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  1. AlmostAGhost

    Musical Mondays Updated Rotation

    Norway! My brother has been planning a trip for a long while and I'm gonna tag along as he takes his wife and kids. Fully expect a Scandinavian musical when I get back!
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    Musical Mondays Updated Rotation

    Oh what timing! I am going out of the country on June 30th until mid-July. It looks like I'll be here the week of my pick but not the week of the discussion. So can I drop down 2 or 3 spots?
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    HDTGM Classics 88 Minutes (6/7)

    I am stuck and not at home this evening... will try to watch it this weekend though! Have fun
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    Musical Mondays Week 67 Sita Sings the Blues

    That's true to some extent, I can see the lack of ego point. The difference to me though is that she isn't just reading the Ramayana, like most of us would Lord of the Rings, she's putting herself straight into a retelling. Or at the very least, she's making a movie about reading the Ramayana, I guess -- which is a far weaker dramatic framing than just retelling the Ramayana. That's how her storyline warps the film slightly for me. I do think that was a big flaw, but I say 'slightly', as I still liked the film a lot, I'll add. It was fun; as fun as a "break-up movie" could be, I guess! lol
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    Musical Mondays Week 67 Sita Sings the Blues

    Yea, I said something similar on Letterboxd. Putting herself into it felt really weird to me, and the way she told that part was really basic with no insight or anything. If you were to just tell the Ramayana story with old jazz blues, that would have been just fine, just as creative and original, and probably even more effective of a tale of break-up and timeless emotions.
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    Musical Mondays Week 67 Sita Sings the Blues

    My favorite part was the music, which even being from such a different time/culture as the Ramayana, matched up so perfectly.
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    Halfway There Special

    Hmm here's my quick Oscars for these first 50 films Best Actress - Jodie Foster Silence of the Lambs Best Actor - Charlie Chaplin City Lights Best Director - Stanley Kubrick 2001 Best Screenplay - Billy Wilder / Raymond Chandler Double Indemnity Best Picture - 2001 here's my personal ranking of the first 50, though I do fiddle with the rankings a lot so it's ever-changing https://letterboxd.com/almostaghost/list/my-unspooled-afi-list-order/
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    Upcoming Episodes

    6/6 - Live From Overlook! episode 6/13 - Midnight Cowboy 6/20 - Toy Story 6/27 - The Deer Hunter different types of cowboys for us
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    HDTGM Classics 88 Minutes (6/7)

    i'll just show up June 7 and surprise me with the movie
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    Vertigo

    I'd assume Paul & Amy, because of their jobs, have gigantic TV screens. But either way, me, I watch most all of these on my phone. It's fine. It's how I watch things now. I still liked 2001 and Vertigo an awful lot and my experience isn't lessened with the films. In fact, I find it more absorbing to be that close to it. If a film can't accurately depict its scale without literally being big, I dunno, is that good? Watch them how you watch them. It's 2019. I will defend viewings in this way!
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    Vertigo

    as always, check out these wonderful pieces at https://www.unspooledart.com
  12. I wish there was more action with Baby Hercules. He was a better actor than Lou Ferrigno.
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    Vertigo

    Cool I will I've been thinking about this all some more. I wanted to add, there's certainly a class of movies that are too much mood. There still needs to be some sort of coherence behind it, I think. But yea rhythm is a good way to think of it, I like that. I told this story during 2001, because somehow we had gotten on to James Joyce. But my brother was a minor Joyce scholar, and I always remember him saying to people who struggle reading Ulysses as "too hard": "just read it." It's not necessary to follow every paragraph. It's not necessary to get bogged down in not knowing every reference. Just let it wash over you and keep going and you should fall into its rhythm. And when you do, it's worth it. It's a book to experience. I do agree that Vertigo maybe isn't quite that level (though I believe 2001 is). There is a story here and it's pretty interesting and it's not nearly as ambiguous as 2001; the point isn't to ignore that. But I think it's a film about Ferguson's mental state, above all. And it sure does succeed in getting that across.
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    Vertigo

    I'm realizing this is my favoritest type of movie: the one less concerned with concrete plot mechanics and more with a cinematic emotional experience. This goes for stuff on the list (2001, say) and not (e.g., a Rushmore which is more of a mood piece than people realize). They don't have to be sad emotion, just mood emotion, films you let wash over you as an experience. I'm left wondering about a lot after seeing Vertigo for the first time since 1996, sure, but that's what the best movies do - stick in your brain and make you work for it. Amy said something like she was 'willing herself to find reasons to like it' and it sounded like a knock, a bit of an insult, but for me, that's what I want a movie to make me do: to search for its center, and its greatness. Greatness doesn't have to be evident to everyone immediately, and just maybe... it shouldn't either. This is how I feel more connected to these top-of-the-list movies - they are true experiential pieces of art and not just 'a cool story I'm watching.' The ones that hit me like this will be in my top-10 in 50 weeks. I do shuffle my list around a bit all the time as I continue to think, but I feel safe in saying these moodier pieces like Vertigo and 2001 will still be there then.
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    Upcoming Episodes

    5/30 - "50 EPISODES SPECIAL" Me, I'm prob gonna use this week to rewatch a 1 or 2 of the early ones we did, or maybe some that my reaction to was less than the show's or you all's and see if I still feel the same.
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    Musical Mondays Week 66 The Fighting Temptations

    ARE YOU SAYING STEVE HARVEY IS NOT ON THE UP AND UP BITE YOUR TONGUE
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    Musical Mondays Week 66 The Fighting Temptations

    Was this actually Cuba?
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    Musical Mondays Week 66 The Fighting Temptations

    I assume dancing costume gifs are appropriate for Cameron's birthday? If so happy birthday! Also I'm not done with the film yet but I'm kind of digging it. But I'll always wonder, how did 'you must win a contest to inherit my money' become a trope?
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    To Kill A Mockingbird

    That was my favorite part which stood out on this watch - the scary fear vibes that kept creeping in throughout. I really enjoyed how much of that there was in this.
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    To Kill A Mockingbird

    I never understood the attachment to Tom Bombadil! He's not that big of a deal, is he? I am still torn though on Mockingbird, not on how much I love it because I do, but on how much it really adds/changes from the book. Most of the positives I heard Paul and Amy mention are straight up from the book. Paul said the direction was sort of 'avant garde' and I'm not so sure I agree, it feels fairly straightforward and simple to me. I mean, obviously, not screwing up a very popular book is not an easy thing to do, so credit there. But as a top-100 film of all-time? What does this film do cinematically that's all so special? For example, I think the Lord of the Rings should be on there as an adaption, because it adapts such a complicated work of fantasy history and it pushed computer effects much further than just about anything before it. But I'm a little less sure about Mockingbird, which I'm having a hard time seeing on its own separate from the book. I'm leaning to the acting (by Peck and the kids and everyone!) as being enough to push it there, but I'm still a tiny bit torn.
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    To Kill A Mockingbird

    also the person who makes these brilliant posters has made a website to collect them all: https://www.unspooledart.com/
  22. Other non-musical movies would be welcome, but I do like having some sort of 'limits' on it, so it's not just 'here's a movie'. Cam Bert's idea of doing a round of different genres might be interesting.
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    Musical Mondays Week 65 Cold War

    I honestly started watching it, but just wasn't in the mood so I stopped after 10 minutes. Then I never went back to it. Not real sure if it was the movie, or me.
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