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Posts posted by Capuchin

  1. 2 hours ago, Dargo said:


    Nice analogy I suppose, but then I have to ask how you feel about Robin Williams when HE toned it down, and which he did quite effectively in many a more serious role?

    (...would you make this same analogy in his case?)


    It took a while, but I finally remembered the source of the quote I wanted to use when talking about Dick Shawn: "What does it matter if it was an illusion? It worked! So don't tell me this is you life-size. I can't use you life-size. I need Alan Swanns as big as I can get them!" My Favorite Year (1982). That's really the only way Dick Shawn, and a lot of other entertainers, work for me: full blast, give it all you got, crank it up to eleven performances. That way, they're great. They just don't do anything in 'easy listening' mode.

    You may want to stop reading now.

    Really, it might be for the best.

    What follows is heresy. 

    Unrepentant sacrilege: 

    I never liked Robin Williams. 

    He always struck me as a Jonathan Winters wannabe without the edge.

    There are five and ten-second clips of him being absolutely brilliant, but he could never sustain it for a full minute. The Birdcage (1996) is his only movie I can stand to watch, and that's mostly because of Nathan Lane. Even the clip you posted seems long for its content, and I can easily imagine Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor, or half a dozen other comedians doing it more effectively.

  2. 9 minutes ago, Dargo said:

    Well, he wasn't always over-the-top ya know, Capuchin. Dick WAS able to tone it down sometimes. 


    True, but I don't want a toned-down version of Dick Shawn. That's like ordering Widower Chili just because you like the color and then mixing in enough crushed oyster crackers so it's safe for your toddler. 

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  3. 1 hour ago, hamradio said:

    This hobby has exploded by leaps and bounds.  Better have a lot of money and SKILL! The jet engines ALONE cost thousands of dollars! 



    Odd bit of serendipity -- just last week I saw where someone had redesigned a BD-5J to use six of those engines (two on each wing, two on the tail) instead of a single large one. It only exists in the computer, and those aren't rated for manflight, and it'd probably cost as much, if not more, than the original design, but it's intriguing that people are still interested in that design.

  4. 9 minutes ago, Dargo said:

    So, what about my other suggestion of Dick Shawn?


    I think Dick Shawn is best in small, intense doses. I loved his character in The Producers (1967), and yes, obviously perfectly gay. I just can't see his frenetic nature carrying an entire movie. Even if he could have pulled it off, I would have been exhausted halfway though.

  5. 4 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

    yes, it is self-indulgent to a fault, but at least the subject merits it somewhat.


    ". . . merits it somewhat." ??????????

    It was an autobiography written and directed by a flamboyant egoist-- self-indulgence was a key element! Every moment had to be over the top, exactly the same way he saw his life. 


     every time there is a set-up for SCHEIDER to have a big, introspective scene where he could do some real acting, leotarded women in bowler hats come out and start waving JAZZ HANDS.

    To be fair, I think there were as many unitards as leotards . . . 

    Having him become introspective might have made a better movie, but it wouldn't have been true to the character. An egoist deflects. "Is there something wrong with me?" is quickly trodden underfoot by "Remember that great thing I created which no one else could ever do?" and we're once again into memories which reinforce what a genius he is.


    Willie from ALF is in this. I don't know how many of you will know what that means, but he is!

    And he's playing much the same character!


    I am at a bit of a loss as to why this film WON the OSCAR for BEST COSTUME DESIGN, I guess few in the academy were familiar with the existence of leotards and dance belts...?

    The costumes were superb throughout. My particular favorite was Ann Reinking's outfit in the "Everything Old Is New Again" scene. Her legs look twice as long as any mortal's could be, and there was precisely the right amount of flair to attract focus without overwhelming the message.

    The final scene is a panache of  great costumes. ;)

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  6. On 9/4/2020 at 12:52 PM, Dargo said:

    Well, if The Birdcage had been done 20 or 25 years earlier, I could easily see either Louis Nye or Dick Shawn in the role of Armand, Lorna.


    I just don't see Louis Nye pulling it off -- he had too much of a straight imitating a gay imitating a straight vibe.

    Dick Van Dyke (no pun intended) would have been perfect. 

  7. 16 hours ago, Rudy's Girl said:

    It seems like nearly everybody in Russia carries a big stick in their car in case of emergencies. 

    I think it's a legal thing -- a bar or pipe under a certain diameter and shorter than a specific length isn't classed as a weapon. It's like how, in the US, a shotgun with an 18 1/2" barrel is a legitimate tool for home protection, but one with a 17 1/2" barrel is an illegal firearm, and simple possession of one can land you in jail for 20 years.

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  8. 14 hours ago, markfp2 said:

    Not necessarily.  ALL THAT JAZZ is one of those films that people will either love or hate without any middle ground.  It helps if you know and appreciate Bob Fosse's work both on stage and on film.   A lot of people compare Fosse to Gene Kelly in that they were both immensely talented dancers who created new styles of dance, but  anyone sitting down and watching  ALL THAT JAZZ   for the first time thinking it's just going to be a standard showbiz musical like the studios use to crank out will be in for a huge shock.  There's some awfully  creative, and some have  even said, "brilliant" things in that film, but it's simply not for everyone's taste.  

    I think part of the problem is a lot of people aren't ready to identify with or root for a lying, philandering, drug addicted, verbally abusive egoist even if he is a genius. Complicating matters is how his brilliance isn't patently obvious -- people credit the dancers for doing spectacular numbers without really understanding, innately, how it's really the choreographer's brainchild.

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  9. 11 minutes ago, Dargo said:

    (...glad to hear you're doin' well...I'm sure your lovely Sans is especially)


    I suppose she will be, when I tell her. She left the day before I went in for the exam which precipitated all this. Communications are typically one or two e-mails a day, so it was easy to forget to mention where I was and what was happening. If I'd told her, she'd have cut things short for no reason, and these little tours are a major part of her income.

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  10. 6 minutes ago, Dargo said:

    But there still has to be some small initial incision done in order to get those tubes inserted into your arteries, right Capuchin?

    (...would that be in your groin area?)

    They're puncture marks, just like you'd see if you got stabbed with a sharp pencil or bitten by a South Dakota mosquito.

    I have two on my right arm, radial artery insertion for, first, an LV cath, and then two inches away for the main event. 

    There are two lower down (femoral arteries), one for an LV cath which went horrible wrong and then one on the other side for the procedure. I don't pretend to know a lot about the process, and you know who is off gallivanting somewhere this week (she probably doesn't know anything about it either, but she knows what to search for and understands the lingo, so she can usually find a lot of info, fast, and dumb it down for me). I think the femoral artery is the only one big enough for the valve to go up. 

    Oddly, when they access the femoral artery to hook up a heart-lung machine during regular surgery, it's inside the leg and as high as they can get. These are full frontal,  about midway between NSFW and the waistline. 

    I don't think you'll ever see this type of procedure in a movie -- it would look cheap and fake,  just tubes running into a pack of gauze while the surgeon twiddles the controls. 

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  11. 3 hours ago, CinemaInternational said:

    The other of course was the open heart surgery scene. 


    Consider it historical preservation. They're doing fewer and fewer of them, and soon they'll be relegated to medical history. (Wasn't Bones in Star Trek appalled at the thought of cutting people open to fix things? Well, we're getting there.)

    I've had several over the years (not that particular procedure, but they had to open me up to darn my aorta and do a valve job). Now, they don't bother. I just came home ('just' as in hours, not days) from having the latest procedure, and there isn't a cut or stitch on me -- it's all done by shoving tubes up your arteries and playing a remote-controlled claw game (grab this from here and move it over there, bring in this new thing and drop it into the hole, etc.). 

    I wish we could get TCM because that'd be the perfect movie right now, but our DVD of it is in storage, and the only service which streams it free injects a lot of ads.

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  12. 6 hours ago, TikiSoo said:

    Many of the greatest plays (made into wonderful movies) were part of the WPA. Same for gorgeous public art mural paintings & sculptures. I live next to a beautiful park with cobblestone stairs, newels & drainage sluices built by out of work masons during the Depression. 

    With so many out of work, seems like a good idea to get people employed. 

    A dangerously decrepit old building sat on a piece of prime real estate (a "carpet the area with $100 bills, and the land is worth more than the money" situation). Owners were desperate for years to tear it down, but two walls of the lobby had murals painted at that time. 

    I was handed the job of guarding a company's interest in the performance/liability of the firm which coordinated the work (and listened to diatribes from every side) of the engineers who figured out how to keep those walls intact, the demolition company which tore down the rest of the building, the security company responsible for seeing no one came in and cut out sections of the murals (wherever there's art, there are thieves and collectors willing to pay big for unique pieces), an architectural/engineering firm and general contractor to build a standalone room safely incorporating the walls, said room then to be incorporated into the new building, and every city agency, art committee, heritage group, and nutjob on the Eastern Seaboard who wanted credit for saving the works (seriously, more than one wanted their name on a plaque in the room attesting to their efforts).

    Fortunately, I was able to duck out of having my contract renewed for a third year, so I don't know how it all ended. 

    I saw pictures of the murals. Meh. As someone is wont to say, "not to my taste." On the other hand (you have different fingers . . . ahem) -- it was actual art, it was important to real people (not just art historians), and all it took was money to save them, so why not? 

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  13. 20 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

    Seriously though, Topics this thread has brushed upon just off the top of my head: 

    Quarantine hair, Mel Gibson, sexual assault on screen, Perry King, children eating dog food, TITANIC, SEINFELD, SOAPDISH, DOOL’s XANDER, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, Iggy Pop’s uncanny resemblance of Jennifer Aniston, Films that should not be, RAMBLING ROSE, Bette Midler’s 1991 Oscar gown and some other stuff I can’t remember right now.

    You make it sound like it's a bad thing.

  14. 2 hours ago, laffite said:

    Just to add. Was your ChickLit remark influenced by my avatar. The avatar is obviously a woman but I am not. Perhaps that didn't have anything to do with it. Just curious. Thanks.

    Your avatar had no bearing at all. The thing is, I'm guilty of a little favoritism. Okay, maybe it borders on prejudice. Alright, alright, I'm an absolute bigot when it comes to literature. If a book masquerades as an historical novel, but it's intent is only to tug a few heartstrings, that, to me, is ChickLit. Now, I don't say there's anything inherently wrong with such works. People buy them to be entertained, and if story accomplishes that goal, then more power to them. On the other hand, much the same can be said about Hakarl (bury a shark in sand until fairly rotted, cut it into strips and leave them laying around a couple of months) -- some people claim it's a great delicacy and pay high prices for particularly pungent examples. Fine. If that's your flex, go for it. Just don't expect any admiration of it from me.

    Edit to clarify: When I say 'tug a few heartstrings,' I'm not talking about the love story. I mean how the reader is supposed to be deeply affected by the setting and the adventurous spirit of the people. 

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  15. 6 hours ago, Dargo said:


    Hey, this reminds me here, and speaking of "wit, wisdom and knowledge"(and although I don't know how "good lookin'" HE is...LOL) has anyone heard from our friend Lawrence for awhile? Don't think I've run across any postings from him around here for quite some time.

    (...now THERE'S a guy I always thought when it came to "wit, wisdom and knowledge", I couldn't hold a candle to)

    If you check the early May posts in the cesspool (Off-Topic), you'll see the insults he's been suffering lately from the TDS crowd. He changed his avatar the other day, so he's probably fine, just not eager to participate.

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  16. 46 minutes ago, SansFin said:

    This is finally a seemingly-legitimate reason for me to post my favorite song about shore leave. 

    Before anyone asks (not that you would, you're all too polite), yes, she does have a favorite song about shore leave. And a favorite about a storm far out at sea, and a favorite about pulling up to a dock, and a favorite about seeing an island on the horizon. All this, and she can't stand to be on a boat! I doubt she knows a single song which could be sung in polite company. She should stick to movies.


    She probably also has a favorite song about going into the woods at night and teaching the wolves how to say her name, but I'm afraid to ask. 

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  17. Canada 
    79,101 confirmed cases w/ 36.38 per thousand tested
    5,912 confirmed deaths
    7.47% died
    156.64 deaths per million population

    United Kingdom 
    248,818 confirmed case w/ 29.41 per thousand tested
    35,341 confirmed deaths
    14.20% died
    520.59 deaths per million population

    176,007 confirmed cases w/ 37.57 per thousand tested
    8,090 confirmed deaths
    4.60% died
    96.56 deaths per million population

    1,530,000 confirmed cases w/ 36.96 per thousand tested
    91,921 confirmed deaths
    6.00% died
    277.70 deaths per million population


    Only Germany has better numbers than the US, and that's because their swift, draconian lockdowns prevented a flood of cases before their hospitals had time to prepare.

    You're 24.5% more likely to die from COVID-19 under Canada's system, and 236% more likely to die from COVID-19 under the UK's.

    42.03% of all COVID-19 deaths in the US have occurred in just two Blue States!

    It seems, according to the facts, a person would be better off moving to a Red State rather than abroad!

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