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Re: Now watching
« Reply #20 on: January 03, 2008, 11:37:02 AM »
I saw "No Country for Old Men" over the weekend.  My pic for picture of the year.
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« Reply #21 on: January 03, 2008, 01:41:33 PM »
I've been watching the Apollo 1 DVD put out by Spacecraft films; a holiday gift from the missus.
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Re: Now watching
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2008, 07:54:41 PM »
We watched Lost Highway on DVD last night.  One of David Lynch's greatest and "Lynch-iest" moments, strange and warped and mind-bending, it's not complete nonsense and nonsequitur -- it actually makes just enough sense that I always feel when I watch it that I have a little more clarity on what Lynch is trying to do.  Bill Pullman is great, Balthazar Getty not so much... Patricia Arquette is wondeful here, sexy and sullen, damaged and desperate (depending on which role she's playing).  This is one of those i'll gladly re-watch once every year or two for the rest of my life.  And I've heard it's coming out on a domestic DVD version (mine's a German import without any significant extras, and so-so picture and sound qualitiy), and who knows... maybe a BluRay!

I'm done with Hypnos work for the day, so tonight we're going to watch the Sci-Fi channel's mini-series The Lost Room, which I recall being mentioned here on the Forum before (though  that might have been before "the great reboot" some time back).  Looking forward to it, will report here.

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« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2008, 03:44:22 AM »
Watched the opening of season 3 of the sopranos - and then pretty much just left murder, she wrote running when we were home most of the time.   Something stupidly relaxing about murder myster tv shows.   

I convinced my sister in mid-December that she needed to watch Lost - as her family had never seen it...  my brother in law called last night to say they'd just finished season 3... ha!   3 seasons in under a month.   Crazy.   What a way to see it though - all in a rush at once.
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Re: Now watching
« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2008, 03:22:49 PM »
Last night while running & walking on the treadmill, I watched the classic war film Sink the Bismarck!

I should point out that the exclamation point is part of the film title, and I'm not trying to exaggerate my excitement at having seen this film...  ;)

Actually it was a good, solid, well-dramatized telling of the story of the British navy's all-out effort to stop the Nazi battleship, the Bismarck.  I don't know how many times I've seen a war film that didn't have any Americans in it, and it was kind of nice to be free of that "Rah, rah, our guys against the other guys" aspect and just enjoy the story.  As well, this was a British production and the approach to war storytelling was less macho, blustering, heroic and chest-puffing than I'm accustomed to... in a good way.

The film did fall into some stereotypes with the Nazi commanders, being a bit unrealistically harsh and inhuman to the rank and file Nazi seamen, but I suppose that's forgivable considering how fresh all the wounds were at the time this was made.  Anyway, I enjoyed this film quite a bit, and this reaffirmed my belief that the best war films are the ones that give up on trying to portray the sweeping events of years, and focus instead on a single battle or engagement over the course of one day or maybe a week.  And it's really amazing that considering how much the Bismarck has been talked-about over the years, the ship only sailed at sea for a week before it was destroyed (sorry if that's giving away the ending, but hey, it's history).

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Re: Now watching
« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2008, 03:16:13 PM »
Someone has put up the Tube performance of Stump's 'Tupperware Stripper'
Fantastic !

I would imagine Joe R will dig this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEKyM8k4uBU&feature=related


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Re: Now watching
« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2008, 03:17:33 PM »
The Lost Room is absolutely fascinating, like the best mind-bending stuff from Twilight Zone, Stephen King, or Lost.  Anybody who enjoys a bizarre little mystery wrapped in an enigma or two, ought to check this out.

We watched disc 1 the last two nights and will finish disc 2 tonight.  I think this story is really intriguing and I'm surprised they didn't try to stretch it out over a longer mini-series.  I feel like I'm just settling into the odd little "hidden world" they have going, and it's almost over!  I'd say the acting is so-so overall, but the creepy weirdness of the central concept is enough to keep me engrossed.
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« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2008, 03:30:18 PM »
Lost Highway...hmmm
I wrote a spoiler for that one once.... "After murdering his wife, a man sells his soul to the devil so he can go bowling."

A few people I know considered it pornography.  After reading a few of the interviews with Lynch, cast and crew, I feel as confused as everyone else.  And after seeing Mulholland Drive, I am truly convinced that David Lynch considers Hollywood to be the entrance to Hell.

I find it hard to believe the same man did The Straight Story.
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Re: Now watching
« Reply #28 on: January 11, 2008, 12:10:56 PM »
The last third of The Lost Room was still good, still interesting, but not as arresting as the first two thirds.  I'd still recommend the mini-series to anyone who enjoys enigmatic and mysterious stories along the lines of X-Files, Millennium, Twilight Zone or Lost.  And I'd still definitely watch any sequel, spin-off or follow-up.  I just felt the strong mystery that propelled the story along, wasn't really paid-off with a satisfactory resolution.  There was a bit of "why did that happen?" going on with some of the events at the end.  Still, I'd rate it a B+ or A- overall.

Last weekend we watched Auto Focus, a sort of docu-drama re-telling of the life of Bob Crane, star of Hogan's Heroes, who ended up becoming increasingly caught-up in a weird and kinky sexual lifestyle, as he became more famous.  Very strange, and very well-told, and Greg Kinnear really does a great Bob Crane.  Willem Defoe, as Crane's weird buddy who gets him started with some weird "home porno" shennanigans with early home video recording gear, is extra weird as always (except in the Spider Man movie, where he's just boring).  I'd recommend this one too.  It's actually pretty amusing and strange in a good way.  Reminded me slightly of Boogie Nights in terms of tone, and the world it portrays, but not as complex a story.
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Re: Now watching
« Reply #29 on: January 14, 2008, 11:12:38 AM »
I seem to be the only one watching anything lately, but that's OK.

Friday night:

Klimt -- sort of a bio-pic dramatization of the last days (and through memories, a selection of events in the life) of the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.  This DVD was just released by Netflix, and I believe it's on Netflix's new in-house video label.  Lena and I both have a weakness for films about painters (Frida, Pollock, the first third of New York Stories, Basquiat, for example) and Klimt may be Lena's favorite painter, so we really looked forward to this one.  It starred John Malkovich as Klimt, and as the story began with Klimt on his death bed, much of the story is told in the form of semi-hallucinated and occasionally somewhat nonsensical remembrances. It's actually more coherent and comprehensible than that makes it sound, but it's important to point out that this is not a simple retelling of the events of the painter's life, but more like a reflection back on earlier events from a troubled and distorted later perspective.  Of all the "life of an artist" films I've ever seen, this one spends the least time on the act of art-making.  There is just one brief glimpse of Klimt putting brush to canvas, and more often Malkovich is lounging around in his studio with a handful of nude figure models.  One wonders whether Klimt's primary motivation for being a painter was that it made for a good excuse to be surrounded by lots of young, nude female bodies.  Also, Egon Schiele has a prominent spot in the film, as a young friend of Klimt's.

Overall I would give this film a high rating, and it's something I would watch again, though I feel a bit disappointed by the shortage of art-related content.
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« Reply #30 on: January 14, 2008, 11:20:22 AM »
We started watching Veronica Mars - we picked up a couple of seasons during the Thanksgiving Week sales... :)   Good show so far - I've only seen these first two episodes and then I saw half of an episode from a later season.   Heidi's seen more of them which is why we bought it.

Also continued watching Murder She Wrote - half way through season 5 now which is the last one that we currently own.   Consistently good so far.  Yeah - a few "what were they thinking" shows now and then - but always fun to see what guest stars they pulled in and I'd really like to see a family tree to see just how many nieces, nephews, and cousins Jessica Fletcher has.   

I noticed a news bit on Matlock season 1 coming out - I've always wondered what the hold up on that series was (probably due to the series airing on all three 'big' networks and rights/licensing issues due to that - although I don't really know.    I really love Andy Griffith stuff (yeah - I'm cheesy - I don't care.)
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Re: Now watching
« Reply #31 on: January 14, 2008, 11:26:31 AM »
Note to readers of the Hypnos Forum: 

Despite viewing Murder She Wrote and Matlock regularly, JKN is in fact NOT in his seventies.  Just clarifying.
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« Reply #32 on: January 14, 2008, 11:38:13 AM »
Just got a 3-DVD Emmanuelle Beart collection. French movies at their best! The kind of minimalist, yet immensely rich acting that bloody Hollywood has never had. Lauren Hutton in American Gigolo comes close to Ms. Beart's acting. Definitely, not for everyone, but worth the $50.00 I spent.

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« Reply #33 on: January 14, 2008, 11:49:19 AM »
When I first read your message, I thought you were saying you got a 3-DVD "Emanuelle" box-set.  And I was going to say, "Wait a minute, there must be at least 10 Emanuelle movies."  Ah, Skinemax!
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« Reply #34 on: January 14, 2008, 12:00:19 PM »
Just finished watching the Firefly series on DVD.

Hey, we really enjoyed it. I can see why people were dissapointed it was cancelled :'(

I've seen the film, but will have to get it on DVD to complete the set.

Nearly bought Farscape the complete series one - but missed it in the local second hand shop.

Am considering when to start watching all nine series of the X-files again...

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« Reply #35 on: January 14, 2008, 12:07:12 PM »

We just finished the very last episode of Twin Peaks ... fine ending! Was great to see it all again. Yeah, it gets lost for a while (pointless sub-plots) somewhere after the middle, but picks up speed again after.
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« Reply #36 on: January 14, 2008, 12:08:33 PM »
Note to readers of the Hypnos Forum: 

Despite viewing Murder She Wrote and Matlock regularly, JKN is in fact NOT in his seventies.  Just clarifying.

If its not age, then what is wrong with JKN ?

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« Reply #37 on: January 14, 2008, 12:08:46 PM »

We just finished the very last episode of Twin Peaks ... fine ending! Was great to see it all again. Yeah, it gets lost for a while (pointless sub-plots) somewhere after the middle, but picks up speed again after.

Agreed about Twin Peaks.  Season 1 is fantastic, and Season 2 gets lost for a while in the middle, but starts strong and finishes very strong.
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« Reply #38 on: January 14, 2008, 12:29:51 PM »
Note to readers of the Hypnos Forum: 

Despite viewing Murder She Wrote and Matlock regularly, JKN is in fact NOT in his seventies.  Just clarifying.

If its not age, then what is wrong with JKN ?

 ;)

Ummmmmm.... hmmmmm... yeah - ok.   I was born in 1970 - however, yeah - I'm weird.  I know.  :)

My favorite show of all time is the Andy Griffith show - it relaxes me - well, at least the first 5 seasons do.   My wife's favorite relaxing show is Leave It To Beaver (also basically before she was born - yeah - I think it went off the air before her birthday.)  We find shows like Murder She Wrote, Dick Van Dyke, Petticoat Junction, Munsters, etc... all nice relaxing things...

Firefly!   Highly recommended -it's a shame that got dropped before it had a chance to really come into it's own.  Very rich universe they built very quickly - great characters.   
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« Reply #39 on: January 14, 2008, 01:24:15 PM »
We all have our "comfort TV" shows, I guess, at least those of us of the age that grew up sitting in front of the TV constantly.

For me, it's Perry Mason, Gilligan's Island, MASH, The Flintstones, maybe Happy Days.  Some of those shows don't stand up too well, these days.  I still love Perry Mason, though.  It's sort of the corny whodunnit show for people who aren't old enough to watch Murder She Wrote.   
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