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  • Alien Lizard (anag),

    Desperately Seekering Dr Rock anyone?
    Craig Parker is the new Barry Jenkins
    I can remember a hat trick of 3 BJ
    voice-overed ads some years back...

    The Arrrgh Complex • Since Jan 2010 • 158 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

    (I *love* Amber)

    ZOMG! I thought you guys were, like, too brainy for Coro??

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 559 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Nothing wrong w a bit of Corrie

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    And have you not read Fiona's televisual posts? To be fair they have been a bit sparse and it is a relief that the drought has broken. But we do love a range of moving pictures between us, and you'll notice the musical tastes are similarly eclectic.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    'range of moving pictures'

    "The Bill" last night (my mother addicted me to it, honest!) "Antiques Roadshow" when I've got the time (tonight) and then a dvd, much later: "Kiki's Delivery Service" tonight, because I havent watched it for about 7 months. Apopo - I start on "Blue World" again-

    and I need to add "Drums and Pipes of the Argyll& Sutherland Highlanders" to ma wee orange iPod G5 Nano...

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    It got late, so we stopped, but I might have another look, just to see what crazy-assed place its so-called story leads to. Also, to see whether they can keep their merkins on straight.

    What I've seen from various not-particularly-legal sources, it looks like Sparty works as some kind of sword-and-scandals camp classic. But I agree it wasn't helped by what I call Torchwood-itis -- "look at us, we're being naughty" gets tired tired very quickly.

    I will have to pop over and ask Fiona if she's got any intel on whether C4 is going to pick up Caprica. On the basis of the pilot and first episode, it is on track to be much more than just a prequel to Battlestar Galactica.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    ZOMG! I thought you guys were, like, too brainy for Coro??

    Cecelia, you're breaking my heart! (Oof. Sorry about that.) I am *dedicated* to Coro. I get weekly email updates from the UK and everything!

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • stephen clover,

    Caprica: on the basis of the pilot and first episode, it is on track to be much more than just a prequel to Battlestar Galactica.

    Seconded. I likesies..

    wgtn • Since Sep 2007 • 355 posts Report Reply

  • Amy Gale,

    I'm still not over seeing Craig Parker as Darken Rahl in Legend of the Seeker.

    Not that I watch crap TV. Not that I in fact make a point of watching crap TV with NZ scenery. Certainly not that I own any of it on DVD. Absolutely not that I have Jack of All T-. Ahem. Carry on...

    tha Ith • Since May 2007 • 471 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

    I get weekly email updates from the UK and everything!

    I know what happens to Roseh. I had to know and looked up on Corrienet.

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 559 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    I loved the Day of the Triffids two-part show.
    A nod to Seven Crosses with the talented musicians swan dive in the first show, the corruption of Eddie Izzard (I though he should have been the Mother Superior), the theme of wanting the world to be right, and hope for a tentative future.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Completely apropos of nothing, am I the only person who is going to scream if I see another "battle of the exes" Oscar lead?

    Yes, it's a cute headline -- and easy lead -- that James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow, his third ex-wife, are going head to head in the best director and film races. But, FFS people, they divorced eighteen years ago -- and obviously it was amicable enough that Cameron produced and co-wrote her (IMO under-rated) 1995 feature Strange Days.

    She has earned critical respect as a woman who has worked in genres -- horror, science fiction, crime thrillers/action, etc. -- not generally considered hospitable to directors with vaginas. A status she established long before she met Cameron.

    In the end, it's just a little patronising to both of them to try and paint the Oscars as some kind of post-divorce spite fuck, when it looks like being anything but. Heavens forbid two divorced people can professionally respect each other, even if their romance went down in flames...

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    Craig Parker isn't the only high-rotate voiceover artist around, there's a couple of others I know who are on at least half a dozen ads at any time, but because they're not famous actors with distinctive voices, you wouldn't know. I know quite a few of the voiceover artists personally, which can make listening to the ads quite interesting. Oh hey Bill, hey Steve, Gidday Ian... still not interesting enough not to fastforward at every opportunity.

    And yes Spartacus has been a very popular topic with my industry mates recently - I think the best analogy would be Sopranos: The Prequel... ?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    Watched the first episode of Spartacus last night. Very much the OTT campy fun strand of things. I found the stylisation a bit annoying at times, but I guess it's how you get away with all the gore. Plus, lots of attractive people wandering around naked, which quite frankly I think we need more of on telly.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Absolutely not that I have Jack of All T-.

    Hey, there's still the concept of basic good taste even in US-financed scenery chewers

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    BTW, on the go figure tip here's a doozy from the reliably fatuous Herald: Patriots agree: Time to change the NZ flag.

    Today, two days from Waitangi Day, the Herald starts a serious debate about changing the national flag. The familiar flag with its Union Jack dates from an era when New Zealand became a British dominion. We believe an independent nation deserves something more distinctive.

    A majority of New Zealand's most eminent citizens say it's time to change the New Zealand flag.

    A Herald survey of 18 of the 22 members of the Order of New Zealand - the country's highest honour - has found 11 of them believe it is time for a new flag. Only five oppose a change at this time. One is unsure and one is unwilling to comment.

    So, disagreement with (or, dare I say it, utter indifference to) the Herald in crusading mode is unpatriotic?

    Also, a small math nit-pick: Eleven out of twenty two is not a majority of the members of the NZOM, let alone "of New Zealand's most eminent citizens".

    Fatuous and innumerate -- nice to see The Herald starting as it means to go on.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    Eleven out of twenty two is not a majority of the members of the NZOM, let alone "of New Zealand's most eminent citizens".

    Is it "a" majority though, if, out of 22, 11 say yes and 5 say no. As opposed to "the" majority, which would require at least 12 of them?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I believe the word "more" may have done the trick. Majority suggests more than half. Over-reaching journalism.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Is it "a" majority though, if, out of 22, 11 say yes and 5 say no. As opposed to "the" majority, which would require at least 12 of them?

    It is a majority of those who were 1) contacted and 2) agreed to comment. But that's not what the second par said, is it?

    And just to be even more pedantic there are a lot more than 22 members of the New Zealand Order of Merit. If you're going to make an already dubious argument from authority (using a somewhat eccentric definition of "most eminent New Zealanders"), at least be accurate in your democratic elitism. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Craig, I had more concerns with the phrase "the Herald starts a serious debate". The rest of the article just provided entertainment after that promise.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Craig, I had more concerns with the phrase "the Herald starts a serious debate". The rest of the article just provided entertainment after that promise.

    Bitchy yet true -- the Force is strong with this one... :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    And just to be even more pedantic there are a lot more than 22 members of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

    You mean Order of New Zealand, that's what the Herald article says.

    But there are more, 24 apparently.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Bitchy yet true -- the Force is strong with this one... :)

    I particularly liked Jim Bolger's anecdote about how the Australian diplomat got confused and picked up the wrong flag.

    Either we need to change our flag... or Australians are stupid. Let the debate begin.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    You mean Order of New Zealand, that's what the Herald article says.

    I stand corrected, and rubbing my righteously spanked bottom. :)

    Either we need to change our flag... or Australians are stupid. Let the debate begin.

    Of course, it would be utterly ungracious to speculate on *cough* how liquid the gentleman's last meal had been.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    I had more concerns with the phrase "the Herald starts a serious debate". The rest of the article just provided entertainment after that promise.

    I got quite a strange look from my neighbour this morning. I think it was probably the choked laughter I was suppressing, having just picked up the herald out of the letter box and idly scanned that sentence before heading back inside.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

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