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Eeyore Posted - 06/15/2006 : 15:07:47
There are other movies out there, besides Harry Potter, you know. And there have been some interesting, and are some coming up that look like fun. So, I thought it would be nice if we had a place to discuss those as well.
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Siobhan Posted - 01/06/2008 : 19:32:09
"The Illusionist": see it. Watched it on DVD last night and I loved it! Historical romance and mystery rolled into one. Nice twisty ending, too.
Siobhan Posted - 07/26/2007 : 11:53:53
Spider Pig, Spider Pig, does whatever a Spider Pig does....
diricawl Posted - 07/26/2007 : 02:28:16
Of all the "Lohan generation", I like Anne Hathaway the best. That said, I can't see her as Jane Austen, and after sitting through that insufferable Beatrix Potter biopic (and yes, before anyone else mentions it, I did see it because Emily Watson was in it) I don't think I can deal with another one.

Anyway, why are we talking about that when there's the SIMPSONS MOOOOVIIIEEE! Reviews are coming in and they're stellar. I was afraid (terrified) that it would be terrible, but people are calling it the best animated film ever made (which is a stretch, I'm sure, but nice to hear).
Siobhan Posted - 07/25/2007 : 21:57:45
I worry about that one. It is billed as a fictional biopic, ie based on Jane Austen's life. There has been criticism about the amount of dramatic license. Really, if you want to make a film of Jane Austen's life (or a portion of it), then make a film true to the facts. Otherwise make your film and name the characters something else. Seems the movie is capitalising on her fame. Another criticism was that Anne Hathaway isn't English and sometimes her accent fails. I might wait to see this one as a rental, if at all.

I've got Gaiman's Stardust on request at the library.
Myf Posted - 07/25/2007 : 21:46:33
I quite liked the novel of Stardust, even though Neil Gaiman alternatively thrills and annoys me. Becoming Jane was out here a few months ago and it looked insufferably twee. (Most the reviews I heard agreed with that.)
Jokelly Posted - 07/25/2007 : 21:09:54
I've heard that Stardust, the novel, is fantastic. It sounded a little out there, but who knows. Becoming Jane looks like a good movie, although Anne Hathaway bugs me for some reason.
Siobhan Posted - 07/25/2007 : 19:12:24
I've seen two trailers in the last couple of days that look very promising: "Becoming Jane" and "Stardust."

Has anyone heard anything good, bad, or otherwise about either film?
Wicked Posted - 07/06/2007 : 14:32:24
Mr Wicked is taking our son to see Transformers this weekend. I'll let you know what they think. Seems to be getting pretty good reviews.

I watched Man Bites Dog the other day, very disturbing. Finally saw Pan's Labyrinth and thought it was very good. Little Children was also good, but had one storyline that I thought should have been left out, didn't add anything. And loooooved Hot Fuzz.
diricawl Posted - 07/06/2007 : 14:06:22
OK all you Left-Pondians. Don't lie, I know you all went out to see Transformers this weekend so tell me, did it make you seasick, or can I see it without getting a migraine?
Siobhan Posted - 04/14/2007 : 13:07:38
Anyone here seen "The Libertine" with Johnny Depp?
Every role I see him in I become more impressed with his acting abilities. Not everyone could play a unrepentant alcoholic hedonist with syphillis and manage to make him the tiniest bit sympathetic by the end (John Malkovich, for example, couldn't manage it-- his Valmont was completely unbelievable and unlikeable).
Wicked Posted - 04/06/2007 : 00:40:48
I saw 300 and loved it. (Gerard Butler is my new wall paper *swoon*) Mr Wicked has seen it twice.

Watched Children of Men the other night, and thought it was very good.

Looking forward to seeing Hot Fuzz.

Jokelly Posted - 04/05/2007 : 11:59:56
Has anyone seen 300? It's not my type of movie, but the buzz I've heard makes it sound like it's worth seeing, especially on IMAX.

I went the other night and saw Blades of Glory. Totally stupid movie with a rediculous plot, but I laughted all through it.

IrishCal24 Posted - 03/29/2007 : 21:11:23
quote:
Originally posted by Myf

I saw Hot Fuzz on Tuesday with a Q&A with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. That film is GOLD! I haven't laughed so hard at a film since... well, probably since Shaun of the Dead. It was just so absurdly funny.

The guys were on form too, although they seemed very tired - jetlagged? They'd come from NZ and while there they'd used Peter Jackson's ADR studio to record the commentary for something on the Hot Fuzz DVD. They were weirded out by that.

I wonder what they'll do next? There's something on IMDB called La Triviata about a pub quiz team, but apparently that's not on. Any ideas what is?



Arrrgh, not fair! I have to wait over two more weeks to see it.
Unicorn8 Posted - 03/16/2007 : 15:49:26
quote:
Originally posted by Cour_Delafleur

I've always said bay-bel because babble is another thing altogether.



In German it is pronounced Bah-bel. The "a" is pronounced like the last a in "Alaska"
Myf Posted - 03/15/2007 : 06:42:39
Yes - they referred to Shaun and Fuzz as the first two in the 'Cornetto Trilogy'. Which made me laugh.

Something scifi would be good, but as long as they stick to comedy. They really are funny guys, so I hope they don't depart from that.
diricawl Posted - 03/15/2007 : 06:33:36
Nope. However, the trio have mentioned the possibility of Shaun and Fuzz forming the first of a thematic trilogy. If that's the case than I'm betting the next one they do will be a scifi flick.
Myf Posted - 03/14/2007 : 22:56:42
I saw Hot Fuzz on Tuesday with a Q&A with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. That film is GOLD! I haven't laughed so hard at a film since... well, probably since Shaun of the Dead. It was just so absurdly funny.

The guys were on form too, although they seemed very tired - jetlagged? They'd come from NZ and while there they'd used Peter Jackson's ADR studio to record the commentary for something on the Hot Fuzz DVD. They were weirded out by that.

I wonder what they'll do next? There's something on IMDB called La Triviata about a pub quiz team, but apparently that's not on. Any ideas what is?
Wicked Posted - 03/10/2007 : 19:19:23
I think I may have been the only non-male in the theater. But I did enjoy it. All those Spartans were in really good shape. ;o)
diricawl Posted - 03/10/2007 : 16:44:40
Really? I never would have expected that movie to appeal to non-males. I'm not sure about it myself; I have a feeling if I watch it in more than 30-second doses, I'd go into seizures.
Wicked Posted - 03/10/2007 : 14:34:44
Mr Wicked and I went to see 300 this morning. Thumbs up from me. Not the Best Movie Ever, but an entertaining way to spend a few hours.

Jokelly Posted - 03/09/2007 : 20:00:09
I saw Wild Hogs last night and it was a cute movie. Wouldn't win any awards, but not horrible. I really want to see Blades of Glory. Yes, I see the very high brow films.
Cour_Delafleur Posted - 03/09/2007 : 17:48:24
I've always said bay-bel because babble is another thing altogether. In Canada we have a strong British influence in our pronunciation (and spelling) and a strong American influence as well. It can get kind of confusing (what's really confusing is the dates, as Americans tend to go mm/dd/yy and the British way is dd/mm/yy. People here use both, so unless it has the letters underneath it I'm usually left guessing). Generally, for spelling we take the British way and for pronunciation it's a mix of both depending on personal preference and where you're from. My mom pronounces schedule like "shedule" while I say "skedule". She also says "leftenant" and I say "lootenant".

Back on topic... I haven't seen Babel. My friends and I were going to but one of my friends found out it was mostly subtitled and didn't want to see it. So we went to "Because I Said So". Awful. Awful. Awful. I knew with Mandy Moore it was likely to be garbage, but I was expecting more from Diane Keaton.
Jokelly Posted - 03/09/2007 : 17:03:31
But, Siobhan, American English doesn't always follow the Oxford Dictionary. We do have some differences in how we approach phonics. Some of the American dictionaries give the babble pronunciaton, some give both as acceptable. I've read a lot of things trying to figure it out and the consensus is that both are acceptable. The etymology is really unknown and might not have anything to do with the word babble. It's association with Babylon may lead to it's short /a/ pronunciation.

I've never heard anything but babble, but then even in the U.S. we differ in our pronunciations. Just look at the state of Nevada. Some say Nuh-vaa-dah and some say Nuh-vah-dah. The first way is correct according those who live there, and that's how we say it in my area, but I hear the second on television all the time.
Siobhan Posted - 03/09/2007 : 17:00:57
OK. I've looked babel up in my Concise Oxford Dictionary. It would appear that US newscasters and announcers have no idea how to pronounce the word properly. It is officially bable with a long a sound, as opposed to babble with a short a.

Notice the intentional slight of Miriam Webster.
Bee Posted - 03/09/2007 : 15:20:42
Oh good, another one for Team Baybel! :D
Siobhan Posted - 03/08/2007 : 16:12:54
I've always wondered about that, too. It is supposed to go back to the Tower of Babel in the Bible isn't it? That's where the people built a tower up to reach the heavens. God, taking offense at their overreaching pride, destroyed the tower and gave everyone different languages, thus the term "babble". But I always thought that the single "b" should make the pronunciation bay-bl. Guess I'll have to look that one up.
Bee Posted - 03/08/2007 : 15:33:55
It's strange, I've heard Americans on tv pronouncing it as "babble". Maybe that's how they all pronounce it over there? It sounds so strange to my ears.
Myf Posted - 03/08/2007 : 15:11:19
Jo, I'd only ever heard it pronounced 'BAY-ble', not 'BAB-ble'. It made me think this film was supposed to be full of drunken idiots spouting their mouths off.
Jokelly Posted - 03/08/2007 : 12:14:14
quote:
Originally posted by Myf
Last film I saw was... Babel. I really liked it, but it irritated me to hear people pronounce it as 'Babble'.



How is it supposed to be pronounced? That's all I've ever heard it said.

Cour, did you know they're making a sequel to "High School Musical". My neice is so excited. This is her favorite show. Right now they're touring through U.S. at theaters and she wants to go when they come here. I'm not taking her though because tickets are a bit steep and I don't drive downtown in the city.
Siobhan Posted - 03/08/2007 : 10:54:54
quote:
Originally posted by diricawl

The opening five minutes of Kill Bill got to me big time. When Bill is looking down at the Bride and she says, "Bill, it's your bab-" before the gun goes off I just end up shredded.
I probably would have been, too, but the first time I saw Kill Bill was on television and I came in on the story at the point where Kiddoe is in the truck saying "wiggle your big toe." It wasn't until I watched Kill Bill 2 that I figured out she had been pregnant when she was shot and by then, though it was shocking, it wasn't as surprising considering the previous violence. That, and by the end you know that Bebe is alive. Oooops, sorry, that was a spoiler.

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