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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Nov 26 2012, 12:26pm

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

Tell us about them here! (Deej asked me to sub again this week.)


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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Nov 26 2012, 12:37pm

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We saw "Lincoln", "When Worlds Collide", Rankin-Bass "Hobbit", and "Don't Bother to Knock" [In reply to] Can't Post

We meant to see "Life of Pi" and got there for the first showing, a ten o'clock matinee the day before Thanksgiving. But when we went into the theater, it was pitch dark; they hadn't turned on the lights or even the running lights on the aisles. Then the trailers had the wrong aspect ratio, and the Hobbit preview was in 3D but our movie was supposed to be in 2D. After half an hour of false starts they canceled the movie and gave everyone vouchers for two more. So we went and saw "Lincoln". It was *very* good. I didn't know what to expect. It was mostly a legislative drama about trying to pass the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery. In substance it was a lot like "1776", but of course much more serious.

On Thanksgiving evening our grown children watched movies at home with us. We started with "When Worlds Collide", a classic about an impending asteroid bringing about the end of the world, and the attempt to build a spaceship to rescue a handful of people. Lots of drama and surprisingly good special effects for 1951. The best part was seeing the differential analyzer at work. Wow!

Then we wanted to lighten up, so we watched the old "Hobbit" cartoon. We hadn't seen it in probably 20 years, though our kids may have seen it more recently. They, of course, grew up with it. It was so much fun chanting some of the lines in unison along with the movie, like "Nothing but mutton to eat. How I long for a bit of manflesh!"

Last night we rented "Don't Bother to Knock" as part of our ongoing viewing of Marilyn Monroe movies. This one was much, much darker than her other ones. It was a thriller about a mentally unstable woman who is hired as a babysitter in a hotel. A man who has just broken up with his girlfriend starts pursuing her, driving her over the edge. Because a child was in peril, we were both on the edge of our seats. It was an amazing performance, but not the kind of movie I really enjoy.


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Otaku-sempai
Half-elven


Nov 26 2012, 3:01pm

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We watched the new DVD I purchased for my wife (don't laugh).... [In reply to] Can't Post

My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic: Adventures in teh Crystal Empire.

Okay, laugh.

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silneldor
Half-elven


Nov 26 2012, 3:35pm

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I saw Channel 7's (ABC) movie review of 'The Life of Pi' [In reply to] Can't Post

and i found myself enthralled. The wife and i go to so few movies but this one is must-do. I suggested to my son to take a date and see it. He is already ahead of me on the plan.
Geech, with TH we will actually squeeze two movies into this year.















Hamfast
Rohan


Nov 26 2012, 3:53pm

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Prometheus and Kuroneko [In reply to] Can't Post

Prometheus - I've always been a big fan of the Alien franchise, and while Alien 3 & 4 are pulp monster movies at best, I think Prometheus is a fine bookend to his original sci-fi masterpiece 'Alien'. The backstory, special effects, action, and tension are all there, and keep the film moving right along at a satisfying pace. Michael Fassbender is great as the cyborg David, and Noomi Rapace does a well enough job to earn more work, but the supporting cast is woeful. Charlize Theron's character seems forced into the plot, and the captain and crew are caricatures of every spaceship journey you've ever seen. I look forward to watching this again for the geeky details and extras on the blu ray.

Kuroneko - This is a Japanese black and white movie from 1968 about ghosts and samurai. Kuroneko means 'black cat' in Japanese, which is appropriate considering the plot centers around a mother and daughter who are raped and left for dead in a burning hut, only then to be visited by a black cat that turns them into spirit demons . The mother/daughter spirit demons proceed to lure unsuspecting samurai into their lair, only to rip out their throats. The film is drenched in shadows and fog filled bamboo groves, providing amazingly spooky atmosphere. I particularly enjoy the images of the mother/daughter floating like ghosts through the frame. Suprisingly, there is a rather touching love story at the center of the film as well, and some have seen the film as an early treatise on feminism in Japan. I learned of this movie from a youtube video of Guillermo del Toro citing his favorite ghost movies, found here.


Elberbeth
Tol Eressea


Nov 26 2012, 4:24pm

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Ironman [In reply to] Can't Post

I know, I know, late to the party as usual, but I liked it and hubby even managed to stay awake through the whole thing. What's that? Three more to go?

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Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Nov 26 2012, 5:04pm

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I'm not laughing. [In reply to] Can't Post

Heck, my husband collects fairy figurines, and I take stuffed animals along when we hike. There's nothing wrong with being a kid at heart. How was it?


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Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Nov 26 2012, 5:06pm

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I am really looking forward to that. [In reply to] Can't Post

I read the book and loved it, and the movie looks amazing.


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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leleni at hotmail dot com
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Ataahua
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Nov 26 2012, 5:45pm

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Breaking Dawn part II (spoiler marked) [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, it was better than part one but that's not saying much, and it's a pretty poor example of storytelling. It feels like the film is going by the numbers and there isn't much of an effort to make it stand up as film on its own merits.

On the good side, Jacob's revelation to Charlie is shown rather than told (I really like how they played it for laughs), and the vampire look suits Kristen.


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However the film ignores the rules set up in the books (and the previous films) about the limitations on Alice's precognition - to set up a cheap fake-out involving the wolves. I know they had to change the ending from the all-talk book version, but what they came up with was nasty and designed for pure shock.

I came out of the movie relieved that we've come to the end.

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AlassŽa Eruvande
Valinor


Nov 26 2012, 6:31pm

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Rise of the Guardians [In reply to] Can't Post

The Eruvandes needed a break from all the Thanksgiving hoopla, so we went to eat Italian food and go to the movies. No turkeys allowed!

RotG was really good. Also, I didn't realize GdT had a hand in it. The guardians are a buff, tatooed Russian Santa Claus, a boomerang-wielding Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, with her hummingbird-like helpers, the Sandman, and the reluctant Jack Frost. They've got to band together to save the world's children from Pitch Black, bringer of nightmares and stealer of hope.

It all hinges on whether or not children believe in the Guardians, which was good for Little Eruvande to hear, since I think he is on the cusp of believing and disbelieving. If he ever announces that he no longer believes in Santa, etc., I'll just remind him of this movie. Wink



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elevorn
Lorien


Nov 26 2012, 7:21pm

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eh [In reply to] Can't Post

I bailed half way threw on a family viewing of "Bridesmaids" I had seen it before so all of the shock value comedy was lost on me. Hoping for more movies very soon.



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Kimi
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Nov 26 2012, 7:33pm

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Skyfall [In reply to] Can't Post

I enjoyed it. Lots of nods to the earlier movies, and some enjoyable subverting of the familiar tropes (the "Q" section being a notable example).

It was especially good to see Judi Dench getting more screen time.

At home, re-watched a couple of favourites: State of Play (the British series) and Gosford Park. *Every* time I watch Gosford Park I notice a new detail.


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Otaku-sempai
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Nov 26 2012, 10:12pm

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As someone who has given up on finding much worthwhile on most kidvid... [In reply to] Can't Post

I have to admit that the current My Little Pony series (Friendship is Magic) is charming and has a surprisingly strong streak of adventure in it. The show is sweet without the impression that it will cause tooth-decay in its viewers. According to my wife (a long-time MLP collector) I probably qualify as a 'brony'.

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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Nov 26 2012, 10:17pm

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Thanks, that's interesting. [In reply to] Can't Post

I haven't watched any real kid-vid since my own kids grew up years ago. But when they were little there were some amazing shows on, like Animaniacs.


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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Otaku-sempai
Half-elven


Nov 26 2012, 10:27pm

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My first encounters with the good stuff... [In reply to] Can't Post

My first exposure to good cartoons/animated programing was in the mid-1960s with such shows as The Flintstones, Jonny Quest and Hanna-Barbera's action/adventure Saturday-morning line-up (Space Ghost, Galaxy Trio, the first Fantastic Four series, Herculoids, etc.. Not to mention Warner Bros. shorts on television before anyone had started butchering them to 'protect' the wee-ones. Animaniacs was a worthy successor.

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Annael
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Nov 26 2012, 10:50pm

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I saw "Skyfall" as well [In reply to] Can't Post

and enjoyed it. There were several times when I laughed aloud as I realized that Bond was about to pull a classic Bond maneuver, and one point in the first chase scene where the audience and I all gasped and then cheered.

Judi Dench is now the ultimate "Bond girl" in my book.

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Kimi
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Nov 26 2012, 10:58pm

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I actually ducked [In reply to] Can't Post

in that first sequence :)

Nice accolade for Dame Judi. :) She owns the screen whenever she appears.

I'm so glad I managed to avoid any spoilers before seeing the movie. It would have weakened the emotional impact of those later scenes.


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wendy woo
Rivendell


Nov 26 2012, 11:57pm

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A marathon of all the Call The Midwife episodes [In reply to] Can't Post

I hadn't seen all of them and enjoyed re-watching the ones that I had.


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wendy woo
Rivendell


Nov 26 2012, 11:59pm

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You're not alone. [In reply to] Can't Post

While I don't claim to be a fan, I am aware that there is a convention out there for "Bronies". It was 4000 strong about two months ago.


sevilodorf
Gondor


Nov 27 2012, 12:26am

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Looper [In reply to] Can't Post

It handled the paradox situation fairly well... though it didn't quite keep to its own rules. The ending was definitely a shocker but showed the character's growth.

Was it me or was there three alternative time tracks created?

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Tweezers of Thu
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Nov 27 2012, 1:30am

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Finally. I have been itching to see this for some time now. The opening scenes of the riots in Tehran were chilling as I well remember those events. Hometown boy Ben Affleck continues to impress as both actor and director in this based-on-a-true-story of the cooperative effort of Canada and the US CIA to rescue 6 US diplomats from Tehran. The pacing was good, supporting cast worked well. I really enjoyed John Goodman and Alan Arkin's performances.

And yes, Canadians really are the nicest people in the world. Smile



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Tweezers of Thu
Rivendell


Nov 27 2012, 1:32am

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Call the Midwife! [In reply to] Can't Post

I love it! Chummy is brilliant.

Call the Midwife sort of tided me over until the third season of Downton Abbey starts. Wink



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imin
Valinor


Nov 27 2012, 1:37am

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Judi Dench in Skyfall [In reply to] Can't Post

Brilliant actress as always, i think she is great in whatever she is in.

Her character in this though was different to how we have seen her before.

We learnt what she did to the bad guy and to be honest if she had done that to me i would have wanted revenge as well, she totally sold him out and left him for dead!

Was there any reason for this as i watched it a while ago now so cant remember, was he a bit of a loose cannon or something?


grammaboodawg
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Nov 27 2012, 1:46am

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I was wondering how it would turn out ;) [In reply to] Can't Post

I wasn't a fan of the original, but I was curious about this one only because they filmed it in the city near where I grew up ;) My sister, who still works there, told us about going out on lunch break and smack dab into the middle of the filming. A couple of co-workers and she ended up being some running, screaming townies ;)



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imin
Valinor


Nov 27 2012, 12:20pm

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I was excited to see this from the reviews on here - especially as i feel i am the perfect age for when those games were actually around and i was a little kid.

brought back some nice memories and was just generally a good movie. My sister went to see it (she's 11) and she thought it was fantastic, and wanted to be just like the little girl in the movie - princess who liked racing, lol.

Recommend to anyone who has kids/is a kid at heart :)

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