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    No 2018 Halloween Special?

    On October 26, Scott tweeted:
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    Duck Soup

    Just added the weekly poll. Sorry for the delay!
  3. Two songs were posted to Superego's Soundcloud in April. You can get them via the RSS feed or download directly: ALL THE WAY TONIGHT (THE LOOK OF THE LION) Live at Largo 4/2/18 THE BALLAD OF BERLIN (A POOR MAN'S SONG) Live at Largo 4/2/18
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    The African Queen

    I'm not sure I consider it "positive" so much as "interesting". I'm a Program Manager by trade, and I love sausage-making and digging into creators' thought processes, which explains why I've listened to so many DVD commentary tracks and podcasts. Nothing is more tedious to me than hearing Peter Jackson go on about how they had to write special software to show 50,000 orcs on screen at once, but the hand-craftedness of these classic movies feels alive in comparison. I understand that I evaluate movies based on different criteria than most people, though. The current bottom four in my list are High Noon, The French Connection, Taxi Driver, and Titanic. I imagine a lot of film aficionados would like to see me in prison.
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    The African Queen

    P.S. I added the traditional Cameron H poll to this thread.
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    The African Queen

    I knew nothing about the film going in, but I expected a serious drama (maybe conflating it with Out of Africa) that I was absolutely not in the mood for, so the fact that it turned out to be "Swiss Family Robinson-meets-Shakespearean romantic foils" was a relief. There was enough snappy dialog and unusual filmmaking technique that it remained interesting throughout. Examples: Given the intermittent use of rear projection on the boat, I assumed most of the nature shots were reused stock footage, so I was surprised to learn Huston shot it all himself. The miniatures (and/or full-sized boat loaded with dummies) during the whitewater sequences were great. And the mosquito swarm effect was straight-up weird. I also rewatched the "I ain't sorry for you no more, ya crazy, psalm-singing, skinny old maid!" part at least five times. Like Paul, I felt their romance was kind of sudden and contrived, since it was apparent early on that Rose was horny for adventure, not Mr. Allnut's leathery ass. Amy & Paul: The implication of the "long pig" story was that they'd run out of food and the hunters had quietly started feeding the cast and crew human meat.
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    Taxi Driver

    I have to confess that I don't get the praise heaped upon Taxi Driver at all. It's a story about an isolated and psychologically unwell man who, in his alienation, becomes increasingly angry about his lot in life/the perceived failings of women and minorities/the state of the world until he concludes that the only way he can make his mark and right society's wrongs is through violence. And (overlooking Paul's alternate interpretation of the ending) Bickle is ultimately vindicated: he murders a bunch of "filth" to "rescue" an innocent, is hailed as a hero in the press, and even gains the grudging respect of the woman who once rejected him. Viewed for the first time in 2018, it reads more like Elliot Rodger apologia than a critique of misogyny. What am I missing? I am genuinely perplexed.
  8. The Chicago shows were Rad, Blues Brothers 2000, Striptease, and Hurricane Heist. The second BAM show was Beastly.
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    Singin’ In The Rain

    I have to side with the naysayers, if rating it 3½ out of 5 stars can be considered naysaying. I found Gene Kelly almost entirely uncharismatic—he has the dead eyes of a mannequin whenever he smiles, although that may be him seething at his co-stars the entire time—and I didn't buy the romance. I went back and watched portions of Swing Time to compare and Fred Astaire genuinely appears to be having fun both on and off the dance floor. #TeamAstaire 4 LIFE. Debbie Reynolds, on the other hand, is magnetic every second she's on screen. I need to seek out more of her work, starting with her intriguing turn in Mega Man.
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    Double Indemnity

    Speaking of babies, I forgot to mention in the All About Eve thread that I laughed aloud every time Bill called Eve "Junior". I don't think Paul and Amy came to an agreement on why Phyllis used a handkerchief to put the gun under the cushion. I think she called Nino after Neff said he was en route, and their plan was that Nino would arrive shortly after Neff (he did), sit in the predetermined spot (note how she only gets out of that seat to shoot Neff), and pull the gun at an opportune moment. She thus ensures her fingerprints won't be on the gun when another man is manipulated into doing her dirty work and taking the fall. It's an odd detail for the filmmakers to focus on after being so cavalier about Neff's fingerprints on the husband's crutches.
  11. @Shannon Are you listening to Sordid Details?
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    All About Eve

    Assorted footnotes: Like Paul, I also assumed Addison DeWitt was gay from the outset, and I realized it was due to how much he reminded me of a young Stephen Fry. Did anyone else notice the really odd use of rear-projection when Eve and DeWitt were "walking" to Eve's apartment? Why? I've said this before but You Must Remember This is a true work of art and I hope Karina is a frequent return guest! P.S. Facebook users are the balcony monsters of Unspooled listenership.
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    IMPORTANT: Forum to be updated 7/4/2018

    I've (very cautiously) figured out how to make modifications to the CSS and templates, so today I've: Fixed the virtually invisible search box Fixed the dark gray-on-dark gray options in the user menu (top right corner) Added a link to Earwolf.com in the main navigation Let us know if there are any other outstanding issues.
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    Episode 248 - Triumph At Comic-Con

    I don't have the ability to change any files on the server, so all credit belongs to @Shannon.
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    IMPORTANT: Forum to be updated 7/4/2018

    I updated the settings so the "edited" note only appears if you check the box indicating you want it to appear. As with the previous version of the forums, posts can only be edited for 24 hours.
  16. On the plus side, I think it supports emoji now.
  17. The "reason for editing" field should be optional, according to the forum config. Is it requiring you to fill it out before it will allow you to edit? I'm seeing all of this for the first time, too, and I'm trying, Ringo. I'm trying real hard not to do the usual nerd-who-hates-change thing.
  18. Oh, I forgot that it turns into a star if you've already commented in the thread. It's here:
  19. Click on the dot to the left of the thread title (assuming you're on desktop; I don't know how it looks on mobile) and it'll take you to the last unread item. I just re-enabled signatures.
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    Episode 248 - Triumph At Comic-Con

    I gotchu my dude.
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    Bonnie And Clyde

    This movie is both good enough and groundbreaking enough to merit its spot on the AFI Top 100, no question. As controversial as the sex and violence were in 1967, I was genuinely surprised that they didn't go full exploitation film and play up the "HE can ONLY get it UP when he MURDERS" aspect, and Clyde's impotence instead humanizes him as someone who relies as much on false bravado as he does skill. I was also surprised by how much of the film turned out to be historically accurate, erections notwithstanding. Amy, your interview with Robert Benton was fantastic!
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Yes! I took a screengrab every time a sign appeared so that I could read the text later. Typeset in The Future seems to be the de facto resource for most other transcriptions.
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    I find it fascinating that, rather than explain his intentions, Kubrick intended 2001's message to be conveyed directly to the viewer's subconscious, yet so many critics had a violent negative reaction after seeing it. The first time I tried to watch 2001 (in actual 2001), I bailed 45 minutes in because it was "slow" and "boring". My excuse is that I was a stupid kid whose brain hadn't evolved enough to receive the signal and oh shiiiiiiiiiit 17 years later, I am a different person and I love a pensive, open-ended visual experience. The Twin Peaks revival is one of my favorite things in recent memory, and Part 8 "explains" the creation mythos of the Twin Peaks universe (to the extent that David Lynch ever explains anything.) I've lost track of how many time I've watched it. It obviously owes a great debt to Kubrick. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IKUeIEdRMY
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    Titanic

    There's nothing wrong with constructive criticism, but there wasn't much constructive about the review I posted to Letterboxd and then deleted in shame shortly thereafter. Everything's fine, though. I felt relief when I was able to five-star next week's film.
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