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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    that thread
    This thead, ya pizzed up idiot.

    You can't have any idea how few people give a fuck about what you eat for breakfast/dinner/lunch.

    Simply typing 'way too much' would do.

    Bosch Season 5 and The Last Dance are both excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    You can't have any idea how few people give a fuck about what you eat for breakfast/dinner/lunch.

    Oh I do... the repo system shows me..... Stick your camel balls and Mama noodle soup on there, you'll be surprised

    Off to watch Masterchef

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Simply typing 'way too much' would do


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    Just watched "Casablanca".........again. I know the dialogue by heart, but I never tire of it. What a movie! What a cast! One of my very favorites!

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    ^ Think I may go have a look at some of these old classics. Cheers.

    There it is, Saturday Matinee time

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    I presume people have seen The Last Dance about the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan?

    The shit's starting to hit the fan a bit now with former players coming out and kicking off with Jordan.

    Nevertheless, it's a great watch with footage from the 90s and interviews from the current day.
    It's better than good. Talk about a desire to be the best.Jesus...

    One of the best sports docos I have seen.

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    Carlito's Way is always worth another viewing.

    Sean Penn was never better and the script was a treasure store of fine dialogue.

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    Yeah, I'd forgotten that one.

    Excellent movie, and I'll certainly take another look.

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    "The Lost Battalion" (2001). Not very well known, but a really good WW1 movie. WW1 movies are fairly rare, and this is an excellent one. IMDB gave it a 7, I'd go an easy 8.

    "The Hill". (1965). Set in a British Army military prison in the Libyan desert in WW2. A great Sean Connery performance. IMDB 7.9.

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    Unforgiven (1992) Has aged well and sets a standard that none of Eastwood's other work as Director gets close to, in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Unforgiven (1992) Has aged well and sets a standard that none of Eastwood's other work as Director gets close to, in my opinion.
    awesome performance by Gene Hackman too, a classic

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    stumbled upon this the other day, its on ALL4, the uks channel 4 catch up/streaming player.

    THE VIRTUES, with stephen graham.




    it's powerful viewing and not for the faint hearted, but it's british drama at its absolute best and well worth the pain of watching it.
    stephen graham, as always, is magnificent.

    here is a review.

    The Virtues finale review – a drama so emotional it left you gasping for air.


    Difficult truths were delivered in the conclusion of Shane Meadows’s tale of repressed trauma, with a final 20 minutes that was among the most intense passages in TV history


    Giving The Virtues a rating out of five feels like trying to pin a rosette on a tornado. Its writer-director, Shane Meadows, was already, with the film/TV series This Is England, a fearsome chronicler of ordinary lives racked by violence, addiction, exploitation and revenge, and of how those things can leave scars before their victims have turned 18. But the concluding episode of The Virtues (Channel 4) saw Meadows working on a new level, blending raw feeling and technical mastery to create drama that will live in viewers’ minds for days, weeks, maybe years to come.

    The series was, at first, the story of fragile alcoholic Joseph, played with immense heart and guts by Stephen Graham. The loss of his son – gone to Australia with his mother and her capable new man – pushed Joseph into the crisis that his scrappy adult life had been one big effort to stave off: back on the booze, and to Ireland to confront his childhood, which we came to realise had involved being orphaned and, in a home for lost boys, sexually abused.

    In episode two, we met Niamh Algar as Dinah, an inlaw whose spiky impudence and savage right hook were revealed in part three to be bravado, masking the grief of having been forced to give up her child at 15. Now we had twin protagonists, each freighted with trauma, ready to break. All this had been established in long scenes, heavy on improvisation and sprinkled with the moments of humour and mundanity that turn characters into tangible humans.

    And then, a reckoning. The accumulation of emotional truths had lifted The Virtues up to a peak where the air was barely breathable … then it plummeted, taking us with it, strapped in and helpless as one scene led with dread inevitability to the next, and the next, and the next, each of them a devastatingly intimate two-hander exploring a new aspect of the horror pouring out. Graham’s performance, when Joseph finally unlocked the repressed memory of what happened to him as a nine-year-old, had a primal physicality that is rare in television acting. Equally startling was the quiet announcement – “I was raped” – that followed, a precious moment of clear articulation in a drama about souls corroded by unexpressed agonies.

    With the change of pace in the finale came a further concession to art and artifice, compared with what had flowed so organically before. Meadows and his co-writer, Jack Thorne, arranged Joseph and Dinah’s nadirs in parallel, happening simultaneously, with even a missed-connection thriller element added as Joseph’s sister sped through country lanes, unable to find him before he was given the chance to do something he couldn’t undo, while Dinah’s brother failed to pick up her voicemails pleading for intervention.

    In weaker hands, this could have destroyed the integrity of the piece, but with Meadows in charge, the final 20 minutes of The Virtues will stand as one of the most intense passages in TV fiction – held together by PJ Harvey’s brilliant score, building from imperceptible drone to a brutal cacophony of stabs and twangs. In those last throes The Virtues distilled itself down to drama in one of its purest forms: whether humans have something deep within that will save them when they face the source of all their pain, with God and their loved ones unable or unwilling to help, and with the lure of the self-destruct button stronger than ever.

    The skill of Meadows was evident throughout, from the episode one scene in which Joseph fell off the wagon, so evocative of an out-of-control drunk that you felt hungover watching it and so tense with the possibility of violence that you wanted to run, to the decision to render Joseph’s percolating memories of the children’s home – liminal at first, vivid at the end – as fuzzy 1980s videotape. Little things, such as how long to let superficially unimportant conversations run for, were done exactly right. Big things, such as the amount of blame apportioned to Catholicism, were precisely measured, too.

    Meadows made his toughest call after he had finished filming: a discussion at the post-wrap drinks led to the climax of Dinah’s narrative being rewritten and reshot. The Virtues was such elemental, inexorable storytelling that it is hard to imagine anything happening differently, but presumably the lost ending was too neat or redemptive, given that the subject matter was the sort of psychological wound from which so many people do not recover. All this was in service of a story that was exorcising Meadows’ own real-life experience of suppressing, then remembering what befell him when he was nine. Joseph, as well as standing starkly for victims everywhere, is Meadows himself. Such masterful handling of such painful material: The Virtues is a miracle.

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    I'm not reading that wall of text. I came here for TV not to read a book.

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    ^

    I came here for TV not to read a book.

    that explains a lot. better stick with photographing your beer stock and your toilet paper challenge, better not risk blowing the synapses on the brain of a tefler eh?

    by the way, hows your latest novel coming along you mindless dolt?
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    saw this and it piqued my interest:

    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    THE VIRTUES, with stephen graham.

    it's powerful viewing and not for the faint hearted, but it's british drama at its absolute best and well worth the pain of watching it.
    stephen graham, as always, is magnificent.

    then read this, and was sure it would be worth watching....

    Difficult truths were delivered in the conclusion of Shane Meadows’s tale of repressed trauma, with a final 20 minutes that was among the most intense passages in TV history
    but when i found the download, i saw a few screenshots and remembered that i had already watched it.
    perhaps i've become inured to 'intense passages' on TV over the last few weeks/months...but for the life of me i can't remember how it ended.

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    Lots of good stuff up there, utorrent spluttering, ta much.

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    but for the life of me i can't remember how it ended.
    better watch it again ray.

    its certainly worth a second viewing.

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    We've just downloaded Carlito's Way, Unforgiven, and The Last Battalion.

    This page isn't a bad one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile
    by the way, hows your latest novel coming along you mindless dolt?
    I'm taking a sabbatical to teach Scientific Business English Magic Tricks to Korean and Japanese Gangsters and Train Drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    ^




    that explains a lot. better stick with photographing your beer stock and your toilet paper challenge, better not risk blowing the synapses on the brain of a tefler eh?

    by the way, hows your latest novel coming along you mindless dolt?
    Steady on Tax, it's a broad church and one shouldn't assume a superiority simply because others might not share your tastes.

    You should try to practice more tolerance and eschew that judgemental posture of yours that may well alienate others less endowed with life's gifts.

    They also serve, eh.

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    "Almost Paradise", a 10 episode series that's currently airing (first 8 are available now). A former US DEA agent who takes early retirement through mental and health issues escapes the rat race to run a small gift shop on a remote island in the Phillipines.

    Trailer:



    Download options.

    Almost Paradise Torrents - Watch & Download on EZTV

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    ^ That looks terrible. I think I'd sooner watch that 'Farang' movie

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    I thought that comment must be waaay too harsh.

    Then I watched the trailer.

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