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Aragorn the Elfstone
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Jan 4, 11:18pm

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I had the pleasure this week of watching two films that complimented each other very well - Dunkirk (which I missed in theaters) and Darkest Hour.

I enjoyed both thoroughly, with an edge given to Dunkirk, which was simply thrilling to witness. What I loved about both films was the wealth of talent on display. While some of Dunkirk's main characters were unknown actors, they were superbly supported by some of the finest actors in cinema. Darkest Hour, as well, had a great array of magnificent, if often underrated, actors backing up Gary Oldman's powerhouse performance. I especially enjoyed seeing Stephen Dillane outside of Game of Thrones. I've long been a fan of his (I first noticed him in his stellar turn as Thomas Jefferson in HBO's John Adams).

I also went to see The Shape of Water for a second time today - this time with my Mom. She's not quite the Guillermo del Toro fan that I am, so I don't think she enjoyed quite as much as me Wink, but she seemed to like it well enough. I loved it even more, though, and I imagine it'll become a favorite in years to come.

What are you 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


N.E. Brigand
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Jan 5, 4:45am

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The Godhobbit. [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, there is no such film, but this is my excuse to note the following correction printed today in Politico. No link, because we can't discuss the underlying subject matter here:

An earlier version of the story misidentified the fictional character name _____ uses to refer to _____ as Frodo, a Lord of the Rings reference, rather than Fredo, a reference to The Godfather.

One journalist whose work I admire has described this in a tweet as "possibly the best correction ever"--and in response someone referenced Bored of the Rings! I certainly encourage further mash-ups on this theme.

Has Charlie Ross considered a one-man Godfather trilogy show to go along with his Star Wars and LOTR performances?

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sevilodorf
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Jan 5, 11:32pm

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I saw Darkest Hour as well [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes Dunkirk is a great tie in as well as visually stunning.

Another I saw a few months ago was Their Finest Hour (also just called Their Finest) -- About propaganda screenwriters telling the tale of two sisters piloting their boat to Dunkirk.. some good performances there though the ending was fairly obvious midway through.

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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Jan 6, 5:32am

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We went to see the new Jumanji the other night and loved it. I wasn't sure I was going to, since they changed the board game to a video game, but that was actually brilliant. The avatar characters were hysterical, especially Jack Black and Dwayne Johnson, who must have had so much fun playing those characters.

So we got out the old VHS copy of Jumanji and watched it, and I realized why it had been over 20 years since I'd watched it. The old one is essentially a horror movie, and I don't like horror movies.

I loved the look of the board game in the old movie, which reminded me a bit of the classic Parcheesi that we used to play as a family when I was a kid, but that I was all I liked about it. In retrospect, it's sweet to see dear Robin Williams again, but not enough to make me like the old movie.

The new one is totally different. Very funny, especially the gender-bending and body-type-bending, and not nearly as dark, though it had some of the same themes. Maybe the fact that it mostly took place in the world of Jumanji and not in our world made it easier for me to take. Anyway, it was delightful, and I don't plan to wait 20 years to see it again.

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Elberbeth
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Jan 6, 4:23pm

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Saw this as well, loved it!// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Aragorn the Elfstone
Tol Eressea


Jan 6, 6:49pm

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The first film is a childhood favorite of mine, and I love it still. I actually received the recent Blu-ray remaster (the Best Buy Steelbook Exclusive, no less) for Christmas.

I thought I didn't like horror films, but if you consider Jumanji one, I guess you really don't like them. Wink I can't say I agree - I'd place it firmly in the Adventure category.

The new one, on the other hand, does not appeal to me in the slightest. It looks to be nothing more than a money grab to me. I don't care for the retooling of the original concept into a video game Unimpressed, and I really don't like The Rock. It's a great mystery to me what audiences find appealing about him, but to each their own I suppose.

But one bright spot I find in the remake is the aforementioned remaster of the original film. It's often the silver lining of these (IMO) pointless remakes/sequels that the studios revisit the original films on home video. Smile

"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


N.E. Brigand
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Jan 6, 7:33pm

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N.E. Brigand
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Jan 6, 8:19pm

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Agreed about the original film. [In reply to] Can't Post

Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 5.6 out of 10 and Metacritic gives it a score of 39 out of 100, and that feels like the right range to me. I saw a lot of films in 1995, and felt then that that Jumanji was in the bottom half.

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N.E. Brigand
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Jan 8, 6:39am

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Congratultions to Guillermo del Toro on winning a Golden Globe. [In reply to] Can't Post

As best director for The Shape of Water, although the best picture awards (for comedy/musical and drama, respectively) went to Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

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Jan 8, 12:12pm

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I was SO happy for him :D I love how he jokingly refused to shorten his appreciation speech when the music started playing to signal his time was up. ;) How he said it took 25 years to get to this moment and to please let him finish. He was delightful! The film was well-awarded throughout the night.


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Annael
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Jan 8, 3:23pm

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the appeal of the Rock [In reply to] Can't Post

It started the time I saw him on "Ellen" where he answered every quip of hers with a zinger of his own; he's a smart cookie. Then he talked about how much he loves his daughters. Then he played guitar - quite well. All of these things made me laugh & smile. I also like how he's able to laugh at himself (something even more appealing in these days of big volatile egos dominating the news), to the point of dressing up in a pink tutu for one of his roles! Plus he does seem to like playing the big guy who gets a lesson in what really matters in life: being a good dad/mentor to the young'uns.

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Jan 8, 10:55pm

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Starling
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Jan 8, 11:42pm

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Well said [In reply to] Can't Post

I Heart him!




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Jan 9, 1:56am

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She didn't have much to do, to be fair. [In reply to] Can't Post

What she did, she did well enough.

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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Jan 9, 3:24am

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Especially the scene where she was trying a sexy walk after being coached by Jack Black and was awkward as heck.

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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Jan 9, 3:31am

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Did you see it? [In reply to] Can't Post

Or was the concept unappealing enough that it kept you away? Because that almost happened to me. I was very pleasantly surprised.

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sevilodorf
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Jan 9, 4:03am

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After they put the jaguar's eye back and wait before saying jumanji the little kids in the audience were saying it for them.

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Starling
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Jan 9, 7:02am

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I wish I could swear on here, in order to show my appreciation. What a great film.
Waiting for: Darkest Hour, Lady Bird, I, Tonya. (They haven't started here yet.)
I am also really looking forward to On Chesil Beach. I loved the book. Hope it is done justice.




Aragorn the Elfstone
Tol Eressea


Jan 11, 6:52am

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I haven't really been watching anything new over the past week, but I did start my Game of Thrones S7 rewatch. I love going back to each season after the Blu-ray has been released. It allows me to soak in the nuances and appreciate each episode much more (rather than just itching to get to the next one).

In other news, I saw that the BAFTA nominations came out the other day. Though I'm much less excited by the awards season than I used to be, I was thoroughly pleased to see that Denis Villenueve was nominated for Best Director for Blade Runner 2049. Smile The film doesn't seem to be in play for any of the big races in the various awards here in the states, so it was really nice to see it get some respect there. I can't wait for the film to come out on Blu-ray next week. Smile

"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

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Jan 11, 8:11am

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A little gem set in England in the 1980s. I saw it in 2006 when it came out, and have finally managed to get a copy so I could watch it again.

I love the 80s soundtrack, and I enjoyed seeing lots of familiar actors (James McAvoy is a fave). I lived in England for two years during the 80s, and this film brings back lots of memories - including of watching "University Challenge" (the quiz show the film is centered around).


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CuriousG
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Jan 11, 9:23pm

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A colleague told me about this anthology, which I’d never heard of, so I’m giving it a try. Have seen only about 4 so far, and they vary widely in quality. Would give the best of them a 4 out of 5.

Tidbit: the Arkangel episode was directed by Jodie Foster, so it was a little interesting to see the “Silence of the Lambs” star directing for a little-known series. Not a breath-taking episode, but not bad either.


Annael
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Jan 12, 7:50pm

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Season 3 of the Magicians [In reply to] Can't Post

I so love this show. This episode had Bacchus in it, partying down, plus malevolent fairies a la Pratchett, and this phrase that made me hoot out loud: "get your questing b*tch face on" (as they all embark on the quest that's going to take up most of this season).

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 … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

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Eruonen
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Jan 17, 4:09pm

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Merry and Sam: "Hey Pippin, climb in the boat, we are going fishing"..... [In reply to] Can't Post

Or do you envision Sam as Fredo?

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someday Frodo, and thay day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me...."


Eruonen
Valinor


Jan 17, 7:47pm

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Funny what a word string "mafia middle earth" search brings up - operation-middle-earth-mafia-arrests [In reply to] Can't Post

https://www.irishtimes.com/...ia-arrests-1.2025536

"...in one wire tapped conversation released yesterday, Carminati tells his right hand man, Riccardo Bruggia:

“It is all about the Middle Earth theory, mate. You see, up above us are the living and below us are the dead and then there is us, in the middle...and that is a middle world where everybody and everything can meet...”

An image of Gandfather - https://www.thesun.co.uk/...cape-3-x-2.jpg?w=750


Otaku-sempai
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Jan 17, 9:47pm

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I just watched the first part of the Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters anime trilogy that had its Netflix debut today. It is a much harder-edged take on Japan's King of the Monsters then there has ever been, borrowing from the long tradition of military science fiction going back at least to Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers. At the end of the twentieth century Humanity is forced to abandon Earth to the kaiju only to find its destination uninhabitable. The generation ship returns to the homeworld only to find that thousands of years have passed in real time and Godzilla is still alive.

I'm already looking forward to part two.



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