Otherwise it wasn't a bad Western -- decent characters/acting, locations, props and costumes. The alien ships were kind of cool.

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Patty
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Sep 10 2012, 6:31pm

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I liked this movie way more than I thought I would. [In reply to] Can't Post

Anything that says "cowboys" automatically turns me off. But the "aliens" sounded intriguing, and it turns out to be genre-bending in a good way. I actually purchased it (when the price was cheap), and for me to do that says a lot in this world of Netflix.

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Magpie
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Sep 10 2012, 6:44pm

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Auntie Mame [In reply to] Can't Post

It was on public tv Sat night and I watched it all the way through. I often see this in bits and pieces but not often all of it.

I like this show a lot. It's got a nice message. I had an aunt who acted just like Auntie Mame (kind of pretentious but without all the forward thinking). No one in our family (she married in) liked her. But whereas I found my Aunt pretentious, I find Patrick Dennis' Auntie amusing.

Otherwise, I contributed to the worst weekend in ticket sales in a decade.

But since I almost never go to movies on weekends, and never full price ones... I'm sure I wasn't shouldering the burden on that figure.

I also got DVDs for a 1999 Brit comedy: Spaced. It has Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Frost has a secondary role) and is directed by Edgar Wright who also did Shaun of the Dead. It's off beat, I guess that's what you'd call it. Kind of inventive in spots. Lots of references to tv shows, movies, etc that you can have pointed out to you if you choose the 'homage a meter' as the closed caption option. One character is named Bilbo Bagshot. The 'homage a meter' tells us it is a literary reference to Tolkien's The Hobbit. :-)

I couldn't place one actor who plays the artist in the basement. I had to look him up to realize it was Thomas the postman from Lark Rise to Candleford. It was perhaps worth it to see him in a radically different role.

But whether the Brit humor doesn't fully translate for, or the targeted demographic is too young for me, or I just didn't get it... I won't be following up with further discs. I wish there was a star on Netflix for 'not my cup of tea' rather than 'disliked it'. Disliked it seems so critical. lol.


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Magpie
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Sep 10 2012, 6:45pm

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I did, too. [In reply to] Can't Post

well.. not more than I thought I would. The concept is my type of movie. But more than lots of other people seem to.


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Patty
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Sep 10 2012, 7:09pm

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Psst Magpie--as a Downton lover... [In reply to] Can't Post

if you like spoilers...scroll down and watch this video. Between it and the other 3 promo trailers, I believe I've just about seen most of episode 1 of series 3.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19468993

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imin
Valinor


Sep 10 2012, 7:33pm

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Spaced! [In reply to] Can't Post

Love spaced, pop culture references just constantly coming out at you.

I personally think it has a very strong british sense of humour which may make it harder for people of different cultures to find that funny. Though like you said it might be its aimed at people a bit too young compared to yourself - different stage of life or something or just not your cup of tea, im not sure.

For me it is excellent - think i will go watch it now, thanks for reminding me of its existence, haha :)


DanielLB
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Sep 10 2012, 7:38pm

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Spaced! I've not watched that (or heard it mentioned) in years! [In reply to] Can't Post

Brilliant comedy. Must remember to buy it on DVD!

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Ataahua
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Sep 10 2012, 7:40pm

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Game of Thrones has come to free TV [In reply to] Can't Post

so I watched the first episode last week. Unfortunately I can't take it seriously because the actor playing Jaime Lannister reminds me too much of Prince Charming!

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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

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imin
Valinor


Sep 10 2012, 7:42pm

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I thought you might like Spaced as well :) [In reply to] Can't Post

Will have to get my dvd of it and post it over for you as its somewhere in my flat!

Failing that its cheap as chips on dvd now! lol.


Patty
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Sep 10 2012, 7:45pm

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Game of Thrones... [In reply to] Can't Post

I've heard this is pretty violent--something that I shy away from. Would you say that's true, Ataahua?

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Magpie
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Sep 10 2012, 8:05pm

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I like some Brit humor [In reply to] Can't Post

other... not so much.

I liked Outnumbered but not My Hero. I liked Keeping Up Appearances and As Time Goes By but not Are You Being Served or Last of the Summer Wine. I loved Vicar of Dibley, Red Dwarf and even The Young Ones.

I also think some shows are better seen when they're on... with a week between and some time off. Rather than sitting down and watching 7 episodes in a row.

I do like Pegg a lot, though.


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Patty
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Sep 10 2012, 8:07pm

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Please let me hijack this thread and ask if anyone has watched the "Resident Evil " series of movies? [In reply to] Can't Post

are they any good? Are they very bloody? Ya'll know me as a Jane Austen, Downton loving kinda gal. But I love The Fifth Element, too. Would you recommend this series? I ask because I see one of them is available in 3D, and I'm curious. The description --a post -"pharmaceutical monster" world sounds intriguing, but is it over-the -top?

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Magpie
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Sep 10 2012, 8:07pm

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I think he's meant to [In reply to] Can't Post

evoke Prince Charming. Kind of like the various cylon characters portrayed by Tricia Helfer played contrary to visual stereotypes.


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Magpie
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Sep 10 2012, 8:12pm

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This show isn't just 'pretty violent' [In reply to] Can't Post

(interesting juxtaposition of words there... kind of like 'good grief')

this show can get extremely violent. To be honest, I can't say how graphic most of it gets because I can't look. But it's so upsetting to even consider some of it doesn't matter what they show. People are not only violent, some of them are despicable and despicably violent. I watched a scene last week that I couldn't even bear to endure with my eyes closed or the sound off (two tactics I use to get through stuff). I had to fast forward through it.

I thought Battlestar Galactica got gritty and I was 'okay' with it. I was really pushed to my limits with some of the stuff in Deadwood. This show is worse than either, in my opinion.

But, I'm still watching. That tells you there is something else there, too.


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Magpie
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Sep 10 2012, 8:13pm

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I enjoy teasers... [In reply to] Can't Post

but that sounds pretty spoilerish. I think I'll just wait and watch the episode. :-)


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Patty
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Sep 10 2012, 8:18pm

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Yeah, it is very spoilerish. [In reply to] Can't Post

Probably wise.

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Patty
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Sep 10 2012, 8:20pm

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um. I thank you very much. I've been so curious... [In reply to] Can't Post

but this sounds as if it greatly exceeds my comfort level, and I don't care what the redeeming factors could be. Kind of like Passion of the Christ. Thanks.

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DanielLB
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Sep 10 2012, 8:28pm

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Doctor Who (spoilers) [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, the new series started last week, and I was a little skeptical about Asylum of the Daleks. After a second, and third, viewing, it's brilliant. Not entirely sure why I moaned the first time round. Wink

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship was this week's episode ... I wasn't impressed. Just an episode full of un-funny jokes, rubbish robots, and a poor script. The last 15 minutes probably made up for it. I hope the series picks up ... and pretty soon.

It already feels like Amy and Rory have left. Unsure

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imin
Valinor


Sep 10 2012, 8:37pm

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funny you should ask as one of them from the series was on tv over in the UK last night [In reply to] Can't Post

For me it was run of the mill violence but i am probably more used to seeing it than you are if you find yourself covering your eyes or ears like magpie.

For me the violence is all part of it and makes it more enjoyable - i know violence is wrong but it is entertaining to see, just depends how much blood n guts you like :P

I would say watch it and let us know what you think, you never know you might love it :)


imin
Valinor


Sep 10 2012, 8:40pm

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wow you really didnt like that did you, lol [In reply to] Can't Post


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Dinosaurs on a Spaceship was this week's episode ... I wasn't impressed. Just an episode full of un-funny jokes, rubbish robots, and a poor script. The last 15 minutes probably made up for it. I hope the series picks up ... and pretty soon.


These are the few episodes i must have seen from the newer Dr Who which have put me off.

Do you think its worth getting into this new series if i havent seen the rest of them since 2005? Will i be able to follow the story and know whats going on you think?

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