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Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Jack Straw, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. muncybob

    muncybob Minister of Fire

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    I watched 1/2 of Hugo last night, the Mrs said she was bored with it so out it came. Lots of good picture detail which I enjoy. Since the wife works tonight I may watch the second half.

    We have been watching the HBO series(on dvd) Boardwalk Empire. Very much for an adult audience. Interesting storyline, lots of corruption and deceit. Looking forward to the next season on dvd.

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  2. Jack Straw

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    Hey.....did anyone see The Hunger Games?
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    Good thread, Jack Straw.:)

    I don't go to theatres anymore because watching movies at home is less expensive and more convenient. A very good Blue
    Ray or standard DVD player, 54" Samsung, and a new Tivo is all I need for enjoying more recent and "Oldies and Goodies" films. I am unable to suggest any recent titles in this genre.

    However, I do have a few very strong recommendations (five of Gamma Ray's popcorn kernals) for a random selection of present and past BBC series shown on PBS here in America. I do not want to hijack this thread with those recommendations.::P
  4. John_M

    John_M Minister of Fire

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    Jack Straw asked: "Does anyone read these signatures?"

    I does.;)
  5. Jack Straw

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    I'd like to hear your recommendations!;)
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    Yup,saw it over the weekend. Good movie and true to the book
  7. John_M

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    Okay, Jack Straw, you asked for it. Here goes: 1) If you haven't yet watched both series of "Downton Abbey" (spelling correct) do so immediately. It is well written and takes place in England approximately during the time of the first world war. The series should be watched in sequence because the first few episodes prepare us for the rest of the story. It is the winner of five or six prime time Emmy awards this year. Some of its characters you will love to love - others you will love to hate. Okay, I'll say it: You have no soul if you do not shed at least one tear during these episodes; 2) Ken Burns' "The Civil War" on PBS has also won numerous awards; 3) "Planet Earth" on PBS is also a beautiful look at the grandeur of our planet; 4) Ken Burns' "The National Parks" on PBS provides a thorough, informative, historical and picturesque look at how our National Parks were created; 5) On PBS, all of Bill Moyers' interviews of current economists, historians, philosophers and others with a balanced view of America today are quite informative and politically neutral.

    6) During the past ten years or so the entire BBC "Cadfael" series on PBS was outstanding. It stars Derek Jacobi as a monastary monk in middle-ages England/Wales. Each episode is a complete story with a beginning and end. Terrific story lines and acting; 7) I cannot say enough positive things about the BBC's "Foyle's War". Michael Kitchen plays a detective superintendent in Hastings, England during the second world war. While the Luftwaffe wrecks havoc on the coastal towns of England DCI Foyle attempts to reign in the criminals and opportunists trying to benefit from the war. Excellent writing and acting; 8) Do not miss the eight part "Horatio Hornblower" series produced by The A&E network. It is based on C.S. Forester's novels of the same name. Horatio Hornblower is a rising star in the British Royal Navy at the outset of the Napoleonic Wars. A terrific action adventure series with many "feel good" scenes at the completion of each episode; 9) Everyone I know who has watched the BBC's "Ballykissangel" series on PBS has enjoyed the humor of the characters and the sexual tension between a parish priest and a local publican during the late 1990's in small town Ireland.

    10) "The Heat of the Sun", a part of the BBC's Mystery series was not very successful in England but received rave reviews on PBS here in America. It stars Trevor Eve and Susannah Harker. He is a Scotland Yard detective who is sent to Nairobi to head up a Criminal Investigation Unit during the early 1900's. Great writing and story lines with much action/adventure; 11) I would be remiss if I didn't mention "Monarch of the Glen" produced by the BBC and broadcast by PBS here in America. The story takes place in Scotland approximately during 2004 through 2007. The first five series are well done and well worth watching (they certainly held my attention) but the story lines seem to fall apart starting in series six. Scenery of the Scottish Highlands is truly magnificent with good story lines, fine acting, a little romance and much sexual tension between the stand-offish Laird (Lord) or Monarch of the estate being pursued by his gorgeous cook and an equally gorgeous village teacher while he tries to save his Glenbogle Estate from the bankers. Very satisfying stuff all around.

    These are the movies/broadcasts which came immediately to mind. All are available on dvd and well worth the cost of entertainment.

    I must add that it is wonderful being able to watch a story unfold without being interrupted by advertisements. All of the above recommendations are advertisement-free except for the sponsor ads before and after the performance. ;)
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    Downton Abbey is on my list at Netflix...hoping I can make a copy to give to my mom. She's really wanting to see it but won't put it on tv thinking my dad won't like it.

    Last night's movie for us was Tower Heist. Some funny moments...good to see Alan Alda acting again, but in the long run it get's only 2 logs out of 5. Plot was too predictable and really corny ending.
  9. ISeeDeadBTUs

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    Toxic Skies last w/e. Conspiracy theory, medical spookies . . . and Anne Heche showing alot of boobage, but no nipples. I can see why DeGeneral liked her.:p

    I didn't fall asleep. But it wasn't great either.
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    "Anne Heche showing alot of boobage, but no nipples."

    Hey, this isn't Mr. Skin:p;lol
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    I had to "Google" that too Jack Straw....
    Just sayin.... crazy1.gif
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    The GF just grabbed the Hunger Games trilogy & after I read em, we may go see it, since we have a couple of free Regal Theater passes from Santa. Of course by the time I get done with 3 books, it'll probably be out on DVD...Watched Galaxy Quest on the CW last nite. That one's always good for a chuckle or 20...
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    +1 on Real Steel - thought going in it would be crap but both my wife and I left feeling pretty good.
  14. ISeeDeadBTUs

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    Looks like when spring/summer hits, most of us don't do the movie thing.

    This weeks a lil different here, so I've been doin one a night.

    Last night was "Tinker,Taylor, Soldier, Sailer" or something like that. I have no idea what was going on. I could tell it was a spy flick, but thats about it. I guess I need to start the movie before 9 because I kept falling asleep.:oops:
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    Wife rented Joyous Noise last night...Waste of $1.28 in my book!
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    We watched "We Bought a Zoo" a couple nights ago. Kinda' weird seeing Jason Bourne in a movie like that.:cool:
    Seemed like typical love story or something until the end. Before rolling the credits, a bit of info was put up about the family still living on the property (the zoo).
    Until that point, I didn't know it was based on a true story. I'm not only out of the loop, I had no idea there even WAS a loop.;lol
    We have "Jack and Jill" too. I made an attempt to watch it, but couldn't get past the first couple minutes. No offense to Adam Sandler afficionados, but this was pretty pitiful. I liked "Spanglish", though.
    I may go back to it when I'm bored........whenever that might be.
    Bev is REALLY into "Game of Thrones". I know it's not a movie, but it's very good.
  17. ISeeDeadBTUs

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    Last night was "the heir apparent largo winch". I'd give it 3-4 out of 5. Some action, moderate plot. Not the usually actor/actresses either, which means you don't always know what to expect.
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    The Avengers: Not a bad movie at all . . . I figured it might be too much tossing in all the characters from the previous movies, but the blend of action and having the characters over come their own flaws and personal issues as well as the bad guys worked . . . along with just enough humor.

    The Muppets (DVD) . . . saw this on DVD the other day . . . pretty much if you've seen one Muppet movie, you've seen them all . . . ending was a bit abrupt, but not a total waste of time.

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