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emesbee last won the day on May 21 2012

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  1. I borrowed the blu-ray of this movie from my local library, and watched it last weekend. This film is based on the true story of Eric Lomax, a British soldier taken prisoner by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore in 1942 and sent to work on the Thai-Burma railway, where he was tortured by his captors, but was eventually liberated by the British and returned home. He meets and marries his wife Patti in 1980, but is deeply affected by his wartime experiences, which affects the relationship. The film is about how he works through this problem, eventually travelling back to Thailand where he meets, confronts and reconciles with one of the Japanese guards who tortured him in the war, but who now works as a tourist guide. It stars Colin Firth as Eric Lomax, Nicole Kidman as his wife Patti and Hiroyuki Sanada as the man who tortured him Takashi Nagase, with younger actors playing the roles of Eric Lomax and Takashi Nagase in the WWII scenes. I didn't know this was based on a true story until the very end of the film, when that was revealed. When I started watching this film I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but it very quickly drew me in. Most people would know Colin Firth from his performance in the King's Speech, and his performance here is every bit as good, if not better. He gives a powerful and masterful performance that I found quite riveting. Nicole Kidman is well cast as his wife, and also gives a fine performance, as does Hiroyuki Sanada, although he only makes his appearance in the latter part of the film (which is quite appropriate to the story). The film is a 2013 British/Australian co-production. It is filmed both in the UK and Thailand at the place where the events took place in WWII. The film starts out in the UK well after the end of the war, with flashback scenes to the events of 1942. These become more frequent as the film progresses, and set the scene for the final confrontation and reconciliation in Thailand. I can highly recommend this film if you haven't seen it yet.
  2. Not really, just zooms in.
  3. Can't say I'm very keen on the new font myself, looks rather dim against the white background on my 27" monitor. Makes the text a bit harder to read. Perhaps I should try typing in bold instead (now that looks better!) I do prefer the square avatars though, no more clipped corners.
  4. You may be better off buying a decent quality stand alone DAC and using it for all your digital sources.
  5. We should be able to charge them for their use of the information that they gather about us. Google royalties perhaps?
  6. I certainly feel that we are swimming against the tide, and it is difficult to see how much we can do as individuals. What does mystify me though is how the term 'privacy' has almost become a dirty word. Many people seem to dismiss it out of hand, and I do find that attitude rather hard to understand. A serious concern about the amount of data mining that is going is how it might be used be used by corporations or other entities as a means of control. One obvious example of that is China's social credit system, which uses surveillance and data gathered about individuals as a tool for social engineering, the aim of which is to encourage (coerce?) individuals into behaviour that the government deems to be acceptable to it by applying rewards, and by applying social penalties to what it considers to be unacceptable behaviour. We would be naive to think that such a system, or at least elements of it, would not be happening here. And I will stress that all this is just my opinion.
  7. Of course you are entitled to your opinion, I never said otherwise. I was merely stating my opinion, which is different.
  8. Nothing to hide so it doesn't matter? Call me old fashioned if you like, but I grew up believing that everyone has a right to privacy. Despite the relentless pressure from government and commercial organisations and meekly compliant individuals, I still believe in that principle. It has nothing to do with me not having things to hide. Privacy of the individual is still an important principle, and is a right that we should not be so ready to trash.
  9. Final nail in the coffin of privacy? That seems to be a popular view these days, but it sounds like defeatism to me.
  10. 'Revolution 9' on the Beatles white album. Still a great album though, despite that,
  11. Not in my case, I like most of their acoustic tracks.
  12. Bluray is available on amazon (Aus and UK). JB HiFi only appear to stock the DVD version.
  13. I used to like Van Morrison, did some great albums back in the 70s. Was still good in the 80s and 90s. He still keeps churning out albums, but these days I wonder why he bothers. Just don't have time to listen to them all, but the few I have heard sound a bit ordinary. I borrowed a copy of his 2017 album 'Versatile' from my local library, but it is rather average really. Some original songs mixed with covers of old standards, but it sounds very ho-hum to me. Musicians need to show they are still interested in the music as they get older, and show some willingness to try new things. I will give Robert Plant some credit in that regard. Some of his recent albums have been quite interesting, by mixing with different musicians and incorporating other musical influences. Even Tom Jones has managed to deliver the goods with some of his later albums (eg: Praise and Blame, Spirit In The Room). Whatever you think about him, he still has a great voice, and uses it to good effect on these albums. And at least he's not rehashing 'Delilah'!
  14. Good album from this father and son duo, I have a copy too. Did you see them at Womadelaide a few years ago? Loved their live performances.
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