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What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

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fljustice
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Postby fljustice » Fri August 23rd, 2013, 3:08 pm

"Ludmilla" wrote:Stumbled upon the old 1960 film, 5 Branded Women, and watched it on Youtube (in English with Spanish subtitles; it's not available on DVD). I hadn't seen it since I was kid, but had never forgotten the scene where they cut the women's hair off for consorting with a German Lothario during WW2. I had also forgotten it took place in Yugoslavia (and not France, as my rusty memory thought).


I remember that scene as well! (and also remembered it as France.) Looked it up on IMDB and it had some interesting stars.
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Nefret
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Favorite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
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Postby Nefret » Thu August 29th, 2013, 8:47 am

Pride and Prejudice (because... Colin Firth)
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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Ludmilla
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Postby Ludmilla » Sat September 7th, 2013, 1:12 pm

Have been watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy with my youngest. We're looking forward to the next Hobbit movie when it comes out.

Also watched Decision before Dawn which is a mostly forgotten WWII film amongst the general public. Oskar Werner gave an outstanding performance as a young German medic captured by the Allies near the end of the war who volunteers to go back behind the lines as a spy to gain military intelligence to help them end the war. Amongst the rubble and desolation you get a glimpse of ordinary Germans just trying to survive and get on with their lives as the world around them is falling apart (quite an unusual view of things for an early 50s movie, I thought). I recommend it to anyone who enjoys these old WWII films. I always thought Werner was one of those actors who had a mesmerizing presence on film and unforgettable eyes.

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Nefret
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Postby Nefret » Thu November 14th, 2013, 5:44 pm

Pride and Prejudice (2005)


I find it a little amusing that Mr. Bingley is later emperor of Rome. Matthew Macfadyen is cute, but he's no Colin Firth.
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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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri November 22nd, 2013, 11:37 pm

Just got back from the second Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire. IMHO, they did a great job!

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: A Trail through Time by Jodi Taylor & Angel by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Mon November 25th, 2013, 3:38 pm

Finally got to watch Skyfall last night - good but still think Casino Royale is the best of the Craig movies. Judi Dench was superb though.
Currently reading "A Trail through Time" by Jodi Taylor & "Angel" by L J Ross

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Postby annis » Wed December 11th, 2013, 5:05 am

Been watching a BBC America adaptataion of Alan Furst's Spies of Warsaw - pretty good, I thought, with plenty of dark shadows and tension, though hard to see David Tennant as anything but a Brit! People rave about Furst and I did try one of his novels a while ago (Mission to Paris) but was disappointed - the characterization was very flat. Maybe it was an anomaly.
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Ludmilla
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Postby Ludmilla » Wed December 11th, 2013, 2:56 pm

"annis" wrote:Been watching a BBC America adaptataion of Alan Furst's Spies of Warsaw - pretty good, I thought, with plenty of dark shadows and tension, though hard to see David Tennant as anything but a Brit! People rave about Furst and I did try one of his novels a while ago (Mission to Paris) but was disappointed - the characterization was very flat. Maybe it was an anomaly.


I thought they did a good job capturing the mood and atmosphere of Furst's espionage novels.

My mileage has varied with the later Furst books, especially with regard to the romantic sub-plots, but I still enjoy them for the pre-war atmosphere. Furst does such a good job with the climate of the times. The mood and atmosphere become almost a character in and of itself. He also uses crossover characters from the various intelligence agencies and resistance organizations in his novels, so it's fun to try to figure out whether you've met any of them in previous books. I think the first three were Furst's best: Night Soldiers, Dark Star and The Polish Officer. Night Soldiers is much larger in scope than the others, covering the years 1934 - 1945 from the PoV of a Soviet NKVD agent, and I think The Polish Officer is the saddest.
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Postby SonjaMarie » Sat December 14th, 2013, 8:31 pm

"annis" wrote:Been watching a BBC America adaptataion of Alan Furst's Spies of Warsaw - pretty good, I thought, with plenty of dark shadows and tension, though hard to see David Tennant as anything but a Brit! People rave about Furst and I did try one of his novels a while ago (Mission to Paris) but was disappointed - the characterization was very flat. Maybe it was an anomaly.


Don't let the Scots let them hear you call David a Brit, LOL.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: A Trail through Time by Jodi Taylor & Angel by L J Ross
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Postby Madeleine » Sat December 14th, 2013, 9:49 pm

"annis" wrote:Been watching a BBC America adaptataion of Alan Furst's Spies of Warsaw - pretty good, I thought, with plenty of dark shadows and tension, though hard to see David Tennant as anything but a Brit! People rave about Furst and I did try one of his novels a while ago (Mission to Paris) but was disappointed - the characterization was very flat. Maybe it was an anomaly.


I can't wait to hear his American accent in the US version of Broadchurch. :)
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