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The costumes are pretty, but all the adult women wearing their hair long and flowing gets on my nerves. That and the lack of forehead plucking.

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Old 10-11-2015, 03:02 AM
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Today I learned that all the Carry On films are on prime. I'll see you in a few years.
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Old 11-25-2015, 07:23 AM
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I just finished binge-watching the new Amazon Prime mini-series, The Man in the High Tower, based on Philip K. Dick's novel of the same name. It was a bit of a mind-bender, and not exactly what I remember the novel being like. They're both about an alternative history set in 1962, where the Axis powers won WW2 and took over the majority of the U.S. The book differs from this series in that the book was about an alternative history novel that was banned but becoming popular, and the search for its author, The Man in the High Tower. The series had Nazis, Japanese cops and Yakuza, subterfuge, spying, counterspying, and illegal revolver, murder, assassination, and mysterious film canisters that contained a movie that showed an alternative history. But it wasn't popular because only a few even saw it, and they were as dumbfounded by it as everyone else, except der Fuhrer.
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Old 11-25-2015, 11:07 AM
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So ... are you recommending it?

There's a massive poster for it opposite my customary section of platform at Bank London Underground station, Northern Line northbound. That's the only reason I ask.
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It's dark, but I liked it. Then again, I like the alternative history fiction genre, which I realize isn't everyone's cup of tea.
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:18 PM
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Imagine a world where alternative history fiction is widely popular ...

Now imagine that someone in that world imagines a world where it isn't everyone's cup of tea.

That's the basic plot of the original TMITHC isn't it?
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I am watching it and finding it entertaining.
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I watched Ex Machina last night. The film, though slow and its characters odd, was weirdly fascinating. What is Artificial Intelligence? Is it okay to fall in love with a machine? Can a machine experience desire? Can a machine use human nature to deceive?
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Well, boys, Flo has a few beefs with the movie, "The Man in the High Castle." It's not nice to piss off an old broad who has been around the block five or six times.

It's WAY more complicated (and confusing) than the book, though part of my confusion may stem from the fact that I've been watching this thing while knocking down whiskeys.

However, the makers of the movie took a slender, compact masterpiece and turned into a bloated, hyper-violent, often incoherent mess. Still, the visuals are stunning.

If you've never read the book, I suggest that you ditch this flick and read the damned book. Its theme is a thread that runs through all that zany Mr. Dick's work: What if some -- most? all? -- of what we think is real is fake, and what if some -- most? all? -- of what we think is fake, is actually real? In the novel, there is a entire subplot to this theme, which is crucial to the climax, a subplot that the movie seems to have eliminated entirely (at least through the first four episodes, which is all Flo has drunkenly imbibed so far).

In fact, this subplot was so vital that Mr. Dick started the novel with it.

I'd say Mr. Dick's work anticipated virtual reality, the Internet and Fox News, among other atrocities, although Flo does enjoy Fox News, where everything real is held to be fake, and everything fake is held to be real. Just like in the novel, The Man in the High Castle, in which, in the climax (spoiler alert!) that dear Mr. Tagomi, the Japanese trade minister, discovers something pretty trippy, a discovery that stems directly from the critical subplot that opens the novel. He discovers that The Grasshopper Lies Heavy is true, and that Germany and Japan actually lost the war. I loved it when the poor man saw the Embarcadero Freeway for the first time, and then, when he entered a diner and demanded that a white man give up his stool, was told, "Watch it, Tojo." Then got his ass thrown into the street. That scene warmed the cockles of Flo's cold, cold heart.

However, Flo agrees with Tojo that the Embarcadero Freeway was butt-ugly. Thank God IRL they tore it down some years ago.
Perhaps they'll reproduce some version of this scene in the flick's later episodes that Flo hasn't seen yet, but the elimination (so far) of the novel's critical subplot makes this iffy. But i'm betting if the makers of this flick do reproduce that scene, they are going to do with Julianna's heart pedant, rather than a jewel, as happened in the novel.
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I will read the book and I will drink the whiskey. You can't say I never listened to Flo.
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Yeah, the series was different than the book in a lot of ways.
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I've been watching Mr. Robinson Crusoe (1932), starring Douglas Fairbanks. That dude was in phenomenal physical condition, jumping up, grabbing branches and swinging up into the trees. He also demonstrated Bear Grylls-type survival skills by breaking open coconuts, stripping bark off a limb to make rope, and starting a fire with two sticks. He really demonstrated the skills while talking through what he was doing. The premise was surviving on a desert island was his dream, so he swam to shore of a deserted island, with the promise that his Sumatran tiger hunting pals would pick him a couple of months later. He proceeded to not only survive, but build a treehouse, and some goat and tortoise powered conveniences. Then he got his "Friday", a girl who escaped a forced marriage to an islander. I haven't finished it yet, but it is surprisingly entertaining.
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I've been watching Mr. Robinson Crusoe (1932), starring Douglas Fairbanks. That dude was in phenomenal physical condition, jumping up, grabbing branches and swinging up into the trees. He also demonstrated Bear Grylls-type survival skills by breaking open coconuts, stripping bark off a limb to make rope, and starting a fire with two sticks. He really demonstrated the skills while talking through what he was doing. The premise was surviving on a desert island was his dream, so he swam to shore of a deserted island, with the promise that his Sumatran tiger hunting pals would pick him a couple of months later. He proceeded to not only survive, but build a treehouse, and some goat and tortoise powered conveniences. Then he got his "Friday", a girl he named "Saturday", who escaped a forced marriage to an islander. I haven't finished it yet, but it is surprisingly entertaining.
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Copperhead, a film depicting the effects of the American Civil War on the people in one New York state community. No battle scenes were to be had, making this an unusual Civil War themed film. Touching movie, though a little predictable, because . . .

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This is available on Amazon Prime and it is AWESOME!


Don't watch the whole trailer, though. It spoils a lot of the funniest parts. Just watch like the first 30 seconds to get the gist.
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This will be coming out on Amazon in 2019, I'm excited as the cast looks like it'll do the book justice.
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