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I haven't been on here since last year so I'm just now finding out about this truly shocking and tragic news. She was incredibly intelligent, knowledgeable, level-headed, and kind. Even while not visiting here, I sometimes think of her. For instance while listening to the podcast the History of the English language and I'll think about her love of language and languages. As I'm sure most people can say, I never had a negative interaction with her, and we were allied in opinion of Unforgiven as our all-time favorite movie. Damn, this is awful.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: October 09, 2020, 12:47:44 AM »
October 9th, 2020 John would have turned 80! I've been listening to Walls & Bridges a lot and I now think it's as much a masterpiece as the album Imagine. I've come to really love this truly beautiful song, "Bless You":

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And of course a song I feel is among the very best songs he ever wrote, "#9 Dream." Just close your eyes and really listen to it.

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Any suggestions for a short silent film for someone who has never seen one before and is skeptical that they'll like them?

Maybe try Charlie Chaplin's The Kid. It's only 52 minutes and it's generally ranked amongst Chaplin's best films. Besides being a comedy, it's actually a very touching movie. And it's available on youtube:

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The three movies I'd probably consider the most underrated of Clint's are A Perfect World, White Hunter, black Heart, and Bird. At least here in the States.

Incredibly good photos, Matt. Van Gogh did a whole series of paintings of sunflowers.

I wouldn't call it a favorite but The Birth Of A Nation is definitely up there for historic silent films.

Um, yeah... that's a movie about the birth of the KKK. I've seen it, but I'd never recommend it except to film buffs who wouldn't need me recommending it.

A movie I forgot to mention was Nosferatu, one of the creepiest movies ever made.

My all-time favorite silent movie is Metropolis. One of my favorite movies of any era, and I've seen it multiple times and I even have a large movie poster for it. Another great silent movie no one's mentioned is Sunrise. The General is great for its stunts but it doesn't do much for me and I like other Keaton films better, like Steamboat Bill, Jr. and Sherlock Jr. I haven't seen very many more of his films, though. I love Chaplin and you can't go wrong with him. City Lights and Modern Times are masterpieces but while mostly silent movies, they were made after the silent era had ended. And The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was probably the first silent movie I watched and I loved it instantly and still do. A really great, underappreciated silent movie is The Phantom Carriage, kind of a dark fantasy horror film with great effects. It was apparently Ingmar Bergman's favorite film and it contains a scene that certainly influenced Kubrick's "Here's Johnny" scene in The Shining.

Doug, since that's my favorite Eastwood movie, I think that's an excellent pick. You have very good taste! Since the poster mentioned Eastwood westerns and wanting to introduce her to "that world," I interpreted that to mean he wanted to start with a Western.

Flintstone, we haven't heard anything from you. Have you chosen a movie yet? Has she seen it? Has our recommending totally different movies and there being no consistency in the choice caused you to become paralyzed with indecision and have you abandoned the whole effort? Let us know! :)

I didn't know that was your favorite film. Has it always been your favorite? Anyhow I interpreted the comment "With good ol' classics or maybe something newer?" to mean any Eastwood film. In the Line of Fire seems like a good choice as it has action, it feels modern, it has romance, it has good pacing, and it showcases some really good acting on the part of Clint. Some of his best acting, in my opinion.

Without any other context, I'd recommend In the Line of Fire as a good introductory film for someone's girlfriend.

Eastwood News / Re: RIP Ennio Morricone
« on: July 06, 2020, 01:13:58 AM »
R.I.P. Thanks for all the great music. He was truly a one of a kind composer.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: June 12, 2020, 08:24:56 PM »
More bad news, the Peter Jackson film Get Back, set for release this September, will now be released next August. Does that mean a Let It Be box set won't be out this year, too? This will teach me for ever looking forward to anything.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Seinfeld
« on: June 09, 2020, 02:18:02 AM »
Funny enough I've been watching my Seinfeld DVDs lately. I'm on season 9, and I just watched the The Betrayal, the one told backwards where they go to India. One of my favorite episodes. And on the DVD you can choose to watch it forward as well, so naturally I had to watch both versions.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Who do you just not get ?
« on: June 09, 2020, 02:12:56 AM »
Seth Rogen. He's like the kid you knew in high school who thought he was funny and is always performing, while making everyone uncomfortable because there's literally nothing funny about the guy. That's Seth Rogen. After seeing several horrible movies with him, I decided I'd just boycott his movies. Along with Judd Apatow. Problem solved. I only made an exception for Paul, because he only did the voice of the alien, and The Interview because, you know, for a minute it was a big deal. The movie sucked, naturally. I think I can tolerate anybody else in the right movie/role, although I do think Russell Crowe is, besides a terrible person, an extremely overrated actor. But I've seen a lot of his movies, and I can't ever recall seeing him laugh or even smile in any genuine way for even a moment in any film of his I've seen. He's like a cardboard cutout on screen, so I've never gotten why he was ever nominated.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: May 19, 2020, 01:12:49 AM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Horror Films
« on: May 10, 2020, 01:08:17 AM »
A few years ago I compiled a top 25 list of my favorite horror movies, so here it is, from someone for whom horror is not really a favorite genre as a whole:

1. The Omen (1976)
2. Let the Right One In (2008)
3. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
5. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
6. Psycho (1960)
7. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
8. Nosferatu (1922)
9. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
10. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
11. Diabolique (1955)
12. Martin (1978)
13. Raw Meat (aka Death Line) (1972)
14. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
15. Repulsion (1965)
16. Peeping Tom (1960)
17. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
18. Antichrist (2009)
19. Don’t Look Now (1973)
20. House (Hausu) (1977)
21. The Phantom Carriage (1921)
22. A Bucket of Blood (1959)
23. Vampyr (1932)
24. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
25. Of Unknown Origin (1983)

Of recent horror movies, I really liked Get Out and Us. I didn't care that much for The Babadook, VVitch, or It Follows. I still haven't seen A Quiet Place which had a lot of buzz. Also there are some movies that definitely can be considered horror but which I labeled as science fiction while making this list and didn't include: The Thing, Alien, and my favorite B-movie X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Current TV Shows
« on: May 10, 2020, 01:01:15 AM »
Just finished watching season one of Westworld, and what a fantastic show. I had the impression each season would be its own storyline, but season two starts right where season one left off. If you like very well-written television, with lots of interesting themes and intelligent ideas, and brilliantly interwoven stories, with lots of breasts and a ridiculous body count, then you need to see this show. (If nudity is a turn off, remember it's mostly when the robots are in repairs, so it's not really salacious.)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bland celebrity encounters
« on: May 10, 2020, 12:56:50 AM »
Working on the Strip in Vegas I've had a few bland celebrity encounters. In fact they've all been bland. Guy I work with has been around for quite some time, and back when the casino I work at used to be more of a big deal place, celebrities used to come in all the time, and he had some great stories from the good ole days. But the best is a different co-worker was dealing roulette to a dark-haired woman and some guy was standing near the glass that protects the wheel, and we have to tell customers not to lean on or against the glass, so he turned to say something to the guy ... and it was Clint Eastwood, there with Dina. So he got to chat with Clint for a few minutes. I was instantly very jealous.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Who do you just not get ?
« on: May 08, 2020, 01:35:01 AM »
The Rolling Stones. Apart from their singles and a couple other songs, I can't stand their music. I've tried to like a few of their albums, like Exile on Main Street and Let It Bleed, but they're awful. And I can't stand Keith Richards. So there's that.

Movie Night / Re: The Gauntlet Movie Night, Saturday May 2, 2020
« on: May 02, 2020, 03:09:16 PM »
Yeah what a great time! I didn’t know I needed a 70s Eastwood movie. But it hit the spot.

Movie Night / Re: The Gauntlet Movie Night, Saturday May 2, 2020
« on: May 02, 2020, 03:06:23 PM »
My mom saw this movie when it originally came out in the theater and she said somebody in the theater was yelling “somebody help him!”

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