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Postby mia primavera » Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:57 am

definitely Kubrick's 2001.
A Scanner Darkly
Jane Eyre (Zeffirelli's version, with Charlotte Gainsbourg and William Hurt.)
Strayed (French film, directed by Andre Techine, based on Gilles Perrault's book The Boy With the Grey Eyes
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Postby The Black Spot » Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:49 pm

What about the John Hurt / Richard Burton version of 1984?

OK, some themes from the book were glossed over to keep the running time down, but the utter bleakness and hopelessness of the novel came over perfectly.

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Postby Swatopluk » Mon Aug 07, 2006 1:00 pm

I hate it that the BBC dropped their planned DVD edition of the original 1984 TV play (life) with Peter Cushing as Winston Smith (and Donald Pleasance as O'Brian, if I remember correctly).
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Postby ChowMein » Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:43 pm

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursurla K. Le Guin (sp) . The BBC production pretty much covered every word in what i consider a sci-fi masterpiece. Also the BBc/A&E production of Pride of and Predudice(sp) is superb ( I am unashamed to reveal that i loved a "chick flick" being secure with my masculinity).

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Postby The Black Spot » Thu Aug 10, 2006 8:58 pm

Swatopluk wrote:I hate it that the BBC dropped their planned DVD edition of the original 1984 TV play (life) with Peter Cushing as Winston Smith (and Donald Pleasance as O'Brian, if I remember correctly).


I saw this a year or so ago (a repeat on BBC3). The sets weren't great (it was more like a stageplay than anything else) but Cushing was perfect as Smith - just as I always imagined the character.

Here's a lowbrow one -- John Carpenter's "The Thing" was teriffic. A great adaptation of Campbell's "Who Goes There?"

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Postby black bart » Fri Aug 11, 2006 9:21 am

The Thing was on TV the other night...brilliant. I also like the Black and White version.

Great Expectations - The David Lean version of 1946

(The only thing that bothers me about it is I forgot who played Miss Haversham in a pub quiz!!! It wasn't Jean Simmons she was Estella and Miss Havisham was played by Martita Hunt.)
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Postby Tiffy-o » Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:39 pm

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Grand movie.
The Hitchcock version, right? I know there was another version, haven't seen it though.
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Postby Duke » Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:08 pm

Oooh... Let me see. I liked The Shining, Catch 22, and All The King's Men, of course. :mrgreen:


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Postby Jean Bart » Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:04 pm

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Saw the movie first, a couple of times, then read the novel. Heard the voices of the actors while reading, saw the backgrounds (filmed on location in the Atlas mountains in Morocco, I think)
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Postby Kra » Mon May 28, 2007 10:46 am

The ones that would be my favourites are already up there, but what about "Trainspotting"?
I read the book by Irvine Welsch, and it was written in a scottish accent..very, very odd and made the book a little hard to get into..but once u get used to it its very cool, quite funny..great book :mrgreen:

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Postby farfalla » Tue May 29, 2007 3:04 pm

The Natural, despite the change in ending

The cartoon The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

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Postby Freakingout » Mon Sep 10, 2007 3:05 pm

Does the Spider-Man trilogy count?




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