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What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

annis
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Postby annis » Sun December 15th, 2013, 6:25 am

Posted by SonjaMarie
Don't let the Scots let them hear you call David a Brit, LOL
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Lucky I'm at a safe distance :) Technically he is still a Brit at this stage, though that may change soon of course if Scotland does become independent.

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Postby EC2 » Sun December 15th, 2013, 1:06 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.


Annis, my husband is a big Alan Furst fan, but while he raves about some of his books and they're keepers, he's also DNF his share too. He's not consistently good in the DH's experience, so you could well have read one of the duds.
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Postby EC2 » Sun December 15th, 2013, 1:10 pm

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

SM

Everyone's a Brit while we're still the United Kingdom. Tenant's Scottish British. I'm English British. My brother can pick and choose because he was born in Scotland :-)

In other news I am off to see the Hobbit II on Thursday with my girlfriend. It's a Christmas tradition for us!
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Postby annis » Sun December 15th, 2013, 4:39 pm

Thanks, EC. I'll give Furst another go, perhaps try some of his earlier ones, as Ludmilla suggested. And if anyone wants an intelligent thriller with spies and conspiracies at the highest level, Robert Harris' novel An Officer and a Spy (about the Dreyfus Affair) is a cracker - plenty of resonances for today, too, in this tense story featuring an unlikely whistleblower. I believe Harris and Polanski are thinking of collaborating on a movie version too.

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Postby DianeL » Mon December 16th, 2013, 12:36 am

Went to "Desolation of Smaug" with friends last night, and the one thing I enjoyed most was the confrontation with the dragon (the most interesting character in the whole film). I wanted to like the barrel-riding action sequence, but so much of the action (that setpiece and all the rest) was CG video game stuff I just closed my eyes for stretches and thought about someone I miss, and anniversaries yesterday marked.

The film is fine for what it is, but what it is doesn't include great character development nor plausible battle scenes of any kind. :)
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Postby Lisa » Mon December 16th, 2013, 12:10 pm

We just rewatched The Lion in Winter last night, and then this morning I saw that Peter O' Toole had passed away :(

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Postby Nefret » Mon December 16th, 2013, 7:24 pm

Saw 'Desolation of Smaug' over the weekend. For the most part, I liked it.
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Postby Ludmilla » Mon December 16th, 2013, 9:05 pm

"LadyB" wrote:We just rewatched The Lion in Winter last night, and then this morning I saw that Peter O' Toole had passed away :(


Joan Fontaine passed away as well (Suspicion is one of my favorites).

As for what we've watched lately, some movies hubby picked out: Red and Red 2.

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Postby SonjaMarie » Tue December 17th, 2013, 8:21 pm

"Ludmilla" wrote:Joan Fontaine passed away as well (Suspicion is one of my favorites).

As for what we've watched lately, some movies hubby picked out: Red and Red 2.


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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon December 30th, 2013, 10:55 pm

I just saw Saving Mr. Banks. I can't think when I've enjoyed a movie so much! Recommended for storytellers everywhere-- reasons to re-make the world.

Plus, as my 98-year-old very cranky Mom just moved in with me, P.L. Travers irritating personality (brilliantly played by Emma Thompson) was so familiar that I laughed until I cried. Just the pick-me-up I needed.
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