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  1. Brn2bwild

    Borgen

    I've watched the first eight episodes so far. I have to wonder if this show had premiered after the launch of #MeToo and #TimesUp if it would have had less patience for "Prince" Phillip and his continuous man pain. It was clear from the first episode that he was never truly on board with his wife becoming Prime Minister. All he's done so far is complain about what he's had to take on and what he's given up. Dude, your wife is the PRIME MINISTER. She is possibly THE most important person in the country. She will have time for you LATER. Were the situation reversed and she had to give up a promising political career to stay home with her kids while he worked, I'm sure he wouldn't have thought twice about it. Overall, there is surprisingly little celebration of Nyborg being Prime Minister. Her husband hates it, while her kids are like "whatever." Her husband's students and people she passes in public don't seem to care. Even her father just acts pissed off that she has one of his heroes arrested. It seems like there could have been a little more joy at what she's accomplished, and that the costs could be woven in with more subtlety. Then again, it's Denmark. Maybe being Prime Minister isn't a big deal there the way it would be in the UK, Canada, or some other countries. ETA: Season One really does, in many ways, parallel Season One of The Crown. Woman gets top power role that no one expected her to get (at least not so soon). She and husband are happy beforehand, but all too quickly, the marriage falls apart because the husband cannot handle putting his needs second (at least in Prince Phillip's case, he was facing a lifetime of being second, not a handful of years), and by the end of the 10 episodes, the husband was speeding the other way.
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    Borgen

    Thanks for starting this thread. I began watching Borgen several years ago, but the sites were not official and the episodes were difficult to view. So glad I can watch the whole series on Netflix (and now it's rumored there will be a fourth season?). The first couple of episodes feel depressingly familiar to me, watching a highly capable woman doubt herself, be dismissed by other men in power, and be reliant on a male mentor (at least for now) to explain to her what's what. I look forward to seeing her flex her power more in future episodes.
  3. Emilia Clarke's perhaps. /s While I acknowledge her brows are more animated than real brows, I don't think it takes much for a human brow to furrow. I was more focused on the rest of her face, tbh. Besides, even if regular humans can't emote well through their face, good actors generally can, which is why they're considered to be good actors.
  4. Good actors can show feeling through their eyes, their posture, and their expression. The actress in the live-action Mulan too often did not project anything. Feel free to disagree. Also, you don't think real faces could convey the expressions in this sequence?
  5. She was like that the entire movie, though, not just during the scenes where she pretended to be a boy. Comparatively, there were lots of times animated Mulan didn't smile, cry, or do anything greatly demonstrative, but you could get a sense of her emotions by her expression. I have no interest in watching men who can't/don't emote, either.
  6. That's strange given that the Disney women's faces are based off of real faces and expressions. It's not as if the animated Mulan had some sort of exaggerated cartoon face like, for instance, the dwarves in Snow White. I actually thought the animated Mulan had wonderfully subtle expressions, whether she was smiling or not (she definitely wasn't smiling in my favorite sequence, the transformation). I'm not looking for smiles, but emotion. The actress who played Mulan was very stiff. Maybe that was the intent, but it prevented me from identifying with her, unlike the animated version.
  7. Decent movie, not really worth $30. I thought this version of the Mulan character was bland, whether due to the actress or the writing, or both. The actress who played her sister, whom we saw for five minutes, was more expressive. (And really, Disney? Why introduce a sister if you're going to do nothing with her?) The trailer made it seem like this would be a complete departure from the animated movie, and I was there for it. I was expecting a grittier story with more fantasy elements, while at the same time a Mulan that was human and grounded. Instead for the most part we got a duller version of the movie, with the army camp jokes less funny and a male love interest with less personality than Shang. I kept hoping for something interesting from the camp sequences, and actually wondered at one point whether the "mama's boy" character was also a girl in disguise seeking to fight in place of her father, and thought that would be kind of a nice story twist. Mulan can't be the only woman who sneaked into the army. The witch element was... eh. I see what they were going for, but the Mulan in this movie wasn't deep enough for the parallel to make much of an impact. I did like the scene in the hot stones area where the witch kept demanding that Mulan reveal her true identity. But overall, this was a less warm, compelling, and fun movie than the animated version. Glad I saw it, just wish I'd waited until December.
  8. I'm so confused by The Crown's tweets: at first it says Season 5 is the last one, then it says Seasons 5 and 6 twice. Were they granted another season after all?
  9. Brn2bwild

    Disney Films

    Agreed about the fairy godmothers in Sleeping Beauty! And true, Alice and Wendy were less bland, but none of the Disney women (including the pets) had much agency or personality. Even Lady in Lady in the Tramp was passive (though I loved her interactions with her human family). I think the first active female heroine might have been Bianca in the Rescuers!
  10. We never learn why the birds started swarming, do we?
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    Disney Films

    More observations from watching Disney Golden/Silver Age movies: Maybe I'm just biased because I was actually alive when the Renaissance movies came out, but I find them to be superior in every way to most of the earlier era movies. Not only great animation, but actual defined plots and characters. A lot of the older movies I just find to be irritating (looking at you Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and parts of Snow White and Cinderella). Just a lot of filler and screwball antics that probably appeal to many, but I prefer a plot. Cinderella was actually the best Disney princess before Ariel. I know a lot of people knock her for being bland, but to me she was the only Disney princess with an actual personality. Snow White and Aurora were ciphers. Cinderella was meek, but seemed like a nice person who resented her situation. There was that one scene where she is mopping the floor while her stepsisters are practicing their singing, and she tells the dog: "I'd better go interrupt their music lesson," with such snark that I almost clapped.
  12. That seems like a lot to watch a movie. That's practically buying the movie. By contrast, Amazon charges a more palatable $16 or so for new releases.
  13. Brn2bwild

    Hamilton (2020)

    Oh no, no, I'm not talking about the musical... I was talking about the biography it was based on. I actually really enjoy the second half of the musical!
  14. I'm doing another re-watch of the three seasons in anticipation of Season Four. One thing that struck me about the two-part episode where the Queens were killed: it doesn't seem as though the Queens of Duren were very good rulers if they waited seven years into a famine to seek outside help. True, they might have sought help from other kingdoms in previous years, but that stood out for some reason. Also, why was it necessary for both of them to distract the Dragon King? One of them could have sacrificed herself, while the other stayed behind to serve as Queen.
  15. Brn2bwild

    Hamilton (2020)

    Maybe I'm in the minority, but I found the first half compelling, and then the second half was so tedious. Even the Maria Reynolds episode was written in an "oh well, yeah he strayed, but it didn't matter" manner. I was relieved when I finally reached the epilogue.
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