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  1. Cameron H.

    236 - THE GREAT WALL (Live)

    So...when Damon pulled that archery trick with the bowl, did he really just let that first arrow go careening into that crowded hall? When the shot ended with the bowl being propped up by the other two arrows, I really wanted to see an extra in the background staggering through the throng clutching an arrow sticking out of their chest.
  2. I’m creating this a bit early since I’m homeschooling my boys at the moment and I’m liable to forget. Anyway, we saw:
  3. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    I agree, I also love it. It was definitely a nice surprise.
  4. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    @grudlian. what’s your feeling regarding Bob Dylan’s “Murder Most Foul?”
  5. Cameron H.

    236 - THE GREAT WALL (Live)

    At one point in the movie, they hypothesize that the magnets deafen the tao tei, and that being unable to receive audible directions from the queen is what causes them to freeze up. However, there is absolutely no science that magnets have any affect on hearing at all. I’m not even sure how that would work. In fact, all speakers and earbuds are equipped with magnets as part of the speaker diaphragm. If the movie had posited that the tao tei communicated through some kind of magnetoreception (a sense that allows an organism to detect magnetic fields) then they might have had a compelling argument, but the movie specifically says “deafen” while showing them communicate exclusively through audible means. Furthermore, the Earth is essentially a gigantic magnet. That is how compasses work! They aren’t called the North and South Pole for nothing! It is literally magnetic polarization from the Earth’s molten magnetic core. If tao tai were that sensitive to magnetism, they would be in such a chronic state of lethargy that they would have probably starved to death within days of crash landing their jade meteorite on Earth.
  6. Cameron H.

    236 - THE GREAT WALL (Live)

    At first, I wanted to call shenanigans on the hosts for suggesting that all of the characters should have been decked out in magnets to protect themselves from the tao tei as there was a line in the movie where Strategist Wang calls it a “strange stone,” implying that they were somehow unaware of the existence of magnets, or at the very least, unaware of the effect magnets might have on rabid space mutts. However, while searching for the scene to support this with a quote, I stumbled on another scene where Strategist Wang not only refers to the stone as a magnet, but that they actually have an ancient record of another instance where a magnet was present and the tao tei simply stopped attacking and allowed themselves to be slaughtered. Okay, if the presence of a magnet was that conspicuous during this weird outlier encounter that it was worth being recorded in their tao tei tome, then yeah, there is absolutely no reason why they shouldn’t have spent the subsequent six decades stockpiling magnetite. Why wouldn’t you? You’ve known it works for at least 60 years! According to Wikipedia, magnetite isn’t even all that rare, and that it is commonly found with iron ore. In other words, the same material they’re using to make their armor, weapons, comically large pruning shears, and Cirque de Soleil bungee hoops is lousy with the exact material they know for a fact will peacefully subdue their enemy. I’m sorry, but there’s just no excuse why that entire wall isn’t just overlaid in lodestone.
  7. Cameron H.

    Episode 235.5 - Prequel to Episode 236

    Glad to hear you’re doing okay and taking care of your mother. Hopefully, your employer will come to their senses
  8. Cameron H.

    Episode 235.5 - Prequel to Episode 236

    Glad to hear it. I hope he continues to improve
  9. Cameron H.

    Episode 235.5 - Prequel to Episode 236

    I mean, if things are good, that’s great! No one should feel guilty or anything. We need our personal wins. I’m glad things are going well for you
  10. Cameron H.

    Episode 235.5 - Prequel to Episode 236

    The 43rd day of Smarchtober
  11. Cameron H.

    Episode 235.5 - Prequel to Episode 236

    I just wanted to check in with everyone. How are you holding up?
  12. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    I’m sorry to hear it! I’ll keep your family in my thoughts.
  13. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    Another favorite:
  14. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    Yes, but by the time they flopped I feel like they’d already been dragged by “respectable” music critics. It’s kind of like Milli Vanilli’s attempt to record a legit album. The quality doesn’t matter if no one’s going to give you a chance. (I also don’t hate Headquarters) As a band, I think Dolenz has one of the best voices of that era (something Nesmith has said himself), Nesmith and Tork were solid instrumentalists, and Davy was cute. There are worse bands in the Hall of Fame for sure. And I like Nesmith’s writing even if they weren’t exactly “hits.”
  15. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    One of my favorites:
  16. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    I’ve always loved The Monkees. I think their biggest hurdle was the insecurity they felt being a “manufactured” band. Of course it didn’t help that that’s what the music critics accused them of. (As far as I know they are still unofficially banned from the Rock Hall of Fame.) The way I see it, a band can get together for any number of reasons. Ripping a tag off a flyer, meeting up at school, or being put together by a television network is really all the same. Either the chemistry works or it doesn’t. They also get a lot of flack for not writing their own music (which they actually did write quite a bit) or playing their own instruments, but that was pretty standard at the time. The documentary The Wrecking Crew is an awesome documentary about the studio musicians that wrote and performed the majority of music in the Sixties. The only difference between The Monkees and those other groups was their fabrication was public.
  17. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    I will say this, as far as music goes, the first two songs, “Porpoise Song” and “Circle Sky” are the best. I can totally understand why you’d bail though. It’s a pretty confounding movie. From what I understand, the director, Jack Nicholson, and the Monkees got together over a weekend, got super high, recorded everything they said, and that became the movie. My question is: how good we’re those drugs that even after that weekend was over they looked at the script and were like, “Yup, still good.”
  18. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    I'm pretty sure we may be the same person...
  19. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    Who’s your favorite Monkee? Mine is Mike Nesmith.
  20. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    Davy Jones was Rock’s most electrifying hype man...
  21. Cameron H.

    Episode 235.5 - Prequel to Episode 236

    I have not, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it has a more solid connection. Our movie choices will be limited, but I would love starting Classics up again in some form or another. Honestly, I was hoping Kast would work as I typed in rabb.it the other day and it redirected me there. But I guess not.
  22. The TV movie The Stand might be fun to watch.
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