What DVD are you watching lately?
I have BBC's Persuasion on, but I can't really get into. I've heard thought that BBC's Sense & Sensibility is good. Of course I"ve watched the Ang Lee Emma Thompson version which is superb... I may get it this week to see :P
Finished Masterpiece Classic: Upstairs Downstairs, which is actually just season 1 of the series. Not really if I'm sad or glad that there aren't more series on Netflix.... a pretty strange show! Obviously made in the 70s, but with quite a bit of character. Several episodes are just plain boring, others are just hard to follow... overall entertaining.
AC, I saw it when it first came out. I was about 13 at the time and I thought Edward and Captain James were just the bee's knees. I look at it now and think, golly, Edward was all nose! (I was also crazy about Davy Jones of the Monkees, and DH does not have a small schnozz. What is it with me?)
It goes on forever...I don't know how many seasons but I think it goes up almost to WW2. I lost interest toward the end.
The Horse's Mouth
One of my favorites.
Contagion: A sleepy thriller about a highly contagious virus that causes pandemonium. Steven Soderberg is the man, and this is really good
Indiscreet, a Carey Grant/Ingrid Berman classic
Good film, Lubi, once again the end is a little "pasted on" but there are some good performances.
France Sauvage. It's the pilot film for a documentary series which I hope they produce. Narrated by Sophie Marceau, gorgeous photography, and they even included a segment on the sea-life instead of concentrating on the landscape. I notice the difference between French and English/US documentaries, when the fox goes in for the kill on the cute little mousie thing they've been tracking, you don't get the long-shot-hidden-by-vegetation that is standard in many nature documentaries. They show it up close. Upsetting, yes, but that's how it goes. Same with birds of prey.
Just finished The Forsyte Saga (2002-3) and it is awesome! If you like British dramas/period pieces at all, you will love it. It's probably my favorite British drama. The acting is incredible, story/costumes/architecture/scenery amazing. The only sad part is Netflix only has series 1, and I had to watch series 2 on youtube, which was quite annoying! Series 1 is the best, but I definitely recommend watching both to get the whole picture. Such great character depth (whether you love 'em, or hate 'em!) 5/5
They made a new series? That was another one they did in the 70s that went on and on and on forever. The books are well-written but also tend to drag on toward the end; but then, an unhappy marriage will do that.
I've had Pulling in my queue for a while, but just noticed it's going to expire on 2/15, so I watched them all! 2 seasons of 6 (28 minute) episodes, and a separate hour long finale. Loved it! Hilarious. Very raunchy and insane, however, but totally entertaining. 4.5
Season 2 of M*A*S*H.
AC, I loved Pulling too! So glad you liked it. I think I plowed through both seasons in about 4 days.
The Ravishing Idiot 1964, Brigitte Bardot. Meh. For my money (and Dh's as well) she wasn't all that beautiful, unless you like crude. The film was OK for 90 min, rescued by Anthony Perkins (who spoke his own fluent French in the whole film, BTW. I had no idea) and his excellent performance. She was OK I guess, but I dislike the basic premise of "stacked blonde uses dumb act to manipulate people and get what she wants". Yes, it was standard in the 50s and 60s but that doesn't make it amusing. And if I see one more slow pan from her feet to her butt, I will hurl.
Obviously Vadim created the role of Barbarella for Bardot, but by the time that one got shot, he had moved on to Jane Fonda and Bardot was already a has-been.
Drive: This movie was almost amazing. I loved the dark tone of the film, the pace, and the directing was spot on. Overall, I really enjoyed this. 4/5
The Duchess, with Kiera Knightley and Ralph Fiennes. OK, but all the important action takes place off camera. They build up to a big scene (marital rape, lesbian sex, hetero sex, birth, death, whatever) and then cut away to something completely innocuous in which the characters may or may not remark on what happened or the aftermath of it. Annoying after a bit. Nice to look at, as with most BBC-type period dramas, but the cutting got really annoying.
The newest Twilight movie, and no I'm not ashamed.
Studio Ghibli's I Can Hear the Sea (aka Ocean Waves). Really it's an animated movie rather than a cartoon. Slow. Teen soap-opera. Yawn. Doesn't seem to go anywhere. The girl is a total jerk (if you can call a girl a jerk, rather than a biyotch, she acts like an adolescent-boy type jerk) and the guy is a total shmoo. He lets everyone order him around all the time and just looks rather dimwitted and surprised when things don't go well.
I'm glad I didn't pay to see it.