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I've been off work for about the last two weeks, but will be going back next week as fall classes begin. So the end of this week and the weekend will be getting some stuff ready for that.
This is from last August, but I'm now finishing up a semester and will be out of work for the next three weeks. So this weekend is going to go on for a while. ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favourite Film Of 2017
« on: Today at 12:29:37 PM »
Browsing over my movie journal, I'd say Logan and Wonder Woman would definitely be some of my favorites from the year. There were some other good comic book movies, like Spiderman and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. War for the Planet of the Apes might take the top spot for me though. O0

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What Was The Last DVD You Bought ?
« on: Yesterday at 10:12:53 AM »

The Invaders season one (from 1967). I remember watching this show on the Sci-Fi channel years ago and always enjoyed it. It's about an architect named David Vincent (played by Roy Thinnes) who witnesses a space ship landing. Nobody believes him when he talks about it, and then as he starts to believe they may be in danger, still no one believes.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Belated Birthday Christopher and Jed!!
« on: December 14, 2017, 01:37:08 PM »
Thanks, everyone! I celebrated with an ice cream cake and will be celebrating with a group of friends tonight as well.

Happy belated birthday to Jed, too.

Eastwood News / Re: New film release for Clint in 2019?
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:41:11 AM »
The semicolons do make it clearer. O0

I enjoy all of them for some reason or another. That's not to say I think they are all stellar movies. But I've liked Eastwood since I was a kid, so I always liked seeing him in whatever.

General Discussion / Re: Top ten acted/directed Clint Eastwood movies
« on: December 07, 2017, 11:02:15 AM »
What's your favorite of those choices?
That's a good question. ;D  It could be Josey Wales or Unforgiven, but I also really like Misty and Honkytonk Man.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:56:47 AM »
I remember watching In a Lonely Place in a film class in college. I liked the movie a lot, but have only more recently become a big Bogart fan.

Last week I watched That Thing You Do, written, directed, and costarring Tom Hanks. I loved the movie! I can't believe it only took me 21 years to get around to it. :D

Eastwood News / Re: New film release for Clint in 2019?
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:26:46 AM »
That might not be saying that the Clint Eastwood movie is going to be a sequel to Lights Out, but it's probably just the second in the list. The Lights Out mentioned here is probably the horror film that came out last year.

So the good news is that there could be a new Eastwood movie in 2019!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: December 05, 2017, 03:08:52 PM »
 ;D $2 billion would have been nice.

General Discussion / Re: Top ten acted/directed Clint Eastwood movies
« on: December 03, 2017, 04:46:08 PM »
Play Misty For Me
High Plains Drifter
The Eiger Sanction
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Honkytonk Man
White Hunter, Black Heart
A Perfect World
The Bridges of Madison County
Gran Torino

Here it is in chronological order. There's 11 in the list, because I wouldn't normally include Tightrope either since he's not credited.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: December 03, 2017, 04:38:28 PM »
My dad gave me a $2 bill when I was a kid and I still have it (I don't know if it's the sort of thing that I needed to keep). I've never gotten one in change though.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Recent Books Read
« on: December 03, 2017, 04:30:26 PM »
Sombrero Fallout by Richard Brautigan

A really strange, quirky little read.. Two stories melding into one. A writer gives up on writing a story and throws it in the wastepaper basket.. where it proceeds to continue writing itself..

A mix of realist absurd and whimsical.. I really enjoyed it and I'll return to it again at some point..
That does sound good.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy birthday, Gant!
« on: November 24, 2017, 08:03:27 AM »
Aw, yes, the bloody drumstick! :o

Happy belated, Gant!

General Discussion / Re: Favorite Eastwood movies by genre
« on: November 22, 2017, 06:12:32 AM »
Drama: The Beguiled
Police: Dirty Harry
Crime: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
Western: Unforgiven
War: Kelly's Heroes
Comedy: Bronco Billy
Action: In the Line of Fire
Suspense: Play Misty for Me

Indeed genre boundaries can be pretty loose, but I like the idea of the thread.

Comedy is especially tricky. I laugh more in movies like The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly than I do in any of his comedies, yet I wouldn't list GBU as being a comedy. And a "police" and "crime" film could be very similar, but I'm distinguishing between Eastwood as a cop and Eastwood as a thief.

There's so many great movies that could fit into drama. Honkytonk Man would be a favorite as well. And I suppose there's enough humor that I could list it as being my favorite Eastwood comedy.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: November 22, 2017, 05:59:39 AM »
I remember hearing about David Cassidy announcing that he had dementia earlier this year, and I thought how incredibly young for that diagnosis. It was sad to hear of his death.

Eastwood News / Re: The 15:17 to Paris: Production Information and News
« on: November 22, 2017, 05:51:46 AM »
I'm looking forward to seeing how this comes out too. O0

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2017 Movie Discussion
« on: November 19, 2017, 07:15:57 AM »
I thought Justice League was fun. I'd place it behind Wonder Woman for the best DC live action films.

I also watched Murder on the Orient Express a few days ago and enjoyed it as well. Just having read the novel I knew what to expect, but it was a pretty good adaptation. Of course some things were ramped up for the drama of the movie.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2017 Movie Discussion
« on: November 13, 2017, 03:11:40 PM »
Murder on the Orient Express

Just great. Superb cinematography, solid direction and Branagh's Poirot  is as good as only Ustinov ever was  O0

My favorite movie of the year so far

I want to see this one soon. I recently finished the book.

I enjoyed the new Thor a lot. A few weeks back I watched both Happy Death Day and The Foreigner, and liked both. I even went back to see Happy Death Day a second time.

Are you close, Christopher? I know you're in Ohio, but not sure what city. In any case, it's a great zoo -- and as adults, I think we can appreciate the zoo more than kids, if we allow our inner child to enjoy it.  I don't think kids would get how rare it is to see these animals in person when they're as young as they are. To them, the goat in the zoo's petting zoo is as novel as seeing the snow leopard. But as we get older, we appreciate that some of these animals are near extinction, and that we miss out on how gorgeous our planet is if we don't see them. There's this quote from Rocky, Christopher you may know it -- so I won't quote it yet -- where Rocky is going to take Adrian on their first date, and the local mob boss's bodyguard tells Rocky where to take her and why.  It's a funny quote, and it runs through my mind at least once when I go to the zoo. It's a laughable quote because it's ridiculous, but I think a lot of adults miss out on seeing these things because they're thought to be more for kids. The Cincy zoo has beer and wine sales. So, grab a camera, and go. It's a great day!
I'm a bit north of Dayton so Cincinnati isn't a bad drive--two hours maybe. I've been to the Columbus zoo a few times as an adult (I did go as a kid too). I also went to the Toledo zoo as a kid.

And I think I know the line from Rocky you're thinking about. ;D

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