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Postby El Greco » Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:35 pm

As others have mentioned:
"Hell or High Water" : Great performances, action, story, etc.

Bridge of Spies: Fascinating look into a Spy exchange of a Russian spy for Francis Gary Powers. Fine performances by Tom Hanks and others and spot on direction by Steven Spielberg

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Postby gkaplan » Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:40 pm

Tonight, I watched Adventureland , directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Ryan Reynolds, Margarita Levieva, Matt Bush, Wendie Malick, and Jack Gilpin. Good not great.
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Postby wilson08 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:36 am

Munir wrote:"The Crown"- an excellent 10 part series on Netflix streaming about the reign of the current Queen Elizabeth. Great acting, interesting details never known before to the public, very rich photography. It's great all around. There are five more seasons (each 10 episodes) to follow over the next few years.


Yes, this is a great series. I have viewed the first 3 episodes of the
1st season and look forward to the remainder.

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Postby ResearchMed » Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:20 am

wilson08 wrote:
Munir wrote:"The Crown"- an excellent 10 part series on Netflix streaming about the reign of the current Queen Elizabeth. Great acting, interesting details never known before to the public, very rich photography. It's great all around. There are five more seasons (each 10 episodes) to follow over the next few years.


Yes, this is a great series. I have viewed the first 3 episodes of the
1st season and look forward to the remainder.


Ditto.
We are a just a few episodes ahead of you.

It is already a bit awesome to watch how the status/roles drive the behavior and choices (or lack thereof) of the royals.
Yes, much of society was much more rigid then, but not quite like that...

Are there any reliable comments about how historically accurate some of the little things are?
Is there much embellishment?
(Trying to avoid any mini-spoiler, one example is the "kneeling" question.)

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Postby Riverstwo » Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:55 am

Juana Inez - mini series

This series dramatizes the life of Juana Inés de la Cruz, a renowned writer, nun, and influential political figure in 17th-century Mexico.
I found it on Amazon.

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Postby Fallible » Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:30 pm

Zootopia - What fun! Wonderful animation (detailed and subtle facial expressions and correct movements for each and every animal), clever dialogue, and the perfect ending, especially if you remembered who never made it off the train at the beginning. I watched the sloths scene several times and wonder if an entire film could be done of them alone? Maybe, if viewers can slow down enough, long enough.

Flight - Great performance by Denzel Washington. Good movie, good ending.

Midnight in Paris - Enjoyable throughout; the right ending, which I thought was foreshadowed the first time these two appeared together.

Also have seen and recommend: Money Monster (Jody Foster directed; George Clooney and Julia Roberts very good); Hail, Caesar! (Coen brothers).
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Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Postby Munir » Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:16 pm

ResearchMed wrote:
wilson08 wrote:
Munir wrote:"The Crown"- an excellent 10 part series on Netflix streaming about the reign of the current Queen Elizabeth. Great acting, interesting details never known before to the public, very rich photography. It's great all around. There are five more seasons (each 10 episodes) to follow over the next few years.


Yes, this is a great series. I have viewed the first 3 episodes of the
1st season and look forward to the remainder.


Ditto.
We are a just a few episodes ahead of you.

It is already a bit awesome to watch how the status/roles drive the behavior and choices (or lack thereof) of the royals.
Yes, much of society was much more rigid then, but not quite like that...

Are there any reliable comments about how historically accurate some of the little things are?
Is there much embellishment?
(Trying to avoid any mini-spoiler, one example is the "kneeling" question.)

RM


One review I read quotes the "experts" in England saying the series is historically accurate. Don't know specifically about the "kneeling" question.
Does anyone know when the second series (episodes 11-20) will become available to us common folks?

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Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Postby d0gerz » Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:49 pm

Have plowed through a couple of TV shows recently:

The Man in the High Castle It's 1962. Axis powers have won WWII, the US west of the Rockies is controlled by the Japanese Imperial Army, everything to the east is controlled by Nazi Germany. Really intense. First season is a bit of a slow burn, but things start to pick up in Season 2. The alternative history I find to be extremely fascinating.

The Crown Historical drama about the British royal family, picks up around the time Queen Elizabeth II ascends the throne. Great acting, in particular John Lithgow as Winston Churchill is just superb.

Also over the past week I read The Hunger Games trilogy for the first time, so am re-watching the movies. Now realize how much of a snoozefest Mockingjay Part 1 was. Glad I watched the movies first.

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Postby Jazztonight » Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:43 pm

Florence Foster Jenkins
I found it interesting and entertaining. The acting was superb.

Musicians will find it particularly interesting, and the NYC street scenes and classic cars and taxis are great.
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Postby Valuethinker » Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:59 am

Denial

http://www.bleeckerstreetmedia.com/denial

about the defamation lawsuit which historian David Irving brought against Emory U History Professor D. Lipstadt for her calling him a "Holocaust Denier". Irving was a serious historian who became something much more fringe.

It was argued in English courts (where the burden of proof is placed upon the defendant in a defamation trial, not the accuser), and is based on the real transcripts.

It avoids any reconstruction of the Holocaust (but they do visit Auschwitz at one point).

I found myself moved to tears at some points. Timothy Spall should get an Oscar for his portrayal of David Irving.

The movie manages to make the "good guys" not totally likeable, without eliciting any sympathy for Irving.

I found this, as a non Jew, to be a very moving and important movie.

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Postby Valuethinker » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:02 am

Fallible wrote:Zootopia - What fun! Wonderful animation (detailed and subtle facial expressions and correct movements for each and every animal), clever dialogue, and the perfect ending, especially if you remembered who never made it off the train at the beginning. I watched the sloths scene several times and wonder if an entire film could be done of them alone? Maybe, if viewers can slow down enough, long enough.


Zootropolis?

A brilliant film, and I lost track of the cultural references; Breaking Bad; The Godfather; Chinatown etc. Worth it for "Don't call me cute" alone.

I don't know what kids make of it, but as an adult I was captivated-- almost as good as Monsters, Inc or the Incredibles, and up there with Wall-E.

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Postby Valuethinker » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:08 am

d0gerz wrote:Have plowed through a couple of TV shows recently:

The Man in the High Castle It's 1962. Axis powers have won WWII, the US west of the Rockies is controlled by the Japanese Imperial Army, everything to the east is controlled by Nazi Germany. Really intense. First season is a bit of a slow burn, but things start to pick up in Season 2. The alternative history I find to be extremely fascinating.


Worth reading the Philip K Dick novel, then. Which is very interesting in itself-- not predictable where it goes.

SS GB, about a Great Britain under Nazi occupation, based on the Len Deighton thriller, is coming out- -they were filming in Highgate Cemetery (north London, also in the book) a few months ago and had to warn the locals about explosions and people in Nazi uniforms running around!

The Crown Historical drama about the British royal family, picks up around the time Queen Elizabeth II ascends the throne. Great acting, in particular John Lithgow as Winston Churchill is just superb.


I think the informed commentary suggests the script has little basis in reality, it has to guess at so much, but that it's entertaining. (it is true that Churchill stalled the Coronation as long as he could so he could remain Prime Minister when he was obviously not fit to be so).

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Postby Munir » Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:35 pm

Valuethinker wrote:
d0gerz wrote:Have plowed through a couple of TV shows recently:

The Man in the High Castle It's 1962. Axis powers have won WWII, the US west of the Rockies is controlled by the Japanese Imperial Army, everything to the east is controlled by Nazi Germany. Really intense. First season is a bit of a slow burn, but things start to pick up in Season 2. The alternative history I find to be extremely fascinating.


Worth reading the Philip K Dick novel, then. Which is very interesting in itself-- not predictable where it goes.

SS GB, about a Great Britain under Nazi occupation, based on the Len Deighton thriller, is coming out- -they were filming in Highgate Cemetery (north London, also in the book) a few months ago and had to warn the locals about explosions and people in Nazi uniforms running around!

The Crown Historical drama about the British royal family, picks up around the time Queen Elizabeth II ascends the throne. Great acting, in particular John Lithgow as Winston Churchill is just superb.


I think the informed commentary suggests the script has little basis in reality, it has to guess at so much, but that it's entertaining. (it is true that Churchill stalled the Coronation as long as he could so he could remain Prime Minister when he was obviously not fit to be so).


Valuethinker,

I Googled the topic of the historical accuracy of the film, "The Crown", and the first three references (there are many more) all state that the film is quite accurate by and large. A few exceptions are for example the character of Churchill's young female secretary but most other episodes and especially the details are accurate. The filmmakers went into great expense and trouble to research all these facts and look at a variety of sources. Do you have information to the contrary? I think it is a great film and for me the best I have seen in the last couple of years (acting, scenery, photography, plot), so I am somewhat defensive about it !

http://time.com/4542526/the-crown-netfl ... h-history/

http://mashable.com/2016/11/12/the-crow ... gbW7coQ5qq

http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-rad ... truth-real

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Postby VictoriaF » Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:34 pm

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? -- a play by Edward Albee, at the Washington Ford's Theater. It's a very powerful play, highly emotional, psychologically rich and surprising. Of course, I knew it was a classic, but there are many classics that I have not seen yet. I am glad that I saw this one.

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Postby gkaplan » Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:54 pm

Valuethinker wrote:Denial

http://www.bleeckerstreetmedia.com/denial

about the defamation lawsuit which historian David Irving brought against Emory U History Professor D. Lipstadt for her calling him a "Holocaust Denier". Irving was a serious historian who became something much more fringe.

It was argued in English courts (where the burden of proof is placed upon the defendant in a defamation trial, not the accuser), and is based on the real transcripts.

It avoids any reconstruction of the Holocaust (but they do visit Auschwitz at one point).

I found myself moved to tears at some points. Timothy Spall should get an Oscar for his portrayal of David Irving.

The movie manages to make the "good guys" not totally likeable, without eliciting any sympathy for Irving.

I found this, as a non Jew, to be a very moving and important movie.



I read her book when it first came out. I wanted to see the movie when it first came out but never got around to it. I placed a hold on the DVD at my library about a month ago and presently stand about 60th in the queue.
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Postby bertilak » Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:18 pm

VictoriaF wrote:Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? -- a play by Edward Albee, at the Washington Ford's Theater. It's a very powerful play, highly emotional, psychologically rich and surprising. Of course, I knew it was a classic, but there are many classics that I have not seen yet. I am glad that I saw this one.

Victoria

I saw this as a play put on by some group in my college. I then saw it in a movie theater when it first came out.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were very powerful actors. Somehow they could really chew the scenery (and each other!) without going over the top. They make you believe -- and cringe. I thought Sandy Dennis was also amazing -- an innocent, vulnerable, pregnant lamb locked in a cage with hungry tigers.

Long after, I bought the DVD but it took me a couple of years to get up the nerve to watch it! It is overwhelming.

Edit: I just looked this up on IMDB. Do you know how IMD give a list of "Plot Keywords?" They list 153 for this movie! I don't think I ever saw anything else with more than a dozen or so. George and Martha ring a LOT of bells!
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Postby rralex1 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:26 pm

Captain Fantastic. Oscar nominated. Worth a view, particularly in today's world.
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Postby blueblock » Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:28 pm

Re: The Crown

ResearchMed wrote:Is there much embellishment? (Trying to avoid any mini-spoiler, one example is the "kneeling" question.)


If I take your meaning, we laughed out loud at that scene. The quick, dawning look on Claire Foy's face was priceless.

Do I believe it actually happened? No, but I take the dramatic point that they had a pretty good marriage apart from the tensions of monarchy on her personal life, and this was a way to show that quickly.

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Postby Fallible » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:57 pm

Valuethinker wrote:
Fallible wrote:Zootopia - What fun! Wonderful animation (detailed and subtle facial expressions and correct movements for each and every animal), clever dialogue, and the perfect ending, especially if you remembered who never made it off the train at the beginning. I watched the sloths scene several times and wonder if an entire film could be done of them alone? Maybe, if viewers can slow down enough, long enough.

Zootropolis?

A brilliant film, and I lost track of the cultural references; Breaking Bad; The Godfather; Chinatown etc. Worth it for "Don't call me cute" alone.

I don't know what kids make of it, but as an adult I was captivated-- almost as good as Monsters, Inc or the Incredibles, and up there with Wall-E.


Very much agree. It equals one of my all-time favorites, Wall-E, in many ways - the dark-theme, big-issue storylines, the beautifully detailed animation, the well-developed characters whether animals or machines, the endless small but humorous and endearing touches such as the sloth just beginning to react to the fox's joke, and Wall-E meticulously lining up his "new" treads on a rack, or looking for exactly the right spot to store more junk he's brought home.

Watching the sloths, I thought it's not just that they move so slooooowly, but that the rest of us move so fast, which may say more about us than them.
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Postby htdrag11 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:41 pm

I'm always a sucker for anime and cartoon. This one is from France with English sub, about an aristocratic young girl who overcame her background and frigid surrounding to find her calling.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2262345/?ref_=nv_sr_1

At 80 minutes, it was a pleasure and a short escape to the North Pole. It's a children's classic without the Disney commercialism or formula. Music is poignant at times, but no singing (please!).

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Postby wilson08 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:45 pm

A Man Called Ove

A curmudgeon senior citizen in Sweden fails on several occasions to
commit suicide because someone is always interrupting him with a
need. Flashbacks of his past show his deceased wife was the only
bright spot in his adult life but he reluctantly learns there can be
meaning in his life now and his neighbors help him to have a more
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This movie is billed as a "dark comedy" but I found it more satirical
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Postby travellight » Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:57 pm

"Watching the sloths, I thought it's not just that they move so slooooowly, but that the rest of us move so fast, which may say more about us than them."

Not sure what this says about me, but the DMV sloth scene is possibly my favorite scene of all time. I feel like I live that scene every day.

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Postby Fallible » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:30 pm

Fallible: wrote:Watching the sloths, I thought it's not just that they move so slooooowly, but that the rest of us move so fast, which may say more about us than them.

"travelight wrote:
Not sure what this says about me, but the DMV sloth scene is possibly my favorite scene of all time. I feel like I live that scene every day.


Yes, and it's so well done it feels as if we're not just watching another scene, but entering another world, one where we're forced to slow down to catch up on what's going on. I wouldn't mind living in that world just for a change, just for awhile.
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Postby Koogie » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:27 pm

Okay, I got "suckered" into watching Zootopia tonight as well.

I don't like kids movies generally but.. Brilliant.

Reminded me of Wallace and Gromit in a way too (except slicker) Aardman like doing those sly cinema references in their films as well.

Bonus for Canadians: see if you recognize the male news anchors voice. My wife did right away.

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Postby travellight » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:16 pm

Fallible wrote:
Fallible: wrote:Watching the sloths, I thought it's not just that they move so slooooowly, but that the rest of us move so fast, which may say more about us than them.

"travelight wrote:
Not sure what this says about me, but the DMV sloth scene is possibly my favorite scene of all time. I feel like I live that scene every day.


Yes, and it's so well done it feels as if we're not just watching another scene, but entering another world, one where we're forced to slow down to catch up on what's going on. I wouldn't mind living in that world just for a change, just for awhile.



You're so right! It does take you right into that moment and is so thoroughly engaging. My ardor for it has not diminished with time.

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Postby smithmmark » Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:07 am

travellight wrote:"Watching the sloths, I thought it's not just that they move so slooooowly, but that the rest of us move so fast, which may say more about us than them."

Not sure what this says about me, but the DMV sloth scene is possibly my favorite scene of all time. I feel like I live that scene every day.


The sloth scene was the best. I still refer to it when I need a good laugh! :D

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Postby d0gerz » Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:19 am

Finished watching the new Amazon original series Sneaky Pete. Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad is a co-creator and also stars in it.

Great show. It's like the classic Paul Newman/Robert Redford movie The Sting (which the show even references directly at one point) but darker, like the TV show Fargo. Really enjoyed it, and now begins the long wait for season 2.

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Postby yngdoc » Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:04 pm

I watched groundhog day, again, no pun intended. lol
that was on tv last week, I just can't get enough of that movie. Any other fans out there?

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Postby bertilak » Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:02 pm

yngdoc wrote:I watched groundhog day, again, no pun intended. lol
that was on tv last week, I just can't get enough of that movie. Any other fans out there?

I saw the ads for it on TV. I've seen it several times in the past so didn't bother to tune in again. Great movie though!

I did think the ad was clever. It repeated the same 10 seconds or so over and over. (I Got You Babe!)

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Postby jginseattle » Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:16 pm

Toni Erdmann. An unconventional comedy from Germany.

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/22/movi ... .html?_r=0

La La Land. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this, but I enjoyed it immensely. Emma Stone is terrific.

I agree with Anthony Lane's advice: See it on the biggest screen you can find.

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bertilak wrote:
yngdoc wrote:I watched groundhog day, again, no pun intended. lol
that was on tv last week, I just can't get enough of that movie. Any other fans out there?

I saw the ads for it on TV. I've seen it several times in the past so didn't bother to tune in again. Great movie though!

I did think the ad was clever. It repeated the same 10 seconds or so over and over. (I Got You Babe!)

A THOUGHT! Ya know how on Christmas they have a "Christmas Story" marathon where they run the move back-to-back all day long? Well, now you know what I think they should do on groundhog day.

AMC did that this year! Groundhog Day is arguably my favorite movie, and I decided to record one of the airings and watch it again. It's brilliant.

I saw La La Land in December and Hidden Figures this weekend. Very, very different movies which I thoroughly enjoyed. I think Hidden Figures should be required viewing for anyone who understands English and can afford a place to sleep. I have a slight aversion to movies that are "inspiring" or "uplifting" or "heartwarming", but Hidden Figures made it through my defenses by using superb acting and a simple, direct approach to tell an amazing story.

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Postby abuss368 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:33 pm

We are watching "Bloodline" on Netflix.
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We are also watching "Six" on the History Channel app on Apple TV.
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Postby snowshoes » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:48 pm

Something Ventured : a Documentary about vc pursuits from the 50s to 80s directed by Dayne Goldfine, again.

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Postby MrNewEngland » Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:11 pm

abuss368 wrote:We are watching "Bloodline" on Netflix.


I absolutely loved that series... particularly the first season.

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Postby RoadHouseFan » Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:55 pm

abuss368 wrote:We are watching "Bloodline" on Netflix.


Best show on Netflix... Coach Taylor leads a really good cast of actors.

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Postby buccimane » Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:12 pm

stoptothink wrote:
Nicolas wrote:
buccimane wrote:Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.

Bought a juicer immediately after.. :sharebeer


I loved this film too and was ready to buy a juicer, in fact I had a couple picked out on Amazon but since I'm neither fat nor sick nor nearly dead my wife said no. Good thing too as I then forgot about it till now.


It is pretty inspirational, it is also some major spun vegetarian propaganda. Never understood, from a nutrition aspect, why people are into juicing; "hey, let's eliminate the huge majority of the fiber, but keep all the sugar..." It's extremely cost and nutrition inefficient.


The whole idea is to retain only soluble fiber while removing insoluble fibers. basis of the diet (cleanse).. lots of sugar tho
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Postby Dutch » Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:29 pm

buccimane wrote:
stoptothink wrote:
Nicolas wrote:
buccimane wrote:Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.

Bought a juicer immediately after.. :sharebeer


I loved this film too and was ready to buy a juicer, in fact I had a couple picked out on Amazon but since I'm neither fat nor sick nor nearly dead my wife said no. Good thing too as I then forgot about it till now.


It is pretty inspirational, it is also some major spun vegetarian propaganda. Never understood, from a nutrition aspect, why people are into juicing; "hey, let's eliminate the huge majority of the fiber, but keep all the sugar..." It's extremely cost and nutrition inefficient.


The whole idea is to retain only soluble fiber while removing insoluble fibers. basis of the diet (cleanse).. lots of sugar tho


For me it acted as a gateway to a healthier diet and lifestyle. Also got a juicer after seeing the film, and used it for a year with good results. But became increasingly convinced of the importance of dietary fiber, so now I'm using the blender instead.

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Postby minesweep » Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:16 pm

yngdoc wrote:I watched groundhog day, again, no pun intended. lol
that was on tv last week, I just can't get enough of that movie. Any other fans out there?

I watched the movie again too. It's one of my favorites.

One of my favorite lines is the second day Phil Connors (Bill Murray) wakes up and goes downstairs for coffee and on the way out of the door he responds to a query:

Will you be checking out today?

I'd say the chance of departure is 75-80 percent.


I watched the actual 131st ceremony on Feb. 2 (of this year) too. The PA television network carries the whole ceremony. Much larger crowd at Gobbler's Knob (in the thousands they said) then was shown in the movie. I wonder if the movie had an impact on the attendance over the years. I know it's stupid. But it's entertaining.

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Postby gkaplan » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:31 pm

Last night, I saw Woman in Gold on Netflix, directed by Simon Curtis and starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes,
Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Antje Traue, Elizabeth McGovern, Moritz Bleibtreu, and Jonathan Pryce.

Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt's famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Together with her inexperienced, young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle that takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court.

I saw this when it first came out. It still resonates on second viewing.
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Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Postby gkaplan » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:44 pm

Several nights ago, I finished watching Season Four of The Americans on Amazon. Still going strong.
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Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Postby Calygos » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:09 pm

I just re-watched The Running Man on Amazon the other night. Such a quintessential 80s action film with its glorious schlock and terrible one-liners!

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Postby wilson08 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:49 pm

The Founder

Ambitious, success-driven Ray Kroc attempted several unsuccessful business
ventures before coming across McDonalds in San Bernardino in 1955. The business
model used by the McDonald brothers created a fast, efficient, and focused
popular restaurant but the brothers were basically content with the one restaurant
operation after a small scale attempt at franchising.
Kroc was enamored with the business and had visions of nationwide franchises and
finally with perseverance won the brothers over. Kroc became more independent
and aggressive refusing to let anything stand in the way of his aspirations for success
including the McDonald brothers themselves. Excellent movie.

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Postby Nicolas » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:20 pm

gkaplan wrote:Last night, I saw Woman in Gold on Netflix, directed by Simon Curtis and starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes,
Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Antje Traue, Elizabeth McGovern, Moritz Bleibtreu, and Jonathan Pryce.

Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt's famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Together with her inexperienced, young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle that takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court.

I saw this when it first came out. It still resonates on second viewing.


Good film, I saw it too about a year ago. This painting was recently in the news again as
Oprah Winfrey was revealed to have owned its sister painting for the last ten years and recently sold it for $150 million, for a tidy profit. It's not the same painting as in the film (Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I) but it's by the same artist (Klimt) and of the same subject (Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II).

http://time.com/money/4665660/the-surpr ... sterpiece/

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Postby Clever_Username » Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:57 am

Saw The Great Wall today. It reminded me of a series of fantasy that I really enjoyed when I was younger, some of which were written by John Wick (not the Keanu Reeves character, whose sequel I have yet to see). I really enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would (I expected it to be fun and for that to be about it).
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Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Postby Nova1967 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:27 am

wilson08 wrote:The Founder

Ambitious, success-driven Ray Kroc attempted several unsuccessful business
ventures before coming across McDonalds in San Bernardino in 1955. The business
model used by the McDonald brothers created a fast, efficient, and focused
popular restaurant but the brothers were basically content with the one restaurant
operation after a small scale attempt at franchising.
Kroc was enamored with the business and had visions of nationwide franchises and
finally with perseverance won the brothers over. Kroc became more independent
and aggressive refusing to let anything stand in the way of his aspirations for success
including the McDonald brothers themselves. Excellent movie.


Yes, very good movie about business and perseverance, Kroc outsmarted the McDonalds brothers and did not honor the verbal agreement to give them 1%,of all proceeds.
They settled for $1 million dollars each, a good chunk of change back in the 50s but no where near what 1% of revenue that McDonals generates.

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Postby Ricola » Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:25 pm

Inside Job on Netflix. Excellent and alarming.


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