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Nothing much to report. Work has been stressful for the past couple of weeks and it's that funny time when the sun is out but it's still cold and lately I've been feeling lazy and all I've been wanting to do is curl up in bed with DVDs.

Watched The Chatterley Affair. I love, love, love the concept of this movie, which is that two of the jurors in the Lady Chatterley's Lover obscenity trial embark upon an affair and decide to enact the sex scenes in the book. It's all there for debate: sex, love, art vs pornography, censorship, class, etc. Execution could have been better though. It felt like it needed another half an hour at least to actually explore the main characters and give a bit of meat to the Twelve Angry Men style juror scenes or the issues at the heart of it. Plus, it could have done with some more inspired direction.

Also, David Tennant has a cameo, and it is win.

Also in legal dramas featuring actors who've portrayed the Doctor, I watched “Let him have it” which is a biopic starting a very young and adorable Christopher Eccleston about Derek Bently, a nineteen year old kid who was hung for murder in Britain in the 1950s. He was tried and found guilty for murder under joint enterprise for the killing of a policeman. Bently was intellectually disabled and would under modern law probably have been found to have diminished capacity, didn't have or fire a gun, was technically under arrest at the time and the phrase that was used to convict him 'let him have it' probably was telling his co-offender to give the cop the gun, rather than shoot someone with it. Anyway, he was hung and later given a full pardon.

Couldn't help but compare the movie to the far superior Pierrepoint (which I raved on abouthere), and again, could have done with a bit more of the legal debate and public reaction.

Also, I have been listening to the BSG season four soundtrack a lot lately, particularly the Daybreak disk, which is the last outing of the magnificent themes that developed over the series and often they gorgeously merge into one another. The ending of Assault on the Colony stands out in particular, where at about ten minutes in it changes to Kobol's Last Gleaming which then merges into The Shape of Things to Come and then again on into All Along the Watchtower. There are about twenty other tracks I could rave on about (like the use of Gaeta's Lament in Blood on the Scales, I didn't notice that in the episode, or how being able to sit at a piano and start playing Kara Remembers would be a really neat party trick), but I shall spare you all. Yes, I think Bear McCreary is a genius. Although one who should sometimes just say 'no' to bagpipes (they do work amazingly well in big battle pieces, but not in emotional moments).

Finally, I bought Sports Night the complete series on DVD and am not so patiently waiting for it to arrive in the mail. Expect me raving on about why you should all watch this late 90s sitcom in the weeks to come.

Date: 2009-09-07 08:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ragdoll.livejournal.com
I abso-fucking-lutley love Sports Night and really need to buy it for myself. It was the first Aaron Sorkin piece I was aware of (I'd seen American President and A Few Good Men but didn't make the connection), and it's brilliant. Can't wait to read your comments about it! :)

I need to get a hold of the BSG S4 soundtrack too. It's just a bitch to find in the stores and suprisingly, there's been no other opportunities to obtain it elsewhere. ;)

Date: 2009-09-07 08:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meddow.livejournal.com
I caught quite a few episodes back in the day and absolutely loved them, but rarely in the correct order and never any season one episodes (I think), and also before I was West Wing fan. This will be the first time I've seen a lot of them or watched any episode in what has got to be at least six years. I cannot wait for the DVDs to arrive.

The BSG soundtracks are a complete bitch to track down. Problems with it being a small record label, I suppose. I'm really thankful that the music was released at all.

Date: 2009-09-07 09:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ragdoll.livejournal.com
I started watching Sports Night from the beginning. I dont know how or why, but it just looked good and I loved it. I know it suffered a bit when Sorkin was doing that and West Wing at the same time, but ABC was dicking it around anyway so it wasn't a shock that it got cancelled, even though it was a damn shame. So many great people on the show and so many fantastic stories...

I was able to obtain the first four soundtracks (mini series plus S1-3) but the usual sources haven't yielded s4 which is a shame. At some point, I have to cough up the $ and order them all from Amazon. I've tried to get them in local record stores, but no one carries them because they're small label offerings. Even my fave indie record chain in New England. :-(

Date: 2009-09-07 10:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meddow.livejournal.com
I kept on stumbling across it by accident. One of the channels had it on repeat on Thursdays. After occasionally catching minutes of it here and there, I sat down to watch episodes when I could, but then the channel reverted into being a music channel :( I've been waiting for years for it to come out on DVD.

Date: 2009-09-07 11:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ragdoll.livejournal.com
It's been out on dvd in the States for a while, but it's really expensive for the number of episodes they produced, so I've been putting it off forever. I think the price has dropped a lot so I should get it before it goes out of print or something (which is what happened with several other shows I love).

And yes, I do have email notifications. ♥

Date: 2009-09-07 09:52 am (UTC)
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Now I'm all curiously wondering if I should see The Chatterly Affair, except I'm all skitterish of it. Lady Chatterly's Lover was the singluar and only book in my whole English Bachelors-Masters that I truly abhorred with fiery, unwavering passion.

But the movie sort sounds....compelling-ish?

Date: 2009-09-07 10:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meddow.livejournal.com
I've never read the book, and rather got into the movie for the legal debate. It is more about the book though than the law. There is a lot of discussion about it's literary merit and also what Lawrence was really trying to say, but also a bit about its failings, but because I haven't read it or have any feelings either way, I'm really not sure if it's a good movie for people who have studied the book.

Date: 2009-09-07 02:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jadeddiva.livejournal.com
You beat me to a post about Gaeta's Lament and Kara Remembers ;) I just acquired the cds and have been listening to Gaeta's Lament on repeat.

Obviously, great minds think alike ;)

Date: 2009-09-08 11:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meddow.livejournal.com
They do ;)

Alessandro Juliani had such a beautiful voice, doesn't he? Listening to that song makes me wish 4.5's mutiny arc was a musical.

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