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Movies and Television / Re: What have you seen lately
« on: November 14, 2017, 07:32:24 AM »
Well, that I could believe ...

But come on ... they found child size jumpsuits with the exact same pockets, etc. etc ...

Much less the proton packs that look like something someone would charge 500 bucks for on Ebay lol ...

And don't get me started on that ghostbusters trap he made .... I mean, it looked like the actual prop from the movie!


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Movies and Television / Re: What have you seen lately
« on: November 11, 2017, 03:08:02 AM »
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I think the first season was definitely better, but that's because I didn't know what to expect when I watched the first season. So, everything was "new" to me.

Completely agree.

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By season two, there are expectations being formed, and almost always, sequels and second seasons don't live up to the first season.

Agree with this as a historical reference, but things are quickly changing. For example, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Man in the High Castle are just a few examples of how programs in recent times have changed the game by becoming even better than the first. Once the "world" is created, the showrunners have a vast sandbox to play in.

This is most directly related to the fact that seasons and story arcs can be planned out long-term, as there is no reason any longer to cancel tv shows so prematurely due to the fact that as a minimum, they can fill out a streaming library. Basically, any non-network show can eek out at least 3 seasons at this point. This allows slow starters to find an audience, and allows for foreshadowing and plot development on a much grander scale.

Westworld is a prime example of a show that has benefited from this. I absolutely expect the second season to blow the roof off the first and this show will become HBO's Game of Thrones replacement.

With all that said, I feel like Stranger Things did not get better ... it was a little more "popcorn" entertainment as opposed to organic character and plot development as the first season was. But, my thing is that ... this is basically the formula of the 80's franchises ... so whether intentional or not, the Duffer Brothers created something that, so far, is an ultimate homage to 80's movies, while being individually unique at the same time.

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I'll admit, though, if these seasons had more episodes, it wouldn't be as good. I think 8 episodes is the magic number for shows like this. Basically like a "miniseries".

Completely agree. While we all want "more," that's the problem with a lot of network shows .. They have to fill 22 episodes. Sometimes less is more.

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This is probably the only "horror" show my wife will watch, and it's basically because it's in the vein of Goonies, and she loved the Goonies.

Love the quotes there on "horror." lol ... I agree, it's such a weird hybrid of "family 80's film" mixed "just over the line" horror without becoming a true horror spectacle. In other words, it's a "fun" scary as opposed to something disturbing.

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But I think the biggest appeal to me, other than the characters themselves, is the fact that the show's setting is based in the 1980's. My favorite decade by far, and this show lets me get lost in time. I wished there were more period shows as well done as Stranger Things.

Love the setting also, and as mentioned, it truly captures the "feel" of the period... But, with the caveat of feeling like the movies of that time period as opposed to what it felt like to live in that time period. If that makes sense lol.

If you like the 80's, Halt and Catch Fire from AMC is a 80's setting as well, and moves into the early 90's by it's end.

I have to give Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, and Deadwood props for the "most realistic" period settings though. As good as Stranger Things is in this department, there are a lot of Easter Eggs and product placement that wouldn't have been that realistic back then. Those Ghostbusters costumes? Come on. We all know you weren't getting ANYTHING that authentic back then lol.

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Movies and Television / Re: What have you seen lately
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:52:17 AM »
They are def doing a season 3. It has not "officially" been greenlit, but the Duffer brothers (Creators/Writers/Exec Producers) said in a story today that they are currently writing the 3rd season and are planning to delve more into the characters rather than increasing the magnitude of the show this go round.

Again, although it does not "officially" have the green light, this is nothing more than a formality. The Duffer brothers have openly said they have a 4 seasons planned and Netflix execs have said they are trying to get the brothers to span the story into 5 seasons worth of material.

I have to say, I was not as impressed with the second season as I was with the first from a storytelling perspective. Not that it was "bad." The events just did not occur as organically. However, it was absolutely entertaining and difficult to stop watching on any given episode. The cliffhangers really drew me into "starting" the next episode, which basically turned into watching the rest of the episodes, lol.

The best thing about the first season is that it really does feel like a movie from that time period. It gives off the same vibes as the Spielberg classics although with just the right amount of extra "edge" to feel modern in ways. It was also very well shot, written, and acted. It was a well made 9 hour movie that balanced being individually excellent while giving just the right amount of homage to the classics ....

The second really felt like an 80's sequel ........... Where the first 80's movie would be well made and introduce and interesting universe and characters, and the sequels inevitably would play up whatever the audience found entertaining ...

And I think that's what it comes down to for me ...... The first season had merit as a standalone, the "sequel" season was pure entertainment in the same way the Lethal Weapons were, Rambo, Rocky (even released late 70's) ...... Most of those franchises started out the same way. I mean Rocky was an OSCAR WINNING MOVIE for cryin out loud. Even though I love them all and Rocky V is a fav, it definitely a'int Academy Award material lol .....

I don't know if it was intentional or not, but the Duffer Brothers latched onto something that made this feel like the ultimate homage to the 80's in so many different ways.

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Also watched Mindhunter on Netflix .... about the creation of the profiling methods that the FBI uses. Made by the director/creator of House of Cards, Se7en, Fight Club, Social Network .....

Pretty interesting ... I would say what makes it so interesting is the philosophical and scientific questions it brings up ... It has that monotone dragnet type feel to it. Worth a watch.

Also, if you've never seen Fight Club or Se7en, you are missing out. Probably two of the most mind blowing surprise endings ever ... Both changed the game in Hollywood when they came out.

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One other thing, looks like Spacey is out of House of Cards. They may continue the show, but Netflix mandated that they will not bring it back if Spacey is involved at all. Regardless of the man's personal issues, he played a character that owned the show. The world of that show does not work without his character, and I seriously doubt I will be continuing with it.

Honestly, the show  has been going downhill since Frank Underwood became the president. I think the best ending would have been the season finally when he walked into the Oval Office with that ominous music in the background. The aura of the show was about the long strategic game he was playing to reach the pinnacle. Once he reached it, there was just no climax that could equal it.



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Movies and Television / Re: What have you seen lately
« on: October 30, 2017, 01:10:39 AM »
Finished Stranger Things 2.

I'll wait till I some others have finished it before I comment : )


However, the box office is way down this weekend and, while not the singular cause, Stranger Things 2 on Netflix is being deemed a big reason people are sitting this weekend out.

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Sports / Re: MLB 2017 Season
« on: October 23, 2017, 07:18:09 AM »
The guy has had a long career with many teams, and has run some solid programs, and some not so solid ones. I don't think he necessarily makes a bad team better, he just doesn't get in the way of letting a good team do what it does. I think you said it right ... he lacks the intensity.

He left a sour taste in my mouth when he came to Chicago and, directly off of Sosa's second 60 plus homer season, told the media he wanted to turn Sammy into a 30/30 player and not rely so much on his power. It was like telling Superman not to fly.

But as I type that, I wonder if maybe he was covering for Sammy, setting the expectation in the media for his production to go down because he had to lay off the 'roids.

On another note, I would have loved to have seen my Cubbies make a second series berth in a row, but I can't say I'm "disappointed" with three NLCS appearances in a row with a World Series win in the middle.

But it absolutely feels normal to now say ........... well there's always next year. 

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Movies and Television / Re: What have you seen lately
« on: October 14, 2017, 08:11:25 AM »
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Very interesting. Having watched the entire 7 seasons now and considering it all cost less than a ticket to a movie with popcorn and drink, I'm content to watch what I watch at home now. "TV shows" have reached the quality of the theatre now.

Completely agreed. But some movies are still best watched on the big screen with the company of others. I'm not the biggest Star Wars fan by any means. But I can tell you I will be at this December's opening night. I am 1,000 times more excited to see this on the IMAX screen than I could ever be to watch it at home.

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Considering all the awards "The Handmaid's Tale" has won, I decided to give it a try last night.

The awards, the acclaim, yada yada yada, I feel like I'll have to watch this at some point. Looks extremely well made and acted, but .... I don't even know what the subject matter is, but I don't think I care about it lol.

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Caught up on Designated Survivor.New eps on ABC wed night.Prolly the best show on TV right now.

This reminds me of when I asked a buddy what he thought  the best movie of all time was. He thought and thought and thought. His answer:  "The Longest Yard." And then he clarified, "Not the old one with that old dude, but the new one."

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Had the best night's sleep last night I've had in 6 weeks. Thanks to "All the Way" - and HBO documentary about Lyndon Johnson. Bryan Cranston (Walter White / Breaking Bad) plays Johnson and that's worth watching by itself. He's amazing ...

Funnily enough, I was flipping channels in a hotel one night and came across this. It was well into it and I didn't want to get too invested as I prefer to watch from teh start. But I was absolutely entralled by Cranston's performance as well. I also fell asleep somewhere along the line  :)

Also, Bryan Cranston was nominated for an Oscar for in 2016 for Trumbo, the true story of a blacklisted writer who penned many movies under assumed names while being investigated by the FBI. Haven't seen it yet, but it looks fantastic.




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I just keep expecting Kiefer Sutherland to break into his Jack Bauer personification.

24 is supposed to be coming back with another soft reboot within the next couple of years. No Sutherland is expected, but they are going back to the ticking clock format.

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Sports / Re: 2017 College Football Season
« on: October 01, 2017, 07:06:03 AM »
3- GO HOKIES!!! BEAT CLEMSON!!!

Clemson Tigers- 31  ... VA Tech Hokies- 17


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Movies and Television / Re: TV Trailers
« on: September 30, 2017, 05:39:54 AM »

Kind of breaking my own rule here as this is actually the trailer for season 2. However, season 2 is a prequel to season 1, and each season is an "anthology," a self contained story with small references or callbacks to characters in the previous season. Anyway, you are actually watching it "in order" by watching the second season first, with no spoilers or anything like that if you move "forward" to season 1. Season 3 has nothing to do with either season 1 or 2. Think True Detective.

Anyway, the reason I posted season 2's trailer is that it is one of the most engrossing pieces to be put onto the small screen. While season 1 (with Billy Bob Thorton) is still an excellent season in its own right, with callbacks to the Cohen Brothers film of the same name, season 2 is totally original and just has that special blend of acting, writing, directing, and cinematography that provides gripping entertainment. Enjoy! Pretty sure this is on HULU, possibly Netflix as well.

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Movies and Television / Re: TV Trailers
« on: September 30, 2017, 05:20:20 AM »

Season 3 is near (Season 1 trailer above), and I can't wait as this show has begun to really find an identity of its own and allow its story lines to progress organically within its own world. This is by far the best show Amazon Prime has to offer, and, while it is a "hit," I'm sure it would have much more mainstream awareness if it was on a premium cable channel or Netflix.

I "almost" watched this show for a year or so, but just couldn't make myself get started. I always found something else instead. But man am I glad I finally did hit the play button. Somewhere along the line it gains traction and begins to take off from just an "interesting idea" to a thought provoking period piece with an eye towards character depth and development.

Not much more you can ask for when a show seems to steadily improve upon itself, going where the story takes it, not where someone has determined it should go.

Available on Amazon Prime, Amazon offers the first episode on Youtube for free. I've posted the link below. Be sure to change your quality to the highest rate for optimal viewing experience!


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Movies and Television / Re: TV Trailers
« on: September 30, 2017, 04:47:44 AM »
I really liked Billy Bob as "Billy McBride."

I like Billy Bob as pretty much anything.

I'm like the only person in this world that never watched Smallville.

I never watched it either. I just couldn't get into those super low budget CW shows. It was just too "soap opera-ry" for me. But everyone has their tastes .. it definitely had one of the more devoted fan bases during its run.

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The cool thing about some of these shows is that I can go back and watch them and they kind of take me back to a time when I was much younger!
   

I can agree with that for sure! I love watching movies like Trading Places, Fletch, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, etc. as those were always the ones on TBS and other cable channels regularly when I was growing up. After seeing them all a million times, I still can't seem to turn away when I run across them. 

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Movies and Television / Re: What have you seen lately
« on: September 30, 2017, 04:06:02 AM »
Game of Thrones - 7 seasons - 67 episodes. In the books. Season 8 is supposed to be the last. Anyone know when it runs?

Pretty sure they start filming in October and the last season is supposed to drop around September of 2018 (a little over a year from the previous season.)

Minor spoiler follows if you haven't seen the latest season!

After each episode of this season aired, there was an in-depth interview (I'll try to find links if anyone is interested) with the director of that particular episode. The director of the episode where Dany's dragon annihilates the Jaime's army gave some really interesting insights into just how painstakingly difficult these shoots are.

I remember a quote somewhere along the lines of how it took almost 4 weeks to complete a sequence that got all of about 30 seconds worth of air time ... There are so many locations and the shoots are so long, that the directors communicate back and forth, getting each other to film different shots for the other depending on where they are located, due to the massive difficulty of travel and their being so short on time to crank out the next season within viewer's expectations.  I think he said each episode takes around 4 months from the start of shooting to its being complete, so they must have quite a bit being shot concurrently.

The directors are given the script for their episode about a full year in advance so that they can craft a "reasonable" budget. Each and every minute detail must be given thought before it ever goes before a camera due to how expensive the effects shots are.

Pretty interesting stuff. It was also mentioned that HBO, other than advocating for advanced planning to stay within budget constraints, seems pretty well content to stay out of the filmmakers' ways and give them the creative freedom to go their routes. He said that of his two episodes this season (the one I mentioned and the final episode) the only time HBO stepped in was when they were burning diesel fuel to create the heavy black smoke left in the dragon's charred path of destruction. Due to health concerns he had to settle for CGI in the remaining footage, lol.


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Sports / Re: MLB 2017 Season
« on: September 27, 2017, 03:44:36 AM »
You can also watch 20-30 minute condensed versions of the games on mlb.tv  ... Here's game 7, but they offer the entirety of the last two full seasons, including the post seasons.

https://www.mlb.com/video/11-2-16-cg-chccle/c-1211075283


If you want to watch other games, just follow this link and change the date!

http://mlb.com/mediacenter/#date=11/2/2016


I didn't suffer as long as a lot of other Cubbies faithful did, but some of my fondest childhood memories involve Harry Carey's voice calling out lineups with Mark Grace, Henry Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Rod Beck and other yearly regulars.

I remember seeing Glenn Allen hit a shot through the window of the building that had stands on the roof (just outside left field) ... Over 500 feet!

My Dad woke me up from a nap in time to watch Kerry Wood finish out the last couple innings of a 20 strikeout game ... I'll always be thankful for that one buoy!

I'll never forget the first time I heard Sammy Sosa speak and I realized he wasn't American. Blew my mind, lol.

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Sports / Mayweather/McGregor Pay-Per-View
« on: September 27, 2017, 03:11:32 AM »
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BoxingScene.com has learned that Mayweather-McGregor is expected to have generated approximately 4.4 million domestic pay-per-view buys and that an official announcement could be made as soon as this week.

That would mean that the highly publicized spectacle between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC superstar Conor McGregor, while wildly successful financially, didn’t break the pay-per-view record for combat sports. Mayweather’s maligned win against Manny Pacquiao still owns that distinction.

Poor guys may have to knock a few million off the hundreds of millions they made   ;D

Floyd stated on ESPN (the day after the fight) that he was set to clear nearly 300 million (pre-tax) from the match and McGregor was up for about 70-100 million.

A local restaurant from a national chain told me that they charged $30 a head for the fight ... had about 240 seating capacity ... had to pay $400 per television that showed the fight ... Had 27 tv's in the building  ;D ......... Not sure how many they actually used to show the fight though ....

I watched the fight in its entirety and it was pretty interesting to see the distinct differences in the instinctual movements between the boxer and martial artist. This worked as a one-time spectacle, not so much because of the event itself, but because of the shared interest in popular culture. Personally, I kind of enjoyed the "show" in the year leading up to the fight. It was just one of those rarities that had to have all the right pieces come into play.

I'm also surprised with how impressive Mayweather is during interviews. He's as candid as Tyson was, but he actually has thought behind what he says. The guy is smart, and much more respectful of his position and accomplishments than the media sometimes portrays  him to be.

Kudos to both of these guys for the sportsmanship shown after the match.


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Movies and Television / Re: TV Trailers
« on: September 26, 2017, 04:41:13 AM »

I think it's the era and subject matter that draws me into this show. Currently airing their final season on AMC, Halt and Catch Fire (referring to an old PC command) throws fictional characters into the real life events of the computer age and shows the story from the perspective of competitor to the IBM's, Apple's, Microsofts, and AOL's of the world.

I think they did a decent job of recreating the era and being nostalgic without being "gimmicky." For those that had anything to do with computers from the mid 80's to mid 90's, it's a pretty fun watch.

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Movies and Television / Re: TV Trailers
« on: September 26, 2017, 04:30:41 AM »

Pretty enjoyable show to watch. Not as "realistic" as I prefer my shows to be, but hey, it's Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt, so it has the acting pedigree behind it. Best ever? Nah, but worth a watch when you're looking for something fresh. I will say that sometimes a trailer doesn't do a program the justice it deserves. It seems the opposite here lol.

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