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« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2007, 02:23:05 PM »
Actually, I did think about that as I was watching it, but I eventually concluded that the black characters were more neutral than anything else (in the context of the make-believe Bond world - they were definitely not the 'bad guys'), and I don't think they failed at anything except of course when they went after Bond himself.

And I don't consider the chase scene at the beginning to indicate the chasee's failure - the guy actually got away from Bond, and then B had to do something totally desperate and uncalled-for. It was Bond who failed in that sequence, actually. But *everybody* ultimately fails when they go after Bond. That is the total myth of the series. The only thing is, at least this time he wasn't an upper-class snerk all the time.

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« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2007, 07:22:02 PM »
I've been avoiding it like the plague, but, finally, I forced myself to watch United 93. Technically it was well made, but you know what happens so it's all anti-climatic. I'd shoot myself in the head before watching it a second time.

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« Reply #17 on: April 18, 2007, 10:48:35 PM »
I'm retired, so I get to do what I want. This morning I woke up to "Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man" and tonight watched "An Inconvenient Truth", both played through my very powerful stereo system. I've seen both films at least four times each, never get tired of either of them. Rufus Wainwright in the Leonard Cohen flick is outstanding.

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« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2007, 12:20:31 AM »
Rufus & Leonard--two National treasures, if you ask me (seriously, ask me!) :lol:

A friend tipped me to Rufus ~4 yrs ago. Both of us love singing along to "Cigarettes and chocolate milk"

(watch the real Rufus belt'r out here)

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« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2007, 01:11:54 AM »
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Even better treasures are his mother and his aunt.  Not only brilliant themselves, but their efforts at bringing Wade Hemsworth back into the limelight are an outstanding contribution to Canada and the world.
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« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2007, 11:10:11 PM »
Just finished watching all three hours of Meet Joe Black. I've seen it before, but it still mesmerizes me. The acting by Claire Forlani and Brad Pitt is positively ethereal. Claire Forlani is gorgeous - sorry, had to say it.  :oops:

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« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2007, 08:23:26 AM »
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Just finished watching all three hours of Meet Joe Black. I've seen it before, but it still mesmerizes me. The acting by Claire Forlani and Brad Pitt is positively ethereal. Claire Forlani is gorgeous - sorry, had to say it.  :oops:


IIRC the scenes between Forlani and Anthony Hopkins are also extremely touching.

ETA: pssst, Boom Boom - I'm pretty sure she's now recurring on CSI New York. I saw her last week, sporting her natural Brit accent.

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« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2007, 06:57:13 PM »
I viewed a video of "Bella Martha", also released as "Mostly Martha" and some other titles, at the Goethe Institut. Not a great film, but engaging about a woman chef (in Hamburg, northern Germany) and how she copes with her sister dying and having to deal with her niece. And a romantic tale of an Italian sous-chef who wins her heart ... or not... rather a bit too much clichés about hung-up Northern Germans vs Italians (where the latter are from is not clear, but the Italian shots look central, say Tuscany, Umbria or le Marches)

Know a German-speaking couple that is in just about as much cultural conflict because she is from Bremen (another Hanseatic city, as in the Musician) and he is Viennese, which is practically the same as northeastern Italian (culturally Catholic, Foodie) except that they speak German.

It was a good film for language learning as there were many one-on-one conversations and it was in very standard German. I didn't use subtitles.
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« Reply #23 on: April 28, 2007, 09:55:20 PM »
I just watched "Must Love Dogs" for probably the fourth time. I wish I could find a Diane Lane in my life. I'd love one of those big Newfoundland dogs ( I think they were Newfoundlanders...)  from the movie, too, to have around. It's a fun movie, I must say.

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« Reply #24 on: April 28, 2007, 09:57:00 PM »
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I saw her last week, sporting her natural Brit accent.


Huh? Where?  8)

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« Reply #25 on: April 29, 2007, 08:38:30 AM »
Here is an interesting article from The Independent about the modern boom in German cinema - making quality films that are actually entertaining and appeal to a broad audience.
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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« Reply #26 on: May 14, 2007, 11:34:14 AM »
I was about to go out and turn the sod when "A Prairie Home Companion" came on TMN, so nasturally I took off my shoes and flooped on the couch, and put on the stereo loud so I could play the film through my speakers. What a great film! Meryl Streep are fantastic singing partners, with a little help from Lindsay Lohan at the end, and Garrison Keillor - well, you can't say enough about the man. Some great bad jokes, too. :lol:

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« Reply #27 on: May 14, 2007, 12:29:51 PM »
Rented a movie called "Deja vu" this weekend.

Terrible movie, don't waste your money.  Stupid storyline, bad bad acting, extremely poor writing.

Nasty.

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« Reply #28 on: May 14, 2007, 12:31:46 PM »
I remember lagatta mentioned this film on another thread, and I finally got around to renting it (as soon as I spotted it, that is.) It's called Minoes or Undercover Kitty for the American release. It was really delightful. It's mainly a kids' film, about a cat who is transformed into a woman and who helps a timid reporter to get scoops via her cat network.

Best line (after the cat-woman causes a minor accident): "It's strange, I feel guilty about something" and the cat she's talking to answers "Guilty? what does that mean?"

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« Reply #29 on: May 14, 2007, 12:47:47 PM »
I loved A Prairie Home Companion and I think I'll order it on VHS. It does come with some truly awful jokes from the two cowboys that appear live onstage:

First cowboy: My horse is so smart he can do mathematics and chemistry. But I can't teach him Philosophy.

Second cowboy: why not?

First cowboy: Because you can't put Descartes before the horse.



Another one:

The cops are looking for those who stole a shipment of
Viagra. Be on the lookout for a pair of hardened criminals.

Another good movie with great music is the spoof of modern folk music,
"A Mighty Wind". Hilarious. Done by the same guy who did "This Is Spinal Tap".

 

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