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    Episode 234 — Prelude To A Kiss

    That's interesting to know that moving the parts around works reasonably well. I noted on my letterboxd review about the structure, which was I think the major problem of the movie. (sorry for friends on here who already saw this) A normal romantic body swap film would follow the lines of: 1. relationship 2. problems develop / confusion 3. body swap 4. realization of love for each other This movie, though, goes like this: 1. relationship 2. body swap 3. problems develop / confusion 4. realization of love for each other Which, I think, really makes it a total mess. The body swap should fix or clarify or lead to something, but here in the movie, it just leads to problems. And since the relationship is fairly fine up to that point, it's just weird and stupid and you hate it. If you're going to introduce a bit of magic into your realism, it should be fun or something, here it becomes a total drag.
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    Episode 233.5 — Minisode 233.5

    Haha I used to always "argue" with an ex about Veronica and Logan. I wanted way better for her but she was like, he's great.
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    Musical Mondays Week 86 Purple Rain

    I'll add that most of the women in his life are still seriously loyal to him, and he often had female bands and engineers (music engineers are especially mainly men, esp. back then). I think womanizing and misogyny are quite different things which people blur. What I think it boils down to, as it always did with him, was control. That's his ENTIRE ethos. He played and wrote everything. He rebelled against music labels. That's why his bands didn't last. This probably showed up in the movie as him negging Apollonia and stuff like that, it's dated and immature, but that's him showing control. I don't think in any way is this misogyny though. The homophobia mainly crept in when he became a Jehovah's Witness in the late '90s. It's a crazy turn, since before that he was always so into sexual openness and challenging roles and androgyny and whatnot (I do wish Purple Rain tapped into that more). See, the "Kiss" video.
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    Musical Mondays Week 86 Purple Rain

    Yea, that's exactly what happens
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    Upcoming Episodes

    Slight change, doing a live ep this week instead of MASH. Assuming MASH will be the following week and the order is still the same 2/27 - Repo Man (live episode) 3/5 - M*A*S*H 3/12 - Sunrise 3/19 - 12 Angry Men 3/25 - Sullivan's Travel
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    Musical Mondays Week 86 Purple Rain

    Here's a favorite Prince moment James Brown is closing a show. Calls Michael Jackson on stage, who comes up and kills it. Then JB calls Prince up there, who gets carried to the stage piggyback by a Hodor-sized roadie, and then BLOWS EVERYONE AWAY https://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/rembert-explains-the-80s-james-brown-prince-michael-jacksonat-the-beverly-theater-in-1983/
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    Musical Mondays Week 86 Purple Rain

    Ooh ya, I forgot that was a sequel. I haven't seen it either. I'll try to watch it sometime too.
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    Musical Mondays Week 86 Purple Rain

    I took Prince's behavior in this movie as less 'asshole' and more 'petulant child' (I know... not big difference, I guess) But since his character is named The Kid and still lives at home, I think that immaturity was intentional. (It is an odd choice, though, for sure, to have the biggest rock star at the time do this. It does date the film a bit and as you guys touch on, it is a little problematic at times. Would have been nice to see him grow out of it by the end of the movie too.)
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    Episode 233.5 — Minisode 233.5

    What's a jam tho
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    HDTGM All-Stars

    Next week!
  11. I haven't either, though the soundtrack album is amazing. Top-5 Prince album
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    Parasite (special episode)

    I haven't finished this ep yet.... But I did just watch Portrait of a Lady on Fire and I think it's as great as Parasite and certainly better than most of the nominated films last year.
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    Upcoming Episodes

    one more 2/20 - Parasite (special episode) 2/27 - M*A*S*H 3/5 - Sunrise 3/12 - 12 Angry Men 3/19 - Sullivan's Travels
  14. I went to a Prince tribute concert a few weeks back that was filmed for TV. It was pretty awesome, check the line-up
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    Episode 233 — Space Jam LIVE!

    Just an FYI since I know you're not all sportos But Space Jam 2 is scheduled for 2021
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    Episode 233 — Space Jam LIVE!

    Larry Bird retired in 1992, he wasn't current. Also a correction/omission: One of the people in the audience notes that the Bulls 72-10 season was the year of the film (1996), right after Jordan returned from baseball/forced retirement. He also said that "it's never been beat!" which isn't true: the 2016 Golden State Warriors went 73-9. They remain the only teams to crack 70 wins, though this year's Bucks seem to be heading there. The Clippers in 1996 went 29-63 and were owned by Donald Sterling (hi Paul!).
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    Upcoming Episodes

    2/20 - Parasite (side episode) 2/27 - M*A*S*H 3/5 - Sunrise 3/12 - 12 Angry Men
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    Canceled LA Show

    May 9th everyone!
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    The Sound of Music

    Yea I pretty much agree with Paul completely on this one. I do enjoy the film, very much of it (mainly scenery, most the songs, and Julie Andrews), but I definitely do not think it's good at all. That lack of compellingness @grudlian. mentioned is basically true for everything in it: beyond the Nazi escape, the romance isn't compelling, nor is the kids' music career, nor Maria's arc. What else is there then? Beats me.
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    Upcoming Episodes

    2/20 - Parasite
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    Musical Mondays Week 85 Velvet Goldmine

    Bowie produced "The Passenger"! (And also "Lust for Life".) It's also my favorite Iggy, though I do probably The Stooges to his solo things. I go all over as to what my favorite Bowie is. I honestly probably listen to Let's Dance the most, though I think Station To Station is probably my favorite, but have also put like 4 other albums of his as my favorite depending on who knows what. I think I just prefer when he grooves
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    Upcoming Episodes

    I guess next week's ep, post Sound of Music, will be a surprise
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    Musical Mondays Week 85 Velvet Goldmine

    Not to defend this part, because it's my least favorite angle of the movie, but I think Christian Bale's character was supposed to reflect the influence that glam rock had on society, going from staid, normal life into a more colorful, flamboyant world. But the interesting thing is that I'm not sure glam rock really had that much influence. Oh sure, Bowie of course did, but his influence was far beyond just being a 'glam' guy. (I think he disavowed the label, and either way, he moved away from the style pretty fast.) Roxy Music dropped the style pretty fast too (just their first album really). Eno's music in the film is arguably not glam at all. T. Rex was, but they're also relatively niche. Iggy and Lou Reed flirted with it on occasion (usually when hanging out with Bowie), but mostly made their mark in other ways. It's an amazing genre, but also a curious one.
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    Musical Mondays Week 85 Velvet Goldmine

    I love this movie, though it's definitely got some flaws. It does feel a little like they were stuffing this wild, flamboyant atmosphere into a more conventional story structure (reporter digging into a story), and I think it maybe suffers some there. Also I'm not sure the character arcs ever go anywhere really. But other than some quibbles like that, I love it. It's brazen and colorful and the use of music is particularly brilliant. But maybe that's because the music itself is so brilliant? I'm a sucker for all the music in this. My favorite was the long scene with "Baby On Fire" with that crazy guitar solo repeating and giving this huge noisy atmosphere to the movie. There's a bunch of scenes to music like that which really impressed.
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