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Postby Saturn » Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:08 am

Here post what you are watching on TV, DVD or in the cinema?

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Medical dramas usually usually don't interest me but I just love this so much - Hugh Laurie's performance is just brilliant, his accent flawless, that comic timing spot-on.
He was born for that part.
They're showing repeats of it midday here in the UK and I tape it and watch it when I get home from work with my dinner :P

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The last and shortest series of nonsense from the Pythons. No John Cleese but still some great work on this. I love Python, the TV series and the movies- it's my ultimate feel good watch never fails to cheer me up with it's sheer lunacy :lol:

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American Dad is in my opinion the sharpest and funniest of the recent cartoon sitcoms.
For a show that has a bitchy permanently drunk alien and a goldfish transplanted with the brain of a horny German ski-jumper it's pretty straightforward compared to the random insanity of say Family Guy.

Plus the Mom Francine is hot in a Jessica Rabbit kind of sexy cartoon way :lol:

It's topical, political and always hits my funny bone. And any show in which George Clooney is stalked and nearly killed by a Connecticut housewife is tops in my book :wink:
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Postby Malia » Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:36 am

Hmm. . .I don't generally watch a lot of current TV (I watch more re-runs than new stuff) but I do like to watch the American version of The Office and Man Vs. Wild with Bear Grylls (if only to see him forced to take his clothes off in order to save his own life :lol: But seriously, he does have an entertaining show). Speaking of The Office, my brother Dan has the British version on DVD. Along with it came a translation guide for American viewers! I've seen a few episodes, and I have to admit, the translation guide really comes in handy. I guess we really are separated by a common language.

Oh, one thing my mom and dad and I (and everyone at my Dad's macintosh computer club :lol: ) have been following is the story of Paul Potts from Britain's Got Talent. I must admit, he is a Cinderella story and I'm so happy to hear he won the show! He certainly is talented--the tenor of his voice seems to "trip" emotions in people. (Of course, he did sing a Puccini aria and it doesn't take much Puccini to get me all emotional) With a little more vocal coaching and some "sprucing up", he's got a good career ahead of him, I dare say. At any rate, I'd buy his stuff. ;)
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Postby dks » Tue Jun 19, 2007 4:11 am

I'm an HBO addict... :oops:
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Postby Credo Buffa » Tue Jun 19, 2007 4:35 am

I'm all about The Office USA!

And Monty Python's Flying Circus is like the sweet nectar of the gods.

My all-time TV love, though, is The X-Files.
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Postby AsphodelElysium » Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:02 am

The X-Files was the best show ever! I catch re-runs whenever I can. I'm a House fan too, but my newest love is Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel. It follows the dangerous and lucrative business of crab fishing.
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Postby Saturn » Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:24 pm

I used to watch The X-Files religiously from when it started, way back in what '95 or something? T
hen after about four seasons it just turned into a bad comedy, it just turned awful, I don't know what happened I turned off after that

Chris Carter's next series Millennium was much superior anyway in my opinion.
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Postby Malia » Tue Jun 19, 2007 3:15 pm

I watched the X-Files off and on for a while. I generally enjoyed the episodes, although some of them were hard to follow if you didn't have the back story on the big "mystery" that pervaded the series--it had to do with aliens, I remember that much ;) Anyway, I always liked David Duchovney. I know people who say he's a total dweeb, but he's a great actor, and really funny and intelligent in interviews *and* he was an English major back in college. Gotta love those English majors!
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Postby AsphodelElysium » Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:36 pm

I like Duchovney quite a bit myself. :D He made some pretty decent movies too while he was working on The X-Files.
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Postby Saturn » Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:43 pm

AsphodelElysium wrote:I like Duchovney quite a bit myself. :D He made some pretty decent movies too while he was working on The X-Files.


Really?

Name one :lol:

He's an okay actor but for the life of me I can't remember one great film he was ever in.

Beethoven? :lol:

Evolution was a good laugh but he was basically sending up Fox Mulder in that.

I just checked the IMDB and apart from those two there was the soft-porn Red Shoe Diaries and not much else :lol:
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Postby AsphodelElysium » Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:31 pm

Well, allowing for differences in taste, I liked Return to Me (a very sweet romantic comedy). Also, some of his more slapstick comedies, Evolution, of course, Zoolander, Connie and Carla. His dramas are interesting, even if they didn't gain mainstream popularity. Playing God, his role in Kalifornia, House of D, and the dramedy Full Frontal.

But I think the X-Files speaks for itself. It did run for nine seasons and won 5 Golden Globes. :wink:

The truth be told, though, Duchovny is some pretty nice eye candy, so it doesn't really matter what he does, its going to be brilliant. :lol:
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Postby Saturn » Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:33 pm

AsphodelElysium wrote:Well, allowing for differences in taste, I liked Return to Me (a very sweet romantic comedy). Also, some of his more slapstick comedies, Evolution, of course, Zoolander, Connie and Carla. His dramas are interesting, even if they didn't gain mainstream popularity. Playing God, his role in Kalifornia, House of D, and the dramedy Full Frontal.

But I think the X-Files speaks for itself. It did run for nine seasons and won 5 Golden Globes. :wink:

The truth be told, though, Duchovny is some pretty nice eye candy, so it doesn't really matter what he does, its going to be brilliant. :lol:


Ahhh.

Don't get me wrong I like him, he was great as Fox and he's good at comedy just hasn;t been so lucky with other roles he's chosen.
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Postby Malia » Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:42 pm

One of my favorite movies of all time is Return to Me. I admit, it's no "Citizen Kane"--but I love it all the same. It's just so sweet and man, we need some sweetness in our world, let me tell ya. Also, the movie soundtrack is fabulous--Sinatra and Dino and all them guys! ;)
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Postby Malia » Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:49 pm

Just had a thought--how about we list our top ten movies of all time? That is to say, list the movies you personally think are the top 10 out of all you've ever seen. Now, I admit, I haven't seen a truck-load of movies, so my list might be missing a few biggies :) But here are ten I love--in no particular order.

Shawshank Redemption
Glory
Amadeus
1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice (OK, it's not a movie--but still!)
The Godfather
The Princess Bride
A Beautiful Mind
Return to Me
A Patch of Blue (old Sidney Poitier flick from 1965--REALLY good)
The Empire Strikes Back (Sentimental favorite--it was the first movie I ever saw in a theatre :) )
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Postby Saturn » Tue Jun 19, 2007 11:08 pm

That's way too hard a question - I usually do this by genre but here goes...

On the Waterfront

Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet - I never understood the play at all until I saw this.

The Legend Of 1900 - very obscure little film, but very beautiful. It stars Tim Roth as a man who was born, raised an died on a transatlantic liner between the two World Wars - a haunting, poetic little gem. Hunt it down people, you will love it

The Godfather Part Two

Monty Python And The Holy Grail :wink:

El Cid

American Beauty

Dead Poet's Society

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet
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Postby Malia » Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:49 am

Ooh! I forgot On the Waterfront. That is a *fine* movie.
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