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  RIP Dolores O'Riordan
Posted by: Greg - Yesterday, 10:20 AM - Forum: Testimonials - Replies (3)

She was a Limerick girl.

She did not linger.

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  The Five (netflix)
Posted by: Greg - Yesterday, 07:17 AM - Forum: Doom Streaming - No Replies

9 really great twisty episodes. One that just suuuuuuuucked. Unfortunately, it was the final episode.

this is a BBC series based on an idea or treatment by mystery writer Harlan Coben. I really enjoy Harlan Coben but there is definite sameness to a lot of his mysteries. In most cases someone disappeared years ago and they mystery of that disappearance is now being solved.

And such was was the case with The Five. Jessy is sent home when his brother and three friends tell him not to tag along into the park. Well, Jessy never made it back to the house. But now 20 years later, Jessy's DNA is found at a crime scene. Twistiness ensues.

Like I said, the first 9 episodes were really great. Lots of mystery. Lots of hipster style in the film making choices. It was very British in how it told the stories. It does get a little hard to follow as a lot of the characters are pasty white British dudes. And they all look alike. Is that the bad buy from the prostitution ring or is the guy running the halfway house or is it the guy  who is married to Pru?

So, maybe you just watch the first nine episodes and i can tell you what happens in the 10th that has me so outraged.

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  The Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Posted by: Greg - 01-14-2018, 11:26 AM - Forum: Doom DVDs and Downloads - Replies (1)

I really liked the original. The sequel, not so much.

It seemed to be a lot of been there and done that. Julianna Moore was no Samuel L. Jackson. Her henchman was no match for the women on the prosthetic legs from the last one. It seemed like they were taking the best things from the last one and amping them up and it didn't work.

However, Elton John, despite the fact he cannot act, was the best part of the movie.

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  The Post
Posted by: Drunk Monk - 01-13-2018, 10:04 PM - Forum: Doom Movies - Replies (1)

Sold out shows all night downtown. We squeezed into the front row with a crowd of grey hairs that reminded us of the symphony set. 

Meryl & Hank do their thing and hit the right notes, yet not staggering for them, just par for the course. It was simplified in that Spielberg way, sans waving flashlight beams. The message was a tad too soft and too complex for millenials unfamiliar with history - I’m desparate for harder hitting politics vs press messages right now. I doubt this will galvanize any movements or even sway opinions - preaching to the crowd who at our showing, broke into applause several times. 

As a publisher, it made me proud and ashamed. Proud because it is a noble profession for some. Ashamed because it was so hard to publish prior to PCs - we have it so easy now. Although we don’t smoke or drink like they did back then either. I’ve always wanted to shout ‘stop the presses!’ or ‘run it!’ but never had the chance, given my publications.

Coulda used a swordfight.

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  My Next Guest Needs No Introduction
Posted by: Drunk Monk - 01-12-2018, 11:00 PM - Forum: Doom Streaming - Replies (2)

Man have I missed their voices. Amazingly positive and extra points for John Lewis. 

Interesting that this netflixer is episodic. Not sure if I’ll tune in for Clooney. Probably, just to hear more Dave.

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  Vukobejina!
Posted by: Greg - 01-12-2018, 02:07 PM - Forum: Issues - Replies (1)

The place wolves fuck.

It's the word they are using in Croatia in place of Shithole.

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  The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Posted by: cranefly - 01-09-2018, 01:47 PM - Forum: Doom Books - Replies (1)

It's always good to revisit notable illustrated children's books, and recently I sat down and read this one again -- in one sitting, if you can believe that.

I'm always inspired by that little engine that just will not give up.  And when it starts up that one hill and things get really tough, and it starts laboring, going, Ka-chug, ka-chug, ka-chug, I always just about lose it.

Perhaps my favorite children's book of all time.

All it really lacks is Tonya Harding tied to the tracks at the top of the hill.

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  I, Tonya
Posted by: Drunk Monk - 01-08-2018, 10:50 PM - Forum: Doom Movies - Replies (3)

Brava Margot & Allison. Funny, heartfelt, tragic, dysfunctional, white trash, Olympic - I remember it all quite well. They skipped the sex tape chapter (I confess I’ve seen it) but the rest moved along well. It’s one of those films where there’s a lot of talking to the camera, played to good effect with the rashomon quality of storytelling. Leggy Margot is digitally shortened and given muscular thighs way beyond her, but still lacks a skater’s physique. Nevertheless the skating sequences are remarkable fusions on swirling camera work and cgi seemlessly executed. The slo mo triple with Margot’s face and digitally-steroids buttocks is convincing. And Margot delivers some fine acting chops, especially towards the end of the film, not just a pretty face. Janney had a line that made both Stacy & me lol, which is rare for a film. The music wasn’t quite correct for the 90s but okay. Tonya comes off as no angel, but also quite tragic - she was at the golden globes at Margot’s table, so there’s some redemption in that and in this film. Recommended for cf because if memory serves, he used to crush on Tonya.

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  The King of Elfland's Daughter by Lord Dunsany
Posted by: King Bob - 01-08-2018, 03:25 PM - Forum: Doom Books - Replies (2)

I picked this up at the library sale because I had read Neil Gaiman's introduction to it in The View from the Cheap Seats. He loved it; I did not. The story itself is not bad, but stretched out to far longer than need be. If it had been a short story I think it would have been better. And the language is convoluted; I found I often had to re-read a sentence to figure out what it meant. And sometimes I just fell asleep. It's sort of high-flown Victorian folklore style crossed with Paradise Lost. (Maybe it would have worked better as an epic poem.) Lovecraft loved his work, FYI, which probably helps explain his syntax too.

On the other hand, it did have some great imagery, so I won't call it a waste of time. But know what you're getting into if you try it. Ultimately I'd call it more historically interesting than a good read. A shorter and I think better work of his, "The Fortress Unvanquished Save for Sacnoth" can be found in the Oxford Book of Fantasy. If you just want a taste of Dunsany that will not require as much of a time investment.

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  Spellbound (1945)
Posted by: Drunk Monk - 01-07-2018, 09:04 PM - Forum: Doom DVDs and Downloads - No Replies

Yesterday I was at the Legion of Honor and they have this display now that honors Vertigo. I luv that film, and thought I’d revisit it, but couldn’t find a good version for free and stumbled over the Criterion version of this in YouTube, so this was my Vertigo methadone.

It’s cringeworthy how Ingrid, the sole female in the film, is treated by her male coworkers, especially because they are all psychoanalyst doctors, all older men constantly touching her, making passes st her, even kissing her, and even more so knowing Hitchcock’s legendary womanizing.  But Ingrid is as luminous as ever, even in b&w, delivering her stiltedly-written lines with her accented panache and ultimately prevailing. Gregory goes from his usual dashing suave self to phobic glares well enough, carrying his patient/romance role serviceably but not remarkably. Of course, the centerpiece of the film is the dream sequence designed by Dali, which is short yet disturbing, not Bunuel-magnitude surrealism, but a historic cooperative vision with him and Hitchcock. The mcguffin is classic Hitchcock, not his finest but it came out when WWII ended, so I’m sure that had some impact. 

We realized Tara hasn’t seen Vertigo. She doesn’t do horror because she had a really bad experience with one at a Halloween party when she was little. Some thoughtless parents showed a horror film that frightened the whole class - they divorced and are hopefully in rehab now - I’m glad to be away from those parents social groups becasud its such luck of the draw. We’ve only kept a few friends from those circles; the rest I’m happy to only see on Facebook now. Anyway, she has avoided Hitchcock - she wouldn’t like Psycho (that still disturbs me) and The Birds still disturbs Stacy (Mel Brooks version actually worries me more) but she’d be okay with his thrillers like Vertigo. Maybe I’ll find the dvd for when she comes home again. She went back to college today.

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