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What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

rebecca
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Postby rebecca » Tue March 13th, 2012, 12:10 am

I spent the long weekend re-watching 'Game of Thrones' in preparation for the second season next month :D I loved it! I hope I don't have to wait an entire year before I can buy GOT S 2!

Bec :)

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LoveHistory
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Postby LoveHistory » Wed March 14th, 2012, 11:42 pm

Country Strong. Great movie with great music. Tim McGraw is quite a talented actor. He really shines in this film.

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Séraphine

Postby Justin Swanton » Sun March 18th, 2012, 4:35 pm

Séraphine. The story of Séraphine de Senlis, French painter of the Naive style. She was a penniless housekeeper, her art entirely self-taught, who created pigments out of unusual and exotic ingredients, painting secretly by candlelight in her apartment in the evenings. She was discovered quite by chance in 1912, when she was 48, by Wilhelm Uhde, a German art collector.

Her life has all the hallmarks of a grand tragedy. Uhde's encouragement and help were cut short by the First World War, when he had to flee Senlis. In the movie he tells her to work hard, improve her style, and he would come back one day to make her known. But he forgot her, convinced she had died in the interim, and saw her again only in 1927 when he came across one of her paintings in an exhibition of local artists in Senlis. She had done as he said, working ceaselessly at her art, though she remained very poor.

The next few years were her apogee. Under Udhe's patronage she became the foremost Naive artist of her day, painting canvases up to two metres tall. In 1929 an exhibition featuring her paintings brought her financial success. She could not manage money, spending freely and living a fairyland life.

Then came the Depression. Uhde could no longer sell her work and was forced to stop buying from her. It was too much: having spent her life 'walking a tightrope between ecstasy and mental illness', she became unhinged and was taken to Clermont's lunatic asylum in 1932. She never painted again and died alone in 1942 in in a hospital annex at Villers-sous-Erquery.

The movie is faithful to the facts and renders the pathos of her life as only a European movie of the first order can. The sources of her inspiration - her love of nature and her Faith - are exquisitely rendered. With a couple of reservations I would give this movie five stars.
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Nefret
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Postby Nefret » Sun March 18th, 2012, 5:44 pm

Practical Magic (it made a better book)
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"
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Brenna
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Postby Brenna » Sun March 18th, 2012, 8:11 pm

"rebecca" wrote:I spent the long weekend re-watching 'Game of Thrones' in preparation for the second season next month :D I loved it! I hope I don't have to wait an entire year before I can buy GOT S 2!

Bec :)


I bought it, but the weather has been so amazing (and it's March Madness) that I haven't convinced hubby to watch it yet. Patiently waiting
Brenna

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Postby SGM » Sun March 18th, 2012, 8:49 pm

"Brenna" wrote:I bought it, but the weather has been so amazing (and it's March Madness) that I haven't convinced hubby to watch it yet. Patiently waiting


I have this on order to borrow from the library and it is marked as "on its way" so I should have it within a day or so.

I am quite looking forward to this because as I don't have (and won't have) Sky, this is my first opportunity to see it.
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Postby LoveHistory » Sun March 18th, 2012, 10:57 pm

The Painted Veil. Good movie. Not a happy one though.

rebecca
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Postby rebecca » Mon March 19th, 2012, 12:59 am

"Brenna" wrote:I bought it, but the weather has been so amazing (and it's March Madness) that I haven't convinced hubby to watch it yet. Patiently waiting


Oh, he must watch it :D . And you get to see things more clearly with a second viewing. There was one scene involving Ned and Jon Snow and I thought WHOA! By jove I think I've got it! :p ...I didn't take note of it on the first viewing.

Bec :) Season Two is looking good and I love the trailer with the second 7 devils. FLo and the machine, GREAT voice!

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Postby Margaret » Wed March 21st, 2012, 5:47 am

The Double Life of Veronique. Beautiful, mystical French film about music, art and death. It was one of my sweetheart's favorite films. He showed it to me on February 13. He died February 18. He is still with me in spirit.
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Postby fljustice » Wed March 21st, 2012, 4:55 pm

Jeff, Who Lives at Home, a quirky little film which preaches, "There are no coincidences." Also took my daughter to see Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 3D yesterday. Why did this need to be in 3D? $$$$
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