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by Justin Swanton
Tue August 28th, 2012, 11:20 am
Forum: Movies, Television, Radio, and Music
Topic: What Movies Have You Seen Lately?
Replies: 3275
Views: 195036

[quote=""DianeL""]"Becket" leaps energetically to mind.[/quote] True, I'd forgotten that one. [quote=""DianeL""]I've gotten into Season Six of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and though the maddening "let's have Deanna be raped/violated" eps do continue, the writing is pretty good at this point. I s...
by Justin Swanton
Tue August 28th, 2012, 11:06 am
Forum: Feature of the Month
Topic: August 2012: Movie/TV Adaptation Month
Replies: 23
Views: 4028

[quote=""MLE""]Justin, I don't think the Sound of Music was intended to be an adaptation of Maria Von Trapp's autobiography. They just loosely based the musical on her story. [/quote]

True, but the musical buried the book and the real story with it.
by Justin Swanton
Mon August 27th, 2012, 6:00 am
Forum: Movies, Television, Radio, and Music
Topic: What Movies Have You Seen Lately?
Replies: 3275
Views: 195036

Kingdom of Heaven . Excellent acting and cinematography, with the usual Catholic-bashing bias common to mediaeval era moviemaking (has anyone made a nice, cynical film about the Islamic conquests which were all done in the name of Allah?) The religious characters are spineless fanatics or amoral op...
by Justin Swanton
Mon August 27th, 2012, 5:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Are You Reading? August 2012
Replies: 134
Views: 10454

Northanger Abbey. I did this as an O'Level set book in a tough, rugby-obsessed, all-boys school in wartime Rhodesia in the 1970's. Reading it again, I wonder why on earth we were given it. Perhaps an attempt to instill some gentility into us Rhodies? If so, a desperate one.

Great book though.
by Justin Swanton
Mon August 27th, 2012, 5:42 am
Forum: Feature of the Month
Topic: August 2012: Movie/TV Adaptation Month
Replies: 23
Views: 4028

[quote=""MLE""]But having read Anna and the King of Siam , I think the King and I did an adequate job of giving a snippet of the problems involved--though the romantic element was entirely made up. I haven't watched the more recent adaptation with Jodie Foster.[/quote] The real king was around 60 at...
by Justin Swanton
Thu August 23rd, 2012, 5:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Are You Reading? August 2012
Replies: 134
Views: 10454

Northanger Abbey . I did it as my O'Level set book and it's fun going back to it all these years (!) later. Do you notice that in Jane Austin's novels it is enough for well-bred lady and gentleman to meet only about half a dozen times in very circumscribed situations (ball, family tea) before decid...
by Justin Swanton
Wed August 22nd, 2012, 8:41 am
Forum: Movies, Television, Radio, and Music
Topic: What Movies Have You Seen Lately?
Replies: 3275
Views: 195036

[quote=""DianeL""]Being a Trek nerd (watching TNG right now!), and loving DS9 best, I'll have to look up Siddig's go at Hannibal - thank you, Justin![/quote]

One can download the entire movie from youtube - something of course which I would never recommend. :rolleyes:
by Justin Swanton
Mon August 20th, 2012, 11:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Are You Reading? August 2012
Replies: 134
Views: 10454

[quote=""Madeleine""]Justin - I agree about St John, but Rochester a bore?? :eek: Guess it's a woman thing ;) [/quote] It's just that he is created from head to toe to be a woman's man. He cannot see anything worthwhile beyond finding the ideal mate. When not occupied with that he is either inflatin...
by Justin Swanton
Sun August 19th, 2012, 8:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Are You Reading? August 2012
Replies: 134
Views: 10454

Jane Eyre. Must say I enjoyed it - a world so completely unlike our own it's refreshing (OK, Rochester is a bore and St. John a cad).
by Justin Swanton
Sun August 19th, 2012, 1:23 pm
Forum: Movies, Television, Radio, and Music
Topic: What Movies Have You Seen Lately?
Replies: 3275
Views: 195036

Hannibal - Rome's Worst Nightmare . The 2006 BBC docudrama starring Alexander Siddig. One of the few historical movies I have seen that makes an effort to do its homework: it avoids anachronisms like the rectangular shields in Agora . It very effectively poses the big question about Hannibal - why,...

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