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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 1/22/2021 3:03:23 AM   
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The Truth About Franco, Spain's Forgotten Dictatorship PBS America

Watched this four part documentary. Very watchable, relatively high level program on General Franco, his life and crimes - er I mean times. Worth watching I feel, although perhaps I expected more about the Civil War/World War II than there was.

He certainly fitted the mould of all dictators; he was something of an inadequate murderous twat.




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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 1/22/2021 3:55:46 PM   
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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga - Official Trailer

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 1/29/2021 2:46:20 PM   
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Watching an episode, or two, of Castle most evenings.

And continuing watching old films. Just watched The Golden Child, and Gotcha!.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 2/1/2021 7:06:17 PM   
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Hitler's Children BBC4

Another superb BBC4 offering. This documentary focused on the children, grandchildren, and one-great niece, of Himmler, Frank, Goethe, Hoess and Goering.

The moving piece centred on the feelings of guilt, shame, horror and whole manner of other negative emotions that have tortured those relatives of some of the most hideous 'humans' ever to have stained planet earth.

The grandson of Hoess - commandant of Auschwitz - was one of the saddest stories. There were pictures of his dad - a pre-teenager during the war - spending idyllic family time at their villa. A villa whose garden wall was the perimeter of Auschwitz... His dad (the happy smiling child in the pictures) grew up a cold, austere, denier of Nazi guilt who showed no love nor affection to his children... In some ways even sadder was the grand niece of Goering, who loved her grandmother as a little girl - only to find later that she was another that denied the Holocaust and denounced the tales from the camps as 'lies'.

What a legacy.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 2/10/2021 4:15:07 PM   
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Once Upon a Time in..... Hollywood

Mmmmm. I watched this not knowing anything about it - other than the blurb that said it was about a fading film star (DiCaprio) in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

So I saw it had a good cast and gave it a go. I must admit I was pretty disappointed and don't really know what to think of it - particularly the ending and the whole Sharon Tate thing.

V. Strange.....




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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 2/10/2021 9:16:32 PM   
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Once Upon a Time in..... Hollywood

Mmmmm. I watched this not knowing anything about it - other than the blurb that said it was about a fading film star (DiCaprio) in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

So I saw it had a good cast and gave it a go. I must admit I was pretty disappointed and don't really know what to think of it - particularly the ending and the whole Sharon Tate thing.

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It was Tarantino's latest installment of melding Spaghetti Western revenge themes with alternate history (previous being Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds). He did better when he stuck to pure Spaghetti Western - Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Kill Bill.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 2/16/2021 12:25:24 PM   
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Watched Shooting Fish yesterday with my parents. We all liked it and I think it had aged fairly well. Especially considering it had some central computer elements in the story.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 2/16/2021 4:01:34 PM   
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I watched the four Shrek films with the little warspites over the last few Sundays.

Shrek 1 and Shrek 2 are as brilliantly funny and endearing as they ever were, Shrek 4 is not quite up to the same high standard but is still a very good film.... and then there is Shrek 3. I mean what the hell? So many good ideas throughout the film.... but the dialogue, the jokes, the whole thing just fell flat...How was it possible to make every scene so desperately unfunny?


Shrek 2: Are we there yet?



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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 2/21/2021 7:08:55 AM   
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Continuing to watch old films with my parents. We just watched The Untouchables, and Léon: The Professional.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 2/21/2021 1:37:53 PM   
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Found this list of movies on Reddit.
It is billed as being:

"Movies that "****" with your mind"

I've slowly been watching my way
through the list.

My favorite so far has been "Pi"
Pi is about an intense young man
obsessed with finding a numerical
pattern that underpins reality.

I do not watch movies often. So
a list like this helps me back-fill
things I have missed over the years.



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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 2/23/2021 7:01:50 AM   
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I do not mind following lists like this. However, when I do so I would like to have easy access to the films on the list.

Also, when the films **** with my mind I get annoyed when they do it the cheating, lazy, way. That is, of course, in my own humble opinion.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 3/2/2021 6:45:44 PM   
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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10551256/

'Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan' by Netflix good enough documentary to return Total War Shogun 2 Clans!

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 3/2/2021 10:29:43 PM   
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Just got The Pacific in the mail from my dad.

So the plan is to binge watch it starting tonight.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 3/6/2021 7:28:46 AM   
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Just finished watching Your Honor (Sky Atlantic). A very watchable story in 10 parts about an honourable judge (nicely played by Bryan Cranston) who turns to crime to save his 17-year old son after the latter accidentally kills the son (also 17) of a local crime boss.

I didn't see the ending coming, which was quite clever. Recommended




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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 3/11/2021 9:27:07 AM   
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Mutiny in the RAF - Secret History about the mutiny of tens of thousands of RAF personnel in 1946, which can be seen on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1SkyxdlSR0

For more information: http://www.socialisthistorysociety.co.uk/?page_id=179



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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 3/20/2021 2:35:51 PM   
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Chanced across this engrossing video.
It is a short (12 minutes) animated
film which details the genesis of Cargo Cults
in WWII's Southwest Pacific.



Nice animation, good sound track and
quirky off-beat subject matter makes
this one a pleasure.

There is something about this region
that grabs my attention. Several times
whilst reading memoirs, the authors
mention jungle "Spirits".

First, in a contemptuous, "Those silly
superstitious natives" kind of manner.

Which later, as the soldiers move deeper
into the jungle's infinite gloom, morphs
into a palpable psychic dread.

Cargo Cult Video

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 3/22/2021 12:07:28 AM   
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I just had to watch "2001 A Space Odessey"
first saw it in 1968

Then the wife and I saw it at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. We both remember spending time at Marilyn Monroe's hand and footprints in the concrete out front.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 3/22/2021 10:08:52 AM   
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I just had to watch "2001 A Space Odessey"
first saw it in 1968

I remember when it was re-released in 2001 for a limited run. I took a train and went to see it in Rome, on one of the biggest screens in all Italy. It was stunning.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 3/22/2021 1:52:33 PM   
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And for the most part it's still not dated, made in 1968, amazing.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 3/22/2021 2:05:35 PM   
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My favorite 2001 trivia is the tablet.
An astronaut had tossed a tablet casually
across a flat surface and it was just
laying there, playing back some video.

But, of course nothing back then could
play video from such a slim package.

They had cut a hole into the surface and installed
a small TV underneath to make the tablet seem like it was
a functional device.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 3/23/2021 12:19:19 AM   
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The Man from Utah by Lone Star productions.

Sweet Pea seems to like the main actor and the horses.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 3/23/2021 1:55:43 AM   
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The Star Packer from Lone Star productions.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 3/23/2021 4:57:07 PM   
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Line of Duty Series 6 (BBC)

Fantastic!!




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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 3/27/2021 3:24:04 AM   
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The Serpent (BBC)

Just got round to watching this. Not bad, but perhaps 8 episodes was stretching it a little?

The series is based on a real life killer - Charles Sobhraj - in Southeast Asia (mainly Thailand) in the 1970's. His victims were mostly backpackers, who he robbed and murdered.

He had a French Canadian female accomplice, and it was disconcerting to see Jenna Coleman play a villain. No, no, no BBC!

The Thai authorities were seemingly not interested in the murders of western travellers, but Sobhraj was finally caught thanks, in no small part, to a Dutch diplomat who, angered by the death of two Dutch travellers who were burnt alive, decided to take matters into his own hands.

Recommended.




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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 3/28/2021 8:32:58 AM   
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Just finished re watching a horror series, The Strain.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 3/28/2021 12:46:08 PM   
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I watched Zack Snyder's Justice League. I didn't watch the original cut so I started with a clean slate. My honest opinion: it is terrible.

First and foremost: nothing happens. Four hours in a world of superheroes, ancient civilizations and evil demons give us only two decent battles (the final one is really cool but you need three hours and half to get there).

I was told that D.C. movies were supposed to be "edgier". If "edgier" means "take a Marvel movie and discard the fun parts (and half of the colors)", then JL is edgier.

What surprised me the most is how "empty" this movie is on a multitude of levels. It is empty of contents. Empty of plot twists (there are no plot twists at all actually). Empty of characterization. Even the World itself is eerily empty.

Cyborg causes city block-wide blackouts and no one cares. A superpowered battle with death rays and explosions happens right in the middle of Metropolis and the maximum that the US government can deploy are two soldiers and a policemen. The heroes initiate an all-out war against the baddies in Russia and no one shows up there either... The litany of idiotic or patently absurd plot points could fill pages (Superman just can't see from orbit that there is an all-out superpowered war going on in Russia: he must land and ask Alfred what's going on).

I know that this is a superhero movie. I actually like them when they are well done. The first Iron Man and the Avengers were fun. The Winter Soldier reached an unexpected level of quality. My favourite superhero is Doctor Strange and I was very happy with his movie. For some reasons I didn't connect with Guardians of the Galaxy but I recognise that it is a question of taste.

ZS's JL is a stupid scene, followed by nothing, followed by a stupid scene, followed by nothing, followed by a battle scene caused by a stupid reason, followed by nothing... At the end, it is a demo-reel of the best that Zack Snyder can technically do. If this is what you are looking for then you will be happy. Still, IMHO, Snyder was even better than here in Sucker Punch. That movie had more flair, spirit and even a sense of sheer, anarchic fun amid the drama totally missing here.

I liked Sucker Punch and I sighed here. Maybe I'm becoming a grumpy old man.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 4/2/2021 9:26:39 AM   
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The Terror (BBC)

Just finished watching this series. It is based on a book that tells a story of the loss of HMS Terror and HMS Erebus along with all 129 men, while trying to find the Northwest Passage, in the 1840's. I say a story because no one knows exactly what happened to the men.

What is known (from a scribbled note) is that the leader of the expedition, Sir John Franklin, had already died when the remaining crew abandoned the ice bound ships and headed south.

Few remains and evidence has been found that actually tell us much (the ships themselves have been found in the last few years).

One theory - seemingly backed up by looking at some human remains, is that there was a problem with the solder on the tinned food and this led to lead poisoning.

There is a good cast; Ciaran Hinds, Tobias Menzies (always good at playing the oaf), Greta Sacchi and the always excellent Jared Harris.

Recommended.




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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 4/2/2021 12:50:09 PM   
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You've only just got The Terror over there? Slack.

Great production but they botched the horror elements. The book had combined the known events and the horror superbly.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 4/6/2021 6:14:38 PM   
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The Blackout: Invasion Earth

Sci-Fi, Dubbed in English, Made in Russia.

Good apocalyptic entertainment for an evening.

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RE: What program/film/documentary are you watching now? - 4/6/2021 8:11:03 PM   
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The Terror

This is such a good book. The author is worth keeping up with.

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