April 28, 2018

Saturday Evening Movie Thread 04-28-2018 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]
— Open Blogger

Fine

I had a few ideas of what to do for this week. I was even tempted to use one of my backup posts that I'd already written. However, I knew that nothing would be good enough unless I talked about the movie du jour.

So be it.


Marvel

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What Kevin Feige has built with the Marvel movie franchise is one of most important things Hollywood has produced financially for the industry since sound. Ten years and eighteen movies later, and the franchise is still going strong, dominating the box office with every film, and laying cultural landmarks that will probably last for a couple of generations, that is if the movies suddenly stopped being made today. Which they won't. And all the while, every major studio is breaking themselves to mimic what Feige seems to produce so effortlessly.

I don't know what Disney is giving Kevin Feige, but I imagine him able to hold out one hand, shout, "Hit me!" and a bag of cocaine automatically flies into his hand. And he probably deserves it considering how much his ability to wrangle a host of directors, actors, and storylines so effectively has made that company giant gobs of money (not to mention the cash from licensing).

Marvel is the great financial story of the industry (how many Best Picture Oscars has the Academy awarded the one franchise that's helping keep it financially afloat?), but I, personally, am not exactly a fanboy. I think that the movies fall into a narrow range of quality with some break outs (both up and down) here and there. They're mostly pretty good.


The Highs

There are two movies that I consider to be above the pack: Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.

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The second Captain America movie takes the Marvel version of Superman (perfectly decent American boy who also happens to be nearly indestructible…just no flying), and places him into a conflict where his priorities and values come into conflict with the authority system that he'd grown up to believe in. Cap was raised in the 30s and 40s and fought in World War II. Americans of that time tended to have great faith in the government and its ability to help people, so for him to suddenly face a creeping super state that's obsessed with espionage of its own citizens and extra-judicial killings is jarring. It's enough of a shock to his system that he actually ends up going rogue. That central conflict is great on its own, but there's so much more in the movie that deserves praise.

Cap's relationship with The Winter Soldier himself is great as well, with Cap's childhood friend needing to go through a similar type of self-reflection that Cap himself went through (although enhanced by some actual brainwashing). The plot is super tight and clips along at a great pace. There feels like there's no real fat on the movie, making it an efficient thrill ride. It's the one of the 17 I've seen (still haven't seen Black Panther) that I consider great.

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Guardians is a relatively close second. It was the first of the Marvel movies to try and be distinct in terms of look and tone. It's funnier than any previous Marvel movie, and the first to be an ensemble piece that didn't rely on previously established characters. The emotional core of the movie is also pretty strong as the ragtag group of lowlifes learn to work together and become a kind of family. I keep it a step down from Cap's second adventure because of the generic bad guy and the fact that it plays out more conventionally that it probably should. Still, its sense of fun outweighs its more generic elements to rise above the rest of the Marvel movie pack.


The Lows

The two I find the least joy from are Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2.

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The second Thor adventure is surprisingly bland with the most generic of bad guys (which is saying something considering this franchise), the most generic of plots, and the unnecessary use and promotion of secondary characters from the previous film. It took the weird Asgard stuff of the first movie and made it as bland as the Earth stuff from the first movie without giving Thor an opportunity to grow as a character. I don't really consider it bad, but it's just so bland and generic that it's not really worth visiting.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 is mostly beloved by the Marvel fan community, but I just find it unfocused, shallow, and distractingly desirous for laughs while undercutting any of the choppy emotional work the movie does do. On top of that, Ego, the living planet, is a walking encyclopedia, simply explaining everything all the time without having much in the way of actual emotional interactions with people. It still looks as great as the first movie with all the weirdest of sci-fi ideas on display (Ego riding his ship is my cup of tea). It's also entertaining in individual moments, but I just never feel like those moments come together to form something cohesive because the movie is constantly undermining itself. I ultimately find it a frustrating experience.


The Next Adventure

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So, this Infinity War thing is coming out, huh?

Dolley is sick beyond words of comic book movies and superheroes specifically, so we won't be going to see it in theaters. I'll probably have a chance in a few weeks to go on my own with a free ticket, so I might do that.

I'd imagine that some of you have already seen it. In terms of spoilers, I personally don't care about them (in fact, I already know how it ends because I was curious while on the john), but realize that there are others who might care, so just be considerate when discussing the film in the comments.

Personally, I'm more excited about the next movie in my Netflix Queue.


Bleg

There will be more on the book thread tomorrow morning, but I'd like to announce to the fine upstanding visitors of the movie thread that I have begun to release my own fiction. Here is my website, and here is my Amazon author page.

Please, buy everything twenty times, or at least share the link so all of your friends and family can.


Movies of Today

Opening in Theaters:
Avengers: Infinity War

Next in my Netflix Queue:
Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Movies I Saw This Week:
The Young Girls of Rochefort (Netflix Rating 5/5 | Quality Rating 4/4) Poster blurb: "One of the most delightful song and dance musicals I've ever seen. I had a stupid smile on my face from beginning to end." [Netflix DVD]
Transcendence (Netflix Rating 2/5 | Quality Rating 1/4) "I was almost as bored as Johnny Depp was!" [HBO]
Terminator Salvation (Netflix Rating 2/5 | Quality Rating 1/4) [Rewatch] "A series of short films about the Terminator universe with pretty much nothing to tie it all together." [HBO]
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Netflix Rating 3/5 | Quality Rating 2/4) "Pretty funny stuff laid on top of a milquetoast story of fame and friendship." [HBO]
Mystery Team (Netflix Rating 3/5 | Quality Rating 2.5/4) "Pretty consistently amusing as it contrasts the emotional maturity of its main characters with the actual danger they're in." [HBO]
The Revenant (Netflix Rating 4/5 | Quality Rating 3/4) "I can't decide if this is an elegantly made B-movie or something more. I lean towards the former, but a second viewing should help sort it out." [Personal Collection]
The Killing (Netflix Rating 5/5 | Quality Rating 3.5/4) [Rewatch] "Hard boiled film noir with a fantastically structured back and forth robbery sequence." [Personal Collection]
Eye in the Sky (Netflix Rating 4/5 | Quality Rating 3/4) "Intelligent and mature look at the moral and legal questions that arise from warfare and its collateral impacts." [Amazon Prime]


Contact

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1 Two kinds of movies that bore me to tears:

1. Star Wars movies
2. Marvel/DC Superhero movies.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 28, 2018 02:02 PM (DXfIG)

2 I've only watched a few of the Marvel movies and find them to be utterly tedious CGI wastes of time. Of course most movies are like that. Oh and fark Disney and Marvel

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 28, 2018 02:03 PM (SiINZ)

3 Love these movie threads

Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 02:03 PM (aC6Sd)

4 rd

Posted by: Surfperch at April 28, 2018 02:04 PM (zTtjJ)

5 I went to a movie.

Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 02:04 PM (lwiT4)

6 Shame I hardly ever see the movies on the topic

Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 02:04 PM (aC6Sd)

7 For once, I wish this was happening on Sundays instead. I'm going to Infinity War in an hour or so. I will have thoughts then. Maybe I can get something written up in time for next week's thread.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards [/b] [/i] at April 28, 2018 02:05 PM (xJa6I)

8 I went to a movie. Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 07:04 PM (lwiT4) Nuh uh!

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 02:05 PM (y87Qq)

9 5 I went to a movie.
Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 07:04 PM (lwiT4)


Which one did you go to?

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 28, 2018 02:05 PM (DXfIG)

10 One of my brothers has the new Star War movie on DVD. What's it called the Diversity Jedi or something. I watched few minutes of it and all of the characters were so annoying I was hoping they'd all get zapped.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 28, 2018 02:06 PM (SiINZ)

11 Mentioned this in the pet thread. Have you ever seen "Red Dog"? If not , you have missed a great journey.

Posted by: Ben Had at April 28, 2018 02:06 PM (BFWvf)

12 I like racing movies. My superhero is a 917.

Posted by: f'd at April 28, 2018 02:06 PM (UdKB7)

13 We drove past Showcase Cinemas in Lawrence, or rather the real estate where they had been. Hollywood is treating the movie houses badly.

Posted by: fluffy at April 28, 2018 02:07 PM (cHbmY)

14 Which one did you go to?

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 28, 2018 07:05 PM (DXfIG)

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I went to see Paul, Apostle of Christ.  It reminded me why I haven't gone to a movie since "A River Runs Through It" in 1992.

Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 02:07 PM (lwiT4)

15 The little girl with antennae in Guardians/Galaxy 2 seemed nice.

Posted by: Eromero at April 28, 2018 02:07 PM (zLDYs)

16 I think you have to put the original Iron Man as number 1 of Marvel. That movie is objectively great, had Jeff Bridges playing the villain, was Robert Downey Jr's best acting performance, and it changed the movie landscape for the next decade.

Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 02:07 PM (573j3)

17 1 Two kinds of movies that bore me to tears: 1. Star Wars movies 2. Marvel/DC Superhero movies. Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 28, 2018 07:02 PM (DXfIG) Sounds like it's time for a crossover!

Posted by: Di$ney at April 28, 2018 02:07 PM (zTtjJ)

18 I like Hellboy

Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 02:08 PM (aC6Sd)

19 really? guardians of the galaxy? i disagree on every count. they're dumb carnival rides and while they make money i see their effect on hollywood as minor, certainly not the greatest thing since sound. whatever.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 02:08 PM (Pg+x7)

20 Oh and congrats TJM on the web site and the book release schedule. I hope you have much success.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards [/b] [/i] at April 28, 2018 02:09 PM (xJa6I)

21 One of my brothers has the new Star War movie on DVD. What's it called the Diversity Jedi or something. I watched few minutes of it and all of the characters were so annoying I was hoping they'd all get zapped.
Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 28, 2018 07:06 PM (SiINZ)


Yeah, that's one reason why I'm so bored with them. It's all Diversity Theatre and let's see how many ethnicity/gender boxes we can check. So boring.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 28, 2018 02:09 PM (DXfIG)

22 16 I think you have to put the original Iron Man as number 1 of Marvel. That movie is objectively great, had Jeff Bridges playing the villain, was Robert Downey Jr's best acting performance, and it changed the movie landscape for the next decade. Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 07:07 PM (573j3) ======= It's pretty good. The trust with the bad guy feels unearned which undermines any emotional payoff, and the final battle is CGI nonsense.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 02:10 PM (Jj43a)

23 Twist*

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 02:10 PM (Jj43a)

24 I see that Keanu has a new movie coming out: Replicas. I assume it's about replicas.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 28, 2018 02:10 PM (VJnHJ)

25 I'm getting reports from friends and random message boards that Infinity Wars is a top 10 or top 20 movie of all time. It may be the feelz talking but it sounds like Marvel knocked it out of the park. I've never seen a marvel movie in theaters but I'm going to see this one this week. (Last teather trip was Interstellar so I'm picky obviously)

Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 02:10 PM (573j3)

26 Yeah, I'm pretty bored by Marvel movies. I found Civil War so dull. I thought it might just be me, so I didn't say anything. But Mrs. Gique turned to me and said "That was really boring!" I thought GOG2 was okay but I think you're right, TJM. I also liked Ragnrok, but mostly for Taika Waititi's side characters, like the Kiwi Rockman.

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 02:10 PM (k4dou)

27 20 Oh and congrats TJM on the web site and the book release schedule. I hope you have much success. Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at April 28, 2018 07:09 PM (xJa6I) ======= This man reads the content. Thanks!

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 02:10 PM (Jj43a)

28 Twist* Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 07:10 PM (Jj43a) Again. Like we did last summer

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 28, 2018 02:10 PM (SiINZ)

29 ... just double checked - you actually wrote that these cartoon movies are the "greatest thing since sound". sheesh.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 02:10 PM (Pg+x7)

30 I went to see Paul, Apostle of Christ. It reminded me why I haven't gone to a movie since "A River Runs Through It" in 1992.
Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 07:07 PM


I've heard that movie was actually pretty good, for a Bible movie. Did you not like it?

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 28, 2018 02:11 PM (DXfIG)

31 Infinity War was bizarre. Had to, HAD TO, be the most expensive film ever made. Imagine if Michael Bay made a compelling and interesting action film with characters you care about and that's Infinity War. I was totally wiped out afterwards. I think it will become a classic superhero action film in time but it's almost too much. It is one act. It's a one act action film that is super long and never stops.

Posted by: Max Power at April 28, 2018 02:11 PM (QCc6B)

32 >>> I like Hellboy Hell boy was good. I forget why I stopped watching the sequel midway through.

Posted by: fluffy at April 28, 2018 02:11 PM (cHbmY)

33 26 Yeah, I'm pretty bored by Marvel movies. I found Civil War so dull. I thought it might just be me, so I didn't say anything. But Mrs. Gique turned to me and said "That was really boring!" I thought GOG2 was okay but I think you're right, TJM. I also liked Ragnrok, but mostly for Taika Waititi's side characters, like the Kiwi Rockman. Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 07:10 PM (k4dou) ====== Ragnarok was fun, but dramatically inert. What carried it was the sense of fun.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 02:11 PM (Jj43a)

34 Americans of that time tended to have great faith in the government and its ability to help people, so for him to suddenly face a creeping super state that's obsessed with espionage of its own citizens and extra-judicial killings is jarring. ...and not to mention bare-assed racist!

Posted by: Barack Hussein Obama at April 28, 2018 02:11 PM (Zdm89)

35 Movie Sign! I saw "Rampage" this week and for a monster flick, it was better than it had to be. The Rock sells it no matter what he's in. Because I am woefully unprepared for the upcoming Avengers movie, I rented "Captain America: Winter Soldier" and was surprised that I enjoyed it. It was more like a spy thriller in tights than a superhero story. I fast forwarded any time Robert Redford's martian landscape of a face was on screen. As regards cinematic telly, I binge-watched all my DVR'd eps of "The Terror", which has been fantastic. Much better than the herniatic novel IMHO, which was as much of a slog for me as it was the characters.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 02:11 PM (qJtVm)

36 I bought Marvel stock yrs ago at ca. 4, sold it at 20. Guess I should have held on to some as I sold before Disney bought them. I'm am NOT looking at what I could have made, don't tell me, LOL. Take profits when you can, but I should held on to some I guess. So that's on topic, now I just want to say that Judith Miler is an execrable scrunt. She was just on FNC being her usually scrunty self.

Posted by: Farmer at April 28, 2018 02:12 PM (yJ1e6)

37 I still enjoy RED 1 and 2.

Posted by: Ben Had at April 28, 2018 02:12 PM (BFWvf)

38 And that said, the topic of Marvel's movies and Kevin Feige deserves a more in-depth look/discussion. Or more so than I have time for here. What the guy did is nearly a miracle, and a similar miracle was required to avoid Disney and Marvel comics fucking it up. Feige managed to get comic books on the screen and managed to get it RIGHT, most of the time. I doubt God gets involved in the movie business but something had to happen on a near divine level for all those pieces to come together. Here's hoping Infinity War part 1 is worth the build up. I think what needs to happen here is for Thanos to WIN and win big. But we'll see...

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards [/b] [/i] at April 28, 2018 02:12 PM (xJa6I)

39 I'm leaving this thread before Infinity Wars gets spoiled.

Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 02:12 PM (573j3)

40 Hey, I just noticed the website stuff, too, TJM: Congrats!

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 02:12 PM (k4dou)

41 29 ... just double checked - you actually wrote that these cartoon movies are the "greatest thing since sound". sheesh. Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 07:10 PM (Pg+x7) ===== If that's what you got from that sentence I suggest that you go back and read it again. Best thing for the industry financially since sound.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 02:12 PM (Jj43a)

42 The Revenant (Netflix Rating 4/5 | Quality Rating 3/4) "I can't decide if this is an elegantly made B-movie or something more. I lean towards the former, but a second viewing should help sort it out." [Personal Collection] ++++ The link goes to the DiCaprio movie, but I think you may have meant this zombie flick. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1336006

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at April 28, 2018 02:13 PM (pvjTE)

43 I've heard that movie was actually pretty good, for a Bible movie. Did you not like it?

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 28, 2018 07:11 PM (DXfIG)

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I liked it.  Jim Caviesal was wonderful of course.  I thought it handled Scripture rather loosely.  It was more that I don't enjoy the whole theater-going experience.  People eating noisy wrapper things, talking thru 2/3rds of the movie, 20 minutes of stupid previews. 

Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 02:13 PM (lwiT4)

44 The only part of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 that I remember is the Mary Poppins joke.  I thoroughly enjoyed that three seconds, but wouldn't watch the movie again just to get to that point.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - I choose to live my life as a black woman. [/i] [/b] at April 28, 2018 02:13 PM (tve+u)

45 OK, not much time to stick around this eve... GOTG 2, I liked it quite a bit, but I suspect it won't have staying power, like the first film. I don't care, and have never cared about comic books. So... I generally don't care about the Marvel universe. It's all too convoluted for me at this point. The simpler the story, the more I'm going to like it, I think. So the Captain America movies are preferable to the Avengers conglomerations, for example. Enough about that though. Here are the films I have seen recently that I would absolutely recommend: 1. The Florida Project. It's just brilliant. Sad and sweet, and alarmingly realistic. 2. A Ghost Story. I don't care if anyone thinks it's pretentious. It's just gorgeous in its stillness, and the slow build of thoughtfulness behind it. 3. Dogtooth. Mentioned in an earlier thread. It's not new, Greek film, an allegory. Very graphic in its sexual subject, and some gruesomeness otherwise. Black black BLACK comedy. A family with adult children who have lived in a compound, in isolation from the rest of the world. Their perspective is, needless to say, warped.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 28, 2018 02:14 PM (Pz4pT)

46 42 The Revenant (Netflix Rating 4/5 | Quality Rating 3/4) "I can't decide if this is an elegantly made B-movie or something more. I lean towards the former, but a second viewing should help sort it out." [Personal Collection] ++++ The link goes to the DiCaprio movie, but I think you may have meant this zombie flick. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1336006 Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at April 28, 2018 07:13 PM (pvjTE) ===== Nope. Meant Leo's movie.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 02:14 PM (Jj43a)

47 >>Ragnarok was fun, but dramatically inert. What carried it was the sense of fun. Absolutely. And Eris is also right vis a vis Robert Redford in "Winter Soldier": His scenes are an utter waste of obvious non-twist. The only thing that really sticks with me about that movie is the flying aircraft carriers.

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 02:14 PM (k4dou)

48 Ben Had, I wiki'ed Red Dog and it looks like a good one. Maybe Mrs. E will surprise me with it if I nudge her?

Posted by: Eromero at April 28, 2018 02:14 PM (zLDYs)

49 I'm leaving this thread before Infinity Wars gets spoiled.

Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 07:12 PM (573j3)

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I know the computer animation will be great, but I'd be surprised if we haven't seen the story in every other Marvel movie up to this point.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - I choose to live my life as a black woman. [/i] [/b] at April 28, 2018 02:15 PM (tve+u)

50 I'm sorry your movie-going experience was so bad Grammie. When I saw "Rampage" with my friends, it was in the middle of the week around noon. Tumbleweeds in the theater. Half the concession stand was closed. Parking lot was nearly empty. It was heaven.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 02:16 PM (qJtVm)

51 A thread about children's movies? Are they going to eat and be sent off to bed before the grownups sit down to sup?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 28, 2018 02:16 PM (fuK7c)

52 Not a movie, but Ridley Scott is Exective Producer on a series called Braindead available on Amazon Prime. It's a comedy/scifi/political thriller which is an odd combo but actually is funny and seems to take a lot of joy in skewering both sides. Don't expect a lot of accuracy on the political organization (for example a Senate vote has about 130 total votes) but just roll with it, it's fiction.

Posted by: blaster at April 28, 2018 02:16 PM (jHrzU)

53 I can't see "Infinity War" trailers without singing "I AM EVIL HOMER! I AM EVIL HOMER!" whenever Thanos (the Hands of Fate) comes on. I think I'd better stay home.

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 02:17 PM (k4dou)

54 >>>Cap's relationship with The Winter Soldier himself is great as well So you consider Russian collusion great??!? Figures.

Posted by: CNN at April 28, 2018 02:17 PM (2835Q)

55 50 I'm sorry your movie-going experience was so bad Grammie. When I saw "Rampage" with my friends, it was in the middle of the week around noon. Tumbleweeds in the theater. Half the concession stand was closed. Parking lot was nearly empty. It was heaven. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 07:16 PM (qJtVm) ==== I keep hearing horror stories about the theater going experience, but whenever I go, I never see the same behavior. Weird. Maybe I'm just blind to it.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 02:17 PM (Jj43a)

56 I have absolutely no interest in comic book movies. Sorry, I don't mean to criticize the thread topic. I usually try not to do that.

Posted by: rickl at April 28, 2018 02:17 PM (sdi6R)

57 I saw "Rampage" this week and for a monster flick, it was better than it had to be. The Rock sells it no matter what he's in.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 07:11 PM (qJtVm)


The Rock is one of my guilty pleasures. I will watch any movie he's in.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 28, 2018 02:17 PM (DXfIG)

58 So is Rampage based on the 80s video game with zero depth and something like four locations?  Because that seems entirely possible and appropriate for the times.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - I choose to live my life as a black woman. [/i] [/b] at April 28, 2018 02:17 PM (tve+u)

59 The Revenant (Netflix Rating 4/5 | Quality Rating 3/4) "I can't decide if this is an elegantly made B-movie or something more. I lean towards the former, but a second viewing should help sort it out." [Personal Collection] ++++ The link goes to the DiCaprio movie, but I think you may have meant this zombie flick. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1336006 Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at April 28, 2018 07:13 PM (pvjTE) I just can't take DeCrappio seriously as an actor, and I have absolutely no interest that movie. It just looks like two and a half hours of mopery to me.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 28, 2018 02:18 PM (Pz4pT)

60 Another fun thing about the "Infinity War" trailer: While watching it, I thought, "Hey, that's a pretty good theme, especially for a Marvel movie." Then I realized: It's the theme from "Rocky", just slowed down.

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 02:18 PM (k4dou)

61 I saw Infinity Wars. It was okay. I found seeing how they were going to shove all the characters into the movie more interesting than the movie itself.

Posted by: Thursby at April 28, 2018 02:18 PM (WVn9a)

62 2. A Ghost Story. I don't care if anyone thinks it's pretentious. It's just gorgeous in its stillness, and the slow build of thoughtfulness behind it. --- Loved it. The glacial pace was perfectly suited to the story if you are willing to slow down. The scenes with the other ghost spotted across the neighborhood were very touching too.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 02:18 PM (qJtVm)

63 Eromero, be prepared to have every heartstring you have not just pulled but jerked. Red Dog has a National Monument in Australia.

Posted by: Ben Had at April 28, 2018 02:18 PM (BFWvf)

64 I'm sorry your movie-going experience was so bad Grammie.
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It's probably just me.  I can't stand noise when I'm trying to focus on something, which makes concentrating on a movie in the middle of a crowd just aggravating.  I find myself wanting to slap people, but I guess they have rules against that.

Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 02:19 PM (lwiT4)

65 ... on the other hand, you know what did last? the three stooges. several channels are running them. and while those shorts are no doubt cheap enough to fill programming slots, it's remarkable they're run at all. who'd have believed back in the 30's and 40's that the three stooges would survive while the b-movies and features they supported were long forgotten. so sure, maybe 50 years from now "guardians of the galaxy" will be on screens somewhere at 5 in the a.m.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 02:19 PM (Pg+x7)

66 62 2. A Ghost Story. I don't care if anyone thinks it's pretentious. It's just gorgeous in its stillness, and the slow build of thoughtfulness behind it. --- Loved it. The glacial pace was perfectly suited to the story if you are willing to slow down. The scenes with the other ghost spotted across the neighborhood were very touching too. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 07:18 PM (qJtVm) ===== The quietness also greatly increased the ultimate fate of that other ghost. Actually made me jump a bit.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 02:19 PM (Jj43a)

67 As regards cinematic telly, I binge-watched all my DVR'd eps of "The Terror", which has been fantastic. Much better than the herniatic novel IMHO, which was as much of a slog for me as it was the characters. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 07:11 PM (qJtVm) I watched the first 2 episodes. It seems like it will be very good.

Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 02:19 PM (573j3)

68 Moron Robbie-- YES, it IS! Why? What is the possible crossover audience between an goofy '80s video game and a modern CGI movie? Are people really saying "I =LOVED= that game! I've GOT to see that movie! I have so many unanswered questions!" And then...it's not even the RIGHT story! At least, as I recall, the monsters were all humans who had transmogrified into Kaiju. (They end up in their underwear, embarrassed, when they die.)

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 02:20 PM (k4dou)

69 Not a movie, but Ridley Scott is Exective Producer on a series called Braindead available on Amazon Prime. It's a comedy/scifi/political thriller which is an odd combo but actually is funny and seems to take a lot of joy in skewering both sides. Don't expect a lot of accuracy on the political organization (for example a Senate vote has about 130 total votes) but just roll with it, it's fiction. Posted by: blaster at April 28, 2018 07:16 PM (jHrzU) Oh yes! I watched that a year or so ago. Good clean fun, set in Washington. Stupid funny, with Tony Shalhoub chewing up dialogue... and I love Mary Elizabeth Winstead in pretty much everything she's done.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 28, 2018 02:21 PM (Pz4pT)

70 What, no "Daredevil". Ben Affleck, blind attorney with super senses in a tight red suit. What could go wrong......

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at April 28, 2018 02:21 PM (EoRCO)

71 I liked it. Jim Caviesal was wonderful of course. I thought it handled Scripture rather loosely. It was more that I don't enjoy the whole theater-going experience. People eating noisy wrapper things, talking thru 2/3rds of the movie, 20 minutes of stupid previews.
Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 07:13 PM (lwiT4)


Don't get me started on those stupid previews. And non-stop commercials before the previews.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 28, 2018 02:21 PM (DXfIG)

72 58 So is Rampage based on the 80s video game with zero depth and something like four locations? Because that seems entirely possible and appropriate for the times. Posted by: Moron Robbie - I choose to live my life as a black woman. at April 28, 2018 07:17 PM (tve+u) Classic game btw.

Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 02:21 PM (573j3)

73 58 So is Rampage based on the 80s video game with zero depth and something like four locations? Because that seems entirely possible and appropriate for the times. Posted by: Moron Robbie - I choose to live my life as a black woman. at April 28, 2018 07:17 PM --- I was hoping it was in 8-bit but it was in glorious face-melting CGI. My friend, who played the game as a lad and was therefore super amped about it, said it followed the "story line" fairly well. Maleen Ackerman is a surprisingly good villainess.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 02:21 PM (qJtVm)

74 Nope. Meant Leo's movie. Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 07:14 PM (Jj43a) ++++ ok. You spoke of it being a 'B' movie, but it had a big budget. The 2009 one seemed to fit the description better. Speaking of which, what do you consider a 'B' movie? I always thought of it as a budget thing. Less money for actors, sets, special effects, promotions, etc. If not that, then what?

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at April 28, 2018 02:21 PM (pvjTE)

75 The Revenant (Netflix Rating 4/5 | Quality Rating 3/4) "I can't decide if this is an elegantly made B-movie or something more. I lean towards the former, but a second viewing should help sort it out." [Personal Collection] I haven't seen it but I watched the Cinemasins review* and HOLY CRAP that riverbank scene. Just... wow. I might have to check it out just for that scene.** * this describes every film released since ca. Corpse Bride or maybe Lord of War ** lol I totally won't

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 02:22 PM (y87Qq)

76 Burt TC : Ghost Story is amazing , pretentious is OK if it's good, the main song is so good, bI can't even go into how much it affected me here Mark Andrew Edwards ; Infinity War is probably better than the hype, very intense

Posted by: Max Power at April 28, 2018 02:22 PM (QCc6B)

77 Funny about Guardians of the Galaxy - I thought #1 and #2 had about the same impact. I didn't admire #1 as much as you did, but I didn't dislike #2 as much as you apparently did. with no spoilers, I guess everyone knows that some heroes die in Infinity War. But this is Comic Book World - how many times has Superman died, after all? As Miracle Max would say, when someone dies in Marvel World, they're only MOSTLY dead.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 02:23 PM (V2Yro)

78 Yeah, the second Thor film was a big disappointment. I have Simonson's entire run in hardback, and the Malekith story was a big reason for that purchase. Plus a former Doctor in that role -- a can't miss! Oh yeah? I think I fell asleep during the show, and I don't think I missed anything. As for GotG II, I enjoyed it but thought Ego's exposition smacked too much of a museum tour. Could have been trimmed, saving 20 minutes. Of the others, I liked most of them. Iron Man III was too much like Lethal Weapon -- it takes too long to type in quote marks, so they're omitted today -- and IM II needed to keep the first part with Whiplash and ditch the rest. I fell asleep during Avengers II, and Civil War was great until the final confrontation when the dramatic pause took me out of the movie; I dislike a break in action during combat scenes. Loved Ant-Man. I think that sets me apart from the rest if the world. Still, we comics geeks of a certain age can remember how cool it was when Spider-Man had a live-action TV show, even though the plots and SFX were shoddy at best. Now we piss and moan about the movies that have followed. Never satisfied, are we?

Posted by: Weak Geek at April 28, 2018 02:24 PM (zT4Y1)

79 Sounds like it's time for a crossover! - Star Wars/Indiana Jones crossover with all chicks! Make a fortune! Maybe a little Ocean's 69 or whatever they're up to now with a touch of Bourne.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 28, 2018 02:24 PM (+y/Ru)

80 Anon Y Mous-- The term "B" movie has a specific technical meaning: It refers to movies that the studios would put as the second feature on a bigger budget film. See, you sell tickets to a double-feature and since you can't know what the patrons paid for, you split the money evenly down the middle. The studio gets a bigger piece of the "B" pie and voila, you've cheerfully screwed your artists out of their share. Nowadays it's just any non-AAA feature.

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 02:24 PM (k4dou)

81 Perhaps more on topic, Legion on FX is a Marvel joint. I guess I would call it Xmen adjacent. I don't do comic books to know if it is from there, it is grade A weird but the visuals in the cinematography are outstanding. There aren't any big stars so they put the money into production values. It has to be very expensive. The story is non-linear and slow, but actually well thought out.

Posted by: blaster at April 28, 2018 02:24 PM (jHrzU)

82 The link goes to the DiCaprio movie, but I think you may have meant this zombie flick. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1336006 Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at April 28, 2018 07:13 PM (pvjTE) I just can't take DeCrappio seriously as an actor, and I have absolutely no interest that movie. It just looks like two and a half hours of mopery to me. Posted by: BurtTC at April 28, 2018 07:18 PM (Pz4pT) ++++ The one I linked is better. Zero DiCaprio and no mopery. Good popcorn flick.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at April 28, 2018 02:24 PM (pvjTE)

83 74 ok. You spoke of it being a 'B' movie, but it had a big budget. The 2009 one seemed to fit the description better. Speaking of which, what do you consider a 'B' movie? I always thought of it as a budget thing. Less money for actors, sets, special effects, promotions, etc. If not that, then what? Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at April 28, 2018 07:21 PM (pvjTE) ====== B movie doesn't really refer to a budget, but how theaters used to show movies. The A movie was the attraction and shown first. The B movie was shown second and was typically genre related. So, when I call The Revenant a B movie, I mean that it's really no more than a genre flick (revenge and survival) without any real depth to it, the sort of story that would normally populate the bottom half of a double bill.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 02:24 PM (Jj43a)

84 Soon we'll have the opportunity to watch a two hour Q-Bert major motion picture.  Or Netflix will produce an epic six hour long, $14M Gyrus miniseries event.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - I choose to live my life as a black woman. [/i] [/b] at April 28, 2018 02:26 PM (tve+u)

85 (...p.s. i reread that sentence and it did say "the greatest thing financially since sound". sorry for the misunderstanding. i thought cinerama saved hollywood... what do i know.)

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 02:27 PM (Pg+x7)

86 GotG is a kid's movie. I know ace has a mancrush on Brad Cooper, but the Racoon Man character was nigh unbearable, not "cute".

Posted by: CNN at April 28, 2018 02:27 PM (2835Q)

87 >>> I find myself wanting to slap people, but I guess they have rules against that. I believe you can legally wallop them with your purse.

Posted by: fluffy at April 28, 2018 02:27 PM (cHbmY)

88 Rewatched Mindhunter this week because of the serial killer post. 10 times better the second time. Lots going on in a movie based on psychology, motivations, and behavior science. I love those films and shows that scratch that area of your brain that tells you more is going on than what appears on the surface. Eyes Wide Shut for example.

Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 02:27 PM (573j3)

89 27 20 Oh and congrats TJM on the web site and the book release schedule. I hope you have much success."

Seconded!

I have nothing much to say about movies this week.  I watched "Casablanca" again for the 15th time or so and enjoyed it - as always.  There are  few movies that I want to watch more than once and very few that I can watch multiple times.  But whenever I see that Casablanca is on,  I turn it on and am mesmerized again within a a few minutes.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V sez don't you dare walk the damn pitcher at April 28, 2018 02:27 PM (H80UQ)

90 Burt TC : Ghost Story is amazing , pretentious is OK if it's good, the main song is so good, bI can't even go into how much it affected me here Mark Andrew Edwards ; Infinity War is probably better than the hype, very intense Posted by: Max Power at April 28, 2018 07:22 PM (QCc6B) I can't say I liked the song, but I loved what they did with it. Her reaction, both at first... and after. People complain about the pie eating scene. Saying it goes on too long. Well... it was so absolutely crucial to the overall concept here, about time, the mundane, how each of us experience it, depending on where we are in the grand scheme. See this movie, people.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 28, 2018 02:28 PM (Pz4pT)

91 So many of the contemporary superhero outfits are so dark and almost monochromatic. Even the more colorful costume are flatter shades of those colors. Years from now, viewers will scratch their heads at them the way people today laugh at the brightly colored superhero costumes of yesteryear. I'm sure fan of these films will correct me and point out how ______man or _____woman wears a colorful costume. Yeah, yeah, I know - get off my lawn.

Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 02:28 PM (EzdLW)

92 I believe you can legally wallop them with your purse.

Posted by: fluffy at April 28, 2018 07:27 PM (cHbmY)

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Dang.  Wish I'd known that.


Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 02:28 PM (lwiT4)

93 Soon we'll have the opportunity to watch a two hour Q-Bert major motion picture. Or Netflix will produce an epic six hour long, $14M Gyrus miniseries event. Posted by: Moron Robbie - I choose to live my life as a black woman. at April 28, 2018 07:26 PM (tve+u) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2120120/

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 02:28 PM (y87Qq)

94 I find myself wanting to slap people, but I guess they have rules against that. Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 07:19 PM (lwiT4) Zapping them with a cattle prod is highly encouraged.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 28, 2018 02:29 PM (SiINZ)

95 Re: Darby O'Gill and the Little People - I've divined the True Curse of the Leprechauns, and that curse is that every show and film ever made with Leprechauns in it, no matter how they are depicted, is going to suck beyond belief, and any actor who appears in one of these movies will find his reputation permanently tarnished by the experience. Absolute Low Point - Hoss Cartwright and the Bonanza Leprechaun episode.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 02:29 PM (V2Yro)

96 "The Mechanic: Resurrection" Statham looked like he had lost weight; gaunt and old. Tommy Lee Jones looked like he should have been in a wheelchair in an elder care facility. It was a 99cent rental so I didn't feel like I had paid too much for it. Bishop lived through the ordeal so there might be another one. "London has fallen" - had to pay full price to buy it. There were a lot of bullets and some explosions. I thought there were several improbables that were jarring, like where are the people? The streets should be full of people. Of course, they couldn't do what they did with extras in the way, so ... no people. I would call it a 'B' movie, good enough if you can find a dollar matinee and have time to kill.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse - at April 28, 2018 02:29 PM (roQNm)

97 1 Two kinds of movies that bore me to tears: 1. Star Wars movies 2. Marvel/DC Superhero movies. Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine ****************************** Thought for a Saturday Eve. Movie Thread: Current movies that mature, seasoned, older, adults over 29 would enjoy watching.

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 02:29 PM (Cz+xD)

98 I keep hearing horror stories about the theater going experience, but whenever I go, I never see the same behavior. Weird. Maybe I'm just blind to it. Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 07:17 PM (Jj43a) --- Me neither! I never see it. And I'm the kind of person who doesn't like being in a crowd of people and am easily annoyed. Unless I am "that person"...

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 02:30 PM (qJtVm)

99 Grammie, I think you may be on to something re: my daughter. We are reading about it now.

Posted by: Jewells45 at April 28, 2018 02:30 PM (dUJdY)

100 Oh, and one more recommendation, although it's also not a new film: The Arrival. Aliens send ships, to Earth! Oh no!!! Except... it's not that kind of movie. It's intelligent, with the main character being a linguist. And talk about music being such an integral part of the experience. Max Richter composed the music, and he's also responsible for the music from the show, The Leftovers. Very evocative. Amy Adams, as she does in every movie she's in, steals the show.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 28, 2018 02:30 PM (Pz4pT)

101 There is an epic 19 page post on 4chan breaking down why Bat man Vs. Superman is a great film. When I find it I'll post it in the future. Needless to say, the guy was correct. It opened my eyes to what was really being said and done in that underrated movie.

Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 02:31 PM (573j3)

102 Current movies that mature, seasoned, older, adults over 29 would enjoy watching. By "current" you mean available on BluRay from the Criterion Collection, right?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 28, 2018 02:31 PM (fuK7c)

103 One of the most delightful song and dance musicals I've ever seen. That's not saying much. I can't stand musicals, generally. There have only been a precious few good musicals - in all of human history. Pretty much the only half-decent Broadway musical was The Magic Show. As to the Girls of Rochefurter ... that's the one with Catherine Deneuve's sister in it, right? And Catherine Deneuve. I think her sister was better looking, but she did some awful and odd movies ... pretty much like Catherine Deneuve, herself. Shame. So much beauty ... such awful taste.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 28, 2018 02:32 PM (8gDQu)

104 It's always caused me a bit of concern that there is a space between the "E" and the "L" in MARVEL. A couple of more snifters of Martell ad a soak in the hot tub, all will good

Posted by: Martha at April 28, 2018 02:32 PM (Ymy4N)

105 Grammie, I think you may be on to something re: my daughter. We are reading about it now.

Posted by: Jewells45 at April 28, 2018 07:30 PM (dUJdY)

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Thought I'd pass the idea along.  I suffered with it for weeks before they figured it out.

Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 02:32 PM (lwiT4)

106 There's been a last-minute change on TCM. Right now they're showing The Gumball Rally, but what was originally scheduled was Let's Do It Again, starring Sidney Poitier . . . and Bill Cosby.

Posted by: Pete in TX at April 28, 2018 02:32 PM (2RBkF)

107 I could suspend my Di Caprio dislike for " Blood Diamond" and ' Body of Lies".

Posted by: Ben Had at April 28, 2018 02:32 PM (BFWvf)

108 TCM was on the other day, caught a bit of a Westrn with Dean Martin as a cowboy/riverboat gambler/conman type. Had Charles Bronson as laconic badass cowboy type. A scene that had to be what the phoney baloney jobs scene in Blazing Saddles was parodying. And a cameo by the Three Stooges.

Posted by: blaster at April 28, 2018 02:32 PM (jHrzU)

109 Loved Ant-Man. I think that sets me apart from the rest if the world." I liked Ant-Man a lot too, and what I liked the most is that it never took itself too seriously and maintained a real sense of humor throughout. I can take comic book characters when they're written that way. the Thomas the Train sequence was hilarious! As was the bug zapper.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 02:32 PM (V2Yro)

110 Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine ****************************** Thought for a Saturday Eve. Movie Thread: Current movies that mature, seasoned, older, adults over 29 would enjoy watching. Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 07:29 PM (Cz+xD) See my recommendations at #45 above. And #100, The Arrival. Adult movies.. but not that way (although seriously, it must be a Greek thing, I've never seen sex as graphic as it was in Dogtooth, from a non-pron movie).

Posted by: BurtTC at April 28, 2018 02:33 PM (Pz4pT)

111 Loved Ant-Man. I think that sets me apart from the rest if the world. --- Nope. Me too. I like the D-listers! Ant-Man, Deadpool, the Mystery Men...

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 02:33 PM (qJtVm)

112 BluRay, what's that?

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 02:33 PM (Cz+xD)

113 Re: Darby O'Gill and the Little People - I've divined the True Curse of the Leprechauns, and that curse is that every show and film ever made with Leprechauns in it, no matter how they are depicted, is going to suck beyond belief, and any actor who appears in one of these movies will find his reputation permanently tarnished by the experience. I don't think Darby O'Gill tarnished Connery's reputation. Zardoz yes. Darby no

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 28, 2018 02:33 PM (SiINZ)

114 The Revenant had to be one of the worst movies, ever. It is so friggin boring that I almost shewed my own foot off so I could get out in the middle. It was unbelievable how boring it was.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 28, 2018 02:33 PM (8gDQu)

115 It is one act. It's a one act action film that is super long and never stops. ..... That doesn't seem like a positive selling point for a film. Seems more like a two-hour video game. Just imho. Okay, I'm definitely getting old.

Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 02:34 PM (EzdLW)

116 Ten years and eighteen movies later, and the franchise is still going strong, dominating the box office with every film, That is just a sad commentary on modern American society.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 28, 2018 02:35 PM (8gDQu)

117 Batman vs Superman only makes sense if you assume that both of them are emo retards. "oh my god your mom was named Martha too? I am SO SO sorry! boo hoo hoo hoo."

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 02:35 PM (V2Yro)

118 101 There is an epic 19 page post on 4chan breaking down why Bat man Vs. Superman is a great film. When I find it I'll post it in the future. Needless to say, the guy was correct. It opened my eyes to what was really being said and done in that underrated movie. Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 07:31 PM (573j3) ===== I've been a defender for a while. I don't think it's great, but it definitely has worth.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 02:35 PM (Jj43a)

119 Current movies that mature, seasoned, older, adults over 29 would enjoy watching. ------------------------------------ By "current" you mean available on BluRay from the Criterion Collection, right? Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 28, 2018 07:31 PM (fuK7c) And my recommendations are NOT in theaters. Good grief, you couldn't get me in a movie theater these days... I would rather have dental surgery without anesthesia.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 28, 2018 02:35 PM (Pz4pT)

120 Wife and I saw London Has Fallen in the theater. I guess it was summer of 16. I said to the wife that was a two hour commercial for Trump.

Posted by: blaster at April 28, 2018 02:36 PM (jHrzU)

121 It just struck me. There's talk of a female Indiana Jones. Paris Hilton starring Paris Hilton!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 28, 2018 02:36 PM (+y/Ru)

122 B movie doesn't really refer to a budget, but how theaters used to show movies. The A movie was the attraction and shown first. The B movie was shown second and was typically genre related. So, when I call The Revenant a B movie, I mean that it's really no more than a genre flick (revenge and survival) without any real depth to it, the sort of story that would normally populate the bottom half of a double bill. Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 07:24 PM (Jj43a) ++++ I agree with most of that except the budget. When a movie has the budget, it can hire the 'A' list actors, like DiCaprio. If you got DiCaprio on the marquee, that is not the film rounding out the bottom half of the double feature. But, the film didn't have much in the way of greater meaning. Pretty views and some good shot 'em ups.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at April 28, 2018 02:36 PM (pvjTE)

123 My problem with Marvel is how many times can you reboot Spiderman?  They've already done the origin story 3 times...

Posted by: AshevilleRobert at April 28, 2018 02:37 PM (w+Jhj)

124 the arrival... you don't mean the charlie sheen flick? i thought that was one of the best sic-fi movies since star wars. simple, story-driven, well constructed: they got a lot out of a modest budget with effective use of special effects.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 02:37 PM (Pg+x7)

125 @ 108 -- Speaking of Bronson: I watched a '40s noir flick last week. Didn't recognize any of the cast names, but one face sure stood out. I reran through the credits, and yep -- Charles Brofnowski(?) Film's title is "Crime Wave."

Posted by: Weak Geek at April 28, 2018 02:37 PM (zT4Y1)

126 122 But, the film didn't have much in the way of greater meaning. Pretty views and some good shot 'em ups. Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at April 28, 2018 07:36 PM (pvjTE) ====== I think there may be something there. My first viewing, though, showed me some contradictory stuff in terms of theme, so I'm kind of stuck and need a second viewing.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 02:38 PM (Jj43a)

127 I actually like the movie-going experience --- the dark room with a yuuuuge screen, the $5 popcorn, the previews, the need to stuff my ears with kleenex because the sound is too loud, the nagging guilt because I made everyone sit back much farther than they wanted to just so I won't get nauseated. All of it. Okay, except for the guilt. But there is rarely anything shown out here in the boondocks that piques my interest.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at April 28, 2018 02:38 PM (0jtPF)

128 My problem with Marvel is how many times can you reboot Spiderman? They've already done the origin story 3 times... Posted by: AshevilleRobert at April 28, 2018 07:37 PM (w+Jhj) As many times as they think they can still squeeze money out of it

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 28, 2018 02:39 PM (SiINZ)

129 Grammie what did they do for it?

Posted by: Jewells45 at April 28, 2018 02:39 PM (dUJdY)

130 I don't think Darby O'Gill tarnished Connery's reputation. Zardoz yes. Darby no Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 28, 2018 07:33 PM (SiINZ) ---- Zardoz is like a drugs-without-drugs experience. Pony-tailed Connery in a red diaper and thigh boots riding bareback across a post-apocalyptic Britain? It's the 70's baby! That's how they rolled! I kind of miss the freakiness of sci-fi movies from that era. Everything is so tightly focus-grouped now.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 02:39 PM (qJtVm)

131 "I believe you can legally wallop them with your purse.

Posted by: fluffy at April 28, 2018 07:27 PM (cHbmY)
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Dang. Wish I'd known that.
Posted by: grammie winger"

Be careful that you take your .45 out of the purse before you do that.

Posted by: AshevilleRobert at April 28, 2018 02:39 PM (w+Jhj)

132 123 My problem with Marvel is how many times can you reboot Spiderman? They've already done the origin story 3 times... Posted by: AshevilleRobert at April 28, 2018 07:37 PM (w+Jhj) ====== Sony actually owns the movie rights. The only reason he's in the MCU is because Sony screwed up so royally with it's last solo attempt. Blame Sony for the constant reboots, not Marvel.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 02:39 PM (Jj43a)

133 You know what's a good movie? In Bruges. That's a good movie. And it's on now, but I can't stick around for the whole thing.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 28, 2018 02:39 PM (fuK7c)

134 The Young Girls of Rochefort (Netflix Rating 5/5 | Quality Rating 4/4) Poster blurb: "One of the most delightful song and dance musicals I've ever seen. I had a stupid smile on my face from beginning to end." [Netflix DVD]

Eye candy for both sexes in that movie.  Men get to gaze at Catherine Deneuve and her real life sister, who plays her fraternal twin; I always enjoy watching  young George Chakiris.  It was almost strange to see Deneuve play such a light-hearted character; light-heartedness is not a word I generally associate with Deneuve.

I read an interesting review about a new frog movie which makes merciless fun of director Jean-Luc Godard for his left-wing pretentiousness.  It has not been received well by the the French film establishment, or that citadel of left-wing pretentiousness, the NY Times.  Godard is reportedly furious about it.   Fine by me, since I find his movies unbearably boring.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V sez don't you dare walk the damn pitcher at April 28, 2018 02:40 PM (H80UQ)

135 (truth in commenting: i like movies that get a lot out of a little. no one talks about "let it ride."

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 02:40 PM (Pg+x7)

136 )

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 02:40 PM (Pg+x7)

137 Saw A:IW yesterday morning - no spoilers but the theater was silent for the last 15 minutes and all through the credits.  Was a great culmination for the last 10 years.
 
I'm in the Ant-Man camp for one of favorites - a great caper/heist movie.

Posted by: astronaut achmed at April 28, 2018 02:40 PM (PUKsa)

138 g'early evenin', 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at April 28, 2018 02:40 PM (KCxzN)

139 Now I like musicals a lot - anything by Rodgers and Hammerstein, or Rodgers and anyone. I think as time goes by people will recognize that Rodgers wrote waltzes better than even Johann Strauss did. West Side Story is the absolute peak of Musical Theatre in the 20th century, nothing before or after hits everything as perfectly as that one did. And c'mon, even though Brigadoon is silly, it's still loads of fun to listen to. As are most of the Lerner and Lowe's musicals. "What a day this has been, what a rare mood I'm in, well it's almost like being in Love"

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 02:41 PM (V2Yro)

140 blaster, did you not think that " Olympus has Fallen " was the story of barky as well?

Posted by: Ben Had at April 28, 2018 02:41 PM (BFWvf)

141 [... all done.]

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 02:41 PM (Pg+x7)

142 Grammie what did they do for it?

Posted by: Jewells45 at April 28, 2018 07:39 PM (dUJdY)

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It's been a couple of decades ago, but IIRC they put me on anti-inflammatory steroids. Prednisone.

Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 02:42 PM (lwiT4)

143 You know what's a good movie? In Bruges. That's a good movie. Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 28, 2018 07:39 PM (fuK7c) Yes, it is.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 28, 2018 02:42 PM (8gDQu)

144 136: the syntax hilighter thanks you.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 02:43 PM (y87Qq)

145 Teri Garr and Jennifer Tilley ... that'll work.

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 02:43 PM (Cz+xD)

146 I found out today that season 3 of Ash vs Evil Dead will be the last. Bummer. I don't subscribe to Starz but I did buy the S1 and S2 Blu-Rays.

Posted by: antisocial justice beatnik at April 28, 2018 02:43 PM (NL6wI)

147 I just signed up for a month trial of netflix and I've been watching the first season of Fauda. It's pretty friggin good. We'll have to see how it ends, though ...

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 28, 2018 02:44 PM (8gDQu)

148 Eye in the Sky (Netflix Rating 4/5 | Quality Rating 3/4) "Intelligent and mature look at the moral and legal questions that arise from warfare and its collateral impacts." [Amazon Prime] ++++ Agreed. It was a good. movie. I thought the characters spent too much time on the issues instead of doing what needed to be done, but that's the world we live in today. So, not so much a criticism of the film, but the stupid rules of engagement our military and intelligence forces are required to dither about with.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at April 28, 2018 02:44 PM (pvjTE)

149 Your description and rating of "Transcendance" are spot-on, TJM. For me the only positive was Rebecca Hall, and that's only because I've had a little crush on her since the first film I saw her in ( "Joe's Palace" - an odd little movie, btw ).

Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 02:44 PM (EzdLW)

150 I like Zardoz! And I agree with you All Hail Eris, I really like the way that sci-fi of that era was not afraid of going into really weird, whacked out ideas. Everything today has got to be explosions and robot sex, no real ideas at all. Zardoz is extremely psychological, and actually makes you think about what's going on.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 02:44 PM (V2Yro)

151 Now this is how The Future (1980!) went down in some Gerry Anderson alternate universe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd2Kn4Pxbdk Groove-a-delic daddy! I wonder why metallic mesh tops for guys never caught on?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 02:44 PM (qJtVm)

152 It's been a couple of decades ago, but IIRC they put me on anti-inflammatory steroids. Prednisone. okay.. thanks so much for the info. From what I am reading sometimes repetitive motion in the arms can cause it. She works at Amazon filling bins all day. Lots of arm motion.

Posted by: Jewells45 at April 28, 2018 02:44 PM (dUJdY)

153 Teri Garr and Jennifer Tilley ... that'll work. Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 07:43 PM (Cz+xD) You must be talking about Let It Ride. Very, very fun movie.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 28, 2018 02:45 PM (8gDQu)

154 She works at Amazon filling bins all day. Lots of arm motion.

Posted by: Jewells45 at April 28, 2018 07:44 PM (dUJdY)

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Oh geez.  I hope it's something else then.  I don't want to see her hurting all day long on the job. 

Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 02:46 PM (lwiT4)

155 How come they never do any comic book movies about Little Lulu? Josie and the Pussycats got a movie. The Archives got a f'n TV show. Lulu gets squat. What's up with that?

Posted by: f'd at April 28, 2018 02:46 PM (UdKB7)

156 the arrival... you don't mean the charlie sheen flick? i thought that was one of the best sic-fi movies since star wars. simple, story-driven, well constructed: they got a lot out of a modest budget with effective use of special effects. Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 07:37 PM (Pg+x7) No, I'm not sure what you are referring to. This movie came out in 2016. It's actually called "Arrival," no 'the' in the title, so maybe there are two movies of similar names. Denis Villeneuve directed, and I have to say he's got to be one of the best in the business these days.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 28, 2018 02:46 PM (Pz4pT)

157 The only superhero films that have any merit and are transcendent...

Superman The Movie
The Dark Knight
Logan

That.
Is.
It.

The main problem with superhero film, especially marvel, is that they are a hodgpodge of disperate story lines from classic story arcs all smashed together and largely make no sense.

Don't even get me started with the what they have done with this Infinity Gauntlet garbage.


Posted by: Kreplach at April 28, 2018 02:47 PM (UfMVm)

158 I kind of miss the freakiness of sci-fi movies from that era. Everything is so tightly focus-grouped now. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 07:39 PM (qJtVm) And that's why today's movies are so boring. There is zero creativity. It's very paint by numbers

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 28, 2018 02:47 PM (SiINZ)

159 "Sony actually owns the movie rights. The only reason he's in the MCU is because Sony screwed up so royally with it's last solo attempt.

Blame Sony for the constant reboots, not Marvel. Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone"

How did Marvel let the, probably, # 1 draw of it's universe get away from them?  (I'd say Spiderman and Iron Man are tied for 1st place.)

1st Iron Man movie would been better if they'd played the song as he was coming out of the cave, instead of over the ending credits.

Posted by: AshevilleRobert at April 28, 2018 02:47 PM (w+Jhj)

160 Josie and the Pussycats got a movie. Posted by: f'd at April 28, 2018 07:46 PM (UdKB7) That was a good movie, though the Spice Girls' movie, Spice World, was a little bit better.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 28, 2018 02:47 PM (8gDQu)

161 Zardoz is extremely psychological, and actually makes you think about what's going on. --- It really is! The effete lotus eaters versus the vicious but vital primitives.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 02:47 PM (qJtVm)

162 I found out today that season 3 of Ash vs Evil Dead will be the last. Bummer. I don't subscribe to Starz but I did buy the S1 and S2 Blu-Rays. Posted by: antisocial justice beatnik at April 28, 2018 07:43 PM I like that show. I don't like gore in general, but in Ash vs Evil Dead it's so ridiculously over-the-top it's humorous -- like those game shows where the contestants get slimed with goop.

Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 02:47 PM (EzdLW)

163 Archies

Posted by: f'd at April 28, 2018 02:47 PM (UdKB7)

164 simple premise: cabby overhears a tip on a horse, goes to the track and has a wonderful day. all done startinggggggggggggggggggggg now.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 02:47 PM (Pg+x7)

165 I am thankful to GotG2 for re-introducing me to Mr. Blue Sky. 4/4 time & quarter notes FTW !!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Adriane the Audio Critic ... at April 28, 2018 02:47 PM (AoK0a)

166 Perhaps more on topic, Legion on FX is a Marvel joint. I guess I would call it Xmen adjacent. I don't do comic books to know if it is from there, it is grade A weird but the visuals in the cinematography are outstanding. There aren't any big stars so they put the money into production values. It has to be very expensive. The story is non-linear and slow, but actually well thought out. Posted by: blaster at April 28, 2018 07:24 PM (jHrzU) "Legion" is flat-out great TV. Plus, it's a show that refuses to spoon feed you. It actually treats the audience as intelligent. The first season is so weird and so wonderful and so well-done that I thought it would just explode into the public conscience. Nope. The second season so far has been very good if not as mindblowingly awesome. I think it's basically the middle act so certain plot mechanics have to occur. Sadly, the rating for "Legion" are vanishingly small. So, that third season where it all comes together may not happen. But, what am I worried about? It's not like FOX to cancel awesome series out of the blue midseason and all.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 28, 2018 02:47 PM (9q7Dl)

167 There's been a last-minute change on TCM. Right now they're showing The Gumball Rally, but what was originally scheduled was Let's Do It Again, starring Sidney Poitier . . . and Bill Cosby. Posted by: Pete in TX at April 28, 2018 07:32 PM (2RBkF) Bill will now be written out of history..... No more "Mother, Jugs and Speed" reruns.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at April 28, 2018 02:48 PM (EoRCO)

168 Due to budgetary constraints all of the 'action sequences' in our next Hulk reboot will be replaced with pirated footage from Shrek 2. Viewers shouldn't be able to tell the difference in the quality of the film in comparison with anything else we've made.

Posted by: Marvel Studios at April 28, 2018 02:48 PM (zTtjJ)

169 I've had a couple of family members take prednisone, and it can be a wonder drug, but it also has weird side effects sometimes. Made my sister's face swell up like a beach ball.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 02:49 PM (V2Yro)

170 The first 45 or so minutes....the first act....of Iron Man I is some of the finest storytelling I've ever seen. Just....ever. The second act was really fun. The last act...wasn't bad, but it had no chance of living up to what preceded it. And I still think that it's a crying shame that we never got the Mandarin that that movie promised us. Infinity War was.....intense. But as someone said, was just a first/second act. The finish...isn't really a finish. And I'm a bit miffed at the post-credit scene. That was not a story that I care about! Show me a teaser about the characters that I'm so desperately vested in! ....Something about them! ....Anything about them! ....Okay, I'm better now....

Posted by: Castle Guy at April 28, 2018 02:49 PM (Lhaco)

171 159 How did Marvel let the, probably, # 1 draw of it's universe get away from them? (I'd say Spiderman and Iron Man are tied for 1st place.) 1st Iron Man movie would been better if they'd played the song as he was coming out of the cave, instead of over the ending credits. Posted by: AshevilleRobert at April 28, 2018 07:47 PM (w+Jhj) ======== They sold those rights in the 80s when they needed money. They sold all of the best assets at the time. Iron Man was second tier when they bright that out. The studios in charge of Spidey and x men and fantastic four will not let them go completely now.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 02:49 PM (Jj43a)

172 Grammie, she may have to do something else. They did offer a job as a problem solver right at the start of her job but she said she would rather do fulfillment. I think if she talks to her boss he may still offer her the problem solver job.

Posted by: Jewells45 at April 28, 2018 02:49 PM (dUJdY)

173 >>> I like that show. I don't like gore in general, but in Ash vs Evil Dead it's so ridiculously over-the-top it's humorous -- like those game shows where the contestants get slimed with goop. Listen up, you primitive screw heads!

Posted by: fluffy at April 28, 2018 02:50 PM (cHbmY)

174 @140 Olympus was an attempt at making Barky a hero kinda like Air Force One was supposed to do for WJC. But since I am not a Barky fan it didn't work for me. My point on London was not that there was a Trump hero character but that the bad guys were infiltrating Muslims (yeah, spoilers).

Posted by: blaster at April 28, 2018 02:50 PM (jHrzU)

175 Now I like musicals a lot I've never been able to watch a musical in it's entirely. Unless The Wizard of Oz counts as a musical. I can suspend belief for space aliens or ghosts or almost anything else unusual but just can't seem to wrap my head around people spontaneously breaking out in song and (especially) dance on the street or in the corn field.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 28, 2018 02:50 PM (IqV8l)

176 Made my sister's face swell up like a beach ball.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 07:49 PM (V2Yro)

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Been there.  Prednisone is a miracle drug, if it doesn't kill you first.

Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 02:50 PM (lwiT4)

177 "There's been a last-minute change on TCM. Right now they're showing The Gumball Rally, but what was originally scheduled was Let's Do It Again, starring Sidney Poitier . . . and Bill Cosby.
Posted by: Pete in TX at April 28, 2018 07:32 PM (2RBkF)

Bill will now be written out of history.....

No more "Mother, Jugs and Speed" reruns. Posted by: Hairyback Guy"

I saw a Cosby Show rerun on just a couple of nights ago, but I'm sure it won't be on the schedule long.

It'll hurt the other actors because they won't get anything either.

Posted by: AshevilleRobert at April 28, 2018 02:51 PM (w+Jhj)

178 Grammie, how long were you on the prednisone?

Posted by: Jewells45 at April 28, 2018 02:51 PM (dUJdY)

179 The only thing that really sticks with me about that movie is the flying aircraft carriers.

An obvious impossibility that might even be stupid if you had actual anti-gravity.

Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/u][/s] at April 28, 2018 02:52 PM (FhXTo)

180 According to top Scientists, the 1st Captain America movie was far superior to the 2nd.

So don't be a denier, people.

Posted by: Dr Spank at April 28, 2018 02:52 PM (nKbPK)

181 Last night, I got to watching some Clouseau clips, and nearly pissed myself watching these. The first one, he's "under the covers" as salty Swedish sea dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g_mWXCJRP8 And then, the "beumb": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P2ERa5beGw Note the Strangelovian "I can walk" reference. And, the "minkey": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6muq1smaVCQ You need a lisahhhnce for the minkey to do business.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion of a Poperin Pear at April 28, 2018 02:52 PM (8O3HH)

182 Musicals: "All That Jazz"

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 02:53 PM (Cz+xD)

183 I think if she talks to her boss he may still offer her the problem solver job.

Posted by: Jewells45 at April 28, 2018 07:49 PM (dUJdY)

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It's good that she's got an alternative to fall back on.  I just hope she gets the right diagnosis and treatment fro the doc.  Doctors are wonderful when they're not being stupid.

Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 02:53 PM (lwiT4)

184 Hadn't looked but no R.Lee Ermey movie day ?

Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 02:53 PM (aC6Sd)

185 naturalfake at April 28, 2018 07:47 PM (9q7Dl) I got the S1 DVD & binged watched. It was great!

Posted by: Adriane the Audio Critic ... at April 28, 2018 02:53 PM (AoK0a)

186 The only thing that really sticks with me about that movie is the flying aircraft carriers. An obvious impossibility that might even be stupid if you had actual anti-gravity. Posted by: DaveA at April 28, 2018 07:52 PM (FhXTo) Hey now, not so fast.

Posted by: USS Akron at April 28, 2018 02:53 PM (EoRCO)

187 "The studios in charge of Spidey and x men and fantastic four will not let them go completely now. Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone"

Whoever got them would have to pay out the nose plus more.

Posted by: AshevilleRobert at April 28, 2018 02:53 PM (w+Jhj)

188 Avengers is becoming tiresome, and I think it's because they use the same old cast every single time. It's similar to fatigue that comes from stations overplaying rock songs. I'm not sure I could stand the sight of them all yet again. At least DC periodically changes their Batman and Superman actors. Whatever you think of Affleck personally, he wasn't a bad Batman. And at least in Batman vs Superman there was some real tension since both sides had vulnerabilities and you didn't know who would come out on top, unlike Captain America vs Ironman, a yawnfest since both are basically indestructible. Although as Tom Servo noted above, the "Martha" thing was retarded.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 28, 2018 02:54 PM (/qEW2)

189 Don't get all the hate for the 2nd Thor movie. The final fight is probably the best, most fun, action sequence (well, okay top five anyway) in a Marvel movie as they zap back and forth through dimensions. Yeah, admittedly the girlfriend scenes were a stone cold drag, and- if they'd kept going with that domesticated Thor stuff, Ragnarok would've been about Thor as an incompetent stay home Dad changing baby diapers. But, on the plus side, that might've given us Marvel's version of "Lone Wolf and Cub"- with Thor decapitating Ice Giants and blood geysers shooting from their necks.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 28, 2018 02:54 PM (9q7Dl)

190 Grammie, how long were you on the prednisone?

Posted by: Jewells45 at April 28, 2018 07:51 PM (dUJdY)

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Well, I have an underlying auto-immune disorder, so on and off for about 35 years now.  Currently not on it, thanks be to God.

Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 02:54 PM (lwiT4)

191 I saw Rampage this week. I think it was subtitled "Another Big Dumb 'Rock' Movie." I'm watching all the Marvel movies before I see the new Avengers movie because I've missed some of them. So.. X Men: Meh. Where's Beast? Spiderman: Good, but too long. X Men 2: Ok. Beast only appears on a TV screen. Fine. Hulk: Ho-Lee Cow is this a bad movie! I don't remember it being so bad. Shoulda skipped it.

Posted by: sinalco at April 28, 2018 02:55 PM (yODqO)

192 Odd, Olympus has fallen, Air Force One, Independence Day and London has Fallen, I thought the president in London was George W.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse - at April 28, 2018 02:55 PM (roQNm)

193 Husband and son dragged me to the Avengers 2 movie. I hate comic books so the movies were not something I wanted to see. They told me Joss Whedon directed the Marvel movies because I loved Firefly. So I went and it was enjoyable. But I have promised myself and them that I never have to see another superhero movie ever again. I never saw Batman or Superman or any of the comic book movies. Not that I hate them, but they bore me and I don't know the timeline that explains everything.

Posted by: abby at April 28, 2018 02:55 PM (AfGF2)

194 If the deal goes through - X-Men and FF will revert back to Marvel Studios (Since Disney is possibly buying all of Fox Movie rights).
 
The constant need for Spider Man and FF reboots was to keep it in the hands of the studios who had the rights.  The sharing of Spider Man by Sony with Marvel (i.e. Disney) was a deal where all Spider-verse movies reside in the MCU but are not going to be seen outside Sony produced SM movies (i.e. Venom will not be in any Marvel Studio/Disney movies).
 
/Fanboy hat off

Posted by: astronaut achmed at April 28, 2018 02:55 PM (PUKsa)

195 @182

As for musicals, the best movie musical I've seen is Chicago.

I saw it at the Zigfeld on opening night to an SRO crowd.

It's was largely theater people so when each character came on screen the audience cheered and hollered, one of the best movie experiences I've ever had.

Posted by: Kreplach at April 28, 2018 02:55 PM (UfMVm)

196 I must admit though, that scene where Hulk grabs Loki and smashes him back and forth on the floor was pretty funny.

Posted by: AshevilleRobert at April 28, 2018 02:56 PM (w+Jhj)

197 Listen to this! "In the 1940s, Little Lulu appeared in a series of theatrical animated shorts produced by Famous Studios for Paramount Pictures from 1943 to 1948, which replaced the Superman shorts of the 1940s." And they hated her ever since. That's why she has been shunned by the superhero movie industry.

Posted by: f'd at April 28, 2018 02:57 PM (UdKB7)

198 Sondheim, had to look it up, he must have started his professional career when he was a teenager.

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 02:57 PM (Cz+xD)

199 OT: this president has a lot of energy. 

Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 02:57 PM (QDnY+)

200 Movie musical idea: All That Jazz. Roy Scheider as Bob Fosse. Very sleazy pre-Giuliani New York vibe.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 02:57 PM (qJtVm)

201 195 @182 As for musicals, the best movie musical I've seen is Chicago. I saw it at the Zigfeld on opening night to an SRO crowd. It's was largely theater people so when each character came on screen the audience cheered and hollered, one of the best movie experiences I've ever had. Posted by: Kreplach at April 28, 2018 07:55 PM (UfMVm) ====== Meta comment: For those wondering why I include lists of movies I watch, it's this. To get side conversations going while still being about movies. End comment.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 02:58 PM (Jj43a)

202 I did see Zardoz but I saw it at the drive-in. Which explains why I have no memory of it.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 28, 2018 02:58 PM (Lqy/e)

203 OT/But wow. Kanye West Condemns Black America’s Allegiance to the Democrat ‘Plantation’ in Song ‘Ye vs. the People’ Rap megastar Kanye West released a new song on Saturday sending what could be considered one of the boldest political statement’s in rap history — questioning black Americans’ near-monolithic support of the Democratic Party. And away we go...

Posted by: prof disarray, gumdrop gorilla channel at April 28, 2018 02:59 PM (Jesl+)

204 Heh, I was confusing Kevin Feige for Paul Feig. My first thought about Kevin Feige was "is that the idiot who directed the female Ghostbusters?"

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 28, 2018 02:59 PM (/qEW2)

205 Drive-ins might be good.  I probably wouldn't have to cosh anybody over the head at at a drive-in.

Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 03:00 PM (lwiT4)

206 Winter Soldier is probably the best 'movie' of the lot. It has characters, but also a story that fits those characters. It feels tight and moves and flows very well. The more I think about Guardians 2, the more a mess of some good scenes and... other stuff. I think the root to any of these movies is understanding what is good and great about the character. The Cap movies (with the exception of the third) did that. The rest of them, it seems like they do not understand the appeal of the characters and hence cannot show that.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 03:00 PM (zGiai)

207 they bore me and I don't know the timeline that explains everything. Posted by: abby at April 28, 2018 07:55 PM (AfGF2) From what I hear, nobody at the studios does either. Good thing comic book nerds don't have Very Strong Feelings about their continuity or anything.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 03:01 PM (y87Qq)

208 Three Burials for Melquiedes Estrada

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 03:01 PM (Cz+xD)

209 I would like to toss out a flick on cable that is pretty creepy. Not sure the actual station. Either HBO/Cinimax/Showtime. It's "The Autopsy of Jane Doe". It was surprisingly good IMHO.

Posted by: Drider at April 28, 2018 03:02 PM (HdKKm)

210 199: OT this president has a lot of energy. this president is zardoz. (i.e. the sean connery character).

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 03:02 PM (Pg+x7)

211 When I saw "Rampage" with my friends, it was in the middle of the week around noon. Tumbleweeds in the theater. Half the concession stand was closed. Parking lot was nearly empty. It was heaven. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 07:16 PM (qJtVm) This is the only way I go to see movies in the theater.

Posted by: sinalco at April 28, 2018 03:02 PM (yODqO)

212 208 Three Burials for Melquiedes Estrada Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 08:01 PM (Cz+xD) ====== I've been thinking of rewatching that for a while... It's great stuff.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 03:03 PM (Jj43a)

213 President Trump is speaking in Michigan i'm watching from conservative Treehouse

Posted by: booknlass at April 28, 2018 03:04 PM (xGMkv)

214 Today as I was driving down to the Bristol CT Walmart to pick up 80 bags of mulch, I drove by a cinema. I remembered that the last time I was i a theater was when I saw Gladiator in NYC, waiting for the afternoon traffic to die down. I realized that would probably be the last time I ill ever be in a theater. God willing

Posted by: REDACTED at April 28, 2018 03:04 PM (Ymy4N)

215 Perhaps more on topic, Legion on FX is a Marvel joint. I guess I would call it Xmen adjacent. I don't do comic books to know if it is from there, it is grade A weird but the visuals in the cinematography are outstanding. There aren't any big stars so they put the money into production values. It has to be very expensive. The story is non-linear and slow, but actually well thought out. Posted by: blaster at April 28, 2018 07:24 PM Yeah, Legion is from X-Men/New Mutants comics. A significant, but minor character.

Posted by: otho at April 28, 2018 03:04 PM (7xR2D)

216 Prednisone is what I take when I'm not breathing well. I try to take low doses and get off it as soon as I can. (And I buy it from In-house pharmacy. It's from New Zealand and I can get it without a prescription). And they put my old cat on it today. It's a good drug when you need it but does have side effects.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 28, 2018 03:04 PM (Lqy/e)

217 Love me some Marvel movies. Would put "Black Panther" near the bottom of the pack. I did like it, but it had subpar CGI and a lot of stupid going on with the script.

Posted by: Darth Randall at April 28, 2018 03:04 PM (v3DL/)

218 The only thing that really sticks with me about that movie is the flying aircraft carriers. Do flying aircraft carriers launch boats?

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 28, 2018 03:04 PM (IqV8l)

219 They've been playing Nighthawks a lot on cable, that and Cliffhanger.

Those are two really solid Stallone flicks.

Posted by: Kreplach at April 28, 2018 03:04 PM (UfMVm)

220 I can suspend belief for space aliens or ghosts or almost anything else unusual but just can't seem to wrap my head around people spontaneously breaking out in song and (especially) dance on the street or in the corn field. " The deal with musicals is that you only see them if you like the music - they're not about plot, or even characters. Those are just vehicles that exist to give a loose story structure for the songs. (I'm not as much of a dance guy, but some people are) So if you go into it wanting a good story, you'll usually be disappointed (but I thought Evita and West Side Story did even that part well; c'mon, WSS is just Romeo and Juliet) Watching a musical is like cuing up an old favorite album. Now if you never liked that album, there's no point listening to it.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 03:04 PM (V2Yro)

221 It might be interesting to talk about how actors age--well, or not well. Redford was really good-looking. Didn't age well. Bruce Willis was a punk. Has become consistently more watchable. Leo Dicaprio was unwatchable for me for many years. My son bugged me to try this, try that. I couldn't believe a story told by anybody who looked like that. But now--I'm not saying he looks like a nice person, but he looks like a heavyweight. I suspect he'll become like Jack Nicholson, who I also found unwatchable in his early stuff. But as he continued, there were movies only he could carry. I suspect the same will be true of Dicaprio.

Posted by: Wenda (sic) at April 28, 2018 03:05 PM (Kr0FZ)

222 From what I hear, nobody at the studios does either. Good thing comic book nerds don't have Very Strong Feelings about their continuity or anything. Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 08:01 PM (y87Qq) --- Our office comics nerd is going to storyboard the timeline for us before we go as a group to see the flick. In a way, I am the best suited for this genre: I am neither a noob who will be thoroughly at sea, nor am I a fangrrl who will nitpick all the changes and timeline/story arc compressions. I have a nodding familiarity with it and can just let it wash over me and appreciate the experience.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 03:05 PM (qJtVm)

223 West Side Story is the absolute peak of Musical Theatre in the 20th century, nothing before or after hits everything as perfectly as that one did. - Although the movie sucked donkey dongs, my favorite musical may well be Man of La Mancha.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 28, 2018 03:05 PM (+y/Ru)

224 I suspect he'll become like Jack Nicholson, who I also found unwatchable in his early stuff. --- What?! No love for "Little Shop of Horrors"? Which has been showing on Comet.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 03:06 PM (qJtVm)

225 Also, more problems for Starbucks from an unexpected source. "The National Center for Public Policy Research’s Project 21 warns that Starbucks’ plan to shutter thousands of its stores on May 29 to train 175,000 employees in “implicit bias” could violate workers’ civil rights." Project 21 has been a leader in the black conservative movement for 25 years. They have sent letter to the Dept. of Justice, which you can read at Breitbart.

Posted by: prof disarray, gumdrop gorilla channel at April 28, 2018 03:07 PM (Jesl+)

226 210 199: OT this president has a lot of energy. this president is zardoz. (i.e. the sean connery character)." Oh, how I hope he does to Washington what Zed does to the Vortex at the end!!

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 03:07 PM (V2Yro)

227 TCM plays Zardoz probably once a year, it is how to put it, a running joke on the other site I go to so thats how I heard about it. Have seen it 3 times.

Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 03:07 PM (aC6Sd)

228 President Trump is speaking in Michigan i'm watching from conservative Treehouse Posted by: booknlass at April 28, 2018 08:04 PM (xGMkv) --- OMG I'm from Washington Michigan! Of course it was a pokey little town back then.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 03:09 PM (qJtVm)

229 I thought Guardians was idiotic.. sowwy..

I have not seen all the Marvel movies..  Of the ones I have seen, I thought the first two Iron Man movies to be good solid entertainment.

I saw the original Captain America and thought it was good.  Have not seen the sequel..

Thor original was pretty good.. good acting.. Anthony Hopkins!  The second one was a disappointment... never watched any more.

The second Avengers movie was CGI nirvana for CGI geeks..

One of these days I will rent Justice League over on the DC side..

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at April 28, 2018 03:09 PM (5tSKk)

230 They ought to make a musical Death Wish. I used to be a bleeding heart Now I'll make your heart bleed Die, motherfvcker, die! Die, motherfvcker, die!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 28, 2018 03:11 PM (+y/Ru)

231 That's so cool, All Hail Eris! you probably know someone there

Posted by: booknlass at April 28, 2018 03:11 PM (xGMkv)

232 Our office comics nerd is going to storyboard the timeline for us before we go as a group to see the flick. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 08:05 PM (qJtVm) I don't know how they do it. Perpetually cursed by the obligation to see the movies on opening night but doomed to be horribly disappointed by them every time. If I'm going to end up with an eternal ironic torment I'd rather just piss in Zeus' coffee and get it over with.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 03:11 PM (y87Qq)

233 Oh, hey -- Who besides me is eagerly awaiting "Incredibles II"? When the first one was released, we waited for it to hit second-run theaters to save money. The day after we saw it, we bought the DVD. Net savings: Less than zero.

Posted by: Weak Geek at April 28, 2018 03:11 PM (zT4Y1)

234 BOOOOOOOs for Maxine Waters!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 03:11 PM (qJtVm)

235 To be honest, if I had the choice of going to see a movie with the Horde or stay home, I would stay home.

Posted by: Soona at April 28, 2018 03:11 PM (oNaT+)

236 I've been on Prednisone a few times. I remember it helping my symptoms a lot and also an urge to scrub the kitchen floor at 2 in the morning.

Posted by: Jewells45 at April 28, 2018 03:11 PM (dUJdY)

237 Although the movie sucked donkey dongs, my favorite musical may well be Man of La Mancha." That was a very good one. On the list of very overrated musicals, I would place Camelot - it was a silly place. and thinking of bad movie versions of good music - Tommy. Trying to make Rex Reed and Ann Margret sing was one of biggest brain farts ever. Still, Tina Turner and Elton John's bits are still worth watching.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 03:12 PM (V2Yro)

238 I picked Downfall this week but haven't watched it yet.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 28, 2018 03:12 PM (Lqy/e)

239 The deal with musicals is that you only see them if you like the music - they're not about plot, or even characters. Those are just vehicles that exist to give a loose story structure for the songs. (I'm not as much of a dance guy, but some people are) So if you go into it wanting a good story, you'll usually be disappointed (but I thought Evita and West Side Story did even that part well; c'mon, WSS is just Romeo and Juliet) Watching a musical is like cuing up an old favorite album. Now if you never liked that album, there's no point listening to it. Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 08:04 PM (V2Yro) ************* Musicals were getting more sophisticated about context and transitions; I think they realized a bigger audience than women, fags, the four of us and Ben Steyn, then the whole thing went to hell.

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 03:13 PM (Cz+xD)

240 Chicago and Hair are the only musicals I could recommend.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at April 28, 2018 03:14 PM (pvjTE)

241 >>>Loved Ant-Man. I think that sets me apart from the rest if the world. I liked it too. I think it was good for one reason: Kirk Douglas stole the show. Awesome performance that rescued the movie. Everybody else was either wooden and generic, or just plain annoying. "Oh no. Not these three wombats".

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 28, 2018 03:14 PM (/qEW2)

242 Who besides me is eagerly awaiting "Incredibles II"? -- I don't know about 'eagerly' but I wanna see it.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse - at April 28, 2018 03:14 PM (roQNm)

243 241 >>>Loved Ant-Man. I think that sets me apart from the rest if the world. I liked it too. I think it was good for one reason: Kirk Douglas stole the show. Awesome performance that rescued the movie. Everybody else was either wooden and generic, or just plain annoying. "Oh no. Not these three wombats". Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 28, 2018 08:14 PM (/qEW2) ===== He looked so Spritely for his age, Kirk.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 03:15 PM (Jj43a)

244 Also, more problems for Starbucks from an unexpected source. - And didja see this? Truck carrying Starbucks products also hauling 126 pounds of meth For when caffeine just isn't god enough!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 28, 2018 03:15 PM (+y/Ru)

245 I don't agree with the assessment of Guardians of the Galaxy 2. It's not as good as the first but is a fine film in its own right. Also, to call it the second worst is to ignore the wortless shitshow that was Ironman 3. Thor The Dark World is the worst, though. On that I completely agree.

Posted by: Rusty Nail at April 28, 2018 03:16 PM (AR8Qx)

246 I picked Downfall this week but haven't watched it yet. Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 28, 2018 08:12 PM (Lqy/e) Well I won't spoil it for you then. I thought it was amazing and chilling, kind of a shame that it's been distilled down to a silly internet meme.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 03:16 PM (y87Qq)

247 Gah. I meant *Michael Douglas*. Feh.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 28, 2018 03:16 PM (/qEW2)

248 and thinking of bad movie versions of good music - Tommy. Trying to make Rex Reed and Ann Margret sing was one of biggest brain farts ever. Still, Tina Turner and Elton John's bits are still worth watching. Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 08:12 PM (V2Yro) Yeah, they should have gotten Oliver Reed instead and then he and Keith Moon could have gone on some epic drinking binges

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 28, 2018 03:17 PM (SiINZ)

249 245 I don't agree with the assessment of Guardians of the Galaxy 2. It's not as good as the first but is a fine film in its own right. Also, to call it the second worst is to ignore the wortless shitshow that was Ironman 3. Thor The Dark World is the worst, though. On that I completely agree. Posted by: Rusty Nail at April 28, 2018 08:16 PM (AR8Qx) ====== Ironman 3 is underrated, though not perfect. I like it quite a bit.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 03:17 PM (Jj43a)

250 Elton John's bits are still worth watching. Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 08:12 PM (V2Yro) *clears throat*

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 03:17 PM (y87Qq)

251 Kirk Douglas? I thought Michael played Henry Pym.

Posted by: Weak Geek at April 28, 2018 03:17 PM (zT4Y1)

252 BOOOOOOOs for Maxine Waters! Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 08:11 Trump is rocking this. Much better than sitting w/ the pompous media azzholes in DC who are licking each others taint.

Posted by: Farmer at April 28, 2018 03:18 PM (yJ1e6)

253 and thinking of bad movie versions of good music - Tommy. Trying to make Rex Reed and Ann Margret sing was one of biggest brain farts ever. Still, Tina Turner and Elton John's bits are still worth watching. Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 08:12 PM (V2Yro) Yeah, they should have gotten Oliver Reed instead and then he and Keith Moon could have gone on some epic drinking binges Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 28, 2018 08:17 PM (SiINZ) Yup....."Tommy" was horrible. Almost ruined the The Who for me.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at April 28, 2018 03:18 PM (EoRCO)

254 I loved that about Prednisone! It's the one thing that makes me want to do housework! I like the Music Man and am required by birth to like Oklahoma. I am not a big fan of musicals but do think they can be good escapism. And I've probably seen Tommy a dozen times.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 28, 2018 03:18 PM (Lqy/e)

255 Trump in Michigan? Speaking to the choir. I wish he would get his butt to Montana and start blasting Jon Tester good and hard. Because Tester's the type of Dem that can fool the good folks back home that he's one of them.

Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 03:18 PM (EzdLW)

256 >>> Well I won't spoil it for you then. Hitler is Luke's father?

Posted by: fluffy at April 28, 2018 03:18 PM (cHbmY)

257 246 I picked Downfall this week but haven't watched it yet. Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 28, 2018 08:12 PM (Lqy/e) Well I won't spoil it for you then. I thought it was amazing and chilling, kind of a shame that it's been distilled down to a silly internet meme. Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 08:16 PM (y87Qq) ======= It really is one of the best WW2 movies ever made. It's a Requiem to a lost generation of Germans, taken by a death cult.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 03:19 PM (Jj43a)

258 "Just vehicles that exist to give a loose story structure for the songs..." This actually can be said of every genre of movie, if you replace "songs" with "car chases" (action flicks in the Fast & Furious vein), "fights" (superhero movies), big dramatic monologues/emoting scenes (Oscar-bait movies), "sex scenes" (porn), "jokes" (comedies), etc. But musicals like "South Pacific" and "The Pajama Game" took on social issues--oh, and "West Side Story" of course. And in many musicals the music is woven deeply into the story in a way that the plot and characters are very much dependent on the music and/or dance, like "The Music Man" and "Guys and Dolls" or "The Band Wagon".

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 03:19 PM (k4dou)

259 They ought to make a musical Death Wish. I got 45 problems but caliber ain't one.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 28, 2018 03:19 PM (+y/Ru)

260 Man of La Mancha Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler How did I miss that? Damn. And Sophia Loren too. m mm mmm

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 03:19 PM (Cz+xD)

261 To be honest, if I had the choice of going to see a movie with the Horde or stay home, I would stay home. Posted by: Soona at April 28, 2018 08:11 PM (oNaT+) What if you were allowed to drink and talk through the entire thing?

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at April 28, 2018 03:19 PM (IEVqH)

262 I thought it was amazing and chilling, kind of a shame that it's been distilled down to a silly internet meme. Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 08:16 PM (y87Qq) --- Hitler realizes "Downfall" has become a silly internet meme....

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 03:19 PM (qJtVm)

263 Hey, a movie thread about superheroes, musicals, and prednisone. Where else but AOSHQ

Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 03:19 PM (EzdLW)

264 Hitler is Luke's father? Posted by: fluffy at April 28, 2018 08:18 PM (cHbmY) Bruce Willis is Keyser Söze.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 03:19 PM (y87Qq)

265 Anything with Karen Gillan in it is okay with me, even Guardians where she plays Nebula and you can't even tell it is her. Ms. Gillan apparently just hit gold with her directorial debut The Party's Just Beginning.

Posted by: Sharkman at April 28, 2018 03:19 PM (K2hsm)

266 >>> Well I won't spoil it for you then. Hitler is Luke's father? Posted by: fluffy at April 28, 2018 08:18 PM (cHbmY) Der Fuhrer turns out to be a chick!

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at April 28, 2018 03:20 PM (IEVqH)

267 Yeah, they should have gotten Oliver Reed instead and then he and Keith Moon could have gone on some epic drinking binges" LOL that's what I get when I let my thoughts spill out without doing any doublechecking! Well now you see how my mind works, or doesn't, as the case may be.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 03:20 PM (V2Yro)

268 If it wasn't for them meme, I'd never have heard of Downfall. I was impressed by the actor doing Hitler, even if he was upset about Hillary losing.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 28, 2018 03:20 PM (Lqy/e)

269 Yup....."Tommy" was horrible. Almost ruined the The Who for me. Posted by: Hairyback Guy at April 28, 2018 08:18 PM (EoRCO) John Entwistle on Ken Russell. "I saw him as a demented Father Christmas."

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 28, 2018 03:21 PM (SiINZ)

270 268 If it wasn't for them meme, I'd never have heard of Downfall. I was impressed by the actor doing Hitler, even if he was upset about Hillary losing. Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 28, 2018 08:20 PM (Lqy/e) ==== I was lucky to have seen it before the meme.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 03:21 PM (Jj43a)

271 I never go to the movies but somehow my kids dragged me to see Chappaquiddick and The Quiet Place. Loved them both.

Posted by: Jewells45 at April 28, 2018 03:21 PM (dUJdY)

272 What if you were allowed to drink and talk through the entire thing? Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at April 28, 2018 08:19 PM MST3K with a hundred robots.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 28, 2018 03:22 PM (IqV8l)

273 "Downfall" is really great. Not a pick-me-upper. It doesn't work out for that nice German fellow at all. A great performance and gripping film.

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 03:22 PM (k4dou)

274 west side story" is one of my favorite musicals. i was surprised to see it get a lot of grief in past threads on this site. it's a real credit to bernstein that a conductor and composer immersed in classical music could turn to the challenge of a musical and popular songs and succeed so well. the range of songs, from "somewhere" to "officer kreike" [sp?] is remarkable.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 03:22 PM (Pg+x7)

275 Downfall is an amazing film.

Posted by: Insomniac at April 28, 2018 03:22 PM (NWiLs)

276 Stanley Kubrick

Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 03:23 PM (EzdLW)

277 i just can't quit this thread... okay... startingggggggggggggg now.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 03:23 PM (Pg+x7)

278 If it wasn't for them meme, I'd never have heard of Downfall. I was impressed by the actor doing Hitler, even if he was upset about Hillary losing. Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 28, 2018 08:20 PM (Lqy/e) It might just be me, but by the time I got to that part I wasn't even thinking about the re-captions TBH. That is one exhausting flick right there. I mean, not that the re-captions aren't funny.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 03:23 PM (y87Qq)

279 I remember watching Tommy not long after the rise of BHO and thinking of how Tommy was like Barack, elevated by dazzled people looking for something to believe in.

Posted by: f'd at April 28, 2018 03:24 PM (UdKB7)

280 Leo and the director were very brave to show actual penetration during the bear scene. Reminded me of the director's cut of Nymphomaniac 2.

Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 03:24 PM (GoNER)

281 What?! No love for "Little Shop of Horrors"? Which has been showing on Comet. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 08:06 PM (qJtVm) That film was orders of magnitude better than the remake. Nicholson's giggly weird performance was far more interesting than watching Steve Martin and Bill Murray clowning around (likeable as they are).

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 28, 2018 03:24 PM (/qEW2)

282 276 Stanley Kubrick Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 08:23 PM (EzdLW) Did not direct Downfall.

Posted by: Insomniac at April 28, 2018 03:24 PM (NWiLs)

283 I remember watching Tommy not long after the rise of BHO and thinking of how Tommy was like Barack, elevated by dazzled people looking for something to believe in. Posted by: f'd at April 28, 2018 08:24 PM (UdKB7) Pfft. At least Tommy could play pinball.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at April 28, 2018 03:25 PM (IEVqH)

284 221 It might be interesting to talk about how actors age--well, or not well. Redford was really good-looking. Didn't age well."

He clung to the Golden Boy look for way too long.  Redford  should have just let his hair go gray naturally.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V sez don't you dare walk the damn pitcher at April 28, 2018 03:25 PM (H80UQ)

285 How does Downfall compare to Das Boot as a WWII movie? I've seen Das Boot several times.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 28, 2018 03:25 PM (Lqy/e)

286 282 276 Stanley Kubrick Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 08:23 PM (EzdLW) Did not direct Downfall. Posted by: Insomniac at April 28, 2018 08:24 PM (NWiLs) ===== He almost directed The Aryan Papers.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 03:25 PM (Jj43a)

287 Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V sez don't you dare walk the damn pitcher at April 28, 2018 08:25 PM (H80UQ)
=====================


Hi Donna.  Sorry.  Not sorry. Sorry.

Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 03:26 PM (lwiT4)

288 t's a real credit to bernstein that a conductor and composer immersed in classical music ... Posted by: musical jolly chimp --------------------------------- Hello, Elmer, I've got a question.

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 03:26 PM (Cz+xD)

289 261 To be honest, if I had the choice of going to see a movie with the Horde or stay home, I would stay home. Posted by: Soona at April 28, 2018 08:11 PM (oNaT+) What if you were allowed to drink and talk through the entire thing? Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at April 28, 2018 08:19 PM (IEVqH) And no pants. And garrett brings his stash.

Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 03:26 PM (GoNER)

290 I remember watching Tommy not long after the rise of BHO and thinking of how Tommy was like Barack, elevated by dazzled people looking for something to believe in. Posted by: f'd at April 28, 2018 08:24 PM (UdKB7) The people who voted Barky in weren't looking to believe in him. They just voted for him to spite us. Barky was nothing but their finger to us and their instrument of destruction of Western life.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 28, 2018 03:27 PM (8gDQu)

291 Stanley Kubrick Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 08:23 PM (EzdLW) Did not direct Downfall. Posted by: Insomniac at April 28, 2018 08:24 PM He never directed a superhero movie either.

Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 03:27 PM (EzdLW)

292 "Pfft. At least Tommy could play pinball" True he was very good. So was BHO at what he did.

Posted by: f'd at April 28, 2018 03:27 PM (UdKB7)

293 Anyone seeking another German WWII film to exhaust them, get the 1993 "Stalingrad".  Pretty accurate, and also never to be confused with "Lassie" or "Finding Nemo".


Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 03:27 PM (QDnY+)

294 So PDT is in Michigan..doing great Is the correspondence dinner tonight? LOL Now he is ripping into that.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 03:27 PM (SjImc)

295 I am a huge Marvel fan.  I grew up in the 70's and 80's and comic books were a huge thing then and Marvel was light years ahead of DC at the time.  I had a ton of comics including Hulk, Captain America, Fantastic 4, Iron Man and of course, Spider Man.  When I saw Iron Man, I came away thinking finally someone created a Marvel movie the way I envisioned it from the comics.  I will be heading out to see Infinity War in half an hour.

My Marvel movie rankings:

1.  Winter Soldier
2.  Ragnarok
3.  Ant Man
4.  Civil War
5.  Guardians 1
6.  Avengers
7.  Iron Man 3
8.  Iron Man 1
9.  Spider Man Home Coming
10.  Guardians 2

I am going to hit "post" before I change the order again

Posted by: Lemmiwinks at April 28, 2018 03:28 PM (h1jJh)

296 The two scenes I will never forget from Downfall were the Hitler Youth shooting themselves when the Red Army was marching into Berlin, and Mrs. Goebles poisoning all her children and then sitting down to play solitaire. Chilling stuff.

Posted by: Rusty Nail at April 28, 2018 03:28 PM (AR8Qx)

297 He clung to the Golden Boy look for way too long. Redford should have just let his hair go gray naturally. Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V sez don't you dare walk the damn pitcher at April 28, 2018 08:25 PM (H80UQ) He looks like he's got a dead fox on the top of his head now

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 28, 2018 03:28 PM (SiINZ)

298 The only thing in Tommy worth watching was Tina Turner as the Acid Queen.

I 've hated every Ken Russell movie I've ever seen.  He's about as subtle as a sledgehammer.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V sez don't you dare walk the damn pitcher at April 28, 2018 03:28 PM (H80UQ)

299 Hi Donna. Sorry. Not sorry. Sorry. Posted by: grammie winger ************************* You're always sorry You're always grateful You're always wondering what might have been Then [he] walks in

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 03:28 PM (Cz+xD)

300 How does Downfall compare to Das Boot as a WWII movie? I've seen Das Boot several times. - I'd say both are excellent and roughly equal.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 28, 2018 03:28 PM (+y/Ru)

301 Is the correspondence dinner tonight? LOL Now he is ripping into that. Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 08:27 PM Nuke it from orbit, etc, etc...

Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 03:28 PM (EzdLW)

302 That film was orders of magnitude better than the remake. Nicholson's giggly weird performance was far more interesting than watching Steve Martin and Bill Murray clowning around (likeable as they are). Gee, I thought Bill Murray yelling "candy bar", was hilarious.

Posted by: Concerned People's Front Splitter Chapter at April 28, 2018 03:28 PM (rdl6o)

303 Notsothoreau-- There's no real connection between "Das Boot" and "Downfall", except a general feeling of Germanic doom. "Downfall" has no action in the traditional sense (as I recall, there's a TON of action in "Das Boot") though it is straight-up gripping for 2.5+ hours.

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 03:29 PM (k4dou)

304 "Pfft. At least Tommy could play pinball" True he was very good. So was BHO at what he did. Posted by: f'd at April 28, 2018 08:27 PM (UdKB7) Barry plays with different kinds of balls

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 28, 2018 03:29 PM (SiINZ)

305 283 I remember watching Tommy not long after the rise of BHO and thinking of how Tommy was like Barack, elevated by dazzled people looking for something to believe in. Posted by: f'd at April 28, 2018 08:24 PM (UdKB7) " And I guess that makes Joe Biden Uncle Ernie.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 03:29 PM (V2Yro)

306 I hated AntMan. It was insulting and I know it was done that way on purpose. Asshole Hollywoods.

Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 03:29 PM (GoNER)

307 285 How does Downfall compare to Das Boot as a WWII movie? I've seen Das Boot several times. Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 28, 2018 08:25 PM (Lqy/e) --- Well, submarine movies are inherently cooler. I've seen DB many times, Downfall only once. DB has people you can root for. Hey, Kriegsmarine is okay people, don't make this weird. Both are claustrophobic experiences.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 03:29 PM (qJtVm)

308 Anyone seeking another German WWII film to exhaust them, get the 1993 "Stalingrad". Pretty accurate, and also never to be confused with "Lassie" or "Finding Nemo". Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 08:27 PM (QDnY+) Are you talking about the Russian movie, with the chick (?) with "3 fathers" from the soldiers in the blown up building? That was a good movie. Better with subtitles than dubbed.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 28, 2018 03:30 PM (8gDQu)

309 How does Downfall compare to Das Boot as a WWII movie? I've seen Das Boot several times. - I'd say both are excellent and roughly equal. Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 28, 2018 08:28 PM (+y/Ru) Be warned though, that there is no submarine in Downfall. In case that's important to you.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at April 28, 2018 03:30 PM (IEVqH)

310 "The people who voted Barky in weren't looking to believe in him. " I thought the point in "Tommy" was that Tommy was made into some kind of messiah. Remember that "Change you can believe in" bullshit? Lefty nitwits believed that crap.

Posted by: f'd at April 28, 2018 03:30 PM (UdKB7)

311 I believe Das Boot is right up there with Blade Runner on versions available to watch

Posted by: A dude in MI at April 28, 2018 03:30 PM (CDETr)

312 The two scenes I will never forget from Downfall were the Hitler Youth shooting themselves when the Red Army was marching into Berlin, and Mrs. Goebles poisoning all her children and then sitting down to play solitaire. Chilling stuff. Posted by: Rusty Nail at April 28, 2018 08:28 PM (AR8Qx) Yep. Like I said, it's emotionally exhausting. Not something I could watch more than once every few years. I've only seen it once and yes, those scenes stick with you.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 03:31 PM (y87Qq)

313 Superman (1979) is the greatest superhero movie. X-Men 2 and Spider-Man 2 are the best recent ones. Spider-Man 2 really captures the feel of a comic book. Just an opinion. A correct opinion.

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 03:31 PM (k4dou)

314 Hi Donna. Sorry. Not sorry. Sorry.

Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 08:26 PM (lwiT4)


Don't talk to me, grammie.  I'm in a mood...I threw a shoe at the TV and screamed a couple of times. 

The Crew played like idiots.  They deserved to lose that one (not the starting pitcher, but that how it goes.)

Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V sez don't you dare walk the damn pitcher at April 28, 2018 03:31 PM (H80UQ)

315 Submarine movies really are cool, now that you mention it, Eris. Das Boot, Run Silent Run Deep, Hunt for Red October, U-571, Black Sea.

Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 03:31 PM (EzdLW)

316 Are you talking about the Russian movie, with the chick (?) with "3 fathers" from the soldiers in the blown up building? That was a good movie. Better with subtitles than dubbed. Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 28, 2018 08:30 PM You haven't seen the 1993 German production of Stalingrad? ZSee it. See it asap.

Posted by: otho at April 28, 2018 03:32 PM (7xR2D)

317 Downfall takes place in Antarctica.

Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 03:32 PM (GoNER)

318 Eris, our very own Capt. Charles (moron, don't see him much lately) - son of a U-boat crewman.  As I recall he said in the Baltic - thus much greater chance of surviving, thus we have Capt. Charles.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 03:32 PM (QDnY+)

319 "And I guess that makes Joe Biden Uncle Ernie." Bingo!

Posted by: f'd at April 28, 2018 03:32 PM (UdKB7)

320 Das Boot should be remade as a musical.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 03:32 PM (V2Yro)

321 311 I believe Das Boot is right up there with Blade Runner on versions available to watch Posted by: A dude in MI at April 28, 2018 08:30 PM (CDETr) Das Boot: the 50 hour gut buster cut!!! Now in HyperGerman!!!

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 03:33 PM (zGiai)

322 >>Both are claustrophobic experiences. Oh, good call, Eris. I think that was what I was trying to get at with the "general sense of Germanic doom". But they are literally claustrophobic, too.

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 03:33 PM (k4dou)

323 Superman is literally a flying virgin.

Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 03:33 PM (GoNER)

324 Hey, Kriegsmarine is okay people, don't make this weird. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 08:29 PM (qJtVm) You're. Um. You're wearing the hat right now, aren't you. Das Boot, Run Silent Run Deep, Hunt for Red October, U-571, Black Sea. Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 08:31 PM (EzdLW) You did not mention Crimson Tide and you are therefore automatically my friend, friend. (You forgot Down Periscope though)

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 03:33 PM (y87Qq)

325 320 Das Boot should be remade as a musical. Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 08:32 PM (V2Yro) ---- Das Boot II: Diesel Boogaloo

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 03:34 PM (qJtVm)

326 You haven't seen the 1993 German production of Stalingrad? ZSee it. See it asap. Posted by: otho at April 28, 2018 08:32 PM (7xR2D) I guess I'm thinking of a different movie. The one I was thinking of was a group of Russian soldiers holding some blown-out building against the Germans and there was a nurse, I think, in the building with them. It was a good movie. I'll see if I can find the German one.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 28, 2018 03:34 PM (8gDQu)

327 I threw a shoe at the TV
============


I know.  It landed on my front lawn.

Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 03:34 PM (lwiT4)

328 Der Fuhrer turns out to be a chick! Posted by: Cicero I'm pretty sure that's just in the anime version.

Posted by: mikeski at April 28, 2018 03:34 PM (JGBbg)

329 Stanley Kubrick did not direct a musical. Stanley Kubrick did not direct a claustrophic submarine film. Why not?

Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 03:35 PM (EzdLW)

330 The thing that was different about the end of "Tommy" and BHO was that everyone wanted to kill Tommy when they figured out he wasn't really all that. But maybe we haven't seen the end of the BHO story just yet.

Posted by: f'd at April 28, 2018 03:35 PM (UdKB7)

331 My problem with Marvel is how many times can you reboot Spiderman? They've already done the origin story 3 times... Posted by: AshevilleRobert at April 28, 2018 07:37 PM (w+Jhj) --- Well, Marvel Pictures has only made one Spider-Man flick and that was "Spider-Man: Homecoming". The 5 other movies were made solely by Sony pictures and they still own the movie rights to the character and so got the profits from "Homecoming" as well. But Marvel can now use the character in their films as well, such as "Civil War" and "Infinity War".

Posted by: Darth Randall at April 28, 2018 03:35 PM (v3DL/)

332 Jewells, I don't know if you're in this thread, but I was reading about your daughter's mystery pain and where you said it was - have them check her pancreas. My mother went through a very rough patch of it (and the doctors didn't believe she's an absolute teetotaler, because apparently heavy alcohol use is a major factor) and they finally discovered she had pancreatitis. Same thing, pain under left breast, radiating up to her shoulder. What/when she ate seemed to have no particular effect on the pain, but they admitted her to the hospital and fed her intravenously to (and I quote the doctor) "let her pancreas cool down."

Posted by: Occasional lurker, frequent reader at April 28, 2018 03:35 PM (75Xvv)

333 (12) L model.

Posted by: Burger Chef at April 28, 2018 03:35 PM (RuIsu)

334 Shake das booty!

Posted by: das KC at April 28, 2018 03:36 PM (UdKB7)

335 superman is flying virgin? don't tell branson, he'll want full fare.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 03:36 PM (Pg+x7)

336 I know. It landed on my front lawn.

Posted by: grammie winger - Springing at April 28, 2018 08:34 PM (lwiT4)

If I threw a shoe at a Brewer, he'd catch it and drop it.


Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V sez don't you dare walk the damn pitcher at April 28, 2018 03:37 PM (H80UQ)

337 No, talking about the 1993 German movie, not the 2016(?) Russian movie.


Very different movies, both tough (well duh, Stalingrad). 


One thing in the recent movie that strikes me as extremely difficult to believe was the bit about an unspoken "etiquette" that the Soviet soldiers didn't shoot German soldiers getting water from the only water source (which was exposed) in their little area of stand-off.  I've been surprised before, but I'd be surprised if anything like that situation ever existed between those armies, in that battle - whereas comparable things act uallyhappened on the western front all the way to the end.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 03:37 PM (QDnY+)

338 329 Stanley Kubrick did not direct a musical. Stanley Kubrick did not direct a claustrophic submarine film. Why not? Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 08:35 PM (EzdLW) ===== He spent three decades researching each, and the studios forgot he existed in the process.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 03:37 PM (Jj43a)

339 The Marvel movies are one thing. The comics ..... Check out "Diversity in Comics" on youtube over the last year or so to see what SJW's hath wrought.

Posted by: Alcoholic Asshole Shut In at April 28, 2018 03:37 PM (CPk08)

340 335 superman is flying virgin? don't tell branson, he'll want full fare. Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 08:36 PM (Pg+x7) The only version of Virgin Galactic to make it into space yet, as far as I know.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 03:38 PM (zGiai)

341 In high school they had a showing of Tommy near graduation, I missed it for some forgot reason and got out of school early that day. Seen only small bits flipping through channels but thats it.

Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 03:38 PM (aC6Sd)

342 You did not mention Crimson Tide and you are therefore automatically my friend, friend. (You forgot Down Periscope though) Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 08:33 PM Crimson Tide. *gags* I can still hear Gene Hackman whinging "I'm the commander of this ship!"

Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 03:39 PM (EzdLW)

343 About 25 years ago, I was i Santa Fe . I somehow contracted a bad cold and on the flight home, my ears starting hurting and the next day, I noticed a ringing in my ears. I went to an ENT who was the husband of one of my clients and he gave me 10 times the daily recommended amount of cortisone for about 10 days. It made me psychotic ad I felt very, very weird. But about 3 days after I stopped taking the crap, I felt like I could jump over my house. Needless to say, his little experiment didn't stop the ringing. Still have it

Posted by: REDACTED at April 28, 2018 03:39 PM (Ymy4N)

344 Submarines.  "The Bedford Incident"


Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 03:40 PM (QDnY+)

345 I guess I'm thinking of a different movie. The one I was thinking of was a group of Russian soldiers holding some blown-out building against the Germans and there was a nurse, I think, in the building with them. It was a good movie. I'll see if I can find the German one. Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 28, 2018 08:34 PM One of the top war movies ever made. It's not as artistic as The Thin Red Line, Lawrence Of Arabia or Apocalypse Now... but it's intense, gripping story is told and shot so well it's up there. Not quite a masterpiece, but damn, it's a gruelling soldier's eye view of Stalingrad and can't be topped in it's own right.

Posted by: otho at April 28, 2018 03:40 PM (7xR2D)

346 The Guardians of the Galaxy is a fun movie. Reminded me of The Fifth Element. Fun is a lost art in films. The second TGOTG flick was ok. Kind of forgettable but I didn't hate it.

Posted by: Puddleglum at April 28, 2018 03:40 PM (bEgdL)

347 And I guess that makes Joe Biden Uncle Ernie. Posted by: Tom Servo I'm your Uncle Joey and I welcome you to Barky's holiday camp.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 28, 2018 03:40 PM (IqV8l)

348 Submarines. "The Bedford Incident" Fire One!

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 28, 2018 03:42 PM (IqV8l)

349 Posted by: REDACTED at April 28, 2018 08:39 PM (Ymy4N) That's a coincicdene, I drive a Sante Fe

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 03:42 PM (SjImc)

350 Submarines. "The Bedford Incident" Good movie

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 03:42 PM (SjImc)

351
One thing in the recent movie that strikes me as extremely difficult to believe was the bit about an unspoken "etiquette" that the Soviet soldiers didn't shoot German soldiers getting water from the only water source (which was exposed) in their little area of stand-off. I've been surprised before, but I'd be surprised if anything like that situation ever existed between those armies, in that battle - whereas comparable things act uallyhappened on the western front all the way to the end.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 08:37 PM (QDnY+)


I doubt that as well.  BS on "etiquette" on the Eastern Front.  I also doubted that American GI's would have let a captured German go so he could rejoin his unit and kill more Americans.   The first half hour of "Saving Private Ryan" was among the most powerfully intense half hour of film I've ever seen.  But after I thought about the film as a whole a bit, I had problems with certain things in it.  The release of the German soldier was one of them.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V sez don't you dare walk the damn pitcher at April 28, 2018 03:44 PM (H80UQ)

352 I can still hear Gene Hackman whinging "I'm the commander of this ship!" Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 08:39 PM (EzdLW) You can tell it's BS because at the end the Navy says "hmm, gosh, we can see both sides of this issue" instead of turning into a claymore mine packed with Letters of Reprimand and reductions in rate and just boning everyone in sight including people who just happen to be wandering through the NEX across the street to pick up some cigarettes.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 03:44 PM (y87Qq)

353 No love for Operation Petticoat? Cary Grant? Tony Curtis?

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 03:45 PM (zGiai)

354 What otho said - about the 1993 German "Stalingrad".  Pretty intense.  The (pretty accurate) depiction of the "rat war" in the sewers and basements was memorable. 


Speaking of the same general subject, the first segment of "Enemy at the Gates" has merit, in that it accurately conveys the desperation, brutality, and intensity of the Stalingrad battles at the peak.   Some say it is the eastern front equivalent of the first 15 minutes of  "Private Ryan", and that's not a ridiculous observation, considering what's available on film (so far).  Have always thought a depiction of any of dozens of intense eastern front battles done with the skill of the Omaha beach scenes would be even more epic, if done accurately.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 03:45 PM (QDnY+)

355 Gerry Anderson had a great imagination. He was a true man-child.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 28, 2018 03:45 PM (uJy67)

356 318 Eris, our very own Capt. Charles (moron, don't see him much lately) - son of a U-boat crewman. As I recall he said in the Baltic - thus much greater chance of surviving, thus we have Capt. Charles. Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 08:32 PM (QDnY+) --- I'm very glad he made it! Was he captured or did he just manage to see the war through and get home?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 03:46 PM (qJtVm)

357 I picked Downfall this week but haven't watched it yet. Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 28, 2018 08:12 PM (Lqy/e) An extremely well done movie. If you understand German find a version that doesnt have subtitles. They kind of distract from the movie a bit.

Posted by: Tim in Illinois at April 28, 2018 03:46 PM (RW1Sg)

358 The Revenant was annoying because of all the politically correct Elizabeth Warren bullshite. The bear scene was funny though. The bear attacks him from behind while he's face down, and based on the rhythms of DiCaprio and the bear, it really does look like the bear is raping him in the rear.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 28, 2018 03:47 PM (/qEW2)

359 Submarine movie Assault On a Queen https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060135

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 28, 2018 03:47 PM (IqV8l)

360 If you understand German find a version that doesnt have subtitles. They kind of distract from the movie a bit. Posted by: Tim in Illinois at April 28, 2018 08:46 PM (RW1Sg) Interesting aside, if you're the kind of person who prefers to see movies with the original dialog soundtrack: all the actors in Das Boot spoke perfectly good English, so the dubbed English track is done by the actual cast themselves.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 03:48 PM (y87Qq)

361 I liked Thor: Ragnorak the best, I think. Also, my kids introduced me to The Disaster Artist about the making of a very bad film called The Room. I'd seen The Room when Riff Trax gave it the business, so I kinda knew it. The Disaster Artist has a sort of Ed Wood vibe to it. I recommend it.

Posted by: Blutarski-esque 0.0 at April 28, 2018 03:49 PM (+Tibp)

362 Kajaki: The True Story, released in North America as Kilo Two Bravo, is a 2014 British war docu-drama film directed by Paul Katis, written by Tom Williams, and produced by Katis and Andrew de Lotbiniere. The plot is based on the true story of Mark Wright and of a small unit of British soldiers positioned near the Kajaki dam, in Afghanistan. THIS is good war movie and pretty intense.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 03:51 PM (SjImc)

363 crazy hockey match going on. intense.

Posted by: chavez the hugo at April 28, 2018 03:51 PM (KP5rU)

364 Trump on Syria: ba-da bing, ba-da boom. He said that.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion of a Poperin Pear at April 28, 2018 03:51 PM (8O3HH)

365 I was thinking of re-watching Shanghai Noon. It's a good movie I haven't seen in over a decade. Really good soundtrack, too.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 28, 2018 03:51 PM (uJy67)

366 crazy hockey match going on. intense. Posted by: chavez the hugo at April 28, 2018 08:51 PM (KP5rU) --- Fights in the stands?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 03:52 PM (qJtVm)

367 366; not yet.

Posted by: chavez the hugo at April 28, 2018 03:52 PM (KP5rU)

368 Ragnarok was fun, but I'm not sure Hela taking over Asgard was the right story for comedy Thor. Too many gags had the effect of stopping the story.

Posted by: Weak Geek at April 28, 2018 03:53 PM (zT4Y1)

369 This movie looks good trailer for Russian movie T-34 https://youtu.be/SfW7w4aU9SA

Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 03:54 PM (aC6Sd)

370 movie I saw again this week that I think is underrated - always fun. Earth Girls are Easy. Even Robert Osborne admitted it was a guilty pleasure of his.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 03:54 PM (V2Yro)

371 DiCaprio, his best performance was in Romeo and Juliet.

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 03:54 PM (Cz+xD)

372 Hogmartin, have you ever read Das Boot by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim? Very good acid-etched portrait of life in a submarine. You can smell the diesel and toe fungus. I think he was carping about Wolfgang Luth, among oters.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 03:55 PM (qJtVm)

373 Eris I think he just survived the war, wasn't captured (few U-boat crewmen were).  Ask Capt. Charles next time you see him around here. 


One exception to the generalization above:  in a rare but quintessentially American deviation from Geneva rules, when the US captured U-505 a day before D-Day, and its crew, no notification was passed to the Red Cross.  The crew was kept separate from all other POWs, and a special camp built for them, where they did not have mail privileges.  Idea being that the Germans did not know a U-boat had been captured intact, and of course that's the sort of info you really want to deny an enemy. 

Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 03:55 PM (QDnY+)

374 What struck me about Downfall is how it shows the fall of Berlin from multiple people's perspectives: Hitler, the Nazi brass, the SS, a Wermacht officer, and just regular volk. Their responses and reactions are interesting to watch.

Posted by: Insomniac at April 28, 2018 03:55 PM (NWiLs)

375 Speaking of Roger Corman (you mention LSoH, y'all)- He actually made a pretty damn good 80's horror movie, "The Nest", about flesh eating cockroaches. Basically, it's JAWS with cockroaches, until- the last 30 minutes when it goes completely KooKooBananas as only the best horror movies do - as the roaches begin to mutate using the DNA of their human victims. Just bonkers and well worth the watch. esp. The Roach Queen! And.....BONUS!!! All the efx are Practical and very well done. Not a pixel of CGI in sight. Check it out.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 28, 2018 03:56 PM (9q7Dl)

376 Trump on Syria: ba-da bing, ba-da boom. He said that. Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion of a Poperin Pear at April 28, 2018 08:51 PM (8O3HH) **************** Mob Boss

Posted by: redridinghood at April 28, 2018 03:57 PM (PvFoN)

377 So I just finished watching Thor Ragnarok (2017). It was enjoyable but really silly. More like Dead Pool than the other Thor Movies.

Posted by: Grump928(C) Snoozing Jeff Sessions is my Sarah Palin's uterus at April 28, 2018 03:57 PM (yQpMk)

378 movie I saw again this week that I think is underrated - always fun. Earth Girls are Easy. --- Love it. 80's to the extreme. And of course it gave us this treasure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9Wi3A3skb0

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 03:57 PM (qJtVm)

379 Hogmartin, have you ever read Das Boot by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim? Very good acid-etched portrait of life in a submarine. You can smell the diesel and toe fungus. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 08:55 PM (qJtVm) I haven't, no - I take it you have? I'll have to put it on Ze List.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 03:57 PM (y87Qq)

380 137 Saw A:IW yesterday morning - no spoilers but the theater was silent for the last 15 minutes and all through the credits. Was a great culmination for the last 10 years. I'm in the Ant-Man camp for one of favorites - a great caper/heist movie. Posted by: astronaut achmed at April 28, 2018 07:40 PM (PUKsa) Ant-Man was a far better movie than it had any right to be.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at April 28, 2018 03:57 PM (2kiKp)

381 These idiots on FS1 are terrible

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 03:58 PM (SjImc)

382 375 Speaking of Roger Corman (you mention LSoH, y'all)- He actually made a pretty damn good 80's horror movie, "The Nest", about flesh eating cockroaches. Posted by: naturalfake at April 28, 2018 08:56 PM (9q7Dl) Cool, there's a Good Bad Flicks episode about it: https://youtu.be/d8cRDgCi8sg

Posted by: antisocial justice beatnik at April 28, 2018 03:58 PM (NL6wI)

383 OT, a bit, but the only U-boat captured in the war is on display in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. I toured it recently and it is huge! Like a football field long, just enormous. I had no idea they were so large.

Posted by: Blutarski-esque 0.0 at April 28, 2018 03:59 PM (+Tibp)

384 I've mentioned here the tale of a neighbor, Konrad. When they got too old they moved in closer to their daugther, and Konrad passed away last year. Anyway, he was a crewman on a U-boat, that was sunk. He spent the rest of the war in a POW camp in Georgia. He liked it so much here he didn't want to leave, and spent the rest of his time when they sent him home working on coming back here. That always struck me. The only country where the POWs have it so well, they want to stay. He basically lived the life of Riley compared to what it was like on the U-boat. They didn't even need to be guarded. Happy they were. Hell, the officers were treated like royalty.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion of a Poperin Pear at April 28, 2018 03:59 PM (8O3HH)

385 +10 For the book Das Boot

Posted by: A dude in MI at April 28, 2018 04:00 PM (CDETr)

386 Earth Girls are Easy, great film. I told a friend he said it was horrible I said it's a parody he watched it again and laughed his-off.

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 04:00 PM (Cz+xD)

387 A hour ago was going to ask anyone to remind me to go to bed by 9pm because as sure as God made little green apples I will be up no matter when I go to bed at 4am.

Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 04:00 PM (aC6Sd)

388 Dolley is sick beyond words of comic book movies and superheroes specifically, so we won't be going to see it in theaters. === Me too. Me either. It's mindless bullsh*t. Which has its place, but clearly, the movies are done with me, and I'm OK with that. Au revoir les enfants!

Posted by: San Franpsycho at April 28, 2018 04:00 PM (OeQ/D)

389 I like the whole Marvel franchise. All the movies and shows.my least favorite is Daredevil. Yeah, I'm easy to entertain. I take it for what it is, light mindless entertainment.

Posted by: lin-duh at April 28, 2018 04:01 PM (kufk0)

390 I 've hated every Ken Russell movie I've ever seen. He's about as subtle as a sledgehammer. Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V sez don't you dare walk the damn pitcher at April 28, 2018 08:28 PM (H80UQ) ======== The Lair of the White Worm was just odd. I'm still not sure what to make of it. I wasn't bored, but the pacing was a bit jerky. I liked the song though. "Lord D'ampton went a fishin' once, a fishin' in the weir".

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 28, 2018 04:01 PM (/qEW2)

391 So far it looks like Infinty War is a big meh, according to reviewers and word of mouth. I think they would have been much better served with the original 2-movie plan.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 28, 2018 04:01 PM (39g3+)

392 I had no idea they were so large. Posted by: Blutarski-esque 0.0 at April 28, 2018 08:59 PM (+Tibp) U-505 is a Type IX, so it's much bigger than what comes to mind when you think "U-boat". The more common one was the Type VII, which was much smaller. It's the one you see in most of the pictures.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 04:01 PM (y87Qq)

393 A hour ago was going to ask anyone to remind me to go to bed by 9pm because as sure as God made little green apples I will be up no matter when I go to bed at 4am. Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 09:00 PM (aC6Sd) With the Yanks on the West coast and the games starting so late, I'll be up all night also

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 04:01 PM (SjImc)

394 And no pants. And garrett brings his stash. Posted by: Monk at April 28, 2018 08:26 PM (GoNER Okay. Maybe I would think about it.

Posted by: Soona at April 28, 2018 04:01 PM (oNaT+)

395 The Lair of the White Worm was just odd. I'm still not sure what to make of it. I wasn't bored, but the pacing was a bit jerky. I liked the song though. "Lord D'ampton went a fishin' once, a fishin' in the weir". Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear Also, The Lair had some interesting boobehs. Can't think of her name, but she did a short stint on LA Law I think. British.

Posted by: Blutarski-esque 0.0 at April 28, 2018 04:02 PM (+Tibp)

396 Blood Diamonds was another DiCaprio that was ruined by being smothered in under thick layer of political correctness.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 28, 2018 04:03 PM (/qEW2)

397 Were U-boats larger than their U.S. counterparts? I've visited the USS Batfish, a World War II sub now on display in Muskogee, Okla. Boy that thing was cramped.

Posted by: Weak Geek at April 28, 2018 04:04 PM (zT4Y1)

398 Some night we need to have a Kurt Russell Night, in which we watch and discuss all of Kurt Russell's movie portfolio.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 28, 2018 04:04 PM (uJy67)

399 Also, The Lair had some interesting boobehs. Can't think of her name, but she did a short stint on LA Law I think. British. Posted by: Blutarski-esque 0.0 at April 28, 2018 09:02 PM (+Tibp) Amanda Donohoe

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 28, 2018 04:04 PM (SiINZ)

400 349 Posted by: REDACTED at April 28, 2018 08:39 PM (Ymy4N) That's a coincicdene, I drive a Sante Fe Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 08:42 PM (SjImc) So I can blame YOU for my ringing, no ??

Posted by: REDACTED at April 28, 2018 04:05 PM (Ymy4N)

401 My favorite Kurt Russell movie is E.T.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 28, 2018 04:05 PM (uJy67)

402 And Flubber.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 28, 2018 04:05 PM (uJy67)

403 So I can blame YOU for my ringing, no ?? Posted by: REDACTED at April 28, 2018 09:05 PM (Ymy4N) Why not. My wife blames me for everything

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 04:06 PM (SjImc)

404 My wife didn't know much about Roger Corman, so I got her to watch "The Basket Case". Gawd, I love Roger Corman movies!

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 04:06 PM (V2Yro)

405 Skip thanks for that trailer - there's another Russian movie ("Tanks") with a trailer on UToob, also for 2018.  Looks to be a different one.  Seems these movies don't make it to the US that much, though the "Stalingrad" mentioned above did.  Will have to look into them.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 04:07 PM (QDnY+)

406 The studios in charge of Spidey and x men and fantastic four will not let them go completely now. Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 07:49 PM (Jj43a) --- X-Men and Fantastic Four were owned by Fox, which was recently bought by Disney which also happens to own Marvel Films.

Posted by: Darth Randall at April 28, 2018 04:07 PM (v3DL/)

407 I love Ken Russell movies, but then I'm a freak baby.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 04:07 PM (qJtVm)

408 Downfall humanizes Hitler but doesn't make him any less evil. 2001 is a musical. Think about it.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 28, 2018 04:07 PM (pV/54)

409 2001 is a musical. Think about it. And Star Wars is an opera . . .

Posted by: boulder t'hobo at April 28, 2018 04:08 PM (6FqZa)

410 Kevin Russell is a great screen presence, yes.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 28, 2018 04:09 PM (uJy67)

411 John Tester may have committed political suicide. I'm seeing a ton of push back.

Posted by: Blutarski-esque 0.0 at April 28, 2018 04:09 PM (+Tibp)

412 Were U-boats larger than their U.S. counterparts? Posted by: Weak Geek at April 28, 2018 09:04 PM (zT4Y1) Smaller. The Type IX was the larger of the two big U-boat classes, and it's smaller than a Balao-class fleet boat. That said, the US fleet boats had to traverse the Pacific, so they needed more fuel and provisions, plus 4 diesels vs. 2 for speed and redundancy. Not to mention a/c and the ice cream machine.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 04:09 PM (y87Qq)

413 Funniest movie? Airplane Full of silly gags and one liners. Vaudeville for the movie goers. Laughed harder talking about the movie afterwards than when watching the movie.

Posted by: Soona at April 28, 2018 04:09 PM (oNaT+)

414 The Grey was a much better movie than the similarly themed Revenant, but it's a downer.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 28, 2018 04:09 PM (/qEW2)

415 Altered states was a good Ken Russel flick. Freaky.

Posted by: otho at April 28, 2018 04:10 PM (7xR2D)

416 publius, there are several decent documentaries on UToob about German POWs in the US - two good ones are about the Concordia (KS), and Aliceville (AL) camps.  Your description is correct.  Seems the only real problem in German POW camps, which usually eventually reached a climax and got resolved by separation, was the tension between the majority, and the true-believers/Nazis.  Otherwise, as you say, minimal security, sometimes very good relations with the American farmers they worked for and their guards, and lots of guys staying or coming back as immigrants later.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 04:11 PM (QDnY+)

417 We need a "Ken Russell VS Kurt Russell" movie night. "Old Yeller" VS "The Devils" "Tequila Sunrise" VS "Altered States" and much much more!

Posted by: naturalfake at April 28, 2018 04:11 PM (9q7Dl)

418 414 The Grey was a much better movie than the similarly themed Revenant, but it's a downer. Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 28, 2018 09:09 PM (/qEW2) ===== Agreed, except that I think The Grey is actually hopeful in the end. He keeps fighting, no matter what. I really like that.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 28, 2018 04:12 PM (Jj43a)

419 Were Wolf? There Wolf Walk like this Frau Blücher

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 04:12 PM (SjImc)

420 Kurt Russell! "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" remains among my favorite olde Disney movies. "A.J. ... Applejack ..."

Posted by: Weak Geek at April 28, 2018 04:12 PM (zT4Y1)

421 hogmartin beat me to it (and knows more) about US boats being considerably larger than most German U-boats.  I think the last German models, never deployed, were a lot larger than the ones they actually used.  And US boats were built primarily for the enormous Pacific.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 04:12 PM (QDnY+)

422 Are they related?

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 28, 2018 04:13 PM (uJy67)

423 watching Downfall right now. everybody but hitler were humanitarians and diplomats - from Himmler to Fegelein, who so wanted and end to this terrible war, and if it wasn't for this bad bad man, who stood in the way of their noble efforts to end it, the war would have been so over. please tell me it gets better....

Posted by: runner at April 28, 2018 04:13 PM (bUjCl)

424 OTA TV has been showing many old westerns with Leslie Nielson as a villainous sob.

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 04:13 PM (Cz+xD)

425 U-505 is a Type IX, so it's much bigger than what comes to mind when you think "U-boat". The more common one was the Type VII, which was much smaller. It's the one you see in most of the pictures. Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 09:01 PM (y87Qq) And the Type XXI were another example of how much 'WTH' the Germans had. One odd thought I have had about the Germans is that in some respects, everyone else was fighting a war for survival while they were doing an off the wall weapons research program.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 04:13 PM (zGiai)

426 publius, there are several decent documentaries on UToob about German POWs in the US - two good ones are about the Concordia (KS), and Aliceville (AL) camps. Your description is correct. Seems the only real problem in German POW camps, which usually eventually reached a climax and got resolved by separation, was the tension between the majority, and the true-believers/Nazis. Otherwise, as you say, minimal security, sometimes very good relations with the American farmers they worked for and their guards, and lots of guys staying or coming back as immigrants later. Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 09:11 PM (QDnY+) Yes but there were some fanatical Nazis in those camps also that were a bigger problem for most of the German POWs than the Americans or Canadians

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 04:13 PM (SjImc)

427 We need a "Ken Russell VS Kurt Russell" movie night. --- "The Computer Wore Fuck-Me Pumps"

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 04:13 PM (qJtVm)

428 An interesting sci-fi comic book movie (not a superhero franchise) was Snowpiercer. It had some good ideas, but it also had some eye rolling missteps. And it was drenched in strident, screechy, nonsensical SJWism.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 28, 2018 04:13 PM (/qEW2)

429 IIRC US submarines in the Pacific took a huge toll on Japanese shipping, and had a huge role in winning the war in that theater.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 28, 2018 04:14 PM (pV/54)

430 My wife didn't know much about Roger Corman, so I got her to watch "The Basket Case". Gawd, I love Roger Corman movies! Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 09:06 PM Love his Poe movies with Vincent Price from the 60s. Especially The Raven and Masque of the Red Death.

Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 04:15 PM (EzdLW)

431 Blutarski - "pushback" how and where?  Anywhere outside MT is sadly pretty meaningless.  Remember how these (few remaining) mtn/western Dems survive - "what have they done for us lately" + avoiding the taint of their party's increasing (at this point, pretty amazing) extremism.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 04:15 PM (QDnY+)

432 Yanks having a good first innning...not that they are doing so much right, but the Angels are stinking up the place

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 04:15 PM (SjImc)

433 52 American subs 'still on patrol' from WW II. Those guys balls clanked when they walked.

Posted by: Eromero at April 28, 2018 04:15 PM (zLDYs)

434 430 My wife didn't know much about Roger Corman, so I got her to watch "The Basket Case". Gawd, I love Roger Corman movies! Posted by: Tom Servo at April 28, 2018 09:06 PM Love his Poe movies with Vincent Price from the 60s. Especially The Raven and Masque of the Red Death. Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 09:15 PM (EzdLW) Might want to stay away from Galaxy of Terror.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 04:16 PM (zGiai)

435 IIRC US submarines in the Pacific took a huge toll on Japanese shipping, and had a huge role in winning the war in that theater. Posted by: Ignoramus at April 28, 2018 09:14 PM (pV/54) 55% of all merchant shipping. https://books.google.com/books?id=EaiT_nSgsMcC&hl=en

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 04:16 PM (y87Qq)

436 hogmartin beat me to it (and knows more) about US boats being considerably larger than most German U-boats. I think the last German models, never deployed, were a lot larger than the ones they actually used. And US boats were built primarily for the enormous Pacific. Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 09:12 PM Type XXI u-boats were actually deployed and were on operations at the end of war. Was a short operational period, but... they made it.

Posted by: otho at April 28, 2018 04:16 PM (7xR2D)

437 Seems the only real problem in German POW camps, which usually eventually reached a climax and got resolved by separation, was the tension between the majority, and the true-believers/Nazis. --- Yeah, I read in an article that the devout Nazis (usually officers) would beat the regulars viciously if they thought they were less than enthusiastic supporters of the cause or were being to friendly with their captors.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 04:17 PM (qJtVm)

438 389 I like the whole Marvel franchise. All the movies and shows.my least favorite is Daredevil. Yeah, I'm easy to entertain. I take it for what it is, light mindless entertainment. Posted by: lin-duh at April 28, 2018 09:01 PM (kufk0) The Netflix series is much better.

Posted by: Insomniac at April 28, 2018 04:17 PM (NWiLs)

439 I am extremely fond of black and white movies. Being a long time antique dealer, I've always loved things of the past. I guess the one scene in a movie that I connected to was i "sideways" when the blonde is talking about thinking about what the people were feeling when the were making the wine.

Posted by: REDACTED at April 28, 2018 04:17 PM (Ymy4N)

440 American subs 'still on patrol' from WW II. Those guys balls clanked when they walked. Posted by: Eromero at April 28, 2018 09:15 PM (zLDYs) Yup. The SUB VETs house up in Groton is a interesting place

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 04:17 PM (SjImc)

441 Ignoramus, correct.  And if one does hypothetical counter-factuals - subtract the time lost through the scandalous torpedo problems that were finally fixed, and move up the date at which the US made the key decision to focus on Japanese tankers (starve Japan of oil), and you have pretty plausible scenarios to shorten the war, or at least reduce the cost of the final phases.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 04:18 PM (QDnY+)

442 I don't really like most of the Marvel movies. That there are so many is part of the problem. But they also compare so poorly to Nolan's Batman movies.

Posted by: Bear with Assymetrical Balls at April 28, 2018 04:18 PM (H5knJ)

443 Two kinds of movies that bore me to tears:

1. Star Wars movies
2. Marvel/DC Superhero movies.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 28, 2018 07:02 PM (DXfIG)


The original Star Wars was fun. But they milked all the good out of it.


And the superhero shit is just lame. You got your Superman, and your Batman, what more do you need?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 28, 2018 04:18 PM (WFV7d)

444 Bullworth, I think is the name of it, Warren Beatty plays a Democrat running for office more or less calls his constituency a bunch of dumb asses to their face. BEN, IT'S FUNNY 'CAUSE IT'S SO AUTHENTIC.

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 04:19 PM (Cz+xD)

445 442 I don't really like most of the Marvel movies. That there are so many is part of the problem. But they also compare so poorly to Nolan's Batman movies. Posted by: Bear with Assymetrical Balls at April 28, 2018 09:18 PM (H5knJ) I actually really enjoyed Dark Knight Rises.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 04:20 PM (zGiai)

446 Eris - several murders of prisoners by other prisoners - "fix" was usually to separate the fanatics and put them in their own camps.  It often went beyond beatings or social pressure.


Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 04:20 PM (QDnY+)

447 445 442 I don't really like most of the Marvel movies. That there are so many is part of the problem. But they also compare so poorly to Nolan's Batman movies. Posted by: Bear with Assymetrical Balls at April 28, 2018 09:18 PM (H5knJ) I actually really enjoyed Dark Knight Rises. Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 09:20 PM (zGiai) Mmmfff rmffmmf urmfl!

Posted by: Bane at April 28, 2018 04:21 PM (NWiLs)

448 52 American subs 'still on patrol' from WW II. Those guys balls clanked when they walked. Posted by: Eromero at April 28, 2018 09:15 PM (zLDYs) The bell at the submarine chapel in Pearl Harbor was donated from the crew of USS Argonaut before she left for her last patrol off Rabaul in 1942.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 04:21 PM (y87Qq)

449 Since over 400 comments have already been made I'll go ahead with the spoiler: Ego was the volcano's father.

Posted by: Minuteman at April 28, 2018 04:21 PM (/Q+km)

450 My impression is uboats got bigger as the war got on, also there were coastal and sea going uboats throughout the war.

Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 04:21 PM (aC6Sd)

451 The original Star Wars was fun. But they milked all the good out of it. And the superhero shit is just lame. You got your Superman, and your Batman, what more do you need? Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 28, 2018 09:18 PM (WFV7d) --------- SpaceWeaselMan!

Posted by: Weasel at April 28, 2018 04:21 PM (MVjcR)

452 450 My impression is uboats got bigger as the war got on, also there were coastal and sea going uboats throughout the war. Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 09:21 PM (aC6Sd) Could be. Hitler was obsessed with building ever-bigger and more exotic weapons.

Posted by: Insomniac at April 28, 2018 04:22 PM (NWiLs)

453 Got fireworks going off outside

Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 04:22 PM (aC6Sd)

454 444 Bullworth, I think is the name of it, Warren Beatty plays a Democrat running for office more or less calls his constituency a bunch of dumb asses to their face. BEN, IT'S FUNNY 'CAUSE IT'S SO AUTHENTIC. Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 09:19 PM (Cz+xD) I hated this piece of crap even more after they kept saying Obama was going to go 'Full Bullworth'. Right. He is the definition of packaged, puerile, pre-chewed, and prevaricating nancy boy. "The Bear is on the loose." The only thing loose about this 'Bear' is his stool.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 04:22 PM (zGiai)

455 If you understand German find a version that doesnt have subtitles. They kind of distract from the movie a bit. People are fucking with my lines?!?!

Posted by: Downfall Hitler at April 28, 2018 04:22 PM (gh7cp)

456 "The Bear is on the loose." The only thing loose about this 'Bear' is his stool. Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 09:22 PM (zGiai) He was more of a twink.

Posted by: Insomniac at April 28, 2018 04:23 PM (NWiLs)

457 Technology improved as well, longer voyages since resupply dwindled.

Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 04:23 PM (aC6Sd)

458 I'm a sucker for Superhero Movies. Given my level of intelligence compared to The Horde, this should be no surprise. While I may gather crowds and "wow" people with my comic stance, my buddies will continue to hold me in check. It is the same with The Horde. It is no wonder that I am just another dude with a keyboard... lol.

Posted by: Slapweasel, (Cold1), ([b]T[/b]) [/i] [/b] [/u] [/s] at April 28, 2018 04:23 PM (Ckg4U)

459 Wow. Winter Soldier did nothing for me. I enjoyed the first two Tobey Maguire Spiderman movies, the first Iron Man movie, and the first Avengers movie, but then started getting superheroed out. I liked the first Guardians of the Galaxy but haven't seen the second yet. I tried Winter Soldier and simultaneously didn't like it and forgot most of the details from it about five minutes after it was over. I actually had to look it up to make sure you were lauding the same film I loathed.

Posted by: Jim S. at April 28, 2018 04:24 PM (ynUnH)

460 453 Got fireworks going off outside Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 09:22 PM (aC6Sd) --------- Hey Skip - just saw your question from the last post. I'm headed down in the morning to do a little more cleanup and the real clearing will hopefully start later in the week.

Posted by: Weasel at April 28, 2018 04:24 PM (MVjcR)

461 If I don't turn off the tablet and light next thing you know the ONT will be here and I'll be first and last on it.

Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 04:24 PM (aC6Sd)

462 I saw Infinity War and liked it a lot. I've been a comics fan for years, and that probably colors my judgement. That being said, the film juggled an lot of characters and did it pretty well. What I wanted that I didn't get was more Dr. Strange. I think Cumberbatch is a great fit for that character. Why do I go see them now that I'm 29? Mainly for the escapism. The rest of the world is a mess. At least, for a couple of hours, I can immerse myself in a world where a battle of good vs. evil is clearly defined. Unlike many of you, I've been a comics fan for most of my life. My first career plan was to write or draw for DC or Marvel. (Life had other plans.) The movies, for the most part, are the characters as I knew them, before the lefties had to stick political statements into almost every issue (it's why I quit buying books years ago). I can enjoy these films and still appreciate movies like Casablanca, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Searchers and others that will stand the test of time.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread at April 28, 2018 04:24 PM (X3JfR)

463 Jane Russell in "Twins"

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 28, 2018 04:24 PM (IqV8l)

464 428 -- Cold Bear and Steve The thing about Snowpiercer is that it's utterly batshit. And if you accept that, it's pretty amazing. It's so ham-fisted and on-the-nose I expected everyone to be eating Soylent Green, but made only from third class children. Korean movies rock, though, generally.

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 04:25 PM (k4dou)

465 The only thing that really sticks with me about that movie is the flying aircraft carriers.

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 07:14 PM (k4dou)


The U.S. Navy actually had plans to use dirigibles as flying aircraft carriers. But the rapidly-improving capabilities of airplanes rendered the idea obsolete. Not to mention that nothing screams "target" more than a big, fat, slow-moving airship.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 28, 2018 04:26 PM (WFV7d)

466 My impression is uboats got bigger as the war got on, also there were coastal and sea going uboats throughout the war. Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 09:21 PM (aC6Sd) WWI-vintage boats (in all navies, really) got shuffled into training or coastal duty as soon as longer-ranged ones were available. The VII didn't have the range of the IX, but it doesn't need to if it's only patrolling in the North Atlantic and not ranging all the way to the US east coast.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 04:26 PM (y87Qq)

467 444 Bullworth, I think is the name of it, Warren Beatty plays a Democrat running for office more or less calls his constituency a bunch of dumb asses to their face. BEN, IT'S FUNNY 'CAUSE IT'S SO AUTHENTIC. Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 09:19 PM (Cz+xD) ++++ That was one weird movie, but it was fun. Had more truth in it than a Hollywood movie usually does

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at April 28, 2018 04:26 PM (pvjTE)

468 I found The Revenant to be in the same genre with Jeremiah Johnson, A Man Called Horse, The Searchers, and Dead Man. Now, I haven't watched it slowly and carefully, and it's brutal, but I would think you cinema buffs would love the photography. Leo's a helluvan actor, imho. I love history. that movie chilled me to the friggen bones. pioneers were permanently cold and dirty. They died of it!

Posted by: booknlass at April 28, 2018 04:26 PM (xGMkv)

469 Eris, Julie Brown? Yes! I remember some of her other songs, too, from my Dr. Demento-listening days, like "I Like 'Em Big And Stupid"...which, turns out, became the anthem of my ex-wife. Then there's this one, which almost got me fired when I played it on the air. https://youtu.be/v8r7659kkFQ

Posted by: Captain Whitebread at April 28, 2018 04:27 PM (X3JfR)

470 Weasel wish I was closer, slash and burning is fun.

Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 04:27 PM (aC6Sd)

471 Not to mention that nothing screams "target" more than a big, fat, slow-moving airship. Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 28, 2018 09:26 PM (WFV7d) Doesn't work so well for us without air cover either

Posted by: The Yamato at April 28, 2018 04:28 PM (SjImc)

472 465 -- Alberta Oil Pen Oh, it's complete nonsense, but it's good comic-book styled nonsense. I hate the attempt to make classic comic-heroes "gritty" or, god help us, "realistic". One of the things that makes Spider-Man 2 so great is that Doc Ock is trying to solve the Energy Problem, so, just as a by-the-way, he casually solves the AI and robotics problems.

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 04:28 PM (k4dou)

473 I actually really enjoyed Dark Knight Rises. Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 09:20 PM (zGiai) ++++ That's the one with Bane, correct? Didn't like. I did like the one with Heath Ledger as The Joker. The scenes with The Joker made the movie pop. The rest, eh.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at April 28, 2018 04:28 PM (pvjTE)

474 I am extremely fond of black and white movies. Being a long time antique dealer, I've always loved things of the past. I guess the one scene in a movie that I connected to was i "sideways" when the blonde is talking about thinking about what the people were feeling when the were making the wine. Posted by: REDACTED at April 28, 2018 09:17 PM (Ymy4N) Check out "Dead Man" just rereleased on blu-ray by Criterion. It's a Jim Jarmusch movie with Johnny Depp(before he got all Deppified), so you know it will be oddball, but dang if it isn't one beautiful B&W movie.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 28, 2018 04:28 PM (9q7Dl)

475 Cap'n, I wanted to be a letterer.

Posted by: Weak Geek at April 28, 2018 04:29 PM (zT4Y1)

476 The U.S. Navy actually had plans to use dirigibles as flying aircraft carriers. But the rapidly-improving capabilities of airplanes rendered the idea obsolete. Not to mention that nothing screams "target" more than a big, fat, slow-moving airship. Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 28, 2018 09:26 PM (WFV7d) -------- I seem to recall airships launching and recovering single aircraft from a hook arrangement. Not,sure how much it was ever used.

Posted by: Weasel at April 28, 2018 04:29 PM (MVjcR)

477 The U.S. Navy actually had plans to use dirigibles as flying aircraft carriers. But the rapidly-improving capabilities of airplanes rendered the idea obsolete. Not to mention that nothing screams "target" more than a big, fat, slow-moving airship. Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 28, 2018 09:26 PM (WFV7d) Am I the only one who loves the idea of airships? Not as combat vessels, but if one started operating as civilian transport, sign me up. Now, I do get the downsides (weather mainly) but it just seems like a captivating way to explore the world.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 04:29 PM (zGiai)

478 Altered States is in the Ghostbusters universe: discuss

Posted by: boulder t'hobo at April 28, 2018 04:29 PM (6FqZa)

479 To the Horde, Gushka wanted me to tell you that she hopes you are well and that she misses you all.

Posted by: Ben Had at April 28, 2018 04:29 PM (TtQ7v)

480 I mean, the real central aesthetic point around which classic superhero comics orbit is: Cool trumps real. Now, ya gotta make sense in the rules you set up for your universe, but you can go far, far afield of anything remotely resembling THIS universe.

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 04:30 PM (k4dou)

481 Checking to see if ONT showes up while I'm turning everything off. Good night all, and don't drink to much

Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 04:30 PM (aC6Sd)

482 470 Weasel wish I was closer, slash and burning is fun. Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 09:27 PM (aC6Sd) -------- Heh. Well you're absolutely invited, anytime.

Posted by: Weasel at April 28, 2018 04:30 PM (MVjcR)

483 Night Skip.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 04:31 PM (zGiai)

484 Ben, We miss her, too.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread at April 28, 2018 04:31 PM (X3JfR)

485 450 My impression is uboats got bigger as the war got on, also there were coastal and sea going uboats throughout the war. Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 09:21 PM (aC6Sd) Could be. Hitler was obsessed with building ever-bigger and more exotic weapons. Posted by: Insomniac at April 28, 2018 09:22 PM The type XXI was bigger, but it was the only significant production of a u-boat type during wartime that was. The Type X was bigger than the IX and was produced early in the war, but only a handful were made and it was a prewar design... IIRC. The Type XXIII was a wartime model, but it was small. All the others were prewar models.

Posted by: otho at April 28, 2018 04:31 PM (7xR2D)

486 Speaking of blimps... why do so many alternate universe America's in movies and tv have krauts flying around in dirigibles 50 years after WWII?

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 28, 2018 04:31 PM (uJy67)

487 Bertram Chandler, the great Oz SF author, featured civilian dirigibles and airships in several of his stories, as highly efficient and sustainable transport of frontier worlds.

Posted by: In Vino Veritits at April 28, 2018 04:31 PM (qul7b)

488 Am I the only one who loves the idea of airships? Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 09:29 PM (zGiai) Oh hell no, not at all the only one. I'm also a sucker for long distance rail with sleeper and dining cars and I wish ocean liners still existed. Unless you absolutely have to be somewhere and back in a weekend, why not take a few days and enjoy the ride?

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 04:32 PM (y87Qq)

489 Night Skip. Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 09:31 PM (zGiai) Good Night John Boy

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 04:32 PM (SjImc)

490 482 470 Weasel wish I was closer, slash and burning is fun. Posted by: Skip at April 28, 2018 09:27 PM (aC6Sd) -------- Heh. Well you're absolutely invited, anytime. Posted by: Weasel at April 28, 2018 09:30 PM (MVjcR) I'm getting a Tom Sawyer and whitewashing the fence vibe here.

Posted by: Insomniac at April 28, 2018 04:32 PM (NWiLs)

491 477 -- Aetius451AD No, you are not the only one: Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki seems to put a dirigible in most of his movies (except the one that was about WWII airplane architects). Also, my son often says, when we're sitting in traffic, "I need a blimp."

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 04:32 PM (k4dou)

492 To the Horde, Gushka wanted me to tell you that she hopes you are well and that she misses you all. Posted by: Ben Had at April 28, 2018 09:29 PM (TtQ7v) Why can't she join us? ISTR she had an injury, but not the details.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 04:34 PM (y87Qq)

493 Spent the day taking grandsons to Paw Patrol Live. Loud as can be but they loved it. O/T seems Roddy is a huge hit with the WH Correspondents Dinner crowd. I wonder why that is?

Posted by: CN at April 28, 2018 04:34 PM (5gaNQ)

494 Am I the only one who loves the idea of airships? Not as combat vessels, but if one started operating as civilian transport, sign me up. Every so often they are brought up as an idea for delivering cargo but it never happens.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 28, 2018 04:34 PM (IqV8l)

495 I'm getting a Tom Sawyer and whitewashing the fence vibe here. Posted by: Insomniac at April 28, 2018 09:32 PM (NWiLs) ------- Well, that too.

Posted by: Weasel at April 28, 2018 04:35 PM (MVjcR)

496 Jane Russell in "Twins" Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 28, 2018 09:24 PM (IqV8l) ************ Trouble is, they never revealed their secrets.

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 04:36 PM (Cz+xD)

497 Yeah... I miss Gushka.

Posted by: Slapweasel, (Cold1), ([b]T[/b]) [/i] [/b] [/u] [/s] at April 28, 2018 04:36 PM (Ckg4U)

498 "The Bear is on the loose." The only thing loose about this 'Bear' is his stool. Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop That was one of the more honest things he said. A bear symbolizes what country? It makes perfect sense for our former Soviet president to call himself "the bear", then, right?

Posted by: mikeski at April 28, 2018 04:37 PM (JGBbg)

499 Posted by: Captain Whitebread at April 28, 2018 09:27 PM (X3JfR) Oh I love this one! Havent heard it in ages.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 04:37 PM (qJtVm)

500 The Fake News is so blinded with bias they don't even realize their stupid fake correspondents dinner is no different from their every-day broadcasts. It's the exact same stupid shit they spew every other day!

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 28, 2018 04:37 PM (uJy67)

501 The Navy still has an insignia for lighter than air pilots.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at April 28, 2018 04:38 PM (arhmY)

502 Why not. My wife blames me for everything Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 09:06 Well don't they all. We had a conversation the other night that didn't end well. Back in 1980, just before we were engaged my wife's grandfather died in AZ. Her folks told her not come out from IL. I offered to pay for her flight, tho I had little $$ at the time, was saving up for an engagement ring. When she told them I would pay for her flight, they did pay for it. Brought it up the other night, in a side conversation and now I'm the evil one for calling her mother cheap. Which she is and now has plenty of money that her folks are gone. WTF? I guess it's cause her Mom is now in kinda sketchy health. So now I'm the bad guy cause I wanted to do the right thing back then when I was a poor SOB and mentioned it. I get she's worried about losing her Mom, BWTF. I was a stand up guy she used to give credit to and now I'm an azzhole? Grrrr.

Posted by: Farmer at April 28, 2018 04:38 PM (yJ1e6)

503 497 Yeah... I miss Gushka. Posted by: Slapweasel, (Cold1), (T) at April 28, 2018 09:36 PM (Ckg4U) -------- Me too.

Posted by: Weasel at April 28, 2018 04:38 PM (MVjcR)

504 hogmartin, she's got a ton on her plate at the moment, health wise and other matters.

Posted by: Ben Had at April 28, 2018 04:38 PM (TtQ7v)

505 Prediction: Fake News and Democrats will try to sabotage the North Korea talks. They'll even go as far as starting a vicious rumor to piss off Kim.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 28, 2018 04:39 PM (uJy67)

506 Zeppelin? Heli-carrier just a smidge more reliable. Just ask Samuel L Fury and Captain America.

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 28, 2018 04:39 PM (nBito)

507 And the superhero shit is just lame. You got your Superman, and your Batman, what more do you need? Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 28, 2018 09:18 PM (WFV7d) ======== Hawaiian Judge Man. He can overturn laws at will and rescue people from the fate of not being able to come here.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 28, 2018 04:40 PM (/qEW2)

508 How did it go for Donny in Michigan?

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 04:40 PM (Cz+xD)

509 How did it go for Donny in Michigan? Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 09:40 PM (Cz+xD) Great

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 04:40 PM (SjImc)

510 504 hogmartin, she's got a ton on her plate at the moment, health wise and other matters. Posted by: Ben Had at April 28, 2018 09:38 PM (TtQ7v) Well, hope she gets to feeling better.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 04:40 PM (zGiai)

511 "Me too." -Posted by: Weasel at April 28, 2018 09:38 PM (MVjcR) She was always nice and had a kitty what played fetch.

Posted by: Slapweasel, (Cold1), ([b]T[/b]) [/i] [/b] [/u] [/s] at April 28, 2018 04:41 PM (Ckg4U)

512 477 Am I the only one who loves the idea of airships? Not as combat vessels, but if one started operating as civilian transport, sign me up. Now, I do get the downsides (weather mainly) but it just seems like a captivating way to explore the world. Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 09:29 PM (zGiai) The idea of lounging on the promenade deck, watching the world go by a few thousand feet below is appealing. But if it ever comes to pass, it'll probably be expensive and cater to a niche market.

Posted by: rickl at April 28, 2018 04:41 PM (sdi6R)

513 gNewt, they loved him in Michigan. massive turnout. chanted 'No Bel, no Bel, no Bel"

Posted by: booknlass at April 28, 2018 04:41 PM (xGMkv)

514 there's pretentious "crazy"; ken russell. then there's the real thing: klaus kinski.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 04:42 PM (Pg+x7)

515 Am I the only one who loves the idea of airships? Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 09:29 PM (zGiai) O hell no. I would sign up for pilot school in a heartbeat. https://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/airships- are-back-and-this-time-they-use-graphene-1324201 And Zeppelin is getting back in the gasbag game!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 04:42 PM (qJtVm)

516 she's got a ton on her plate at the moment, health wise and other matters. Posted by: Ben Had at April 28, 2018 09:38 PM (TtQ7v) Aw Well, we'll be here when she's ready.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 04:42 PM (y87Qq)

517 Leslie Graham said if he scores w/NoKo he should receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 04:42 PM (Cz+xD)

518 The idea of lounging on the promenade deck, watching the world go by a few thousand feet below is appealing. But if it ever comes to pass, it'll probably be expensive and cater to a niche market. Posted by: rickl at April 28, 2018 09:41 PM (sdi6R) *fistbump* This guy gets it.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 04:42 PM (zGiai)

519 I just want to wear an airship captain uni with monocle.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 04:44 PM (qJtVm)

520 Airships can never be made to really work. If they are large enough to be useful, they become dangerous in even the slightest bit of bad weather as they are so large, different weather effects are striking the different parts of the hull. The bow can be in an updraft while the stern is in a downdraft. How do you compensate?

Posted by: Grump928(C) Snoozing Jeff Sessions is my Sarah Palin's uterus at April 28, 2018 04:44 PM (yQpMk)

521 The nice thing about blimps is that they just bounce off each other. You could let Tesla write the auto-pilot software.

Posted by: t-bird at April 28, 2018 04:44 PM (gh7cp)

522 Comedian Michelle Wolf called President Trump cowardly for once again skipping the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner. FUCK YOU But keep digging you left wing shills

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 04:45 PM (SjImc)

523 Airships ... If they are large enough to be useful, they become dangerous in even the slightest bit of bad weather as they are so large, different weather effects are striking the different parts of the hull. The bow can be in an updraft while the stern is in a downdraft Use 'em in Mars, where the air-pressure doesn't allow for weather-effects.

Posted by: boulder t'hobo at April 28, 2018 04:46 PM (6FqZa)

524 "I just want to wear an airship captain uni with monocle." -Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 09:44 PM (qJtVm) There's not even a need for epaulettes in that scenario.

Posted by: Slapweasel, (Cold1), ([b]T[/b]) [/i] [/b] [/u] [/s] at April 28, 2018 04:46 PM (Ckg4U)

525 I have chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding, grape jello, and whipped cream. - Time for a snack.

Posted by: gNewt at April 28, 2018 04:46 PM (Cz+xD)

526 Comedian Michelle Wolf Who?

Posted by: Grump928(C) Snoozing Jeff Sessions is my Sarah Palin's uterus at April 28, 2018 04:46 PM (yQpMk)

527 *gravelly growl* Where's the bomb?

Posted by: George C Scott at April 28, 2018 04:46 PM (EzdLW)

528 And Zeppelin is getting back in the gasbag game! - Hillary is available.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 28, 2018 04:46 PM (+y/Ru)

529 the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner. a.k.a., the national convention of Liars Anonymous.

Posted by: boulder t'hobo at April 28, 2018 04:46 PM (6FqZa)

530 Use 'em in Mars, where the air-pressure doesn't allow for weather-effects. Or in the stratosphere.

Posted by: Grump928(C) Snoozing Jeff Sessions is my Sarah Palin's uterus at April 28, 2018 04:46 PM (yQpMk)

531 Comedian Michelle Wolf Who? Posted by: Grump928(C) Snoozing Jeff Sessions is my Sarah Palin's uterus at April 28, 2018 09:46 PM (yQpMk) My EXACT thought

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 04:47 PM (SjImc)

532 Use 'em in Mars, where the air-pressure doesn't allow for weather-effects. Posted by: boulder t'hobo at April 28, 2018 09:46 PM (6FqZa) Oooo. Now you're talking. Use them to explore a new world.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 04:47 PM (zGiai)

533 I read an article years ago about a guy who was trying to revive airships -- but for industry, not tourism. The idea was that they could deliver supplies to remoteines. Maybe carry the ore back out, too. No need to build runways.

Posted by: Weak Geek at April 28, 2018 04:47 PM (zT4Y1)

534 There exists a plan to use blimps to get to orbit. I'd like to see it tried.

Posted by: Grump928(C) Snoozing Jeff Sessions is my Sarah Palin's uterus at April 28, 2018 04:48 PM (yQpMk)

535 Comedian Michelle Wolf Who? Posted by: Grump928(C) Snoozing Jeff Sessions is my Sarah Palin's uterus at April 28, 2018 09:46 PM (yQpMk) My EXACT thought Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 09:47 PM Maybe Michael Wolf got a sex change?

Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 04:48 PM (EzdLW)

536 Comedian Michelle Wolf Who? - I guess she's not as funny as Samantha B.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 28, 2018 04:48 PM (+y/Ru)

537 Isn't the airship pilot insignia a half wing?

Posted by: Weasel at April 28, 2018 04:48 PM (MVjcR)

538 Until just a few years ago, in the right-most lane of southbound I-5 at Del Mar (north San Diego area), you could still see part of the big white circle on asphalt that surrounded one of the docking masts for Navy dirigibles based there during the war.   Was taken out as part of a wetlands restoration - there was barely any sign of the old air station still left, it had never been preserved in any way.  Anti-submarine patrols.  Right near the horse track that's still there. 


And of course the enormous dirigible hangars up at Tustin, not far from Disneyland, are still there - and have often been used by Hollywood (the interior spaces) for movie shoots.  Years ago I met a guy who was on the board of the foundation to preserve one of them as a national monument (already has the designation, I think).  He said there was a slight hurdle - first estimate at minimal repairs to make the unique, wood-and-cable buildings safe was ..... $1M.  Kinda harsh for a new, shoe-string foundation.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 04:48 PM (QDnY+)

539 use blimps to get to orbit The Amy Schumer Trebuchet ?

Posted by: boulder t'hobo at April 28, 2018 04:49 PM (6FqZa)

540 This gives me an excuse to link John Hartford's "Steam Powered Aereoplane": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV7ZTwqC8ZI

Posted by: rickl at April 28, 2018 04:49 PM (sdi6R)

541 Use 'em in Mars, where the air-pressure doesn't allow for weather-effects. Posted by: boulder t'hobo at April 28, 2018 09:46 PM (6FqZa) Oooo. Now you're talking. Use them to explore a new world. Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 09:47 PM That's how NASA landed the rovers on Mars, right? Encased in inflatables.

Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 04:49 PM (EzdLW)

542 correspondent's dinner - journalists aspiring to the upper crust and celebrity, a trend i've noted before on these pages. they even had a red carpet!

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 28, 2018 04:50 PM (Pg+x7)

543 we need a movie showing Charles Manson's softer side, his love of birds..and gelato...

Posted by: runner at April 28, 2018 04:50 PM (bUjCl)

544 http://www.jpaerospace.com/

Posted by: Grump928(C) Snoozing Jeff Sessions is my Sarah Palin's uterus at April 28, 2018 04:50 PM (yQpMk)

545 I'm Out... *static*

Posted by: Slapweasel, (Cold1), ([b]T[/b]) [/i] [/b] [/u] [/s] at April 28, 2018 04:51 PM (Ckg4U)

546 "remote mines," you stupid phone. Ah hates autocorrect. "5hen" isn't even a fucking word!

Posted by: Weak Geek at April 28, 2018 04:51 PM (zT4Y1)

547 And yes, I agree with Eris. The uniform with the great coat (up collar, of course.) Monocle optional.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 04:52 PM (zGiai)

548 An interesting sci-fi comic book movie (not a superhero franchise) was Snowpiercer. It had some good ideas, but it also had some eye rolling missteps. And it was drenched in strident, screechy, nonsensical SJWism. Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 28, 2018 09:13 PM (/qEW2) The whole "all of civilization now lives on a ginormous perpetual motion train" conceit is frickin' ridiculous. I've read interpretations of the final scene with the two kids surviving and seeing the polar bear as being hopeful. Yay! There's life outside! What they don't show is the next 5 minutes which looks something like this. https://tinyurl.com/yan2f4yc

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at April 28, 2018 04:52 PM (eXA4G)

549 The world may need a second Trump term just to make sure the correspondents' dinner is exterminated.  Figure 8 years without a president being there should pretty much kill it.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 04:52 PM (QDnY+)

550 Yanks 10 Angels goose eggs---and it's the bottom of the 2nd

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 04:52 PM (SjImc)

551 Oh hell no, not at all the only one. I'm also a sucker for long distance rail with sleeper and dining cars and I wish ocean liners still existed. Unless you absolutely have to be somewhere and back in a weekend, why not take a few days and enjoy the ride? Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 09:32 PM (y87Qq) I like your thinking. I took AmTrak about a decade ago and honestly enjoyed the experience. It's not cramped like an airplane and it simply seems more relaxed. What's killing train travel is the cost. You can't charge airline prices for current train speeds. Plus the routes are so limited now that it makes it difficult to use. I don't like flying but blimps would be cool.

Posted by: WOPR at April 28, 2018 04:52 PM (J70i0)

552 Comedian Michelle Wolf Who? Posted by: Grump928(C) Snoozing Jeff Sessions is my Sarah Palin's uterus at April 28, 2018 09:46 PM (yQpMk) My EXACT thought Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 28, 2018 09:47 No idea who this scrunt is, who cares. Trump rocked in MI, he's decimating these idiots.

Posted by: Farmer at April 28, 2018 04:52 PM (yJ1e6)

553 Night Slap.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 04:52 PM (zGiai)

554 The airship works of the Zeppelin Company passed to Goodyear in the 1920's as WWI reparations. One upshot of that was the arrival of many, many German precision shooters in Akron. There is still a Zeppelin shooting club there. You look at the pictures of their regional matches in the 1930's, the one you had to shoot to make the team to go to Nationals. and there are more cars an people there than you see at a national-level match today.

Zeppelin, the real one, makes mostly excavators and such, but they have a hell of a PR "in" with magazines like Popular Science. In the era in which a new Porsche door handle would get cover shots in both C and D and R and T, it was laughably predictable that the next new airship concept would get a major magazine front cover once a year. This time, there won't be any wind shear! In the future, thunderstorms will be limited by law!

And that is why Germans are still associated in the common mind with airships. A handful of talented and well-paid professionals spent a whole career keeping "The Z Word" in circulation.

Posted by: Stringer Davis [/i][/b] at April 28, 2018 04:52 PM (H5rtT)

555 That's how NASA landed the rovers on Mars, right? Encased in inflatables. Posted by: Hands at April 28, 2018 09:49 PM (EzdLW) ----- I thought that was cool as shit.

Posted by: Weasel at April 28, 2018 04:53 PM (MVjcR)

556 Lots of airship to orbit links http://bit.ly/2vTkVxQ

Posted by: Grump928(C) Snoozing Jeff Sessions is my Sarah Palin's uterus at April 28, 2018 04:54 PM (yQpMk)

557 IllTemperedCur-- I'm not sure how you got that that was =supposed= to be an upbeat ending. The hero killed everyone except one girl and a much younger boy. Were they supposed to repopulate the Earth? No, they were doomed, and I think we were meant to see that the polar bear was going to be their end.

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 04:54 PM (k4dou)

558 well that didn';t work worth a crap

Posted by: Grump928(C) Snoozing Jeff Sessions is my Sarah Palin's uterus at April 28, 2018 04:55 PM (yQpMk)

559 The Germans made zepplens work well enough to use them for the first ever strategic bombing campaign ever. https://www.military-history.org/articles/german-zeppelins-of-wwi.htm The Hindenburg made several round trip atlantic flights before going splodey. https://www.military-history.org/articles/german-zeppelins-of-wwi.htm

Posted by: Tim in Illinois Tyant's Tyrant. My tryanny knows no bounds. I have references. at April 28, 2018 04:55 PM (RW1Sg)

560 I read an article years ago about a guy who was trying to revive airships -- but for industry, not tourism. The idea was that they could deliver supplies to remoteines. Maybe carry the ore back out, too. No need to build runways. Posted by: Weak Geek at April 28, 2018 09:47 PM (zT4Y1) Some company a few years ago supposedly have a dirigible/blimp hybrid in the works. It had a solid outer shell but internal bladders that inflated and deflated to handle lift. But like all "next great things" it seems to have fallen off the radar.

Posted by: WOPR at April 28, 2018 04:55 PM (J70i0)

561 Hindenburg Link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_129_Hindenburg#First_commercial_passenger_flight

Posted by: Tim in Illinois Tyant's Tyrant. My tryanny knows no bounds. I have references. at April 28, 2018 04:56 PM (RW1Sg)

562 Speaking of subs. I've had the idea to create a book or website about obscure Americans who never got the credit they deserved. Charles Hamilton Houston, George Mitchell, etc. One is John Holland, father of the first practical submarines. Before he emigrated, one of his first efforts was to build a submersible for the Fenians (proto IRA) to blow up a ship in the Thames. He grew up in County Clare as a Gaelic speaker and was an Irish Christian Brother before he left the order.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 28, 2018 04:57 PM (pV/54)

563 Nood

Posted by: Blutarski-esque 0.0 at April 28, 2018 04:57 PM (+Tibp)

564 An interesting sci-fi comic book movie (not a superhero franchise) was Snowpiercer. It had some good ideas, but it also had some eye rolling missteps. And it was drenched in strident, screechy, nonsensical SJWism. Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 28, 2018 09:13 PM (/qEW2) It was a horrible film. I was baffled by people praising it.

Posted by: WOPR at April 28, 2018 04:58 PM (J70i0)

565 Stringer, good stuff.  Love the horde-hive knowledge base.


On correspondents' dinner, funny from the twatters: somebody I never heard of observed that CNN has 9 (9!) people on a panel discussing the dinner!  WTF!  "any more and they'd need tiered seating"  Hilarious.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 28, 2018 04:58 PM (QDnY+)

566 ONT

Posted by: lin-duh at April 28, 2018 04:59 PM (kufk0)

567 I'm not sure how you got that that was =supposed= to be an upbeat ending. The hero killed everyone except one girl and a much younger boy. Were they supposed to repopulate the Earth? No, they were doomed, and I think we were meant to see that the polar bear was going to be their end. Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 09:54 PM (k4dou) Oh no, I knew they were fooked. But I've read some online comments/reviews in various places that had that more optimistic view. Besides, I was just looking for an excuse to put up a photo of those adorable, cute, blood-soaked polar bears.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at April 28, 2018 04:59 PM (eXA4G)

568 What's killing train travel is the cost. You can't charge airline prices for current train speeds. Plus the routes are so limited now that it makes it difficult to use. Posted by: WOPR at April 28, 2018 09:52 PM (J70i0) Yep, all of those. It doesn't save any money - it actually costs more for cross-country than the equivalent airfare, though your meals are included if you get a sleeper. And the longer time-of-travel would be fine, if you could count on arriving within six hours of the scheduled time, but Amtrak isn't very good at that (I know it's in part due to sharing rails with freight traffic but the result is still the same). And half the time your route has you on a bus for hours - if I wanted to ride a bus, I'd get a bus ticket.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 28, 2018 05:00 PM (y87Qq)

569 The trouble with passenger rail is the constant delays. We once took Amtrak to San Antonio. The train constantly had to slow down to allow for slower freight trains. Even worse, a suicide jumped in front of the train on the return trip. We were stopped for four solid hours. Didn't get to the destination station until 1 a.m. Then we still had to drive home. If you want to take the train, make sure you don't have deadlines.

Posted by: Weak Geek at April 28, 2018 05:01 PM (zT4Y1)

570 564 -- WOPR The thing about Snowpiercer is you have to severely alter your expectations about "logic" and "things making sense". It is nonsense, and it has the trappings of leftwing nonsense, but I'm not sure it commits to the bit. After all, the train is the perfect socialist society--and it's a nightmare. http://moviegique.com/index.php/2014/07/15/snowpiercer/

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 05:05 PM (k4dou)

571 Am I the only one who loves the idea of airships? Not as combat vessels, but if one started operating as civilian transport, sign me up.

Now, I do get the downsides (weather mainly) but it just seems like a captivating way to explore the world.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 09:29 PM (zGiai)


I would absolutely love to travel on a civilian airship with all the luxuries of the Hindenburg or Graf Zeppelin, but with modern safety features, and helium instead of hydrogen as the lifting gas.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 28, 2018 05:05 PM (WFV7d)

572 Eris Air Will Get You There With Time to Spare! See, the ads write themselves. Better than Air Discordia.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 28, 2018 05:05 PM (qJtVm)

573 We need a "Ken Russell VS Kurt Russell" movie night. "Old Yeller" VS "The Devils" "Tequila Sunrise" VS "Altered States" and much much more! Posted by: naturalfake at April 28, 2018 09:11 PM (9q7Dl) "Big Trouble in Little China" VS "Tommy"

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) [/b][/i][/s][/u] at April 28, 2018 05:05 PM (pNxlR)

574 >>Besides, I was just looking for an excuse to put up a photo of those adorable, cute, blood-soaked polar bears. It's a classic. And a gentle reminder that people are very, very stupid, especially about nature.

Posted by: moviegique at April 28, 2018 05:06 PM (k4dou)

575 I returned last week from spending two weeks at what was once the Navy's Hawaiian blimp field, now Barbers Point USCG. They have the world's greatest bar, very good very long runways, several buildings that clearly date back to the "sea of masts" era, and hundreds of acres of overgrown fenced and bunkered open ground that is spooky enough  to get you working on that novel again. Also the incredible Nimitz Beach cottages.

There's a hawt golf course on one boundary, and the mall that will be the terminal of the light-rail-to-nowhere on another. I figure that if and when that opens, all that historical land will go to development real fast. Love to see, at a minimum, the Fleet historians get in there for one more artifact sweep -- and they probably will, given that there had to be some real exotic munitions bunkered there at different times.   

Posted by: Stringer Davis [/i][/b] at April 28, 2018 05:06 PM (H5rtT)

576 biggest series in forever, yet i haven't seen a single one, and have zero interest in doing so...

maybe Hollyweird should start making movies for normal people instead of fanbois and other Hollyweird assholes?

Posted by: redc1c4 [/b] [/i] [/s] [/u] at April 28, 2018 05:13 PM (LP19L)

577 One odd thought I have had about the Germans is that in some respects, everyone else was fighting a war for survival while they were doing an off the wall weapons research program.
Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at April 28, 2018 09:13 PM (zGiai)


This had to do with the Fascist economic model: to get allotted a piece of the limited resources you had to produce for the Reich, and to get lots of resources you had to have a really interesting design.  Also, as a designer, to keep out of the Army and getting shot at by Russians you had to develop something really forward thinking that only you could shepherd through development.

Add to this the tendency of the industrial firms and the highest brass to empire build by developing something another company was working on but doing it for another branch of the service, meant lots of different approaches were being made.


Posted by: Kindltot at April 28, 2018 05:15 PM (2K6fY)

578 389 Lin-duh -- " I take it for what it is worth, light mindless entertainment". So do I. I never read super hero comics as a kid, and the only super hero I ever watched was Superman on TV played by George Reeves. I did see the Christopher Reeve Superman, too. I totally love the Marvel movies -- mental M&,Ms. As I tell everyone, if I want serious reading, there's the news. And if I want reality, all I have to do is look at my checkbook. I just want to be entertained -- and a great sound track is the icing on the cake. Somebody earlier mentioned the two RED movies. I nearly popped a gusset at the first one. I never realized what an incredible comic actor John Malkovitch was. And Brian Cox stole the whole movie. I honestly don't think there was a miscast part in the whole thing. RED 2, on the other hand, would have been so much better without Catherine Zeta-Jones. Just because the original made millions doesn't mean it needs a sequel. Grammie, it sounds like you do not have an Alamo Drafthouse in your neck of the woods. Alamo is death and taxes on talking or phone usage during a movie. First time, you get kicked out with a warning. Second time, you are banned for life. And they serve real popcorn covered with real butter with endless refills. And they don't show hours of ads or previews. Instead, they present a short film about something about the upcoming movie. When I took the kids to see Kubo and the Two Strings, the preshow show was a concert played by a couple of guys playing shamisens. It was very interesting.

Posted by: Deplorable Lady with Only Two Deplorable Cats at April 28, 2018 06:19 PM (BOdUR)

579 'Nuff said!

Posted by: Stan Lee at April 28, 2018 07:53 PM (gJBE5)

580 A lot of negative opinions about movie tastes. Especially by the writer of this article. Got news for you Entertainment Einstein's, Marvel/DC is an entertainment vehicle targeted at kids. Given the amount of revenues generated by Marvel/DC, absent this, Hollywood would need to shutter its doors. You Entertainment Einstein's are classic whiners and really believe your opinions matter - LOL! It's about the money morons/moronettes - reality.

Posted by: hstad at April 29, 2018 08:23 AM (uywSX)

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