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Morthoron
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Feb 19 2013, 3:38am

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Lincoln and Django Unchained... [In reply to] Can't Post

First of all, I do not see how Daniel Day-Lewis will not receive another Oscar (number 3, I believe) for his stunning portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. I have seen numerous incarnations of Lincoln in various movies, and no one else comes close (except perhaps Raymond Massey) to Abe in his gravitas and homespun habits that hide a keen intelligence, making Lincoln's devilish wit all the more lethal when unleashed. Leave it to an Anglo-Irish method actor to outperform every American before him!

The supporting cast was also superb, particularly the parliamentary sarcasm of Tommy Lee Jones as Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, and David Spader is a real hoot as the Republican operative William Bilbo (yes, Bilbo!).

My only dislikes regarding the film were the very beginning and the ending of the movie, both given too much Spielbergian heart-tugging pomposity. The entire movie is spent making Lincoln a very real and conflicted person, complete with all the horse-trading, double dealing and dishonesty that marked politics of that era. But then the beginning and ending drag the poor man back to legendary status. It was not necessary. Keep it real, Spiel!

As far as Django Unchained, it was one of my least favorite Quentin Tarentino movies. The graphic violence was utterly ridiculous, and the plot even more far-fetched than the grossly inaccurate (but still entertaining) Inglorious Basterds.

The movie left me scratching my head at the good reviews it has received. Because, in my opinion, it was worthless, and it really started to drag after 2 hours: the sort of drag where you find yourself looking at your watch every few minutes praying for an ending. Much like I felt watching The Hobbit. But that's another topic altogether.Wink

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Patty
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Feb 19 2013, 3:50am

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Interesting Downton read… [In reply to] Can't Post

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/18/julian-fellowes-discusses-a-season-of-comings-and-goings-at-downton-abbey/

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Magpie
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Feb 19 2013, 4:46am

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Did you all see that Richard Briers has died? [In reply to] Can't Post

he was in Monarch of the Glen with Julian Fellowes.

Richard's daughter is Lucy Briers who played Mary Bennett in the Firth/Ehle version of Pride and Prejudice.


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Patty
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Feb 19 2013, 6:13am

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Oh my goodness no! [In reply to] Can't Post

He will be missed. I also know him from the radio version of the Jeeves and Wooster stories with Michael Hordern as Jeeves.
How sad.Frown

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macfalk
Valinor


Feb 19 2013, 8:39am

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I did [In reply to] Can't Post

I remember him from Midsomer Murders from the great episode Death's Shadow back in 1999.



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Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Feb 19 2013, 2:36pm

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Yes, I saw, and was saddened [In reply to] Can't Post

I always think of him first as Tom Good in the show that's known in the US as Good Neighbors but I think is The Good Life in the UK. He was great in Monarch of the Glen, too. He was in a Dr Who episode in the (I think) Sylvester McCoy (Radagast in TH) era, and more recently played a villain on New Tricks.

I'll miss him. Unsure




Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Feb 19 2013, 3:00pm

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Yes, interesting. Thank you! [In reply to] Can't Post

It is funny about human nature, isn't it? I mean, we the viewers seem to feel as though we have a proprietary interest in the actors and they should shape their careers to amuse us Tongue I suppose this is a backhanded compliment, in that it shows you how much we respond emotionally to their work.




imin
Valinor


Feb 19 2013, 3:20pm

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Oh no! [In reply to] Can't Post

This is one of the first negative reviews i have seen for Django Unchained - other than by people who haven't seen the film but dislike Tarentino. I really liked Inglorious basterds so i was thinking i would like this.

Be interesting to see what all the fuss is about!


CuriousG
Valinor


Feb 19 2013, 5:20pm

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Downtown [In reply to] Can't Post

Mrs Hughes as a heart of gold and good sense. Very motherly to her charges. In the 1st season 1st episodes, she was a scold, but she warmed up later, as Mrs Pattmore did.

I'm looking forward to Rose's vivaciousness stirring up things at Downtown. She'll probably do scandalous things, and they could use some more scandals.

I was getting tired of feeling sorry for Ethel, and am glad she's probably finished in the show. I wish they'd bring Gwen back! I enjoyed her.

Yes, the death scene was syrupy to me, with Robert's LONG buildup of how everything was so wonderful and happy and they'd finally reached a state of peace and comfort and blah blah blah. That was just way too much buildup to the tragedy that was coming. A little subtlety, which the show is good at, would have been far better.

Agree that the maid & Branson was forced and didn't feel real. I was worried we'd keep getting that in more episodes, and glad it ended here.

Nice to see Daisy growing up. She's one of my favorites.

Having Thomas still in the house doesn't seem credible to me. They know he's a thief, he's rude to everyone and vexes Carson, and in an age where gays could be sent to jail and he exposed himself as one, I don't see that scandal-sensitive estate risking scandal by keeping him on. I think it's just because he's a popular character that the show keeps him.


macfalk
Valinor


Feb 19 2013, 5:24pm

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I don't think Gwen will come back [In reply to] Can't Post

She's currently busy harrassing Jon Snow on Game of Thrones Tongue



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CuriousG
Valinor


Feb 19 2013, 5:32pm

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The downside of success [In reply to] Can't Post

The popularity of Downtown launches the careers of the actors, so they'll keep leaving. I hope Gwen gets to hone her secretarial skills by harrassing her bosses--secretaries can be fearsome! :)


Rostron2
Gondor


Feb 19 2013, 7:01pm

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Downton Abbey [In reply to] Can't Post

It's all contractual, which is sad.


N.E. Brigand
Half-elven


Feb 19 2013, 7:37pm

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After you see it, try "Djesus Uncrossed". [In reply to] Can't Post

SNL parody with Christoph Waltz.

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CuriousG
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Feb 19 2013, 8:36pm

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Greek tragedy [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't dispute that Fellows writes that way, but it's funny that, I think in the 1st season, the Dowager is commenting on some situation and says she deplores Greek tragedy where the action happens off the stage--she wanted to witness things firsthand. Maybe that's an inside joke on the show.


Patty
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Feb 19 2013, 8:45pm

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Well, judging from all The angst I'm seeing on the Internet… [In reply to] Can't Post

 I'd say that if I were a producer looking to cast someone in what may possibly be a long term series, I'd never cast Dan Stevens. His departure made Julian Fellows have to really scrounge around for a way to write him out and this has been very very unpopular amongst Downton fans, not to mention that it will be a challenge for Michelle Dockery and the rest of the cast if the show flounders because of this. If it flounders, looking even further a field, the Lord and Lady of Highclear Castle have been benefiting from this shows popularity to help fix up the estate, so I read . And PBS is riding a wave of popularity that they haven't enjoyed for years. I doubt they'll thank him for it either.

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CuriousG
Valinor


Feb 19 2013, 11:48pm

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Job vs fans [In reply to] Can't Post

It's just one job of many jobs to the actors. To us fans, it's emotional because we get attached to a show and how it entertains us, and we don't want it to stop (until we decide that on our own). Seems that gap will always exist between actors and fans.


Patty
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Feb 20 2013, 8:51am

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Argo. [In reply to] Can't Post

I think this is my dog in the race for the Oscar.

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Ataahua
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Feb 20 2013, 5:38pm

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I don't get the raves about Argo. [In reply to] Can't Post

It's a good enough film, well made and well acted, but for me it didn't rise to the level of Oscar consideration let alone all the Best Picture awards it has received.

What am I missing?

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Sauron: "Mine's better."

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Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Feb 20 2013, 6:38pm

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More "Lizzie Bennet Diaries" [In reply to] Can't Post

Because this story is being told in real time, they're taking a year to unfold this modern version of "Pride and Prejudice". Spoilers below if you haven't read the book. Even if you have, there's some suspense wondering how it will all shake out in the modern interpretation.








Spoilers: This week the website that advertised the sex tape Wickham made of Lydia was magically taken down, just hours short of the count-down to zero on Valentine's Day. We're pretty sure Darcy made that happen, but we still don't know how.

Fitz and his boyfriend Brandon are off to Fiji for a well-earned vacation, after Fitz helped Darcy with whatever it was they did to get the site down.

Gigi (Georgiana) was involved with some phone espionage on Wickham, which gave Darcy Wickham's location.

Lydia is back home, and she and LIzzie have reconciled, in a huge but welcome departure from the book. I cried during that episode. Lydia cries "Why doesn't he love me, LIzzie?" and Lizzie answers just the right thing: "*I* love you."

And now--Darcy is trying to undo the damage he did with Jane and Bing Lee. Jane has lost her job because she came home to deal with the Lydia crisis, so I expect Darcy will help out on that front too.

The suspense is really hard to take, now that videos are only coming out twice a week.


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Magpie
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Feb 20 2013, 11:05pm

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Irony Alert: Julian Fellowes may leave 'Downton' if his NBC drama gets picked up [In reply to] Can't Post

http://insidetv.ew.com/...on-abbey-gilded-age/


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Still reeling over Downton Abbey‘s heartbreaking third season finale? If so, you may take comfort in knowing that the man who — spoiler alert! — killed Matthew Crawley may exit Downton‘s grounds after season 4 if NBC picks up his nascent period drama Gilded Age.

Fellowes continued, “I would not be able to write all of Downton and all of that series at the same time. I would hope that by the time all the hurdles have been cleared, the timing makes it so I can then concentrate on the new series. And if Downton goes on – of course that’s not my decision – then it would be with other writers. Perhaps with me supervising, but with other writers.”


So, if Dan Stevens is a so-and-so for leaving after his contracted commitment was over... what does that make Fellowes for leaving if he gets another series picked up?


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Patty
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Feb 21 2013, 12:49am

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Ha ha ha ha. [In reply to] Can't Post

Ii don't expect to see him leave. What I think will happen is that Downton will struggle to get through series 4. I think this will probably be the end of it. But it was fun while it lasted.

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Aragorn the Elfstone
Grey Havens


Feb 21 2013, 12:55am

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It's a movie about Hollywood saving the day. Whaddya expect? ;) [In reply to] Can't Post

The Academy loves movies that allow them to pat themselves on the back. Personally, I liked the movie a lot - but I wouldn't pick it as one of the best films of the year.

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CuriousG
Valinor


Feb 21 2013, 5:55am

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As much as I enjoy it [In reply to] Can't Post

I have trouble picturing a Season 5. They can only move so far ahead in time without the actors aging to catch up. Go too far, and the beloved Dowager will be dead. Though maybe they could have a real shake up and have the Abbey damaged in a fire, so they have to live somewhere else while it's rebuilt. That could put new life into a new season.


Annael
Half-elven


Feb 22 2013, 4:56am

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I'm so hooked on this series [In reply to] Can't Post

Each Monday & Thursday morning I wake up and think "yay! A new LBD!"

I'm hugely impressed with how the two young men who came up with this concept have caught the spirit of the book while setting it so totally and believably in today.

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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Feb 22 2013, 5:06am

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I'm going through withdrawal [In reply to] Can't Post

now that Gigi and Lydia aren't posting on the in-between days. But I hear there's going to be a Q&A video from Lizzie soon, maybe Saturday.


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