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  • ursus arctos
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    I think that is common in most of the "civilised" world.

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  • Fussbudget
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    Off topic, but I've only recently realised that prisoners in the UK usually wear their own clothes rather than prison uniforms. Obviously I've watched too many US/Ossie prison dramas.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
    Perhaps he didn’t get bail.
    Yes, I've addressed that but still feel he would have arranged a change of clothes for the trial.

    It's the one hole in an otherwise entirely plausible film for me.

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  • ursus arctos
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    It is not terribly unusual now for prisons to allow inmates to have someone bring them a change of clothes for their release.

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    Perhaps he didn’t get bail.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Originally posted by Nocturnal Submission View Post
    I've just watched Ocean's Eleven for the first time.

    Don Cheadle's Cockney accent is really a thing of terrible beauty.
    I also watched 'Ocean's Eleven' for the first time last week and at the start George Clooney leaves prison after a 4/5 year sentence in a tuxedo.

    I know it serves only to establish Danny Ocean/The Cloon as a suave motherfucker (he even has the bow tie undone for full Rat Pack effect) but are we going to believe that even if he was arrested for the original heist in a tuxedo and was never bailed before trial that he didn't get a change of clothes to appear in court?

    He also leaves prison at the end of the film in a tux but given he had been arrested for parole violation wearing it then it does have some kind of internal logic that he would be taken straight to jail in the clothes he was standing up in.

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  • MsD
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    Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
    I couldn’t get through that. I felt like it was just gawking at the mentally ill.
    It’s a happy ending! I thought the protagonist creatively eccentric rather than ill, although I’m sure there’s an identifiable disorder there. If he’d killed himself or was in an institution I’d not have enjoyed it, but then I don’t think they’d have made that film.

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  • pebblethefish
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    As ever slightly behind the times, I watched The Iron Lady yesterday. I can completely understand all the acting awards it got - Meryl Streep is fantastic, all of the rest of the cast are excellent, although it is slightly disconcerting to have Antony Head (Giles from Buffy / Bloke from the Gold Blend ads - delete according to your age) as Geoffrey Howe. But not a lot happened. Young idealist becomes PM, goes powercrazy, goes senile.

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    I couldn’t get through that. I felt like it was just gawking at the mentally ill.

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  • MsD
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    At last I found a feel-good film: The Disaster Artist.

    Love it.

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    Watching Da 5 Bloods, Spike Lee’s latest joint. It’s about four black veterans of the US was in Vietnam who go back there ~50 years later to find a stash of gold they know about as well as their fallen squad leader.

    But of course, being a Spike Lee film, it’s about a lot more than that.

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    I watched Be Water, an ESPN doc about Bruce Lee. I don’t know why we needed another documentary on Bruce Lee. I think this is the third or fourth, and there have been at least two fictionalized films about him. But it’s well done and does a good job of putting his career in the context of anti-Asian racism in America.

    There’s a surprising amount of home movie footage of him and his family. Most people didn’t have movie cameras in the 60s or save that much film, but his family did, apparently. There’s also a lot of video of him in interviews, martial arts demos, and a lot of video of his funeral.

    Linda Lee Cadwell’s voice is in it a lot, but I feel like somebody should do a doc on her. Not many young white women were into Kung fu in the 60s and her family wasn’t psyched about her marrying an Asian guy. Then after he died, she managed to raise two kids - one of whom who also died suddenly at a young age - get married two more times and build a fairly successful enterprise preserving Bruce Lee’s legacy. That would be a good bio.

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  • slackster
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    Watch The Vast of Night movie on Amazon Prime, that Ray mentioned.

    I was impressed by the technical details and homage to The Twilight Zone - especially the long tracking shot in the middle. But I found the story rather slight, and had to use the subtitles for the machine-gun dialogue from the beginning.

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  • Felicity, I guess so
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    We watched the BBC Windrush scandal drama on the iplayer last night - Sitting in Limbo ​​​​​​.
    I thought it was very well made and acted and it made me cry and seethe so it did its job.

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  • slackster
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    Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
    Watched this tonight, lovely and very drily funny :

    Second the recommend on this. A gentle watch - much needed after our daughter had us view Now They See Us (netflix) the previous couple of nights.

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  • tracteurgarcon
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    Anyone else watching the new Das Boot tv series?

    i enjoyed season 1 but there’s at least one major plot line that makes absolutely no sense to me at all.

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  • MsD
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    It’s well-acted, but who could get anything from it?

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  • Sits
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    Originally posted by MsD View Post
    I loved Silver Linings Playbook. I've watched some right depressing films lately: The Pianist, Requiem for a Dream, and The Notebook which I thought would be a nice romance with Ryan Gosling. Well, it sort of is, but.

    I'm used to checking things on "Does the Dog Die?" for pet death trauma, but I guess I should also check for other stuff.

    As someone already mentioned, the other film which pairs Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, Serena, is very hard-going but described as "Romance" on Netflix or Prime.
    Serena is a terrible film. How did they do it?

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  • Ray de Galles
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    I've watched three films in the last week where a dog dies, two of them were rewatches so it wasn't a shock then but it got a bit distressing by the third which was a new release.

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  • MsD
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    I loved Silver Linings Playbook. I've watched some right depressing films lately: The Pianist, Requiem for a Dream, and The Notebook which I thought would be a nice romance with Ryan Gosling. Well, it sort of is, but.

    I'm used to checking things on "Does the Dog Die?" for pet death trauma, but I guess I should also check for other stuff.

    As someone already mentioned, the other film which pairs Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, Serena, is very hard-going but described as "Romance" on Netflix or Prime.

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  • Ginger Yellow
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    Originally posted by Jon View Post
    ere's a good Galaxy Quest documentary on either Prime or Netflix.
    Amazon Prime. It's called Never Surrender.

    Re: Carell in Space Force, having watched some more, it's definitely the role that's the problem. Case in point, I just saw the Theranos-inspired episode. Naird is supposed to be basically sympathetic, as far as I can tell. Uptight, sure. A little ridiculous, sure. But at heart a decent person who means well and eventually does the right thing. But, in this episode, he ends up covering up a massive fraud on the public just for a bit of bureaucratic manoeuvering. Eh? Maybe we're supposed to believe the company will just withdraw the fuel voluntarily afterward, but it's not shown and it's also not what happened when Theranos's bluff was called.

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  • Balderdasha
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    Over the last two nights me and my husband rewatched Silver Linings Playbook. I think it's the first time I watched it since I was diagnosed with bipolar. I have to say that I think it's a pretty good portrayal of the condition. Things that resonated with me.

    Violent outbursts. As I am a tiny woman my historical violent outbursts have generally been laughed off by everyone as I'd clearly struggle to do anyone any real damage. If I was a large man exhibiting the same behaviour I would likely have been arrested several times. Incidents include: punching a boy in a nightclub age 14, 'jokingly' putting male friends in under-arm neckholds when drunk in my 20s, flattening a rugby player and standing on his neck at a house party, allegedly throttling my sister during my psychotic episode (I have a complete black hole where my memory of this incident should be), definitely attempting to push my husband down the stairs during my psychotic episode (I remember that one).

    The litany of drugs Pat and Tiffany had been put on. I recognise most of them, though some I know by the generic name rather than the American brand name. Abilify / aripiprazole was awful and I hated that brand name. It did the opposite to "abilify", if anything, totally knocked me out. I was on lithium for about two years. I'm still on seroquel / quetiapine.

    The desire to not be on any medication because it takes the light out of your eyes. Before my psychotic episode I had always resisted being medicated. I liked the highs so much that I was willing to pay the price of the lows. The idea of being level and flat was horrifying. The only reason that I religiously take my medication now is because I have two small children who I am in charge of and a responsibility to be stable for them. I'm pretty sure that if I didn't have children, I'd have done what Pat did and have attempted to come off all medication, which would probably have led to a relapse.

    Psychotic episode being triggered by legitimate emotional trauma. Tick.

    Having a strong desire for self-improvement during hospital or after leaving. I took up running in the mother and baby unit. I lost 20kg in weight between 2017-2019, or 27% of my highest body weight.

    Exercise and routine being helpful for recovery. Pat improves when a) he's taking his medication and b) he's running and doing dance practice every day. Exercise is known to be beneficial for almost all mental health conditions, but is particularly effective for helping bipolar disorder.

    Making friends with people with other conditions in the hospital. As far as I'm aware there was only one other mother in the unit with me who had also had post-partum psychosis. Others were there for anxiety, depression, OCD, suicidal tendencies, PTSD, sometimes combined with physical trauma from birth.

    Obsessively reading books through the night. I used to do this all the time before I had children. I once stayed home from work for two weeks and barely slept because I was reading the Game of Thrones books back to back.

    Other family members or friends being likely to have undiagnosed conditions which a) you become more aware of after therapy and b) people may be more likely to open up to you about once they know your experiences. Tick.

    Having to become virtually sober if you want to stay sane. Alcohol and bipolar are just not a good combination.

    The possibility of lasting recovery and re-entry to society. I haven't had a major episode for over 4 years now. Sometimes it's a real struggle to prevent one. But it's possible.

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  • Felicity, I guess so
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    We’ve done The Thick of It too. It seems to go up a notch after the male minister is replaced in the cast. The 1st episode with the female minister is a magnificent Tuckerfest.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    I think the Galaxy Quest doc may he mentioned upthread. If not, I've certainly read good things about it somewhere.

    The lack of live sport (and closure of cinemas) is pretty much the entire reason for the length of my list of films. I've never really exploited having Netflix, Amazon Prime and Sky Movies properly until the lockdown.

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  • Jon
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    Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
    Films I've revisited


    Galaxy Quest
    I've heard there's a good Galaxy Quest documentary on either Prime or Netflix.

    I'm impressed with your list of films, Ray. It does help having no sport to watch though, doesn't it? I have watched mostly UK comedy series - Fleabag and The Detectorists for the first time. The Thick of It for about the third time. Taking a break from comedies with Normal People but want to try This Country after that.

    Oh, and I have been watching Daredevil series 1 and 2 on Netflix plus Jessica Jones.

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