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    Quote Originally Posted by captain swoop View Post
    On a plus note I saw Guardians of the Galaxy last night as well, that was great.
    I am so not the target demographic for that movie (it was given to me as a gift by someone who basically just wanted the chance to watch it on my home cinema set-up). So we watched it on Friday night. I didn't really understand what was going on most of the time, but there was some eye-twistingly bad 3D work in the live-action segments.

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    Watched the film LUCY yesterday, some ok graphics, a bit arthouse but at least there was the presence of Morgan Freeman, unfortunately his dialogue seemed to be reduced to 'penny dreadfull' levels.
    The premise of the film is straightforward enough but to say it was stretching credulity is an understatement.
    Best viewed after a few glasses, of whatever you fancy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    The best Bond movie ever was From Russia With Love. It was all downhill after that. I do have to confess I quite liked George Lazenby in the role!
    I like From Russia With Love, Live and let Die and Goldeneye.
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    I had to look up Live and Let Die to see which one it was. Now I'm sorry I did. It was awful, and terribly racist. Just having Roger Moore in it pretty well moves it toward the bottom of the heap. And then there was the ridiculous sheriff character. Ugh. I've not seen Goldeneye, or pretty much any of the newer films.
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    I just don't like James Bond. Of course, he isn't my wish fulfillment, for one thing.
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    My teenage self went to Thunderball on my first actual date, around 50 years ago. So there's a certain sentimental attachment!
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    I've been watching the original BSG and am up to the episode with Lloyd Bridges.

    I know there are many actors that sometimes get remembered for some roles (sometimes trivial), but his character in this episode amuses me because I keep expectingthe line "I guess I picked the wrong time to stop drinking ambrosia". Especially since Airplane is not to far before this in my watching rotation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I had to look up Live and Let Die to see which one it was. Now I'm sorry I did. It was awful, and terribly racist. Just having Roger Moore in it pretty well moves it toward the bottom of the heap. And then there was the ridiculous sheriff character. Ugh. I've not seen Goldeneye, or pretty much any of the newer films.
    Besides GoldenEye and Casino Royale, you haven't missed anything--except quite possibly the worst Bond movie: Die Another Day.

    Oh, it was so bad.

    GoldenEye doesn't make sense if you think about it*, but the characters and dialog are so slick and funny that it's worth a watch.

    *For an example, why does it take a radio transmitter the size of the Arecibo Observatory to communicate with a satellite in low Earth orbit? Satphones get the job done with an antenna the size of a hotdog.

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    Oh, that must be the one I caught the last five minutes of on TV one time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEOWatcher View Post
    I've been watching the original BSG and am up to the episode with Lloyd Bridges.

    I know there are many actors that sometimes get remembered for some roles (sometimes trivial), but his character in this episode amuses me because I keep expectingthe line "I guess I picked the wrong time to stop drinking ambrosia". Especially since Airplane is not to far before this in my watching rotation.
    And I always look for the SCUBA tank.
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    Thunderball ...

    The title song sounds great. When Tom Jones was recording it,
    he got very confused. He asked, "I don't understand these lyrics.
    What do they mean?" The composer was shocked. "Tom, this
    is a Bond movie! The lyrics don't mean anything!"

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    Lloyd Bridges ...

    I always imagined running into him and asking him if his
    fingertips were permanently wrinkled from being in the water
    so long.

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    Seven Chances, a Harold Lloyd comedy where he has to marry by 5:00 that day in order to inherit $7 million--and that's in 1925. Naturally, he has a girlfriend, and naturally, it isn't so simple as just marrying his girlfriend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Root View Post
    Thunderball ...

    The title song sounds great. When Tom Jones was recording it,
    he got very confused. He asked, "I don't understand these lyrics.
    What do they mean?" The composer was shocked. "Tom, this
    is a Bond movie! The lyrics don't mean anything!"

    -- Jeff, in Minneapolis
    There's the story that Frankie Laine, who recorded the theme for Blazing Saddles, didn't realize it was a comedy until he saw the movie.
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    I'm following Mark Reads and he's just started Guards! Guards!. His reactions make re-listening to the book so much better.


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    The Wolverine, or the one where Logan goes to Japan.

    It's not terrible, like Wolverine's Colon, and it's better than X3, which was a major disappointment after X2. It's okay if you don't expect much out of it and either accept, or laugh at, the presence of ninjas (what is this, the early 1980s?) and the giant robotic samurai exoskeleton with oversized hot sword.

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    Saw The Ballad of Princess Kaguya at the Olympia Film Society yesterday and The Hobbit: My, This Does Go On, Doesn't It? with Graham this afternoon.
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    Here you go the Hobbit in 72 seconds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqsAzTS6KDg in lego animation

    All the important bits are there and you save 33,000 seconds.
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    Top Gear S20 Episode 3. I'm not a big fan of James Blunt's singing but he was great on the show. I had no idea he was a Captain in the British Army and served in Kosovo.

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    According to him he disobayed orders that would have started WW3 by letting the Russians capture the Airport. I would have given him a Court Martial myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by captain swoop View Post
    According to him he disobayed orders that would have started WW3 by letting the Russians capture the Airport. I would have given him a Court Martial myself.
    I wasn't clear on the details, I thought according to Blunt he was ordered from the top American commander to attack the 200 Russian troops already holding the airport and when he checked with British command they countermanded the order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starcanuck64 View Post
    I wasn't clear on the details, I thought according to Blunt he was ordered from the top American commander to attack the 200 Russian troops already holding the airport and when he checked with British command they countermanded the order.
    Yes. Blunt/Blount was caught in the middle of a battle of wills between the US commander of NATO forces, Wesley Clark, and his own commander Mike "Prince of Darkness" Jackson. It was Jackson who uttered (according to his own report) the phrase, "Sir, I'm not going to start World War Three for you."
    See interview with Jackson here.

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    I would have had Jackson removed as well.
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    Are you saying these things because you "know" a wider conflict (WW3 may be a bit of a bluster) would not have occurred? Because of "rules" regardless?

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    The assault Clark ordered was a violation of the written agreement over the management of Kosovo which the NATO member states had signed up to. That deviation made each commander responsible to his own government, rather than the NATO command structure. Jackson had the support of the British government, Clark did not have the support of the US government.

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    What are you warching

    A reply to Captain Swoop,

    For the record I was once a serving soldier in the British Army, your childish remark " would have had Jackson removed as well" shows a level of ignorance about military matters that borders on the breathtakingly stupid level.

    No British soldier will ever knowingly obey an illegal order, to say that the operational commander was not fully read in to the events as they were occurring is obvious, what he should have done was confirm the situation with his intelligence staff. He also had on his staff one of the most effective commanders available to him (Jackson), he should have listened very carefully and then planned his response, not react like a spoilt child, thankfully the order was ignored and a disaster was averted. Engage brain before opening mouth, an old British Army expression that fits well.

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    Oblivion

    The movie makes me think of an Apollonian gasket.

    An Apollonian gasket is mostly made of geometric holes. Oblivion is mostly made of plot holes.

    Iron Sky

    Props to the creators for making such a good movie on such a small budget.

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    There's an Iron Sky 2 in the making. Watch the trailer. It's hilarious. (Especially for people on the skeptic forums)

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    My kids were offered the option of Forrest Gump or Guardians of the Galaxy, they picked Gump unanimously. We watched the first half before bed and the second half this morning. Personally, I love both movies but Forrest Gump is a lot better in many regards.
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    I know that I'm NOT going to waste any time watching any basketball or hockey "All-Star" games, nor the NFL players ("Pro Bowl") playing touch football with pick-up teams. Those games are devoid of any competition as well as any meaning. The infomercials will have more excitement.

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