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Posted: Sun May 17th, 2009, 1:15 pm
by sweetpotatoboy
"Madeleine" wrote:Saw Wolverine last night, good popcorn movie - anything was better than the Eurovision Song contest - is that shown in the US?


OMG - Eurovision was great this year!! The best one in ages. Some decent songs and even the ones that weren't good had great stagings. Plus, they changed the voting process. For the first time, the score came half from the televote and half from national juries of musical experts - so there was much less bias on neighbourly voting.

Norway won a landslide with a really sweet and lively song. Iceland came a very respectable second -- just as well they didn't win; they could hardly afford to stage it next year.

Posted: Sun May 17th, 2009, 2:30 pm
by wealcere
"sweetpotatoboy" wrote:OMG - Eurovision was great this year!! The best one in ages. Some decent songs and even the ones that weren't good had great stagings. Plus, they changed the voting process. For the first time, the score came half from the televote and half from national juries of musical experts - so there was much less bias on neighbourly voting.



I agree sweetpotatoboy that Eurovision was better this year in presentation, songs and casting of votes than previous years but I still can’t believe that people get so excited by it all. I know it’s all a bit of fun and people really enjoy it, but I just don’t get it personally. Before you say ‘old f*rt’, I agree maybe I am becoming one, heaven forbid.

Just watched Into the Wild, Emile Hirsch, for the first time. Very impressed, that much so I’ve just ordered the book off amazon and even better it’s written by Jon Krakauer, an author who’s style I really like.

Posted: Sun May 17th, 2009, 3:08 pm
by EC2
"wealcere" wrote:I agree sweetpotatoboy that Eurovision was better this year in presentation, songs and casting of votes than previous years but I still can’t believe that people get so excited by it all. I know it’s all a bit of fun and people really enjoy it, but I just don’t get it personally. Before you say ‘old f*rt’, I agree maybe I am becoming one, heaven forbid.

Just watched Into the Wild, Emile Hirsch, for the first time. Very impressed, that much so I’ve just ordered the book off amazon and even better it’s written by Jon Krakauer, an author who’s style I really like.


Didn't watch Eurovision - gone past it, but I did love Apocalyptica in the interval last year.
Wealcere - I watched Into the Wild a few months ago and hated the film - but really, really loved the music. Well no, I didn't hate the film in that I could see it was well filmed, but I guess I was not at all in sympathy with the lead character. Terribly sad, but at the same time I just wanted to shake him and tell him to grow up or get help! Eddie Vedder's music though - what a revelation!

Posted: Sun May 17th, 2009, 3:55 pm
by wealcere
Yeh EC2 I can see where your coming from. I read a few reviews on Amazon about the book, Into the Wild (there are 1,257 reviews) and several people had written that you either love it or hate it, no middle ground.
It was the ideals that the film tried to portray, you know about not getting put in to the rut of modern day life in middle class America , not seeking happiness in material belongings, wealth and the like.
There where several quotes that put a smile on my face like ‘the core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences,’ and my favourite, ‘happiness only real when shared.’
This last quote was shown at the end of the film where he died alone and not having anyone to have shared his experiences with him, I felt that this was quite contradictory. I watched this film with my wife who happened to bring it to my attention that when we first met, she had asked me what I wanted from life and I’d replied near on the same ‘experiences and to have someone share them with me’ not surprising this film struck a chord.
As for the music, yes WOW!

Posted: Sun May 17th, 2009, 6:29 pm
by Ludmilla
"EC2" wrote:Wealcere - I watched Into the Wild a few months ago and hated the film - but really, really loved the music. Well no, I didn't hate the film in that I could see it was well filmed, but I guess I was not at all in sympathy with the lead character. Terribly sad, but at the same time I just wanted to shake him and tell him to grow up or get help! Eddie Vedder's music though - what a revelation!


I read the book, but haven't watched the film yet because I'm a bit afraid of how emotionally wrenching it will be to watch. The book is very good. As for the Eddie Vedder score, I don't know about the entire score, but the song Hard Sun was first done by Gordon Peterson (as Indio) and is, in my opinion, far superior to the EV cover. You can listen to the original on YouTube. It never fails to move me.

Posted: Mon May 18th, 2009, 3:51 pm
by Leo62
I'm with EC2 on Into The Wild. I had to stop watching it halfway through as I was having homicidal impulses towards the main character. :eek: I think there's a much better film to be made (or indeed story to be told) about rejecting consumerism and the Evils of Modern Society (oh yeah, there has been: Fight Club). This came over as the self-indulgent ramblings of an over-privileged college boy who wanted to get back at dad. /rant :D

Watched In Bruges for the umpteenth time last night. Love that movie - cracks me up every time. And my *very* favourite Ralph Fiennes role. :D

Posted: Mon May 18th, 2009, 10:09 pm
by EC2
"Leo62" wrote:I'm with EC2 on Into The Wild. I had to stop watching it halfway through as I was having homicidal impulses towards the main character. :eek: I think there's a much better film to be made (or indeed story to be told) about rejecting consumerism and the Evils of Modern Society (oh yeah, there has been: Fight Club). This came over as the self-indulgent ramblings of an over-privileged college boy who wanted to get back at dad./rant :D


Yes, that's what I thought. What a self-indulgent eejit and why on earth make a film about him - perhaps the producers wanted to show off the scenery. Had he been a working class down and out and stayed in a city, it wouldn't have got made at all. That said, I did feel he needed help and I felt guilty with myself for getting irritated with him and wanting to smack him - cos that's not what you do with someone so damaged. So I guess the film did evoke strong feelings - but not positive ones it has to be said!

Watched In Bruges for the umpteenth time last night. Love that movie - cracks me up every time. And my *very* favourite Ralph Fiennes role. :D


Ooh, never seen that one, but I do like Ralph Fiennes. Will put it on my TBW list.

Posted: Tue May 19th, 2009, 12:43 pm
by Leo62
"EC2" wrote:Ooh, never seen that one, but I do like Ralph Fiennes. Will put it on my TBW list.


A word of warning: I love In Bruges but it's not everyone's cup of tea. It's quite dark, and there's loads of swearing. :eek: I find it hilarious, but not everyone will...Fiennes' role is really an extended cameo, but no less memorable for that!

Posted: Tue May 19th, 2009, 11:59 pm
by chuck
"In Bruges" great film.....Gleeson and Farrell are very likable and regular people.....The scary thing is their chosen vocation....I really enjoyed Fiennes character....he really pulled it off.....It reminded of another great and quirky crime film "Sexy Beast" Staring Sir Ben Kingsley and Roy Winstone...not for the faint of heart, but so compelling... Kingsley is mesmerizing...........

Posted: Wed May 20th, 2009, 4:48 am
by Ellie
The new Star Trek movie, don’t recall watching the TV series but I loved the movie (I went to see it twice!)