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genevieve

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I'm very behind the times - am just getting back into OITNB and just finished S4. The show is gripping, but every time there is a scene with Piper and Alex the whole thing just drags :blah: They are the worst!
 

TanithandBenFan

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I finished The Crown last night, and my favorite episodes were the ones where Charles figured prominently. I'd love to see Josh O'Connor get some award recognition for his portrayal of the Prince of Wales. Also, I wish there were more stories where Anne could have been a star figure because she was a delight. Princess Alice was also a hoot.

Still not a huge fan of HBC, and the new Tony just made me want to go back and watch the Matthew Goode episodes in S2. 😍
 

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I've been enjoying my Disney Plus subscription.

Been very much enjoying some of the older 'Golden Age' Disney movies.

I watched 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Kirk Douglas (what a spectacular film for the late 50s) and have started Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
 

PDilemma

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I finished The Crown last night, and my favorite episodes were the ones where Charles figured prominently. I'd love to see Josh O'Connor get some award recognition for his portrayal of the Prince of Wales. Also, I wish there were more stories where Anne could have been a star figure because she was a delight. Princess Alice was also a hoot.

Still not a huge fan of HBC, and the new Tony just made me want to go back and watch the Matthew Goode episodes in S2. 😍
I like HBC, but I wish they would make Margaret a little less one dimensional. They aren't being entirely fair to her.

This is probably an unpopular opinion, but I'm not enjoying Olivia Coleman. She just looks stern and angry all the time. Of course, part of that is that they have turned the Queen as a character into someone who is stern and angry all the time, too. So it's probably more on the script and direction of the show than on her.


Overall, the whole season was too full of resentment, anger and tragedy for me.
 

Yehudi

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I finished The Crown last night, and my favorite episodes were the ones where Charles figured prominently. I'd love to see Josh O'Connor get some award recognition for his portrayal of the Prince of Wales. Also, I wish there were more stories where Anne could have been a star figure because she was a delight. Princess Alice was also a hoot.

Still not a huge fan of HBC, and the new Tony just made me want to go back and watch the Matthew Goode episodes in S2. 😍
Erin Doherty is a dead ringer for young Princess Anne. It‘s too bad we didn’t get the attempted kidnapping scene
 
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We watched Klaus on Netflix tonight. As far as animated Christmas movies go we were pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Appropriately heartwarming for the season without being saccharine. I’m not sure it’ll hold up to multiple viewings but it was a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours on a cold night :)
 

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I just finished watching the second season of Jack Ryan on Prime. I thought it was top notch, with a few plot twists I wasn't expecting.

And for those who didn't see The Night Manager mini series the first time it was shown here in the U.S., it's now available for free on Prime. That one is probably one of my all time favorites, but then I'm a sucker for well done spy stories.
 

MacMadame

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We saw Noel on Disney+ with Anna Kendrick. It was okay. It got stronger as it went on but the acting was a bit rushed in the beginning and there were a few things that didn't really work. Loved the ending though.
 

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I'm watching the Green Eggs and Ham series on Netflix. Dr Seuss books were my first books to read on my own. I will always love everything about them. :swoon:
 

Cachoo

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Waiting for December 13 and season 4 of "The Expanse" on Prime...wonderful, smart, well done science fiction: It is like an extra Christmas gift.
 

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Waiting for December 13 and season 4 of "The Expanse" on Prime...wonderful, smart, well done science fiction: It is like an extra Christmas gift.
Yesterday, I saw a review of the first several episodes of season 4, and it was very positive. :cheer:
 

Cachoo

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Yesterday, I saw a review of the first several episodes of season 4, and it was very positive. :cheer:
Great news! There is so much to love in this series but as a woman I love seeing female characters who each in her own way is a total badass. (And I adore Shohreh Aghdashloo's sumptuous wardrobe!)
 

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I'd love to see Josh O'Connor get some award recognition for his portrayal of the Prince of Wales.
Josh O'Connor is the best thing about Season 3 of The Crown. He definitely should be winning awards for his portrayal of the young adult Prince Charles.

Although Olivia Coleman and Helena Bonham-Carter are good actors, there's something off about their casting. HBC looks more like an older Claire Foy, and Olivia Coleman looks more like an older Vanessa Kirby. The same regarding their heights. In actuality, Margaret was smaller than the Queen, so Kirby as Margaret, being taller than Foy as the Queen was very off-putting. But Foy and Kirby rocked their portrayals in the first two seasons. Not so much HBC and Coleman in Season 3.

Foy facially has this very mesmerizing transparency with a kind of stillness that masks pent-up human emotions. Coleman just comes off as mannered and stiff, despite having a more passable resemblance to the older Queen than Foy actually has to the Queen as a young woman. The camera loves Foy's face. The camera does NOT love Coleman's face. HBC did a great job in the LBJ episode in Season 3, and the actor who plays Tony Snowden in Season 3 is very good. But overall, HBC is somewhat miscast as Princess Margaret. The actor who plays Margaret's young lover, Roddy Llewellyn, is excellent.

I miss Claire Foy and Matt Smith. Still Tobias Menzies makes an excellent older Prince Philip, and Menzies does at least have a passable resemblance to Smith. Erin Doherty also makes an excellent Princess Anne. And the actor who plays Prince Philip's mother is brilliant.

I don't think the actor who portrays Camilla is right for the role. Worse though is the dramatic license the producers took in suggesting that Princess Anne was simply having a fling with Andrew Parker-Bowles. In fact, Anne was very much in love with Parker-Bowles, but knew she couldn't marry him because he was Catholic. After Camilla married Parker-Bowles when Charles was sent away on military duty, Anne hooked up with Mark Phillips from her horsey set of friends (Phillips somewhat resembles Parker-Bowles). Anne was not that much in love with Phillips who was widely described as 'thick and wet.' Anne and Parker-Bowles have remained friendly through the years.

It was quite funny that the actor in The Crown who fictionally introduces the Parker-Bowles character to Princess Anne, actually resembles the real Parker-Bowles more than the actor who played Parker-Bowles!!! Another inaccurate dramatization is the implication that Camilla wasn't sure whether she was in love with Charles. In all honesty, Camilla and Parker-Bowles mutually played the field in the swingin' 60s and early '70s, while on-and-off with each other. But Camilla was all-in with Charles after meeting him. If Charles had given any hint that he had a backbone and would defy his family for their love, Camilla would not have married Parker-Bowles. Charles was under-the-thumb of his family and dithered and dallied, and was ultimately persuaded to 'do his duty' and drop the idea of marrying Camilla, instead of fighting for her.

In the first two seasons, the Peter Townsend character was also woefully miscast. In real life, Townsend was a tall, lanky, boyish-looking war hero. He towered over Princess Margaret. The actor who was cast was shorter, and he looked old and stuffy, and definitely not like someone a young, impressionable Margaret would fall head-over-heels in love with. Also, Kirby over-played the unsettled rebelliousness of young Margaret. Although Margaret had been spoiled (especially by her father), she did not become flighty and rebellious until after the government, the Queen Mother and Prince Philip intruded on her happiness by forcing her to choose between her born identity as a royal princess, and the man she deeply loved.

The Princess Diana role for Seasons 5 & 6 has already been cast with Emma Corrin, who appears to be a very striking choice. I can barely wait, but we have to for quite awhile...
 

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I think the camera can love Colman’s face as evidenced in The Favourite but this role didn’t play to her strengths and I think the costume and packaging just made her look harsh and dowdy. I think another poster hit it on the head when they said it was the writing/directing. I think Colman lights up when she can play someone who is more outgoing and playful like in Fleabag or any of her previous comedic roles. Heck even in her more contemporary serious roles played to her strengths better.
 

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Dang! I don’t realize that See was only eight episodes! I feel cheated! :drama:
 

vgerdes

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I think the camera can love Colman’s face as evidenced in The Favourite but this role didn’t play to her strengths and I think the costume and packaging just made her look harsh and dowdy. I think another poster hit it on the head when they said it was the writing/directing. I think Colman lights up when she can play someone who is more outgoing and playful like in Fleabag or any of her previous comedic roles. Heck even in her more contemporary serious roles played to her strengths better.
I loved her as Angela Burr in The Night Manager. Some nice playful moments, but her character was really just a fundamentally good person with a lot of fire and determination. Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie got top billing, but I thought she stole pretty much every scene she was in.
 

VGThuy

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I read recently that someone criticized Colman's casting as QEII by saying she had a "leftwing" face. What does that mean?
 

Cachoo

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I really liked her in Broadchurch or Broad Church, with the wonderful David Tennant.

Didn't care for 'The Favourite' at all.
I loved her character in that series but I also love that she can play a total b*tch and never lose that sweet exterior. I wanted to throttle her character in "Fleabag" and at the same time I had to admit she was so delectably good and often stole scenes from a talented cast.

Oh by the way: The Expanse tomorrow....me in a Conga line celebrating tonight.....
 

Yehudi

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Over the Weekend, I watched the Dirty Dancing episode of The Movies That Made Us on Netflix. For me, the best part was seeing the footage like Billy Zane‘s audition and test screen with Jennifer Grey.
 

Aussie Willy

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Over the Weekend, I watched the Dirty Dancing episode of The Movies That Made Us on Netflix. For me, the best part was seeing the footage like Billy Zane‘s audition and test screen with Jennifer Grey.
A friend told me about these. Sounds really interesting.
 

Aussie Willy

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Over the Weekend, I watched the Dirty Dancing episode of The Movies That Made Us on Netflix. For me, the best part was seeing the footage like Billy Zane‘s audition and test screen with Jennifer Grey.
I watched the one on Die Hard last night. Done a bit like Entertainment this Week but very tongue in cheek and very enjoyable.
 

Aussie Willy

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Tonight I watched "Don't f*ck with cats: Hunting an internet killer".

3 one hour episodes so a good binge. Fascinating documentary about a group on Facebook who track a killer that started off with videos of him doing horrible things to kittens. Knew nothing about it so quite riveting and interesting.
 

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