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  1. grudlian.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    That's what made me think Tempest too. Long songs about real people/events and death as a pretty strong theme. But it doesn't sound anything like that album. Maybe that's why it wasn't released? Or he just left off a great song for no reason again? I kind of wish I didn't know this was old because it probably means it's not a direction he's going in. I'm just glad this takes my mind off of how disappointing the new Pearl Jam album is.
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    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    It's great. I appreciate that it's original take on JFK and turning toward music/art in uncertain times. It's also unlike anything in his career except maybe Dogs Run Free (except good). I've been wondering a lot this year what is Dylan's next move after three straight albums of standards. This definitely fits into Dylan just dropping something unexpected out of nowhere but a 17 minute single on JFK definitely wasn't a direction anyone was going to pick, right? I'm very curious when this was recorded. I'm guessing around Tempest but that's just a shot in the dark.
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    Episode 235.5 - Prequel to Episode 236

    It's not that anything especially amazing has happened but just a bunch of little things. I was able to refinance my house when mortgage rates were seriously low, get money out and buy a brand new car cash. Plus my job is 'essential' and we've been working stupidly long hours. So my next couple paychecks will be really big. The CFO said in an offhand way he might double our bonus. So, financially things are really good right now. I actually go into work (but self quarantining otherwise) so I'm not stuck at home for weeks going crazy in isolation. So, my biggest complaint right now is that a concert I really wanted to go to is probably never happening. But I know a bunch of people who don't have jobs anymore or are, at best, in limbo because I worked in the movie theater industry for nearly 20 years. And with unemployment so high, I know places where they could easily transition to (like the service industry) aren't hiring either. I doubt many, if any, can go months without any income. So, it feels weird to be like "yeah, things are pretty good right now".
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    12 Angry Men

    I remember back when the imdb message boards were a thing. Some user tried making a case that the movie would have been improved if it ended with Henry Fonda smirking at the end as though he were in on it. Talk about completely missing the point.
  5. grudlian.

    12 Angry Men

    Yeah, my only criticism of this is the jury doesn't seem to work that way (as almostaghost confirms). Just the idea that Henry Fonda is doing, apparently, all the work of the defense attorney is kind of silly. I also think it's kind of silly that, through mostly calm, rational discussion converts the entire group. But this movie is pretty undeniably great even with the knife scene. I'd definitely include it on the list.
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    Episode 235.5 - Prequel to Episode 236

    I don't feel guilty exactly. I've been on the opposite side where my life has been shitty and friends' lives are going great. It hasn't bummed me out to hear their good news but I still feel kind of awkward when I'm on the good end of it.
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    Episode 235.5 - Prequel to Episode 236

    Things have been weirdly good for me and it feels strange talking about it since I know a few people who lost their jobs and a coworker's cousin has Covid-19. So, I'm kind of like "maybe don't say anything."
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    12 Angry Men

    Amy & Paul deliberate over 1957's Sidney Lumet jury-room drama 12 Angry Men! They ask if all-male juries were ever common, compare Lumet's version to William Friedkin's remake, and praise the powerful performances in this ever-relevant film, Plus: Jury consultant Marissa Beyers talk about how jury selection has evolved since the 50s.
  9. grudlian.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    I agree with all this and never realized how close this was to the Tet offensive or its specific place in time relating to Vietnam War. I really appreciate this as a time capsule both visually and is mentality. I just don't really enjoy it. I think I appreciate what this movie is trying to be but I don't think it accomplishes its goals. In the hands of a better writer/director, this might have been a better movie but it also might have felt less authentic/immediate. So, we get this kind of a mess.
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    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    I have Headquarters but I've also listened to it maybe twice in my life. My recollection is that it was fine but wouldn't have made a splash at all without all the baggage/fame of being The Monkees. I don't remember anything on it being nearly as good as their hits (which isn't a totally fair comparison when you have some of the biggest songwriters of all time writing your music). The best Headquarters music was maybe on par with the album cuts from their first two albums and even that's kind of a big maybe. I see both sides of why they wouldn't get into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame. Of course, plenty of hugely famous, respected singers never wrote a song or barely played instruments get in. So, why not a "fake" band who have several hits to their name? But let's be honest, the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame doesn't recognize the true value of The Monkees.
  11. grudlian.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    I don't know about other bands, but The Monkees, or maybe just Michael and Peter, actively wanted to write and perform music. It's been presented they Peter and maybe Michael genuinely thought they would be a proper band when they signed on (that seems pretty farfetched but they've said it). Then, once they were really dragged in public about it, went out and actually did record their own album with Headquarters. They did play live. So, I think they deserve at least a little bit more respect even if they didn't play on any of their hits. Of course, once they had more control, they flopped. Headquarters isn't a great album. Head is generally considered a not good movie. So, it's a mixed bag in how much acclaim they deserve.
  12. grudlian.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    Yeah. I didn't rewatch this but I saw it maybe 15 years ago. It's a bad movie. The are some bits I remember vaguely liking or liking the premise even if it didn't work. But, overall, big no from me. I would recommend at least checking out an episode or two of the show which was very different. It was much goofier and funnier (but that might be my nostalgia from loving the show as a kid). From what I understand, the movie basically killed their careers. The show was kind of losing its popularity a bit and was mostly a kids or tweens show. The movie was rated R so their entire fanbase couldn't see it. So, it bombed hard and, coupled with the waning ratings going down, that was kind of it for the group (there was also fighting in the group and with management for a number of reasons that didn't help).
  13. grudlian.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    The only sensible answer.
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    Episode 235.5 - Prequel to Episode 236

    As a potential replacement for rabbit for HDTGM Classics, has anyone used netflixparty.com? I haven't used it and I'm not sure what HDTGM movies are on Netflix at the moment. It might be our next best option.
  15. The Crazies was a plague right? It wasn't really focused on a virus/disease as I recall but probably fits on a technicality. Omega Man definitely has its charms but I really recommend Last Man On Earth with Vincent Price which is based on the same book. It seems mostly forgotten but I loved it the first time I saw it.
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