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Post  Admin on Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:57 am

Thought it would be nice to have a place to discuss movies we've seen and what we think of them.

Finally got to see Red and have to say it was hilarious. I loved it. Way better than The Expendables.

As for movies that I can always recommend (besides Harry Potter of course) my faves are
Gone With The Wind, Dirty Dancing, St. Elmo's Fire, and The Sons of Katie Elder to name
a few.


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Post  ladyhawke on Sat Oct 08, 2011 10:05 am

I've been watching some old horror movies to gear up for Halloween. I loved the Hammer horror films (and that type) from the 60s and early 70s.

I've enjoyed Doctor Terror's House of Horrors, Tales that Witness Madness, and Dracula AD 1972.

House of Wax is on right now ... the Vincent Price one, not that ridiculous Paris Hilton thing.

I don't usually like remakes. Actually, I can't think of any cases where I liked the remake better.

I also watched The Towering Inferno, which is one of my favorite disaster movies that stars everybody (that wasn't in The Poseidon Adventure).
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Post  Crookshanks on Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:36 pm

Aside from the Harry Potter series, films that I can happily watch time and again are "Last of the Mohicans", "Cabaret", "Ghost" and of course "Gone with the Wind".

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Post  Maxecat on Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:00 pm

Funny you should mention Last of the Mohicans..it was on tv just a couple of weeks ago. Love the scenery. It was filmed in the Carolinas but really looks like upstate New York. Loved the theme music, and Daniel Day Lewis looks fine in buckskin.

My favorite Halloween films are hardly ever broadcast anymore..they're old...the Bela Lugosi Dracula and Lon Chaney Jr's Wolfman.

The one that terrified me most was Phantasm which scarred (and scared ) me for life back in the early 80s. creepiest movie ever.

I sing along to both Cabaret and Chicago and secretly dance,too.. shhh, don't breathe a word about that...

And as for GWTW,yes,it's a favorite too. I always wanted to be a Melanie but suspect,even without the heartless vamp part,I'm probably a Scarlet. I'm very good at thinking about things tomorrow at least.
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Post  Always on Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:00 pm

Funny. Never saw Phantasm, but Angus Scrimm, who played the Tall Man, once came to Thanksgiving dinner at our home when my hubby and I lived in L.A. We had met him a bit before at a sci fi convention which my hubby was emceeing, and in the course of their chatting, Walt (hubby) mentioned about our upcoming Thanksgiving dinner where we were inviting all the "strays" (folks without families) we knew so we'd all have a big family-style dinner. That appealed to Angus, who was a single, so Walt invited him on the spot. And, seemingly like most actors who play horrible folks on film, he turned out to be a soft spoken, very nice man who enjoyed the evening very much. Actually, that was one of the most pleasant gatherings we ever had (we used to have lots of them!).
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Post  Maxecat on Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:30 pm

Oh my god,Always I just told my husband about Angus Scrimm and he lost it. He and I were both hiding under the covers during Phantasm. He said if you had seen Phantasm you might not have wanted him at dinner.



I imagine he was like Boris Karloff whom I understand was a very sweet soul with wonderful speaking voice. (my favorite Karloff film was the Mummy..it's the only Mummy film I watch)



What a small,small world. You have had a most interesting life...
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Post  EAGLESKYFIRE on Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:35 am

I know that this movie is totally way off of the genre you're talking about but here goes anyway. "Puss in Boots" is bubble gum for the brain but lots of fun! I really enjoyed this character from Shrek. This is a good family movie with something for everyone. I enjoyed the soundtrack, & I'm thinking of getting a copy. It is a light feel good kind of flick.
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Post  muggleborn on Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:03 am

Just watch The Help last night. It was a really good movie. Some of the archaic nonsense that went on in the past just baffles me. Sadly it still goes on in different parts of the world.

I happened to be at Walmart today and the cashier was telling me....her life story really. Anyway, she used to work for a rich lady in a very rich part of St. Louis cooking, cleaning etc. and was telling me all about her, and how horrible she was. I couldn't help but to compare it with The Help. She said the lady's neighbor was as sweet as could be though. I just could never stand people who put on airs and treated others like they were beneath them.
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Post  Admin on Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:33 am

Saw The Kings Speech yesteryday it was very good, better than I thought. Helena Bonham-Carter is very versatile. Watching her in this you can scarcely see her as Bellatrix in HP.

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Post  Maxecat on Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:25 pm

I recorded it yesterday,Weesa and Larry and I watched it today. It was very moving and so well done. Lots of fun to see familiar faces...HBC acting like a loving wife instead of maniacal Belatrix..Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill..Michael Gambon was almost unrecognizable as George V..I thought both the film and the actors deserved the acclaim they received.

HBC has done some wonderful period pieces but it's her bizarre style in clothing and eccentric roles that follow her around.Colin Firth,I simply adore.
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Post  ladyhawke on Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:02 pm

Atlas Shrugged, Part I is now available on Netflix Instant.

I loved the book, am still trying to decide about the movie.

It's hard to put even half of a book that size into a movie. I do think they hit a lot of the important points, but it's so hard to express the key concepts in the time available. I am wondering how they will handle John Galt's speech, if at all.

I keep wanting Reardon to be played by Gary Sinese, though.

I hope they make the rest of it.
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Post  Maxecat on Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:16 pm

Haven't seen it..and it's been years since I read the book..another one to dig out. My list is getting longer and more tempting.

Haven't tried Netflix either,though my son loves his. Who is your provider?

We're on Hughes satellite and if we download too much during peak times we get penalized with interupted service. The Verizon 3 G was too slow to enjoy video downloads,so we thought the satellite would be better.I'd like the convenience of Netflix if I could successfully download the movies and tv shows.
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Post  ladyhawke on Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:11 pm

i have cable internet through Comcast. Superfast and great for streaming.
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Post  Maxecat on Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:35 pm

I think my brother has Comcast at his apartment.He loves it,no problems.
It's not available where I live Until a couple of years ago the only way to could get tv in our subdivision was by satellite.Cable companies refused to come here..and we're only 3 miles outside the city limits! Time Warner is available now but won't reveal what the monthly cost will be after the introductory billing,so my husband won't deal with them..we've Dish for tv and Hughes for internet. Our yard looks like we're gathering information for NASA.

I think the only way you can really stream well is if you have a cable connection..especially now with solar flares etc..(at least, the techs swear that's the problem now)
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Post  Admin on Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:10 pm

I Googled and from what I can tell you should add atleast $20 possibly more for your area to whatever the promotion price is to get the normal price.

Where I live we had to fight to get Charter Cable here. DirectTv wouldn't come out said we lived in a poor signal area. confused

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Post  Maxecat on Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:41 am

We live in a "holler" and are deemed to have poor reception capabilties as well. It's true. Before the switch to digital tv the houses here all relied on antennae.The houses at the back and higher part of the subdivision could get local channels plus some out of Cincinnatti while we could only get a clear signal on CBS and even that was better in winter.

We have dead spots in the house for our cell phones,too. Cable would be the best answer.
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Post  Admin on Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:49 pm

Watching Chamber of Secrets on ABC Family. That's awful Maxecat. Sad thing is we live on a hill so I think they just didn't want to drive out to the boonies to install the blasted thing.

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Post  Maxecat on Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:07 pm

Our subdivision used to be a large farm,so there's lots of rolling hills for cattle and at the highest point is a nice ridge.The houses up there have great wireless connections etc while we at the bottom not only get diminished wifi but also their water run off during storms.We aren't the very bottom, though,there are other houses lower still and they've put in cable. However because of how they're situated they didn't have to dig up drive ways to install it.

Our grass is much nicer in the heat of summer,though..and we aren't as bothered by high winds. that's about the only positive I can see about "livin' in a holler".

Even our power and phone poles are a distance from the house and installing cable would be an expensive mess..however,I get so frustrated with the satellite I sometimes wonder if it would be worth it.

I wanted to take some art classes on line but there are so many downloading restrictions with Hughes I'd have to do the down loads in the middle of the night when I wouldn't be penalized for excessive usage.Maybe it's a good thing..I don't need to be doing art classes right now,I need to be working outside the house...for pay!
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Post  missypotter on Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:51 pm

Last week I saw The Hunger Games. It was a great movie and very well done. Like most movies from books there was much left out and all the characters did not get developed fully. All in all they did a very good job.

I have read all three books in the series and didn't like the second and hated the third. So I am doubtful I will go see the other 3 movies (they are trying to make extra money by splitting the 3 book into 2 movies...not enough material).

Today I went to Mirror Mirror as my good friend asked me to go with her. She heard it was well done and funny. Also my daughter thought it was cute. I nearly fell asleep multiple times, didn't laugh out loud at all and didn't find it a good story line. Really the dwarfs as thieves? Also I just wanted them to thin out Snow White's eyebrows through the whole thing.
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Post  EAGLESKYFIRE on Fri May 04, 2012 2:15 pm

I hear that the Hunger Games are good, but I just can't stomach kids murdering each other for sport & food. My friend is trying to "convert" me.....but I'm resistant.

I'm sooooo looking forward to seeing the "Avengers" tonight! I'm going with some of my favorite peeps to the Movie Tavern. You get to sit in big comfy chairs & can order whatever food or drink they have on the menu. Yummy food! I feel like I'm being spoiled being able to watch a movie & being waited on at the same time!
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Post  Always on Sat May 12, 2012 7:08 pm

Just got in a while ago from seeing the new "Dark Shadows" film. I had entered apprehensively (being a diehard devotee of the original series), but with a mindset to accept the film on its own merits.... and ended up enjoying it very much. Sure there are some bits I found silly or whatever, but all in all it was a lot of fun. Johnny Depp (despite what's shown in the trailers) really captures a lot of Jonathan Frid in his portrayal of Barnabas Collins. Of course, still, the most touching moment for me was when the quartet of original DS cast members entered the party as guests (Jonathan Frid, escorted by Kathryn Leigh Scott and Lara Parker, and followed by David Selby).



You can view the scene in the DS featurette here.



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Post  Admin on Sat May 12, 2012 10:40 pm

Always should your postand the clip to Mom she is super excited to see this one as a fan of the original. Although not a fan myself I think from all I've seen I may have to watch this one with her, not a usual occurence as we have such differing tastes.

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Post  Maxecat on Sun May 13, 2012 1:30 pm

If Always can watch it,so can I...in anyone else's hands it might be too wrong,but I think Johnny Depp has respect for the spirit of the original and he does camp very well.

It was a joy to see the party guests enter and the micro mini clip of Barnabas (can't help it,the Real Barnabas) Thanks for sharing Always.
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Post  ladyhawke on Mon May 21, 2012 11:17 am

EAGLESKYFIRE wrote:I hear that the Hunger Games are good, but I just can't stomach kids murdering each other for sport & food. My friend is trying to "convert" me.....but I'm resistant.

I read the books and was unimpressed. The first one was better than I expected, the middle one only existed to get you to the last one, and the last one was awful.

I'm considering it a wait-for-netflix rather than a theater movie.

It's kind of like The Running Man, but with teenagers. Stupid, vicious, Lord of the Flies teenagers.
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Post  Admin on Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:45 pm

Saw Dolphin Tale finally and have to say it was pretty good. Based on a true story.

Watched Crazy Stupid Love and was not impressed at all.

Guess I'm still waiting for the movie makers to come up with an original idea that is filmed well. Won't be holding my breath though.

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