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Forum: Book Reviews 9th Jan 2014, 23:49
Replies: 9
Views: 2,213
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Re: 2014 Palimplist Conversations

With all the talk of copyright law, and all of the main characters being adults, I don't think Makers is intended as a YA novel. It's not really the preaching as such that bugs me, but more that he...
Forum: General Chat 9th Jan 2014, 23:45
Replies: 191
Views: 26,605
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Re: I found a palimpsest

- Kate Atkinson, Life After Life
Forum: Book Reviews 9th Jan 2014, 15:48
Replies: 17
Views: 5,005
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Re: Kate Atkinson: One Good Turn

Damn, Life After Life is good.
Forum: Film Reviews 9th Jan 2014, 15:45
Replies: 4
Views: 1,702
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Re: Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

I quite liked this as well. My main complaint with it was that the rushed schedule shows through once or twice - there are scenes, like Fran Kranz's Graduate-style drunken pool scene, that feel like...
Forum: Book Reviews 9th Jan 2014, 14:54
Replies: 9
Views: 2,213
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Re: 2014 Palimplist Conversations

I read Doctorow's Makers last year and wasn't all that impressed (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/631673551). Fascinating ideas, poorly executed.
Forum: General Chat 3rd Jan 2014, 21:51
Replies: 8
Views: 2,360
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Re: Highlights of 2013

New Book of the Year

Fiction: Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
Non-fiction: Svetlana Alexievich, Time Second Hand

Old Book of the Year

First read: Göran Tunström, Christmas Oratorio
Re-read:...
Forum: Top Tens 3rd Jan 2014, 11:54
Replies: 2
Views: 1,728
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Re: Top films of 2013

A pretty good movie year, IMO.

Top ten:

12 Years a Slave
All those cries of "But we already KNEW that!" sound suspiciously like "...and we wish we didn't!", don't they? An all-American...
Forum: Film Reviews 9th Jun 2013, 23:16
Replies: 405
Views: 43,582
Posted By beer good
Re: Filmimplist Conversations

I have, and I thought it was really good. There are some things in it that don't quite stand up to scrutiny as a journalistic work, but then again, that's not the point; as a music documentary, it's...
Forum: Film Reviews 2nd May 2013, 23:12
Replies: 299
Views: 38,192
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Re: Horror, J-Horror, K-Horror...just lots of HORROR

So Birdemic II: Resurrection is out.

And it tries to be postmodernly self-aware and poke fun at itself while repeating the same exact plot. With the same impossibly awful acting, directing,...
Forum: Other Reviews 18th Apr 2013, 8:17
Replies: 39
Views: 14,979
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Re: Breaking Bad

C'mon, Amner, just watch the first episode of s5. You know you want to. You can watch just one, and then leave the rest for this summer. :twisted:
Forum: Politics & Society 18th Apr 2013, 8:14
Replies: 196
Views: 29,318
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Re: Gay Marriage

This was rather heartwarming, I thought:

The New Zealand parliament legalise same-sex marriage, and spontaneously stand up and sing for joy.

DW4DXOAXF8U
Forum: Book Reviews 13th Apr 2013, 7:50
Replies: 33
Views: 5,713
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Re: Neil Gaiman

Yeah. Plus you have all the supporting cast played by actors who are clearly having a LOT of fun with the parts. Anthony Head and David Schofield play Croup and Vandemar like they had blood dripping...
Forum: Other Reviews 12th Apr 2013, 15:47
Replies: 39
Views: 14,979
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Re: Breaking Bad

I know the feeling. I bought the first season DVD set. Two days later I was back at the video shop to buy season 2. By the time I was up to season 4 a week later, they just handed it to me when I...
Forum: Film Reviews 8th Apr 2013, 13:44
Replies: 11
Views: 3,810
Posted By beer good
Re: Evil Dead (2013)

Thanks a lot for the review, Bill. I'm a huge Evil Dead fan and some of the advance hype for this (and the fact that I really liked Drag Me To Hell) had me hoping it'd join Dawn of the Dead and...
Forum: Book Reviews 3rd Apr 2013, 12:54
Replies: 86
Views: 41,126
Posted By beer good
Re: Iain Banks / Iain M Banks

Well, shit. (http://www.thebookseller.com/news/iain-banks-diagnosed-terminal-cancer.html)
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 27th Mar 2013, 13:05
Replies: 25
Views: 6,983
Posted By beer good
Re: Seasonal haikus

Spring has spring in step
Crowds dance along to avoid
Hypothermia
Forum: General Chat 18th Feb 2013, 10:17
Replies: 1,424
Views: 140,932
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Re: The Food Thread

Thanks, gil, that looks great! I'll save that recipe for the next time I remember to plan dinner a day in advance... :)
Forum: Book Reviews 11th Feb 2013, 12:46
Replies: 6
Views: 2,041
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Re: Georges Perec

So, Les Choses is very noticeably a debut novel. Which isn't to say it's bad. As a sarcastic nod to Sartre (as if the title didn't give it away) it's not crap, as a satire of Mad Men-style...
Forum: General Chat 11th Feb 2013, 12:39
Replies: 1,424
Views: 140,932
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Re: The Food Thread

So I just bought myself a claypot:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/77/Romertopf.jpg

Which is basically a pot you soak in water and then put the munchy stuff in and put in the...
Forum: General Chat 3rd Feb 2013, 16:40
Replies: 697
Views: 60,169
Posted By beer good
Re: Today, I will be mostly listening to...

The new My Bloody Valentine album.

Yes, there's a new My Bloody Valentine album, 21 years after Loveless. In terms of long-awaited releases that nobody actually expected to ever see, this is kind...
Forum: Film Reviews 14th Jan 2013, 12:22
Replies: 405
Views: 43,582
Posted By beer good
Re: Filmimplist Conversations

You may indeed, and you sold me with that line alone. Thanks!
Forum: Film Reviews 14th Jan 2013, 12:14
Replies: 299
Views: 38,192
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Re: Horror, J-Horror, K-Horror...just lots of HORROR

So I thought I'd try to put together a list of the best horror movies of 2012 (as in widely released this year), which turned out a bit trickier than I thought. There's been a lot of horror movies...
Forum: Film Reviews 13th Jan 2013, 22:30
Replies: 405
Views: 43,582
Posted By beer good
Re: Filmimplist Conversations

I've yet to see a single baseball movie that didn't remind me of this Mitchell & Webb skit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUyK_J_W4BI). And few other sports movies. At least Slap Shot and Rocky had...
Forum: General Chat 12th Jan 2013, 22:33
Replies: 9
Views: 3,092
Posted By beer good
Re: Highlights of 2012

New Book of the Year
Alone in Berlin, Hans Fallada. Hey, it only got translated to Swedish in 2012. Not new enough? Um... My Struggle, Karl Ove Knausgård.

Old Book of the Year
Red Cavalry,...
Forum: Top Tens 12th Jan 2013, 21:57
Replies: 8
Views: 3,500
Posted By beer good
Re: Top 10 Books of 2012

Top 5 old books:
Red Cavalry - Babel, Isaak: War stories from the early days of the Soviet Union, at once brutally realistic and sounding the depths of all the issues of the early 20th century.
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