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  1. LawrenceA

    Misleading Titles

    It took you nearly two weeks to come up with that witty retort.
  2. I didn't like NIN too much for a long time, but a friend toured with them, and he got me more into them. I haven't heard the last few albums, though. NIN and Soundgarden are the only nominees this year that I saw live. I too find the Doobie Brothers very dull. Kraftwerk were German electronica pioneers. MC5 were a big live act going back to the 60's, with no major hit singles. Rufus has at least one song that you've likely heard in many TV shows, movies and commercials. And Chaka Khan had several big hits as a solo artist.
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    Not to mention that it's been demonstrated month after month, using actual statistics, that TCM continues to show a majority of films from the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Here's October's decade count:
  4. If they stick to 5 eventual inductees, my choices would be: Pat Benatar Nine Inch Nails Kraftwerk Depeche Mode Soundgarden Followed by T. Rex, Motorhead and Judas Priest. I don't really care about any of the others. However, I know my choices have very little chance at becoming reality. They seem to have fallen into a pattern of diversity of genre for the last several years, as well as gender and racial representation. So either Whitney Houston or Biggie is a shoo-in, if not both. There's also the hard rock/heavy metal slot every year, so Motorhead or Judas Priest are very likely (I would bet on Judas Priest, as they're more widely known, and lead singer Rob Halford's inclusion would be seen as a positive for the LGBT crowd). I would also not be surprised by MC5's induction, as they're a perennial nominee (but then so is Rufus w/Chaka Khan).
  5. Donate them to local charities, libraries, hospitals, retirement homes, etc. I give most of my books and movies that I don't want to a Hospice group that either stocks them at the facility for use by patients and their families, or sells them at a second-hand store to help fund the hospice. Most of these donations can be tax deductible, as well.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    Don't feel bad...a lot of people were ticked off after watching it. It was very divisive, and I think I alluded to that when I made comments about it. I enjoyed it though, even if the twist renders some of the previously viewed events implausible, at best.
  7. Neither of them, nor anyone else, won an Oscar for The China Syndrome.
  8. LawrenceA

    From around the galaxy

    Here are the posts you are looking for, I believe:
  9. Scorsese has made further comments on the topic: “It’s not cinema, it’s something else. We shouldn’t be invaded by it. We need cinemas to step up and show films that are narrative films. Theaters have become amusement parks. That is all fine and good but don’t invade everything else in that sense. That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It’s not my kind of thing, it simply is not. It’s creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that.” He also addressed the streaming vs purely theatrical issue, as Netflix produced his latest film The Irishman: “There’s no doubt that seeing a film with an audience is really important. There is a problem though: we have to make the film. We’ve run out of room, in a sense; there was no room for us to make this picture, for many reasons. [But] having the backing of a company that says that you will have no interference, you can make the picture as you want – the trade-off being: it streams, with theatrical distribution prior to that. I figure, that’s a chance we take, on this particular project.” Netflix has been the target of more traditional sectors of the film industry, especially exhibitors, who are committed to defending the status quo and so major chains like AMC and Regal are refusing to screen the film.
  10. LawrenceA

    Films in 2019

    I hope the end of the year brings more interesting movies, because I've been watching 2019 releases for the last few days, and so far this is on track to be the worst movie year of the decade, if not longer.
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    Movies That It Sometimes Feels That Only You Alone Like?

    Isn't that generally regarded as a cinema masterpiece? Now, personally I didn't care for it, but I think we've firmly established that I'm an idiot, so my appraisal doesn't mean much.
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    Films in 2019

    Oh, and also this weekend is the US release of South Korea's Parasite, one of the best-reviewed foreign films this year, having won the Palm d'Or at Cannes. It's a darkly comic satirical drama from director Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder, The Host, Snowpiercer, Okja).
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    Films in 2019

    That description may be under-selling the movie a bit. It's a historical film adaptation of several of the "Henriad" plays of Shakespeare. Timothee Chalamet stars as Henry V, with Joel Edgerton as Falstaff and Robert Pattinson as the Dauphin.
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    So....I just finished watching a show that I had DVR'd, and switched it over to TCM to see which Godzilla movie was currently, only to discover that my TCM has now also been made inaccessible. I checked and double-checked, both SD and HD channels, and neither is now working, with a prompt appearing on screen informing me that this channel now requires a subscription. So my local Comcast provider implemented this sometime today, because I was watching TCM late last night just fine (I saw a bit of Blood on Satan's Claw). So no more TCM for me, either.
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    Yes, if you have a receiver box, then they can track what you are watching.
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    TCM Premieres

    It appears that Destroy All Monsters (1968) 2:45AM ET is a premiere. Tune in to watch Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Anguirus, Minilla, and more slap each other around.
  17. LawrenceA

    Recently Watched Horror

    Nightmare Cinema (2018) - 5/10 Anthology horror film with 5 short tales. In the first, from director Alejandro Brugues (Juan of the Dead), a young woman is stalked by a masked killer straight out of an 80's slasher flick until the scenario gets flipped in an unexpected direction. In the second, from director Joe Dante (Gremlins), a young woman with a facial scar from a childhood accident may get a new look from a sympathetic plastic surgeon (Richard Chamberlain). In the third, from director Ryuhei Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train), a priest (Maurice Benard) and a nun (Mariela Garriga) battle satanic forces in their church. In the fourth, from director David Slade (30 Days of Night), a worried mother (Elizabeth Reaser) goes to extreme lengths when she has to wait too long for a meeting. And in the fifth, from director Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers), a teenage boy miraculously survives a deadly car-jacking, only to find something is amiss in the hospital where he's recuperating. There's also a brief wraparound segment with Mickey Rourke as the projectionist in the theater showing the five tales. These vary in quality, and I wasn't too crazy about any of them. Slade's B&W segment looked the best, while Brugues' is played for laughs. The last segment features the grandson of Charlie Chaplin (Orson Chaplin) as the carjacker.
  18. LawrenceA

    Draft evasion

    Exactly. I'd also like to point out that a what-about-ism thread on Bernie Sanders registering as a conscientious objector somehow morphed into Immanuel Kant and the immorality of gay-wedding cakes.
  19. LawrenceA

    Draft evasion

    Why are you hopeful that it will be overturned? What will you gain by it being overturned? I'm not trying to get a rise out of you, but I'm just surprised that someone that has been so vocally anti-religious is also this worked up about homosexuality. Trying to lump it in with pedophilia, which includes non-consenting minors, is particularly egregious.
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    The 20 Worst Films of 2012

    No, it was an extremely cheap and dumb movie that showed up on SyFy Channel back when they were on a kick of killer creature movies. I'm astonished that it had any kind of theatrical release. IMDb doesn't label it as a made-for-TV movie or a direct-to-video movie, yet no theatrical release dates are listed, either. It starred Yancy Butler and Patrick Bergin, both looking awful. I gave it a rare 1/10 score.
  21. LawrenceA

    Draft evasion

    The study cited does not prove that sexuality is a choice. Here's another take on the same study: "The study shows that genes play a small and limited role in determining sexuality. Genetic heritability — all of the information stored in our genes and passed between generations — can only explain 8 to 25 percent of why people have same-sex relations, based on the study’s results. Moreover, the researchers found that sexuality is polygenic — meaning hundreds or even thousands of genes make tiny contributions to the trait. That pattern is similar to other heritable (but complex) characteristics like height or a proclivity toward trying new things. (Things like red/green colorblindness, freckles and dimples can be traced back to single genes). But polygenic traits can be strongly influenced by the environment, meaning there’s no clear winner in this “nature versus nurture” debate." You seem to be applying the same kind of absolutism as a number of religious fundamentalists.
  22. LawrenceA

    Marsha Mason

    The Marsha Mason movies I've seen, in order of preference: Cinderella Liberty (1973) The Goodbye Girl (1977) Audrey Rose (1977) 2 Days in the Valley (1997) Heartbreak Ridge (1986) Nick of Time (1995) Chapter Two (1979) Only When I Laugh (1981) Max Dugan Returns (1983)
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    Yeah, it was considered boundary-pushing and controversial when released. It's really just a trashy exploitation movie, although some of the production values were a bit higher than in many of those. And like most "shocking" movies of their eras, they seem sillier and cheesier years later. The DVD I watched of it had English, German and Italian soundtracks. Like many European movies of the era, they had the actors perform in their native tongues and just made multiple audio tracks in various languages in post, just like the spaghetti westerns.
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    The 20 Worst Films of 2012

    From their list, I've seen Hyde Park On Hudson, That's My Boy, This Means War, Alex Cross, Underworld: Awakening, Assassin's Bullet, Piranha 3DD, The Magic of Belle Isle, and Silent House. Silent House doesn't belong on the list. Neither does Hyde Park On Hudson. Most of the others were just mediocre, but not so bad as to be extraordinary. I would say the worst were Piranha, Assassin's Bullet and Alex Cross. My choices for worst of the year, out of the 240 titles that I've seen, and restricted to theatrical releases: Shark Week Awesome Killer Audition Fetish Dolls Die Laughing Monsters in the Woods True Bloodthirst Gallowwalkers The Devil Inside Alien Uprising Assassin's Bullet Piranha 3DD

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