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hutch0
Date: 2007-03-24 00:28
Subject: this week I have been mostly watching...
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One of the builders shoulder-charged our television aerial in the course of his duties, and though he put it back more or less the way it was we lost about eighty percent of our analogue signal and about two-thirds of our digital reception, so I've been using the lack of mind-numbing channels to catch up on my DVD viewing and I'd like to commend to you the following:

The Prestige. I can't recommend this film highly enough. Chris Priest's novel is one of the great novels of the last twenty years, and the film is a wonderful act of adaptation. I knew how the trick was done already, so to speak, and I still felt completely satisfied. A marvellous thing. Why aren't more movies like this?

Primer. Probably made for less than they paid David Bowie for his cameo in The Prestige, a time travel story built around a rigorous set of recursions that you only gradually realise lead back beyond the beginning of the film and out beyond its end. I had to watch it a number of times and I'm still not sure I have it straight in my head. A marvellous act of imagination and film making.

The Host. Utterly demented Korean horror/satire. Very very funny and with one of the best monsters I've seen in a long time.

Avalon. So far as I'm aware, this is the only live-action feature made by Mamoru Oshii, director of Ghost In The Shell. It was filmed in Poland, in Polish, with Polish actors, which must have made for an interesting shoot, and it stars Malgorzata Foremniak, probably the world's most beautiful woman after Bogna. It also has one of the best depictions of virtual reality I've seen in a feature film, and a song that I literally can't get out of my head.

I also want to commend to anyone who's listening the BBC's Life On Mars. I don't know whether anyone who didn't grow up in the North of England in the 1970s would find this as funny and affecting as I do, but it's definitely worth a look.
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SJ
User: hundakleptisis
Date: 2007-03-24 01:05 (UTC)
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*sigh* you know BBC America really doesn't have the good stuff on. I can only watch "Are You Being Served" and "Fawlty Towers" so many times...

S.J. <-- pangs of homesickness.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-03-24 23:08 (UTC)
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Hi, SJ

In my experience, there is no limit to the number of times one can watch Fawlty Towers. Are You Being Served on the other hand...
Did you hear that John Inman died?
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SJ
User: hundakleptisis
Date: 2007-03-24 23:20 (UTC)
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Yeah saw the news. Unfortunately all the good ones are going, John Inman, Doug Adams...

They'll be nothing and no one left in England by the time I get back to visit LOL

Didn't we lose one of the Monty Python guys recently too, Eric Idle, Peter Cook?

Geesh lol this is making me feel old.

:)
S.J.

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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-03-24 23:47 (UTC)
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Last time I checked all the surviving Pythons were still present and correct. Unless you know something I don't...
When are you coming over?
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SJ
User: hundakleptisis
Date: 2007-03-25 00:36 (UTC)
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Ah I'm thinking Peter Cook, He wasn't one of the monty python guys... Just similar humor :)

Should be coming over May or June time once I can get the passport endorsed and I can travel. Need to pay last respects to my mother and scatter her ashes and take a look to see how they've messed up good old England while I've been away :)

S.J.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-03-25 21:19 (UTC)
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We've tried to keep the place tidy for you, at any rate...
Let me know when you're coming over; maybe we can meet up.
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SJ
User: hundakleptisis
Date: 2007-03-25 21:42 (UTC)
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That would be cool, Yea, I know Teri would have loved to meet you.

S.J.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-03-26 21:20 (UTC)
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Good; that's a date then. Let me know. Yes, I wish I could have met Teri.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2007-03-24 02:11 (UTC)
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Au contraire, hundakleptisis. BBC American ran the first full season of LIFE ON MARS in 2006. Don't know if they plan to resume it yet, but they did bring back HEX.
I felt, as I often do when watching British TV productions, that it would be a lot sharper if I'd been there. I'm having much more fun with the new ROBIN HOOD and all its digs about Middle East wars.
Sorry about the antenna. Hope it can be fixed soon. But if you're in the market for a first-rate flick, may I recommend the Hungarian movie KONTROLL?
Hugs,
Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-03-24 23:19 (UTC)
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I do like Life On Mars but I'm afraid the new Robin Hood left me completely unmoved.
We're getting a new digital aerial next weekend, but thanks for the heads-up about Kontroll; I don't think I've heard of that one before.
Big hugs.
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