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 on: Yesterday at 06:38:57 PM 
Started by Cockney Rebel - Last post by Dan
I don't know the answers either. My theories are
1) For "The Coldest City" they made it colder on purpose for the experience. And it worked!
2) It has to do with traditional movie going experiences. In the golden age of film - the 1920s - air conditioning was still a novelty but for whatever reason the successful theaters had adopted it and were using it as a marketing element. "Get out of the heat by watching our movie." And as those theaters were successful, they continued to do it...forever. These days it's still get out of the heat, but in the winter the temperatures stay the same....although you notice it less because you're already wearing a sweater and warm clothing.

I dunno. Just a theory.

Favorite movie of the year for me? So far... but that's of the films I've seen, and that meet my taste. Certainly not the best movie for the general public. I'd definitely recommend it over Dunkirk, Fate of the Furious, John Wick 2, Valerian, or Guardians of the Galaxy 2. It's maybe tied with or just barely ahead of Baby Driver although I think that film lost something in the 2nd act. As far as soundtracks...those two are tied.

 on: Yesterday at 12:42:20 AM 
Started by Cockney Rebel - Last post by euro60
Dan, glad you liked/loved Atomic Blonde. But surely not the "best" movie of the year? Maybe the soundtrack is!

I love your comment about the theater being so cold. It is a sore point for me. I honestly cannot understand why movie theaters are so hell-bent on freezing the audience. It happens everywhere, or certainly here also in Cincy. I don't dare go to a movie without an extra sweater. I see people around me putting a sweater on. WHY is this happening? I regularly complain to the theater manager about the theater being too cold. Rarely is anything done about it. My guess is that they are thinking "it's 90 degrees outside, let's make sure people are comfortable and hence let's put the temp gauge at 65", but that just doesn't make any sense!

The same is true for many restaurants and bars, sadly. I just don't get it.

 on: August 15, 2017, 05:59:14 PM 
Started by Cockney Rebel - Last post by Dan
Movies seen in 2017 (new movies in bold):
1. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
2. Assassin's Creed

3. Die Another Day
4. X-Men: Apocalypse
5. Star Trek Beyond
6. Hidden Figures

7. We Bought A Zoo
8. The American President
9. The 'Burbs
10. Suicide Squad
11. Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children
12. Ella Enchanted
13. Hell Or High Water

14. Airplane!
15. Pete's Dragon
16. The Nice Guys

17. M*A*S*H
18. Money Monster
19. Race
20. Logan
21. Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman
22. The Running Man

23. Major League
24. Spring Breakers
25. The Fate of the Furious
26. Jason Bourne

27. The Last Witch Hunter
28. Tombstone
29. Weiner
30. The Karate Kid (1984)
31. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
32. Kedi
33. The Accountant
34. Underworld: Blood Wars
35. XXX: The Return of Xander Cage
36. Big Trouble in Little China

37. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
38. Wonder Woman
39. Passengers
40. Kubo and the Two Strings
41. The Last Dragonslayer
42. Live By Night
43. The Free State of Jones
44. Baby Driver
45. John Wick: Chapter 2
46. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

47. How To Train Your Dragon
48. Sing Street
49. The Prestige
50. Dunkirk
51. Moana

52. Overboard
53. School of Rock
54. Atomic Blonde

Overboard: film from my childhood and cute. Quite far-fetched, but then so is every Fast and Furious movie so who am I to criticize?

School of Rock: realizing more and more that this is pretty much a kids movie, but Jack Black's characters' pure love of Rock and Roll is pretty awesome.

Atomic Blonde: Wow! Really really good! Maybe my favorite movie of the year. A bit confusing but still great. All of the scenes in November in Berlin made me feel really cold, and considering it's based off of a comic called "The Coldest City" I give them considerable credit. Also, the theater was like 60 degrees inside and I was shivering the whole time...in August. So it was almost a four-dimensional experience! Regardless, I loved the movie. The soundtrack was phenomenal, the characters were interesting, the sets and shots and cinematography were fantastic. Just great. Highly recommended.

 on: August 15, 2017, 01:35:55 PM 
Started by trixi - Last post by MissKitty

1. Mitas - Downtown Cincinnati
2. The Greyhound Inn - Corfe Castle, Dorset, England
3. Moore Spice Indian Restaurant - Wembley, London, England
4. Saffron Indian Cuisine - Eastleigh, Hampshire, England
5. Coffee#1 - Eastleigh, Hampshire, England
6. The Home Tavern - Eastleigh, Hampshire, England
7. Bauer - Downtown Cincinnati
8. Epicurean Mercantile Co. - OTR, Cincinnati
9. Railstop Gastropub - Alexandria, VA
10. TJ Stones - Alexandria, VA
11. Extra Perks Cafe - Alexandria, VA
12. Daniel O'Connell's Irish Restaurant and Bar - Alexandria, VA
13. Asian Bistro - Alexandria, VA
14. Don Taco Tequila Bar - Alexandria, VA
15. Dolci Gelati - Alexandria, VA
16. Pavilion Cafe - Washington DC
17. Terrace Cafe - Washington DC
18. Tony Cheng - Chinatown, Washington DC
19. Butcher & Barrel - Downtown Cincinnati
20. The Bay Horse Cafe - Downtown Cincinnati

21. Spoon & Cellar - Downtown Cincinnati

Tucked away on Broadway right by the I-71 ramp at Seventh St., this restaurant was a pleasant surprise. Yeah, it's a hotel restaurant, but then so is Orchids. And Metropole. Not that I'm equating S&C with either of those, but it's much swankier than you'd think, given it's inside the Holiday Inn.

The menu isn't huge, but it's got a nice selection of meat and seafood dishes, as well as vegetarian and even a vegan option. Their wine list was quite impressive, too.

We were surprised that they offer happy hour seven days per week, and based on our experience we will certainly hit it up again for cheap drinks. During HH, their house wines and craft pints are $5 per glass (and the wines are generous pours).

I got an apple and goat cheese salad as my main with a glass of Clean Slate Riesling. CR chose the cod sandwich with shoestring fries. It was a very big, flaky and flavorful piece of fish, according to him.

The restaurant is well appointed and tasteful, even if the view isn't much (hello, highway ramp). The bar is massive and very well stocked. Service was friendly, personable and on the mark.

We were prepared for a "meh" experience (based solely on the fact that whenever we've been by it's been nearly empty) but wow, we were so wrong. Very nice indeedy.

 on: August 14, 2017, 07:34:52 AM 
Started by Cockney Rebel - Last post by Butter
1. The Lobster - 6
2. Manchester by the Sea - 9
3. St. Vincent - 7
4. American Ultra - 6
5. It Follows - 6
6. The Neon Demon - 6
7. The Founder - 6
8. Bad Moms - 7
9. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House - 3
10. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills - 5
11. The Wolfpack - 5
12. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of The National Lampoon - 8
13. Split - 6
14. Brother's Keeper - 9
15. National Lampoon's Animal House
16. Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me - 9
17. Sun Choke - 8
18. Holy Hell - 7
19. 10 Cloverfield Lane - 7
20. 13th - 8
21. "Manos": The Hands of Fate - MST3K on Netflix
22. Beauty and the Beast (2017) - 5
23. Tower - 8
24. The Discovery - 3
25. The Seven Five - 8
26. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - 7
27. Oklahoma City - 7
28. Night Will Fall - n/a
29. Spotlight - 6
30. GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling - 7
31. Christine (2016) - 9
32. The Cutting Edge - 4
33. Mindhorn - 8
34. Wonder Woman - 7
35. Moonlight - 9
36. 47 Meters Down - 5
37. Moana - 8
38. Get Out - 9
39. The House - 3
40. Mommy Dead and Dearest - 9
41. Baby Driver - 8
42. Necessary Roughness
43. Spiderman: Homecoming - 7
44. Dunkirk - 8
45. Beware the Slenderman - 6
46. Hail, Caesar! - 6
47. Broadcast News

48. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - 7

Solid.  Entertaining.  Even if I could only understand about half of what Eddie Redmayne says because of his extreme affect. 

49. There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane - 8

Doc about a woman who one day drives the wrong way down a New York state turnpike with 5 kids in the car, and kills herself, 4 of the children, and 3 guys in another car.  She was by all accounts typically responsible and clear-headed.  She was also found to have a BAC of .19 and have a similarly intoxicating amount of marijuana in her system at the time.  So what the hell happened?  The questions aren't REALLY answered, but if you believe in Occam's Razor they are answered well enough.  The background given to Diane, her life and relationships really helps the documentary.  What hurts it is that every single interview subject is filmed in EXTREME closeup.  I felt like I could've counted her husband's nose hairs by the end of it.

 on: August 13, 2017, 02:24:22 PM 
Started by rva - Last post by Zafer Kaya
Yep.  You nailed it.  That's actually the secret to vegetable gardening that for whatever reason, people don't want to admit.  It isn't about the vegetables. It's the process. 

I just totally kicked ass today.  I bought this garden cart, so I got up today with my tool set.  Assembled it in about an hour.  Then I dug a bed.  The ground was as perfect as I have ever dug, and I have dug a lot.  We had a nice, on and off light rain for two days.  So my edging shovel was just slicing through the grass like a knife through better.  It was coming up in these beautiful crumbly chunks.  You could just grab a big chunk without it falling apart, but slam it in the ground, and the soil was just crumble away.  Toss the grass and roots left in your hand.

The one thing I am really good at is digging beds.  I was in the zone, instantly seeing exactly how much ground I could take up in the next shovel.  I dug out about a 6x10 area in maybe an hour or so.  Then got the turning fork, turned it over.  Got the hie, smoothed it out.

Then I went to the hardware store and in two trips bought like 20 bags of mulch, 10 bags of leaf gro, and a bunch of lumber and stuff.

Came back, threw down the leaf gro, turned it over and smoothed it out again.  Then I laid down the mulch,  and I got to wheel the garden cart back and forth doing all this.

Then I broke out the saw, cut up the lumber, got the tools out and built a 4x6 bed.  Went back to the hardware store, loaded up on  vermiculite, peat moss and compost.  Threw that in, raked it out.  Perfect.

I wanted to dig another bed, but I knew my back would hurt if I pushed it.  So I stopped, but it was still not bad because I know I have another three beds at least look forward to.

But here's the thing with perennials.  Once I plant those beds, it's over.  I will never use the garden cart or the edging shovel or fork, etc again.  In fact that fork was brand new and had been sitting in the basement if my last house for like ten years.

I will still have to mulch, but I won't ever get to just lay down big heaping mounds and rake it all smooth and fluffy.  I'll just do little handfuls at a time.  In 2-3 years maybe the plants can be divided, but that is not fun.  It actually makes your garden look worse for a bit.  And you don't get to eat the plants, you just throw them away.

So yeah, if you vegetable garden, you get to start new and plant all the time.  You are always growing, instead of just tending to what has grown. 

 on: August 13, 2017, 09:56:05 AM 
Started by Drjohnrock - Last post by notoriouspbake
1. 4/6/17 king gizzard and the lizard wizard @ magic stick detroit
2. 4/14 great lake swimmers @ the ark ann arbor
3. 4/22 moon duo/jessica lynn @ el club detroit !
4. 6/2 sigur ros @ masonic temple detroit
5. 6/7 Wilco @ meadow brook amphitheater, rochester hills, mi
6. 6/10 Cowboy Junkies @ the ark, ann arbor

7. 8/11 MEW w/ monikr @ magic stick, detroit

the boys from denmark rocked the place! great show, plenty from the new release "visuals" with some older material sprinkler in the set list.

 on: August 13, 2017, 01:02:23 AM 
Started by Drjohnrock - Last post by Drjohnrock
1.   1/15/2017--Muuy Biien/Leggy--MOTR Pub, Cincinnati, Ohio
2.  2/26/2017--Jason Ringenberg--Southgate House Revival (Revival Room), Newport, Kentucky
3.  3/24/2017--Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express/Chuck Cleaver--Southgate House Revival, Newport, Kentucky
4.  4/13/2017--Jonathan Richman--Southgate House Revival (Revival Room), Newport, Kentucky
5.  4/13/2017--William Matheny & Strange Constellations--Southgate House Revival (Lounge), Newport, Kentucky
6.  6/8/2017--The Joy Formidable/Cusses--Woodward Theater, Cincinnati, Ohio

7.  8/21/2017--Chastity Belt/Joseph--Roebling Point Entertainment District, Covington, Kentucly

The "Roebling Point Entertainment District" consists of Court Street in Covington, blocked off between 3rd and Park--talk about hype.  This summer, this new "venue" is presenting "River City Jam", a weekly series of concerts featuring local opening acts and national headliners, free to attendees. The somewhat sparse attendance shows they have a way to go in order to compete with the similar summer concerts across the river on Fountain Square.

In any event, it was a great evening for an outdoor show.  Not hot, little humidity.  Cincinnati's Joseph has a lead singer who sounds like Marty Balin on helium, and their most memorable tune (at least that I heard--I showed up after they started) featured a riff stolen from Link Wray's Rumble.  Whatever.

The promoter REALLY wanted Chastity Belt--they did a show last night in Portland (Oregon, not Maine), and were up all night catching planes to get to this gig.  They sounded good. My only wish is that they would play some more fast tunes in addition to their admittedly beguiling mid-tempo numbers.  Hopefully they'll came back to our area and play a gig as part of a tour that doesn't require a frantic cross country trip.

 on: August 12, 2017, 12:36:15 AM 
Started by rva - Last post by daytime drinking
you are most likely right zafer, but i would think that would pertain more to people such as ourselves in urban environments.  even though some people find every aspect of gardening therapeutic.  weeding has been enjoyable for me when we had a couple plots at various community gardens.  i had room to stretch out and really get my ass in the ground.  fucking chiggers man.  i'm not really great or astute at any aspect of gardening, but it's worth it just to be able to walk outside and pick a green pepper.  the worst that happens is you'll tell em you'll get em next year and halfway believe it because you're putting the garden down with a purpose.  i love putting the garden down.  that shit's fun.  the biggest takeaway with a vegetable garden is that you get to spend time outside and put in some work 

 on: August 11, 2017, 04:07:52 PM 
Started by Cockney Rebel - Last post by Dan
It was really well done. It was beautiful. It was...not exactly relate-able in the literal sense but relate-able in the figurative sense. Plus magic. And who doesn't want the Ocean to save you every time you fall into it? Plus it also reminded me of being in Hawaii, so that's pretty cool too. And apparently the science/history of it is fairly accurate. And they hired Alan Tudyk to basically do nothing but chicken noises, which is hilarious.

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