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i tend to tape those series with adds in them as i truly detest them and then i can fast forward through them [love my Sky Plus].  But when i finally caught up on Damian Lewis' 'Life' series, i actually bought it after seeing just one episode on TV and luckily just loved it.  He was just quirky enough without being annoying and he had some stalwart back up.  i did find his live-in financial man unbelievably naive at times but it all came out in the wash, i guess.  Towards the end of the second series, i was desperately afraid Charlie was going to die as i couldn't see how he was going to get out of it all, without doing some killing of his own.  Have you seen it?  i might tackle 'Homeland' now - i came in on the middle of that as it clashed with something i was watching.

i've also managed to find some old TV series on DVD now - 'Marshall of Madrid', a couple of episodes of Glenn Ford's 'Cade's County' and a UK series from yonks ago [1977!!] called 'Who pays the Ferryman?' which was set and filmed mostly in Crete. The music was very popular Greek stuff.  And even older a series i never knew existed 'Whispering Smith' - starring [are you ready for this?] Audie Murphy.  There had been a film and then this little series.  i haven't watched it yet but i'm fascinated to see it.  Coming into the more recent present, i had a Don Johnson spasm and bought the first two Series of 'Miami Vice', the first 'Nash Bridges' and what turned out to be a bootleg copy of 'The Long Hot Summer' that he did for TV, with Jason Robards and Judith Ivey.  Good stuff, even in bad focus!  i hate these little crooks who do this - i paid good money for it too!
i had a Daniel Craig moment not long ago and between Amazon/Ebay picked up some of his stuff very cheaply - 'The Invasion' [a revamp of the BodySnatchers] with Nicole Kidman, 'Dream House' with Naomi Watts & Rachel Weisz [when they met], Cate Blanchet's 'Elizabeth' and the old TV series from '96 'Our Friends in the North' [which i missed the first time round], with Daniel, Mark Strong & Chris Eccleston [the 9th Doctor].  i'd seen Chris in Robbie Coltrane's 'Cracker' series, which i love.  i love Robbie as much as Billy Connolly, although Billy is funnier than he is, Robbie is a much better actor.

When i've chewed through that little lot, i'll move onto the single films.  It's great to be able to pick up really cheap films that i love, sometimes for a couple of ££.  And the odd one, i missed because they never came out near me or never left USA.  'True Women' must be one of the latter [Dana Delany, Annabeth Gish & Angelina Jolie], 'Appaloosa' [Ed Harris & Vigo Mortensen], '9' [with a whole slew of women and Judi Dench], 'Silver Bullet' [one of the good werewolf stories], 'Tombstone' [Kurt Russell's much better version], 'LadyHawke' [i adore Rutger Hauer] - four amazing Glenn Ford classics 'Blackboard Jungle', 'The Big Heat', 'Cowboy' and '3.10 to Yuma' - far superior to the Russell Crowe remake.

i must buy a copy of Kyra Sedgwick's 'The Closer' Series 7 when it gets cheaper, i enjoyed the series so much.  i have 1-6 already.  It truly is amazing what you can pick up for a song in the sales and clearances, i'm delighted to say.  You'd think all of the above cost me heaps, wouldn't you?  But by choosing bits from Amazon/Ebay, as they became cheaper, it really didn't.

i'm delighted 'Rizzoli & Ilses' has started again - nothing to do with the books, of course, any more than 'Bones' is.  They're just using the names is all.  i'm recording the series of David Attenborough's 'Africa' and 'Galapagos' [i never miss him] and David Tennant's latest 'Spies of Warsaw'.  We've just had the first of two parts and even though David was excellent, it's an odd duck of a thing.  Old spies in Warsaw between the Wars would seem a strange topic and it is.  It's very 'talky' with bits of action to make sure we're still awake, i think!  Very dated in many ways but you can't have agents from those times using modern language, it just wouldn't work.  There's enough of David for the fans but the copy i'm buying isn't for me but a serious US fan.

Right, i'm off to make a fish pie...  Toodles!


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Jan. 15th, 2013 12:27 am (UTC)
The Closer is awesome, but I have never wanted to own it ... mostly I own all of Joss Whedon's stuff, most of Doctor Who, all of Veronica Mars & Dexter....
I want to own Misfits but I don't think it will EVER come out in region 1!

Your movie choices are really cool.... I own a lot of musicals, and a lot of Kevin Kline (my favorite is 'Pirates of Penzance' w/Kline as the Pirate King).

I'm tempted to own Game of Thrones, have you watched any of that?!
Jan. 15th, 2013 12:18 pm (UTC)
LJ playing silly buggers again...

i love Game of Thrones, inspite of loosing Sean Bean in Season 1 and Tom Wlaschiha in 2. i have Season 1 and i'm waiting for 2 to be released. Have you seen 'Resistance' with Tom W yet?

Edited at 2013-01-15 12:18 pm (UTC)
Jan. 15th, 2013 02:15 pm (UTC)
I love your snow globe icon! So funny!

I should have known you would be ahead of me w/Game of Thrones.... so far I've only watched seasons 1 & 2 through once, and I just finished reading all the books.... I wasn't that upset about losing Sean Bean, but I do hope that Tom Wlaschiha will return occasionally in GoT just to remind us he really is Jaqen H'ghar (but maybe that is hoping for too much...).

I've never heard of Resistance... but then most British films don't open in the USA (at least they don't make it to Iowa.... but then Iowa doesn't get most independent US films either, and almost no foreign language films... it is annoying how isolated middle America is .. I live in a waste land).
Jan. 15th, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
Honey, do you have a multi-region DVD player? i can send you one or two when i've seen them, if you'd like.
You would be guaranteed a varied selection at least! xx
Jan. 15th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
You are very kind, but no... I don't have a multi-region DVD player and I don't know where I could get one (maybe online? I don't know). It isn't the kind of thing any store in Iowa would sell. In the US they want to force us to watch only US entertainment... I've just felt lucky that I found Misfits online!

If I ever do figure out how to get a multi-region player I will let you know and take you up on the offer... but for now it wouldn't be worth it. But thank you though!
Jan. 15th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
well I'm shocked, I was just online pricing all region DVD players and I'm finding them way more affordable than they used to be... (it is amazing the way electronics/technology keeps getting cheaper). I'm not going to buy anything right away (I will spend a lot of time checking customer ratings, because I know some of these things doing work as well as you would hope they would).
You are probably not interested in my boring shopping... but I was just so surprised!
Jan. 15th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
i was just going to say, you can buy them very cheaply on Ebay and have them delivered... When my DVD players die the death after a couple of years or whatever, i never bother tryinig to repair them, i simply buy another.
Do let me know if/when you get one? :D
Jan. 15th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
well I feel the need to research carefully before I buy because about 6 years ago I bought a DVD player which claimed (on the outside of the box) that it could play all region, AND MP3 discs.... but in fact it couldn't do all those things...
and it broke down after a few months and stopped even playing region 1. And that hadn't been cheap (it was 3 or 4 times the money of the current ones I see for sale).

So I'll be taking my time... however, one cool thing: it turns out that Misfits series 1 is already out on region 1 DVD! And series 2 will be pretty soon (I'm so excited, I love this show)! Yay!

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