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What are you watching right now?

Posted by Daltons chin dimple on Saturday, March 6, 2010

I am watching The Karate Kid Part II. It has not aged well.

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In my non-review of Here's a Doobie for Your Walk, I quote Granik as saying, "She's met with a very could shoulder."  Granik doesn't say "could."  She says "cold."  I would edit it up there, but editing a longer post is an absolute nightmare, thanks to the rich text editor converting everything, filling the post up with sloppy code, and rendering paragraphs into a single block of text.  I'm sure I will find more.

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I began to suspect during the movie that Goiter took me to Winter's Bone just to see if he couldn't find a movie I would dislike more than Sex and the City 2. He very wisely did not get a drink when we went to this one, so I could not attempt to escape my torture, as I attempted during Sex and the City 2, through the destruction of brain cells via the repeated impact of a soda bottle to my frontal lobes.

The state of Missouri is split, dialect and culture-wise, along the highway I-70. North of that, most people are corn or soybean farmers (my county prides itself for providing more biofuel via corn than any other county) and, while we have a trace of southern in our accent, it isn't really so noticeable (with a few exceptions - I have yet to figure out how my sister's boyfriend - whose family has farmed in the same location near our hometown for generations - manages to have such an extremely thick accent).

The Ozarks is about an hour and a half from us, below I-70. Our understanding of the Ozarks typically runs from Osage Beach down to Branson (Forsyth is part of the "Branson Metropolitan Area"), sticking just a bit of a foot into Arkansas, and made up of giant hills/mountains (the Ozark mountains, which gives it its name) with steep slopes, lots of creeks and things (thanks to the giant, serpentine lake caused by the dam at Osage) and lots of trees. They got the trees part right in the movie, I suppose, though those woods didn't seem to have much in the way of the painful thorny plants that seem to grow throughout most of Missouri's woods.

While looking up the book for Goiter, I read some of the reviews for it on Amazon. There aren't very many negative reviews, but I did notice a 3-star review from someone who lives in Forsyth: "I was kind of disappointed in the book because it didn't depict the people of our Ozarks like we have found them to be. " She points out that most people in the area are typical Bible-belt citizens, who live much like anybody else in the lower-middle class lives (yes, there is often large bits of junk in the front yard; yes, many people own trampolines since they can't afford pools, etc.) and who place more value on church (especially the women) than on much anything else. These people are nothing like the aggressive, secretive people in the movie. Someone replied to her review by saying that she didn't know what she was talking about, since the author is from the Ozarks and that means that nothing he has written can be a lie. He also continued by saying that he himself lives in Missouri (more in my neck of the woods) and says that the meth thing (which apparently automatically makes the way of life depicted in the movie exactly how it is) is just as prevalent there (since Missouri is - or at least was - the meth capital of America) and he should doubly know, as he works with addicts.

The thing is, most meth labs, at least the ones that get busted here, or which catch on fire, are in mobile homes or little trailers - the sorts one could hook up to a pick-up truck. Not a nice, big house. We don't spend every minute of everyday talking with such serious looks on our faces, as if every little thing was of epic (and dangerous) proportions. Most meth-troubled families in our area have problems within their families, but this doesn't make the whole community turn into the sort of hush-hush group depicted in the movie.

And none of this is why I didn't like the movie - I suppose I just didn't care for the story, which Goiter found to be incredibly predictable (he would whisper "Next, X is going to happen." and it did). As Goiter said above, the quest that the girl goes on is unbelievable (at one point, he leaned over - he leans over a lot, if you haven't guessed - to whisper that her daddy was the holy grail). It's also unbelievable to me that at no point does a social worker appear to take the kids (including our protagonist) away. Forsyth (which is actually a good bit bigger than the average town in rural Missouri) is not some outlaw-run, backward spot outside the realms of civilization.

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Just so you're aware, Goiter secretly goes to see every movie by himself before he sees it with you and/or Mal, so though it may appear he's able to predict the movie, he's actually just remembering it.

Also, author's never lie. Just an FYI.

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I have less free time than you think, Quasar. It's been about four years since my torrent of the 576-terabyte "Kong Edition" of Peter Jackson's King Kong finished downloading, and I'm still working my way through about six hour's worth of it a day. I'm pretty sure I'm almost through the opening credits. The flashback to Baby Kong sledding down cliff sides on makeshift tree skis was cute.

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Should I watch that version, or should I hold out for a more revamped later version?

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I've heard they're digitally mapping every moment and replacing the 2005 visuals and audio with a digitized reworking of the 1933 visuals and audio (Naomi Watts will be replaced by CG Fay Wray double, King ConG will be made to look like Willis O'Brien's stop-motion Kong, the 2005 score will be replaced with the 1933 score, etc.).  Jackson's doing it for all those fans of the original who, despite loving it, lament how short it is.

Weirdly enough, this "Classic Re-Reimagined Edition" will be coming out in a 782-terabyte set.  It's supposed to be a shot-for-shot digital remapping of the "Kong Edition," and the frame rate and quality of the video is supposed to be identical, so I'm not sure why it takes up even more space.  Do you think there's a chance he's added some stuff?

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It's a shame that P.J.'s King Kong wasn't released prior to 2002, during the LaserDisc era. Then people would have to add steel-enforced concrete slabs to their floors in order to support the massive behemoth that would be the King Kong LaserDisc box set - the slabs would be akin to those that support the heaviest of supercomputers.

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If I'm not mistaken (and I'm not), I believe they began rebuilding LaserDisc players just so they could release it and only it on LaserDisc.  The U.S. Government had to build a second Library of Congress to hold their copy.

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The 2nd season of The Tudors.  I watched it all in about 2 days.  It came together so much better than season 1.  It was less soft core porn and more character driven.  Rhys Meyers makes my skin crawl as the power hungry Henry VIII.  I want to lick Cavill's Brandon, and forgive him when he errs.  Peter O' Toole as the pope, seriously?  What could be better than that?  The first season I trudged through because it was really centered around Henry being a manwhore and Anne trying to steal him from Katherine.  This season was all backstabbing and manipulation but with such depth I wasn't completely turned off.  Cromwell is a bastard but you actually believe he feels bad about it.  Thomas Boleyn, the most disgusting filth in the disguise of a father, compells sympathy for Anne, one of the few who deserves it little, if at all.  I appreciated the family involvement with all the main characters. 

 

Ok, I'm bored of typing.  I might add more later.

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First season of Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place. Another suckwad Season 1. Hopefully it gets better. A lot of good shows have had terrible first seasons. (Or at least highly inferior first seasons)

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I rewatched season 1 of Caprica in the last couple of weeks.  I still can't work out whether I like it or not!

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No.  You watched the first half of season 1.  The frakheads aren't showing season 1.5 until frakking January 2011.  I hate the "Syfy" channel.

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I think they do that so they can take their sweet ass time in actually picking up shows for new seasons.  Or maybe because they need time to fish around in the company couch for more production money or something.  Regardless, it's pretty damned annoying to have a giant gap between halves of the same season.  I'd almost rather have the entire season at once and have to wait longer until the next one.

That said, I've still only seen the first three or four episodes of Caprica, and I'm not really compelled to start watching it again.

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I think the reason they do it is tactical.  It allows a release of a DVD box-set ($$$$)at the mid-way point thus allowing new viewing recruits, who might have missed the 1st half of the season, to pick it up and be on board in time for the 2nd half of the season.

Of course, as to whether this actually works.......?

It also allows you more 'event' episodes with cliff hangers and, on the series return, the resolutions.  Season finales etc., if you like, without being actual season finales.

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See, that's how regular shows on network channels normally do things (the midseason "event" episodes), but it isn't nearly as annoying when you know the show will be back in a couple months at most.

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It also gives them time to step back, take a long hard look at a show and re-tool it without the need to start from scratch.  It's a complete bummer for the viewers but it's probably a sensible move on behalf of the Execs.

 

I just wish they would let FlashForward back, even if just for a couple of wrap up episodes!

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Dalty, I'd agree with you, except that the second half of Caprica has been in the can for many months.  They didn't take an extended break after filming the first half, but rather, finished the whole season.  It's SyFy that broke it up.

I'd almost watch a wrap-up of FlashForward.  Maybe.

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So they can still pull the box set trick and recruit some extra bums on seats for H2 of the season.

I was enjoying FlashForward when they yanked it.  Grrrrrr!

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That makes one of us, Dalty.  Every time things got interesting, it just seemed to fizzle, and I never really cared about any of the characters  One legged chick was hot, as was babysitter/pining for suicidal doctor chick.  But...damn...I just didn't care.  In fact, the Japanese romance thing frickin' grated on my nerves in the worst way, as did the Afghanistan subplot.  I get that they were trying to be epic and human and stuff, but it was too much and yet not enough.

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Moffatt's telling me I should watch Sherlock, but I think he might be a little biased.  Should I, Dalty?

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Posted: 10 years 2 weeks ago

I'm also interested in whether Sherlock is worth anything or not.  The trailer I watched looked interesting.

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I have it on my Sky+ box but haven't been able to find the time.  The reviews are good and people I know who saw it said it was really good.  Maybe I will settle down in front of the TV with a beer tonight and get it done.

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The game is afoot!

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I forgot to mention how there's this scene in Here's a Doobie for Your Walk where the main character is angered beyond words by something another character does.  To show her disrespect, the main character pinches her face up in a Sgt. Slaughter pucker and spits at the other character's feet.  "PTOOEY!" she spits.

PTOOEY!

I don't think the response the movie was trying to elicit from me was the response it elicited from me.

 

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Re: Sherlock.

I thought it was really, really good.  Very much enjoyed it, and it is very funny in places.

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