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#28461 of 29682 OFFLINE   Dheiner

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Posted December 20 2013 - 09:37 AM

It's awfully quiet in here.  


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#28462 of 29682 ONLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted December 20 2013 - 10:19 AM

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There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#28463 of 29682 OFFLINE   Elizabeth S

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Posted December 20 2013 - 10:39 AM

I kept peeking and nobody was here. 

 

I saw Homefront last weekend.  I wasn't too enthused for it from the trailer, although I love Statham.  I found it very predictable and formulaic.  Mr. Smirky Franco did not make a very menacing bad guy, either.

 

The week before that, I saw Commitment, a Korean film about a teenager forced to become a spy.  It was pretty good.  I'm not familiar with the lead actor, who is apparently a singing idol in Korea.  He was pretty good.  I also saw Out of the Furnace which had good performances but was good, not great.

 

Will likely see American Hustle this weekend.

 

Hoping to sit down with some blu-rays before the year's end.  Never seem to find the time because it's a huge task just keeping up with my TV shows.  And I just keep adding new shows to my roster.  I did drop "Hawaii 5-0" after all these seasons.  Recently added "Almost Human" and will be adding "Rake" and "Chicago P.D." in January.



#28464 of 29682 ONLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted December 20 2013 - 10:51 AM

I will see Saving Mr. Banks this holiday season.  And I also hope to see The Hobbit: The Demolition of the Smog and American Hustle.

 

I saw Disney's Frozen last week.  (Remember, you can't spell Frozen without Frezon!  I never get tired of that.)  Not impressed.  People were saying it was the return to the Menken/Ashman Golden era, etc.  While it had some nice moments, the songs were rather Glee-like and there is very little about it that is stuck in my memory.  It is the best thing that Disney Animation has put out in years (don't get me wrong) but they have a ways still to go to achieve what they were doing in the 1990s. 

 

I couldn't figure out why I was enjoying one of the two sisters in the film so much.  I had forgotten she was voiced by Kristen Bell.  Every time I see Kristen Bell in a film or as a guest on a TV talk show, I am struck by how absolutely cool and funny I think she is and how much fun I think it would be to hang with her.  I guess It even translated through her voice work. 


There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#28465 of 29682 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted December 20 2013 - 11:20 AM

Saving Mr. Banks was very disappointing. It's got structural problems in the script that could have been helped but not saved by editing.

Nebraska was great if you like Payne and especially have knowledge of the non urban midwest.

Wolf of Wall Street was amazing and classic Scorsese - if you liked Casino this is pretty much Casino if it was from Joe Pesci's character's point of view and there was sex and drugs instead of violence. Will be buying that blu day one and amazed they managed an R rating.
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#28466 of 29682 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted December 20 2013 - 11:38 AM

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Homeland ended badly, I don't think I'll be watching the 4th season.

 

No cinema for me for a while. I think I'll wait and catch Hobbit 2 Attack of the Orcs on blu-ray. I read that it ends on a cliffhanger, I hate cliffhangers.

 

Recent blu-ray purchases - The Croods (good fun), Predator 3D, Jurassic Park 3D, Kick Ass 2 (first was better), The Lone Ranger (not as bad as they say, but keeping Depp in that makeup all thru the film was a major blunder), Vertigo (Hitchcock masterpiece, excellent blu-ray), An American in Paris, Mary Poppins, Oliver!, Streets of Fire (grainy PQ, excellent audio), Heavy Metal the Movie, Wizards (Ralph Bakshi), Wings of Honneamise (anime classic, one of the best), Casablanca (box set with book, poster and coasters!), Star Trek Original Series (All three remastered seasons on blu-ray for £60, a real bargain at Amazon.com and multi-region too)


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#28467 of 29682 OFFLINE   Walter Kittel

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Posted December 20 2013 - 12:25 PM

Been watching a bunch of television and not much else of late.  With everything in hiatus I've been catching up on some of the backlog.

 

Just caught up on Person of Interest and very happy to see it getting its mojo back after some weaker (for me) episodes early in the season.

 

Catching up on Raising Hope.  The season premieres were kind of weak but it has picked up after that (or I'm getting back in the mood for its type of humor.)

 

Homeland was incredible in season 1 but it has been kind of downhill since then.  As much as I enjoy certain aspects of the show (Mandy Patinkin in particular) I have real credibility issues with crazy Carrie still being an operative in the field.  If I see Claire Danes cry again in the next five years it will be too soon.  I'll probably keep watching because a really good friend of mine still likes the show and we discuss it, but it is a casual viewing show for me now vs. a must see.

 

I'm catching up on Mob City and liked the first two episodes quite a bit.  Probably more style than substance to the series, but the style is very handsome and I'm a sucker for crime / noir tales.   I like the casting of the series and hope that the remainder lives up to the first two segments.

 

Movie-wise I ordered Elysium on Blu-Ray and may try and watch that soon, and a friend has been asking about us re-watching A Clockwork Orange so that may get another viewing in early 2014.  We've both watched the film together and apart so often (and it is so quotable) that reciting entire passages of dialog is child's play for the two of us.

 

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#28468 of 29682 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted December 20 2013 - 12:58 PM

I'm ignoring the Hobbit films....how could they "pad" such a short book into 3 films?  The LOTR novel was over 1,000 pages long and they had to make drastic cuts to fit it into the extended versions....much less the theatrical versions. 

 

I bought only one Blu-Ray this year....the Australian release of Exodus.  See my posting for comments.


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#28469 of 29682 OFFLINE   Russell G

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Posted December 20 2013 - 03:05 PM

I picked up that massive Criterion Zatoichi bluray so all I've been watching is that and the original series Star Treks on blu was well.

 

I'll see the new hobbits in the theater eventually I think. I want to see Catching Fire and American Hustle more though.



#28470 of 29682 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted December 25 2013 - 06:17 PM

Amazing how Maureen O'Hara is still hanging out at age 93.  She moved to Boise years ago to be near her grandchildren.

 

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A very sunny day here but temperatures didn't get above about 37 degrees F.   I took a long drive out over the desert and down the Snake River.  I saw 2 Peregrine falcons sitting on rocks by the side of the road, and a bald eagle sitting in a leafless tree.  Too bad the eagle didn't take off and fly for me. 


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#28471 of 29682 ONLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted December 25 2013 - 07:20 PM

Merry Christmas, droogs!

 

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There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted December 25 2013 - 08:24 PM

Zen, are you there?

 

Take a look at this cherry Miata steering wheel I bought to replace the worn leather one in the beater Miata.  Came from a 1992 car but was pulled early on to install a "trick" steering wheel.

 

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#28473 of 29682 ONLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted December 25 2013 - 10:18 PM

This is what's on my Porsche,,,

 

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Just kidding. 


There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#28474 of 29682 OFFLINE   Elizabeth S

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Posted December 26 2013 - 03:09 PM

Just caught up on Person of Interest and very happy to see it getting its mojo back after some weaker (for me) episodes early in the season.

 

Catching up on Raising Hope.  The season premieres were kind of weak but it has picked up after that (or I'm getting back in the mood for its type of humor.)

 

 

 

I'm glad I stuck with Person of Interest .  Somewhere in Season 1, I don't think I was paying enough attention and I briefly considered dropping it.  I love it now and the addition of Shaw was great.  And of course, this season had quite a shock.

 

I've been watching Raising Hope from the beginning and am sad to see the ratings so low.  The more I think about the show, I think it has been quite overlooked in the acting categories for comedy.  Dillahunt, Plimpton and Leachman are terrific.  I will miss it if it's cancelled.  In comparison, New Girl has become terribly annoying. 

 

I saw American Hustle and thought it was pretty good.  Extra points for featuring my favorite Steely Dan tune, "Dirty Work", in the opening minutes.  I also saw Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, though I have not yet seen the first one.  It was amusing enough and had quite a bunch of nostalgic 80's tunes.  (LOVED the inclusion of "Change" by John Waite at the end!!!!!)

 

Probably see The Wolf of Wall Street this weekend, unless I decide to fit in Philomena before it leaves.



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Posted December 26 2013 - 07:31 PM

there's a cheat in American Hustle - the ELO song "Long Black Road" heard twice is actually a Japanese bonus track from the 2000 Album Zoom, and NOT a period song which everything else is - it just sounds period cause it's ELO
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#28476 of 29682 OFFLINE   Dheiner

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Posted December 27 2013 - 10:32 AM

I disliked American Hustle.  I could not suspend my disbelief in the stupidity displayed by the con (wo)men, the FBI agents, or the politicians.  All of them would have had to been, at least, clever to get where they were, but no-one in the film displayed even the "smarts" required to survive in the world they were supposed to inhabit.  

 

Fredo could have outsmarted anybody in that film.

 

I realize it was a comedy but.....


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#28477 of 29682 ONLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted December 31 2013 - 09:29 PM

A few weeks ago, my wife and I saw Disney's Frozen.  It was...okay.

 

Last week, my son and I went to see The Hobbit:  Dereliction of Papa Smurf.  It was quite entertaining.

 

Tonight, my wife, daughter, son-in-law and I went to see Savings Mr. BanksBest movie I've seen in years!  Hands down.  Lots of sentimentality.  And while it was a film featuring the character of real-life Walt Disney, it also took a page out of Walt's own book and was a story really well told.  It is about a story of which I was already pretty familiar...but the script, the acting and the direction were first-rate.  This movie actually brought a tear to my eye at the end.  The only other film to do that...Toy Story 2 (the When She Loved Me sequence).  Emma Thompson was incredible as P.L. Travers.  I am still in awe that Tom Hanks was able to pull off the Disney role as well as he did.  Colin Ferrell was also amazing as was Paul Giamatti.  And the supporting cast, too.  All top notch. 

 

I'm sure Hanks and Thompson will get Oscar nods.  I hope the film does, too. 


There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#28478 of 29682 OFFLINE   Ron-P

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Posted January 01 2014 - 09:34 PM

I can't believe, well, I guess I can, that this thread is still here and going, it's the energizer bunny or all threads. Been awhile since I've been hear, lots and lots of life changes kept me from doing much moive stuff but things are going very well and I plan to jump back in this kiddy pool of HT fun. In fact, I just posted a thread about building a room addidtion off my house for a new HT / media room and demoing the current HT room in the garage. Looking very forward to getting started but it's gonna be a long haul. 

 

So, how is the Testy guys, and gals, doing these days?


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Posted January 01 2014 - 09:43 PM

Wow it's Ron-P.

Long time no see anywhere around here.

I've missed your opinions on action films.

So you are demoing or demolishing the garage theater?
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Posted January 01 2014 - 09:59 PM

He better not be demolishing the garage theater!!!  I've got an open invite to take in a flick there one day...if I ever get to CA!

 

I actually miss Ron's old avatar in which he's holding the beer.

 

Bring it back, buddy!  And get yourself back here! 

 

Zen just popped in a month or so ago!  We should also try to do a "Rain" dance.  I guess I miss his nostril!


There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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