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bigcitygal
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posted 14 June 2007 01:48 PM      Profile for bigcitygal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Okay, who's seen Ocean's 13?

My sweetie and I saw it last weekend. I'm a big fan of 11 and 12. I still have get around to see the original brat pack Ocean's 11. Even though I know the ending, I'd love to see all those stars in one movie.

There's a real gay esthetic of all these guys strutting around in so-cool outfits. Just in time for Pride week!

I'm so seeing the 5th Harry Potter movie when it comes out.


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mayakovsky
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posted 14 June 2007 04:14 PM      Profile for mayakovsky     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
bcg, I feel like a stick in the mud! My latest film viewing was a biopic of Shostakovich by Sokurov (Russian Ark). It was made during the Soviet era and was controversial. It is billed as being a real 'underground' film as Sokurov hid it from the KGB in a hole. I also bought 'Meet John Doe' a Gary Cooper film.

I do like my spy thrillers though, has anyone seen 'The Good Shepherd'? I also will watch anything with Ben Stiller, he makes me laugh. Then there is my Sue Thomas addiction.


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Michelle
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posted 03 July 2007 12:07 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm dying to see Ocean's 13! I'm not much of a George Clooney fan, and I'm not much into pretty boys (or men) but there's just something about him in this movie series that charms me to death. Maybe it's the whole style of the movie itself or something. Brad Pitt leaves me, as always, cold.

My little one and I went to see Evan Almighty yesterday. It was really funny, a good one to take your kids to see. And it even had a good environmentalist theme, too! Republicans won't like it. Basically, God is getting righteous on right-wingers who destroy parklands with suburbs. Pretty awesome!


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Sineed
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posted 03 July 2007 03:45 PM      Profile for Sineed     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've only seen the first one. My sweetie saw "Ocean's 12" when he was donating plasma, and said it wasn't as good as the first.

I beg to differ, Michelle. Not only is George Clooney a hottie with a brain, he's a lefty--check out his directorial debut, "Good Night, and Good Luck," about the HUAC hearings.

The last movie I saw in the theatre was "Arthur and the Invisibles," a thoroughly charming kids' movie that my mom and I enjoyed along with the wee ones. For parents like me, who have sat through many unbearable kids' flicks (think "Piglet's Great Adventure" or that awful one starring Elmo--I've mercifully blanked on the name) it's refreshing and non-Hollywood, featuring David Bowie as the ubervillain. He's a hideous stick-insect looking thing, but somehow he still sort of looks like Bowie.

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I'm so seeing the 5th Harry Potter movie when it comes out.

Oh yeah! The trailers are totally cool!

[ 03 July 2007: Message edited by: Sineed ]


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Doug
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posted 03 July 2007 05:21 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You might consider reading some leftist sci-fi by writers such as Ken MacLeod or Kim Stanley Robertson.
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Shazum
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posted 04 July 2007 06:59 AM      Profile for Shazum     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
it's all about Transformers. great leave your brain at the door movie
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Briguy
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posted 04 July 2007 08:29 AM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm on the fence about every movie coming out. I was peer-pressured into seeing Pirates of the Carribean and pretty much felt seasick throughout. I enjoyed Spidey 3 way more than all of the critics, friends, and random weirdos on the street said I would. I want to see Oceans 13, but I've got a case of the "what if it sucks?" holding me back, mostly because I liked Oceans 11 so much.

I will miss FF4rots(s). Any sequel made to apologize for the poor quality of the first film doesn't inspire confidence. Transformers? Honestly? Are Hollywood executives on smack? Don't answer that.


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Michelle
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posted 07 July 2007 04:56 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So, who went to Transformers?

I just heard a review of it - it's two and a half hours long!? Um, no. My kid will be seeing that one on DVD, I'm afraid - I can't bear to sit through two and a half hours of that!


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Coyote
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posted 07 July 2007 11:17 AM      Profile for Coyote   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oceans 13 was fun, to my mind. Enjoyed it.

Knocked Up was good but tooooo looonng.

Transformers. too long (again. why do they do that?) but super fun boom-plow-transform-kablooie.


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Michelle
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posted 07 July 2007 11:23 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I can't imagine sitting through two and a half hours of Transformers. You're a better man than I, Coyote.

[Edited because I called Coyote "Catchfire"!]

[ 07 July 2007: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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posted 07 July 2007 11:42 AM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, but you're a better woman than he'll ever be!
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Coyote
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posted 07 July 2007 03:37 PM      Profile for Coyote   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That is true, oldgoat.

Hey, Michelle, it has nothing to do with being a better "man" - this is my childhood of which we speak! I was obsessed with Transformers as a young one. I remember jumping up and down like mad when I got Optimus Prime for my 6th or 7th birthday.


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Tommy_Paine
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posted 07 July 2007 04:43 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
One of my daughters wants to take me to see "Sicko" this weekend...tomorrow night, I guess.

The other will take me to see "Harry Potter".

I wouldn't necessarily see "Sicko", I hate being preached to when I am already one of the converted, but Moore does inject a lot of humour to keep me interested, and more importantly, I want my money to go to Moore so he can make more documentaries.

I've enjoyed the Potter books and the movies along with my youngest since the series started, it's one of those "our things" we do together. With each of my daughters, there are things we do all together, and then we have little compartmentalized things that have evolved over time that just one of them and I do.

I try to leave out politics when I watch movies, and forget about the partizan affiliations of this actor or this singer or such and such a painter.

It's not always easy.

But in the main, I try to check that stuff in the foyer.

Dali may have been an ardent supporter of fascist Franco, but I still enjoy his paintings. Charlton Heston may be a right wing wacko, but he is still a wooden, artless actor.


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marzo
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posted 08 July 2007 09:08 AM      Profile for marzo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A few years ago, when I was seriously ill and was unable to do much, I needed escapist entertainment and I got hooked on Stargate SG1. I watched it every day and got to know the characters, the sci-fi gadgets, the aliens, the conspiracies, the whole bit.
I thought that after the departure of the characters Jack O'Neil, Dr. Janice Frasier, and Gen. Hammond it just wasn't as interesting anymore.
I don't think Stargate is exactly 'left-wing' but it was an entertaining mix of humour, drama, and fantasy.

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Lard Tunderin' Jeezus
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posted 30 July 2007 10:07 AM      Profile for Lard Tunderin' Jeezus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Charlton Heston may be a right wing wacko, but he is still a wooden, artless actor.
True enough. He makes William Shatner look positively Shakespearean.

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oldgoat
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posted 30 July 2007 10:26 AM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Believe it or not, Shatner started off at Stratford, and did do Shakespeare.

That he did not do it for very long I guess says something.


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Caissa
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posted 30 July 2007 10:28 AM      Profile for Caissa     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You can certainly see traces of his Shakespearean training in his portrayal of Captain Kirk.
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Michelle
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posted 30 July 2007 10:34 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If anyone ever wants to get me an extremely expensive gift, all the seasons of Babylon 5 would be good. K thx.

Seriously though - I keep telling myself I'm going to rent the seasons one-by-one (I think there are only five) and watch the whole thing. I loved Babylon 5 when it was on, but only got to somewhere around the beginning of season 3. And I no longer remember the ones I did watch because it was so long ago, so I would need a refresher.


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quelar
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posted 30 July 2007 11:37 AM      Profile for quelar     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Definitely a worthwhile time killer Michelle.

Babylon 5 is probably the more under respected great science fiction show (the New Battlestar and Firefly both getting their due now).

If you've only seen the first 3 seasons, hang on, it gets interesting.


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Michelle
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posted 30 July 2007 11:40 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think I saw right up to the point where Kosh's "identity" (that is, what sort of creature he is) is revealed.

Darn, I really want to rent it now.


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HeywoodFloyd
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posted 30 July 2007 12:19 PM      Profile for HeywoodFloyd     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Michelle:
If anyone ever wants to get me an extremely expensive gift, all the seasons of Babylon 5 would be good. K thx.

If you find someone who actually gives you that, tell them that I'd like the last season of The West Wing on DVD. Between campaigns and the time slot change, I managed to miss 50% of the episodes.


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Michelle
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posted 30 July 2007 02:55 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, I'm sure people are lining up to spend $500 on videos in order to satisfy my whim.

Speaking of escapism for lefties, I got three videos from the library - two out of three of "The Awful Truth" first season videos. Love the Michael!


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posted 30 July 2007 02:57 PM      Profile for HeywoodFloyd     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I just got a copy of "Love Actually". One of the greatest "chick" flicks of all time and totally leftie-friendly.
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posted 30 July 2007 09:50 PM      Profile for Left Turn     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
On Saturday I watched the movie A Walk On The Moon on W. I would denfinitely consider it a lefti-friendly movie. Here's the plot summary of it from imdb.

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Summer, 1969: men on the moon, and Woodstock happening near the cabin where the Kantrowitz family stays every summer. The camp's a Jewish fish-bowl. Marty's there weekends; he repairs TVs in Brooklyn. He's square and decent. His wife Pearl and his mother camp with Alison (she's 14) and their younger son. Pearl got pregnant at 17 and feels she missed her youth. While Alison experiences her first date, first kiss, first period, and stealing off to Woodstock with the lifeguard, Pearl has her own sexual awakening with "the blouse man," a peddler who sells at the camp. They too go to Woodstock. Marty confronts Pearl about the affair; she and he have to decide what to do next.

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