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bartist
Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2023 8:37 pm Reply with quote
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Befade wrote:
I recommend Living with Bill Nighy.


I just realized that's the one adapted from one of my favorite Japanese films, Ikiru. So yes, thank you, I will take your recommendation. Only in theaters now so all depends on when it gets to Stixville.

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Posted: Sat Feb 04, 2023 1:32 am Reply with quote
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Iíll watch Bill Nighy. In anything but I also saw Ikiru and was very impressed by it. And the Japanese screen writer is also notable. This version however takes place in London. Which is very appropriate.

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Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2023 9:30 pm Reply with quote
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The Amazing Maurice is a mostly faithful and well-done animated version of Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, his first official children's novel which is, of course, not just for children. You may have to be familiar with his works to realize this is a Discworld novel that mostly independent of the rest. It's also one of the best.

Maurice (pronounced in the French manner so you don't confuse him with that other cat) is a sentient talking cat who, together with the young flautist Keith and a troupe of sentient talking rats, are roaming from city to city perpetuating a Pied Piper scam. But finally they come to a town where there is a strong rat culture but no evident rats, and a surprising lack of food. There are also two sinister rat catchers and a cloaked figure with a big hat and hardly a head to put it on. And this is all narrated by the storyteller Malicia (Pratchett had a gift for names) who turns out to be the mayor's daughter. She's convinced that they're part of a story, and, this being Discworld, they are.

By the way, the talking rats got that way by rifling through the trash at Unseen University, which is the home of the wizards of Discworld. (How Maurice got to talk is a spoiler.) They named themselves after familiar labels on cans (they can read too), so we have rats named Sardines, Peaches, and Dangerous Beans, the last name giving me pause.

Maurice has an incredibly toothy grin, clearly intended to remind us of another famous cat from literature. He's voiced by Hugh Laurie. Malicia is Emilia Clarke of Games of Thrones fame.

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Befade
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2023 12:03 am Reply with quote
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Trying to catch all the Oscar nominies. I saw the biggest nominee and the biggest bomb today. First, thereís a problem with the films coming out in theaters today. THEY ARE TOO LONG‼️ Iím perfectly content to watch a film from the forties. Their plot elements are simple, relatable and succinct. One and a half hours expresses the theme very well. I enjoyed 1/2 hour of Everything Everywhere. But talk about overcooked. A message film hammering away for almost 3 hours. The first half of the film felt like a reflections of life as a cartoon. The second half tried to tie it up with rocks talking. OK. Life is hard. People disagree. Just be kind and focus on whatís good.

The Banshees movie was out and out depressing. This was the second Irish film Iíve seen recently. I have a strong impression of solitude being a characteristic of life there. One way to cope with depression is to socialize. When 2 lifelong friends spend daily time together. And one of them quits the relationship the result is going to be depression if there arenít any replacement people around. The way these 2 dealt with this was just plainly brutal.

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Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2023 8:07 am Reply with quote
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Sounds like you need to see the movie with rats.

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Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2023 3:02 pm Reply with quote
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Ratatouille?

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Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2023 9:18 pm Reply with quote
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The Amazing Maurice (not pronounced Morris!)

I gave some warning about Banshees, but I still think it was a fine movie even if dark. I can give it two thumbs up....because unlike Brendan Gleeson I still have two.

The involvement of Terry Pratchett, MHRIP, and Hugh Laurie is sufficient to get me to TAM.

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Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2023 3:16 pm Reply with quote
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Life imitates art, as train derailment in town where White Noise was filmed, proves eerily similar to the one in the movie.

https://www.cnn.com/2023/02/11/health/ohio-train-derailment-white-noise/index.html

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Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2023 4:58 pm Reply with quote
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https://youtu.be/OsU0CGZoV8E

RRR!

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