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CheeseMonger

Member Since 04 Mar 2005
Offline Last Active Jul 07 2019 04:44 AM
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In Topic: What are you watching?

18 June 2019 - 06:58 PM

Tyrannosaur, with Olivia Colman and Paddy Considine.

 

Dark as F. Colman has, to me, been that great actor in the background, that's finally getting her just rewards. She's phenomenal, multi-faceted, sad, sympathetic. Considine, holy crap. The opening of the film had me believing there was absolutely no way I would every give a rat's tiny ass about this horrible man. And then I did. 

 

Amazing performances. Highly recommended. 

 

(another from channel 4)


In Topic: What are you watching?

06 June 2019 - 11:11 PM

I've been pretending that I live in the UK and have been pointing my VPN there to watch BBC and Channel 4 shows. 

 

Channel 4:

 

Traitors- a 6 part series about a young woman in London just after WW2 who's using her position to spy for Americans trying to root out Russians in English g'ment. Very entertaining. I love spy stuff, and this is pretty well done. And has the bonus of Keeley Hawes in it. Great clothes.

 

The Virtues: A somewhat predictable story told in a very compelling way. The lead actor- Stephen Graham is mesmerizing. He can be a sensitive caring dude, and when drunk, a colossal dickhead. His commitment to the role is complete. 4 episodes

 

Chimerica: It's a bit of a gut punch because the "current" parts take place around the events leading up to, and just past the Nov 2016 US election. What I find interesting about this little drama is that the lead is not particularly likeable. He's kind of a dick, and has little self-reflection. The way that his photographer character pushes his way without regard for the real collateral makes him unsympathetic, but still compelling. It's not a spoiler that his his character is most well known for taking a pivotal photo at Tiananmen square. Worth a watch for sure, good supporting characters, including F. Murray Abraham. 4 episodes

 

The Politician's Wife. A nice little sex scandal/political revenge drama with Juliet Stephenson from 1995. 3 episodes. 

 

National Treasure- another sex scandal drama, with the delicious Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters. Robbie's past abuses come back to haunt him. 4 episodes. 

 

No Offence- Cop drama with quite a bit of irreverence. Joanna Scanlan is a force of nature. Really fun watch. 3 seasons (so far)

 

The Celebrity Bake-offs for Stand Up to Cancer are silly fun as well. 

 

I've just started exploring BBC- it's a bit more finicky about letting me play video.

 

The best thing about watching both of these is that you set up an account, but watching is free. (aside from the VPN)

 

edited for grammar.


In Topic: Leah Chase

03 June 2019 - 01:05 AM

Everything I've read about her, or seen on TV, tells me that she was really a great lady. I'm glad we got to know her. 


In Topic: Duck

08 May 2019 - 12:03 AM

I made duck last night for dinner, and had a similar thought. Also, despite employing the google, I haven't received a satisfactory explanation as to why is rare duck is "okay" when rare chicken is well known to be a big no.


In Topic: Notre Dame

16 April 2019 - 02:32 AM

Horrible business. I'm also feeling a bit torn that I never tried to brave the line to enter.

 

As far as rebuilding, here's an interesting article about a historian that made a complete laser scan of Notre Dame:

 

https://news.nationa...edieval-gothic/