Guilty Pleasures

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Re: Guilty Pleasures

Postby FrankChurch » Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:26 pm

You were a boy? Sorry. kiss.

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Re: Guilty Pleasures

Postby David Loftus » Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:04 pm

> I love The Hidden Fortress (did you ever notice how similar the whole story is to Star Wars?).

But, of course! Lucas acknowledged the debt, specifically (only the older movie is a much better film), and by joining Coppola in financing several of Kurosawa's last movies.
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Re: Guilty Pleasures

Postby reddragon70 » Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:54 am

David you are of course correct, Lucas did own up to the inspiration of star wars. I just wish he had admitted that he wholesale ripped Kurosawa off and that he is a little man unfit to lick the dirt from Toshiro Mifune's kimono. Or words to that effect.

Actually I do rather enjoy Star Wars. I suppose it takes me back to a time when I was 7 going to see episode iv for the first time. Mind you, I would not rank them amongst my Guily PLeasures. They have become too mainstream for a start ;)

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Re: Guilty Pleasures

Postby reddragon70 » Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:14 pm

This is one that hit the news papers here this Saturday. This is a guilty pleasure that is likely to cost someone their job and could involve a visit to court....

The incident in question involves one of the high speed intercity trains we have running about the UK. Namely a London to Glasgow service. Operated by Virgin Trains. (not the company I work for I hasten to add) Now according to the papers the driver of this train (which can do 125MPH) was caught driving the train with a pornographic magazine on his lap and.... choking the bishop, shall we say. Of course this is not the done thing for a driver, who is meant to be paying attention to the track, signals etc and making sure he doesnt hit anything.

Now that is what I call a guilty pleasure if ever there was one.

It has not stopped me cracking jokes that it was NOT a girly magazine he was reading, it was in fact a Golden Age Of Steam magazine.... Ooooh look at the buffers on that one!!! (I know its poor, I'll get my coat)

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Re: Guilty Pleasures

Postby admin » Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:16 pm

it's too bad lucas couldn't find something non-shitty to crib from for the last 4 star wars movies...

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