Formerly known as al7478...
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With Ronnie Corbett?
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I used to see that in th ewee hours when I used to keep very odd hours.
Saw the remake of The Wicker Man last night. Oy! I hope heads rolled!
OK, I'm sure it has its audience, being toned down compared to th eorigianl, but I'm not sure I can forgive it the same way I can forgive the English language remakes of Let The Right One Come In and The Girl With... for bringing good films to a wider audience. Indeed, sometimes I doubt I should forgive those remakes on that basis...but they weren't terrible...
EDIT - next up The Purge, Spike Island and Byzantium.
Snuff Box...watching again...because once just isn't enough! Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher. One of the funniest series I've ever seen. Only one series though. Once watched It'll haunt you!
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formerly known as slewis ---
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Bedroom - Sony KDL-40W2000 + Archos 7 streaming from Windows Home Server 2011, Altec Lansing inAir 5000.
Dining Room - Sonos S5.
Music - HP Proliant Server running WHS 2011 ¦ streaming FLAC to Sonos ZP90 and OPPO 95 via SC-LX85.
Hi Fi - Cyrus 8 XPd QX amp ¦ Cyrus PSX-R power supply acting as Pre Amp ¦ Quad 909 Power Amp ¦ Speakers - Spendor A3 ¦ Logitech Squeezebox Touch upgrade by Fidelity Audio ¦ power supply upgrade by Mains Cables R Us ¦ Furutech Mains Cables ¦ Power Plant Premier mains regenerator.
Controlled by – iPad2 and Harmony 1100.
Thor. The Dark World, first 3D film I've seen.
And deadly for 12000 years is Carbon 14
Both of the newest Star Trek Films I've been to the flicks to see. Watched the first one in 3D. I've seen Iron Man 3 in 3D as well, and some others. Tend to go for non 3D now though. For some reason I don't actually enjoy it that much at the VUE cinemas, but I always enjoyed going to the IMAX to see 3D films there ...before it closed that is.
I saw Pacific Rim at the flicks a while ago. Don't usually go in for that kind of film, but I was engaged from beginning to end. Terrificly entertaining and non stop action. Noisy non stop action films usually make me fall asleep but this kept my interest all the way through. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
From my sick bed, today I've watched Red Cliff by John Woo
I've been meaning to get Red Cliff Part II for a while and after watching part 1 again (streamed it from my PC to upstairs tele) I am now inspired to see how it pans out Excellent film!
Also watched John Altman's Short Cuts.
This is one of my favourite films. I got a Criterion Collection version of it (complete with book) years back when I was collecting. It's also long enough to make the time pass in bed. Well, that with the previous film can kill the boredom.
La Grande Bouffe DVD
First saw this film many years ago and was astonished by it. Spent years trying to find it on DVD and eventually got hold of a release. As an older version of myself it resonates more and more. Aside of the philosophical statement from beginning to end it is highly entertaining and daring. Never get bored of it.
The Bourne Quadrilogy Blu-Ray box set
Fantastic film series. The stories are smart and accessible. The films look amazing on bluray. Stunning in fact. The box set is only £13 at Amazon which I'd say is a real bargain. Even though the fourth film is an add on to the trilogy it is very well integrated into the existing storyline and is very enjoyable nonetheless. The first three are the best I'd say though but Legacy is sufficiently entertaining even without Matt Damon involved. I can forgive it its weaknesses
Gravity 3D at the flicks - superb.Last weekend Billy Elliot the musical in London. 10 years since we last saw this and still a great show, providing you ain't tory.
Merry christmas Maggie Thatcher.
Had some evenings to myself over the last month or so, been catching up:
Star Trek: Into Darkness: I enjoyed it, not sure what everyone was moaning about, enjoyable, great picture quality (love that lens flare!).
Source Code: Great film, tight performances, really efficient story telling, "interesting" physics (for certain values of interesting), entertaining 90 minutes.
Kick-Ass: Hmm, I should have loved this, I didn't. I liked it, sure but I was expecting it to be a lot more "me" than it was. Slightly perturbed, morally, at watching a fully grown man repeatedly punching an 11 year old girl in the face (even if she is Hit-Girl and in what universe does that not break her jaw in several places?). American's still can't deliver the c-bomb properly (see American Beauty). Won't bother with the sequel.
Looper: Really surprised me, I expected a lot less to be honest, with more dumb action, got a far more thoughtful and at times, disturbing, film than that. Nice to see Bruce Willis crying for a role, slighty put off by Joseph Gordon Levitt's peculiarly plastic looking face though, still haven't worked out if he was wearing prosthetics to make him look more like Bruce. If not, yeek...
Attack The Block: Fantastic! 88 minutes of tight, taut, fun, simple premise, well directed, great acting (with a couple of little gems in Probs and Mayhem), great effects on what was clearly a pretty small budget, I can well see why Joe Cornish has been linked with the next Star Trek film.
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This evening watched 'Inside Hitler's Secret Death Camp'. Although I love to research this period, programmes such as this leaves me feeling sick. Hugely sobering.
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Watched Pacific RIm again last night. Saw it in the cinema and thought it was ace, Bluray transfer is stunning. One of those films that makes your TV sing, so colourful and punchy. I hope more films get made in the 16:9 aspect ratio, I don't feel you loose anything at the cinema but you gain a lot at home.
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