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hutch0
Date: 2008-05-11 23:41
Subject: the lost room
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Location:the utility room in the sky
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I've been making a concerted effort, these past few days, to make inroads on the six-foot-tall-stack of DVDs that I haven't watched, and the first fruits of these inroads has been The Lost Room.
I liked this a lot. It has a brilliant premise. Sometime in 1961 an Event (which is never explained, and I really liked that) happened in Room 10 of the Sunrise Motel in Gallup, Texas. The Event altered all the objects which were in the room at the time, bestowing strange powers on them, some of them more or less useless (there's a radio that, when tuned to a certain frequency, makes you three inches taller, and a wristwatch which will hard-boil an egg) and some which have epochal properties, such as the key to Room 10, which opens all doors, and the glass eye, which has the power to heal or destroy all flesh.
In the intervening years, several subcultures have grown up devoted to collecting The Objects, either to destroy them or to gather them together in the belief that they will reveal the will of God, or even be God.
Peter Krause (who plays a homicide detective) loses his daughter in Room 10, and sets out on a quest to rescue her which brings him into conflict and then alliance with Kevin Pollak, who plays an Object Collector with a perfectly understandable agenda.
It's smartly written, very funny in places, and very well acted. And although Peter Krause is very very good, I kept thinking that this was a perfect part for Nathan Fillion. He'd have been brilliant in this role.
But yes, much recommended. A little gem. See this, if you get the chance.
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RealThog: morgan brighteyes
User: realthog
Date: 2008-05-12 00:07 (UTC)
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Keyword:morgan brighteyes

Okay, I've added it to my Netflix queue . . .
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-13 00:14 (UTC)
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I hope neither of you is disappointed.
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Kat: I brot you a flower
User: artykat
Date: 2008-05-12 23:38 (UTC)
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Keyword:I brot you a flower
EXCELLENT! I've seen this on TV, in episodes. it was so good. Very quirky and unusual. I didn't know that it was a movie. We didn't get to see the official end yet as the series isn't over. I think I need to see the movie, to see the ending! How long is it?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-13 00:14 (UTC)
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It isn't actually a movie. As I understand it, it aired on US television in three two-hour episodes. However, the British DVD release has been unevenly separated into six episodes, which is very annoying.
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Kat: I brot you a flower
User: artykat
Date: 2008-05-13 02:35 (UTC)
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Keyword:I brot you a flower
yes, I went to Netflix and read about it a bit, and realized that it was the series that we saw. The ending was rather open-ended, don't you think? I was completely captured by it though. Cool that you have seen it.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-13 21:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're right about it being open-ended. I presume the makers were hoping there would be a sequel. I'm being cagey here because I don't want to spoil it for Thog and Selkie.
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Kat: thinking
User: artykat
Date: 2008-05-14 17:50 (UTC)
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Keyword:thinking
I understand. I don't want to spoil it either. I can't remember much, except what you said... and feeling that it was possible that they would make more episodes, which I would dearly love.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-15 21:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's more than possible. As I said, I think they were setting themselves up for at least one of the Season Two storylines. Myself, I can live with that; I like the idea of loose ends, of stories going on beyond the end of a series, because life's like that.
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Kat: Maxfield Parrish
User: artykat
Date: 2008-05-15 22:57 (UTC)
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Keyword:Maxfield Parrish
You're absolutely right, life IS like that. Sometimes I like that, and sometimes I just want some plain ol' resolution because life is sometimes so unresolved. But I look forward to any more episodes that they would produce. This series made a real impact on my imagination.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-16 22:47 (UTC)
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I think everyone looks for resolution, which is why open endings in fiction seem to annoy people so much. Maybe we look for fiction to offer us the closure life doesn't, I don't know. But, like you, I enjoyed the series very much, and I would certainly stump up the price of the box-set of a second season. Although, as the series came out in 2006, the prospects of a sequel would seem to be receding.
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Kat: I brot you a flower
User: artykat
Date: 2008-05-20 18:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:I brot you a flower
You are so right. And I, too, am afraid that the prospects for a sequel are fading...
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rou_killingtime
User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2008-05-16 01:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Lost Room was some of the best TV I'd seen in years. Superb stuff. I really want one of those combs.

PS. I agree that Nathan Fillion would have also been a good casting choice for the lead role. (Still sad about the untimely demise of Firefly).
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-16 22:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd never heard of it until I saw a very brief review of the DVD release, and then I saw the `vault' episode on Polish television - dubbed into Polish. I thought the idea behind it was brilliant, truly original, and it was carried off with just the right degree of drama and humour. I couldn't handle the comb - too much puking involved - but I quite fancy the glasses that halt combustion. Although the key would be the one to have, wouldn't it?
I'm kind of resigned to what happened to Firefly now, although I was spitting feathers about what Fox did to it for a very long time.
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rou_killingtime
User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2008-05-17 01:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ahh, I'd actually forgotten about the comb's emetic effects. I think it may be connected to my good fortune in being blessed with a 'cast iron' stomach. I haven't vomited in over 20 years, even when I've drunk to excess, been afflicted with a norovirus infection, or suffered from food poisoning. I just naturally assume that things that make most people puke will do no more than make me feel slightly queasy. Lucky me, eh? :)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-19 22:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Much, much too much information...
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Kat: thinking
User: artykat
Date: 2008-05-20 18:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:thinking
I forgot, what were the comb's properties?
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rou_killingtime
User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2008-05-20 21:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The comb could stop time for ten seconds, leaving only the comb's holder free to move.
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