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#144469 - 03/27/10 08:56 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Ardy]
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Originally Posted By: Ardy
Pryor also did a routine about his heart attack. Not standard fare for a stand up comedey routine. Very funny.


Occasionally I watch the one about him setting himself on fire. Makes me laugh every time. Also unusual material for comedy.
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#144861 - 03/30/10 10:46 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: humphreysmar]
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Next up in my queue is "Look Both Ways". I suspect I added from something that was written here.
If so and if that person sees this, can you refresh me?
I only get two a month right now due to time restraints and the reviews on this are so extreme, all or nothing. Fabulous, horrible.

I think I'll kick it down a notch and wait a bit for a reply here.
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#145808 - 04/07/10 11:41 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Ardy]
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Okay, this time I'm asking for a review.

Not too long ago there were a lot of web ads for a Discovery series called "Life," narrated by Oprah Winfrey. While waiting for that to come out on DVD I thought I'd watch "Earth," which is, I think, part BBC, part Discovery (I could be wrong), distributed by Disney.

I watched the first half of it tonight, and had to shut it off. I never imagined James Earl Jones could sound coy. This thing was cliches and anthropomorphism from top to bottom. Dramatic strings, emotional manipulation --- ugh.

So I'm wondering, for those of you who've seen "Life," how does it measure up? Does it refer to "father" bears who have no involvment with the cubs whatsoever? Caribou babies chased down by the big bad (and beautiful white) wolf? References to bird mating behavior as "cleaning up the place before the girlfriend arrives?"

Yuck. I can't express strongly enough, how bad a taste this left in my mouth. And I don't want to waste time on the "Life" series if it's just as bad.
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#149100 - 05/06/10 01:42 AM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Mellowicious]
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Oh. My. God.

I decided, given Ms. Redgrave's death this week, to "Georgy Girl."

This movie came out when I was far too young to see it, and for some reason, probably the bouncy theme music, I thought it was a comedy.

I should know by now not to watch movies with central characters who are young women in the '60s. And no wonder Auntie Mame was such a relief.

Any woman who says "I'm not a feminist but..." should have to sit down and watch this thing. A straitjacket offered women more freedom than the roles in this movie.

shudder
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#150267 - 05/15/10 03:13 AM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Mellowicious]
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Whoever recommended the BBC tv series "Waiting for God". Thank you!
Absolutely delightful.
I want to be like Diana!
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#151845 - 05/30/10 03:07 AM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: olyve]
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I will generally watch any movie with Patricia Clarkson in it. Her roles are not always large but she clearly selects her scripts with care. Tonight I watched "Phoebe in Wonderland." The movie is about a 10-year-old girl (Clarkson plays her teacher).

I'll let Netflix describe it; for once they're not far off:
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Whether at home or at school, 9-year-old Phoebe (Elle Fanning) always seems to get in trouble for breaking the rules. When her drama teacher (Patricia Clarkson) casts her in a production of "Alice in Wonderland," Phoebe begins to receive personal advice from the play's characters. Felicity Huffman, Bill Pullman and Campbell Scott also star in this fantastical tale about inspiration and overcoming adversity.


I don't think it's so much about inspiration and overcoming adversity as it is about recognizing and reconciling one's personal reality with the rest of the world - but that's just me.

Fanning sometimes reminded me of a young Jodie Foster, which is high praise considering I don' much like child actors.

It is disturbing at times but that's usually true of movies with psychological drama.

Worth a try if you're into that kind of thing - or if you found yourself getting heated on either side of a children-and-discipline discussion grin.
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#151895 - 05/30/10 04:02 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Mellowicious]
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Phoebe and God both now on my list.
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#151897 - 05/30/10 04:09 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: humphreysmar]
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Oh, Olyve - she's in another one! Diana, I mean. She's in a series called "Doc Martin," which is not quite as good as "Waiting." She has a smaller role, and is perhaps younger, definitely heavier - she plays a farm woman - and in the last episode I watched she was having it off with a young man on the kitchen table!

"Doc Martin" is about a London surgeon who develops a strong phobia about blood. He relocates to a small village in Cornwall and becomes the local GP. However, he is, well, borderline Asperger's - fine for a surgeon, not so much for a GP. I'm enjoying it.
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#151908 - 05/30/10 06:25 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Mellowicious]
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Originally Posted By: Mellowicious
... she was having it off with a young man on the kitchen table!.


Please, please! Tell me it was better than The Bridges of Madison County--even if they do have similar scenes.


Edited by humphreysmar (05/30/10 06:26 PM)
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#151910 - 05/30/10 06:40 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: humphreysmar]
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Well, it was BBC tv so it was quite brief - only long enough to let you know what was happening. The doctor, who is the nephew of the character played by Stephanie Cole (who also played Diana in WFG) walks in without knocking - it's a VERY brief scene.

Olyve, if you look here, you'll see the character I've been talking about.

WFG was 90-94; Doc Martin began in 2004 and is still running - unusually long for a bbc series.


Edited by Mellowicious (05/30/10 06:40 PM)
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