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Old 07-04-2014, 04:18 PM   #1606
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Being unemployed has afforded me more time than I care to have watching Netflix:

--The 4400
--Knight Rider
--Original Twilight Zone
--Orange Is the New Black
--The Art of Rap
--Forgotten Planet
--Wilfred
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Old 07-05-2014, 12:30 PM   #1607
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We watched Super 8 last night and it was pretty good, except...
the mm, 7, was SO FREAKED out by the zombie in the kid's film she was crying inconsolably and insisted we leave the house. We went out for a walk and she was running from the place like it was on fire with hungry wolves being held back by the flimsiest of leashes. After a long walk she still didn't want to go home but I finally convinced her. We watched Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium in hopes of displacing the 5 seconds of zombie. Sort of worked but she had to sleep in my bed and before she fell asleep she asked if her brother was going to be safe, all alone, in his room.

Holy crap. It was the cheesiest zombie ever and she's seen MIB a few times, tons of other crap much worse, but the zombie really scared her. Maybe because it was a kid zombie.

Anyway F- for dad's parenting skilz this weekend.
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Old 07-05-2014, 03:47 PM   #1608
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Watched several episodes of "A Young Doctor's Notebook" starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm the other evening.

Different.

I wonder if Netflix has it?





ETA: It appears that I watched the four episodes that constitute Season 1. Netflix has those, I recommend them. There is a Season 2, that Netflix does not have.
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Old 07-05-2014, 03:57 PM   #1609
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Anyway F- for dad's parenting skilz this weekend.
Nah. She went back in the house, din't she? She went to sleep, din't she? She was even still worried about Bro, wan't she?

C- at the worst.
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Old 07-05-2014, 11:53 PM   #1610
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Don Jon, RFN. Will report later.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:05 PM   #1611
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RE-watched
Grouchy Tiger, Livid Dragon still great
Liar Liar - I forgot how funny What's his name can be. I think he's Mr. Cranky Pants lately, though.

Grand Budapest Hotel - Terrific
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:50 PM   #1612
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Don Jon, RFN. Will report later.
Don Jon was good, exceeding my modest expectations. While there's plenty of porn in it, all of it is just out of direct view. It figures prominently in the story arc, so it's not just gratuitous skin. I winced at several scenes, but that's just my own PTSD talking. Recommended.

Also watched:
The Enemy. We rented this from Redbox and after watching it, I seriously considered returning the disc to the garbage as a public service. Avoid with extreme prejudice, despite Jake Gyllenhaal's star billing.

Angel's Share. Awesome movie. Lighthearted caper set in Glasgow and Edinburgh about some young people in a community payback program. The title suggests the Scotch at the center the caper. Highly recommended! Best movie of the weekend. BTW, this was streamed via Netflix; though it is presented in English, the built in subtitles were indispensable. I *love* listening to the dialog with those accents, but without the subtitles I could only get a portion of was said. Delicious.

In The Loop. Political farce where a surprise foreign policy question asked of a minister of public health sets alight a fuse to a powder keg of conflict. Watching the Hawks and Doves and headless chickens swoop and strut around the sparking, smoking trail of misinformation incompetence provides ample opportunity for plenty of self satisfying schadenfreude.

Jack Ryan, Shadow Recruit. Entertaining, somewhat predictable. Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh and young Captain Kirk are all fun to watch.

The Sightseers. This was on Twil's list, and available to stream, so we queued it up. WTF. Pretty weird. Kind of like Hot Fuzz, superficially normal, but only superficially. I liked it.

Lovelace. Netflix. I don't know much about Linda Lovelace, except about her place in the history of pornogaphy (and I haven't seen her film), so I can't comment on the fidelity to the facts this biography represents. It is nevertheless an interesting and sad portrayal of an interesting and strong woman. Recommended.
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:03 PM   #1613
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Liar Liar - I forgot how funny What's his name can be. I think he's Mr. Cranky Pants lately, though.
I used to think he was the greatest comic actor ever...

...and then he started trying to tell me how I should think (about guns).

I change the channel as soon as I see him now.

Lately, I think he's Mr. Oh Him, Fuck Him, We Ain't Hiring Him.
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Old 07-08-2014, 03:07 PM   #1614
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In The Loop. Political farce where a surprise foreign policy question asked of a minister of public health sets alight a fuse to a powder keg of conflict. Watching the Hawks and Doves and headless chickens swoop and strut around the sparking, smoking trail of misinformation incompetence provides ample opportunity for plenty of self satisfying schadenfreude.
You know that's taken from a TV series (The Thick of It)? And the actor who plays Malcolm Tucker is now the Doctor.

The tv series is a little sharper than the movie - more room to manouevre on a tv series. For the movie there was more of an effort to make it accessible for non-brits - if you want to know how politics actually works in the UK, watch the tv show :P

From the last series and the fall of Tucker as he gives evidence to an inquiry into press leaks - audio only but it's a truly brilliant speech:



Btw the creator of Thick of It (Armando Iannucci) is the creator of Veep.
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:23 PM   #1615
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My son loves Top Gear UK, so I wind up watching a lot of it with him by default.
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:10 PM   #1616
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I used to think he was the greatest comic actor ever...

...and then he started trying to tell me how I should think (about guns).

I change the channel as soon as I see him now.

Lately, I think he's Mr. Oh Him, Fuck Him, We Ain't Hiring Him.
I can't remember when I lost the love, but I feel the same way now. What is his position on guns? Dare I ask?
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:11 PM   #1617
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He don't like them, and, he don't think you should either.

He made a 'music video' making fun of Charlton Heston's 'From My Cold, Dead Hands' speech, that's when he lost me.

That's sacrilege, man.
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:46 PM   #1618
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So - it's ok for an actor to tell everybody what they should think about guns as long as they're pro-guns, but not if they're anti?
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:55 PM   #1619
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I strongly support the 2nd Amendment, but fuck Charlton Heston...he helped set the stage for the current gun lunacy in this country.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:56 PM   #1620
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So - it's ok for an actor to tell everybody what they should think about guns as long as they're pro-guns, but not if they're anti?
Heh Heh Heh. You catch on quick.

I'm really on the fence re: any actor spouting their moral and philosophical opinions. Often, even when I'm in agreement with them

How is it that being an actor suddenly adds weight to a person's opinion? Does it work in both directions? Should pundits show up on sets and start telling people how to act? I think it all goes back to Reagan and Thatcher and deregulation. Anybody can do anything.

OH and I watched K-19 the other night and it was pretty fecal.
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