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Old 11-14-2021, 05:40 AM   #1651
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Like a cheap Hollywood Western, only in North Africa.
That's it in a nutshell. I'm just amazed that Connery took the part, which was mainly poncing around like a quintessential gentleman. But he was supposed to have "the blood of the prophet" in his veins. He musty have been near bankruptcy.
 
Old 11-15-2021, 12:23 AM   #1652
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He musty have been near bankruptcy.
I don't think so. He did a lot of similar stuff in the 70s; maybe it didn't become clear how bad the movie is until they finished it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_connery#Beyond_Bond

It seems Connery had a preference for (pseudo) historical swashbuckling heros - he turned down several iconic roles of the fantasy/scifi genre:
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Connery turned down the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings films, saying he did not understand the script. He was reportedly offered US$30 million along with 15% of the worldwide box office receipts, which would have earned him US$450 million. He also turned down the opportunity to appear as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series and the Architect in The Matrix trilogy.
 
Old 11-15-2021, 05:35 AM   #1653
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Goodness, Gandalf was a license to print money! I can understand him turning down Dumbledore, who is the nutty professor type. The Architect I can't remember. I only watched one of the Matrix movies - one was enough.

Perhaps he didn't really need money. If you make a few million, and invest in real estate, there's a good living to be made just owning it - rental income, etc.
 
Old 11-15-2021, 09:19 AM   #1654
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I watched World War 2 in Color - again.

Watch what version you get! This time I had a 10 episode version from the Excited States which really only covered the European and American bloodbaths and is a very poor history. The version I saw first time was much better. Episode 1 takes you as far as Dunkirk. Then you only touch the headline events so by episode 6 (of 10) you're on D-Day. Not covered are: The African war; Italy, or any other Axis Power except Japan; Burma, or nearly all of the war in Asia; Iwo Jima, or the horror of that fight; the naval struggle with submarines; the role of Australians, Indians and other Commonwealth countries; The Philippines; The Invasion of Italy & Mussolini; the hypocrisy of the pope. The show generally & the last episode in particular is frank about racist attitudes and the use of neuclear weapons in particular.

It's a good watch, provided nobody in the room is sickened by a million or two dying in horrible ways - being left to starve, treated as human experiments, gassed, etc. Better watched alone by the few who can stomach it.
 
Old 11-15-2021, 10:18 AM   #1655
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Some how I missed Attack the Block when it came out, but noticed it in a list of Jodie Whittaker movies. It's low budget alien invasion at its best and the music is great.
 
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How to train your dragon, & How to train your dragon 2.

These are animated movies, and good ones. The animation is so good you forget they are cartoons. When all the main characters are expressing subtle emotions as part of the plot, the animation has to be excellent. I didn't think there would be a second decent plot in 'how to train your dragon' but there was in the characters they had created. That said, if there a third movie, I'll hardly go for it.

But it was all good clean fun except for about one third being the war and violence typical of cartoons. The ending was a little unclear, but that's a small issue. You'll enjoy them.
 
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^ Good to know. I watched pt 1 a long time ago and enjoyed it.

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Some how I missed Attack the Block when it came out, but noticed it in a list of Jodie Whittaker movies. It's low budget alien invasion at its best and the music is great.
Trailer looks like good fun, and good music - but aliens that look like fluorescent angry bears are a little too unconvincing for me I think.
 
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On WW2: found my titles.


Avoid "The Greatest Events of World War 2 in colour" with 10 episodes. It also has American historians who have boned up on this big time but haven't had one interview in their lives. Now somebody put a camera in front of them and said 'talk,' which they did to excess.

Recommended "World War 2 in colour" with 13 episodes, which gives a more even coverage.
 
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It seems somebody started a "Good 2021 movie to watch" thread on Slashdot.org
I reckon there's gotta be one watchable movie for some weirdo in the 138 comments to date!
 
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I was going to stick a review up here, but as nobody really seems to be here, I won't bother.
 
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nobody really seems to be here
You know how it works: posting to a thread automatically subscribes one to it, everybody who ever posted here and regularly logs in sees every new post. But sometimes they have nothing to say.
Personally I'm not all that interested in WW2 documentaries.

I looked at the slasdot link, thanks for that - there was one show that possibly interests me, some I already knew, and some that probably don't interest me.
 
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I'm not hugely interested. It's historic instead of military. Some of that stuff was prophesied. It's only a few words here or there, but I'd like to know nevertheless.
 
  


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