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Day of the Falcon - 2011

There are elements of Lawrence of Arabia and perhaps even Hildalgo in this film.

Low ratings on Rotten Tomatoes but regardless it's an interesting watch. The first act is a little slow but it picks up after that.
People would be better off ignoring Rotten Tomatoes and doing some exploring and thinking on their own.
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People would be better off ignoring Rotten Tomatoes and doing some exploring and thinking on their own.
I strongly agree.
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Being that Eli Roth ("Hostel") is the showrunner it could well have been more gruesome than it is. But Roth doesn't actually like to do gruesome for gruesome's sake.
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Being that Eli Roth ("Hostel") is the showrunner it could well have been more gruesome than it is. But Roth doesn't actually like to do gruesome for gruesome's sake.
They also have Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) doing makeup effects and prosthetics.
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Speaking of gems, House Of Cards earned Netflix 2 million subscribers.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/22/netflix-q1-2013-house-of-cards_n_3134231.html



Ian
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Finished watching Morituri last night, 1965 black and white WWII movie featuring Yul Brynner and Marlon Brando, with great supporting acting from the radiantly gorgeous Janet Margolin and Martin Benrath. I will be watching this one again! It is rich in moral complexity and ambiguity - if you miss a minute of this one you truly missed something. Great cinematography and atmosphere, I'm surprised I had never heard of this movie before.

Admittedly right in my wheelhouse as a WWII history buff, but I would think of interest to anyone who loves exceptional acting and camera work together with drama that shows how the larger forces at work in the world mesh and conflict with personal mores and motivations.
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I've watched the first two episodes of "Hemlock Grove" and enjoyed them. Again, good to see what can happen when you keep network execs from spoiling the soup. The target audience is obviously a little younger than say "House of Cards" but still a very good production.

I can't believe that I watched the entire thing. In the end it just seems so freakin' sad, grotesque and pointless. In this case the critics got it right--I cannot recommend it.

Also Bill Skarsgård, Swedish son of the excellent Stellan Skarsgård (Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, Thor, etc), has the most annoyingly terrible American accent I've ever heard. It's like he's not even trying. (His brother Alexander, who plays Eric Northman in True Blood, gets his character's southern drawl pitch perfect). It's difficult to believe that they kept him on in a major role given that he couldn't get that much right.
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Speaking of gems, House Of Cards earned Netflix 2 million subscribers.
Ian

I loved the BBC miniseries from the 80's. Is this newer production related?
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Similar premise. The BBC version was much better and is still on Netflix.
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Sort of like the British vrs American "Office", I suppose.

I've seen the old House of Cards too many times to make another run at it. But I think I will take a look at new version because I like Kevin Spacey.
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Similar premise. The BBC version was much better and is still on Netflix.


That's debatable. Both have their theatrical merits. This version takes a stab at American political corruption, which I personally find a bit more enticing. I once worked on a congressional campaign.



Ian
Edited by mailiang - 4/23/13 at 9:33pm
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That's debatable. Both have their theatrical merits. This version takes a stab at American political corruption, which I personally find a bit more enticing. I once worked on a congressional campaign.



Ian

Of course it's debatable; we're just offering our personal opinions. I found Ian Richardson in the lead role was much more entertaining to watch than Kevin Spacey. I also thought the writing in the BBC miniseries was tighter and more sarcastic.
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I can't believe that I watched the entire thing. In the end it just seems so freakin' sad, grotesque and pointless. In this case the critics got it right--I cannot recommend it.

Also Bill Skarsgård, Swedish son of the excellent Stellan Skarsgård (Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, Thor, etc), has the most annoyingly terrible American accent I've ever heard. It's like he's not even trying. (His brother Alexander, who plays Eric Northman in True Blood, gets his character's southern drawl pitch perfect). It's difficult to believe that they kept him on in a major role given that he couldn't get that much right.
Perhaps because Famke is doing an accent like she attended a British finishing school or not doing an accent at all since she grew up in the Europe? That might be the poetic license for Bill's accent. The character would have been influenced by that accent.
post #2354 of 3052
BBC show Copper is up now. Felt like Deadwood a little bit.
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Perhaps because Famke is doing an accent like she attended a British finishing school or not doing an accent at all since she grew up in the Europe? That might be the poetic license for Bill's accent. The character would have been influenced by that accent.

It might, but the accent isn't even vaguely British. I've met American born children of Brits who could turn their British parent's accent on and off at will. I remember one little boy who'd try to translate American idiom for his mother (going from his midwestern US accent to his mother's to do it), to which she'd reply, "Yes, I know, Tristan--I've lived here longer than you" biggrin.gif.
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That's debatable. Both have their theatrical merits. This version takes a stab at American political corruption, which I personally find a bit more enticing. I once worked on a congressional campaign.
Ian

What is somebody named "Ian" doing inside a congressional campaign? Does homeland security have you marked as a foreign national? I suspect you are dissing the British versions to maintain your cover.
post #2357 of 3052
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Of course it's debatable; we're just offering our personal opinions. I found Ian Richardson in the lead role was much more entertaining to watch than Kevin Spacey. I also thought the writing in the BBC miniseries was tighter and more sarcastic.


I guess I'm a bigger fan of Spacey's. Must come from the days when I studied the method with William Esper. biggrin.gif

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What is somebody named "Ian" doing inside a congressional campaign? Does homeland security have you marked as a foreign national? I suspect you are dissing the British versions to maintain your cover.



Shhhh....don't tell anyone! biggrin.gif



Ian
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Evening All

I just finished the Awake 13 episode season 1 (the only one according to what I read).

Anyways, I enjoyed it and would recommend it, if you like the first episode you'll like the series.

If this has been mentioned before, sorry.

Enjoy

AFM
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Evening All

I just finished the Awake 13 episode season 1 (the only one according to what I read).

Anyways, I enjoyed it and would recommend it, if you like the first episode you'll like the series.

If this has been mentioned before, sorry.

I mentioned it a few weeks ago, back here, but additional recommendations don't hurt smile.gif. (If you want to check whether something's been discussed, just click "Search this thread") at the top or bottom of the page).

Though it was cancelled after 13 episodes it ended in a decent spot, tying up the current subplots (it seems to have been a mid-season replacement, which began airing in March last year). Well worth a watch.
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I recommend Top of the Lake. A mini series (7 episodes) from director Jane Campion (the Piano)., starring Elizabeth Moss (Peggy in Mad Mem). it just aired on the Sundance channel. It's like a much better version of The Killing, set in New Zealand. Maybe too offbeat for some, but well worth checking out.
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I recommend Top of the Lake.
Is that available on Netflix WI somewhere else? It isn't available for streaming in the US.
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I finished Hemlock Grove yesterday. The first two and last two episodes were pretty good. The rest of it seemed very slow to me. I had a hard time staying awake for it.
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I recommend Top of the Lake. A mini series (7 episodes) from director Jane Campion (the Piano)., starring Elizabeth Moss (Peggy in Mad Mem). it just aired on the Sundance channel. It's like a much better version of The Killing, set in New Zealand. Maybe too offbeat for some, but well worth checking out.
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Is that available on Netflix WI somewhere else? It isn't available for streaming in the US.

It is available on Netflix WI in the US. I just checked, and discovered that my wife had already watched the first episode.
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It is available on Netflix WI in the US. I just checked, and discovered that my wife had already watched the first episode.
Yes, you are right. My mistake. Sorry about that.
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'Call the Midwife' is a very good BBC series, set in the 1950's in England. It is getting viewing numbers right up there with Downton Abbey. I watched the first 3 episodes consecutively and it is very good. Season #2 is currently playing on PBS. I would definitely recommend it.
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A couple of +1s (I guess it's a +2) for earlier mentions of Safety Not Guaranteed and Giant Mechanical Man.
I'm a big fan of indies and these fit the bill nicely (and I guess I must like NBC sitcom actors).

Regardless, I found them to be wonderful little movies.


Mitch
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A couple of +1s (I guess it's a +2) for earlier mentions of Safety Not Guaranteed and Giant Mechanical Man.
I'm a big fan of indies and these fit the bill nicely (and I guess I must like NBC sitcom actors).

Regardless, I found them to be wonderful little movies.


Mitch

havent seen mechanical man yet, but agree safety not guaranteed is a pretty good flick!
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Lay The Favorite. Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vince Vaughn, oh and that guy from Fringe. biggrin.gif



Ian

just watched this... really Great flick!!
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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
: if you're a fan of the video games and/or books it's a must watch. A decent job, fun to watch.
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