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« Reply #5010 on: October 28, 2013, 12:31:10 PM »
I know some people who draw Sharpie "clothes" on naked figures in books (schoolbooks on history and geography, so pictures of the "National Geographic" type), or sometimes glue two pages together.  Some of them do it because they just absolutely don't want their kids looking at naked people.  But some do it because they know their kids, and that their kids would be so distracted looking at those pictures that they wouldn't get anything else from the topic.  I just purchased one of the main books that people have complained about, but I don't really have a problem with the level of nakedness.  There is a lot of war and gore, though, so I'll have to see how my oldest does with that (it's hard to study Babylon and Assyria without discussing violence).

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« Reply #5011 on: October 28, 2013, 04:54:32 PM »
The worst is when the subtitler of a foreign movie decides to clean up the language and the plot points. The English subtitles for the original film of LA FEMME NIKITA tried to make it seem as if the main character didn't take a complete stranger home for scrabble purposes. One subtitled version of the film DIVA tried to clean up all the curses and non-PC character names. And of course, if you didn't know any French, you wouldn't notice the discrepancy. I'm not fluent, but I certainly can tell when the dialogue and the subtitles don't match.

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« Reply #5012 on: October 28, 2013, 07:33:34 PM »
The worst is when the subtitler of a foreign movie decides to clean up the language and the plot points. The English subtitles for the original film of LA FEMME NIKITA tried to make it seem as if the main character didn't take a complete stranger home for scrabble purposes. One subtitled version of the film DIVA tried to clean up all the curses and non-PC character names. And of course, if you didn't know any French, you wouldn't notice the discrepancy. I'm not fluent, but I certainly can tell when the dialogue and the subtitles don't match.

An American friend of mine spent a year teaching English in Japan around the time "Blair Witch Project" came out.  She said the best part of the film was when one of the main characters was stumbling around the woods hearing spooky sounds and yelling "Oh F$@# oh F$@# oh F$@#!" and the Japanese subtitles read "Where is it?  Where is it?"

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« Reply #5013 on: October 29, 2013, 07:33:38 AM »
Could a spinoff thread be made about all the subtitling and censoring please? Thanks!

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« Reply #5014 on: October 29, 2013, 12:53:26 PM »
There are many movies which, if one watches them edited, takes most of the fun out of viewing them, especially if they dub them with words that make little to no sense at all.  Not to mention, you can read their lips to know what was really said and often the dubbing voice is off enough to be distracting.

"I have had it with these Monday Friday snakes..."

The TV version was "I've had it with these monkey-fighting snakes on this Monday-to-Friday plane!"  Which was totally not in the same voice at ALL but made me completely crack up anyway  :P

Hold on. Can there be a movie about snakes who fight monkeys? Can that be a thing? I would so see that movie!

On the subject of commenting on purchases, I was once picking up a copy of True Blood and the cashier asked if I'd seen some Swedish movie that was like the jumping off point for all the vampire flicks (can't remember it now, too bad because it sounded awesome), I said I hadn't and he said it was really good so I said "Sounds like I have another movie for my must watch list!", with like a huge smile and he responds "Well, you don't have to do anything you don't want to" like he was upset that I'd said I had to see it. He shoved my movie in the bag and grunted and sent me on my way. What the what? You recommend a movie to me and I act excited about and I'm the bad guy? Geeze lousie. You can't win for loosing.

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« Reply #5015 on: October 30, 2013, 02:49:14 AM »
There are many movies which, if one watches them edited, takes most of the fun out of viewing them, especially if they dub them with words that make little to no sense at all.  Not to mention, you can read their lips to know what was really said and often the dubbing voice is off enough to be distracting.

"I have had it with these Monday Friday snakes..."

The TV version was "I've had it with these monkey-fighting snakes on this Monday-to-Friday plane!"  Which was totally not in the same voice at ALL but made me completely crack up anyway  :P

Hold on. Can there be a movie about snakes who fight monkeys? Can that be a thing? I would so see that movie!

On the subject of commenting on purchases, I was once picking up a copy of True Blood and the cashier asked if I'd seen some Swedish movie that was like the jumping off point for all the vampire flicks (can't remember it now, too bad because it sounded awesome), I said I hadn't and he said it was really good so I said "Sounds like I have another movie for my must watch list!", with like a huge smile and he responds "Well, you don't have to do anything you don't want to" like he was upset that I'd said I had to see it. He shoved my movie in the bag and grunted and sent me on my way. What the what? You recommend a movie to me and I act excited about and I'm the bad guy? Geeze lousie. You can't win for loosing.

Was it "Let the Right One In"? I know DD is pretty excited about it, but I don't watch horror. Or suspense. Or gore. I'm a big wuss :)
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« Reply #5016 on: October 30, 2013, 06:02:05 AM »
Yes, I thought of 'Let the right one in' - the book was amazing - I think there are 2 film versions, the original (which is available dubbed/subtitled into English) and a ?US remake. I've only seen the original but it's pretty good.

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« Reply #5017 on: October 30, 2013, 08:06:08 AM »
Nosferatu?  Something like that?  Vampires have come a long way from the noseless bat-eared "original" in that version - all the way to the sparkly ageless "perfect" looking examples of the Twilight series. 
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« Reply #5018 on: October 30, 2013, 11:21:05 AM »
I think it was Let The Right One In, it sounds familiar at least.

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« Reply #5019 on: November 01, 2013, 04:17:48 PM »
Went to Kmart last year around Christmas. In the ad there was a photo of the adult onesy PJs on sale. The lady in the ad had on a pair with paw prints and the feet had a little bear face. I knew my daughter would love them. Although she is 18, she loves the onesy PJs. 

I go to my local Kmart with the ad and search for the PJs. I find the same PJs in the ad. The size I needed has no price tag and it's the last size small. I figured it would be no big deal. The lady in the ad has on the same PJs in my hand. They should be able to punch in a code. Well that is not what happened. 

Me: These PJs do not have a scanner tag but they are the same in the ad. Here is the ad.

Cashier: You need to get a pair with a scanner tag.

Me: This is the last pair.

Cashier: So none are back there?

Me: Well yes, but the pattern is different. I can get a different pattern and bring those up.

Cashier: No they need to be the same. 

I take a deep breath and explain the ad. The PJs are the same in the photo. The exact same. I do not understand the problem. She calls a mgr. He takes me over to the service desk.  >:(

Asst.Mgr: So you want to return these

Me: No. I want to purchase them. The scanner tag has been removed. The cashier said she couldn't ring them up and called you.

Asst.Mgr: let me see the ad, these aren't the same

Me: What?! Yes they are the same.  :o

During this time the store mgr comes up to the desk. He was getting some paperwork but I stopped him for assistance. I felt as if I had entered the twilight zone.

Store Mgr: What's going on?

Asst. Mgr: She wants to get these PJs for the price of these in the ad

Store Mgr to me: Sorry ma'am we can't do that. 

Me: But they are the same PJs and I pass him the ad

Store Mgr looks at ad. Examines PJ. Then he goes "Yea they are the same. Are you guys blind. Ring her up under the generic SKU" He looks at me, shake his head and mumbles a sorry. Then walks away.

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« Reply #5020 on: November 05, 2013, 02:51:58 PM »
Add my local Honda dealership to the list, and for the same reason as the Napa Auto Parts that I was venting about upthread.

I drive an older car.  Something is pretty much always wrong with it.  This time it's the brake light switch.  Now, the switch is physically stuck in the "on" position.  It's definitely the problem. But, the guy on the phone tried to feed me a line about how that wasn't really the problem.  He actually used the words "little lady".  I ended the phone call at that point, called back and asked to speak to the general manager, since the guy I was talking to initially was the parts manager. Of course I had to leave a message.  The dealership is pretty big and I wasn't expecting him to be free.  I'm gonna give him a chance to make it right, but if he doesn't, then I won't be dealing with them ever again. Actually, right now I'm planning on driving 30 minutes to the next dealership north to get the part I need.
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« Reply #5021 on: November 05, 2013, 02:59:58 PM »
I think it was Let The Right One In, it sounds familiar at least.

I seriously worry about the world if that is considered the "jumping off point" for vampire films, since, as VorFemme points out, such movies have been around since 1922.
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« Reply #5022 on: November 05, 2013, 03:02:49 PM »
I think it was Let The Right One In, it sounds familiar at least.

I seriously worry about the world if that is considered the "jumping off point" for vampire films, since, as VorFemme points out, such movies have been around since 1922.

He said for the "Teen vamp love" type films. So movies like Twilight or shows like True Blood. Not just all vampire films ever.

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« Reply #5023 on: November 06, 2013, 11:14:38 AM »
mmswm,  Your Honda dealer must be owned by the same morons that run our local Hyundai dealer.

Last year, I had an issue with the transmission in my Hyundai Tucson.  I call the local dealer (where I bought my car) and after leaving at least 3 messages for them to call me back, finally get to talk to someone to explain the situation.   Now, I am a mechanic's daughter, I've been around cars since birth, and I've logged a lot of time in my dad's garage helping him fix cars. 

When I explained the issue with the transmission, I was told it was "probably just a sensor."  I know darn well it's not "just a sensor" and that the tranny is going to need to be replaced. I get the condescending "now just how do you know that???"  I explain that I've been around cars for quite awhile.  I get laughed at.  I ask to speak to the shop manager, tell him I didn't appreciate the condesending behavior and go through the whole spiel once again.  Then I'm then told "that's not under warranty".  I have the warranty paperwork right there in front of me and it says in black-and-white that transmissions ARE covered.  Then I'm told my car is out of the warranty period.  No, it's not.   When I tried scheduling the appointment, I was told that the hours on the website are wrong, they don't have evening hours.  I'll have to drop my car off in the morning and no, they don't offer loaner vehicles.  I ask how I'm to get to work for the 2+ days my car will be in the shop (since I know that a tranny replacement will take at least 2 days).  I was told that unless I find someone to take me to work (not an option), I am getting a vacation. 

I say forget it and go looking for a Hyundai dealer near work.  I find one, call them and tell them I am one p!ssed-off woman and I'm not about to go through what I just went through with the local dealership.  I explain the situation and the shop guy tells me that transmission issues are VERY common to that particular model year and yes, it's under warranty.  It takes 3 days to get the new tranny and fix my car.  They have a shuttle to and from work for me for the first day AND they arrange for a rental car for me for the next two days -- at no cost to me.  Car is fixed and runs like a dream.

Guess who isn't going back to the local dealership. 

Unfortunately, the local dealership is the only one close by for my sister.  She's had issues with her Hyundai -- nothing major, but things that needed fixed.   She called with one issue and they needed to order a part.  Told her they'd call her to make the appointment when the part came in.  Over a month later, no call.  So she calls them.  Oh, yeah.  That part sat here on the shelf for weeks and nobody knew who it was for.  They put it in someone else's car just the other day.  They'll order another part.  She called them every day until the part came in.   Her husband drove her to the dealership to pick up her car after it was fixed.  He's standing off to the side as she's getting her keys and signing paperwork.  The shop manager tells her that without the warranty, the work would have cost nearly $500 and "I bet your dad is happy it was under warranty." She just looked at him.  The shop guy nods toward her husband.  She says "no, my HUSBAND couldn't care less what it cost since it's MY car and MY money."     

They had offered her free inspection when she bought her car.  First time she takes it for inspection, they tell her she needs new brakes.  Um. No. She does not.  She and my dad put those brakes on the car the day before she took it to be inspected.  They tell her, no, those brakes are bad.  She whips out her cell phone, calls Dad, hands the phone to the shop guy and say "tell him how bad those brakes are."  Dad must have ripped the guy a new one over the phone, because the guy told Sissy to have a seat in the waiting area for a few minutes and then they came back to tell her that her car passed inspection.  They had brought her car around for her to pick up, and while she's signing paperwork, the guy that drives the cars from the lot into the garage and back BACKS INTO HER CAR.  Crunches up the front, busts the radiator, busts a headlight. 

The Hyundai dealer is now at her mercy.  She took her car in a month ago with an issue with the heater not working right.  Says she's not waiting until the snow flies for them to fix it.  They tell her it's fixed, but she says it's still doing what it was doing before.  It's going back to the shop tomorrow.  Meanwhile, she ran over the remains of a deer that someone hit and since her car sits low to the ground, everything underneath is covered with deer guts.  Dad told her to run it through the car wash and have them spray off the underside of the car.  She opted not to - the car is going to the shop deer guts and all.  She figures after the grief she's dealt with from them, a few deer guts will just even up the score.

She's been my sister for nearly 40 years.  I know better than to get on her bad side.  Trust me.  They're lucky it's just deer guts.

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« Reply #5024 on: November 06, 2013, 11:21:03 AM »
She's been my sister for nearly 40 years.  I know better than to get on her bad side.  Trust me.  They're lucky it's just deer guts.


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