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What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

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donroc
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Postby donroc » Thu December 9th, 2010, 11:06 pm

Another yes to Foyle's War.
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Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

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Postby annis » Fri December 10th, 2010, 4:26 am

nspired by Ben’s mention of Spartacus I dragged out my old copy of the Kubrick movie and watched it. I haven’t played it for ages, and had forgotten the strange old custom of starting with an interminable overture, and the epic length of the film. Ben Hur is the same. At least with a DVD you can pause and/or fast forward. There’s a funny story about Otto Preminger’s movie Exodus . At the film's premiere, as the movie neared its third hour with no end yet in sight, comedian Mort Sahl stood up from his seat in the packed theatre and shouted, "Otto, let my people go!"

The acting in Spartacus is great. Kirk Douglas is excellent as the stoic Spartacus ,and I particularly enjoyed Charles Laughton as Gracchus and Laurence Oliver as his arch-enemy Crassus. I don’t know how Olivier achieved deadpan with what must be one of the most hilariously unerotic come-on lines ever. While in his bath Crassus (Olivier) starts talking suavely to his handsome new body slave Antoninus (Tony Curtis) about how some men like oysters and some men like snails, and how it is only a matter of personal taste. He goes on to say suggestively, “I like both oysters and snails”. Needless to say this seductive approach is less than successful. Antoninus promptly decamps and joins Spartacus’ escapees!
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Postby chuck » Fri December 10th, 2010, 4:51 am

annis....Never will forget TC as Antoninus....Was he singing or reciting some God awful prose/poetry....Yikes....BTW I had huge crush on Jean Simmons.....KD was excellent as was the rest of the cast....As a kid I had his odd haircut...Crewcut with a ducktail ......It was called a Hollywood.....
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Postby cw gortner » Fri December 10th, 2010, 5:02 am

"annis" wrote:, While in his bath Crassus (Olivier) starts talking suavely to his handsome new body slave Antoninus (Tony Curtis) about how some men like oysters and some men like snails, and how it is only a matter of personal taste. He goes on to say suggestively, “I like both oysters and snails”. Needless to say this seductive approach is less than successful. Antoninus promptly decamps and joins Spartacus’ escapees!


I would have too. Decamped, that is. Olivier comes across as a creepy old queen. Tony is gorgeous, so most of the time you could care less that the dialogue creaks like an old bucket.

Ditto on Ms Simmons, Chuck. Stunning. The film Young Bess has some flat-out ROTFL moments, with the bullet bras under the bodices and that bizarre settle/sofa thing with the fringe in Kat Parr's parlor, but Jean Simmons is so beautiful as Elizabeth . . . And the scene when she comes down the steps after Seymour has been beheaded, with her shadow flaring on the wall: classic.
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Postby fljustice » Fri December 10th, 2010, 5:28 am

"chuck" wrote:Watched Foyle's War series 7 "Russian House" Starring Michael Kitchen ,Honeysuckle Weeks and Anthony Howell....I'm a Foyle's War addict.....


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Postby annis » Fri December 10th, 2010, 7:54 pm

Posted by CW
The film Young Bess has some flat-out ROTFL moments, with the bullet bras under the bodices


Shades of the dangerously endowed Janet Leigh in another Kirk Douglas/Tony Curtis classic, The Vikings :)

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Banish him! Those short shorts are a fashion crime of the worst sort!
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Postby chuck » Sat December 11th, 2010, 12:47 am

"The Vikings"....Ye gads I hear the Viking signal horn already buzzing through my head.....Fondly remember some very corny scenes....With TC and that Very, Very bad looking leather covered stump of a arm.....And Janet Leigh's chest armour was breath taking....Now I remember why this famous quote still resonates with me..."From the fury of the Northmen..O' Lord deliver us.....Maybe the film producers were trying tell us something.....BTW the Dragon Ships, Fjords and Drinking Hall looked very authentic.....Very curious about Mel Gibson new Viking film?.....No doubt it will be in Old Norse.....The lead is Leonardo diCaprio

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Postby cw gortner » Sat December 11th, 2010, 4:19 am

[QUOTE=annis;75846]Shades of the dangerously endowed Janet Leigh in another Kirk Douglas/Tony Curtis classic, The Vikings :)

LOL! The photo and quote from you are priceless. The same fashion trend appears in Young Bess: Stewart Granger's breeches were like hot pants :D I guess these producers in the 50s liked to show us a nice touch of male flank . . .
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Postby Telynor » Sat December 11th, 2010, 9:43 am

Well, roared through another volume of Korean historical drama, Dong Yi (pronounced Don-ya), and realized something after the finishing the first set -- always make certain that you have the next volume on hand. The second set of DVD's keeps being delayed, and since the episode ends on a cliffhanger note, and great emotional angst, well...

Really nice looking men in this one too. This is the male lead, King Sukjong (Ji Jin-hee)

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Must say he is mighty easy on the eyes...

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Postby Madeleine » Sat December 11th, 2010, 3:27 pm

Must admit he doesn't do it for me, but those costumes are beautiful, gorgeous colours.
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