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Old 02-21-2012, 08:53 AM   #71
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BTW, have any of you heard that my favorite actress Dame Judith Dench, of all times along with Meryl Streep, is going blind? She is 77. Her family reads all her lines to her now. My heart is broken. I don't think I have ever seen her give a bad performance.
I did hear that the other day - what a shame. She is so versatile. Anyone who can play James Bond's "M" as well as a shy spinster in the 1840's (the Cranford series), throwing in that role as a scandal-beset older teacher (Notes on a Scandal with Cate Blanchette). Yup; I'm a fan, too.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:08 AM   #72
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I liked the mini-series Ivanhoe. Karen recorded The Tudors and she really likes Dr. Who. We both like the risque series starring a former Dr. Who actress Billie Piper. I'm sure there are many shows and movies we watch that are Canadian, but don't know it. I liked the movie Das Boot and have watched Pan's Labyrinth, even though they were sub-titled. Probably could have gotten through Das Boot without it, but I find it hard to keep up with Spanish as they speak so darn fast.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:53 AM   #73
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Patience Little Grasshopper. Last season there were only four shows. This season there will be seven shows. So they have time to tie it all up. The first show was just the set up. the next six shows will begin to tie all the loose ends. This season ends with the end of the war. And they are already working on Season III.
Season 1 had 7 episodes! Don't tell me that you missed 3!

I watched all 7 on Netflix streaming
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:05 AM   #74
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As much as I love Downton Abbey, I would still place it about one notch behind I, Claudius, the all around best miniseries I have ever seen. It may sound stuffy, but believe me, it is not -- it's completely captivating. I really admire Derek Jacobi - he also shines in the Caedfel group.

Wasn't Nicholas Campbell's Da Vinci's Inquest series set in Vancouver? I liked that a lot - it seemed so real. Great cast.

I'll check out Heartland - I like down-to-earth stories. I watched Disc One of Rain Shadows, about two female veterinarians in Outback Australia. I don't think I'll order up Disc Two, speaking of going head-to-head, just because I liked the characters so much; watching the conflict while they adjust to one another was uncomfortable. I should probably stick to All Creatures Great and Small -- warmer, fuzzier.
I LOVED All Creatures Great And Small. I couldn't get into I, Claudius. There were a lot of shows I would start to watch, then go to the hospital at the worst time and never get back into the story.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:33 AM   #75
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Last night Notting Hill was on TV. I had seen it several years ago and was just going to skip it until I read the description, which listed Hugh Bonneville as part of the cast. So, just for curiosity I wanted to see what he looked like in this movie, which I think was from 1998. I dropped in long enough to see Hugh Grant at his boyish best and Julia Roberts as the important movie star, besieged by the press in London. Hugh Bonneville was awfully handsome; but from my current vantage point, his Lord Grantham is even better-looking. Coincidentally, PBS showed a special on the making of Downton Abbey, with the actors saying a few words about their respective characters. It was a strange feeling seeing them out of character, in their "civvies," almost like seeing them undressed.
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I just finished watching season one of Doc Martin via Netflix streaming. It's delightfully quirky and down right odd in parts, but I love it and don't quite know why. Part of it is the scenery of Cornwall, as we visited there last spring and that whole part of England is just take your breath away beautiful.
I can't wait to get into season two.
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A couple of flicks that come to mind are;

The year my parents went on vacation.
Swimming pool
Vera drake
House of flying daggers
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:26 PM   #78
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Another BBC production with Hugh Bonneville in the lead role was a 2-disc set fairly recent miniseries called Five Days. Not bad, but a pretty sad story in several ways. Via Netflix, natch.
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News flash!

They are filming Season Three of Downton Abby. They should be done by the end of August. They didn't say, but I would suspect we should be seeing it somewhere around the end of September? Shirley McLaine and Maggie Smith go head to head.
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Just finished season 2 on hulu plus, enjoyed it very much, look forward to season 3
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