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The Watching Thread: "The lone wolf dies...but the pack survives."

Aragorn the Elfstone
Tol Eressea


Dec 13 2017, 6:43am

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What to do when you have the day off and have just picked up the all new Blu-ray release of Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season?

Spend the day watching each episode's audio commentaries. Tongue

The episodes look gorgeous as always. Smile But rewatching the season just serves to remind me that we're not even close to Season 8. Crazy Then again, it's not like I'm in any rush to reach the end of the show. I should definitely cherish this time.

I went to the movies over the weekend and saw the absolutely wonderful Lady Bird. I can't recommend the film enough. One of the best films I've seen this year. Though I've become less and less enamored with awards season over the years, the bright side is that it does bring attention to films like this. The cast was simply magnificent, starting with the great Saoirse Ronan. It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since she appeared in Atonement. She just keeps getting better and better.

What have you been watching?

"The danger with any movie that does as well as this one does is that the amount of money it's making and the number of awards that it's got becomes almost more important than the movie itself in people's minds. I look at that as, in a sense, being very much like the Ring, and its effect on people. You know, you can kind of forget what we were doing, if you get too wrapped up in that."
- Viggo Mortensen


Annael
Half-elven


Dec 13 2017, 4:39pm

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until "Project Runway: All Stars" airs, these are my new favorite reality shows. I actually learn something from them as well - my mom was a great cook (Julia Child was her guru) but not a baker, so that part of my cooking education is incomplete.

Still working my way through "Gilmore Girls" and loving it. Lorelei's mother is scarily like my mother was - hard on her daughters, loving to her granddaughter - too bad I started watching this show too late to adopt Lorelei's attitude of being amused when her mother criticizes her.

Am struggling to get into "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." I think my interest in shows where people have to spend most of their time fighting is waning. I prefer it when it's all about Fitz and Simmons thinking their way out of the problem. Also, I noticed this when I was watching "Stargate: SGI" - as soon as the team vanquishes some big bad enemy, a new, worse one IMMEDIATELY pops up, and I . . . am not ready. They need to do a couple of low-key episodes first; you know, give us a break in Lothlorien or Rivendell, maybe explore a character, before bammo! back to the action.

Anyone else going to watch the live "A Christmas Story" this weekend? Much shrieking about sacrilege on the 'net, despite the fact that it was a play before the movie was made.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around Ö The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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(This post was edited by Annael on Dec 13 2017, 4:42pm)


ange1e4e5
Rohan

Dec 13 2017, 10:36pm

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What I've been watching: [In reply to] Can't Post

The Crown.

Also saw Black Hawk Down, rewatched Die Hard, Love Actually, and the first two Lethal Weapon films.

Gearing up for The Last Jedi.

I always follow my job through.


Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


Dec 14 2017, 8:51am

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The Last Jedi - 4/5 (no spoilers) [In reply to] Can't Post

I've seen a few reviews that have called The Last Jedi the best Star Wars movie ever, and better than The Empire Strikes Back. I think that's marketing fluff, and it's unfortunate because TLJ is an enjoyable movie but it's not capable of bettering the heights of the original trilogy of even Rogue One. I even prefer The Force Awakens to The Last Jedi.

Even so, there's a lot of like in it: super-cool light-sabre fights, Luke's back, a scene in the middle that was pure joy to my SW-geek heart, an intriguing dynamic between Rey and Ren, and there are a couple of new characters who are really good. The storyline sags in the middle, unfortunately, and that's why I've taken a point off - but oh, that ending.

The only time I was close to tears though was at the mention of Carrie Fisher in the credits. There's a sharp melancholy to seeing Leia on screen for the last time but that simple note in the credits really struck home to my inner six-year-old who fell in love with Star Wars, Luke, Leia and Han when the first movie screened back in the '70s.

Rest in peace, Carrie.
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Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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CuriousG
Half-elven


Dec 14 2017, 5:43pm

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Game of Thrones, Season 7 [In reply to] Can't Post

I just purchased and binge-watched it, having only seen Season 1 previously and otherwise reading summaries & commentaries online over the years. I liked the debut season but not as much as other people did. There's been so much enthusiasm about this season, I decided to plunge back in.

Having the dragons in action is a lot of fun, plus having all the story lines introduced in the 1st season finally converge is satisfying. I find Cersei more frightening than the Night King: he seems coldly rational while she's capable of anything. Tyrion has changed a lot from the bawdy, funny, unprincipled guy in the 1st season to the thoughtful, cautious advisor he is now. Other characters changed in ways I expected them to, but he was more of a surprise. And he remains a scene-stealer.


Kilidoescartwheels
Tol Eressea


Dec 15 2017, 7:22pm

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My DH HATES going to movies on opening weekend, and this one will probably be ridiculous. So I must avoid spoilers until then. Maybe I'll like Kylo Ren better this time.

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Kilidoescartwheels
Tol Eressea


Dec 15 2017, 7:31pm

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The Man Who Invented Christmas [In reply to] Can't Post

Not because of "Downton Abby," because I never could get into that show. I was intrigued by the premise, as a beginning author myself. I did enjoy the movie, and how Dan Stevens would walk around imitating his characters and get so annoyed when he got interrupted! Don't know how biographically accurate it is, I started looking some of that up and think there was some accuracy, but maybe a few things were embellished. Anyway, apparently Dickens liked to collect names, and the movie quoted him as saying "if you get the name right, the character appears." Which naturally he did - and Christopher Plummer was excellent as usual. There is a brief scene where Dickens wanders into a funeral with just one man attending, and he overhears one of the gravediggers saying something about only his business partner came. The business partner walked past Dickens, paused and said "Humbug." I couldn't see his face clearly, but I swear that was Patrick Stewart! He's not listed in the credits, but I still think that was him! I'll give the movie a 7, it was good but I don't think it will become a Christmas classic.


I've all but quit watching TV. "Outlander" is done, here's hoping that Murtaugh is in Season 4 (could happen). I need to watch the last 2 episodes of "Berlin Station" and about 3 more of "Stranger Things," though I may need to start over again. Other than those, I'm really not into much of anything. But of course, Christmas break will have me deeply involved in a Middle-earth marathon (big surprise!).

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Kelly of Water's Edge
Rohan

Dec 15 2017, 10:06pm

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RIP Carrie, indeed. [In reply to] Can't Post

Her big scene in the middle is a bit eerie in hindsight, and of course the dedication during the credits was emotional. I can only imagine what being at the openings without her was/will be like for Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew, who seem to have been close friends with her in real life.

We'll just have to wait and see how they handle her unexpected passing in the next series proper movie. From everything I've read, Leia was supposed to be a major character and massive rewrites were required.

I liked the movie alot, although the offscreen tragedy was unavoidably the elephant in the theatre.


Annael
Half-elven


Dec 16 2017, 6:27pm

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we're going to see that on Christmas Day [In reply to] Can't Post

as things are a bit weird this year and we're doing Christmas Eve but postponing presents until the 26th when my sister and niece get back from NYC. So we thought, why not go to a movie? And "The Man Who Invented Christmas" seems the perfect choice.

If I hadn't been talked out of majoring in English Lit in college ("you'll never get a job!" . . . huh . . . somehow I ended up a writer anyway . . .), I totally would have done my thesis on Dickens's women, especially the women of "Our Mutual Friend," my favorite of his books. I love "A Christmas Carol" and have seen multiple versions, so I'm looking forward to this. Plus: Dan Stevens. (If you haven't seen "Legion" binge-watch the first season so you're ready when it returns - he is AMAZING in it!)

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around Ö The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967


RosieLass
Valinor


Dec 16 2017, 7:58pm

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I thought it was okay, but not great. [In reply to] Can't Post

Caveat: This is the first SW film I've seen since the original three.

I had some technical quibbles - the titles and credits looked amateurish, and the puppets (animatronics?) and people in the Casino looked like toys. Maybe that's the look they were going after, but they didn't ring true for me.

I also thought parts of the story were a little weak.

But it was fun to see old friends (Luke and Leia) and meet some new (to me) characters that I really enjoyed.

"Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it."
--Joyce Meyer

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
--Leonard Nimoy


Annael
Half-elven


Dec 17 2017, 5:03pm

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I enjoyed it but it wasn't up to "Empire Strikes Back" or "Rogue One" for me. I did like it better than "The Force Awakens," and it raises some interesting ideas about the Force itself, but most of the movie seemed to be battles and my interest is not held for long by those. But it made me very interested in what the next movie might entail.

My companion loved it as did many in the audience, who hollered and clapped and cheered at many points. I liked it best when they were on-planet and we got to see two different & very interesting worlds. Loved the final scene. Teared up at the goodbye to "our princess."

My companion also pointed out that most of the antagonists & protagonists were basically adolescents in TFW and did some growing up in TLJ, ready to take on the mantles left to them by their mentors (quite literally in one case) in the next movie. So it felt very second-act, the necessary transition.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around Ö The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967


sherlock
Gondor


Dec 19 2017, 3:38pm

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I read A Christmas Carol every year [In reply to] Can't Post

When my husband was alive I read it to him. I also watch my two favorite movie versions which are A Muppet Christmas Carol & Scrooged. I donít really like any of the other movie adaptations although the black & white one from the 40s is okay.

I also have a three disk set with Anton Lesser reading it, a history of Charles Dicken and David Copperfield with little Daniel Radcliff that Iím watching now. Anton does a bit of scenery chewing but itís still good. Iím going to watch the third disk for the first time this year. Itís called Uncoving the Real Dickens.


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Dec 26 2017, 10:07pm

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That note got me, too :} (no spoilers) [In reply to] Can't Post

As well as the meeting towards the end. I cried some during the last bit of the film. I really loved it. Of course it wasn't as perfect as it could have been, but I've been SO disappointed in SO many sequels (i.e. PotC, Mummy III)... I have nothing but appreciation for the work and sensitivity put into this one. Classic Fights! I'm not at all disappointed! There were several places where I laughed or couldn't restrain an audible "oh wow!"

Tears, audibles, laughter. That's a thumbs-up for me :D

I want to see it again while its still in my local theatre. Films nowadays don't stick around very long :(



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