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Just about to watch Limitless.
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I am tempted to watch Cats. I may need convincing.
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I've been working my way thru Doc Martin. I'd seen the first few seasons some time back, but I started again.

I haven't been in the mood for any movies, tho. We'll see what happens in the coming days.
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Watched the first Harry Potter movie last night. Might watch the second one tonight, or next weekend. We're working from home, and we have a number of series on the DVR as well, so we don't have as much time for movies.

Also considering Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, plus the Marvel Cinematic Series movies.
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Sabato, domenica e lunedì (1990, Lina Wertmüller), if you can find it.

I saw it five or six years ago and, although I thought it was great fun, I'd like to see it again to confirm that impression. Not everyone's going to like the plot, as it's about a weekend that coincides with a crisis in a 30-year marriage and the making of Neapolitan ragù. Director Lina Wertmüller is strongly influenced by Fellini, so there's intelligent humor along with the whining, yelling and screaming that you'd expect in an Italian film about the specter of jealousy. Check out her IMDB "full bio" entry and comments on modern directors (bottom of page). I remember this film as being much more than just another of the "women+love+food" films that abounded in the 90s. I think it's very hard to find, though. Looks like Amazon doesn’t carry it and I think it hasn’t even been reissued on DVD. I came across it in the wee hours as part of a very small local broadcaster's cinema offering, and I haven't seen even a mention of it anywhere since then.
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Not going to self quarantine, but if I was stuck in the house, I'd want something with great scenery like Open Range or Wind River.
You posted this seven days ago. Changed your mind about staying home yet?

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Watched the first Harry Potter movie last night. Might watch the second one tonight, or next weekend. We're working from home, and we have a number of series on the DVR as well, so we don't have as much time for movies.
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I don't think any of the later ones measure up to the first one, but maybe that's just me. After a while I got lost in all the characters. It's fun to watch the principals grow up.
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I've got a stack of DVDs I've been pulling out and watching

--Several episodes of Mystery Science Theater I either haven't seen, or haven't seen in a long time, like I Was a Teenage Werewolf

-- Ray Harryhausen films, like Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts

-- Science Fiction -- John Carter of Mars, Ender's Game

-- We're almost finished watching the boxed set of All Avengers episodes with Diana Rigg that friends gave us as a Christmas present over a year ago.


-- My wife and daughter, Pepper Mill and MilliCal, have been bingeing on Netflix. I've generally avoided this, but we did watch the three part BBC Dracula, which was interesting. Like the last time the BBC "adapted" Dracula (the one with David Suchet as Van Helsing), they're trying to see how far they can push the envelope. This one was written by Doctor Who alumnus Steven Moffat. It's interesting, but weird, with excellent dialogue. He clearly saw the Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing/Hammer version before he wrote this.

-- I've been doing a lot of reading, going through my stack of saved-up books. I've been writing, as well -- an apparently endless stream of editing chores for my Wonderland book (I once told someone that you had better really LOVE what you've written, because you're going to be reading it over and over and over again until you HATE it) -- another optics article, a paper for my sometime work, a mathemnatical method I've been thinking about for years, and I hope to finally finish up a fantasy story I started last summer for my writing group.
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Our family has been having some movie nights. We just saw Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (a terrific Steve Martin/Michael Caine comedy we all love) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (a childhood favorite that holds up pretty well).
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Another, older thread on the same topic: https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=891735
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-- We're almost finished watching the boxed set of All Avengers episodes with Diana Rigg that friends gave us as a Christmas present over a year ago.

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Ooooo! I have that boxed set, too-- just the Diana Rigg episodes. The series came out when I was just starting high school and I adored it. It really captures the flavor of the nascent 1960s.

Factoid: Do watch the PBS series The Bletchley Circle -- I highly recommend it! I've watched the whole thing about 5 times. Rachael Martin, who plays Millie, is Diana Rigg's daughter. Also stunningly beautiful.
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Watched The Lighthouse last night. Fantastic. I already want to see it again.
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Since people are mentioning TV, too, I've been rewatching Buffy. Up to S5E3 now.
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Watched The Lighthouse last night. Fantastic. I already want to see it again.
Ohhhh...if this were taking place near Halloween i'd watch The Terror.
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Everything on my DVR that has been sitting there, or "why don't I have these on DVD/file?" Some I have seen before, and are "comfort" movies, or movies I have not seen in a long time. A few are new movies I missed in the theaters:

The Man Who Came to Dinner
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
The Exorcist
Nosferatu (the silent one)
Rope
The Lady Vanishes
Get Out
Anna Christie
A Midsummer Night's Dream (the one with Mickey Rooney as Puck)
Night of Dark Shadows
Nothing Sacred
Dinner at Eight
Arsene Lupine
The Kid Who Would be King
My Favorite Wife
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Some are on YouTube

Harry and Tonto, La Strada, Nashville, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?,Network, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Battle of Algiers, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, A Woman Under The Influence, Buffalo '66, Shadows in Paradise, Harold and Maude
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Great movie! One of my favorites from the new century.
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"Dawn of the Dead" is another one I won't be ready to watch for a good long while.
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"The Shining" may be another one to avoid for now.
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Old 03-23-2020, 07:31 AM
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Has a bit about the plague. The plague! The plague!

Zero Mostel and friends at their best.

Sondheim music, won an Oscar for Best Original Score.

Bonus point: Buster Keaton.
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People often regret asking me what I have been watching recently. Inevitably, it's always something like this or something like this.

If you haven't seen them, here are four incredible films -

Joe vs The Volcano
The Zero Effect
Groundhog Day
Moon
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We just Googled up a file of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

"Bring ou'cher dead! Bring ou'cher Dead!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU0d8kpybVg
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You posted this seven days ago. Changed your mind about staying home yet?
No. I have fewer places I can go, but I still go to the grocery store, take drives, ride my bike and take long walks. And the drive-in movie theater is open in my town.
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Vulture.com has a bunch of lists including their "100 best movies on <streaming service> right now", which will give one plenty of suggestions:

https://www.vulture.com/vulture-lists/

They do the same for TV shows (per streaming service).
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I watched The End of the World, a Danish silent film from 1916. A newly discovered comet threatens to wreck havoc on North-Western Europe. After a stock market crash, a rich mine owner buys up the market and then plants a story in the newspaper that everything will be fine. He sells when the stock market recovers. He has a big party on the day of destruction, but armed miners crash it as the town (miniature) is set ablaze by comet sparks and flooded.

It was not very good – not up to Abel Gance’s 1931 movie of the same name and nearly identical plot – but the parallels to today’s headlines made it mildly interesting.

Next up, I will try to get through another Danish silent epic, A Trip to Mars (1918): “A group of researchers from Earth travel in a spaceship to Mars, where, to big surprise, they find a peaceful vegetarian and pacifist civilization.” (from IMDB)

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