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Hello this certainly looks like a movie I would like to watch.

We were talking about Michael Shannon on Rob G's movie thread and that has disappeared from view. I watched the first episode of Season 1, Boardwalk Empire. There's a lot of graphic violence, and I didn't think there was any payback for looking at that. I don't mind a move or TV show being interspersed with graphic violence if the movie as a whole makes it 'worth it' - as with The Wire or Breaking Bad. But in this one, at least from the first episode, I didn't feel drawn in enough to tolerate watching people's heads get blown off.

I've put Poetry into my amazon cart but the truth is it is not worth buying it until I get home. I watched The Diary of a Country Priest a couple of days ago, because I had to since I'm conducting a seminar on it shortly. It was very hard work with my laptop wheezing its way through. Its gotten worse since I made it do Shotgun Stories! I need to get home to my DVD player before I can watch Poetry

I think you will like it.

I have given up on the DVD player on my laptop. It was never good and now it's just an exercise in frustration.

It won't be long now, though, will it?


It might be possible to improve the laptop dvd situation. I did on mine. My cd player broke and so I started using my laptop as my cd player, and had a similar problem. I was able to minimize it by tweaking settings in the dvd/cd software. Not something I could walk/talk you through but the basic idea is that you want it *not* to run at its maximum speed, which is what it probably does by default, and which is usually noisy. A much slower speed is more than adequate for cd/dvd playback.

"I watched the first episode of Season 1, Boardwalk Empire. There's a lot of graphic violence, and I didn't think there was any payback for looking at that."

A friend of mine who watched the first season or two recently told me the same thing. The characters are all mostly "bad guys," more or less, even the cops, and he felt that there didn't seem to be much of a moral center to the show. (That's the same problem I had with 'Peaky Blinders,' by the way, and 'Ray Donovan' as well.)

I agree about Peaky Blinders. I was drawn in to the story enough to keep watching, but there was something fairly nasty about it. I wouldn't recommend it, although as is so often the case these days it's very well done.

That's a really big picture.


Yes. The other one you sent is even bigger. I can make it smaller. I only shrank it enough to make it fit the column. Actually the other one might take up less space in the post after being shrunk to fit the column size. Also either one could be shrunk further.

I leave these decisions to you.


Mac, thank you I will tell the guy who helps me with these things what you said

Janet, I'm moving back on the 15th of August

Rob G., yes, I felt there was no one in the show I could identify with, and no moral anchor

You're welcome. It may not be fixable that way but it's worth a try.

I swapped out the pic for the other one, Janet. I like it a little better anyway, I guess because it shows her writing, and although I have it at the same width it's not as tall, so it looks a little more proportionate, I think.

I think that looks a lot better. Thanks.


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