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This weekend, we watched the first disc of Gormenghast. The BBC production included all sorts of familiar British faces, including Christopher Lee, Stephen Fry, and Zoe Wanamaker. I've only met one other person on this side of the ocean who knows of the trilogy who isn't of British descent, so have no concern if you've never heard of it, but it's contemporary-ish with The Lord of the Rings. Indeed, the first two Gormenghast books were published before LotR, as I understand it. I only got to read the first one, so I'm glad to finally have the chance to finish the story when the second disc arrives.

I love Netflix, I tell you: it is a treasure trove of slightly-obscure material. This was the first television miniseries that we'd rented, and D. and I agree that next time we do anything multi-disc, we'll kick as many of the the discs as possible to the tops of our respective queues. That way, we're not waiting for the next one to arrive and can just continue viewing.

I also watched Sudden Impact. I may have mentioned it before, but I've been on a Dirty Harry kick. This is primarily due to to my co-worker, who is a huge Clint Eastwood fan. This was the fourth movie, and it was the first one that I really didn't like. Maybe it was the change of guns, maybe it was the heavy-handed sledgehammer symbolism and direction, maybe it was the inconsistency of repeatedly labeling a character as a dyke but only ever showing her as hitting on men ... there were just a lot of things that I didn't like about it. I hope Dead Pool will be an improvement.

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thermidor
Jul. 18th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
Netflix *has* Gormenghast?!

I have been wanting to see that but didn;t want to order the set to own sight unseen. Awesome!
pointedview
Jul. 18th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
You ... you know of it?

Really? You're not pulling my leg? You've really heard of it?
thermidor
Jul. 18th, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
Yes, really. In a video catalogue, although I dunno if it was here or when I was in London - I thought it looked fascinating and strange. I had forgotten about it until I saw your LJ!
pointedview
Jul. 18th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
I first heard of it about eight bajillion years ago, aka Back in the Eighties, when Simon LeBon mentioned it in an interview as his favorite book. (God, if I'd devoted the amount of attention to my schoolwork that I dedicated to Duran trivia, I'd be in a think tank somewhere.) Anyway, fangirl that I was, I set out to find it. Nobody at the library had ever heard of it, and this was in the days before teh Intarwebs.

Flash-forward to the late 90s, when I was in Atlanta, AKA Civilization. They had one of the books in the trilogy in the library, and I checked it out. No luck at the bookstore.

Flash forward again to 2001 or 2002. BBC America had just been added to our cable line-up, and we had just missed the airing of the miniseries, drat it!

Finally, in 2006, we have a hope of actually finishing the story!
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