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Off-Topic Discussion / Non-Eastwood Trivia
« on: July 04, 2017, 08:20:05 AM »
I was at trivia last night,  and you could see some people using their phones. So all the competitive spirit was drained from the night. So, don't use it here either. As with the Eastwood trivia threads on the board, if you answer one, post one. It can be any type of trivia question, but since we have a very slow board, if no one answers in a couple of days, feel free to post the answer and another question. And if you're not sure of the answer, it's fine to take a stab at it anyway. You won't lose points if you get the answer wrong 'cause no one's keeping score here.

So for the 4th of July, one of the questions we had last night was this:  Although three U.S. presidents have died on the 4th of July, name the only U.S. president born on the 4th of July. Hint - he was born July 4th, 1872.  Also, if you can name any of the U.S. presidents who died on the 4th of July, go ahead and name them for bonus points (that don't matter).

Off-Topic Discussion / Amazon purchases Whole Foods
« on: June 18, 2017, 03:25:07 PM »
Is anyone else concerned about how BIG Amazon is getting? I heard the news this weekend that they purchased Whole Foods, and alarms went off in my head. This article expresses my concerns better than I can:

Off-Topic Discussion / Songs that strike a chord
« on: April 24, 2017, 09:36:18 AM »
Little bit of a pun there in the title. ;)

This one always gets to me... 

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It's such a sad song about how little we know when we're young, and the mistakes we make... and that some just don't even make it through those years at all. I love 90s music. It was such a dark period -- unlike the pop-sy syntho sounds of the 80's, we're now diving into more melancholic lyrics and sounds and sometimes even the grungiest hardest songs have the most poignant lyrics. 

Add the ones that get to you here...

This is the place to post about Yojimbo(1961) and compare it to A Fistful of Dollars, and the Bruce Willis remake Last Man Standing

Thanks to Elizabeth for recommending these films for this round.  :)

The CEWB Movie Club / Scarface (1932) vs. Scarface (1983)
« on: December 08, 2016, 04:04:50 PM »
This is the place to post about the original Scarface (1932) and the remake Scarface (1983).  Tell us what you think of the films as you watch them, or wait until after Week 2 to do a comparison. Which do you like better? Strengths, weaknesses, or just talk about anything you want.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Stupid / Funny Meme Thread
« on: November 22, 2016, 01:02:02 AM »
Why not? It's too damn quiet here:

Your meme can be about anything..... next!

Here's the master schedule for our first theme of the CEWB Movie Club: Original Film v. Remake.  Join in any time and watch the films with us each week. We'll have a thread for each of the pairings for this theme here in this Movie Club forum.  Be sure to comment each week on that week's film.  This thread will be locked, but if you need to comment on the schedule, you can post in THIS thread.

                            THEME 1:  ORIGINAL FILM V. REMAKE

WK#             DatesMovie Recommended by
WK 112/05 - 12/11Scarface (1932)Slacker
WK 212/12 - 12/18Scarface (1983)Slacker
WK 312/19 - 12/25       MERRY CHRISTMAS (No Movie This Week)     
WK 412/26 - 01/01HAPPY NEW YEAR (No Movie This Week)
WK 501/02 - 01/08Seven Samurai (1954)Christopher
WK 601/09 - 01/15The Magnificent Seven (1960)Christopher
WK 701/16 - 01/22       CATCH UP (No Movie This Week)     
WK 801/23 - 01/29CATCH UP (No Movie This Week)
WK 901/30 - 02/05The Manchurian Candidate (1962)Matt
WK 1002/06 - 02/12The Manchurian Candidate (2004)Matt
WK 1102/13 - 02/19       CATCH UP (No Movie This Week)     
WK 1202/20 - 02/26CATCH UP (No Movie This Week)
WK 1302/27 - 03/05Yojimbo (1961)Elizabeth
WK 1403/06 - 03/12A Fistful of Dollars (1964)Elizabeth
WK 1503/13 - 03/19Last Man Standing (1996)Elizabeth
WK 1603/20 - 03/26The Vanishing (1988)Brendan
WK 1703/27 - 04/02The Vanishing (1993)Brendan
WK 1804/03 - 04/09Insomnia (1997)KC
WK 1904/10 - 04/16Insomnia (2002)KC
WK 2004/17 - 04/23True Grit (1969)Gant
WK 2104/24 - 04/30True Grit (2010)Gant
WK 2205/01 - 05/07Cape Fear (1962)The Schofield Kid
WK 2305/08 - 05/14Cape Fear (1991)The Schofield Kid
WK 2405/15 - 05/21Criss Cross (1949)Holden Pike
WK 2505/22 - 05/28The Underneath (1995)Holden Pike
WK 2605/29 - 06/04Infernal Affairs (2002)AKA23
WK 2706/05 - 06/11The Departed (2006)AKA23
WK 2806/12 - 06/18Dial M for Murder (1954)Aline
WK 2906/19 - 06/25The Perfect Murder (1998)Aline
WK 3006/26 - 07/04The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)Satu
WK 3107/05 - 07/11Hang 'em High (1968)Satu

Off-Topic Discussion / MOVED: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: October 30, 2016, 11:25:25 AM »
We've created a new board for this topic -- check it out!

The CEWB Movie Club / CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: October 26, 2016, 11:44:09 PM »
Who here is missing not having the Clint Eastwood Challenge, or watching movies together and commenting on them?

It's a tough time of year to start something new, with the holidays approaching, but I was thinking we might be able to do something at a slower pace, that would be fun and give us something to do together as a group. Since we've just watched all the Clint movies, it would be non-Clint movies. I'm thinking one movie a week, and we'd have themes. Members who sign up will take turns nominating the movies that we'll watch. It will be like a book club, but for movies.

Here's my idea for what it might look like. A theme that I'd be interested in starting off with would be Classic Movie vs. Remake.  I just watched The Manchurian Candidate from 1962, and then followed it up with the remake from 2004. They were very different, and it was interesting to watch the differences, not just in cast, but in plot to make the modern version work in today's era. It was also interesting to see the great acting from both casts, and what worked, and what didn't. So I thought that might be fun to watch together, and discuss. So, we could do Week 1 the 1962 version, Week 2, the 2004 version.

Then, whoever signs up as being interested here would consider the theme (Classic vs. Remake) and we'd put them on the schedule.  When everyone has had an opportunity to pitch the films for that theme, we might choose another theme... maybe 1970 horror films.  We could do this for quite some time.

So, sign up here if you're interested in joining in. If you're interested, post here, and then also post your pitch for what Classic Movie & Remake you'd like us to put on the schedule. We can start this in a few weeks, and I'll make the schedule far enough in advance for everyone to track down the movies we'll be watching.

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy birthday, AKA23!
« on: October 26, 2016, 03:33:01 PM »
For your birthday -- I whipped up this  CHEESELESS Cheesecake.

This is actually my blog. I made that cake. That's my recipe. Those are my dishes. I'm really very talented, and VEGAN. Yes, I'm vegan on top of everything else. I'm ultra special.  ;D

(And if you believe that, I've got lots more where that came from.)

Happy birthday!

I do have a prize for finishing the Eastwood Challenge. I've been a bit backed up lately, but I WILL get to it soon! And everyone else who hasn't gotten their prizes yet, I promise.... soon.

Off-Topic Discussion / 5 Things I Only Like
« on: October 02, 2016, 12:28:31 AM »
This is where the blank face smiley comes in:   :blank:

I realized tonight as I was writing someone about our personalities, that I've always been a "love" or "hate" kinda guy. I love many things. I love fresh green beans that aren't overcooked, especially when they're sauteed with the right kind of sauce... whether it's Italian (fresh tomatoes, garlic, olive oil), or Szechuan (which is a mystery to me, but so amazing).  I love Jersey corn, fresh husked, boiled just right, with lots of real butter, salt and pepper. I love the perfect steak... medium rare. I love looking at someone I love... beautiful women. Eyes that have substance, and show dimension. I hate many things. I hate lying. I hate false people. I hate lima beans. I hate broccoli with a passion. I hate anything in the cabbage family... cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale.

It occurred to me tonight that one of my problems is feeling meh about ...... anything.

So I struggled to come up with a few things that I neither love, nor hate. These are a a list of five things I ONLY like. Join in, this can be a long thread... or it could be really boring. But, for the record, let it be known, that I only like......
    Pork chops
    Wham! (the band)
    (this is REALLY hard)
    Seeing new posts on the Clint Board which turn out to be about movies I haven't seen or don't care to see
    Watching golf on TV

Off-Topic Discussion / Scott Eastwood & Rob Lowe (A Poll)
« on: September 22, 2016, 07:52:45 PM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Hello
« on: September 22, 2016, 12:11:11 PM »
I love you, won't you tell me your name?

Hello...... (next) 

(Write your own)

(Mainly I want to see if anyone is still here)


Off-Topic Discussion / Your brush with death
« on: September 18, 2016, 11:54:38 AM »
The passengers on U.S. Airways Flight 1549 got a second chance at life when Capt. Chesley Sullenberger landed their plane safely on the Hudson River, saving every passenger and crew member's life. I've watched some clips on YouTube, and facing death and surviving made a huge impact on most of their lives. One female survivor said she and her husband decided to adopt a child. I'm going to assume they just couldn't have children, or didn't think the time was right, and they wanted to strengthen their family.  Maybe they realized how precious life is, and that they wanted to give a gift of a good and loving life to someone who needed it... in their own way, being a hero to save someone else as best they could. Another survivor changed his career entirely, wanting to do good in the world with what time he had left. Others formed a stronger bond with their husband or wife, no longer just taking their time together for granted. In a way, this is a very strong gift, not just at life, but at looking at our lives, and getting out of the rut we fall into sometimes, and realizing we really are only here for a short time, and we need to appreciate it, and be the people we'd want to be remembered as after we're gone.

I remember when I came back from my hiatus here that SK said he'd thought that I had died. Realizing my last post was on a New Year's Eve, and I went from being fairly active here to not being on at all very suddenly, I guess I can see how that could have been a strong possibility. And that sounds like the way I'd go too -- in a car. I've had lots of close calls over the years, but most of them were back in my college days. So I thought I'd write about my closest call, and we could all kind of talk about that a bit. Then, to get a bit philosophical -- answer the question: did your close call change the way you live, or the things you believe in? Be it religion, or your purpose in life, or just a way of recognizing how mortal we are, and that our time is limited -- and being more grateful for every day.

My closest call was back in college. I was with my girlfriend, and I had to leave her house at something like 3am or face the music from her parents the next day. It was a 45 min drive from her home to my dorm, and I was tired to begin with. I remember actually doing this a lot back in those days -- eyelids being so heavy, I'd shut one at a time to rest them, while driving. Or, just putting the car in park at a red light, and taking a 30 second nap. The stupidity of young love and fairly inexperienced driving can be a fatal combination. I'm driving along Rte 206, here's a photo that looks pretty close to the area this happened:

There was a junction with a traffic signal, which was a fairly dangerous intersection. See all those woods to the right? I fell asleep driving (and speeding, as usual), and I woke up with about 1 second to spare -- going about 60 mph, seeing a car coming from the route on the left onto my route, and I was so close to hitting them, I could see the passenger looking at me. Of course, there was no time to stop, so I pulled the wheel all the way to the right, directly into the woods. You're on dirt, so there's extra time having to stop... I want to say it took about five or six seconds... the whole time, all I could see were trees all around me, but... not in front of me. Literally inches from my car on both sides, and I didn't have control of the car -- I was just trying to stop. And then... there was the tree in front of me. And it was getting closer... and then.... the car stopped completely. I sat there shaking for about 5 minutes.... completely surrounded by trees on all three sides, having plunged into the forest at approx. 60 mph. And I didn't hit a thing. I remember thinking I'd never even be able to back out.  It was that narrow a path. But, I did. Realize, I was completely sober... this was just falling asleep at the wheel. And I was wide awake now.

The repercussions:  I immediately had a religious experience, just feeling saved by a higher being. It was like I wasn't mean to die yet. Also, that red car... with at least two people in it .... it wasn't their time either.  I have tried to maintain that faith throughout life, but it left me. Even with a gift that strong. I couldn't maintain that belief. But now and then I do think about it as the only real proof that I have that there is a higher being watching over us. There's no way I should be alive today. If the red car's passengers were meant to live, and I wasn't... I would have struck a tree at full speed. (In a 1984 car with no airbags ... no way).

I learned to drive better. (Finally)  I learned to never drive that tired. To pull over if I need to, or eat licorice candy and coffee (Good n Plenty's are amazing when you're driving tired -- I don't know if there's caffeine in licorice, but there's something about them that does it unlike any other candy).

Maybe it formed some changes in me later, having that close a brush with death. I know that I do try to be the person I want to be remembered for.  I definitely would never want to hurt anyone else in any capacity, and I try to be better than my natural self would be. I think we all have a tendency toward selfishness and not caring about others... just living for ourselves. I try not to do that, and whether that's because I nearly killed multiple people one night in mid-state NJ on highway 206, or for any other reason, I'm grateful for the lesson.


General Discussion / "I could walk through fire"
« on: July 06, 2016, 11:50:14 PM »
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Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Father's Day!
« on: June 19, 2016, 10:00:15 AM »
Happy Father's Day to Doug, Brian, and any other dads on the board. And Happy Father's Day if we have any single moms pulling double duty. Hope everyone is having a great day.

The Dirty Harry Films / RC Car Chase in The Dead Pool
« on: May 29, 2016, 07:41:01 PM »

Collectors' Corner / The Poncho (replica)
« on: May 29, 2016, 10:24:09 AM »


It's a dead ringer.  O0



"Dear hollywoodprop,

I just recieved the poncho and it is absolutely breathtaking!!! I have other replicas but none of them come even close to this one.

Thank You
Jonathan T."

Web Site Announcements / Bygones, Forgiveness & Moving On
« on: May 07, 2016, 12:23:39 PM »
I wanted to call this thread "Cancer", but I didn't want to scare anyone into worrying that someone here had it. It's not someone, it's something. It's our board. Cancer is a dangerous growth that starts small, it sucks up all the good, multiplying the bad, killing off good cells, and harming the entire body. Our board has it.

Sometimes I think the board is just slow because of Facebook, or some other excuse. But, I don't think that's the case. We've reached out to members of this board who are active online, and they won't post here anymore. Most don't want to explain why they've left, and they don't have to. They don't owe us anything. But, you can't fix a problem if you don't know what the problem is.

When I came back, I wanted to perform a biopsy of the board... dig around and find out what had happened since I left that had weakened the body so badly, allowing it to be super sensitive to injury and at risk of death. And I found a few answers. There's some anger here... there's hurt feelings. There's contempt, dislike, and lack of interest. But I've also found it's not due to one bad apple, or a few bad seeds. This person is mad at that person, and that person is mad at another person. This person blames that person, or whatever.

We've had amputations where the cancer had spread too badly to heal... members who left and deleted their profile to make a statement of their displeasure that would be left like an ugly scar for the rest of time to remind everyone of the amputation.

I urge anyone here who has issues with any other member to privately PM him or her to work on getting past their issues. If not for the well-being of the entire board, but so that you and that member can enjoy it here again. Enjoy participating in our activities. Find the happiness that we used to share here again. Be a family again. You don't have to love everyone, but there's no room for hate here. This is no place for avoidance. This is a place to commune, share and have fun. And we need to bring that back.

I don't care if this thread has no responses, but I do want everyone here to think about what is said here. If you're at odds with someone here that you used to care about, or were friendly with, then open the lines of communication to try to heal those old wounds.

Members who have left are welcomed back. We can look at restoring profiles, if it's an option. Not to sound condescending, and I truly don't want to... we all need to act like adults now if we're going to heal this body. We need to eat and drink healthy, get exercise and take our vitamins... or in our case, we need to forgive, apologize, and be willing to accept responsibility for any part we may have played in it. We can't keep destroying the body by talking badly about others, forming unions against others, etc.

I write this out of love, not anger. More than anything I'm sad that this has happened. There's not one person here who I dislike. There are people I've fought with, there are people who annoy me from time to time. If you're one of them, you probably know that. And that's okay... I'm sure I annoy people from time to time too. But I hope no one outright dislikes me or avoids me. Ask yourself if you're someone who is disliked by anyone here, and if you honestly can work to heal that. If there's someone who has harmed or upset you in the past, please reach out to that person. I can tell you just from my experiences of talking with people here that we're a good group of people. But, we're REAL people. We have flaws. We can't be perfect, and we can't be held to a standard of needing to be.

If one of your co-workers has a bad day, they may snap at you, and someone will come along and say "It's his son, he's been really sick so he's on edge."  You'd understand. You might even go up and say "Hey, are you okay? You want to go to lunch and talk about things?"  Here, we have someone say something, and the other person writes someone else "so and so is a total jerk", and then it goes on and on for years.

I'm just asking you to open up and look inside, and if this applies to you, try to fix it. I'd like to see this board be a more vibrant community again. We may be a small number, but we've never been large. We've always only had a core of 12-20 members... that hasn't changed. We'll never be a big board. But, we also used to be a lot more special than this.

Think about it.  And thanks for taking the time to consider all of this and how you can help fix things again.

Our next Movie Night will be Sunday, May 8th, 2016. See the times below for when it will be in your time zone.

During our last Movie Night, we did a Drinking Game for Paint Your Wagon, and -satu- just happened to drop the bomb that she was getting married this summer, and would like a bachelorette party. We all felt it was time to do something new on the CEWB... something that has never been done, and certainly something I have  never done, and that is to host a bachelorette party. Do we have any volunteers? I have NO IDEA what this means, and what is needed to bring that theme into our Movie Night. So, let's hear some suggestions.

Who is interested, and can make it? If the time is bad, maybe we can reschedule. We still have time. Please check in and let us know.

Check here to see what time we'll be starting in your area:

      In CST (U.S. Central Time Zone) states - 3:00 PM
      In EST (U.S. East Coast) states - 4:00 PM
      In Sao Paulo, Brazil - 5:00 PM
      In Great Britain, Portugal - 9:00 PM
      In France, Italy - 10:00 PM
      In Sweden - 10:00PM
      In Finland -  11:00PM
      In Sydney and Melbourne, Australia - 6:00 AM, Monday morning.

If you need more time conversions, check here:

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