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  1. Is Netflix the only way to see it?
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    Have a Rant!

    re: the above.... Last night on Question Time - if I could have I think I would have reached through the screen and punched Kate Hopkins in the face. Her response to this issue was just infuriating. The only thing worse than the sexist men who hold such opinions are the female apologists who betray their own gender in order to secure their places in world. Her response was nothing short of disgusting.
  3. Best thing on tv for a while now....
  4. Having just read this - I have to say I think it's a brilliant book. All the drama of the plot aside for a second, the way that she writes is remarkably astute. So much of what she writes about seems to be in that realm of consciousness that we don't often shine a light on, probably for good reason. It's just incredibly naked, esp. in the first sections of Kevin's life. I have to say though, I don't come away from this feeling ambiguous about Kevin. Or his mother's role in his sociopathy. I believe her account - that Kevin is and was clearly a sociopath from birth. Perhaps there would be some doubt about her account if it didn't include so many others that ultimately seem to support her assessment. The nannies, the Irish babysitter, all the neighbourhood families, the kindergarten school, etc... It's only when he gets to an age that he becomes smart enough to hide it all that the clear-cutness of it goes away. But she is much too brutal with herself, with her account, for me to be left wondering in the end. And there is Celia as well - clear evidence that her capacity for what we consider proper modern motherhood behaviour is not lacking. And any suggestion that post-partum depression creates angry killers is just too rubbish to consider. In that sense I thought the very end was a cheat. Sociopaths don't change. They don't suddenly become remorseful, even a little. That ambiguity, for me, was much too late and not consistent with the portrayal. A more realistic ending, if you consider these letters to be some kind of thorough going-over in order to come to a conclusion would have been to start her life over and let Kevin rot in prison. I didn't see the surprise coming, though I probably should have. It's certainly there to be gleaned from certain moments (no mention in trial, going to Mom and Dad's house). It certainly made sense that it would have gone that way, though I did feel cheated. Franklin really did piss me off most of the time. I wanted a 'real' account of his moment of realisation. Or perhaps he simply would have blamed Eva. Other than the question of Kevin's nature, the book is just SO loaded with talking points. Fascinating talking points. For instance, the bit where Kevin is on tv talking about his crimes and how the world's interest runs on people such as him. Or the section where Eva talks about parental controls.. shielding children from... what? Great great book... should have won more awards IMO.
  5. I was underwhelmed by it. To me, it doesn't come close to The Corrections, which I think is a truly brilliant book. It tries - lord it does try - but there just are some issues with this one. The opening section of the book - in which he tells about Patty and Walter's Minnesota life in the third person, is simply incredible. I loved it. He has some turns of phrase in that section that quite literally just took my breath away with their succinct ease. I really couldn't rave enough about that part. But then he goes into a autobiography section of one of the characters and it just doesn't work as well. Was this of necessity? Can his character be as good of a writer as Franzen is? If the answer is no - then you're taking away so much of the potential of any Franzen book. If it is yes, then you have to ask yourself why these sections are not as good. I get the sense that Franzen chose to make those sections the way they are, but it left me feeling quite bereft after that first section. The actions of the characters are at times, not believable and I suppose in the end, I just wasn't entirely sure what he was trying to get at with this one. Some of it is just too specific to be a sort of 'American life' slice. He seems to be trying to make some grander point, but I must admit it escaped me. I'd still recommend the read - if just for that first part, but don't expect it to be as good as The Corrections.
  6. I'm in the Stewart camp with this one. I really thought it was a bit of a cheat from the beginning. Put a sympathetic character immediately in great peril and then drag your audience along to make sure he's all right. I suppose that's not a new literary gimmick but it felt gimmicky to me with Room. There were quite a few problems with specifics I thought. I didn't believe that Jack's mother would have planned the sort of escape that she did. I don't think she would have risked Jack that way. I also don't believe he even remotely would have had the ability to do what he did. The sensory overload would have been immense and I'm more prone to think that he simply would have been in a semi-catatonic state for quite a while. As it was, the 'slight' disorientation simply wasn't enough. I don't understand why he's so good at verbal abilities and math. I understand that the mother had to fill the time in - but I don't think this have happened. And most of all, I don't think this situation would have a happy ending. The book requires it - who the hell wants to read all that misery and not have a pay-off? - but it's not realistic. The boy would have so many problems with integration and his grasp on his mother's new position in this new world. And what few problems he does have seem to disappear mostly in a few weeks. I don't believe the major plot development with the mother (at least at that moment in the time frame) either. Too unrealistic - too gimmicky.
  7. I just couldn't make it through. I think I was about 100 pages in and nothing was happening at all. It was just so frustrating. And after Cloud Atlas was so good and hooked me right away - this was just so disappointing. Many people seem to like it though, so maybe something happens after a while but I just think that's way too long to wait to write something of interest.
  8. I agree that season two so far has been a poorer affair. The artist theme shows, with the exception of the Gaga one, I think are generally poor. Any plot or character stuff falls to the wayside in favour of stuffing in the songs. In general there have been way too many songs in all the s2 shows. Grilled Cheesus at least had some heart in it - but again - the Puck and Rachel songs really shouldn't have been in there. I wonder if they know where they are going these season. Whereas with season 1 I think they had a gameplan - perhaps they are unsure in terms of graduations and plot exactly where things are going.
  9. Watched the last two back to back this week. Wow - that was actually pretty good. And I must admit I appreciate the fact that so much seems to have been planned from the beginning. Still not in love with Miss Pond but at least it seems Rory will be there to mitigate some of that. But the moment at the end of the first episode of the finale - wowzie! That was too cool! Also loved how Rory became part of this 'myth' that surrounded the Pandorica. In terms of his presence in the next series, you'd have to say that he has TONS more to offer as someone who has lived for 2000 years. Or wait - is Rory at the end of it all the plastic Rory or the 'real' Rory?
  10. you know- I think I agree on that as well. Why not a male companion?
  11. I'm surprised it's taken me this long to discern, but this last episode made me realise that it's not the new doctor I don't enjoy - it's Miss Pond. This reliance the show seems to have these days on the 'pairing' of the Doctor and his assistant is unnecessary and annoying. It would have made much more sense if they had a few episodes like 'The Lodger' one before they introduced a companion. Because I really enjoyed watching this Doctor when he was on his own. I liked his quirky awkwardness (even if I did not entirely believe his gaps of knowledge of 21st century social life).
  12. Cool beans! Though I'm surprised that Barrowman is on board. I thought he had got a part on Desperate Housewives? Nonetheless, the last special of Torchwood was so good. Would love some more.
  13. This last one made me cry. Written by Richard Curtis - I should have suspected that at some point I'd get weepy. But it was very touching at the end.
  14. I've always been rather fascinated with the media icon that is Oprah Winfrey so I was quite interested to hear that Kelly was coming out with an unauthorised biography. Though if you know anything about Oprah, saying 'unauthorised' is practically redundant. She's never put out an autobiography - though she had done a deal to do so several years back. After writing it she didn't feel comfortable publishing it and her friends also suggested that perhaps she had been too truthful in the book - unnecessarily so. This has left an obvious hole in the market for such a book - and Kelly sure has some balls to even attempt this considering how far up the big O's arse most publishing houses are in America. The book delivers a few choice nuggets of information, from her own family (though drug issues make some of the reports suspect) most often. It gives many examples of Miss Winfrey acting like a total diva and treating people like dirt. More interesting - it does get into the snake pit atmosphere of Harpo studios, where all her touchy feely stuff goes right out the window in favour of non-disclosure contracts and hyper vigilance over every single aspect of her life. None of this really surprised me, nor really should it surprise many that one of the richest woman in the world- and one of the first to every run her own studio isn't exactly the prettiest picture on the inside, though she tries so hard to show us otherwise. But I thought the book was unnecessarily negative in tone. From the get-go, it seemed clear to me that the intent of it was to take Oprah down a few pegs. And I didn't see why this was necessary unless you didn't like Oprah to begin with. All these stories, all the anecdotes from former friends, family members, employees, etc... could just have easily been told without the accompanying glee at telling them to begin with. Especially in regard to some of her business practices - I felt Kelly frowned upon, or at least put a negative light on some of her choices that frankly were just that - business decisions that any other astute person would make. Kelly seems to imply that because they weren't based in friendly sentimentality that there is something wrong with Oprah. And is there something wrong with Oprah? Certainly more than what Oprah lets us see on tv - but couldn't anyone have surmised that already? I suppose we have a few more details on the 'wrong'; her issues with race, drugs, sex, and race, but I don't think this book is going to be putting a dent into the Oprah franchise any time soon.
  15. When Desmond was talking to Eloise - she asked him if he was taking her son and he said he wasn't. I figure he wasn't there at the end because he wasn't really part of the plane crash in any way. I suppose Penny wasn't either exactly, but that connection with Desmond for the duration of the show was always there- and really since he was there long before some of them - he had a huge part to play in the island history. Perhaps even more so 'after', when Hugo was protecting the island. I can sort of also see why Richard wouldn't have been there- as he wasn't really part of the group - and remained so separate from them all during most of the show. Lapidus, I think probably should have been there but it must be said that his only real use throughout just seemed to be to have a pilot around. I've watched the finale - or at least bits of it, about three times now and the more I do, the more I really love how they ended this. Again - that theme of letting go - which Jack has the hardest time doing, both in life and in that afterlife, plays throughout. And I think the actor did that journey such incredible justice.
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