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    After watching disc 1 of season 1 of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Service, I have to wonder: was the original set of books that violent? The TV series are meant to be a continuation of the books, but there are some disturbing scenes, and disc 1 ended quite cruelly.

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    Anyone who came out of a Dungeons & Dragons background as I did could do far worse than watch "Disenchantment", which is hysterical and nearly perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    After watching disc 1 of season 1 of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Service, I have to wonder: was the original set of books that violent? The TV series are meant to be a continuation of the books, but there are some disturbing scenes, and disc 1 ended quite cruelly.
    There is one fairly gruesome death in the original novel, and so far as I can remember that's it. An entire airport terminal is vaporized in the sequel, I believe, but not in any kind of gory way.
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    The Man Who Invented Christmas. The film is a rather fanciful biopic of how Charles Dickens brought us A Christmas Carol. It was an entertaining movie but I suspect mostly a lot of humbug when it comes to reality and how Dickens actually wrote.

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    The local Community TV station had a fun old movie on today. It was a 1946 'B' (being kind) film called "Swing Parade of 1946" produced by Monogram Pictures. It starred Gale Storm - born Josephine Cottle - and The Three Stooges, the Larry, Curly & Moe version. The plot was nearly non-existent and just served to mark time until either a musical number or a short comedy skit occurred. There were lots of entertainingly poorly choreographed dance sequences by a group of pretty girls who had just about enough talent to shake their (literal) feathers in time and not bump into each other, but not much more.

    One highlight was the appearance of the great Louis Jordan - playing, singing and even dancing his big hit 'Caldonia'. All round a nice divertissement for a quiet afternoon - they don't make them like this any more and I understand why.

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    7 Days At Entebbe, an interesting take on the hostage-taking and Israeli counterterrorist operation of 1976. The climax is a postively hallucinatory intercutting of the assault on the old airport building, and a performance of Ohad Naharin modern dance Echad Mi Yodea.
    Then I've been wearing out this YouTube video of a different Echad Mi Yodea performance. If you have seven and a half minutes to spare, and don't know the work already, I urge you to take a look - it separated me explosively from my socks.

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    Just rewatched the end of the 11th Doctor, in preparation for number 13 coming up soon. Not going to bother watching any 12 except maybe The Husbands of River Song, because I'm a sucker for River.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Just rewatched the end of the 11th Doctor, in preparation for number 13 coming up soon. Not going to bother watching any 12 except maybe The Husbands of River Song, because I'm a sucker for River.
    I think I mentioned before that I've been working my way through all the old Doctor Who episodes, as I had never watched the series before Capaldi came on. I started watching the old ones about the same time as Capaldi started.

    I just finished "The Angels Take Manhattan", Rory and Amy's swan song, so all I've got left unwatched is the dozen-or-so episodes with 11 and Clara.

    I'm not sure if I'll get through them all before 13's episodes actually begin, but I'm hoping so.
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    Watching the last episode of Salvation I think it is...
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    Saw Crazy Rich Asians with some friends last night. If my boyfriend had left me that unprepared for what a week with his family would mean--even, to be honest, with what it would mean in terms of clothing--I'd have to seriously contemplate whether I wanted to stay with him or not. Still, it's a charming enough movie.
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