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  1. Yesterday I read Picnic at Hanging Rock in a day and then checked if there were any adaptations available for me to watch. The only one I could find was a 2018 TV series which was on Prime for free. The book is quite short and I have to say I felt a bit, 'where is this going then/what is the goal of this narrative...?' most of the way through the book (after the main event occurs). This TV series builds on the source material and fleshes out the characters' back stories in a way that really worked for me. The TV show has Natalie Dormer in the lead role and gives her lots of room for showing different aspects of a beefed up version of the school mistress. It also has Samara Weaving in one of the key student roles. It's delightful to look at (scenery, how the shots are put together and it has lots of pretty people and costumes in it) and I just ate it up in nearly one sitting. Only six, episodes you guys. Read the book and watch the show!
  2. I read recently that this was pulled in the US after a single episode aired. It was replaced with re-runs of some other show.
  3. Amazing film. Give it a go. ETA: Started on the second season of The Order this weekend because sometimes you just need something lightweight with witches and werewolves. The storyline is interesting enough to keep me watching and it does have some funny moments, but it also has some 'this is meant to be funny but isn't quite funny enough to make you lol' moments. I also do not care about what happens to the characters (which is something I also get when I watch the HP films), especially their tawdry love lives. I wish they'd spend less time on those, seeing as the emotion they try to portray doesn't feel genuine to me. Anyway, it passes the time I guess.
  4. Yes. A woman may have two must watch films. And those are A Kinght's Tale and Hot Fuzz. ... trudging. You know, trudging? [pause] To trudge: the slow, weary, depressing yet determined walk of a man who has nothing left in life except the impulse to simply soldier on. I wonder if for some people, Midsommar was an anticlimax because some people loved it SO MUCH. I went to see it at the cinema and didn't know much about it (no details) and I quited like it. I wouldn't say that I LOVED it. And yes, The Wicker Man is one of my favourite films too.
  5. Gosh, no. A Knight's Tale is so wholesome and it has moments that are genuinely funny, not just 'oh haha, that bit is supposed to be funny lol I guess'. It knowingly takes the piss out of itself the entire time and yes that makes it a little bit (intentionally) cheesy but it also has heart and it makes you care what happens to the characters. And then you feel the crushing sadness about Heath Ledger in the back of your mind for the entire time you're watching it.
  7. It sounds like a lot of people were unimpressed with the GRRM performance (and by extension the convention for allowing carte blanche). I didn't stay up to watch, sounds like I didn't miss much.
  8. I sat through the first episode. There were many annoying things about it. And I strongly didn't want to watch another episode after that. Now months later, I realise that I have no desire whatsoever to watch anymore.
  9. I really wanted to enjoy or at least admire The Tree of Life but I just didn't. It dragged for me and I kind of wanted it to be over for most of the film.
  10. Careful now. It's not Clint Mansell's fault that his soundtrack was so good that it got massively overrused in so many trailers and even on stuff like Sky Sports EPL coverage. Hans Zimmer has done some very nice soundtracks but if I had to choose between the two of them I would choose Clint Mansell. I get that people have a strong reaction to Requiem for a Dream. I personally don't ever want to watch it again. Much like Less Than Zero (thematically similar film, also with a good soundtrack) or Jacob's Ladder. I don't think they're terrible or overhyped films. I had another funny experience with The Fountain, where the first time I saw it I must have been doing something else at the same time or totally zoned out. Whenever people talked about it I was like, 'what? when did that happen?' So I watched it properly and had a completely different experience. Even if you just read the premise it sounds kind of silly HOWEVER it all just really works for me on screen. I love it. (Again, great soundtrack) I recall saying in this thread (years back) that I didn't rate Noah and someone here kind of explained it to me so that I could have a better understanding of it and then I didn't think it was that bad. But it DOES feel quite long while you're watching it. I watched Mother earlier this year and OH MY GOD I thought it would never end. It's definitely painful to watch for a variety of reasons. Really glad that I didn't see it at the cinema.
  11. The funny thing is, the first time I tried to watch The English Patient was probably when it was released on DVD (so, end of..1997?) and it seemed really long and I wasn't really into it. But I think I missed the start maybe, anyway I didn't pay attention properly. Then, fast forward ten years or something and I was going through a phase of trying to watch Oscar winners. And I watched it 'properly' and it was a totally different experience. Firstly, for a long film it doesn't drag - it flows. Secondly, for me it lived up to the expectations - acting, performance, cinematography, direction, storytelling, it's ALL there. It's like two great stories in fact, because part of it is told in flashback. After I saw the film I read the book. I expected to love it but I didn't find it as moving as the film. So I'd chalk that up to the power of a great adaptation. Ultimately I think I have a soft spot for doomed and/or ambiguous love stories. Any time The Grand Budapest Hotel is on TV I have to watch it. A brilliant film and yes, Ralph Fiennes is hilarious in it. Worth paying to watch. I paid to see it at the cinema.
  12. ARGH. *shakes fist* I also watched The English Patient last week in a fit of self-indulgence. I tend to view this film through multiple filters. First, it's incredibly beautiful to look at with some great performances. I recall there was a bit of a backlash that it won so many awards - like it was offensive to some people that a Booker Prize winning novel got adapted into a multi-Oscar winning film. I even recall at the time, the Max Factor ads on TV with a make up artist selling us their foundation, saying 'this is how I created Kristin Scott Thomas's bloody amazingly beautiful face in the English Patient' - you too could look like this. And Ralph Fiennes is just too, too handsome. And there are just so many pretty people in it that Colin Firth is relegated to a kind of dull old sock of a man, which is quite funny seeing as he'd been making women go a bit funny as Mr Darcy a couple of years before this film was made. LOL. Secondly, it is actually a bit up itself and while I'm watching it I cannot help thinking about the brilliant parody of it, the Adam & Joe video (The Toy Patient) - from the time when they used to make parodies of films using toys as actors - which is screamingly funny. I need to watch it again now. The Toy Patient
  13. Just looked for S2 of The Alienist on Netflix. Not there. Release date for the UK is unknown. Wtf is that about?
  14. Not quite, no. It's actually harder to get into the civil service. But it is largely as you describe in terms of intake. But even so...these are literally public servants (much like MPs, haha joking) and the public are generally like 'ooh, poor civil servants being bullied by ministers'. Ok, cool. Crown servants are more diverse, lots of different types of roles so lots of different types of people from a huge variety of backgrounds. Yes, you still see the typical expected types there but it looks a lot less 'mostly middle class white dudes'.
  15. Fascinating how the general public appear to be capable of seeing as civil servants as non-political and not to blame for any political failures. But, they don't seem able to extend the same understanding to the security service and refer to them as 'a branch of the tories'. LOL
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