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 on: June 04, 2019, 11:21:38 PM 
Started by euro60 - Last post by euro60
After the recent West Coast tour (which apparently went very well--or so I'm told), many more gigs coming up

6/8 Bay City, MI at Riverscene Music Fest
6/9 Detroit, MI at PJs Lager House *
‪6/10 Cleveland, OH at Beachland Tavern *‬
‪6/11 Rochester, NY at Small World Books *‬
‪6/12 Brooklyn, NY at Alphaville * ‬
‪6/21 Bloomington, IL at Nightshop #‬
‪6/23 Cincinnati, OH at Motr #‬
‪6/25 Columbus, OH at Ace Of Cups #‬
‪7/11 Cincinnati, OH at Urban Artifact+‬
8/2 Cincinnati, OH at Fountain Square ^
‪8/23 Buffalo, NY at Ninth Ward‬
‪8/24 Portland, ME at Sun Tiki‬
‪8/26 Saratoga Springs at Desperate Annies‬
‪8/27 Boston, MA at ONCE Ballroom‬
‪8/30 - Edinburgh,  UK at Henrys Cellar Bar %‬
‪8/31 - Newcastle, UK at Cluny 2 %‬
9/1 - Manchester, UK at Soup Kitchen %
9/2 - Leeds, UK at Brudenell Social Club %
9/3 - Bristol, UK at Exchange %
9/4 - Brighton, UK at Green Door Store %
9/5 - London, UK at The Garage %
9/6 - Nottingham, UK at Rough Trade %
9/7 - Glasgow, UK at The Art School %

*= with The Ophelias
#=with Potty Mouth & Colleen Green
+ = with And The Kids & Strobobean
^ = with Cloud Nothings
% = with The Spook School

The Indie Summer Series gig at Fountain Square on 8/2 is the one I'm looking forward to. Not to mention, Cloud Nothings! Won't you join me? A great time guaranteed for all! BAM! me on the head LOL

 on: June 04, 2019, 11:12:51 PM 
Started by Ella Minnow Pea - Last post by euro60

Anyone who follows politics and has a brain is pretty much #nevertrump by now.  And it isn't enough.  The trick is to appeal to stupid voters.  It will take an outside populist approach to pull that off.  You can be a strident "common sense" centrist maybe, but not a moderate.  And you'd have to run less centrist than you'd actually govern.

I think that, sadly, you may be right about that.

But it proves my earlier point that "we get the politicians we deserve"

I have no clue that any of the Dems can pull this off.

 on: June 04, 2019, 09:34:24 PM 
Started by jcarwash31 - Last post by twentyshots
miss kitty is one of the devout

 on: June 04, 2019, 04:07:14 PM 
Started by rva - Last post by c-lando
Mashup of Radiohead and D'Angelo? Yes and THANK YOU.


I can't believe I'm 3.5 half years late to this amazing party thrown by a Janelle Monae and Jidenna collaborator. But, at least I'm finally here.

 on: June 04, 2019, 10:14:03 AM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by c-lando
1. ALWAYS IN THE CARLYLE - 01/02/19 - STARZ - A captivating documentary that wisely spends more time on the tenured staff and glorious interior of the legendary hotel than on the antics of its famed guests. Light and lovely.
2. ON THE BASIS OF SEX - 01/06/19 - Tara Cinemas - Armie Hammer can GET IT.
3. VICE - 01/08/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Bale's performance was incredible, but I didn't really enjoy much more than that. I didn't like the narrator device for telling the story and didn't like the pacing of film. It was all over the place and too "winky-winky did you see what we did there?" for me.
4. BOOMERANG - 01/12/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Haven't seen this in a long time but still remember every word and every song. Excited to see what Lena Waithe and Halle Berry do with this for TV. "CO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOORDINATE."
5. IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - 01/15/19 - AMC Parkway Pointe w/va_vacious - A beautiful tragedy. After that family gathering scene, I'm ready to finally read some Baldwin.
6. FREE SOLO - 01/19/19 - AMC Barrett Commons - Now that was a fun ride! I didn't get to see it in IMAX but still felt like it was a wonderful film experience.
7. GLASS - 01/20/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Gwynne and Beth - I fell asleep MULTIPLE times. Nothing about this movie seemed necessary or entertaining.
8. BUMBLEBEE - 01/22/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - Probably the most enjoyable of all of the TRANSFORMERS movies, mostly because I didn't hear one mention of the "AllSpark". Also, Pamela Adlon in a TRANSFORMERS MOVIE???!!!! Fun tunes throughout.
9. EIGHTH GRADE - 01/26/19 - Amazon Prime - In 8th grade, my best friend quit being friends with me because I wasn't cool enough. I wrote her a poem to try and tell her how much it hurt me and she basically laughed in my face. It was the most devastating break-up of my life. So, yeah. 8th grade sucked. I totally get all of the emotions in this movie. Bonus, that banana scene had me crying with laughter.
10. TULLY - 01/27/19 - HBO - Hug a mom. They probably need it. Diablo Cody's writing doesn't disappoint.
11. LEAVE NO TRACE - 01/29/19 - Amazon Prime - The actress who plays Tom should win ALL THE THINGS.
12. CHiPs - 01/30/19 - HBO - Yes, it's very dumb. But, I find Dax Shepard and Michael Pea to be very charismatic. So, I was willing to take the ride with them for some crazy car and motorcycle chases and dick jokes.
13. FIRST REFORMED - 02/02/19 - Amazon Prime - I'm not totally sure for whom this movie was intended. It had some beautifuly cinematic moments towards the end and Ethan Hawke does act the fuck out of it (as noted by Butter). But, it isn't something that I would watch again.
14. PULP FICTION - 02/07/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Three Little Fonzies.
15. ROMA - 02/10/19 - Netflix - Having lived in a middle-class home on the outskirts of Mexico City in the 90s, I can definitely confirm that this movie moved me and made me miss so many things about that city and country. Cleo's "moment" on the beach made me sob and I really appreciated the beauty of how the film was shot. But, the rest of the movie really left me cold except for my own nostalgia.
16. TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE - 02/14/19 - Netflix - repeat viewing - The Greg was out of town so I picked PeterKavinsky (one word) to be my valentine.
17. TAG - 03/02/19 - HBO - repeat viewing (but with friends, Gwynner and Tiffers, this time) - The Jeremy Renner voice-overs were even funnier in the second viewing. "I speed-bag him."
18. PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE. - 03/09/19 - Netflix - I feel like I got a lot more information about the mission of The Pad Project from interviews with the filmmakers than I did from the actual movie. VERY interesting subject, but this seemed to focus more on the adult woman making the pads with the pad machine than it did on the school-aged girls who were supposed to benefit from the machine.
19. THE BREAKER UPPERERS - 03/09/19 - Netflix - There were some great scenes that felt like they came out of an old PJ Hogan movie but the movie sort of went off for me when the two leads split off from each other.
20. TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE - 03/09/19 - Netflix - repeat viewing
21. FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY - 03/17/19 - AMC Classic Cartersville
22. CAPTAIN MARVEL - 03/06/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - It was OK. I liked all the LADY TOP GUN + Sam Jackson bits the best. They should have just made LADY TOP GUN + Sam Jackson instead. All of the Kree stuff was just blaaaaaaarg.
23. US - 03/07/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - I think the trailers put our stomachs in knots but the movie wasn't as scary as we feared it would be. I definitely want to see it again to work out some things in my head.
24. OLD SCHOOL - 04/13/19 - Amazon Prime - w/Belles - repeat viewing - "Cheeeee-eeee-eeee-eeeeeese."
25. AQUAMAN - 04/13/19 - Amazon Prime - w/Belles - We paid partial attention to this and I think that is probably all the attention that it needed.
26. LITTLE - 04/14/19 - AMC Barrett Commons - Sadly, the best parts were all in the trailer. Marsai Martin is definitely a star, but this movie was pretty flat.
27. ISN'T IT ROMANTIC - 04/19/19 - Marietta Picture Show w/ Mom - More fun than I thought it would be, especially the karaoke scene.
28. BREAKTHROUGH - 04/20/19 - AMC Parkway Pointe w/Mom - The kind of movie you see with your mom who goes to church EVERY week, even when she's on vacation. The movie did push through on a couple of more nuanced questions/issues than I thought that it would. So, that was a nice surprise. Also, I cried. A LOT. I didn't want to cry. But, goodness. The tears. So many tears.
29. HOTEL MUMBAI - 04/21/19 - Regal Town Center w/Mom - A brutal movie to watch, especially with the news from Sri Lanka yesterday. Luckily, I hadn't heard about that before seeing the movie. I don't think I could have taken it. The violence of those attacks is not glossed over in some Hollywood action thriller kind of way. It might be the most violent movie I've ever seen.
30. HOMECOMING - 04/25/19 - Netflix - Amaaaaaaaaaaazing concert film. I am still in awe. BOW DOWN. Even folks who don't like Beyonce must realize that the scale and ambition of this performance - especially for a 2 night festival show - are outstanding.
31. THE PERFECT DATE - 04/27/19 - Netflix - Did not scratch any of the Noah Centineo itch. This movie is nowhere near as well written as TAtBILB so it was a disappointment. But, he did look hot in that cowboy hat. HAHAHA.
32. AVENGERS: ENDGAME - 04/30/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe in the back row with va_vacious - I liked it, but not as much as BLACK PANTHER or THOR: RANGNAROK. I did enjoy seeing VA cry like 3 times.
33. LONG SHOT - 05/11/19 - AMC Pkyw Pointe - Not the best, not the worst. I enjoyed it just enough for a Saturday matinee.
34. FOSTER - 05/11/19 - HBO Documentary - A great look into the DCFS system in LA.
35. WINE COUNTRY - 05/12/19 - Netflix - Thought I'd hate it, but I loved it. Paula Pell is just the best.
36. TAMPOPO - 05/16/19 - Plaza Theatre (joint event with Videodrome) w/Amanda - repeat viewing - I haven't seen this movie in at least two decades and was so happy to get to see it on the big screen. Aside from one scene, I'd say that I love it even more now than I did when I first watched it. It was also so much fun to watch with an audience. YAY, TAMPOPO!
37. JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3: PARABELLUM - 05/18/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I have a weakness for his Wickness. What a thrill ride! You would never know you were watching an insane action film showcasing actors who are basically all in their 50s or older. INTENSE. SHINY. FUN!!! Oh, and so very violent. BUT FUN!
38. DESTINATION WEDDING - 05/18/19 - Amazon Prime - I started watching this back in November and sort of forgot about it. Seeing JOHN WICK made me remember to go and finish the movie. As noted in reply to Dan's post, I kind of hated this. Both characters are very unlikable in a way that is hard to overcome. I don't know if we're supposed to think that they are quirky, but they were both just extremely irksome.
39. BOOKSMART - 05/27/19 - AMC Parkway Pointe w/Mom - We looooooooooooooooooved this!!!
40. GOOD SAM - 05/27/19 - Netflix w/Mom - Looked like a cheesy Hallmark movie and pretty much played out that way, down to the secretly Canadian accents on several New Yorkers. But, we still enjoyed it.
41. ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE - 06/01/19 - Netflix - Why would they use Souls of Mischief's "93 'Til Infinity" over the opening chronological montage from present day to 199........6? 1993 IS IN THE SONG TITLE!!!!! This irked me, especially since they used the song over and over again. But, at least they chose a Bay Area band and used the Hieroglyphics logo a TON in the movie. I wish they hadn't chosen to let Wong and Park play themselves at 18. I also never really felt like they had romantic chemistry on screen.
42. ROCKETMAN - 06/02/19 - AMC Parkway Pointe - I just want to give Reg Dwight a hug. The scene of him conducting the imaginary orchestra in his bed with a flashlight was visually stunning. Taron Egerton put in an amazing performance and the costumes were gorgeous.
43. SPLASH - 06/03/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Going to my niece's graduation and noticing that she was one of about 15 Madisons in the graduating class made me want to re-visit this movie. I completely forgot that Eugene Levy was in it. Fun to see Ron Howard's dad get the first line in the movie and to see Clint show up in a wedding scene. John Candy's racquetball scene is forever golden.

 on: June 04, 2019, 10:11:12 AM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by c-lando
I get it. It's a bop, but it has some great personal significance to me (as I was wearing a Hieroglyphics shirt the day I met The Greg and that's probably 75% of the reason why he talked to me). So, please allow me to be nit-picky about it.


Then I guess I'll just bad mouth you in the press conference.

 on: June 04, 2019, 09:59:46 AM 
Started by Zafer Kaya - Last post by Butter

Really really good.  Jared Harris is killing it on TV right now, between this and the criminally underwatched THE TERROR.  If you still never saw THE TERROR, I think it just came to Hulu.  It is perhaps a tad overlong, but it is maybe even more brutal than CHERNOBYL was, and that includes the scene with the dude that pretty much had no skin left.

Also, Stellan Skarsgard looks like the Dad from Frasier in this.  While it was odd to have the whole cast speak English, it actually helps the show overall I think.  The odder choice was probably to have the cast speak English, but leave certain very small portions of it in untranslated Russian, or using Cyrillic for all written language.

This also had some of the best period design/attention to detail of any show I've seen.  I looked at pictures from the actual Chernobyl, and it is almost indistinguishable.

 on: June 04, 2019, 09:45:00 AM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by Butter
I get it. It's a bop, but it has some great personal significance to me (as I was wearing a Hieroglyphics shirt the day I met The Greg and that's probably 75% of the reason why he talked to me). So, please allow me to be nit-picky about it.


 on: June 04, 2019, 08:29:03 AM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by c-lando
41. ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE - 06/01/19 - Netflix - Why would they use Souls of Mischief's "93 'Til Infinity" over the opening chronological montage from present day to 199........6? 1993 IS IN THE SONG TITLE!!!!!

I just assume that was a favorite of either Wong or Park, as some of the character details were taken from their lives, I read.
I get it. It's a bop, but it has some great personal significance to me (as I was wearing a Hieroglyphics shirt the day I met The Greg and that's probably 75% of the reason why he talked to me). So, please allow me to be nit-picky about it.

 on: June 04, 2019, 12:09:54 AM 
Started by Ella Minnow Pea - Last post by Zafer Kaya
But thankfully the gerrymandering of districts doesn't matter in the presidential election.

It still matters because if you cannot change your local and state reps, there's less chance of you voting for President.  What good us having a liberal President if Congress just kills everything they try.

But that was just an example.  I think that there were a lot of people blue collar Dems who were swayed by Trump because they thought he was different.  Now that some of them realize he's a phony, they just become disillusioned with politics in general.

Trump's appeal is that he does not care about Democracy, and neither do his supporters.  They are not trying to change minds or win a popularity contest.  If it is a popularity contest, they lose.  So they are trying to win despite everyone hating them.  Defeating your opponents psychologically so they're too beaten down to resist is a part of the strategy. 

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