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Chit Chat / Re: Scene it
« on: Today at 03:06:39 PM »
Long ago, in the days I worked at Circuit City, through just the general DVD bins or the holiday DVD bins, extra discounted, I'd come across a lot of movies that were either unknown (say, He Was a Quiet Man), lesser known (Brick, Rian Johnson's first film), and classics that I'd simply missed out on. This, is one of the latter.

When I bought Glengarry Glenross, all I knew about it was what the back of the DVD told me: they're salesman, and they're all incredible actors (Ed Harris, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Al Pacino, John Cazale, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spa-er, um, Christopher Plummer). Other than that, I knew nothing going in.

A lot of people will talk about the Alec Baldwin scene, and for sure, "coffee's for closers" made it into my everyday speech as it did for most others. But I've always found another speech to be far more scathing and has lasted far longer in my memory. Most of them discount Baldwin, he's an outsider, from uptown, he's not "one of us." Hell, Pacino's character doesn't even show up for it. Of course he doesn't, though. He gets his own.


If the Baldwin speech is people taking what one stranger says very personally, this scene is two people, one who has been very personally offended, and the other who is about to be. The sheer vitriol in Pacino's speech, and the fact that it not only goes from just cutting Spacey's character down, but to fully invoking his absolute failure in his role, not just as a human being but in the one job he is meant to do in the office, Pacino leaves nothing left. I have loved, and likely forever will love, "you never open your mouth until you know what the shot is." I was left absolutely floored. I'd never seen a Lumet film before!


I think the clip I have goes beyond the Pacino part, although it is funny that "you never open your mouth unless you know what the shot is
" immediately comes back up, even if it's not spoken, someone else makes the mistake and pays for it (almost went with that scene too. The whole movie I was rooting for Shelly, and "my daughter..." followed by "fuck you" has always left me feeling some way. But man, the above, it's like the one last good Pacino scene before he just decided to only scream anymore).

That Baldwin scene was the first clip Id watched from this movie and it caught me.
I always felt that was true in any aspect of life. Just a great scene and film.

yea, gonna disagree with that  :D

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Pro Football / Re: 2019 Pro Football Thread
« on: Today at 02:44:31 PM »
Not to put too much pressure on these two, but anyone else feel like Mahomes/Jackson is the next Brady/Manning?
Going to enjoy watching those two battle it out the next few seasons.

There's a few QB's to watch so it should be fun.
I also find that Rogers has sorta been the conduit between the old guard and the new.
The traditional drop back QB is much less visible now and the new stars are dual threats.
It's not just an anomaly like Cunningham or Vick or Young. The true scramblers Tarkenton and Staubach are gone, this breed has busted the old myth that a running QB couldn't be a pocket passer, i.e., can't consistently make NFL throws.

I agree but the transition is mostly due to the rules changes within the NFL.  The protection afforded Qb's and defenseless receivers is why you see this style of play working now where it did not in the past.  If you went over the middle in the 70's and 80's you were taking your life into your own hands. Just like if you ran as a QB you were considered a RB in the old days and would get lit up.  I am taking nothing away from them but merely pointing out the change is due more to new rules than some evelutonary leap in play.

The running QB has been protected via the slide, it's just many of them didn't. I think QB's getting buried while in the pocket is what's prolonged the position life. I mean I remember in 1978 Jack Lambert of the Steelers saying you were going to have to put a dress on the QB's because of the flags.
I just think the pure athleticism of QB's being able to be a legit double threat is what's changing.
You always had guys like Elway who was Superman when it came to being elusive, but he wasn't a "runner" if you will, ala Vick.
But remember when a college running QB would get to an NFL team and everyone would say ahh he'll fail, that doesn't fly in this league. And the most part they were right, but its just evolved and I think the pocket passer, ala Aikman are pretty much pase. That's not to say I disagree with you because I dont, rules most certainly helped protect QB's.
There's n doubt defenses are hamstrung by these soft rules nowadays, but with regard to a runner, you saw Tannehill get trucked because he didnt slide, so its still dangerous, but they have just limited the areas where you can hit a runner.
I dont think that has anything to do with a QB deciding to run with the ball or not.
That's just my take anyway.

While we're on it, Ill add that in NCAA, the NC game, what a shit rule that targeting penalty is the refs call.
I was LSU, but that kid for Clemson that got tossed at such a pivotal time. There was no malice and it wasn't a black and white disturbing hit.
It just pisses me off because you have these bean counters that sit back in their ivory towers and say well, science says the crown of the helmet is most dangerous, therefore illegal. Never played a down in their life and simply cannot understand how fast the game is and how athletic these guys are and can change the angle of a hit in less than a second. They dont allow for that type of interpretation.


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Chit Chat / Re: The 2020 Song A Day Thread
« on: Today at 02:30:43 PM »
I'm coming in with one I didnt know about until I saw Tarantino's Death Proof.
Coasters - Down in Mexico

And Ill post the Death Proof scene with Vanessa Ferlito, you're welcome  :D
Btw, Id recommend Death Proof btw, especially if you remember the old drive ins.


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Chit Chat / Re: The 2020 Song A Day Thread
« on: Today at 02:25:38 PM »
Speaking of guilty pleasures, for January 19 (late but whatever) I’m really digging Ariana Grande’s stuff. Totally not a song that refers to a current situation or anything like that. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Ariana Grande - Boyfriend


no, no course not ;-)


Ill play.  This is old but I love it


Beer busts, backyard and house parties, this was in the queue.

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Chit Chat / Re: Scene it
« on: Today at 02:20:25 PM »
So my first movie-going memories were a mixed bag one was Star Wars and the other Animal House.  I was way too young to be at animal house when it came out, it released in 1978 so I was at most 5.  My sister, my oldest sibling, took me to see it for god knows what reason. I assume it allowed her to go to the movies by dragging me along and I assume we were meant to go to a different film but I have never asked.  All I know is I have remembered this scene ever since that day, I just thought that car was so cool.  I also remember the angel on one shoulder devil on the other scene but I digress. 


LOL having an older sister myself, I can bet that was the case.
So many great elements to this scene.the statue head of Faber on the hood, the train whistle, the double entendre "eat me" and those sunglasses! I scoured till I found a pair just like them.
To this day, I still use that tone when Dean Wormer disgustingly says, Oh my God. LOL
Through the whole ordeal he's thinking there's a serious threat, but he sees Blutarsky and suddenly ..Oh my God hahaha just cracks me up.
That and I hate those guys.
Good clip man!

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Pro Football / Re: 2019 Pro Football Thread
« on: Today at 12:58:57 AM »
Not to put too much pressure on these two, but anyone else feel like Mahomes/Jackson is the next Brady/Manning?
Going to enjoy watching those two battle it out the next few seasons.

There's a few QB's to watch so it should be fun.
I also find that Rogers has sorta been the conduit between the old guard and the new.
The traditional drop back QB is much less visible now and the new stars are dual threats.
It's not just an anomaly like Cunningham or Vick or Young. The true scramblers Tarkenton and Staubach are gone, this breed has busted the old myth that a running QB couldn't be a pocket passer, i.e., can't consistently make NFL throws.
 

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Chit Chat / Re: The TV thread
« on: Today at 12:53:36 AM »
Mandalorian
Pedro Pascal

Our main character, given name Din Djarin, is a Mandalorian bounty hunter.
This series, created by Jon Favreau, is set 5 years after Return of the Jedi and 25 years prior to TFA.
The Republic has restored order to much of the galaxy, sans the outer reaches where this story takes place.
Our Mandalorian accepts bounty jobs from the guild (Carl Weathers) and this particular one is for a small sect remaining from the fallen Empire.
Soon, we discover the package is a baby Yoda, for lack of a species identification.
After the exposition, I really was sort of on the fence about this series for a couple of reasons. One was, I couldn't figure out if it was trying to be serious or not and two, I couldn't latch on to a theme.
The episodes are short and with only 8 of them it is an extremely quick and easy watch.
We see a fusillade of one shot guest appearances from a wide range of actors such as Bill Burr, who I thought did a terrific job, given the thin nature of his script. Amy Sedaris who convincingly plays a shipping bay landlord and Natalia Tena, who by the time she shows up, was the only character that had real zest and appeal in her character.
Gina Carano, who I absolutely love and have followed since her early days at Elite XC plays Cara Dune, a Rebel Shock trooper who is now a mercenary and 
partner with Mandalorian.
Nick Nolte voices (and looks like) Kuiil, a farmer who befriends Mandalorian on one of his early quests and becomes a trusted ally as we move through the story.
The narrative of this series follows the tropes of a space western, but it really seems, I dont want to say pointlesss, because we know the plot, it just feels, compartmentalized. The early episodes were tough for me to be head over heels for because I couldn't grasp any sort of development that was supposed to be occurring within our hero.

Spoiler: show
The village episode was just sad. Bryce Dallas Howard failed miserably with the battle scenes, unable to structure a believable scenario. An AT-ST is at its desired range to relentlessly fire on defenseless villagers, but waits inexplicably while Dune almost singlehandedly gets it to take the last step, literally, in to the trap they exhaustively set.
Oh and said villagers, women, kids and teenage boys? They were all taught within hours how to fend off said AT-ST and veteran marauders who have raided the village umpteen times.
Ok, that's enough of that....
 
Episode to episode, we traipse through a new land with new characters in entertaining fashion but to me, the story just feels, simple.
And the entire show feels like a cross between a comic book and Xena Warrior Princess. As an avid Star Wars fan, I allow my minimal frustration to abate and the series does seem to find its legs, much like a successful program might not have a great first few episodes, or first season even until everyone and everything is fleshed out.
By seasons end, the shortcomings are there, but acceptable as we do get an established theme but the character arc is minimal, if it's there at all.

If you are remotely interested in Star Wars, you most certainly should give this a look. If you are fairly unfamiliar with Star Wars, give this a look.
If you hate Star Wars, this I dont even know why you are reading this post.
What's great about it is what we have wanted, for the Skywalker saga to end and the ability to explore the universe and the millions of potential stories out there that are tied to the OT and ST, but are not overstated. Kind of like the Tarantino universe.
The other wonderful instances are that while there are subtle nods to the OT, even as a SW fan, you might not pick em all up, but they are there and its nice to have undercooked nostalgia.
The bad things are really just storytelling bumps but if you look at it on the grand scale of the SW timeline, it certainly has a place and creates a fastener to the established stories we've already been told.
I was so excited for this because I noted that critics and fans alike had this rated wy over 90% and I thought, wow, it's impenetrable to negativity.
As I began watching, I was caught shaking my head more than a few times wondering if I was on a Biff Tannen timeline, but as I said, it works it self out if you give it a chance, and you should.

Spoiler: show
Who was that leaning over the body of Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen)? Are we to believe that A) Fennec isn't dead and/or that B) that is the much heralded Boba Fett who has returned somehow from the pit of Sarlacc? That would be the biggest return from certain death since Bobby Ewing. It is likely just another bounty hunter on the trail of Mando who arrived late.


This is a bit of a spoiler but not really, but better safe than sorry
Spoiler: show
I spoke earlier of exploring the vastness of the SW universe and in TFA we realized that it was not common knowledge regarding the Jedi, et al when Rey and Finn encountered Han Solo.
That subject is again approached in Mandalorian when in the final episode, they are discussing baby Yoda force sensitivities (they are ignorant of the force so obviously didnt state it in that manner) with the Armorer and she tells of stories of the Jedi run ins with the Mandalorian (Fett again) and all seem surprised, although Cara shouldn't have been caught off guard by that information.
Mando even asked, "Enemies?"


Ill go ahead and tag this one too
Spoiler: show
The two Stormtropers who capture baby Yoda in Ep 8 are awaiting clearance to enter the village. While they wait, its an entertaining few minutes as these two bring as much life and story to the screen as Mando did over several episodes.
One of the pair is just dying to take a look at the swaddled up Yoda while the other rejects those requests with an ensuing petulant dialog ripe with humor.

We also see one of those nods to the universe when the two are trying to kill time shooting debris akin to a canteen scene in a western missing wildly, furthering the past evidence that Stormtroopers are terrible marksmen.
While I'm here, Ill throw in this directorial flub that just grinds my gears every single time I see it.
So these two are waiting out in the dunes although quite flat in their visible range. During their discussions, the nurse droid suddenly appears and they are startled, like wth, where did you come from?
As if Ray Charles couldn't have seen nor heard that approach, I mean honestly, get freakin real would you? That occurs in several instances during this series and its just lazy storytelling. Weak weak weak.



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Pro Football / Re: 2019 Pro Football Thread
« on: January 19, 2020, 11:25:36 PM »
Yea Im looking forward to it as well.
they still have halftime shows?  ???

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I cant even get out of the gutter, but for posterity sake, Ill take KC

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Pro Football / Re: 2019 Pro Football Thread
« on: January 19, 2020, 08:42:31 PM »
Man, I thought intuit KC game, nobody can touch them.
then SF is dismantling GB like they wee a HS team.
Should be a great SB!

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Pro Football / Re: 2019 Pro Football Thread
« on: January 19, 2020, 07:58:28 PM »
I know norm is a happy camper today lol

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Chit Chat / Re: Scene it
« on: January 19, 2020, 05:41:09 PM »
Another of my favorite films, Back to the Future.
Even though I was an avid movie goer, my family not so much, but we had gone to see this one, and my uncle, who never attended also joined us.
Of course I had already seen it, but you know I have no qualms about multiple viewings ;-)
Good times.

Such charisma and chemistry by Christopher Lloyd and Michael Fox, and especially in this scene where its revealed to Marty the Doc invented a time machine.
This is a mirrored clip I guess for copyright purposes, but its the only one I could find.
At 1:33, Marty is extremely curious with questions about what's going on and Doc is supremely excited and anxious to document everything, telling Marty not now not ow, just screams wonderful ad libbing to me.
At 2:25, Marty asks, you have that hooked up to the....car? Just his delivery was beautiful.
3:30, Doc, while revving the Delorean, slowly eyes Marty up and down, who in turn, slowly returns the wtf gaze.
Just cracks me up. So well done.


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Chit Chat / Re: The 2020 Song A Day Thread
« on: January 19, 2020, 04:45:09 PM »
not much into musicals but those lyrics are dope.

Since Im bringing up guilty pleasures, I might as well admit it, Gwen Stefani is one.
This song was everywhere when we were vacationing in Cabo so being with the ladies meant you were dancing to this tune ;-)


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Chit Chat / Re: The 2020 Song A Day Thread
« on: January 17, 2020, 11:44:37 PM »
haha I love this!

ok, Ill piggyback off of yours...
So, not a new wave guy, I think everyone her knows that, but we all have our guilty pleasures and while I was not a Go-Go's guy, I did like this song as it pertains to the opening sequence in Fast Times.
The new wave fads, back when malls were the it place, the designer jeans (Jordache anyone?) the arcade video games of the day, the Pat Benatar lookalikes, it was f'in awesome lol and We Got the Beat was the anthem 


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Chit Chat / Re: Scene it
« on: January 17, 2020, 11:31:12 PM »
Haha, you laugh but I'm fairly certain my mom was mad at my dad for a couple days for letting me watch it in the first place lol.

lol its awesome though, thats the kinda thing I was hoping for in this thread  :D

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