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  •  Have you ever seen the UK "State of Play"? (5+ / 0-)

    McAvoy is absolutely delightful as a secondary character in that one. The biggest performance is that of Bill Nighy, who chews up and spits out every scene he's in. Only John Simm and Kelly McDonald can really handle Nighy, and even then ... really, I would be perfectly happy watching Bill Nighy read the phone book.

    For those who don't know, this was a BBC mini-series and very good fun, 10x better than the recent US movie, though cd've been shorter by at least an hour.

    But yeah, I'm not sure about McAvoy carrying a movie. Avoided Atonement on the grounds that I don't see how a filmmaker cd outdo McEwan. Still may rent it one of these days.

    (Actually, re McEwan and film, I'm told The Comfort of Strangers is excellent - though the book is so exceedingly creepy that I'm scared to watch - but anyhow it probably helped that Harold Pinter wrote the screenplay. Has anyone here seen it?)

    You can tell you have created God in your own image when it turns out that he or she hates all the same people you do. - Anne Lamott

    by javelina on Fri May 22, 2009 at 09:04:46 AM PDT

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    •  Did you see the (5+ / 0-)

      HBO Girl in the Cafe? Bill Nighy and Kelly Mac. I think we have similar taste--I think Kelly Mac is the bees knees.

      I will definitely look for the UK State of Play--Netflix?

      You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

      by FrankCornish on Fri May 22, 2009 at 09:19:43 AM PDT

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      •  No, haven't seen! (5+ / 0-)

        Must rent ASAP - anything with those two, wow.

        Will never forget the first time I saw Ms. Macdonald, in Trainspotting, in this scene, as she totally p3wns Ewan McGregor:

        Renton: Excuse me, excuse me. I don't mean to harass you, but I was very impressed with the capable and stylish manner in which you dealt with that situation. And I was thinking to myself, now this girl's special.

        Diane: Thanks.

        Renton: What's your name?

        Diane: Diane.

        Renton: And where are you going, Diane?

        Diane: I'm going home.

        Renton: Well, where's that?

        Diane: It's where I live.

        Renton: Great.

        Diane: What?

        Renton: Well, I'll come back with you if you like, but like, I'm not promising anything, you know.

        Diane: Do you find that this approach usually works? Or let me guess, you've never tried it before. In fact, you don't normally approach girls - am I right? The truth is that you're a quiet sensitive type but, if I'm prepared to take a chance, I might just get to know the inner you: witty, adventurous, passionate, loving, loyal. Taxi! A little bit crazy, a little bit bad. But hey - don't us girls just love that?

        Renton: Eh?

        Diane: Well, what's wrong boy - cat got your tongue?

        You can tell you have created God in your own image when it turns out that he or she hates all the same people you do. - Anne Lamott

        by javelina on Fri May 22, 2009 at 09:34:37 AM PDT

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      •  Re "State of Play" (2+ / 0-)
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        plf515, FrankCornish

        Here's the trailer for the miniseries (US DVD release) - just a trailer, but enough of Mr. Nighy to give you an idea ...

        You can tell you have created God in your own image when it turns out that he or she hates all the same people you do. - Anne Lamott

        by javelina on Fri May 22, 2009 at 04:49:40 PM PDT

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