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Ben & Arthur (2002)
Phew--I don't what to say. This is a film that could be really good a with a bunch of stoned viewers. Some of the acting reminded me of John Waters' early offerings. Perhaps I should take that back--I don't want to insult Waters' ability as a director/storyteller.
I particularly loved the lawyer taking about the "full faith and credibility" clause. It's "full faith and credit," by the way!
This also reminds me of "The Conrad Boys," where the main actor is also the writer, director, film editor, etc. Those sort of multi-involved undertakings such as that are probably best left to very seasoned film professionals who would have the technical ability (albeit a stunt, some might say) to pull something off like that.
DNA test results
I wouldn't be so sure to accept the DNA tests as irrefutable evidence against Anna Anderson. First, read Peter Kurth's book on which this film is based. Anna Anderson knew things that only the real Grand Duchess Anastasia could possibly have known (forensic evidence in Anna's favor aside). Second, compare the pictures of Anastasia and Anna Anderson. Anyone can see that they are one-and-the-same person. Third, visit Peter Kurth's website (url below) where you can read detailed information about the DNA tests, as well as why Franziska Schanzkowska and Anna Anderson are not the same person (scroll down to the link, "ANNA-ANASTASIA NOTES ON FRANZISKA SCHANZKOWSKA"). Even Schanzkowska's relatives believed that their sister and Anna Anderson were not the same person.
I for one will always believe that HIH Anastasia Nicolevna Romanova and Anna Anderson were indeed the same person; I will never be swayed to the contrary .
The O.C. (2003)
Yes, it looks promising
I saw the preview trailer of "The O.C." on AOL and decided to give this new show a viewing. It does look promising; I rather enjoyed the premise and the acting. All the leads are very beautiful people, especially Benjamin McKenzie (Ryan), Mischa Barton (Marissa), and Adam Brody (Seth) (any relation to Adrian Brody?).
I just hope that this doesn't go the typical formulaic route of most prime-time shows. There should be some 21st-century realism written into the script. Let's see Ryan and Seth explore a bisexual relationship with each other, or something along those lines. That would certainly be more interesting than your typical fare.
Oh, and I really hope Ryan and Seth team up and kick some serious butt!
Anna Karenina (1977)
Stunningly Beautiful production
I remember seeing this version of "Anna Karenina" on PBS when it was re- broadcast in the late 1980s. I actually taped the entire series on Beta video tape, but haven't checked at all recently to see if the tapes are still viable. I was deeply impressed with the production values of "Anna,' including the choice of filming locations, acting, costumes, and use of music. (I particularly remember the use of a lot of Tchaikovsky.)
I've always wondered why this magnificent production hasn't been re-issued on video or DVD. I for one would buy it in a heartbeat. Short of that, I should get my Betamax repaired and transfer the tapes to VHS, DVD, or VCD for my own use.