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Movie Preview Open Thread

What movie are you looking forward to seeing?  

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  1. I want to see the Japanese film Departures which won the Oscar:

    Crushed at the breakup of his Tokyo orchestra, for which he’d just spent a fortune on a new instrument, guilt-ridden Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) retreats to his picturesque northern Japan hometown with adoring wife Mika (Ryoko Hirosue, sparkly) in tow.

    He responds to an ad for a job, and is shocked to discover “working with departures” refers not to a travel agency, but to “niche market” firms hired by morticians to perform “encoffinments.” Having never seen a dead body, but offered a great deal of money as salary by his eccentric new boss (Tsutomu Yamazaki, deadpan), Daigo takes the job but is too ashamed to tell Mika. Ick factor aside, Daigo’s discovered his true calling.

  2. I am really looking forward to this new Terminator movie, I LOVE the premise behind the series.

    I too want to explore the foreign films nominated for Oscars as well.

  3. Of the movies above I’m only looking forward to Harry Potter. The Terminator is dying a slow and painful death. Another Star Trek? Watchmen is already out and you couldn’t pay me to see anything by the visionary director of “300.”

    On an OT, but entertainment related note, I just found out Wendy Richard has passed away. She played Miss Brahms on “Are You Being Served?” So I’m in mourning. Nobody is ever going to nick Miss Brahms’ knockers again!!!

  4. Red Sonia should be good. /snark

  5. Nobody is ever going to nick Miss Brahms’ knockers again!!!

    I’ve heard of “knickerbockers” but not “nick her knockers.”

    • This is from a hilarious exchange between Miss Brahms and Mrs. Slocombe (Mollie Sugden) on the show. In one episode Mrs. Slocombe made Miss Brahms take out the padding in her boobs. And after Miss Brahms made fun of the underwear counter Mrs. Slocombe was overseeing Mrs. Slocombe said: “I will not have you knocking my knickers!” And Miss Brahms replied: “Yeah, well, I’m not crazy about you nicking my knockers.”

  6. I have to catch up on 2008 movies. Are there any good horror movies coming out soon?

    • “The Last House On The Left” is s’posed to be skeery but don’t know ’bout no horrors.

    • I don’t think I’ve seen an actually scary movie in ages. I’ve seen some very gross movies, but I’m not sure about scary. Today’s idea of scary is “blood and guts.” The scary movies of yesteryears are not being used as models. Instead everything is following the example of “Hostel” and such. Consider that the original “Halloween” has no blood and virtually no on-screen violence. It’s all about the suggestion of violence. Ditto “The Silence of the Lambs.”

  7. Paul Harvey died too. Remember him?

  8. Paul Harvey died too. Remember him?

    I remember him from when I was a kid, and he was older than dirt then.

  9. I think I’m back online….

    (catching up)

  10. I am looking forward to Harry Potter and X-men, but that’s just about it.

  11. Scary movies are going downhill. I am not fazed by the blood and guts either. I like supernatural thrillers. Two scary movies that look like the might be good:

  12. A group of Are you Being Served videos, here

    • Can’t believe there’s another AYBS fan out there – talk about one from the crypt!

  13. Harry Potter and X-men

    I’d like to see that too

    “Magic vs. Mutant”

  14. At Amazon.com they have the whole set of Are you Being Served

  15. Here’s a 10 min clip from “Are You Being Served?” This is from “German Week” (one of the classic episodes.) Towards the end Mrs. Slocombe tells us about her…cat. And watch Miss Brahms trying not to laugh! Ahhh, the good old days. Actually, Mrs. Slocombe’s stories about her cat couldn’t be told on today’s television and this is the early 1970s!

    • Of course the link helps:

      • I’m kind of blown away to learn that there are other people in the universe who are fans of this BBC classic. I’ve never met anyone who had even heard of it.

        • Surely there cannot be any remaining people in the universe who haven’t seen this show? Seems like it’s permanently on re-runs.

          Just please don’t tell me there are any Benny Hill fans here.

  16. I’m looking forward Watchmen! It was a selection in a book club I belonged to years ago. We let everyone have a turn choosing a book for the club. This was the choice of the sole male in the club. And that choice caused some ructions, let me tell ya. People threatened to quit the club (“I’m NOT reading a comic book!” waaah, waaah!).

    Well, I was one of the few that DID read it and it was awesome. I loved the story within the story … the comic book that one of the characters is reading. I wonder if that made it into the movie?

    • I have not seen it, but a good friend of mine is a major comic-book reader and he loathed the movie. Perhaps not surprising, but his argument was that the film appears to have been directed by an 18 year old who loves sex and violence. That’s what the movie emphasizes, not the graphic novel’s (if you don’t want to tell people you’re reading a comic book) larger social and political implications.

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