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What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

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SonjaMarie
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Postby SonjaMarie » Mon December 5th, 2011, 9:29 pm

"sweetpotatoboy" wrote:Yes it's a very comic play, in parts.


Hmm, I've seen both movie versions and I don't recall them being all that funny, but it's been awhile.

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Postby LoveHistory » Tue December 6th, 2011, 2:25 am

"SonjaMarie" wrote:Hmm, I've seen both movie versions and I don't recall them being all that funny, but it's been awhile.

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Some of the lines are really hilarious. It is hard to laugh the first time through though. Easier with repeat viewings. The one with Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close had more of the play in it, having been done for TV they had a longer time slot. The man who wrote the play wrote the screenplays for both.

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Postby DianeL » Wed December 7th, 2011, 12:29 am

Lion is VERY very funny indeed. Of Rosamund's fine teeth, Eleanor gets to meow, "She smiled to excess, but she chewed with real distinction." Oh, it is MARVELOUSLY well written, wicked, and extremely witty.

I actually kind of hate when people assume historical writing must necessarily be ponderous and humorless (I don't mean anyone here) - I put a good deal of effort into trying to infuse humanity into my own work - and humans happen to be amusing.
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Postby sweetpotatoboy » Wed December 7th, 2011, 10:48 am

"DianeL" wrote:Lion is VERY very funny indeed.


Oh good. I'd hoped the production I saw was in line with previous versions in this respect.

By the way, one of the reviews I've read of the play said: "If there's one thing more fun than watching a dysfunctional family bickering at Christmas, it's watching a dysfunctional royal family bickering at Christmas."
I think that captured it pretty neatly.

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Postby Ash » Wed December 7th, 2011, 1:59 pm

As Eleanor says in the play, after a particular ugly falling out, 'what family doesn't have their little ups and downs?'

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Postby DianeL » Fri December 9th, 2011, 1:47 am

There's also acres of fun to be had with the Hepburn/O'Toole version, watching Katherine Hepburn say the most SCANDALOUS things about Geoffrey Plantagenet and her nipples. Oh yes. I said nipples.
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Postby Nefret » Fri December 9th, 2011, 3:47 am

Watched Agora this afternoon.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
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Postby fljustice » Fri December 9th, 2011, 4:22 pm

"Nefret" wrote:Watched Agora this afternoon.


What did you think, Nefret? It got such limited release in the US, that there was little about it. I wrote a series of "reel vs. real" posts on Agora that continue to be the highest traffic articles on my blog eighteen months later. I thought the movie was beautifully shot but the story was uneven. Loved Rachel Weisz as Hypatia.
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Postby Madeleine » Fri December 9th, 2011, 5:10 pm

I think Agora had a limited release in the Uk too.
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Postby Nefret » Sat December 10th, 2011, 2:14 am

"fljustice" wrote:What did you think, Nefret? It got such limited release in the US, that there was little about it. I wrote a series of "reel vs. real" posts on Agora that continue to be the highest traffic articles on my blog eighteen months later. I thought the movie was beautifully shot but the story was uneven. Loved Rachel Weisz as Hypatia.


I like Rachel Weisz, her character, and her characters' friend. It certainly made more interested in Hypatia.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}


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