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Moonlight, etc.



So ... anyone ever see the movie "The Conversation?" I'm betting the writers of "Moonlight" hoped you didn't as the plot last night was such a direct ripoff that I'd say Coppola has a good case for a lawsuit on his hands! I mean, not just the whole "bugging on the fly" scene but the sonic interference (here a bunch of Hare Krishnas, in the film, a steel drum band) that needs to be cleaned up. And the actual twist of who's gunning for whom and the moral dilemma facing the man in the middle, in this case, Mick. I mean, at least put some new twists in if you're copying the general concept!

But, I'm still loving Coraline. She IS Milady from The Three Musketeers, complete with fleur de lis.

Anyway, was that the last ep filmed pre-strike?

I rewatched The Departed on Thanksgiving... how is it exactly that Mark Wahlberg (and not Damon or Nicholson or Alec Baldwin) got a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for this film?!

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thelana
Nov. 24th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
I thought they have 12 or 13. I know that they have at least one more. There are already promo pictures out for it.

I heart Moonlight. I feel I shouldn't, but it's just such and adorable guilty pleasure.

I don't really mind them ripping off stuff (like the whole Morgan thing has a lot in common with the Darla storyline on Angel where Angel's hated maker comes back as a human and so he actually has to be nice to her and protect her), as long as they do it well :D
thelana
Nov. 24th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
I checked.

TV Grid says "Expected to have 11 out of 12 episodes completed;".

I believe the most recent one was 9, so two more.
halfdutch
Nov. 25th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
Aha, thank you! And it's not a great show, def., but I'm enjoying it. :)
gobsmackit
Nov. 24th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
The nominations were entirely based on the accuracy of the Boston accents.
inthekeyofd
Nov. 24th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
I didn't even read the comments before I posted, but look below at mine *smile*
gobsmackit
Nov. 24th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
CLEARLY, WE ARE 100% CORRECT.
halfdutch
Nov. 25th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
And here I thought they were just Funky Bunch lovers! ;) LOL.

(I do think that maybe the fact that everyone else had been nommed before was also in Mark's favor.)
slybrunette
Nov. 24th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
how is it exactly that Mark Wahlberg (and not Damon or Nicholson or Alec Baldwin) got a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for this film

Exactly. HELLO people, did you not watch? *eye roll* Oscars are SO overrated.
halfdutch
Nov. 25th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
All I can think is that everyone else has already been nommed at least once. And that his role was fairly pivotal at the end there. But yeah, I enjoyed his and Alec Baldwin's bantering, but I'd give it to Baldwin over Wahlberg! I can see thinking that Nicholson was over the top but Marky Mark? LOL.
inthekeyofd
Nov. 24th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
I knew it, I knew it reminded me of a movie, THANK YOU!!!!!

I think there are a few more episodes left, I think the average is two more.

I think Mark got a nomination for two reasons, one, his accent was still the best, with Leo right behind, and two, the ending.

Alec was excellent, but Jack, oh Glorious Jack was UNREAL. But I think with Matt they considered him a co-lead with Leo.
halfdutch
Nov. 25th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
They lifted the entire playbook from that movie! Seriously, talk about theft!

And good to know there's more eps left.

I think that, as I said above, everyone else had been nommed already and there's the ending, you're right.
luna481516
Nov. 25th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
You know, another complete film ripoff was Sawyer's flashback in The Long Con. That was House of Games in 20 minutes, which was a pretty good con-man film with Joe Mantegna. They didn't credit it and I wonder how they can get away with it too.
I couldn't even finish The Departed, which makes me wonder how I'll do on American Gangster and half a dozen other films that are organized-crime centered. I've seen too many DeNiro reruns I'm afraid.
halfdutch
Nov. 25th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I remember that film but I never thought of it in connection with Lost. You're right, it's another example of a long con, but I think that's really the only similarity. If Sawyer had employed a whole warehouse of employees in his scam, then I think that would be as direct a ripoff as this ep of Moonlight was of The Conversation!

And hmm, not a crime movie fan? ;) Those tend to be my faves. I have to say American Gangster was slow getting started but I did enjoy it. It's no GoodFellas, but I am glad I saw it.
luna481516
Nov. 25th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, well that's true, Sawyer didn't have a team behind him, but getting the "mark" to want to learn the con game, romancing her, and then getting her to want to contribute her money to get them out of a jam came out of the movie's plot. At least she didn't kill him in the end. :)
decidedly
Nov. 25th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
THANK YOU. re: The Conversation Even the husband was like, "I feel as if Gene Hackman is going to pop up from behind a grassy knoll." It was shameless. (On a side note, I really do not like that film. But then it could have been my masochist film prof who ruined it for me. Undecided.)

But, all in all, it was worth it to get to that shower scene. BETH WHO? Jesus.
halfdutch
Nov. 25th, 2007 07:09 am (UTC)
Totally! I could have excused it all if they hadn't had the same twist of having the ones that he thinks he needs to protect are actually the ones planning murder! I haven't seen the film in a while but I remember liking it. It's definitely one of those slow '70s films, heavy on the conspiracy theories!

And yes, shower scene! Beth can't hold a candle to Coraline ... damn!
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