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Ham   
21 hours ago, Paul Mcgoochan said:

I, Daniel Blake is one of the most powerful and upsetting films that I have seen. It will not put a spring in your step.

It is a film that gives the viewer an insight into the deprevation and hopelessness that some areas of the country face each and every day. And, if have been unfortunate to have to 'Sign On', you will recognise the bureaucracy of the system and also the desperation of having to ask for help at a 'Food Bank'. 

Having used both myself, all I can say, is that the shame is on those that caused it in the first place, not those who have found themselves there.

It will not cheer you up, but it's up there with 'Boys from the Black Stuff', an 80's series set in Liverpool.

I took your advice and watched this last night. Please tell me that the level of bureaucracy was exaggerated for comic effect?  It can't really be like that, surely?!!?  

The performance of the young girl from London was outstanding. She stood out for me. 

My missus was in tears watching this. Excellent film.  Thanks for the recommendation. 

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3 hours ago, Ham said:

I took your advice and watched this last night. Please tell me that the level of bureaucracy was exaggerated for comic effect?  It can't really be like that, surely?!!?  

The performance of the young girl from London was outstanding. She stood out for me. 

My missus was in tears watching this. Excellent film.  Thanks for the recommendation. 

All too true, I'm afraid.

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On ‎19‎/‎03‎/‎2017 at 5:49 PM, Mark Kelly said:

Anyone seen "Hypernormalisation" by Adam Curtis .

That's a real eye opener.

I watched it, an ambitious scope and certainly interesting.

Seeing a young Trump, the machines doing their predictive analysis and a certain narrative on the Middle East not all of which I agree with.

Not really that controversial which is probably why the BBC hosts it.

 

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On 20/03/2017 at 0:16 PM, Bob Singleton said:

All too true, I'm afraid.

 

Yep, and it doesn't help when the number of jobs lost and sites that have been closed either. DWP, Tax Office etc. The Tax Office is a nightmare trying to get through.

The scene where she opens a tin of food, the Food Bank Helper, is exactly that, she's not an actress. And her reactions were just normal, she wasn't told anything about 'that' scene. She reacted how she would have done for a member of the public.

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Watched a movie 'Siccin 3' yesterday and really appreciate the acting and even the scene sequences. It is a Turkish horror movie but much more better than any English movies that I have seen of late. Much appreciated and recommend it anyone who wishes to watch a really good horror movie.

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One of my favourite actors was the great Burt Lancaster. And two of my favourite Lancaster films are 'Ulzana's Raid', and 'Go Tell The Spartans'. The first, a superb western, while the second is (arguably) the best of the bunch exploring the Vietnam conflict.

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chara   
1 hour ago, Michael Tucker said:

One of my favourite actors was the great Burt Lancaster. And two of my favourite Lancaster films are 'Ulzana's Raid', and 'Go Tell The Spartans'. The first, a superb western, while the second is (arguably) the best of the bunch exploring the Vietnam conflict.

Ulzana's Raid one of the best "unsung" westerns.....strange as it may seem I avoid war films...not a criticism just a personal thing... Burt Lancaster...movies sort of edged into the music forum and you and I discussed a topic or two,,,,The Unforgiven..written by the same author as The Searchers....although I read the book of The Searchers after seeing the movie years ago I read The Unforgiven before the movie and enjoyed both..Mrs C is very sniffy about The Unforgiven whereas I look upon it as another "unsung" good'un.

"Education"(mine!) through movies..."The Crimson Pirate"...Burt at his athletic peak and wonderful tongue in cheek swashbuckler..probably one of the quiet influences that found me in the Caribbean for some 9 years!

Over from the music..."Jeremiah Johnson"...(great theme song as well) one of those absolute wonderous "I Live Here" moment movies for me.I do smile at the bare hands fishing scene...try wearing the proper gloves and setting duck decoys in the middle of winter...still almost unbearingly freezing!...and the "Crazy Lady" is Doris Day's replacement stage lady to Deadwood in "Calamity Jane"....

Yep..lot of time on my hands with Mrs C in UK..so thanks MT for the conversations!

A follow on from your Vietnam observations...I have friends here who were there..one in particular still carries scars...on the real River Boats.....and I am very aware of the Australian involvement and sacrifice....a visit to the Wall in Washington had me in tears as I came to the end and I have a family member remembered there.

Lest We Forget........

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22 hours ago, chara said:

strange as it may seem I avoid war films...not a criticism just a personal thing

Not strange at all. I will just say though, that Go Tell The Spartans is arguably the finest 'anti-war' film I ever saw. And Lancaster is absolutely superb in it.

22 hours ago, chara said:

probably one of the quiet influences that found me in the Caribbean for some 9 years!

Hopefully not with a cutless between your teeth!

 

22 hours ago, chara said:

Yep..lot of time on my hands with Mrs C in UK..so thanks MT for the conversations!

My pleasure chara. It works for me too.

22 hours ago, chara said:

Lest We Forget........

Yes, indeed.

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