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  1. ombelico

    The Lion King (2019)

    I recommend it just for seeing the visual effects - all of the animals and the scenery look completely realistic. I agree with the poster upthread - it's like an Attenborough documentary. It is truly amazing and certainly makes some portions (e.g., the stampede, and the fight at the end as Simba reclaims the throne) far scarier than the original, to the point that I probably wouldn't take kids younger than 8 or so. I got emotional and weepy watching it, but TBH I think that had more to do with nostalgia, and reflecting on losing loved ones as time as gone on since the original movie came out, rather than the qualities of the movie itself. But also, that nostalgia kicks in because it's probably at least 85% a frame-by-frame reenactment of the animated version. There are a few things in the original that aren't in this version, and vice versa, but more or less it's identical. So if you didn't like the original, you're definitely not going to like this version.
  2. ombelico

    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    In the first picture of the second post I see the strongest resemblance I've ever seen between him and William. Also, well done Catherine for becoming a very good amateur photographer - keeps the media at bay by periodically releasing these photos, plus the pictures are better since the kids are more relaxed than they would be with a professional photographer.
  3. ombelico

    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    On the scale of Royal duties, though, a movie premiere is about as low key as it gets. It's basically like a date night to go out and see a film for H/M, plus they got to meet Beyonce. I'd definitely let the nanny take care of my kid at home for that! 🙂
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    Tennis Thread

    I really wish Wimbledon would prohibit Novak's (or anyone's) little "ritual" of eating the grass. For one thing, it's disgusting. Second, that court still needed to be used for another match. How is that not intentional court damage?
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    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    With Pippa sitting next to Meghan at Wimbledon, I found the resemblance between them striking. If I didn't know any better, and someone asked me to guess which one of the other two women were Pippa's sister, I would have guessed Meghan. (Note: I don't think there's anything to a "Harry secretly had the hots for Pippa" line here, I just think that it's a funny coincidence/resemblance.)
  6. ombelico

    Tennis Thread

    Same here. I can understand a grunt or yell every once in a while, but the players who do it on every. damn. point. just get on my last nerve. I do love it, though, when you've got a grunter playing against a silent type, since the every-other-point grunting just makes it sound like the quiet player is just toying with the grunter.
  7. ombelico

    Figure Skating

    Dropping in to add the Duchesnays' "Missing" program from 1990 to the lists above.
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    Tennis Thread

    While I agree that Serena's dominance can sometimes make things boring, I am fully rooting for her to keep winning Slams and thus obliterate Margaret Court's record of Slam wins. Court only has that many Slams in the first place because she's Australian and competed there at a time that hardly anyone traveled all the way Down Under for a Slam. Plus she's a raging homophobe. So I'm definitely Team Serena when it comes to taking down that record.
  9. ombelico

    Yesterday (2019)

    When Jack was 14, it was before the blackout, so that was when The Beatles (and thus, Oasis) existed. I think the Oasis joke went a bit over the heads of the older crowd in the theater where I saw it today, but I definitely found it hilarious.
  10. Yes, I was sure he meant "learning" the songs as in "learning to play" them. It's one thing to be familiar with Beatles songs and to be able to sing most of the words correctly (vast swaths of us can claim that), but it's another thing entirely to learn how to play them on guitar and sing them as best you can with no missed lyrics, etc.
  11. ombelico

    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    At this point, I'd say any royal family or institution that still disallows female monarchs deserves to die off and be replaced. Good riddance.
  12. ombelico

    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    I'm so glad science finally advanced to a place where it became understood that it's the *father* that determines the biological sex of the baby so that women could stop being blamed for this crap. Of course people will still find a way to blame women and mothers for just about anything pregnancy-related, but at least in this case there's no scientific basis for it.
  13. I thought she had some sort of grill (or partial grill) in. No earthly reason why that should be necessary, though. Or why she thinks it's attractive (if she does).
  14. ombelico

    Season Three Talk: FFwSB

    The thing that puzzled me about Lularoe, and what finally got me to stop buying their clothes (I got into it because a friend of mine became a consultant and was touting it on Facebook, relatively soon after I moved to a new place where the clothes shopping options were rather thin), was that some of their clothes were actually rather cute or had pretty patterns. The dresses, in particular, weren't all that bad and didn't have some of the crazy patterns that the leggings did. But then the bulk of the stuff was just eyesores that were not marketable at all. They clearly had the ability to design some cute stuff, so why did they design so many ugly things? That's when I discovered that the consultants didn't even get to choose what they would be responsible for selling, and couldn't return items that wouldn't sell. I realized it was a scam and immediately stopped buying or wearing any of it. Now it's all gone to Goodwill. I feel a bit stupid that I bought as much as I did, and I didn't invest nearly as much money as these well-meaning women who in almost all cases were just trying to make some extra income for their families. It was a total scam and I hope that people are now more educated about all of these MLM companies so I'm glad that FFwSB and John Oliver are bringing attention to the problem. (I just checked and realized that while I have referred to Lularoe in the past tense, it seems they are still operating. So I guess it's even more urgent than ever to get the word out about this and similar companies.)
  15. ombelico

    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    Poor little baby. But seriously though, how hard is it to put some toothpaste on a brush? I can see the attraction of having someone draw and prepare your bath for you so it's at the right temperature when you walk in to the bathroom (I mean, who wouldn't like that level of service?), and having a valet or lady's maid to take care of all of your clothes and such makes sense, especially for the fancy items and uniforms. But dabbing toothpaste on a brush? Sheesh. ETA it's amazing he didn't have someone there to actually move the brush around his mouth for him (which is more work than just dispensing the toothpaste).