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Chit Chat / Re: Do You Remember.....
« Last post by Bucfever on Today at 04:07:37 PM »
Anyone old enough to remember what everyday life was like prior to cell phones?
I was videotaping homes for a Realty TV show and had to communicate with realtors all day long to schedule appointments to record their properties.
Always had change for the pay phones and always had a Key Map book plus a scheduling day planner full of all kinds of business cards and other related crapola.
Mobile phones were starting to become ubiquitous with certain professions; doctors, lawyers, realtors and the like, but I remember my first one. It was so very cool and so very expensive! I mean it was outrageous and coverage was spotty so you kinda had to know where to be to make the call, but still was pretty awesome. And then, years later, phones came out that would have a game on it...like brick town or whatever it was....but it was akin to Pong in the 70s, very generic but it was addicting, and fun.
It's interesting for me to think of how I progressed through daily life over time. Phone calls in the car overtook the radio. All my documents were in my phone alleviating the need to carry anything. Hell, now I don't even carry a wallet and haven't for years and years. Everything is in my phone.
On my job during depositions, I would have to cram all my business in to a 5 minute phone call to my scheduling department all while trying to get the bathroom and back before everyone was ready to start proceedings again.
Now? I can do anything at all business relate via my phone or laptop, all while on the record.
Pretty amazing to me when I think about it.

I got my first cell phone in high school. Nokia, with Suncom. It had Snake on it. That was fun.


This is something I often think about. I could navigate a map if I had to, although it's obviously nowhere near as convenient as just plugging a destination into the GPS on my phone (not too mention all of the missed turns. ALL OF THE MISSED TURNS). I suppose you could have bought GPS devices back in the day too, but for the cost, it was likely just easier to use a map or, even in the internet but pre-cellphone years: printing out directions from Mapquest.

I still carry a wallet because I plain refuse to use Google Pay or any of those options. What I don't have is a checkbook, however, I do have a checkbook app and that's how I keep track of my finances (banking apps take too long to update and heaven forbid you leave a tip when you eat out, that's going to take 4-5 days to show properly).

I remember calling friends on their house phones and having to talk to their mom or dad first before talking to them ("Can LT come to the phone?"). Pretty sure kiddo just calls his friends directly now.

Videotaping, yeah. Even trips to Disney, the quickest memory is just my dad lugging this giant, over the shoulder home video camera to record our trips on VHS (still remember him getting yelled at for having the camera on during the E.T. ride at Universal). Now everyone just uses their phones, zoom length be damned.

I've been listening to local radio again lately. I'm a little tired of being able to just cater certain aspects of my life to myself (although, admittedly, I found a podcast recently about the first century of Hollywood and I love it). It's nice, keeps me abreast of some local happenings, although the music still hasn't changed very much. Still, it's nice to listen to songs I wouldn't otherwise listen to if I was just playing my own Pandora stations or something.
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Chit Chat / Re: Do You Remember.....
« Last post by Crewe on Today at 03:05:41 PM »
Anyone old enough to remember what everyday life was like prior to cell phones?
I was videotaping homes for a Realty TV show and had to communicate with realtors all day long to schedule appointments to record their properties.
Always had change for the pay phones and always had a Key Map book plus a scheduling day planner full of all kinds of business cards and other related crapola.
Mobile phones were starting to become ubiquitous with certain professions; doctors, lawyers, realtors and the like, but I remember my first one. It was so very cool and so very expensive! I mean it was outrageous and coverage was spotty so you kinda had to know where to be to make the call, but still was pretty awesome. And then, years later, phones came out that would have a game on it...like brick town or whatever it was....but it was akin to Pong in the 70s, very generic but it was addicting, and fun.
It's interesting for me to think of how I progressed through daily life over time. Phone calls in the car overtook the radio. All my documents were in my phone alleviating the need to carry anything. Hell, now I don't even carry a wallet and haven't for years and years. Everything is in my phone.
On my job during depositions, I would have to cram all my business in to a 5 minute phone call to my scheduling department all while trying to get the bathroom and back before everyone was ready to start proceedings again.
Now? I can do anything at all business relate via my phone or laptop, all while on the record.
Pretty amazing to me when I think about it.
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Video Gaming General / Re: Retro Arcade Gaming Thread
« Last post by rollntider on June 24, 2019, 05:01:54 PM »
Mat mania still top 5 game of all time
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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: New Switch owner here
« Last post by rollntider on June 24, 2019, 04:36:33 PM »
I am not into smash, but mario kart is worth it. Zelda links awakening is coming out as a remake. If they do
a  link to the past then I am a happy camper. Plus marvel ultimate alliance is exclusive ...not sure how long. Still loving the switch.
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Chit Chat / Re: The TV thread
« Last post by Rigg44 on June 24, 2019, 04:09:18 PM »
If you can do subtitles a show called how to drugs online fast just came out on Netflix and its a light-hearted of beat comedy about a nerd that is trying to get his girl back by becoming a drug dealer.   

It's so upsetting to me that my fiancee does not do subtitles. I've never minded them, but can't watch anything with her that's subtitled.

I'll have to check this one out on my own time.

The strange thing is that even though it's subtitled it did not need to be.  I could understand them as it was. 
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Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« Last post by Crewe on June 23, 2019, 08:27:38 PM »
A Star is Born (2018)
Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga

First things first, this is not a comparison to any of the three previous A Star is Born films.
Cooper plays country rocker Jackson Maine who is an alcoholic and pill popper who is on the downside of his career.
After a concert, he begs off the itinerary to go to the nearest local bar. What he finds are cross dressers performing at a local dive where Ally (Gaga) exhibits her talents on the small stage. Jackson seems instantly tuned in to who she is or wants to be and latches on to her immediately.
Then we have a contrived scene or two to get us to where we can witness the evolution of this relationship.
This is an emotionally driven, powerful story done right by Cooper in his directorial debut. Lady Gaga plays Ally, whom I really have no opinion of one way or the other. In fact, the only two things I know of her are the meat dress and the Super Bowl halftime show.
Turns out she was a wise choice here, emitting such raw visceral passion on screen is something to see in this film and Cooper stays right with her in telling their story.
At just over 2 hours, it might seem long, and I am usually a bit wary of such a long run time, but it was paced pretty well throughout, always providing new information, moving forward with the story.
Sam Elliott, who I think knocks it out of the park no matter what he does, plays Maine's older brother. That in itself was one issue I had albeit minor, who would believe those two aged so far apart could be brothers? Nonetheless, it doesn't interfere with the story or direction butis just another layer to this deeply themed film.
One issue I do have is that during the first act, there's really no clue as to the passage of time and I found my self lost somewhat, trying to figure out where exactly were we in the timeline of this relationship.
A few other glitches here or there do not negate any part of this film that examines these characters on such a deeply emotional level.
The music industry is not really examined here although it is a huge part of the story and should not be overlooked as it is an important tentacle in the narrative we see unfolding before us.
The music is good, but its not even close to a musical film so that shouldn't weigh negatively if you are thinking it might be a deterrent for you.
The cinematography is splendid and Coopers directing along with the actors tuned in (silly pun) so tightly to this story projects a terrific experience on screen.

And a few tidbits if you didn't know. Cooper trained for over a year on guitar and vocal lessons for this movie. While the singing was his though, the guitar playing was not. That would be Lukas Nelson, Willie's son, a gifted musician as you might well imagine.
I read an article where he said he gave Bradley Cooper a five to six rating on his guitar skills to which Cooper responded with, he's being too generous.
it comes off believable though as do the concerts, which one, incidentally, was filmed during one of Willie Nelson's shows. And here's some irony for you, it was right before Kris Kristofferson performed and he was of course, in the last A Star is Born with Barbara Streisand.

So, yes, Id recommend this movie, for sure.
I really enjoyed the statements this film made on all levels and was truly captivated by the message.
Understandably, its not everyones cup of tea, and many dislike it for spite simply because it was well received.

4.25 / 5


Spoiler: show
Chris Cornell came immediately to mind when I was watching the nd of this film. I wonder, if on any level, minimal as it might be, if that was in any way in Cooper's mind when co writing and directing this movie?

Other points:
I read one reviewer rail on the fact about the nose thing. About how Cooper was saying to Gaga, I want the whole billboard (of Ally) to be your nose.
If you're reading this, you know the nose was one of her self conscious concerns after being told over and over she wasn't pretty enough to make it
And this guy was just over the top about it. Her nose? How stupid!
Well, one, it only recurred a couple of times, and it was romantic banter, because thats what couples do you moron. Two, he told her from the beginning she was beautiful, talented and to be who you are, which is in fact the entire point of the fucking film, you dolt.

I was really moved by the debut of Shallow in the film when Ally rushed on stage capturing her moment. Atacking her fears head on. I think only a musician would have been able to pull that off, not just an actress.

The death of Jackson was quite tragic as well. His depression, alcoholism and drug use bettered him anyway, even though he came out recovery seemingly knowing what he had and intended to hold on to it. The Rez character, representing the music industry is what destroys them both. It's very sad and its very real, unflinching and unapologetic.
That long closeup of Jackson in the garage, waiting to close the door as he's deliberating was impeccably timed and Cooper poured his soul in to that shot. Amazing sequence.
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Video Gaming General / Re: Retro Arcade Gaming Thread
« Last post by TheNorm on June 23, 2019, 09:52:38 AM »
Rampage was awesome!

Some others I forgot to mention: Robotron 2084, Tempest...and once arcades had a bit of a resurgence in the late 80s/early 90s thanks to games like Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, and T2: The Arcade Game.

Speaking of T2, the pinball machine took a lot of my quarters too (along with Star Trek: The Next Generation).
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Video Gaming General / Re: Retro Arcade Gaming Thread
« Last post by Bucfever on June 21, 2019, 11:40:37 PM »
Oh god, how did I forget: Rampage World Tour.

One year, we went to Disney, and my parents sprang for us to stay at the Wilderness Lodge. They had an arcade room. I can't tell you how many quarters my brother and I spent playing this together each night, but, as a parent now, I'd probably not allow my kid to spend the same amount.
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Video Gaming General / Re: Retro Arcade Gaming Thread
« Last post by Crewe on June 21, 2019, 07:27:15 PM »
lol I could only get mat mania at an arcade for some reason. So it ate up a ton of my coins. T & F and karate champ were at the local Stop n Go, so, there I was....
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Video Gaming General / Re: Retro Arcade Gaming Thread
« Last post by TheNorm on June 21, 2019, 07:08:28 PM »
Karate Champ and Track & Field ate a ton of my quarters. They were both at the party store down the street from me where I grew up, and I spent plenty of time there. Was bummed when they took those two out until I decided to give the game they replaced it with a try...Mat Mania.
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