Day 120

Apr. 30th, 2017 04:35 pm
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April 30, 2017 - The Leftovers

This show just keeps getting better and better. This is the final season, so I truly hope the ending is satisfying because I'll definitely miss it.

Day 119

Apr. 29th, 2017 04:35 pm
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April 29, 2017 - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Every April, I actually set a reminder in my phone and my calendars on the computers so I don't miss the broadcast on HBO. This year, three of my favorites were inducted. Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra, inducted by Dhanni Harrison, George's son. Pearl Jam, inducted by David Letterman, and Tupac inducted by Snoop. I was overwhelmed a couple of times with the touching stories, pride, and joy from the presenters, and the performances were over the top. My wiener babies even sat and watched it with me, it was truly that good.

Other inductees were Journey - I was upset that Steve Perry wasn't allowed to sing during their performance. Yes! inducted by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Joan Baez inducted by Jackson Browne, and Nile Rodgers inducted by Pharrell Williams.

I'm so glad that it's available on HBO on demand. I'll probably have to watch it three or four more times.

Day 118

Apr. 28th, 2017 04:35 pm
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April 28, 2017 - Absolutely Fabulous - The Movie

This one is stupidity solely for stupidity's sake. I laughed until I cried, and when it was finished, I watched it again.

Day 117

Apr. 27th, 2017 04:33 pm
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April 27, 2017 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

This is an amazing movie. The story is terribly sad, horrible, actually. But, it is tempered by the science/technology and advances in medicine due to research from Mrs. Lacks cells.

I give it 4/5 star rating because it was so sad during a couple of parts, I almost had to turn it off.

Day 116

Apr. 26th, 2017 04:31 pm
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April 26, 2017 - Joy

Things have been wild around the house, so I'm playing catch up.

This movie was awesome. Everything about it - the story, the cast, the clothes, you name it, everything was perfect. It also gave me the feels; I highly recommend it.

Day 70

Mar. 11th, 2017 10:51 pm
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March 11, 2017 Midnight in Paris

Saturday afternoon was dark, wet, and cold, so I stayed in. This movie was playing on HBO and I caught it just as it began.

Gil, played by Owen Wilson, has left his position as a very successful screenwriter to write The Great American Novel. He's engaged to Inez, who thinks he's wasting his time, thinks he's cheap, and makes the audience wonder why she agreed to marry him if he's such a loser. Throw in her mean, petty parents, and her boorish, snobby friends, and it's no wonder Gil walks the streets of Paris alone.

Then... at midnight, he finds the portal... and is transported to another time. He meets Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dali, Gertrude Stein, Paul Gauguin, T.S. Elliott, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, the list goes on and on.

The movie was originally released in 2011, but hasn't lost a bit of its charm. I fell head first and experienced the same enchantment and delight as I did with the first viewing.

Day 69

Mar. 10th, 2017 10:25 pm
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March 10, 2017


"Nihilists?!  F*ck me... I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism Dude, at least it's an ethos..."


While in still in school, I had a philosophy class that touched briefly on the different branches.  The instructor also happened to be a Methodist minister, and always wore these snazzy bow ties. He was great, and I loved him. 


When he discussed Nihilism, I remember feeling frightened at a gut level.  Seriously? A belief system that basically states morality, love, peace, and justice are not inherent, and that finding the purpose of one's life and happiness should be the ultimate goal? It sounded like Satanism!


Keep in mind, I was still a kid with no life experience and this was the my introduction to the subject.  Over the past forty years, I've matured a bit, and come to realize that Nihilists are not a bunch of lunatics plotting to destroy society as I know it.  They're not evil monsters.


What does strike me as funny -- makes me laugh out loud -- is that in quite a few movies and television shows, when the subject comes up, at least one person has the same knee-jerk reaction I had during Dr. Klein's lecture back in 1977.

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February 13, 2017 - Inception

It's me rambling again. This movie never fails to suck me in hook, line, and sinker.

Dreams have fascinated me for as long as I've had conscious thought. I have dozens of books on dream interpretation, lucid dreaming, dreams as divination, you name it.

Many aboriginal cultures around the world have / had Dreamwalkers, shamans who are able to enter the dreams of others to give advice or spiritual guidance. I suppose this is where Christopher Nolan came up with the basis for his story.

Inception has it all - "extractors" who use experimental technology to infiltrate the subconscious of their target and extract information through a shared dream world. The dreams are layered, one on top of another. There are architects who construct each level, a chemist who created a sedative to induce the levels, a con man who can manipulate the target into seeing someone they know and trust. It's mind bending.

What makes my heart ache, every single time, is the ending. Once the mission is completed, our protagonist has been cleared of any wrong-doing in his wife's death and is finally reunited with this children. We see his totem, the top, is still spinning, letting us know he's only dreaming.

Okay, on to lighter fare - something involving cute animals or Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer!
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I saw this listed on the LJ QotD, but rather than respond to that, I thought I'd ask in here. Your answers are what I care to read. ;-)

What is the scariest movie you've ever seen?

I have a double answer:

  • The Exorcist: It was released in 1973, but I wasn't able to see it until 1975, when I had a driver's license. Cathy and I went to the drive in to watch. The book gave me nightmares for weeks, so I thought the movie couldn't possibly be as bad as my imagination. I was wrong. The images weren't so bad, but the whole idea of demon possession . . . still makes me feel like hiding under the bed!

  • Paranormal Activity: Cathy and I saw this at the theater, and it scared us so badly, I actually posted a review at IMDb. Without any embarrassment or shame, I can say that I have NEVER been so frightened just watching people sleep!


Anyone care to play along?
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Currently, I'm drinking coffee and watching A Long Day's Journey Into Night. I'm really not sure why I chose such dark and heavy material this early in the day, but when I found it, I immediately put the remote down.

Miss Katharine Hepburn . . . there just aren't enough words to describe how much I enjoy her. In my opinion, she was never really beautiful, at least in Hollywood's definition of beauty, but that's part of her appeal.

And? Every time I see her on screen, I expect her to say, "We saw the Encantadas, but on the Encantadas, we saw something Melville hadn't written about."

That is all, you're excused. :-D
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You're just as crazy as your mama. Goes to show it's in the genes! Do you have any idea what you're getting into, man? You think Jack Ruby just up and died of cancer in four weeks after he gets a retrial? That's some kind of new cancer - I'd say that's a "going out of business cancer." You got the right ta-ta, but the wrong ho-ho. The government's gonna jump all over your head Jimbo, and go "cock-a-doodle-do!"
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This movie is so amazing, I have no words to do it justice. It is set (and filmed) in the Ozarks, less than an hour's drive from where I grew up and still live. The story, the actors, clothing, dialect, everything, are so spot on, I found myself thinking I actually know these people. Hell, I'm probably related to them!

To date, it won The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, was nominated for every major film festival and critics' award, and is nominated for four Academy Awards.

Do yourself a favor, put it in your Netflix queue, get it from Redbox or Blockbuster, whatever, just watch it!

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I just finished watching The Secret In Their Eyes and thought it was so good, I had to tell everyone.

Without giving too much away, it is the story of a group of people still struggling over a 25-year-old unsolved rape/murder case. The film is in Spanish with subtitles, but after the first three or four minutes, I was so completely engrossed, I literally forgot that I was reading along.

The majority of violence is at the very beginning; it is disturbing and hard to watch, but the story would not be as powerful without it.

I can't think of a single negative thing to say about this film and I would highly recommend it to everyone.

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