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Thu 8 Sep 16 #1 
jmaxg
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I got Comcast (or Xfinity as they prefer to be known here in the United States) to TURN OFF my TV service!

jmaxg and Java now exist on just broadband internet and nothing more.

At the moment, I am hyper-ventilating a bit. But I am sure that will calm down.

Comcast hit me with the "return your equipment" blurb. But I counter argued that this is an experiment and we may turn it back on in a couple of months. They graciously allowed me two months to make up my delusional mind. I presume after that, my bill will be hit with non-returned equipment charges.

So...what do jmaxg and Java do in the meantime? Our Amazon Fire TV thingy of course! On that, we got Netflix, Hulu and some other things best not talked about.

In another post, I said that I have already been overdosing on "QI".

That's no joke! Stephen Fry's timing get's into your head!

 




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Fri 9 Sep 16 #2 
killerb54
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We've been cable free for 10 years now. It's great. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube, and a few streams for sports events are all we ever need. 




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Sat 10 Sep 16 #3 
jmaxg
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We use Amazon Fire TV as our primary interface. Such a wee little thing! But it currently provides everything we need.

We also have two Samsung smart blu-ray players (living room, bedroom) but they aren't very good. Or, at least the earlier models weren't. I am assuming they got better.

But with the amazon thingy, I have discovered lots.....most publicy available and some a little bit under the counter.

But one of the coolest apps the missus added (you have to add applications, or apps as they are known in the micro sense) is "Pluto". Almost 600 FREE broadcasting channels, just not channels in the normal sense. With some, yes, there is advertising......really bad, repetitive ads looped over and over and over. But with some others?

Well, the last channel on the "Pluto" dial is the "Weird Al" Yankovic channel.....24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Weird Al stuff and NO ADVERTISING! I am currently overdosing.

One of the things to note about "Weird Al" Yankovic is that he is a complete nut-job about grammar. For example, there is this video of "Weird Al" in a shopping centre.

To top it off, he did this amazing song about grammar mistakes to the tune of Thicke & Pharrell's "Blurred Lines":

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes

Pure genius!

On the "Weird Al" channel, you get to watch stuff like that 24 hours a day.

(never use quotations for emphasis - lemme write that down)




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Fri 23 Sep 16 #4 
rmcmanus
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Sandy Toksvig is taking over from Stephen Fry on QI; she's even funnier imho




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Fri 23 Sep 16 #5 
Ruby Franks
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She's very good.

Much as I love S.Fry, I can get annoyed at his mannered manner..but there again, if not doing anything else QI reruns are very welcome.

I was worried when S. Toksvig left the News Quiz (R4) but think Miles Jupp is a comic genius and under that vague bishop's son persona he can be bitingly satirical.




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Fri 23 Sep 16 #6 
rmcmanus
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Mile Jupp can be pant wettingly funny :D




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Fri 23 Sep 16 #7 
Ruby Franks
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Are we turning this post about technology of which I understand nothing, into a discussion of British comedians? Do you enjoy Would I Lie to You? David's Mitchell's rants can make me weep with laughter... or the above.




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Fri 23 Sep 16 #8 
rmcmanus
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I like The Unbelievable Truth as well, and, although Mr Mitchell has become a bit ubiquitous on Radio 4, he still is very funny; though Jack Dee on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue is brilliant (yes, let's hijack the conversation).




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Fri 23 Sep 16 #9 
Ruby Franks
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There was a time of trepidation after Humphrey Lyttleton died, would they find the right chair for I'm Sorry....

We went to see the live touring show, Miles Jupp was replacing Graeme Garden, it was excellent, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jeremy Hardy and the living god that is Barry Cryer were the other panel members.




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Fri 23 Sep 16 #10 
killerb54
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I absoltuely love Big Fat Quiz and 8 out of 10 cats, but I find QI ansd Would I Lie to You to be extremely boring. I just can't get into them. Which is weird, because they're all basically the same format with a few programming differences, and essentially all the same people. 




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Sat 24 Sep 16 #11 
jmaxg
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It depends on the chemistry.

So many QI episodes where you could see Stephen Fry suffering and showing he is obviously infuriated.

But that was part of the show. Allan Davies and he could only go so far.




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Sat 24 Sep 16 #12 
jmaxg
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By the way, month 2 and it's still happening......no cable TV whatsoever.

Getting live news can be a headache. But there are a couple of Fire TV (Android) apps like CBSN and SkyNews that do a great job.




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Sat 24 Sep 16 #13 
JMK
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I enjoy Stephen Fry on QI although he does get a little frustrated when thigs don't go his way. I love Sandy Toksvig  so that should be good. Love David Mitchell too. Would I Lie to You? is very funny.




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Sun 25 Sep 16 #14 
jmaxg
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Looking that David Mitchell show up right now.




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Sun 25 Sep 16 #15 
jmaxg
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Oh SHIT!!! This show, this AMAZING show!!!

Imagine if the directors of "Airplane" decided to live in Britain and do their own thing. The result is:

"A Touch Of Cloth"

I watched episode one tonight. What I saw was the craziest, packed full in every scene, over the top, loving every minute of it (the actors playing it obviously), anarchic comedy romp!

When was the last time you had to reverse in order to catch the joke you think you missed? A while, right?

This magnificent show was discovered by my Java whilst perusing TV on....shall we say....other options.

But I watched it tonight and I think my comedy artery almost exploded.

I always thought this was an option.......doing a TV show in the frame of "Airplane". I knew that "Police Squad" had already been done. But I did wonder what it might be like in the British sense.

I was not disappointed.

Comedy is difficult. Good comedy, doubly so. "A Touch Of Cloth" is great comedy.




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Mon 26 Sep 16 #16 
sally906
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I love QI, 8 out of 10 cats, would I lie to you, Duck Quacks don't echo.

There is also a BBC radio show that hubby downloads the name of which escapes me - but has David Mitchell at the helm.  Each panel member is given a subject and has to speak on it for a few minutes with 5 lies mixed in among the truth - just about wet my knickers laughing - which was not good as I was driving at the time!!




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Mon 26 Sep 16 #17 
Ruby Franks
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I've had to google A Touch of Cloth, its written by Charlie Brooker, no wonder you enjoy it. See if you can find Black Mirror - grim black comedy by him, I used to love his newspaper column which sadly he doesn't do any more.

We don't have Sky TV, I know that once the BBC loses the rights to 6 Nations coverage there will be a big ethical debate in our house, as I said in a newsagent recently when there was some kind of offer on the Times 'I will not give any money to that man or his family'. A futile gesture I'm sure, as I'm most probably giving money to all sorts of subsidiaries of theirs, and the poor child behind the counter who made the offer looked utterly startled. And, of course I'm missing out on Duck Quacks Don't Echo.

Sally, the radio programme with David Mitchell is The Unbelievable Truth.

You're all so adventurous, I find our free to view terrestial TV/radio quite enough to occupy me, but perhaps I should go exploring more.




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Wed 28 Sep 16 #18 
rmcmanus
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The best thing about the Unbelievable Truth is that sometimes they have his wife on it as a contestant; I find Victoria Coren Mitchell brilliant in her own right, but when she's playing the wife card in the Unbelivable Truth it can bring tears to your eyes.

In fact they should make a show with Victoria Coren Mitchell, David Mitchell, Giles Coren (Victoria's brother and just as funny and intelligent), Stephen Fry and Sue Perkins all just rabbiting on, it would keep me quiet for hours..




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Wed 28 Sep 16 #19 
Ruby Franks
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You're constructing dream party guest lists here.

Victoria CM is wonderful, not only a clever humourist but a champion poker player. I love it when she flirts with young geeks on Only Connect.

New series of Unbelievable Truth next week.




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Thu 29 Sep 16 #20 
jmaxg
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I tell you what, and this is to killerb54 who has been without cable TV for over 10 years, I am fast getting used to this.

Still got the free-to-air stations and thus national news and such.

But for Java and I to have our selection of premium TV suits us better at this point.




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Fri 30 Sep 16 #21 
rmcmanus
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Move to listening to Radio 4 :)




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Fri 30 Sep 16 #22 
killerb54
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Yeah it gets easier the longer you are away from cable. Netflix keeps expanding their library, most popular shows are on there now, so we are in no lack of programming to watch if we want. Even without cable, our watch list is untenable. Youtube live has any major event that you want to watch as well. I watched the recent debate on that. It's a Brave New World for sure.




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Fri 30 Sep 16 #23 
TABBYTOES
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listen to Radio4 extra lots of quizzes and comedy mayhave mentioned this before.....but we oldpeople repeat ourselves !




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Sat 1 Oct 16 #24 
Helen McKenzie
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Netflix kept freezing during programmes for me so i dont watch it now although it is still available should i choose to, Sky TV is full of repeats allthe time




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Sat 1 Oct 16 #25 
jmaxg
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Sorry about that Helen.

Our Netflix hasn't done that for about 2 years now. As killerb54 will confirm, US Netflix is excellent.

1080P and all........great surround sound too.

Why Netflix is taking away the "Back To The Future" trilogy after only two months is beyond me.




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Sat 1 Oct 16 #26 
Helen McKenzie
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Maybe as i dont have the US Netflix version this might be the problem. How does one get the US version as i do believe it is better




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Sat 1 Oct 16 #27 
jmaxg
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Well, living here helps.

But if that is a problem, I believe there are methods involving proxy ISP addresses.

Depending on your country, those may be or not be legal. Obviously something to be taken into account and Factacular does NOT advocate ANYTHING that is illegal.

Having said that, one should not say anything after that.




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Sat 1 Oct 16 #28 
killerb54
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If you want to watch another country's programming, you only have to know 3 words. Vee Pee eN. Google is your friend. 

Or, you could just download this app to whatever device you want to watch it on. http://hola.org/

It's how I watch all the BBC stuff. 




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Sat 1 Oct 16 #29 
Helen McKenzie
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ok, my TV has inbuilt Netflix in it but it is not the US version and even though it is on the TV i can only get it if i subscribe




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Sat 1 Oct 16 #30 
killerb54
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If you use the Hola app, you can watch Netflix in any country. Canada Netflix has a ton of different (and better) movies than US Netflix, so I watch them with that app




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Sat 1 Oct 16 #31 
Helen McKenzie
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I have seen the shorts of 8 out of 10 Cats and think its funny but always forget to watch it. I love watching the quiz shows Eggheads and Pointless




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Sat 1 Oct 16 #32 
Helen McKenzie
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Killerb54 are you watching them on Phone, laptop, or tablet




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Sat 1 Oct 16 #33 
killerb54
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Youtube has all that 8 out of 10 cats, and other panel shows, thats how I watch those. 

I watch Netflix on several items. Xbox 1, Kindle Fire, PC, and Samsung Galaxy cell phone. The PC and cell phone are the things I can use the hola app with. I use Chromecast to put it on the TV, but that's another deal altogether. 




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Sat 1 Oct 16 #34 
Helen McKenzie
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Ok i have a Sumsung Galaxy S6 so i guess it would work on that so when im at work on lunch break and the conversation is boring i can at least watch something lol

 




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Sat 1 Oct 16 #35 
killerb54
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Yeah absolutely. There are some damn good shows on US Netflix




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Sat 1 Oct 16 #36 
Helen McKenzie
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Well that is certainly on my to do list




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Sat 1 Oct 16 #37 
jmaxg
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Java and I use Amazon's Fire TV that comes with Netflix pre-installed.

Does it have tricks? No comment.

Have I installed...err.....stuff? No comment.

Is it easy to install........errr.....stuff? No comment.

BUT......and this has to be pointed out.......Amazon Prime TV is a great source of shows and movies.

50th Anniversary Star Trek films are currently on offer.......latest generation HD and great surround sound.

"Star Trek - The Motion Picture" has never looked, or sounded so good.

 




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Mon 3 Oct 16 #38 
JMK
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We used to be able to get US Netflix legally in NZ via various means. My internet company for example set up a proxy so that I could acess the US version by default. Unfortunately other NZ "On Demand" type services took them to court and it is now illegal to do that. The NZ version of Netflix is a much inferior product. You can still use illegal methods to do it if you are so inclined.




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Mon 3 Oct 16 #39 
Helen McKenzie
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I will stick to the legal stuff




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Mon 3 Oct 16 #40 
rmcmanus
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Netflix have worked hard to plug the exploits that enable us to watch other regions; so I for one have given up trying to circumnavigate them now.  But there is so much available it doesn't make much differnece, and if I like a series enough I will get the box set (The IT Crowd for one).




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Tue 4 Oct 16 #41 
jmaxg
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"The IT Crowd" was a VERY underestimated show with roots in IT Support Desk life written by dudes with pale complexion that live in dark basements. The show itself was not exactly perfect in that a lot of the jokes were telegraphed. BUT, it did succeed in doing unique and unexpected stuff......as Rowan Atkinson stated, one of the many bases of comedy.

When the show introduced the pale, gothic, server freak, I admit I didn't expect that. Funny as hell that it was.




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Tue 4 Oct 16 #42 
rmcmanus
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When small started to watch it she slowly turned to look at me, at which point I nodded my head and said "yes, my job is really like that".  I then had to explain that it was a charicature of the world of IT support, but a lot of it is based on truth, right down to Noel Fielding's goth vampire server guy.

 

She's a big fan of Noel Fielding having watched The Mighty Boosh




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Tue 4 Oct 16 #43 
jmaxg
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LOL

Life is like that.




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Thu 6 Oct 16 #44 
jmaxg
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I watched "Apocalypse Now" (1979) on Amazon Prime tonight......simply amazing.

I had heard that Amazon Prime has upcoded all their material in America to 4k - or basically four times better than 1080P. That means even though I watch it at 1080P, it is going to be better.

It was. The image was clearer and there was no 1970s "1080P graininess" like with "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977). The soundtrack on my surround system was overwhelming.....helicopters everywhere!

(for some reason, 1080P clarifiers feel the need to keep 1970s grainy film stock as a tribute to films from that era. I think they are literally nuts for doing that)

About "Apocalypse Now".......

If you think that "Apocalypse Now" is in any way descriptive of the Vietnam event, then think again. It most certainly is not.

It's a great film in and of itself but it should be noted that it bears virtually no relation to the true experience.

In actual fact, "Apocalypse Now" is an EPIC film......well worthy of noteriety in top ten film lists.

But for the actual Vietnam experience, I recommend "We Were Soldiers" (2002).

Sergeant Major Plumley is still amongst Java's top five film characters of all time.




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Thu 6 Oct 16 #45 
killerb54
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I loved Heart of Darkness, which the movie is based on. Still haven't gotten around to seeing the movie though, it's been on my list forever. Have a lot of downtime at work this season, so I might jump in here in a few days. 

Loved We Were Soldiers as well. I believe you can judge a man by which WWII film he likes the best, as its indicative of his personality. I choose Saving Private Ryan, whch reflects my age more than anything really, but I really like A Bridge Too Far, Letters From Iwo Jima, and Band of Brothers (best miniseries ever).

For WWI - War Horse is extremely underrated. It has cheesy bits but damn is the action and protrayal of the Western front meat grinder great. 




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Thu 6 Oct 16 #46 
Helen McKenzie
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I like Saving Private Ryan and Three Kings




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Thu 6 Oct 16 #47 
jmaxg
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Word War One? Definitely Kubrick's "Paths of Glory" (1957).

Anti-war? I recognise that. But so was "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) and "We Were Soldiers" (2002).

No film should glorify war. But the fact is that some do. "A Bridge Too Far" (1977) came uncomfortably close. "Tora, Tora, Tora" (1970) crossed the mark I think. As did "Midway" (1976).

But I like when films step up, then step back. "Sink The Bismark" (1960) is a great example. The ending to that film is one of expressed humanity and sorrow at the consequence of war. I will always make a point to watch it.

Plus, I think it was the first time when the term "F#%&ing Bastards" was mouthed on screen.

:-D




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Thu 6 Oct 16 #48 
sally906
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Only war movie/show I watch willingly is M.A.S.H. Though there was a series hubby was watching that was ok too - band of brothers - I kept getting dragged into the story. 




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Sat 8 Oct 16 #49 
jmaxg
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"Three Kings" (1999) is SUCH a crazy film that ultimately points out the stupidity associated with war.

The "Captain Archie Gates" (George Clooney) character was the only one who knew what was going down. The other three were babes in the woods and completely out of their depth.

A great anti-war film.




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Tue 11 Oct 16 #50 
jmaxg
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Above, killerb54 said that "Apocalypse Now" was based on Joseph Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness".

Of course, killerb54 is absolutely correct even though the original novel was based in the Civil War sense.

So what is the corellation? How is it the same as the Vietnam War? Simple.....WATCH THE FILM and you will see.

Is it honest? That's hard to say. Is it drugged up and weird? That's actually easy to say. Yes it is. Is it accurate? A lot of it, no. But some parts, yes.

You can't simply throw away a movie like "Apocalypse Now". You have to watch it at least one time and go on the same trip.

Is it descriptive of the Vietnam experience? No. Should it be watched? OH, my LORD yes!

 




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Sat 22 Oct 16 #51 
jmaxg
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And stuff like "The Mindy Project".

Watching OBGYN professionals having just as many real time problems as us is funny and real.

I'm pretty sure that Java thinks I am a little bit gay because I love it and it's part soap opera and mostly comedy.

On the other hand, I find the show funny and different. Not Monty Python different or Rowan Atkinson different. But cleverly devised and tons of characters different.

Is it partly a soap opera? Yes. But let's remember that, at it's basis, it's a romantic comedy inspired by such movies as "Sleepless in Seattle". If, by watching a film like "An Affair to Remember" (1957) makes you throw up a little into your own mouth, then don't watch this show.

But I personally do not understand that. I thought "An Affair to Remember" (1957) gave us one of the most dramatic and beautiful moments in cinema history thanks to Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Cary Grant's pained expression in that other room when he saw his Grandmama's portrait and then realised what had happened, none of us will ever forget. Pure emotion and anguish. That's what good movies are for folks. It was intended to make you tear up whether you be male or female.

I like that the "Mindy Project" is having fun with that and playing with you even though you are male or female.

It's also a little weird and whacky on the side.




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Tue 25 Oct 16 #52 
jmaxg
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Series 3 and 4 definitely suffered because Mindy Kaling, the creator, didn't write.




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Tue 25 Oct 16 #53 
jmaxg
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Screw this.......they had the chance to baulk the system and they didn't.

Mindy, you are pear-shaped hot....lovely face, nice boobs, gorgeous big ass. But you and Danny could have kept going!

Why must it always be that a relationship has to break up? Is that a TV law or something?

I liked it when Mindy and Danny were together lookin' after Leo and the situations that came from that.

I guess I'm all screwed up.




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Thu 27 Oct 16 #54 
jmaxg
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FINALLY found "Secondhand Lions" (2003)! Gosh, I love that film.

Apparently, you have to get used to stating search criteria exactly.

"Second Hand" didn't work, neither did "Second-hand". But then I looked up Google and got the title right......it was "Secondhand Lions"....it showed up!

(I know 'secondhand' is not a word)

Anyway, let that be a weird lesson to us.




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Thu 27 Oct 16 #55 
Ruby Franks
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Strange isn't it? I can spell all sorts of things wrongly and the search engine responds and but then a tiny letter or space is misplaced  and I'm not even asked 'Do you mean....?'

At least you weren't asked 'Do you mean Previously Loved Lions?'

Ruby's list of people deserving life without parole:

1. War criminals

2. Mr Trump

3. Those who use phrases like 'previously loved', 'artisan bread' and 'companion animal'. Sorry.  If you're out there, maybe you can plea bargain.




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Thu 27 Oct 16 #56 
jmaxg
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Ok...No. 3 are just hipsters and affluent toffs. Life without parole? Really?

Allright, MAYBE 5 years hard labour so they get their hands calloused and saying "Excuse me but you're in my seat" results in their nose being broken. I mean, that's fair, right?

I just think life without parole is kind of severe when compared to war criminals and Donald Trump specifically. War criminals and Trump is fine. But his kids?

Let the toffs come out of a federal prison after 5 years with calloused hands and a deformed nose and that should be ok.

Obviously everybody, this is a JOKE.




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Thu 27 Oct 16 #57 
jmaxg
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Alright, because Amazon Fire TV is a device upon which you can load apps, can I talk about "KODI"?




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Fri 28 Oct 16 #58 
Ruby Franks
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Toffs? Do you live in the 1920s? Seriously, its nice to see an underused word; its the mangling of the language to no clear effect that annoys me.

I have to admit that the Mitchell and Webb sketch in which people were shot for language and grammar infractions didn't so much raise a smile, as a wave of empathy with me. That looks terrible and as if I'm going to be cross with anyone for any typo. I'm just a sometime shouter at the TV and radio (do they have a responsibility to be more careful of their use of language? I don't know). I admit that the Apostrophe Protection Society holds some glamour for me.

You can talk about KODI or anything else you want. Whether we understand or are interested is another matter. I will now google KODI to see if I do understand or am interested.




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Sat 29 Oct 16 #59 
jmaxg
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Ok...thanks Ruby.

Mitchell and Webb - Are We The Baddies?

Let us know about KODI when you find it.

Till that time, I suggest watching Sir Digby Chicken Ceasar - Series 1, Episode 1.

That guy has got style!




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Sat 29 Oct 16 #60 
Ruby Franks
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KODI sounds great but not for us, my greatest technological achievement recently has been getting my husband to comprehend the recording/pause/delete functions on our TV.

Sir DCS was not my favourite Mitchell and Webb strand although I got the joke and loved the  humming of the theme. Did you know that That Mitchell and Webb Look was preceded by That Mitchell and Webb Sound on BBC radio?




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Sat 29 Oct 16 #61 
jmaxg
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No.....I didn't know that.

But then again, most people have no idea where Cleese and Chapman came from.

The fact is I love comedy and Mitchell and Webb were very good at it.




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Sun 6 Nov 16 #62 
jmaxg
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Netflix......"The Crown".

An incredibly powerful rendition of Princess Elizabeth's path to her appointment as the eventual Queen of England.

This stuff is difficult. Not just for her. But for the public at large as well.

The holder of the Crown is meant to be perfect. To watch her being less than that, and human like us, especially during times of family upheaval, is emotionally wrenching.




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Sun 6 Nov 16 #63 
jmaxg
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Seeing it as a former soldier of the Realm can be hard to take as well......like with the passing of King George VI last night in episode two. Seeing my former Commander-In-Chief coming to grips with her upcoming role and showing her very human side as she grieves for her "Papa" can be difficult to watch especially if you have been trained to assume she is perfect.

I found myself stepping away from the TV at times because I found it too emotionally overpowering to watch.




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Tue 8 Nov 16 #64 
jmaxg
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Binge watched "The Crown" and can declare it was the best written drama I have seen on TV in over 10 years.

The writer(s) have taken time to explain how even little issues can be exploded to the level of a constitutional crisis.....especially in the hands of a young woman who has yet to find her way. Queen Elizabeth II screwed it up? Repeatedly according to this show.

But it also shows a woman coming to grips with her "other self" and learning the difference between common urges, and that of a monarch and one that lays claim to a line stretching back over 1,000 years. You can see where the known Royal "we" emerges.

As a soldier, when tasked with a drill lesson on a parade ground, there is simply no time for emotion. You do what you are ordered to do and that's all there is to it.

The same with a weapons lesson, knowledge lesson or a tactical excercise.

But in a quiet moment when a soldier's thoughts are their own, do we think about our Commander-In-Chief at least on some level?

Yes, we do.




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