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  1. Quasar Sniffer

    Musical Mondays Week 61 The Long Dumb Road*

    I kind of saw its consequences when he proposed in the diner. He was so emotionally bare that he was searching for any connection, so when we meet the two women in the bar and he and Nat have their own nights with them, he's desperate to connect in any way. But yes, it is inconsistent for the character since everything else we see from him, he's extremely mercurial and reactive, yet he's also supposed to be harboring this love for this girl he met in high school? Maybe it would have been better if Casey Wilson tried to use him as a way to escape her suburban life by connecting with this wild free spirit from her youth. Just spitballing. Speaking of missed opportunities, I could have used several scenes of Pamela Reed as Dotty actually yelling at bears, maybe even saving Richard in the process.
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    Musical Mondays Week 61 The Long Dumb Road*

    Maybe he had money the whole time and was just scamming Nat? Maybe he makes it a regular practice of taking vulnerable young men under his wing and using them for a ride and a good time? Yikes... this movie just became problematic. ANYWAY, did anyone else feel that Nat throwing away Richard's knife, and then Richard asking about it, was a set-up to some later confrontation? I thought that was going to be a sort of blow-up between the two and a test of their friendship, and maybe through Nat explaining why Richard with a knife frightened him, Richard would come to realize something about himself. It seemed like we never got resolution to that seed. @tomspanksYes, I did notice that. I laughed at it and maybe thought it would be a runner through the film, like we would find out he was actually 50 or he would continually (and perhaps wildly) lie about his age.
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    Musical Mondays Week 61 The Long Dumb Road*

    I totally agree. Nat is so young and inexperienced, he's bound to change a lot in school, whether he pursues photography or not, but that is a totally different movie. For Richard, I would have liked a more definitive statement about where he is going, if not exactly where he ends up. It would have been nice to see him more affected by his time spent with Nat at the end.
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    Musical Mondays Week 61 The Long Dumb Road*

    First of all, thanks to everyone for participating in this diversion from form. I really appreciate it, especially since we weren't able to organize or connect with a Rabb.it screening. Anyway, I think Nat was sort of an undercover loose cannon, or at least someone given to spontaneous behavior. First, he lets Richard into his car and into his life after just seeing him get fired in a very loud confrontation. This man is clearly unbalanced, but Nat is up for letting him join the ride, even as Richard begins to down beers in the car minutes after meeting Nat. Second, it was NAT who encouraged Richard to seek out his high school love, which is a CRAZY idea. Maybe that's more born out of naivete because he's lived a very sheltered life, but it does she potential for him to make spur-of-the-moment, risky, emotional decisions, even if he is not as explosive as Richard. And to @Cameron H.'s initial comment about watching Richard at the counter, I think that speaks to how much I like the characters in this movie. I too watched Mantzoukas just sit there and do nothing because I enjoyed spending time with these people so much, even if the narrative itself was, admittedly, rather weak. It was a character study and it worked, not the way a Hal Ashby movie like The Last Detail does, but I still enjoyed it.
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    Episode 208.5 - Minisode 208.5

    In all seriousness though, I had a conversation with my brother, who is a mental health counselor, about the very topic of suicidally depressed people who are very kind and seem outwardly positive. Within days of Brody taking his own life, I heard a public radio story about a college basketball player who exhibited these tendencies to the letter and ended up committing suicide as well. In the case of the athlete, his peers and his family were totally shocked that he would do such a thing, totally oblivious to his symptoms. A lot of that has to do with the culture of athletics and the community he grew up in, both of whom tend to sweep such problems under the rug. So it behooves all of us to reach out to people who are hurting, to make them feel recognized and appreciated, at least so they know they have some place to go to for help. Thank you all for doing that here.
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    Episode 208.5 - Minisode 208.5

    You are all wonderful humans and even if my own mental health issues make me a swirling gyre of self-doubt, I want you all to know that you are all awesome and appreciated! But if there is one thing I CANNOT tolerate, it is shade throne at Michael Fassbender. I could stare into his dreamy cold-steel eyes forever. He's even who I picture when I think of Macbeth. BUT you are all SO GREAT that I still love coming here even if you are unimpressed by Mr. Fassbender
  7. I can host it in like 30 minutes if anyone wants. I just got home from work. Post here if you need me to set up a room
  8. Thanks very much. I tried a random Amazon Prime thing again this morning just to see if it would work and it was marginally functional. It took forever to even log in but it eventually worked. I would just hate to be like "yeah, I can host it!" and then have it crap out on me.
  9. I will try again when I get back on Friday night. I can do one Saturday night as well, but my start time wouldn't be until about 10 or so for both evenings. Let me know what works best for you folks.
  10. Ugh, so I'm trying to set up a Rabb.it showing for this but I keep getting a "sorry, our shit's not working" message AND I'll be going out of town for the next few days because of Funeral Bullshit, so I apologize to everyone for not being able to help out in that regard. Sorry
  11. Cool! I've been meaning to watch it for a while now, and I just felt I would get more out of it if I did so in a communal setting with cool people who also love movies. Thanks for indulging me!
  12. Ok, if I have the consent of everyone here, I would like to break form a bit and do our collective best to support the film work of one of our intrepid HDTGM hosts. And as the Road Picture is as time-honored a form as the musical in movies, I figured it would be appropriate to make my pick... If anyone has any objections, then I will definitely make a more appropriate pick. Much appreciated!
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    Musical Mondays Week 60 True Stories

    I still have "Wild Wild Life" stuck in my head and I am NOT sad about it.
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    Musical Mondays Week 60 True Stories

    re: Louis's character..., I am inclined to agree with what @Cam Bertand conclude that he is mostly very sad. He feels lost and in need of validation from the normal standards of adulthood put upon him (get a job, get married). But at the same time, he is profoundly touched by emotional connections, not only with people, but with music, which is why he is so profoundly affected by sad songs. I found that incredibly moving, because not only is he affected by music more than anyone else he meets besides his friend Ramon and other musicians, but that music is out of step with the women he attempts at courting. He loves country, but not "Hollywood country," the kind most popular with America, especially at the time. He feels old fashioned, not just in what he is looking for in a partner, but in his artistic passions. It is the society he is living in, obsessed with convenience and aesthetics, that prevents him from finding a woman with similar long-term relationship goals as he does. I mean, it's fucking ludicrous to think he can't find someone to date who isn't looking for mere casual connections in rural Texas, but the way the town is constructed, centering on corporate interests and fashion shows and the like, prevents him from seeing that. As emotional as he is, he is also blind to what is in front of him (as @Cameron H.so elegantly observed about his interaction with Byrne at the mall). None of these people are wrong in their goals of shopping or owning a home or having clean, neat relationships. The parking IS convenient, the mall IS bright and friendly, the air conditioning IS lovely in the Texas summer. It's just, as we see with Louis, many of us need something more.
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    Musical Mondays Week 60 True Stories

    TOTALLY, I kept thinking, "they have an album called 'More Songs about Buildings and Food.' David Byrne has some major auteur goals that he is achieving here!" I dunno, I just loved this movie! I am down for the mise-en-scène of David Byrne's brain!
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