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Post by Guest on Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:54 pm

But I'll ask it for the hell of it, you never know, someone may say 'yes'...

..a few years back the wife bought me a film called ' The Lottery'(shite acting), and perhaps a nonsense storyline, but also thought provoking too...

In short .....


On his deathbed in the hospital, Jason's father asks that his ashes be spread over the top of his wife's grave. Jason, who came to the city with his father at a young age, remembers little of the town or his mother, but he undertakes the charge. It is an idyllic place, but gradually snips of memory return, until he remembers the significance of the fact that most of the tombstones in the town cemetery, including his mothers, bear the same day and month, one death each year. Caught up in the memory of the lottery he saw as a child, and the one he is trapped in today, escape is difficult and retribution is...



The end storyline is that each summer the villagers hold a lottery with a difference, whoever draws the ' winning ' ticket will be stoned to death by the rest of the villagers, to keep the peace and tranquility in the village....it's the price that is paid to have such a crime free village.


Would any of you guys ever considering such drastic action to guarantee yourself a crime free environment?...

Now, please...before you start saying ' oh JD you big hunky bastard , it's a ridiculously stupid question of ever I've heard one' ....yes, I KNOW!!! ...and that is why I ask it!!


But anyway, has anyone else ever seen this film?, very bizarre!

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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:01 am

I think that's based on the old Shirley Jackson short story, though if I remember correctly, in the story version of it, they only had the lottery because they'd ALWAYS had the lottery, so it was a commentary on how some people feel traditions are so important that they keep them up even if they're horrible.

Interesting twist that the movie seems to be making -- the age-old conflict between individual liberty and collective safety ...

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Post by Guest on Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:12 am

Ben_Reilly wrote:I think that's based on the old Shirley Jackson short story, though if I remember correctly, in the story version of it, they only had the lottery because they'd ALWAYS had the lottery, so it was a commentary on how some people feel traditions are so important that they keep them up even if they're horrible.

Interesting twist that the movie seems to be making -- the age-old conflict between individual liberty and collective safety ...


That's it Ben!...they highlight the tradition part...even with such a jovial attitude!,

Did you see the first version then Ben?..the Shirley Jackson version ??

I e never seen that one , but I did like the 1996 version which Kerri Russell was In, as I say...some terrible acting, but the storyline was quite freaky...I thought it was a great film tbh Smile

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Post by Raggamuffin on Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:14 am

Yes, I've seen it - it's a bit creepy really.

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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:17 am

Joy Division wrote:
Ben_Reilly wrote:I think that's based on the old Shirley Jackson short story, though if I remember correctly, in the story version of it, they only had the lottery because they'd ALWAYS had the lottery, so it was a commentary on how some people feel traditions are so important that they keep them up even if they're horrible.

Interesting twist that the movie seems to be making -- the age-old conflict between individual liberty and collective safety ...


That's it Ben!...they highlight the tradition part...even with such a jovial attitude!,

Did you see the first version then Ben?..the Shirley Jackson version ??

I e never seen that one , but I did like the 1996 version which Kerri Russell was In, as I say...some terrible acting, but the storyline was quite freaky...I thought it was a great film tbh Smile

Haven't seen it -- we actually were assigned to read the short story back in school over here Smile

I imagine in an attempt to flesh it out to movie length they added some lousy new plot points (I'm looking at you, Lorax Movie!), but the Jackson original is pretty classic Smile

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Post by veya_victaous on Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:17 am

this and that newer American one (the purge?) that came out last year..... silly

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Post by Guest on Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:33 am

Raggamuffin wrote:Yes, I've seen it - it's a bit creepy really.

It is Rags, but you were still gripped by it ? Twisted Evil 

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Post by Guest on Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:34 am

veya_victaous wrote:this and that newer American one (the purge?) that came out last year..... silly

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I'll have to see that one Veya...I now have the P-urge to see it!! Laughing 

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Post by Guest on Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:35 am

Ben_Reilly wrote:
Joy Division wrote:


That's it Ben!...they highlight the tradition part...even with such a jovial attitude!,

Did you see the first version then Ben?..the Shirley Jackson version ??

I e never seen that one , but I did like the 1996 version which Kerri Russell was In, as I say...some terrible acting, but the storyline was quite freaky...I thought it was a great film tbh Smile

Haven't seen it -- we actually were assigned to read the short story back in school over here Smile

I imagine in an attempt to flesh it out to movie length they added some lousy new plot points (I'm looking at you, Lorax Movie!), but the Jackson original is pretty classic Smile


Hey, my young lass was given this story in school too!..and her teacher was amazed we had it to show the class!

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