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Mezz

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SEPERATED FROM THE MISC / QUESTIONS THREAD AS WE AIN'T GOT A TV / MOVIE THREAD AND COULD PROBABLY DO WITH ONE!


Watched 'I Am Legend' last night, fooking great film!

Um... that's it.
Guest

I thought it was shite and Will Smith was a complete twat in it.
Mezz

Interesting.

Tell me why it was 'shite' and why Will Smith 'was a complete twat in it', noble Ferret...
Guest

It wasn't as good as I expected it to be, too '28 days later' for me.

Can't say I thought Big Willie was especially bad though.
Guest

Question. I have purchased two web site domain names for a very reasonable sum, especially considering their very useful names followed by .com and .co.uk.

I want to develop a very professional site that will run well. The site I've purchased them from can offer hosting at £80 a year for each site. I've invested in a copy of Serif Webplus 10 for £40 for design.

Question is will the hosting available free with my ISP (BT) be able to cope and be adequate and secondly, am I going to need to pay someone to design the site or will it look pretty good using a design package? I have no previous experience of designing a web page although I'm handy with most DTP packages.

I should also point out that the website will be for business, hence why I want it to look the dogs.
Mezz

I didn't think that much of 28 Days Later, myself.

I though the boy Smith was brilliant in this one though, especially when he had to 'take out' his dog. No words, just expression, and how brilliant he was at it.
Guest

Also, why has nobody put the clocks forward on the forum?
Mezz

Gotta do it yourself, dude.

Go to 'Profile' at the top of the page, scroll down to 'Timezone' near the bottom and select GMT+01.
nino

I sorta liked I Am Legend and sorta didn't. The whole point of the film was completely left out of it. I don't know why they even called it I Am Legend. They should have either named it something else or followed the book's ending.
Guest

Quote:
Tell me why it was 'shite' and why Will Smith 'was a complete twat in it', noble Ferret...


I can't remember too much about it, thought it was pretty badly scripted lowest common denominator shit to be honest. Ok for the masses, surprised a man of culture such as yourself would be fooled into liking it, mezz. And the ending was awful - the twat just so happened to have a grenade in his desk drawer at work. I hope he died in pain.
Guest

It was as if they only had time to make half a film so they just made a quick crappy ending.
Mezz

il ferret wrote:
surprised a man of culture such as yourself would be fooled into liking it, mezz.


Um, thanks. I think?

What can I say, I really enjoyed it. The grenade thing could be viewed as far-fetched, but it's a movie for fook sake: temporary suspension of belief should come as standard when you sit down to watch a big budget Hollywood offering.

As for it being OK for the masses... well, we're all part of the mass, aren't we?
nino

Why would it be a coincidence that he'd have a grenade in his drawer? He did have super strength glass doors and an escape route built into the cellar too no? Keeping a grenade for such an event wouldn't be that far off?
Guest

Anyone here a fan of The Thick of It? Best comedy I've ever seen. Filming for a feature-length film has just started, should be out early next year. Hurray!
Mezz

Never got around to watching 'The Thick Of It', but 'People Like Us' (I believe one can be reasonably compared to the other?) was absolutely brilliant.

Will Chris Langham be in the movie after his... ahem... recent indiscretions?
Guest

Currently addicted to Prison Break - nearly finished series 3 dvd.
Anyone know when a 4th series will be on TV?
verno

Anyone one else been watching Mad Men on Beeb 4/2 ? Absolutely aces. Proper drama. I'm going to miss it.
Guest

I only caught a few Mad Men (on past my bed-time), but yep - it was excellent. I'll be getting the box set if/when it's around.
DP

I really didn't want to like I Am Legend, especially as it's such a bastardisation of a fantastic book, but it was watchable and mildy entertaining.

Will Smith will always be the Fresh Prince to me, unfortunately.

Watched Planet Terror and Death Proof the other day. Planet terror was great for a laugh - Death proof was bum fluff of the highest order.
Guest

It never fails to impress me how films like I am legend and the 28 days/weeks films take huge open spaces and make them look empty, particularly with I am legend.

I know it's probably all computer trickery, but it's still clever to make that many people disappear.
DP

One of the greatest actions flicks of all time, Assult on Precinct 13  

Carpenters best
Mezz

delpiero wrote:

Watched Planet Terror and Death Proof the other day. Planet terror was great for a laugh - Death proof was bum fluff of the highest order.


Just finished watching Death Proof, and although there were a few flashes of Tarantino's excellence with dialogue and photography, it was mainly shite.
Guest

Not seen Planet Terror, although having watched the utter pile of garbage that is Deathproof I more than likely won't bother.

Films I've watched lately include The Departed (for the 29th time), 3:10 to Yuma, Gone baby gone and 21.

Looking forward to Mr Bond's latest outing.......
Mezz

I went to the cinema to see The Departed when it first came out, and I thought it was an absolute load of old bollocks.

For my money, Jack Nicholson played a parody of himself playing the Joker and ruined the whole thing.

I might give it another go when I next see it on Sky.
Guest

Mezz wrote:
I went to the cinema to see The Departed when it first came out, and I thought it was an absolute load of old bollocks.

I might give it another go when I next see it on Sky.


Firstly, oh my lord!!  

Secondly, you should!!  
Lupo Pazzesco

Just seen "Gomorrah", a film about the  Camorra (Naples mafia). Excellent film which doesn't glamourise or romanticise but shows the seedy side of life in Naples. Well worth going to see if you get the chance.

Also loving "Breaking Bad" on FX. A black series about a teacher who gets diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and sets up a meth lab to set up a fund for his family. Very dark but enjoyable.
Guest

The Departed is a dumbed-down for Hollywood cover version of the Hong Kong film "Infernal Affairs" - one of my favourite films of all time.  If The Departed gets 8.5 out of 10, Infernal Affairs gets 11.

Gonna see Gomorrah next week - sounds good!
Guest

Watched a film last night called Eastern Promises with Viggo Mortensen. My Mrs got it out on the recommendation of a friend of hers.........my my it was pants.

Got 'No country for old men' out from Lovefilm that we'll watch tonight, looking forward to that.
Curva Fiesole

Micky wrote:
Got 'No country for old men' out from Lovefilm that we'll watch tonight, looking forward to that.


Brilliant film that stays very close to the book, which makes a pleasant change.
Mezz

I kept meaning to watch No Country for Old Men when it was on the Sky Box Office, but for one reason or another I never got around to it.

It's not on there now, which means it will hopefully provide some welcome relief from 'A Bobby Davro Kinda Christmas' or whatever other shite is offered up this coming festive period...
Guest

Watched No country for old men.

It was an ok film, the more it went on though I couldn't help but be built up to what I thought would be a great climax. Quite frankly, it didn't come and I was left with the feeling that the previous hour and 40 was all a bit pointless.
Guest

I went to see Tropic Thunder on Saturday. Didn´t know anything about the film before hand. I thought it was hilarious.
DP

I'm watching the whole of 'The Wire' again, seasons 1-5 - Best TV show ever, bar none.
Guest

Micky wrote:
Watched No country for old men.

It was an ok film, the more it went on though I couldn't help but be built up to what I thought would be a great climax. Quite frankly, it didn't come and I was left with the feeling that the previous hour and 40 was all a bit pointless.


Exactly what I thought, but was too scared to say! Ending was a bag o shite, film was unbelievably over-rated. 7 out of 10 at best.
Guest

delpiero wrote:
I'm watching the whole of 'The Wire' again, seasons 1-5 - Best TV show ever, bar none.

I've recently rewatched S1&2, just amazing.. Either it's your favourite programme, or you havn't seen it. It's a shame that it will never get the mainstream recognition it deserves, but then it wasn't made for a mainstream audience.

Also on Breaking Bad, I've seen a couple of episodes and been impressed. Very unique idea and style to it. Nice seeing the actor who played Hal in Malcolm in the Middle doing something darker and more challenging too, it can't be an easy role to play but he does it well.

Gomorrah I'll hopefully see soon, reading t'book at the moment.
DP

diatribe wrote:
delpiero wrote:
I'm watching the whole of 'The Wire' again, seasons 1-5 - Best TV show ever, bar none.

I've recently rewatched S1&2, just amazing.. Either it's your favourite programme, or you havn't seen it. It's a shame that it will never get the mainstream recognition it deserves, but then it wasn't made for a mainstream audience.


I'm amazed someone else has heard of it, let alone watched it! I was lucky enough to catch it during season 2 and never looked back. What did you think of the finale ?

I think most fans are quite pleased it never got a mainstream audience; its like a secret club that we are all part of, and like you say, once you've seen it, it quickly becomes your favourite show. I'm going to miss The Bunk, especially with lines like:

"Look at that bowlegged motherf**ker walk. I did that"  

Or the crime scene investigation with Jimmy and Bunk using nothing other than the word 'f**k'
Guest

[quote="diatribe"]
delpiero wrote:
I'm watching the whole of 'The Gomorrah I'll hopefully see soon, reading t'book at the moment.


Saw it last night and prettty impressed.  Would like to read book too - is it any good?
Guest

delpiero wrote:
I'm amazed someone else has heard of it, let alone watched it! I was lucky enough to catch it during season 2 and never looked back. What did you think of the finale ?

I think most fans are quite pleased it never got a mainstream audience; its like a secret club that we are all part of, and like you say, once you've seen it, it quickly becomes your favourite show. I'm going to miss The Bunk, especially with lines like:

"Look at that bowlegged motherf**ker walk. I did that"  

Or the crime scene investigation with Jimmy and Bunk using nothing other than the word 'f**k'

"You know what the plural for pussy is? Pussi."

I enjoyed the last series but McNulty and the homeless was a bit silly, especially with Lester willingly getting dragged into it. I thought the ending was a slight cop out too, bit tooo happy. Still kicked the crap out of just about every other programme on at the moment though.

Ja the book's pretty good, is a bit hard going at times though as it endlessly lists names, places, events, etc which can be a bit confusing. It's written well though in that nothing's over dramatized, as though all the murders, drug deals, etc are just a part of everyday life.
blackandblue

Reminds me of when I used to watch 'Homicide-Life on the Streets'. No other f**ker seemed to have seen it but it was absolutely brilliant. Better than NYPD Blue (sorry Verno) and Hill Street Blues.

Waiting for Bond as well. I worked on the last day of filming at Pinewood. Daniel Craig is an ok guy . And Ricky Gervais' new film got the thumbs up from Mark Kermode (for those of you who listen to Radio 5live on a Friday afternoon, you'll know who I mean) and if it's good enough for him, it's good enough for me.
Guest

Finally got round to watching the Aviator last night/this morning. It was pretty good, although probably could have been condensed down to under 2 hours which would have increased my enjoyment of it. Trying to watch a film after 1AM for me is very demanding.
DP

Watched a couple of films over the weekend:

Burn After Reading - Complete and utter tosh; ridiculous plot and lots of overacting.

Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull - Fun for a bit, but largely disappointing

Righteous Kill  - De Niro and Pacino delivering their very best 'paycheck - performances'. You can see the ending coming from a mile off

Back to 'The Wire', Seasons 4 and 5 for me
Guest

Watched Iron Man last night, not a huge fan of the comic book genre, however I really enjoyed this. A lot.

Think I've got Semi-Pro coming from LF next, I'm a big Ferrell fan so hoping this is pretty good.

And then Bond at the weekend, can't wait.
Lupo Pazzesco

delpiero wrote:
Watched a couple of films over the weekend:

Burn After Reading - Complete and utter tosh; ridiculous plot and lots of overacting.


Not that bad but only a six out of ten. I thought it was well acted and directed but not half as funny as it should have been. A comedy of manners rather than a comedy.
Guest

Thought bond was very disappointing to be honest just a revenge film blast em to move past em type film!
And i thought Saw V thought it was Ok but a bit boring
Want to watch Max Pain and Pride and Glory looks good an all!
Guest

Emporio, agreed. Bond was utter tosh.

Looking forward to seeing Pride and Glory, Body of lies and of course, 24:Redemption on Monday.

Jack's back!!
Guest

Looking forward to the new 24 its only a two part one off isnt it? Some good films coming out even the Italian Mafia book Gomorrah has had a film made out of it and its getting fantastic reviews!!
VB

Watched Coldplay’s gig in Birmingham this week. Not as good as previous gigs, though that may be down to the fact that the gig was in an arena and we were at the back sitting down!!! Lacked the atmosphere of open-air gigs and being so far away didn’t help. Good music though. 7/10
Guest

EMPORIOTOTTI wrote:
Looking forward to the new 24 its only a two part one off isnt it?


I enjoyed 24:Redemption and it's certainly whet my appetite for season 7 but it wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be and I did find it somewhat corny.

If they ever get round to doing a 24 movie I'll certainly be expecting more than Redemption delivered.

Watched Body of lies last week, very good film.
VB

- me last post would have been more suited to the choir/disco thread. Anyway, reagrds to 24, loads of people say how great it is though ive never managed to watch a single episode! I'm not one for joining a series halfway through or whenever other than from the very beginning! The entire Series one was shown on Sky One recently though I forgot to record it! Perhaps I'll eventually get round to buying the first series and see how good it really is...
Guest

Get down to Blockbuster, think it's about a fiver for a week to rent the box sets.

Trust me VB, it would be money very well spent.
VB

£5 for a week! Tempting... It's like so many of these 'great' series - my mate's always trying to get me to watch The Sopranos, but the prospect of sitting down catching up with Six series (I think) is pretty daunting. Others have suggested Heroes. My brother has loaned me Battle Star Galactica which I have yet to watch! If only Id started watching them from the start...
Guest

Yeah I missed out on Soprano's too, think I may get the first couple of series out over Christmas to avoid the usual trash on TV.

Heroes started out for me as well as Lost did, then after about ten episodes I just didn't like the way it was going and didn't watch again.

Prison Break is another I could well go back and get into.........
Guest

Sopranos deserves the hype - the best TV prog by a mile.

Entourage aint bad either.

Prison Break 1st series was a belter, but has gone downhill since and is ridiculous but still strangely entertaining.
verno

I'm suffering from TV grief. No more of The Wire a.k.a best telly prog ever. *Sob*
DP

24 is well worth watching - Season 1 is still the best of the bunch imho.

As for the Sopranos, invest in the boxset for £100 as a Christmas pressie to yourself  

I'm with you on 'The Wire', Verno - No more Mcnutty, no more Barksdale and Stanfield beefin', no more Herc and Carver, no more Daniels, no more Omar and of course, no more Bunk  

"Look at that bow-legged motherf**ker. I made him walk like that."

Guest

If you never played the max payne games dont bother with the film as they completely bastar*ise the games plot for a sanitised version.

If you never played the games its an OK crime thriller.
Guest

Californication: Sex, drugs, rocknroll and a brilliant protagonist!
Guest

Dexter is a great TV series to watch.

Just coming to the end of series 3 now so still time to get into it!
Juvefans

delpiero wrote:
24 is well worth watching - Season 1 is still the best of the bunch imho.



Season 1 was great but I reckon Season 5 beats it. Every episode was edge of the seat stuff.
nino

Enjoying Survivors on BBC. Great stuff.
Guest

delpiero wrote:

I'm with you on 'The Wire', Verno - No more Mcnutty, no more Barksdale and Stanfield beefin', no more Herc and Carver, no more Daniels, no more Omar and of course, no more Bunk  


I've been very naughty - just opened The Wire season 1 that was wrapped up by my tree. Seen the first episode which has whetted the appetite for more later on!
DP

il ferret wrote:
delpiero wrote:

I'm with you on 'The Wire', Verno - No more Mcnutty, no more Barksdale and Stanfield beefin', no more Herc and Carver, no more Daniels, no more Omar and of course, no more Bunk  


I've been very naughty - just opened The Wire season 1 that was wrapped up by my tree. Seen the first episode which has whetted the appetite for more later on!


You're one lucky mofo - I'm jealous of anyone thats discovering this show for the first time. It is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best show in TV history (and yes, it IS better than 'The Sopranos')

Be warned, it takes no prisoners - Pay attention to all the details and all the characters, it'll pay off when you move on to seasons 2-5 (which you definetely will)!  

and don;t forget, the plural of 'pussy' is 'Pussi' - Jimmy taught us that...
Giovanni Lavafiume

Just watched comedian Mel Smith on Celebrity Mastermind. Does anyone know why he was slurring his speech so badly? Really weird.
Dave

There's a rumour going about that he's suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease. Griff Rhys Jones supposedly mentioned it on breakfast TV a few weeks ago, but you'd have thought that it would've got more coverage if that were the case.

Also, Smith has just started appearing in a musical (Hairspray, IIRC) in the West End - there was a piece in the Torygraph or the Grauniad about it a couple of months back -  and you'd have thought that if he is suffering from Parkinson's he'd have been given time off or quietly dropped, since going about slurring words in a musical isn't going to win over the audience...

I would guess, though, that there will be more than a few 'what on earth is wrong with Mel Smith' queries flying about now so his agent may have to provide an explanation...
Lupo Pazzesco

I watched "Eden Lake" yesterday. Keep away from the midlands is all I can say. Great film though.
Guest

Separated at birth - D'Angelo Barksdale (The Wire) and Marlon Harewood?
Dave

As an update for anyone who was wondering about Mel Smith and who's not seen the news, the BBC released a statement. Apparently, Smith was suffering from a nasty throat infection, but as he was appearing for charity didn't want to let his charity down by pulling out.

The subtext seems to be that his performance means that the tablets he was given should have had the words 'and do not appear on popular TV quiz shows' after 'do not drive or operate machinery' on the label.

By the by, I see that the egregious Victoria Derbyshire claimed that she was given a crib sheet for her appearance (it transpires that, in fact, the Mastermind team, fearing she'd make an @rse of herself, suggested some additional reading for her specialist subject...), prompting John Humphreys to describe her as 'grotesequely irresponsible and stupid'.

One assumes this means that he's never tuned in to hear her on Five Live, otherwise he'd have reached that conclusion years ago...
DP

il ferret wrote:
Separated at birth - D'Angelo Barksdale (The Wire) and Marlon Harewood?




Have you watched all of season 1 yet ? Whats the verdict ?
Guest

delpiero wrote:

Have you watched all of season 1 yet ? Whats the verdict ?


Yep, saw it all in about 4 days. Good stuff and I'm on the hunt for season 2.
DP

It gets better with each view - Season 2 focuses on the docks and the Stevedore's  
Guest

delpiero wrote:
It gets better with each view - Season 2 focuses on the docks and the Stevedore's  

How do you rate Season 2? I've heard a few people moan about it but I really enjoyed the dock story lines and its characters. Plus it provides a real insight into the the decaying American working class, etc, etc.

I finished rewatching S4 yesterday, that maaay be my favourite one now. I was gonna leave S5 for a while to watch my Curb Your Enthusiasm DVDs, but saw it for £25 in Zavvi today...
DP

diatribe wrote:
delpiero wrote:
It gets better with each view - Season 2 focuses on the docks and the Stevedore's  

How do you rate Season 2? I've heard a few people moan about it but I really enjoyed the dock story lines and its characters. Plus it provides a real insight into the the decaying American working class, etc, etc.

I finished rewatching S4 yesterday, that maaay be my favourite one now. I was gonna leave S5 for a while to watch my Curb Your Enthusiasm DVDs, but saw it for £25 in Zavvi today...


I heard that too, but i can't understand why - The characters (Frank Sobotka in particular) were amongst the best in the whole series. It was great seeing this noble (yet corrupt) stevedore trying to save the docks for generations to come - I think we all knew how it was going to end. On top of that, we see Prop Joe and Cheese get their proper introductions into the series - that scene with Ziggy getting 'jacked is priceless.

I've watched the whole series back-to-back at least 4 times now. Season 1 just clinches it as my fave of the bunch, i'd probably rank them as:

S1
S2/4
S3
S5

I'm still not 100% convinced by the 'serial killer' plotline that closed out the series, but the more i watch it, the more McNulty manages to convince me  
Guest

It's difficult to pick between seasons but the ending of Season 4 left me in complete awe.

I've just started reading David Simon's Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets which may be good for any post-Wire come downs. The Corner is out too though only in hardback at t'mo.
zeds

Wow and I thought i was the only person that ever watched FX.
I never realised the Wire has finished for good. Top, top show.
Lupo Pazzesco

The welcome return of "24" and unexpected surprise of Tony's dodgy facial hair.
Guest

I was quite impressed with 24, although I was expecting more of an explanation as to Tony's..........whatever you call in when someone comes back from the dead.

Is it me, or is each person in the FBI a complete copy of another member of CTU? For example the early bickering that you saw being reminiscent of Morris and Milo? The head bloke is just the same as George Mason?

Still, I'm sure as it goes on it will be sticky bum suspense and a good old 24 twist and turn or two.

Shame I'm moving house and therefore will be without Sky for a week or two  
DP

I'm totally stuffed as i've no longer got Sky - I've tried watching it online but no luck - anyone got any links ? I've heard Tony is part of a terrorist outfit - Anyone care to explain ?
Lupo Pazzesco

I've not got any streaming but Bittorrent files are readily available for the first four episodes of 24. I download an episode in about 26 mins on a 2G line.

isohunt.com has the following list including redemption.

{Myles: link deleted}
Myles

Lupo, just to let you know torrents are illegal so are not allowed to be posted on the forum unfortunately, sorry about that.

Private Messaging can be used for swaping info that you do not want to post on the forum, though obviously i'm not advocating that illegal links (i.e. torrents, warez) be transferred over Private Messaging, but the administrators of this board have no access to view you Private Messages and therefore you accept sole responsibility for the content that you have in your private messages.
Lupo Pazzesco

Sorry.
DP

Cheers Lupo, much appreciated.


Going to try and download episode one provided my crappy connection can take it  
Guest

Some good/big films out at the pictures lately.

Saw Che: Part One at the weekend. Nothing special, 7 out of 10 at best, but will probably see Part Two just to see what happens.

Seeing Slumdog Millionnaire at weekend – not heard a bad word about it yet.

Also fancy The Wrestler and The Reader.
DP

il ferret wrote:
Some good/big films out at the pictures lately.

Saw Che: Part One at the weekend. Nothing special, 7 out of 10 at best, but will probably see Part Two just to see what happens.

Seeing Slumdog Millionnaire at weekend – not heard a bad word about it yet.

Also fancy The Wrestler and The Reader.


Have to agree with you - I was expecting something a little more from Che - Del Toro was good, as was the actor who played Fidel, but it lacked something.

Slumdog is a load of old sweaty bollocks - I hated it and it bugs the hell out of me that so many people are in love with the film. The lead (Dev Patel) does nothing bar substituting his English accent for an a 'slightly Indian' one - Far better are the two kids in the first part of the film. If you have the time, read the book first, its better, but only just.

The Wrestler is a brilliant flick, Mickey Rourke carries the whole film single handedly - It's hard to see where Rourke ends and Randy the Ram begins.

Finally caught up on 24 - Tony's back !!!!!!! but he's bad, but he's really good but he was bad for a bit. Going to watch episode 5 tonight whilst downloading the new Lost  
Guest

Ive just come back from Slumdog Millionaire and I found it an incredible piece of cinema. The British share in the European trend of making excellent, thoughtful films.

Despite Who Wants To Be A Millionaire being at the centre of the movie, money had no currency (boom boom). It clicked and popped in all the right areas. His brother redeemed himself entirely for horrific crimes.

Sweet movie. Best new film Ive seen since The Divingbell and The Butterfly.
DP

Bobo32 wrote:
Ive just come back from Slumdog Millionaire and I found it an incredible piece of cinema. The British share in the European trend of making excellent, thoughtful films.

Despite Who Wants To Be A Millionaire being at the centre of the movie, money had no currency (boom boom). It clicked and popped in all the right areas. His brother redeemed himself entirely for horrific crimes.

Sweet movie. Best new film Ive seen since The Divingbell and The Butterfly.


It was bollocks and you  know it
Guest

It woukld have been better with more sex and helicopters but I genuinely enjoyed it as it was.
Lupo Pazzesco

Korean chiller "The Chaser" just released on dvd this week. I saw this at the cinema last year but it was even better on second viewing.
Guest

Saw The Wrestler last night - excellent stuff, film of the year and if Rourke doesn't win the Oscar for that we might as well give up.
nino

il ferret wrote:
Saw The Wrestler last night - excellent stuff, film of the year and if Rourke doesn't win the Oscar for that we might as well give up.


Very good film but a bit early for film of the year no?
blackandblue

diatribe wrote:
...I've just started reading David Simon's Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets which may be good for any post-Wire come downs. The Corner is out too though only in hardback at t'mo.


I've been reading it for about a month on and off! It's an excellent book, just very long and it's hard at times remembering all the characters. You can see where certain parts were written into the tv series 'Homicide: Life on the Streets'. Before the Sopranos, that was my most favourite programme. Ever. Knocked NYPD Blue into a cocked hat.

Seems as if I'll have to get into The Wire, though. Totally missed it because I don't have satellite or cable.
Guest

Finally seen Slumdog Millionaire - preetty good, but not as good as I was expecting. Does anyone else think it's a cross between Forrest Gump and City of God, but not as good as either?
Guest

Yeh def got the Forest Gump vibe. It's not a sensational film but it will end up being top 5 on generase release this year. So def. worth seeing.
DP

What a larf the Bafta's were - you could see the bored expression on the yanks' faces as slumdog recieved yet another award - Doubt it will do as well in the States
Lupo Pazzesco

I watched on BBC NW as Danny Boyle took his oscar, in a blue plastic bag, to his local parish club in Radcliffe. He said he'd do it and credit to him, he did. More media there then parishoners but he kept his promise.

Still not sure about the film though.

I'm really enjoying "24" but not too sure about "Lost" which is getting bogged down in it's supposed cleverness.
Guest

Gran Torino is the shit. Best thing out of the States for LONG TING
blackandblue

Saw 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' the other week. Saw 'Slumdog Millionaire' the week before. I enjoyed them both but 'Button' is a much better film. Looking forward to 'Gran Torino'.
DP

Bobo32 wrote:
Gran Torino is the shit. Best thing out of the States for LONG TING


WHAT?????!!!!!!

It was a formulaic, hackneyed load of tosh complete with Eastwood growl and a cringe worthy rendition of his song, 'Gran Torino'    

What did we learn from this ? Eastwood should stay behind the camera (unless he wants to be a cowboy again, then its ok)
Guest

Your last two posts have been laughable. Slumdog wiped the Oscars and Gran Torino had some subtle msgs in. Im struggling to see what was obvious about it.
DP

Jesus H christ  - do you need it to be spelt out ?


Grizzy old racist lives in 'the old' neighbourhood overrun by orientals - saves neighbour from gang - becomes neighbourhood hero - takes boy under his wing - gives him car after his death.

If you couldn't see any of that coming after the opening 5 minutes you shouldn;t be allowed to watch films alone
Guest

Mate that's totally disingenuous. Let me show you how Great Expectations is a shitty novel:

Good boy lives with horrible parents - Leaves to go to London cos of mysterious benefactor - Is disgusted with cliche cliche rich London socialites - Discovers benefactor - Helps benefactor - Pip without money is happier than Pip with money

Or Romeo and Juliet -

boy loves girl - girl loves boy - families at war - they get together - then due to a great confusion they both die

Any storyline will appear simple if you over simplify it.

Gran Torino, without giving too much away to those who are yet to see it (although DONT READ THIS IF YOU DONT WANNA KNOW), is about humanity. He isn't really racist. Superficially, maybe. but he treats everyone the same. What he sees in people isn't money, it isn't skin colour, it isn't the style of music they like. It is their qualities. In the end he lays down his life for a cause.
He rejects his family who he doesnt share values with, for the ethnic group that scarred him in a war decades ago.
He was an immensely principled man.

If everyone was like Walt we'd be living in a far better world.

Anyway, that's what I saw. Shame you didnt like it.
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