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  1. Is Netflix the only way to see it?
  2. 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.
  16. I'm fairly bored with this doctor. I'm curious if anyone knows how it's doing in ratings.... because I can't help but think these two aren't going to take.
  17. I am certainly glad that I continued to watch the show for all the seasons. The fact that it was able to end with such ambiguity on some areas shows just how good these characters were - and that to me is what is important. And they will be leaving a bit of a hole for me - there is nothing quite like a story about people generally struggling with life and what it all means, no matter if they find out or not. I've talked to a few other people who strangely seem to think that from the original crash on they were all dead. But that makes very little sense to me. So much indicates that that was real. The whole ending of them getting together suggests it was real otherwise what in the world was the point? But there were also other clues - such as Hurley referring to the time AFTER when he and Ben ran the island together.
  18. Well, I never really expected this finale to answer all the questions- the writers and producers had already said as much, so no surprises there. But emotionally, I found it very satisfying. All those moments where people were connecting with each other and remembering were really quite moving. I'm a little annoyed that the 'all comes together' life was in actually some kind of dead world. It doesn't make much sense to me that after you're dead that you have to make up some world together so that you can all find each other. If the afterlife is just as complicated as real life- well, that just sucks. I've really loved watched the arc of Jack's character through this show. There were seriously some times when I just wanted the guy to get shot or at least greatly harmed. His sanctimonious 'I know best' attitude was irritating. But I like to see where they went with that - and how he changed and had to give up that control. Basically, I like the 'LET GO' motif that was playing out in this last season. It was interesting that in terms of the person that 'did for you (Jack) what you did for me(Locke) today was essentially death itself. I am going to miss it - it certainly was an exciting show to wait for.
  19. http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/05/20/finale-of-lost-to-be-brought-to-international-viewers-faster-than-ever-before/51959 Simulcast!!!
  20. Th hubby and I went to see Dara O'Briain last night and he does a bit on gaming. It was funny - if you are into such things - though I think some of it went over the head of a lot of people. One thing that I found interesting though is that he called it 'art'. He has a joke based on the fact that it's the only 'art form' that makes you work or have a skill in order to see all of it. (he said it funnier) I thought the word 'art' was pushing things. Anyway - he did this bit where he physically pretends to be one of his game characters and he's at this wall where he has to do something but he's not sure what so he crouches and touches, crouches and then jumps, jumps and touches, etc.... it had my in stitches. I personally, read some of these posts with envy. After my experiences long ago with the Donkey Kong Country series of games I had to call a halt to all purchasing of games consoles. I know I simply would ruin all semblance of a life that I have sitting there obsessively playing them. So I stick to relatively simple, yet still frustratingly addictive FB games.
  21. I suppose I can see from this picture how the metal effect works - but I think that would only happen in still pic or animation - it doesn't work for anything else. And the one eye will always be off-putting. The little light on the top of their heads reminds me of an available cab... am I supposed to think that?
  22. Oh my word- has anyone seen the mascot for the London games? First the logo and now these things! http://www.ourlondon2012.com/mascots/pictures/ Why do they only have one eye?
  23. I saw that too - I was amazed. Because I honestly just thought he wasn't the smiley type and would never be able to do it without making small children cry. But he made that joke about the course and he actually genuinely laughed at it. And the pictures with his kids after he resigned - it was all quite touching. I am really pleased about the civil liberties stuff - as I said in a different post on here- it was one of the most important issues to me and it never got mentioned over the course of the election campaign - at least not that I ever saw. I was much disappointed in Question Time last night (don't know if anyone else watched). I know it partly an entertainment show but already the audience seems to have fallen back into the blame game - just looking for reasons to bitch and moan. I found myself generally agreeing with Heseltine and simply thinking, 'Well what did you want to happen then?' People don't seem to want sensible answers anymore.
  24. Oh- it just feels wrong, it does! Let's see.. I left American when Dubya came in - does this mean I have to leave here now? Logically, I know I don't mind that the Tories are in - (although I do still have reservations about their economic policies.) But then I see that characterless blank faced man in front of #10 and I just want to spew. Perhaps the wife can now stop wearing dresses that scream out 'Hey -look! I'm pregnant! Aren't I just the epitome of familial domesticity and comfort?' BBC news kept going on about how there is no transition period, no time to prepare etc... but I think I need one!
  25. I've been waiting for that joke for quite a while now. Preferential voting: it doesn't exactly tell you how it makes a difference though. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preferential_voting
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