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Everything posted by Stephan55

  1. My daughter recently turned me on to this character who goes by the name of Randy Rainbow. Yes, he is evidently quite "gay" (in both the literal and metaphoric sense), but don't let that stop you from watching and listening any further (unless you happen to be a die-hard "trumpie" with absolutely no sense of humor), as this guy is also extremely talented, creative, musical and very entertaining. And he has chosen one of our "favorite" subjects to parody. I found these little "shorts" addictively funny and much too good to not share here. And so, without further adieu, I present the original,
  2. I admit that when I first saw this movie many years ago, my biggest hurdle was accepting Matthew Broderick as the lead. I too thought that he was miss-cast. But after many viewings since, he has become far less obtrusive to me. And the film is so otherwise great that it overcomes any negativity that his presence may impart to me. I am impressed by Broderick's physical similarity to images of the real Robert Gould Shaw. But yeah, i do understand where you are coming from.
  3. TCM reaired Glory (1989) last night (Monday, 1/21/2019) in part of it's annual celebration to honor Martin Luther King Jr., and I noticed that it is available for repeat viewing on WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND for the next seven days. I first saw this Civil War epic the year of it's release and was quite emotionally moved by it's depiction. I was stationed at FAMC at the time, and one of the things that struck me was the devastating lethality of mid-19th century warfare. I was impressed by Mathew Broderick's surprisingly believable dramatic performance in his first adult role. As well as that by
  4. Who knows. He obviously had an eclectic personality. Perhaps his interest in da Vinci predated his reading of du Maurier, and maybe it was Leonardo that prompted his interest in Daphne? Perhaps we should take a course on Hitchcock and get an "experts" scholarly opinion?
  5. You should go Sarge, and find out. My time spent living in Alaska is some of the most memorable of my life's experiences. Even while there, I realized that I was living out a moment-to-moment dream, and often felt as if I was that kid again, and had somehow found a way to actually make Disneyland's Tom Sawyer's Island home... only much, much more so, as everything around me was real! Everything was new for me, and I was like a sponge "drinking" it all in. That is why such memories are so vivid for me, even after these many years. I learned many things while there. About the natural
  6. Ahhh yes, Barbie Benton. I remember, ahem, "reading" those Playboy "articles" about Barbie back in the day, and from the "discriptions" she was quite a lovely to look at girl....
  7. Well, yes, I was trying to make "light" of my loquacious embarrassment ... But the "too lazy" part is actually part of an extended (albeit less often used) alternate definition, so I decided to use it.
  8. I actually have given some thought about that on more than one occasion. I used to regularly have quite lucid dreams, and would write them down as soon as I awoke whenever the time allowed. Some were just like watching or being part of a movie and I felt certain at the time that they would have been a perfect fit for Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories" back then. But most of what I write and share here (and elsewhere) are snippets of reminisces of past life experiences. I did keep personal journals back in those days and would detail whatever I observed and thought about during my "a
  9. Thanks Darg, now I feel worthwhile again....
  10. "Too lazy, didn't read" ??? I had to look that acronym up... Sorry you felt that way. Maybe you'll be more energized later. I actually thought that you had a very good attention span, and enjoyed reading a story every now and then. And though I admit that they aren't very exciting stories, in the spirit of camaraderie with the "Canadian Bashing" posters on this thread, I wracked my brain to think of something sort of "anti-Canadian" to write about, and at that late hour this was the "best" that I could come up with. I suppose that's what I get for mixing too much Irish whiskey wit
  11. I too really enjoyed Gordon Lightfoot back in the day (now that I think about it, I still do!). In fact I am now thinking of one GL favorite after another.... "For Lovin' Me", "Early Morning Rain", "If You Could Read My Mind", "Sundown", "Carefree Highway", "Rainy Day People", and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald",.... As I continue to write I am now listening to my mp3 collection of Gordies Best and Greatest Hits! But along with that train of thought, I just remembered a couple of not so fun Canadian experiences (or rather experiences with Canadians). First Story: I was driving
  12. I know that Angelina Jolie produced & directed, but didn't the Coen's have a hand in writing the script for "Unbroken"?
  13. Well Sarge & Eric, here's where we amicably drift apart. I enjoyed both the "Big Lebowski" and "Kingpin" (they made me laugh with their silliness). And I readily admit to having "enjoyed" other works by the Farrelly and Coen brothers as well. i.e. the Farrelly's "There's Something About Mary," & "Shallow Hal," etc. And, the Coen's "Blood Simple," "Fargo," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "No Country for Old Men," "True Grit" (2010 interpretation), "Unbroken," & "Hail, Caesar!" immediately come to mind. I suppose it might be their satirical sense of humor which appeals to me
  14. Hey, I resemble that "statement".... Side Note of possible interest... Did You Know, that The black and white Eurasian magpie is widely considered one of the most intelligent animals in the world and one of only a few non-mammal species able to recognize itself in a mirror test. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magpie
  15. I saw a Nature program on PBS where a guy was training a falcon. That bird spotted and homed in on a small feathered lure at a distance greater than three miles. Telescopic vision, Very impressive indeed!
  16. Enjoyed reading your post, but just a slight correction regarding the above. There are many corvids that call the U.S. and Canada home. Some are "native" to these shores while others may have been brought here by human conveyance. But since they can be found worldwide, and have the ability to fly long distances, who really knows. When I was living in the far north, I became fascinated by the non-migratory birds that spent the entire year within that harsh wintery northland. Above the Arctic circle there are months where the sun neither sets in the "Summer" nor rises in the "Winter." P
  17. Point made, along with counter-point emphasis, and in relative agreement to both. But (due respect for Socrates aside) in either event, I wouldn't say that lying is "noble" or a "virtue" (although many movies have attempted to make it appear to be so (i.e. "Don't tell her about it doc, I want to spare her the pain of knowing"....) Noble Lie i.e. FDR's fireside chats, assuring the American people that we would triumph during the darkest days of that world wide calamity when nothing was "assured".... etc. etc. etc. (way too many examples to cite here) Ignoble Lie i.e. lying (esp. political) t
  18. Compared to "Big Pharma," all other drug traffickers are pikers.... But so long as "they" are allowed to sponsor "the powers that be," there will be no "wall" to protect "us" from "them." Prescription drug abuse is a global problem, and the U.S. is the world’s biggest addict. https://www.drugwatch.com/news/2015/07/29/drug-abuse-in-america/
  19. The "Noble" Lie is one that is in the best interest of the Republic as a whole, or at least for it's rulers.... per Socrates In politics, a noble lie is a myth or untruth, often, but not invariably, of a religious nature, knowingly propagated by an elite to maintain social harmony or to advance an agenda. The noble lie is a concept originated by Plato as described in the Republic. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_lie
  20. Didn't realize your peepers could actually see what was going on way down south? If you are really that concerned about border security, perhaps you should petition "your" government to put up "their" own wall to "protect" their southern and western U.S. borders, and make sure that the American people have to pay for it.... BTW, you never did share why you are so obsessed with the politics of your southern neighbor? You wouldn't happen to be a disgruntled expat American in disguise would you?
  21. Geez, you guys aren't really surprised by the fact that most politicians lie to their constituents .... regardless of their party affiliation, are you? And most presidents have lied to the American people. And Supreme Court justices more than likely lie to themselves when they try to rationalize that some of their rulings are really in the "best interest" of the American people! So hands down (generally speaking) they are ALL self-serving LIARS. As to which ones are the biggest or "best" liars (in the words of Sundance to Butch, "Best? Do you mean the toughest, or the easiest to bribe
  22. None of us know why... (or if some of "us" do they aren't telling the rest of us here about it). Many of us have postulated, but without ant concrete confirmation, they are just theories. The sad fact is that for at least as long as I have been visiting these boards (and at one time I had read every thread and post in the "Problems with TCM" forum to find an answer from somebody.... anybody) TCM has remained totally unresponsive (aside from that simple and ineffective generically generated "Thanks for your email" that you have mentioned). I've Not read a single post here that anyone ha
  23. Oh I caught your smile and responded in kind with a wink I knew that you were just josh'n, and my response wasn't seriously serious either. But kidding aside, I have seen various TCM channels (in english) on those rare occasions when I have treated myself to a hotel room while abroad. And yes, it was like a lulling "taste" of home.... Sorta like those ubiquitous MacDonald's that seem to appear in practically every major city across the globe. So there is a bit of truth within our comedy.
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