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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Hemlock!!
« on: December 27, 2017, 10:23:10 AM »
Happy Birthday, Hemlock! :)

Have a wonderful day!  8)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Aussie Thread
« on: December 25, 2017, 08:36:08 PM »
To return to a topic we touched on a year ago ...

What is a "bat creature"? Or do you mean just a plain bat? Some of them are pretty adorable too ...


(These little guys are Australian, so I'm staying on topic.)

I'm sure you know bats are the only mammals that can fly. (Flying squirrels and sugar gliders can only glide.) And they're very valuable fauna ... they eat tons of crop-damaging insects, and many species of plants are dependent on them for pollination.

... I mean "baby animals in blankets," of course ... though these babies aren't Australian ...

How Do You Keep an Elephant Warm? Knit a Giant Blanket

When an unexpectedly cold front from China descended on parts of Southeast Asia this past week, people in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia bundled up in coats to stave off the region’s unusual weather.

But what’s an elephant to do?

The unseasonal weather hit the Winga Baw camp for orphaned elephants in Myanmar, and workers scrambled to protect the seven animals in their care, using straw to keep them warm, according to Sangdeaun Lek Chailert, founder of the Save Elephant Foundation, a nonprofit based in Thailand that is dedicated to Asian elephants.

“We haven’t had weather this cold in 40 years,” she said by phone on Sunday while traveling through northern Thailand.

Temperatures fell to 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) in some parts of the country. But the camp, in the Bago Region of Myanmar, had another secret weapon: giant knitted and crocheted blankets.


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: December 25, 2017, 02:00:04 PM »
^ Thanks for posting, mario. Here is a link to Frontiere's Variety obituary.


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: CEWB Annual Season's Greeting Thread 2017/18.
« on: December 24, 2017, 10:18:09 PM »
Merry Christmas, everyone!

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: December 23, 2017, 07:26:51 PM »
It would be nice. Christopher? Jed? Anyone? ???

Questions & Answers / Re: Any Which Way You Can business
« on: December 23, 2017, 08:57:08 AM »
No, but it still did very well for its time.

From Box Office Mojo:

Any Which Way You Can, Domestic Total Gross: $70,687,344. Adjusted to be comparable with 2017 figures: $234,661,000.

Every Which Way But Loose, actual Domestic Total Gross: $85,196,485. Adjusted to 2017: $325,130,200.

If you use the adjusted figures, they were Eastwood's two highest-grossing films before American Sniper, which grossed $350,126,372, or adjusted to 2017: $384,704,400.

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: December 22, 2017, 11:52:42 PM »
Well, I'll make this one easy, and since it's Christmas ...

In what movie does a character (not Clint) wear a Santa Claus suit? :)

So, it was wonderful to see it in a theater again! 8)

I've always thought the frame story (the kids come home after their mom dies, and find out what she was up to that time they took the prize steer to the state fair) was weak, and I haven't changed my mind about that. There's a bit of a payoff at the end, when hearing their mother's story moves Carolyn to pull out of her deadening marriage, while it moves Michael to try to strengthen his bond with a wife he actually loves but may not appreciate. (That's my reading anyway, and I'm sticking to it.) These actors were either miscast or not up to the challenge, but to be fair, the writing in these scenes is mostly pretty terrible too.

But the central love story remains, in my mind, one of the best things Clint has ever done, beautiful to look at and heartbreaking to feel your way through. It truly is, as my college drama teacher defined it, a tragedy: When someone has two choices, and they're both wrong. Well, we know that Francesca (who is the one who has to choose) is really right not to go. She explains it so well: She's sparing her family great pain, and preserving the memory of her love for Robert, which would inevitably have collapsed if she had actually run away with him. But I never see that final scene with the two trucks in the rain without wishing she would have pressed that door handle down just a little harder, just a little faster.

General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: December 22, 2017, 07:16:21 PM »
The Bridges of Madison County. Today, in the theater! 8)

I'll post some thoughts in the thread I started in the News forum.

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: December 22, 2017, 07:10:30 PM »
I missed that one, too!

Here's mine ... Absolute Power.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: CEWB Annual Season's Greeting Thread 2017/18.
« on: December 22, 2017, 08:22:07 AM »
Happy Christmas to you, too, Aline, and a very Happy New Year! It's wonderful to hear from you again! :)

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: December 22, 2017, 08:18:44 AM »
I can think of one ... you'd think there would be more, though? ???

As part of a series "Emotion Pictures: International Melodrama," Bridges will screen at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater once only, on Friday, December 22, at 1:30 PM. I'm planning to go.

About the series:

When many of us think about movie melodramas, the first names that come to mind are titans of Hollywood’s golden age, directors (Douglas Sirk, Nicholas Ray, Vincente Minnelli, George Cukor) and stars (Lillian Gish, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis) alike. But the melodrama is by no means a distinctly American or mid-century genre, having laid its roots during the silent era (in the work of D. W. Griffith, Erich von Stroheim, F. W. Murnau) before flowering in Japan (Kenji Mizoguchi, Mikio Naruse), Italy (Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini), England (David Lean), and elsewhere. Indeed, the careers of many key filmmakers of modern cinema have been predicated on radical reinterpretations of the form, as in the work of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pedro Almodóvar, Todd Haynes, Leos Carax, Lars von Trier, Wong Kar Wai, and Guy Maddin. This series pays tribute to the genre that boldly endeavored to put emotion on screen in its purest form, featuring classics from the silent era and Hollywood’s Golden Age to major mid-century films from around the world to modern dramas and subversive postmodern incarnations. Bring tissues.

And about the film:

“I was acting like another woman, yet I was more myself than ever before…” During one summer in 1960s Madison County, Iowa, a married-with-children Italian-American housewife (Meryl Streep) finds fleeting romance with a rugged, passing-through-town National Geographic photographer (Clint Eastwood). It’s only four days, but it’s enough to fuel an infatuation that stretches even beyond their deaths. The rare literary adaptation to surpass its source material, this stirring, pro-adultery drama is elevated by the finely shaded performances and by Eastwood’s masterful direction, which turns a montage of a blinking car taillight, a rearview mirror, and a passenger side door handle into a heart-stopping, will-they-won’t-they emotional crescendo.

For more on melodrama as a film genre, see this story in the Times:

What’s the one thing these 62 films have in common? What makes them melodramas?

It has to do with emotion. Films that depict or express emotion directly, in as direct or pure a form as possible. But these are often films that depict emotion indirectly, that deal with heightened emotions and figure out interesting ways to express them onscreen.

The question behind the series is how emotion works on screen. How do we as viewers become emotionally invested? What makes us emotional?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Aussie Thread
« on: December 20, 2017, 09:53:21 PM »
There's a humorous radio commercial for car insurance here in the U.S. featuring a mock news announcer. He ends his 30-second "newscast" with "In other news, a grasshopper was caught playing cricket. He was asked to leave the field immediately." :D

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: December 20, 2017, 09:46:42 PM »
This is the best trivia thread we've had for a long while! :)

I'm pretty sure Clint doesn't wear a T-shirt in Two Mules.

T-shirt with sleeves?

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: December 20, 2017, 07:43:09 AM »
Movie where Clint is wearing a plain white t-shirt?

Which gets torn and tattered?

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: December 18, 2017, 07:27:43 AM »
Think Texas ... Not. ;)

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: December 17, 2017, 10:27:35 AM »
Can you see the bracelet in conjunction with a car radio? That might be why you guessed Misty, but it's not  Misty, though it is a movie about Clint and a woman who's crazy about him. ;)

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: December 17, 2017, 09:45:15 AM »
I reckon not, Gant! ;)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favourite Film Of 2017
« on: December 16, 2017, 11:08:25 PM »
Why would I judge? I enjoyed Wonder Woman, a lot. 8)

Not sure it was my absolute favorite of 2017, but I didn't see that many new movies, so yeah, maybe.

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