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Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » Patrick Melrose » Today 6:51 pm

tonnaree
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Hugo Weaving was freaking terrifying in the second episode.  I swear the quality of his acting made it even harder to watch.  In the hands of a lessor actor the role could easily devolve into a cartoon villain. 

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » Patrick Melrose » Today 6:37 pm

besleybean
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LIke I said, LOTR is ancient history.
I'm a Smaug girl!

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » Patrick Melrose » Today 6:30 pm

besleybean
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Oh yes, is he like Lee Pace's Dad or something?!
I do get all these people mixed up...
Mind you, it's many years since the last LOTR film: pre-Sherlock wasn't it?
And remember, life hadn't begun then!
Or was he in Hobbit, too?

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » Patrick Melrose » Today 6:25 pm

Vhanja
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It's Elrond himself!

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » Patrick Melrose » Today 6:24 pm

besleybean
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Yes I have...told you, I'm crap on actors!

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » Patrick Melrose » Today 6:22 pm

Vhanja
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Wow, you haven't watched Lord of the Rings, besley?

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » Patrick Melrose » Today 6:14 pm

besleybean
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Well I hve pre-ordered the DVD, but thanks to a girl on one of my FB groups, I was able to watch E2 illegally this evening.
As I am so hopeless, I have no idea who HW or any of these people are.
But yes, the kid is great.
Very sad episode.
And makes abundantly clear, the clues I picked up from E1: abusive childhood produces a damaged adult.

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » Patrick Melrose » Today 6:09 pm

Vhanja
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Sounds interesting, looking forward to the rest.

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » Patrick Melrose » Today 6:07 pm

SusiGo
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I just watched the second episode. It is very different from the first one and very good in its own right. Not so loud and shrill (in a good sense) but heartbreaking in its own way. The actors are all excellent, especially Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving. With those parents you can only feck up your life. Hats off to the boy playing young Patrick. 

And having read the books I can ensure you, Vhanja, that this is not a conventional rehab story. Not at all. Every book has a very different tone so we can expect five very different episodes. 
 

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » Patrick Melrose » Today 5:55 pm

Vhanja
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Just watched the first episode. For the first half of it, all I kept thinking was: "Was this written as a Benedict show-off?" With that, I mean, it seems like a monologue written just to show what an amazing actor he is. 

Of course, I know that isn't true, seeing as it's based on a book. That was just how it felt in the beginning. And I dont think I mean that as harsh as it sound. Had it been any other actor, perhaps I wouldn't have noticed it too much.

As another nod to what a great actor he is, in the other half of the episode, I was so caught up in the character that I forgot about Ben. Quite funny too! 

I really enjoyed this episode. However, it was so funny, entertaining and a piece of great acting I am not sure if the rest of the episodes can live up to this. I don't know the story, but if this was the bang and the rest is just the tedious way back to a functioning life, I fear that might be dull in comparison. But hopefully, and probably, I will be wrong.

And it's always a bonus to see Hugo Weaving, even if it a creepy character!

Martin Freeman » CARGO - new film to star Martin Freeman » Today 5:48 pm

Vhanja
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Meeny-miney spoilers coming up.


Yeah, that's what I liked about it too. The focus of the tragedy of the story of the little family.

And, yes, that man and his family by the river - that teared me up as well. Horryfing.

Martin Freeman » CARGO - new film to star Martin Freeman » Today 4:44 pm

besleybean
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Indeed.
As I said I hate zombie pix(what is it with Martin and his pal Simon?!).
But as soon as I'd seen this, I understood why Martin took the role.
A story about family, love, loyalty and trust.

Martin Freeman » CARGO - new film to star Martin Freeman » Today 4:42 pm

tonnaree
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I like the fact that for a "Zombie movie," they didn't focus on the zombies.  And that it was such an intimate story.  They didn't try to show us the whole world, just what happened to this one family.

Martin Freeman » CARGO - new film to star Martin Freeman » Today 4:34 pm

besleybean
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SPOILER ALERT![size=100](I don't do boxes!)



I agree with you about his bad choices at the start.  Though to be fair, he didn't expect her to follow his tracks. But he defo put Rosie at risk with that second choice.
Yeah how wicked, to cage those poor people.
I think after seeing his wife...nothing was gonna be worse than that.
Yeah, that threat to Rosie was horrid.
The mule thing was cool. 
Yes, the perfume thing was a lovely touch.
It was the 'thank you' that made me cry.
But I kind of disagree with you on the last part.  Well I guess he never knew they were gonna make it, but I feel he knew that if the kid(sorry, forget her name), did make it...she was certianly gonna take great care of Rosie.
That river side guy seeing off himself and his family, too...that was tragic.
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Martin Freeman » CARGO - new film to star Martin Freeman » Today 4:24 pm

Vhanja
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Ok, I will write my thoughts on the movie, everything in spoiler tags. Major spoilers within!

I liked how they early on showed that the strain was getting to him and his wife. An how he made some bad descisions from the start (telling her it was safe in the yacht, forcing her to come with them in the car...). 

But to me the premiss is also incredibly heartbreaking. Knowing there is no cure, and he only has 48 hours. And things kept going from bad to worse. That man caging people as bait, forcing that woman to live with him...

Also seeing some zombies here and there, Andy getting to see what state he would be in, within hours. Vic getting ready to break Rosie's neck... some truly horrible scenes. Not because of what was done or seen in itself, but what it implied. Really well done.

What got me the most was the last scene. Andy still having the wits about him enough to lay the plan of him becoming a mule. And seeing him as a zombie was absolutely horrible. He didn't die because of the spear, his personality was already gone. Absolutely horryfing. Yet there was still a trace of him left, recognizing the perfume. What a lovely move from Thoomi. 

Andy dying hour by hour, only hoping that Rosie would find a place. Never knowing if she was truly safe, never getting to see her grow up or even meet the ones that would raise her. The "Thank you" he wrote on her belly. It broke my heart, every little bit of it.

Martin Freeman » CARGO - new film to star Martin Freeman » Today 4:11 pm

besleybean
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Not a major spoiler  I hope, but for me....

The kids stole the whole show.

Martin Freeman » CARGO - new film to star Martin Freeman » Today 3:52 pm

tonnaree
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Martin and a cute baby. 
We were doomed BB.  Doomed    http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png

Martin Freeman » CARGO - new film to star Martin Freeman » Today 3:10 pm

besleybean
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Me too, tonnaree and thank you.

Martin Freeman » CARGO - new film to star Martin Freeman » Today 3:09 pm

tonnaree
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I wouldn't mind putting a spoiler alert in the heading.  I just wonder if there are people interested in the movie that might still want to hear opinions without being spoiled.   Just for now let's keep putting major spoilers undercover.

And I watched it last night.  Was honestly sobbing by the end.   

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