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 on: Today at 08:01:14 AM 
Started by Ella Minnow Pea - Last post by Markalot
Does anyone really question if Trump is a racist?  While the racist angle makes the best news, the real offense is telling American Citizens to go home, 3 of which were born HERE.  We know all this about him though, there's nothing new to report.  If I was in charge of PR for congress I would be telling them to calmly deadpan the same question whenever the camera is pointing at them.

Why is Trump asking Americans to go back home?  Dude makes no sense, sounds crazy. 

You know how I feel about robust immigration, and Trump is positively anti-American in his sentiment about people that don't look like him going home.  Yea, it's racism, but yet it's also so much more, and so much wrong. 

 on: Yesterday at 10:59:34 PM 
Started by euro60 - Last post by euro60
Final stadium designs released today, and frankly, they look f*cking awesome.


 on: Yesterday at 10:56:57 PM 
Started by MissKitty - Last post by euro60
Thanks for that interesting review, MK. I will check out "Closer You Are" at the library.

 on: Yesterday at 10:55:02 PM 
Started by Ella Minnow Pea - Last post by euro60
Great points, ZK.

Bottom line: qll will be revealed in 16 months from now. What does this country really stand for? I may be optimistic or naive, but I think there will he a huge rebuke, with not only a Dem president, but also the Dems taking over the Senate (as the lay of the Senate elections are MUCH different in the Senate races than they were in 2018).

 on: Yesterday at 10:47:25 PM 
Started by Poncho - Last post by euro60
the season finished recently and ended up in detroit! was cool to see places i've been all around town.
I don't know Detroit obviously, but it was a great finish to a great season. I love that show, and hope it will go on for many more seasons!

 on: Yesterday at 03:44:18 PM 
Started by MissKitty - Last post by MissKitty
1. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne
2. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
4. Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
5. The Road to Unfreedom - Timothy Snyder
6. Closer You Are: The Story of Robert Pollard and Guided by Voices - Matthew Cutter

I really enjoyed the first half of this book about Guided by Voices ringleader Bob Pollard but the last half became little more than "toured, wrote more songs, drank, wrote more songs, drank, wrote more songs, recorded, drank, toured, drank, wrote more songs etc." The first half of the book was a solid A+, with glimpses of the teenage Bob obsessively creating artwork for hundreds of fictional bands, recording stuff on a portable tape recorder and simultaneously being a Northridge jock all-star in football, basketball and baseball. Bob also does a lot of shit-talking about Dayton, but loves the place too much to leave.

Part of what made it very interesting for me, personally, is that I know the places and a fair amount of the Daytonians mentioned in the book. A few I worked with at the record store, some are old college friends, some are scensters I used to run into at shows, parties and the like. I mean, Dayton is a fairly small city and the music scene back in the 1980s was pretty tight, regardless of what Bob says. But hey, it's a book about him, and he can say whatever he wants. The author, clearly a fan, doesn't delve too deeply into fact-checking.

Unless it's about the shows. The minutiae about set lists and what band members wore on stage fills the second half of the book. It was like Pollard gave the author access to a Pollardized version of his early years, but slammed the door shut on the latter half and the author had to fill it with set lists and snippets of published album reviews for each release (and we all know Pollard puts out releases as often as a chain smoker puts out a cigarette). And interestingly, either very few of the current or former band members granted the author interviews, or Uncle Bob forbade the author from talking to others to get their takes on events mentioned in the book.

It's like the closer you are, the vaguer it gets.

 on: Yesterday at 03:40:29 PM 
Started by Ella Minnow Pea - Last post by Zafer Kaya
So see now you have this interesting question.

Trump said some blatantly racist shit, and of course rather than apologize he doubled down. There's no other way to interpret it.  I'm definitely not a fan of AOC, Tlaib, Pressley, or Ilhan but that's kind of the point.  They're controversial figures who you can harsh on-- particularly if you're conservative-- for any number of things other than questioning their heritage.  And 100% Trump doesn't say this to a white guy of European descent.

His followers love it precisely because it was racist.  The GOP as usual tries to act like it was no big deal.  I mean, it's just a tweet.

Should the rest of us just move on?  After all, it's not unconstitutional to be racist.  There's no policy implications to what he said. 

If you think Trump is just a jackass who unfortunately happens to be President, probably you move on.  But if like me, you think Trump is merely a figurehead for a larger cultural war I think you have to keep talking about this.  It's an open declaration that 40% of the country defines America as "white."  I find that way more significant and chilling than Trump being a jackass.

 on: Yesterday at 01:11:04 PM 
Started by whigsgeek - Last post by notoriouspbake
on pbs, the series "american experience" has a 3 part series, chasing the moon. it's an excellent documentary on the space race. if you have any interest in the moon program (liftoff 50 years ago today!) it's well worth your time.

 on: Yesterday at 01:09:00 PM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by notoriouspbake
a new year!
i have also been mining the movie thread for ideas. thanks to all of you!

1. mowgli - netflix; it was ok, found it difficult to get into it, probably because i grew up on the disney animated version. this is nothing like disney at all.
2. cargo - netflix; aussie zombie movie with martin freeman as the father trying to survive the "ghosts". interesting take on the zombie genre.
3. jurassic park - hbo; the dino's are still great. the plot holes get worse with age.
4. jurassic park 2 - hbo; recorded a bunch of movies during a free weekend. this was one of them. not sure why i watched it again.
5. jurassic park 3 - hbo; not a bad watch on a crappy, cold, and rainy morning.
6. thor: ragnarok - netflix; i liked the extra campiness and humor interjected through the story. goldblum was really good as the crazy leader. filled in some holes i had in the MCU. enjoyed.
7. the breadwinner - netflix; animated, about a young girl living in taliban controlled afghanistan. interesting, and clearly showed the taliban to be evil. enjoyed.
8. how to train your dragon 3 - the lyon; cute finish for the dragon world and the town of berk. enjoyed.
9. how to train your dragon 3 - mjr, waterford, mi; repeat viewing with a friend and her child. still enjoyed it. was able to focus on the animation and the background. they did a really good job.
10. stardust - netflix; adaptation of the Gaiman book. watched it back in 2007. didn't remember much about it. good fun. an uplifting fairy tale full of bad witches, revenge minded princes, and our noble common man with a star. happy ending. enjoyed.
11. pan's labyrinth - netflix; such a good movie. if you haven't seen it, watch it.
12. Hellboy - Netflix; rewatching the previous hellboy's for the upcoming release of the newest one. still good fun.
13. infinity war - netflix; rewatch to gear up for the new release. the military strategy of wakanda still bothers me.
14. inglorious bastards - dvr; didn't like it as much as i did first time. seemed to plod along.
15. MST3000 mac and me - netflix; part of the "gauntlet" of 6 bad movies. the riffing was awesome.
16. endgame - imagine, Hartland, MI; entertaining, seemed a bit slow at times but ultimately satisfying. i'll stop, so no spoilers.
17. breakfast club - redford theater, detroit MI; what a grand old theater, lovingly restored and maintained by a non-profit, with a real organ! and organ music before the movie and during the intermission. popcorn with real butter! breakfast club aged fairly well, it seems every john hughes film has a few cringe worthy scenes/exchanges. was a good time. i'll head back and catch a movie there again.
18. young frankenstein - starz (i think); one of the classics holds up well. although, i do wonder if this movie could be made today. no way blazing saddles would.
19. kill bill vol 1
20 kill bill vol 2 i liked these upon rewatching them. definite two different movies, with a kung fu for 1 and western feel for 2.
21. solo - enjoyed it again. still didn't like how they had to homage to every origin story for han in one week of time.
22. the last jedi - advanced civilizations with the dumbest military strategy. sheesh.
23. tremors a cold day in hell - if you like the series and have time to kill, it's entertaining. don't expect great things, but there's some good gore and humor.
24. i am mother, netflix - a good tension filled sci-fly flick. both actresses did a great job. it took me most of the first act to really get engrossed, but i found it rewarding. as stated earlier by butter, the third act does get going. the ending does take some thinking to figure out, at least for me.
25. ralph breaks the internet, netflix - cute, funny animated. exactly what one expects out of a disney flick these days.
26. deadpool 2 - still like this! it's irreverent, and appeals to the 13 yr old inside of me.
27. rim of the world, netflix - coming of age story involving summer camp and an alien attack. homages to jurassic park, independence day, and, well, about every other alien movie. typical summer popcorn action YA flick.
28. bright, netflix - what if the lord of the rings was real and all of the races were in contemporary times LA? with an orc breaking the race barrier on the lapd? and magic? a dark crime story with elves, orcs, and magic wands. enjoyed.
29. indiana jones and the raiders of the lost ark; been a long time since i watched this. memories of junior high.

been watching movies while recuperating from a medical procedure:
30. indiana jones and temple of doom, netflix - wow. this was just bad. the female ornament who was just there to scream. forgot how bad this was.
31. i.j. and the last crusade, netflix - fun to rewatch. this one holds up fairly well.
32. i.j. and the crystal skull, netflix - nuke the fridge; 'nuff said.
33. jurassic park the lost kingdom, hbo (staying with friends) - this was a blockbuster a few summers ago? recycled plot? greedy business types? at least the dino's were still the star of the show.
34. how it ends, netflix - a good apocalyptic story about a guy trying to get back to his girl. forrest whittaker was really good. enjoyed.
35. IO, netflix - if  you enjoy watching two people have stilted dialogue while moving at a glacial pace, this is for you. if you like movies, AVOID this. if you still think you'd like to watch it: humans bad, will destroy the planet, but still can save it. there, i saved two hours of your life. there was nothing about space or Io in this dog.
36. extinction, netflix - this surprised me! alien invasion, man trying to save family, good action, excellent suspense. third act was worth it. recommended.
edit to add:
37. bird box, netflix - sandra bullock does a great job. enjoyed and recommended.
38. the silence, netflix - good acting in a story about "vesps" that are unleashed and hunt via sound. was really interesting to watch a movie where sight was a liability and immediately follow it with one where sound was the liability. how the filmmakers used each liability to further the story was really cool. i liked this one and recommend it.
39. the mummy returns, netflix; had to have seen this back in the day, but had forgot much of the plot. fairly entertaining. popcorn fodder, but enjoyable. the cgi was particularly terrible.
40. the mummy, tomb of the dragon emperor, netflix - the cgi is better, same type of plot, but a engaging story. i don't remember if i watched this back in the day, but one scene with yetis seemed familiar. counting it as a new watch. i read where the mummy movies were leaving netflix so decided to watch them.
41. the dark crystal, netflix - 1982, released the same week as ET. this was dark for a kids movie and little semblance to a muppet movie. still, for the time, was good; the puppets were strange looking and just what the movie needed. the story was a bit convoluted and dragged at times. was ok for a 90 minute movie.
42. murder mystery, netflix - i was surprised that i found this enjoyable. fun plot, and enough to keep me guessing. clearly adam sandler wanted to spend some time in monte carlo!
43. the ballad of buster scruggs, netflix - 6 twilight zone episodes based upon the western genre, with the coen brothers fingerprint. took me all day to finish this, as i had things to do, but i did enjoy the coen brothers take.
44. cirque du freak:the vampires assistant, netflix - john c reilly as a vampire? and it mostly worked. bring your popcorn and turn off your brain.
45. bunks, netflix - leave it to canada to make a non-gory, happy ending zombie summer camp movie. might be good to introduce pre-teens to the genre. i figure it was a made for tv movie on the cbc.
46. here alone, netflix - more of a character study than a zombie movie, little gore, plenty of backstory of the main character. tried to play the moral dilemma of choices to make as the world is ending around you. was ok, moved slower than i would've liked.
47. spectral, netflix  - decent war movie with the combatants being very different. good action flick for the summer.
48. the wolf's call, netflix - french submarine thriller. really got into it. recommend.
49. dale and tucker vs evil, netflix - pretty good spoof of the teen slasher genre, from 2010. was fun.
50. gremlins, Netflix - the best christmas movie of all time!
51. day of the dead: bloodline, netflix - gore! gore! gore! blood explosions! zombie wiping blood all over the windshield of a car for added effect?  zombie with intestines wrapped around its neck? you bet, and that's just the first 3 mins! and that's about as good as it got. meh, and i'm a fan of the genre.
52. revolt, netflix - action alien invasion set in kenya. this one drew me in and i enjoyed the ride.
53. the siege of jadotville, netflix - as the fledgling UN is trying to find its voice, the congo is in the midst of a civil war. a company of irish solders are sent to be peacekeepers. obviously, they are attacked. their story was covered up. this movie won a few irish awards. well done, good story. recommend.
54. the golem, netflix - meh. actually started dinking around on the internet while this was playing just to finish the movie so it wouldn't show up on my "continue watching" list. avoid.
55. always be my maybe, netflix - cute, funny, touching. formulaic, perhaps. i haven't watched many rom-coms. i enjoyed it. recommend.
56. see you yesterday, netflix - more of a social commentary with time travel, than a straight science fiction movie. was good. the two main characters invent time travel, and then try to use it to right a loss. left me unsettled, and i think that's what they were aiming to do. recommend.
57. megamind, netflix - cute animated what if the villain actually beat the hero? movie. something light after all of stranger things to cleanse the palate.
58. rampant, netflix - korean period piece with feudal intrigue and zombies. same idea as the series kingdom. some of the best zombie stuff i've seen in quiet a long time. recommend.

 on: Yesterday at 12:01:14 PM 
Started by Ella Minnow Pea - Last post by dirk
makes me wonder about the vp. why not take the two top delegates at the conventions? would a clinton/sanders ticket have done any better?
I don't think that would work. You can't take someone who was fighting to be in charge and then just ask them to be second in command with no real power and have them accept it (especially in a close race). And usually the people really invested in the primary will vote for the eventual winner, even if they supported someone else, so they wouldn't gain a lot from it.

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