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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:57 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Waterstones book of the year :

https://www.waterstones.com/book-awards/waterstones-book-of-the-year

My cousin; I knew she wrote, however I wasn't aware that she was that good.
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Watching Green Wing at the moment, which I was aware of when it aired but didn't watch.  Bizarre, and hilarious.


That was one of the funniest things we saw for a long time.
It has a lot of the casts of Black Books/Spaced in it too.


Green Wing was excellent. Loved it.
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Watching Green Wing at the moment, which I was aware of when it aired but didn't watch.  Bizarre, and hilarious.


That was one of the funniest things we saw for a long time.
It has a lot of the casts of Black Books/Spaced in it too.


Green Wing was excellent. Loved it.


+1 There's some great acting in Green Wing and not just by one or two of the cast but pretty much across the board, it's very underrated. Bit like Black Books in that respect too.
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Going to see the Fratellis at the O2 Academy tonight. Looking forward to it.
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Watching Green Wing at the moment, which I was aware of when it aired but didn't watch.  Bizarre, and hilarious.


That was one of the funniest things we saw for a long time.
It has a lot of the casts of Black Books/Spaced in it too.


Green Wing was excellent. Loved it.


+1 There's some great acting in Green Wing and not just by one or two of the cast but pretty much across the board, it's very underrated. Bit like Black Books in that respect too.


Agreed, but then anything with Sarah Alexander in the cast is likely to get my seal of approval...
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Anthropoid - Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dorman as Czech resistance in WWII, plotting the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich. Good thriller, beautifully shot in Prague (somehow avoiding the stag parties and easyJetting Scousers)
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Going to see the Fratellis at the O2 Academy tonight. Looking forward to it.


Just realised, I meant to put this in Music!  
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We watched the first 2 instalments of the batman Dark Knight Trilogy over the weekend.

I'm not a huge fan of superhero movies but thought they were ok, except what the hell voice was being used for the character when in costume. It actually put me off quite a lot.
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Rogue 1. Brilliant.
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Just watched Chernobyl's Mega Tomb on BBC4. It was interesting whilst also being rather scary to think of the consequences had they not got it right or indeed not managed to get it on in time before the original Sarcophagus structure (built quickly in 1986 and therefore with no time for it to be bolted together or have any meaningful foundations) had collapsed. Just advertising the programme as having the largest structure ever moved across land sold it to me!
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Rogue 1. Brilliant.


I'll second that and it was also better than the latest other Star Wars film from this time last year (can't remember the name), which I felt was OK but a bit average and I felt had been watched by many through Star Wars tinted specs!

My only criticism with Rougue One was the darkness of how it was shot, in some places I struggled to see what was going on, on the screen.
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Watched a film called Eagle Eye, which RT had as a four star thriller.  Bollocks was it.  The start was reasonably promising, but from fifteen minutes in you'd need to be lobotomised, a baboon, or probably both to conclude it was anything other than laughably 'plotted'.  

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I quite liked it. It's one of those films that is midlesss entertainment and doesn't require a lot of energy in thinking.
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Watching Shooter on Netflix. Yet another series based on a film, so the story has been strretchhhhed muchly, but it's been pretty good so far. Only thing I don't like much is the guy who plays the main character. Sometimes we just don't like an actor and this is one of those times for me...
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I quite liked it. It's one of those films that is midlesss entertainment and doesn't require a lot of energy in thinking.


I'm not retrospectively calling you a lobotomised baboon, just so we're clear!
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Hunting Hitler's Nukes - Damien Lewis.
The true story of the Heroes of Telemark (and a couple of linked raids). Those guys had balls to put a fucking elephant to shame. 'Bravery' doesn't even begin to do them justice.
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Watched a few films today (herself was out!). First was called Hunt For The Wilderpeople, a NZ comedy. Very good, love the way they talk. Second was Automata, a cross between Blade Runner and I Robot, not bad apart from I must've missed where it was explained how the robots became self aware. Third was Hell Or High Water. Very good indeed and recommended if you like a good cops and robbers flick.
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Hell or High Water was one of favourite films of last year. Nothing particularly clever or original, but very well done.
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Watched a few films today (herself was out!). First was called Hunt For The Wilderpeople, a NZ comedy. Very good, love the way they talk.


Watched it last night - fantastic, isn't it?  The director plays the minister in the service, apparently.
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Loved it. Can't remember Sam Neill doing much comedy before. Have you seen What We Do In The Shadows? Apparently there will be a sequel about the werewolves at some point...
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Fundamentals Of Caring on Netflix. Really funny.
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Loved it. Can't remember Sam Neill doing much comedy before. Have you seen What We Do In The Shadows? Apparently there will be a sequel about the werewolves at some point...


Not yet, but I ordered it this morning.  One of the Conchords, isn't it?
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Just watched Threads - 1980s drama about the aftermath of a nuclear attack on the UK. Not conducive to sleeping well afterwards ...
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Loved it. Can't remember Sam Neill doing much comedy before. Have you seen What We Do In The Shadows? Apparently there will be a sequel about the werewolves at some point...


Not yet, but I ordered it this morning.  One of the Conchords, isn't it?


Jemaine, yes. The reviews on Amazon are quite divisive, some loved it, some hated it. I was probably in the middle. It made me laugh a fair bit, so I couldn't give it a one star review, but I wasn't left thinking how good it was at the end either. It was co-directed by Clement and the vicar whose name I can't be bothered to look up how to spell properly and both star in the film.
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Just watched Threads - 1980s drama about the aftermath of a nuclear attack on the UK. Not conducive to sleeping well afterwards ...


We watched that towards the end of last year. I believe it deeply troubled several of Mrs 12th's school friends at the time - nightmares etc.  It's pretty unrelenting and grim.
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Well, it is set in Sheffield!
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I remember watching the start of that with my parents when it first aired and then deciding I would go and do something else, heading off to my bedroom and then us suffering a very brief - 5 seconds or so - power cut.
I got a hell of a fright  
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I heard a very funny story on the radio the other night where a guy who was working in advertising in the 70s was talking about how the book The Exorcist gripped everyone's imagination at the time and one of his colleagues got seriously freaked out reading it and decided he really didn't want it in the house anymore, the whole thing was evil, so he took it down to the local pier and chucked it into the sea.

The guy on the radio relating the story said he gave it 24 hours and then he bought another copy, ran it under the garden hose, and put it in this guy's desk drawer....
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Now that's evil!
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Bought a fillum called Captain Fantastic today. Irritatingly, all the supermarkets haven't bothered stocking it on BD, so I had to buy it on DVD, which I've not done for a while now...

Had an hour or so before leaving for work tonight so I watched Requiem for the American Dream on Netflix. Very interesting documentary about how the rich and powerful in the US keep the ordinary man in his place using legislation and taxes. Same probably goes for most other democratic countries, I guess...
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Filth, the Irvine Welsh adaptation with James McAvoy.  Not as good as Trainspotting, but very interesting.
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Filth, the Irvine Welsh adaptation with James McAvoy.  Not as good as Trainspotting, but very interesting.


We watched that recently.
It was ok but afterwards I wondered what the point of the film is really.
Perhaps there's some deep, meaningful message in there that I've missed.

I recently bought Series 1 of The Sopranos.
It seems that unlike the majority of the population we managed not to see it when it was on.
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I've ordered the book.  But it seems to me fairly clear-cut in that he's had a breakdown post-separation/divorce, and ain't taking his meds. Also tortured by the childhood event recounted to his doctor.  He's not quite the monster he behaves as, but it's all too late.
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I thought the end signified an inability to accept his demotion as well?
Perhaps tipping him over the edge.
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I'm sure you're right, although as promotion was supposed to bring his Mrs back, who knows what demotion signified for him.  Nowt good.
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I'm sure you're right, although as promotion was supposed to bring his Mrs back, who knows what demotion signified for him.  Nowt good.


In the book there's a lot of dialogue from his tapeworm which adds a different dimension to it. I had the book when I was at uni but haven't a clue where it is now so it must have been a good ten years since I read it, same with Porno (am I right that Trainspotting 2 is the same story - I guess it wouldn't be allowed in cinemas with the former title!). I don't think the wife would find space for either on our bookshelves amongst all the degree level physics books.
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Loved it. Can't remember Sam Neill doing much comedy before. Have you seen What We Do In The Shadows? Apparently there will be a sequel about the werewolves at some point...


Watched it last night - really enjoyed it.  Looks like the sequel is going to be called We're Wolves!  Had Eagle vs Shark, another of his, drop through the letterbox this morning.
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An empty. artsy satire on the world of high fashion called Neon Demon.  

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+1
I bought it between Christmas and new year, based on how much I liked Drive and binary reviews; it was either loved or hated. I fell firmly into the hated it camp, my guess is that those who loved it would argue the vacuous nature of the film is a reflection of the fashion world it is reflecting. To which I'd call bulllshit, this is just a bad film that film hipsters will have on their shelf whilst secretly hating it too.
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The great Gilly Hopkins - I thought this was good.

This I thought was just perfect...



If you're waiting for "Men in vests die difficultly again 24" then it's not for you but give it a chance and it's bloody brilliant and it goes straight in to my little list of best evers.
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I bought it between Christmas and new year, based on how much I liked Drive and binary reviews; it was either loved or hated. I fell firmly into the hated it camp, my guess is that those who loved it would argue the vacuous nature of the film is a reflection of the fashion world it is reflecting. To which I'd call bulllshit, this is just a bad film that film hipsters will have on their shelf whilst secretly hating it too.


It can't be as bad as Only God Forgives. Can it?
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Low budget and largely (and undeservedly) ignored black comedy, screenplay by John Hodge (Shallow Grave, both Trainspottings, Filth).



Going to see T2 this afternoon.
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I'd expected to enjoy T2, but perhaps find it just a little bit of a let down because of unrealistic hopes/expectations.  But I absolutely loved it.
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I'd expected to enjoy T2, but perhaps find it just a little bit of a let down because of unrealistic hopes/expectations.  But I absolutely loved it.


Yep we loved it too, it is a good follow up to see where everyone is in their lives, I absolutely love Spud, Ewen Bremner is brilliant.

The only issue for me is I think the film will have extremely limited appeal and is unlikely to be a huge hit; only people from a certain age will watch it as they remember the first one and I can't imagine it will be popular in America.
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I'm not so sure.  13th is taking his girlfriend tomorrow (the old romantic) and I was talking to our niece's 22yo boyfriend at a party on Saturday and he'd been on the opening day.

Reviews seem to have been a bit less enthusiastic than I thought they had been.  Critics?  What do they know...
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Tim
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a few friends round on Saturday and when the talk turned to T2 I got confused as I was thinking of something starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.....
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Humphrey The Pug
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone told me that "T2" hadn't been copyrighted for Terminator 2 Judgement Day (my favourite film by the way), however it had been copyrighted for Trainspotting 2.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watched the re-make of The Magnificent Seven at the weekend. It was OK but not a patch on the original, and quite frankly the accuracy that they were trying to convince you these guys could shoot was beyond ridiculous.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

watched la la land,was ok ..actress was very good,but lead guy couldnt sing.

also the dreadful  passengers,what a waste of time that was.

also c working through some  box sets...
                     drifters ,very funny
                     Mr robot ...intriguing
                     The crown ...very good

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