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Cameron H.

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In Topic: Chicago shows speculation

Yesterday, 07:29 PM

 grudlian., on 22 May 2018 - 06:48 PM, said:

The movies are now up on hdtgminfo.com. The movies are Rad, Blues Brothers 2000, Striptease, Hurricane Heist.

I don't see any place to watch Rad which is disappointing because I'm attending that show.

A few weeks ago, Paul said they were going to be doing another movie, like Freejack, that couldn’t be found anywhere. Maybe he was talking about Rad. I’m pretty sure they found a volunteer to host it like last time.

In Topic: Citizen Kane

21 May 2018 - 06:23 PM

Paul mentioned in the episode that he was initially put off by the film’s structure, and I totally get that. However, what I did like - although I didn’t necessarily appreciate at the time - was the opening news reel. Yes, it was an exposition dump, but when the movie gets going in earnest, it proved to be a sort of Rosetta Stone, allowing the audience to grasp where they are in Kane’s life without interrupting the flow of the movie. By getting it out of the way at the top - in a type of bulletpoint-y way that wouldn’t have seemed entirely alien to it’s contemporary audience - it allowed the movie to unfold more organically and shift its focus to where it needed to be while providing a bit of dramatic irony.

In Topic: Musical Mondays Week 39 Josie and the Pussycats

21 May 2018 - 12:33 PM

OMG, guys! I'm not suggesting that they should "die penniless" or that you don't have to pay your dues to get ahead. It's one thing if you get into, say, photography because you love photography. If that's the case, there's absolutely no reason not to try to achieve as much as possible and get all the renown that comes with that. However, it's an entirely different thing to get into photography if your goal is to be a *famous* photographer. So while we can say, "For all we know...," in the movie, I never actually saw them want anything other than be famous.

Let's put it this way. Taylor, what if someone tomorrow said that they want you to shoot the cover for Vogue, but they had never seen your portfolio? All they ever saw was you walking across the street with a camera. And when you are like "you should probably see my work," they're like, "No, that isn't necessary" Even if they are on the level, if it's not based on your own talent as a photographer, what's even the point of achieving your dream? Sure, you can tell yourself that "you deserve it," but if you accept that offer under those terms, you're implicitly stating that being famous is more important than being a serious photographer, or in the case of J&TP, musicians.

In Topic: Citizen Kane

21 May 2018 - 12:01 PM

View Postwilberfan, on 17 May 2018 - 04:18 PM, said:

A pretty good start to an interesting concept for a podcast.

Regarding your twin surprise at Susan's singing voice: I must say I've never heard anyone think Susan Alexander's singing "wasn't that bad!". To my ears--and those of everyone with whom I've ever seen the film--Susan's singing was obviously quite bad--at least by tough opera standards (and I know very little about opera!). Sure, maybe she's better than Roseanne on the mound, but Charles was 'forcing' a woman with sub-par skills to humiliate herself every night in front of people who knew exactly how far she was falling short. Even the 'working class' stagehands could tell how bad she was. It's the entire motivation for her suicide attempt...

The way I saw it she definitely has some raw talent, but she doesn’t necessarily have the chops - nor the desire - to go pro. It’s like you can be a funny person but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have what it takes to be a comedian.

She was good singer in a “singing for friends in the parlor” kind of way.

In Topic: Musical Mondays Week 39 Josie and the Pussycats

21 May 2018 - 11:36 AM

View Posttaylor anne photo, on 21 May 2018 - 11:02 AM, said:

But that's your interpretation of these bands. I'm sure bands in all genres only care about being famous, but you can't lump every band in this form of pop-punk into that category just because it's not a type of sound you're interested in.

I wasn’t being clear. I have no idea why NFG got together. Maybe they’re super deep artists. I have no idea. I meant, J&TP only care about being famous. They accept a record deal from someone who hasn’t even heard their freaking music. That’s not creating something because you have something to say; that’s creating something to be used as a commodity.

Contrast this with, say, Jimmy in That Thing You Do. Nothing is good enough for him because he feels like he’s creating “Art.” Yes, he wants to be successful, but on his terms. And he ends up throwing everything away because they won’t let him do things his way. He might be a dick, but at least he was able to write that hit song “Alone With My Principles.”

And, yes, I would say everything you all described is “punk.”