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[#] Sun Dec 25 2005 23:18:09 EST from Ygorl @ Uncensored

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There are lots of uses for outposts close to capitol cities. They can be necessary to guard key strategic locations or to serve as rally points if the main city comes under siege.

[#] Sun Dec 25 2005 23:21:55 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Memoires of a Geisha.

Excellently portrayed!  I've not read the book, but I understand that though parts of the book were not included, it still seemed fairly true to the written format, as well.



[#] Mon Dec 26 2005 11:17:49 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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I've avoided "Geisha".. thinking it probably doesn't hold a candle to the book. Went to see Shopgirl on Friday, and was glad to catch it before it leaves theatres entirely. It was very good. Obvious comparison would be Lost in Translation... But I felt that there were some times in the film where they used heavy handed scenes or devices to hammer a point home where it should have been left alone. I think they tried to widen the appeal of the film to include the average movie going schmuck, by spelling some things out. But the average movie going schmuck probably wouldn't like it anyway... Still it was good. Great date flick. And, Claire Danes has a sweet ass.

[#] Mon Dec 26 2005 17:29:16 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Casablanca!

[#] Mon Dec 26 2005 20:29:26 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Ladyhawke: One of the top three flicks of all time.

The other two are the Maltese Falcon and Jose Ferrer's Cyrano de Bergerac.

[#] Mon Dec 26 2005 21:09:14 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Absolutely, Curly

Ooh, also great films!  There are some flicks that just really stand the test....



[#] Mon Dec 26 2005 21:13:21 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Like Plan 9 From Outer Space, for example.  That has definately withstood the test of time.  Few people forget that movie, such was its power.


[#] Mon Dec 26 2005 21:17:47 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Um, um, um....yeah.  GRIN

[#] Tue Dec 27 2005 00:08:46 EST from penguinkraft @ Uncensored

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I finally saw HP IV last week, and it was excellent. Granted, I would have probably been very confused had I not read the book a few years ago. All in all, I've liked the third movie the best.

Has anyone seen King Kong yet? I was initially turned off from it because it's yet another remake of some classic movie, but a semi-reliable coworker liked it and I"m a sucker for Adrien Brody.

[#] Tue Dec 27 2005 13:06:00 EST from Hue Jr. @ Anansi-Del

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Having just reread LOTR, it simply reinforced my observation that movie 1 was good, movie 2 was exciting but became unfocused and started to betray a lack of understanding, and the final one just became a battle-fest. The battles in LOTR are mechanisms, not ends in themselves, mechanisms that get us from one point in the main theme to the next. But in the movies, we lose the theme (the temptations of power and how various people react to it) and become seduced by the dark side of movie-making -- the visual aspect. I think he became captivated by it, and by reinforcing the superficial visual aspect of it, we lose the emotional core of the movie. Some characters's wings get clipped - such as Saruman, who is a powerful example of the powerful succumbing to temptation -- while others are simply transformed into unrecognizable mush, such as Lord Denethor, Steward of Minas Tirith. In the movie he's a guy who can't eat without dripping into his bib; in the books, he's a leader who, in desperation, has gone down a path of temptation which has shown him enough truth to mislead him into a horrific suicide. He's a joke in the movies; he's a moving example of what happens when you lose your sight in the face of disaster in the books.

I can continue with an intellectual argument, but let me go to an emotional plane, instead. I went to all three movies with a friend (ex-gf, actually).
The first one she nearly jerked my arm out of its socket and really enjoyed the movie (she'd never read the books). The second she enjoyed but kinda shrugged part way through. The third, an hour in she asked me what time it was - and I looked at her and thought, "She's right. Thisis dull." If people want to walk away from a story, then the storyteller is failing -- and that's what she and I wanted to do. Granted, some people just want eye candy, hell I went to SERENITY over the weekend and had a ball - but it won't leave me thinking about important questions. LOTR, the books, can do that -- once you seriously wonder why Gandalf doesn't take the ring, you have to start considering how temptation impacts anyone. The movies actually start out with important questions, but by the time you get to #3, it's just eye candy, and I found that highly unsatisfying. That series of movies could have been so much more, and instead ... if you'll excuse me ... they fell into temptation and thus failed :)

[#] Tue Dec 27 2005 23:15:30 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ladyhawke: One of the top three flicks of all time.

I liked "Ladyhawke" too but I doubt I'd put it in the top three.

[#] Tue Dec 27 2005 23:20:21 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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ROFL, IG!  Looking back I can see why it read that way....but he meant that he was agreeing with me that Casablanca is one of the top 3 of all times.

(though of course, you know that my namesake could be nothing less!  <G>)



[#] Tue Dec 27 2005 23:21:50 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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We used to have someone here with the screen name "Mouse" -- inspired by the same movie, of course -- who then met someone on Everquest, got married, moved to the opposite coast, and was never heard from again.

[#] Tue Dec 27 2005 23:31:31 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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laughs...

Wonder if mice also mate for life (wolves and hawkes do)?



[#] Tue Dec 27 2005 23:52:22 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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This one didn't, apparently.

[#] Tue Dec 27 2005 23:54:13 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Ooops.

[#] Wed Dec 28 2005 08:52:13 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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We have a bit of a problem with ice dams on our roof, including one spot where icicles form, then drip, then cause one half of our front walk to turn into a sheet of ice. This provides me with endless amusement because I get to tell guests to keep their feet on the other half which isn't frozen: "Walk on the left side!"

[#] Wed Dec 28 2005 10:19:44 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Is that the Wild Side?  <G>

[#] Wed Dec 28 2005 15:26:37 EST from harry @ Uncensored

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I'd think that the icy side is the "wild" side.

[#] Wed Dec 28 2005 17:21:54 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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"Pass the dutchy on the left-hand side!"

Or whatever. 



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