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  1. AlmostAGhost

    Musical Mondays Week 52 Idlewild

    He put away a flask for to make something more fancy and legit, I think
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    Musical Mondays Week 52 Idlewild

    Didn't it end with Rooster running his own giant peach champagne farm?
  3. AlmostAGhost

    Musical Mondays Week 52 Idlewild

    I knew this would be a mixed bag in reaction when I picked it -- some of us will just be in the right mood and enjoy the hell out of it, and others will be confounded. Maybe that's true for every movie, but I think melodramatic hiphop musicals set in the '30s can feel like there are way too many angles going on. I can see the low energy critique but for me, but I think, for Dre at least, that was a character choice. Also thinking about it, the romance brings me in: I liked Dre and Paula together and felt their story. If it wasn't there, I would've certainly felt more cut off from the story.
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    Upcoming Episodes

    Totally coincidentally, I swear, I am watching Bambi and clearly the forest fire at the end was because nobody raked the floors
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    Upcoming Episodes

    Yea, I think they use the die 95% of the time, but let other things dictate sometimes. I do think Mr. Smith was a coincidence though! They implied once that they may do the two Godfathers back to back, so we don't have a situation where we we're watching the second one first. Wonderful Life is more than appropriate in December too, and if they force it this December we don't have to fight the die if they roll it next year before next Christmas. Are there any other situations like these on the list we should bring up to them?
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    Upcoming Episodes

    mini-update: 11/22 Ep. 28 - Sophie's Choice 11/29 Ep. 29 - A Clockwork Orange 12/6 Ep. 30 - Rocky sometime in December: It's A Wonderful Life
  7. starting in a few minutes if anyone else wants in
  8. The Room https://lets.rabb.it/e06sSttfUR
  9. AlmostAGhost

    Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

    I mean some of those holes, I assume, are because we weren't told every bit of the bill. But maybe it's because some rube with no experience wrote it. Haha
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    Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

    States can definitely set up something like that, but if Congress wants to legislate in this area, the Supremacy Clause allows their legislation to have precedence and to be the minimum threshold for the States to follow. And a national boys program would be allowable under the Constitution which gives Congress power to legislate the "general welfare" of the country, which certainly this is. They may also have to claim the land as federal property first, which I can't remember if they were trying to do in the film? Probably. Generally the film was pretty accurate about the law, which, believe me, is rare.
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    Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

    Yea I get the outsider angle. Maybe something happens where people just write him during an election in because he's a great guy, and he happens to win. It doesn't have to imply campaigning or ambition at all, it can just imply popularity, which would still make the same ultimate point. Why does it have to come from such a ridiculous set-up? I guess they wanted to show the governor as a dummy too. For me the fairy tale angle is a complicated balance. Like, they chose to make this story in Congress, with real Congress history and sets (like Daniel Webster), and took work to make it all realistic and to make a real point about America. So I still think those fanciful ideas that prop this story up feel slightly off for me. I like them, but feel like, maybe they slightly de-fang the story, as reminders to 'don't take this seriously' when maybe I think we should? I mean, if only our Senators were all so noble. Anyway I dunno, that's just how I'd make this story stronger and more meaningful. But maybe that wasn't the point.
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    Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

    I wouldn't call myself a detractor, I do enjoy the movie for sure, but I don't think it's near the quality of most of the other films we've done so far. It goes a little to what I said earlier about it being fanciful, there's just these little touches that I find ridiculous which hurt it for me. Like, why was Mr. Smith nominated in the stupidest way possible (the governor's bratty kids and a failed coin toss). Wouldn't this be more powerful if he was elected by the people, or nominated for some legit reason? And the kids ran some sort of national media presence? What is that? I thought Lovett made a good point though about confusing awe with being patriotic, or awe with being a good Senator, and how that's not a good thing. I'm trying to separate my pragmatic progressive political beliefs from viewing this movie but it's hard. I take the government and legislators seriously, and follow it pretty closely, and have worked in politics, and I feel like this waters the whole world down in a way I'm not particularly willing to stand behind. That said, I loved the acting (both Arthur and Stewart), and I loved his depiction of a man being disillusioned contrasting with Arthur becoming non-disillusioned. (Sorry it's late I can't think of a better word.) I liked that Paul & Amy focused on some of the darker aspects of the tale too, which are interesting and less a part of the cultural memory than the more feel-good basics.
  13. We've done 9pm EST time on past Friday evenings for a Rabbit. I will set up a room tomorrow at that time for anyone interested!
  14. AlmostAGhost

    Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

    Well I sort of think the whole thing is a fantasy montage haha
  15. AlmostAGhost

    Listener Questions Special

    Hmm this is a fruitless debate, but we can have it. I find it interesting you mention Schwarzenegger and Eddie Murphy's 1982 films, which are both cool, but their 1984 films are both better and more iconic (The Terminator and Beverly Hills Cop). Comedies were much better in 1984 (Ghostbusters, Top Secret, Spinal Tap, to name just 3). 1984 also had Karate Kid and Gremlins which are still culturally relevant. Also, Purple Rain and Stop Making Sense! For horror, I think 1984's Nightmare On Elm Street > 1982's The Thing.
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