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Old 01-24-2018, 10:24 PM
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I know what the Normans were. They were also of French blood as well. The Vikings in Normandy married Frenchwomen. Ireland didn't have cities in Dark Age times, so the Vikings founded Ireland's cities, but those were taken over by the Irish and by the British invaders. In England, the English had many conflicts with the Vikings and at different times different groups were the winners. The biggest Viking influx into England was in King Alfred the Great's time and he and his children defeated them, but a large area of England was left under the control of Vikings who owed ultimate allegiance to the English king. In Ireland, the Vikings made much less headway and were absorbed better.

Fascinating stuff. I was pretty sure that the Irish cities were from Viking influence and origin. And I also knew that the Vikings' had a lot of skirmishes with the Anglo-Saxons.
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The Vikings involved in England were mostly Danes. Ireland had some of both Danes and Norwegians. The Viking area of England was called the Danelaw.
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Really? I read it was the Norwegian Vikings who tangled with England, although the Danes were probably there as well.
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The Danes were much more present there.


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I've never had an interest in that franchise.
I'm surprised how many things we agree on
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I only liked the original Planet of the Apes from 1968 with Charleton Heston. That, along with 2001: A Space Odyssey, revolutionized science fiction in 1968 and set the stage for Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alien, Blade Runner, etc.
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Old 01-27-2018, 11:23 AM
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I just couldn't really get into the story when I saw people running around so obviously in ape suits
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Not my sort of thing.
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I just couldn't really get into the story when I saw people running around so obviously in ape suits
Yeah, but could you imagine ''real'' apes in a film like ''War for the Planet of the Apes'' or other films of that franchise?
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it's not bad in the latest movies but I guess I was already prejudiced against them
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I prefer not to imagine War for the Planet of the Apes if I can help it.
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I don't usually like war movies anyway
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It's not war movies I have a problem with, it's that franchise. Some war movies I love, like Fury and Thin Red Line. Spielberg's Saving Ryan's Privates was dull, though.
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That's why I think they added apes, so it wouldn't be a ''usual'' war movie. I don't mind war movies either like ''Platoon'', Apocalypse Now'', & ''Full Metal Jacket'', but of course they can be quite depressing. Did you have any favorite movies in general from last year: Mine that I've seen are ''Logan'', ''Get Out'', ''John Wick: Chapter 2'', & ''Wonder Woman''. I need to see still ''It'', 'T2: Trainspotting'', ''Churchill'', ''Dunkirk'' & some others.
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Full Metal Jacket is another war movie I loved. The boot camp part is amazing. R Lee Ermey should have gotten an Oscar.

I think Platoon and Apocalypse Now are overrated. I liked Born On The Fourth of July, though.

Logan was great. Mixed feelings about Get Out. It was very well-made, but it vilifies white people a bit too much. Also, Daniel Kaluuya wasn't as good in the lead as the critics think. They should have given that role to an African American actor, not an English actor. I steer clear of movies starring Keanu Reeves when I can. Wonder Woman was poorly thought-out and had idiotic ideas, but Gal Gadot was marvellous in the lead role and Chris Pine was good support. I have no interest in IT and I hated the first Trainspotting, so I'm avoiding the second one. The Dunkirk and Churchill movies I intend to see.

I saw a lot of movies this past year, most of them not current movies, and before I could say which were my favorites I'd have to sort out which ones I saw in 2017, 2016 and 2018, which I'm not good at.
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