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Posts posted by Sgt_Markoff

  1. Question: have you ever arranged 'essentials' by star? Such as 'Essential Tony Curtis' or 'Essential Cary Grant'.

    Also wondering: which star had the hottest string of successes in say, a single three-year period? Or a single five-year period? Curtis for example, (beginning with 'Sweet Smell' and lasting to 'Petticoat' had an amazing run of hits.

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  2. It seems as if lots of sound information which is better presented in printed form, was 'lost' in the adaptation to visual entertainment. I wish I could say this was atypical but as we all know it happens far too often. Dense academic topics simply fare awkwardly on a televised medium. To tell a visual story, nuances and complexities are effaced away for the sake of continuity and coherence over the screen. Television is absolutely not a platform to which we can ever consign our intellectual life. It is frankly disturbing how many allowances we make for it, simply for the sake of convenience.

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  3. Eh. My dumb gizmo has a calculator on it, and an alarm clock. What else. Oh yeah international time zone calculator too. All this other stuff I hear people do with their smart toys, I'm sure I don't know why its so fascinating. I love printed books, I'm an omnivorous reader. I'm happy as long as I have a book in muh pocket! ^_^

    Anyway we're all tangled up here now. To regroup: I do have windows which face the water. I see the ferry all the time. Its neat. But I can't take a picture though--don't own a camera.

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  4. Ha. Glad to chat with any music fan about these issued. No harm. To address your point here remember first that it was GGGerald who came up with that rickety-sounding notion anyway; (namely that these guys were branching out). I simply countered it. But to measure --as you seem to want to do here--what Collins and Stewart did, as compared to rock pioneers? Doesn't gel very well either, as far as I can tell. For rock to grow so diverse in the first place yes, artists spread their wings and ventured into new territory. But Collins and Stewart went backward; they stepped down from making challenging or innovative music --and they knew it. Collins started doing sugary 1950s stuff, remember? 'You Cant Hurry Love'. And Stewart (after disco) just became a sorta Barry Manilow. That's playing it safe. Who knows why? Maybe they were just worn out, maybe they got scared of drugs and partying. Still, sad though.

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  5. I confess I don't know much about 'Kiss Me, Kate' but I did catch a couple scenes and found them both hilarious.

    • The two hoods (Keenan Wynne and James Whitmore) wrangling with Howard Kiel about money
    • Kiel manipulates the hoods into seizing Kathryn Grayson as a hostage --physically hauling her away--she cries for Kiel to do something --and he leans up against the door jamb, rolling his eyes and murmuring softly:  "Gentlemen...this ...is an outrage." And the two hoods grin at his wit. I still find this part laugh-out-loud funny.
  6. d'ye mean ...oh! 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'? oy, so many hipster films ...which turn out to be tee-hee for simpletons.

    (for some reason I have the impression that this one's 'bout a traveling dentist in Scotland who rides from town to town on a motorcycle)

    anyway naw honestly never heard of this other dude; and what's more (that graphic!) I detest 'Simpsons' and have avoided it as long as its been on.

  7. That's why things are so convoluted and fouled-up these days; this mixture of virtual world and real world all jumbled up together. Its hard to state anything definitively anymore. In a small town, if you stand out in the town plaza by the old Confederate statue and your friends and neighbors come to 'stand behind you' (physically) and they have bats and golf clubs with them, that's one way of feeling 'backed up'. Is it the same thing as getting 2,000 'likes' on Facebook? Does it feel the same?

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  8. It's still a really abstruse circumstance with a lot of "if" statements embedded. But in general (for the sake of brevity) I would say that no...I can't label what anyone feels as 'wrong'. It might seem unusual or interesting as the case may be. But not 'wrong'. If they feel it, it's valid for them. Feeling is feeling. I can't say someone's emotion is illegal, or sinful, or disgusting. Like, who is really to blame? Emotions are primeval in humans; we're not responsible for possessing them (they go all the way back to our days as tiny little rodents scurrying around under the feet of Saurians). Anyway, we're more responsible for how our emotions direct us to act. We don't just do anything our moods tell us to do.

    A concrete example would be: calling someone a coward because they hesitated to walk across a log over a river. Are they really a lifelong 'coward'? Or did they just get spooked one time?

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  9. I don't quite grasp your question here Det. Jim McLeod. These concepts have thousands of incarnations when put in the form of daily interactions between people. Can you maybe keep your question to me at 'one scale' without mixing it in with a really granular, street-scale anecdote like this? I mean, I can't draw any assumptions based on a 'singular' incident like that. An example of what I mean is, what if your question was rephrased: 'do Americans still value individualism?'

    There are definitely psychological and social instincts in people which make them conform to others around them, whether or not they wish to conform or not. As animal, we are engineered to fit in with others; in a myriad of ways. Of course, we're all still individuals in many ways too; but the distinction can be lost very quickly depending on perception.

    Maybe what you're asking is 'do we always wish to be perceived as an individual'? Addressing that, well of course there is no one answer. In some circumstances it might make a person feel proud or strong to stand out. In others, it might make them feel very vulnerable, weak, and exposed.

  10. 'Still' a current topic? 'Individual' versus 'mob' is the #1 topic in this country lately, I would say.

    Anyway I agree with Swift but I don't perceive that here, that he is referring to 'mobs' as such, he is more so just talking about 'class' versus the 'instance'. The 'specie' vs the 'specimen'.

    Even today we say things like, "Oh, I hate Australians...I've been known to like individual Australians but I hate Australians in general". But Australians aren't a mob, they're a nation. Swift is just griping about macro-level generic groups of any kind. Frankly, I don't blame him. People (in general) still suck as much as they ever did.

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  11. This thread reminds me of that one created by TopBill'd months ago where the question was 'career woman characters ...were they unfeminine'?

    Question: in any such male dominated industry as Hollywood was at the time (and still is) ought we really have held male movie-makers in disgrace for not being imaginative enough [or probably even willing enough] to create such characters? Realistically speaking, do enclosed fraternal organizations ever think that way on their own?

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  12. Ha. How many ~democratic~ dictators down through history, can you name? When you got a dictator problem ...thank a conservative!

    Follow-up questions: how many beloved Republican leaders have ever been gunned down by crazed democratic assassins wielding sniper rifles? How many elections ever had to be stolen or rigged ...by unscrupulous democrats?

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  13. Well said, midwestan. Indeed it can be difficult to keep 'consistent' in the way we apprehend celebrities, their lifestyles, and the corresponding 'performances' they give us. It probably feels incoherent for them as well. Maybe its too rigid for anyone to be stringent about.

    Naturally I'm sure we'd all like to be as forgiving as possible. Like I said above, I attended a Phil Collins concert well after his conversion to pop music. If I happened to find myself seated next to him on a jet, I certainly wouldn't harangue or haze him for his career choice. I might tease him just a little, yes. But his early career in one of the greatest rock bands in history, that sure cuts a lot of ice with me.

    Whew. Can we go back to talking about whether its too effeminate for a character to consume tea in a film??

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  14. TopBilled sez:


    slumming by doing television

    Well stated, TB. Your post above about Jimmy Stewart.

    Another example (from the casebook of Sgt Markoff, stringent demon for high standards) might be a guy like Michael Caine. We know Caine made things like 'Beyond the Poseidon Adventure', 'The Swarm', 'The Island', 'Jaws Revenge' etc. He hasn't hid the fact that he did these purely for the paycheck.

    Are these howlers enough to make me dislike Michael Caine? Blame him? No, but I certainly have to turn a blind eye to these episodes in his career. They're not projects of his I'd like to dwell on or mull over at length. (Thank heavens I'm not a professional movie reviewer where one is forced to view such dross. Big downside of such a profession).

    Perhaps the better way to look at it is to generously acknowledge that we aren't in the shoes of these actors (Stewart, Caine) when they make their career decisions. Caine has said he wants to leave his children very comfortably well off. I can't argue with that. Stewart may have taken some 'easy' roles. He might have been tired, sick, fed up. Still, I have to let this pass and not allow it to shake my faith in him. Actors are also businessmen; and also fallible human beings like everyone else.

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  15. I've said before that I typically have no problem separating an artist from his 'personal politics', his 'crimes', etc. The only star 'unsavoriness' I've balked at so far is the creepiness of Raymond Burr who allegedly indulged in male rape. Involuntary reaction on my part. I just don't want to look at the guy's face anymore, (or seek out those movies of his which I haven't already seen yet) after hearing that about him. Sure, I'll continue to enjoy films of his which I've already enjoyed, but that's it. It would not be fun to view a fresh scene of his where he might play opposite some young male actor and wonder 'what he was thinking'. Ugh. :blink:



    But, apparently there is an unwritten rule that he can only sing Maggie Mae and Blues tunes all his life.

    Its the rule of good taste I suppose. Since rock music encompasses so many other formats (gospel, country, blues, jazz, folk, r&b, motown, and even orchestral or opera) its not really demanding too harshly that a rock musician to stay 'constrained' to this, the most diverse and mature form of popular music ever invented. Yea, instead of copping out  --cheapening himself to commercialism; piddling around with infantile notes and simplistic tones better designed for crib monitors.

    Jeepers. Since when has this basic criteria for art (artists' self-respect) become passe' or 'dated'? I wouldn't want to be in your shoes if that's how you look at authors, painters, etc. When is it ever right to shed standards? :o

    'Sellouts' always deserve scorn and shame, that's never going to change. If its too much rigor for you to employ in your own personal audience-ship, fine. But then I guess that may be why we have 'Captain Marvel' in movie theaters lately; (if droves of people feel as you do, across the board). Audiences get what they deserve. To my way of thinking, If you don't hold artists to certain standards of skill, professionalism and talent, then water will simply seek the lowest level. :(


    rock has declined to simply a niche genre.

    That's not the fault of rock, which can always be as rich as it ever was. The trend you highlight here, speaks volumes ...but only about the shi*tty, declining caliber of audiences. Corrupted palates.

    The 'unwritten rule' you're decrying above, is found not just in rock music, but in any robust art-form. If there weren't such inherent guidelines for quality, then symphony orchestras might deploy plastic kazoos ...skateboards would feature blinking neon lights ...and Jeff Bridges might be found playing Rooster Cogburn in a remake of 'True Grit'.

    Pick your poison and drink hearty, as for me I'll stick with verifiable measures of talent! No gold stars issued for anyone lip-syncing. No babying anyone with million-dollar paychecks when they use computers for harmony. ;)

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