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  1. 29 minutes ago, RyanSz said:

    Loved Color Out of Space as well and was utterly suprised by how decent Underwater was. Also ended up really enjoying Sonic the Hedgehog and wondered why we can't have more of THAT Jim Carrey these days, as well as The Hunt which ended up being a pretty good action flick. If you've been playing as many games as I have and are on a Lovecraft kick, definitely check out The Sinking City which is set in the world and works of HP Lovecraft and goes about breaking down how kind of fucked up he was as a real person with his beliefs.

    I just watched Sonic, and I agree. Jim Carey was surprisingly decent.

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  2. 2 minutes ago, AlmostAGhost said:

    I'd start with them then over the solo project, it's good but might as well try the main stuff first. High Violet was the National album that really made me a fan for life. I was basically full-on obsessed with it for like a year once, it hit me haaard. Try that and Boxer and see if they click for you; if so they have a few other recent ones worth exploring too.

    Listening to Boxer right now 😊

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  3. 5 minutes ago, AlmostAGhost said:

    I'll pick out a few to note then!

    Not sure if you're a National fan, but if those were the records you liked this year, check out the Matt Berninger album (he's the lead singer of The National). You might like him.

    The Phoebe album was far-and-away my favorite, I think it's stunning. There's a few of these young women songwriters who I think are going to be running music for years to come, like her and Maggie Rogers, and I'm excited to see what they continue to do.

    I consider Laura Marling one of the all-time greats and she keeps putting out beautiful, smart, cool records. She talked a little about how this song on her new album was influenced by her new-found love of solo McCartney (though it is a bit atypical of her sound):

     

    I do like The National, but I’m not familiar with much of their catalog. Just that I like what I’ve heard and been meaning to “get into” them.

    Thank you for all the recommendations. :) 
     

    ETA: I’m loving that Laura Marling song.


  4. 15 minutes ago, AlmostAGhost said:

    I feel like without theaters this year, I didn't keep up well on 2020 films. All my choices would be on Netflix/Hulu/etc. Even when new stuff was streaming, I wasn't drawn to watch it really. But my favorites were Tigertail and Palm Springs with some stuff like The Invisible Man, American Utopia, The Half Of It, and The Princess Switch: Switched Again :) not far behind.

    On the other hand, music-wise, I have a LONG list, but here's my top 15

    1. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
    2. Bonny Light Horseman - Bonny Light Horseman
    3. Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter
    4. Lianne La Havas - Lianne La Havas
    5. Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
    6. Thurston Moore - By The Fire
    7. Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?
    8. Matt Berninger - Serpentine Prison
    9. Jess Williamson - Sorceress
    10. Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways
    11. Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters
    12. This Is The Kit - Off Off On
    13. Honey Harper - Starmaker
    14. Adrianne Lenker - songs
    15. JFDR - New Dreams

     

    I’m need to check out your list. I wanted to give my music list, but all I had were Dylan, Springsteen, and McCartney.

    I was woeful in terms of keeping up with music in 2020.


  5. 2 minutes ago, Elektra Boogaloo said:

    It is crazy how we all look ten years younger...

     

    Maybe they should do a WALL STREET 2 episode? I have never seen it. 

    This would be awesome! I remember a while ago they were talking about releasing the original Old Dogs pilot with Scott and Kulap, but they had lost the file. I wonder if they would be interested in re-watching it again to see if they see anything different about it now. I would also be interested in an episode on that Bobby Long movie. I had never even heard of it.  

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  6. Still listening, but this is a real treat. I was wondering if anyone out there has any moments or bits from over the past ten years that have really stuck with them. For me, I cannot hear the word "sarong" without quoting Kroll from the FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY episode without immediately saying or thinking "a sarong never felt sa'right."

    Also, I am thankful for the show for putting me in touch with all of you amazing forum people (who are all objectively better than "normal" people :) )

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  7. 1 hour ago, Quasar Sniffer said:

    I think the only other version that comes close to this one, at least in my affection for it, is the Alastair Sim 'Christmas Carol' (aka 'Scrooge') from 1951. When Sim wakes up on Christmas morning and feels the relief of happiness about him, it's absolutely magical. He's definitely the funniest Scrooge (other than perhaps Bill Murray). Speaking of the Murray version, I do like that one a lot, but I think it swings too far in asking the audience to believe that Karen Allen would get back with him because he makes one speech after a decade of greed and being a sociopath. The supporting cast is KILLER in that one though.

    Patrick Stewart does a great Scrooge, but I really prefer his one-man show / audiobook version of the story over the TV movie he did. If any of you have a chance to listen to him do the whole book, I don't know if it's still available on audible or something, but it's pretty amazing.

     

    1 hour ago, Quasar Sniffer said:

    As for this one, the idea of using Gonzo and Rizzo as narrators is genius. They're both such wonderful comic relief and get a lot of the exposition out of the way to make room for songs and character development. I love how unique the three spirits all look, and how genuine Caine's performance is. He goes from being the perfect embodiment of the greedy Scrooge archetype to a joyous lover of humanity in such a believable way. And hell, this is probably the best Tiny Tim: a mythological ideal of childlike innocence, one impossible to create with an actual human child. But an adorable little frog puppet? Holy shit, I believe in that Tiny Tim. He's like Baby Yoda, buy fuzzy and with an adorable singing voice!

    I have to agree that this is probably my favorite version. And, having just read the book this year, it pretty well captured the feel. The book does bounce around from dark humor, horror, and joyousness, that I think The Muppets are uniquely able to capture. Muppets can be so many things, but you never have a trouble doubting that a crooked spider, a talking pig, and a, whatever the hell Beaker is, could all be inhabiting the same space in the same universe.

    Personally, I think my favorite Tiny Tim, or at least, the one that gets me the most emotional, is from Scrooged. Like you said, it's difficult to capture the proper level of pathos and childlike innocence with a real child actor, but I feel like Robin might still be a bit too cutesy. What I liked in Scrooged was that his issues were more cerebral. I find it far more believable that Scrooge's turn (or Cross in that case), can help Calvin (?) overcome his struggles far more easily than it will cure Tiny Tim of whatever ailment he was afflicted with. Plus, having a mute child's first words be "God bless us, everyone"  (and Alfre Woodard's reaction) makes that moment that much more powerful.

    Growing up, I think my favorite version was Mickey's Christmas Carol. I still like it a lot, but I think it's only about 24 minutes or something so it doesn't quite have the weight of a full length movie.

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  8. 1 hour ago, grudlian. said:

    Lennon saying they were cool feels revisionist to me (at least at the time). I'm sure I've heard Paul say something like How Do You Sleep got personal or hurt or something like that. I'm also pretty sure Paul has kind of reversed his story on Too Many People from saying John perceived insults in it to finally admitting it was directed at him. I don't know if John changing his story is intentional or just misremembering and I wouldn't blame him either way. I guess I'm just glad fights I've been in aren't public. 

    It's been a very long time since I read I Me Mine but John seemed over sensitive about it if he felt ignored. I remember thinking the book didn't say much of anything about anything. Half the book was pictures or song lyrics.  My recollection is that Paul and Ringo were barely mentioned too.

    Personally, I think Harrison has a weirdest history with the Beatles. He seemed the most dismissive of it after the fact, but I also get the feeling he would have been happy to have kept going indefinitely with his one or two songs per album. Like, I don’t think he liked the crazy attention surrounding the Beatles, but, ironically, it was easier to hide in the background as Beatle George than be center of attention as Frontman George. I think that’s why he enjoyed being a part of the Wilbury’s too. He was playing with friends for fun, but he was just a part of the group and not the main person.

    I have nothing to back this up. Just the vibe I’ve gotten.

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  9. 2 hours ago, grudlian. said:

    There's a Ringo interview I used to have on CD (some time in the 70s but don't know when) where he said "You always hurt the ones you love. We loved each other a lot." I think the Beatles all cared about each other which is pretty evident from they were playing on each other's albums throughout their solo careers.

    For all the positivity they might have had in interviews, Paul and John were still insulting each other in song (and George happily played on How Do You Sleep). And Paul has said that he thinks George never fully reconciled with John.

    tldr - i don't know anything but I suspect it was complicated (but what relationship isn't?)

    Definitely complicated. There’s a Lennon interview where he talks about “How Do You Sleep” and how he and Paul were actually cool. I think they were definitely like family - they love each other, but could really get on each other’s nerves.

    I heard about the Harrison thing. It’s pretty sad. Lennon was angry for a while that Harrison had omitted him from his autobiography. He tried to reconcile, but Harrison had felt betrayed by Lennon. I’m not sure what the specifics were. Just, like, I needed you and you weren’t there, kind of stuff. He yelled at Lennon for a bit and that was that. They never saw each other again.


  10. 32 minutes ago, grudlian. said:

    They did break up and halt recording for a week. It's definitely not an unfounded myth. The Twickenham sessions get pretty dreary but it's definitely not all arguing.

    No, I mean, clearly there were issues. I didn’t mean to make it sound like it was all roses. Just from books I’ve read and interviews I’ve seen, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Even when the breakup was fresh, none of them was ever eager to really put a pin in it. It was clear, even with their issues, they still cared about each other. To hear their 70’s interviews (and, of course, they could be lying, but I don’t know why they would), the biggest reason there was never a reunion really came down to something as banal as scheduling conflicts. I don’t think any of them had any interest in being a full time Beatle again, which I’m sure would have been a whole universe of pressure unto itself, but they were always open to recording together. There’s an interview from like 71 or 72 (so pretty soon after their breakup) where Lennon is like, we are just never on the same page. When I want to get back together, they are all busy with something else, and then when Paul wants to get back together, I’m busy. But I’m sure it will happen. (I’m paraphrasing, of course).


  11. 32 minutes ago, grudlian. said:

    Yeah, no idea it would look this good. I'm glad they are making it seem fun (which I'm pretty sure was mandated by the Beatles). I hope it doesn't completely sanitize the sessions but I don't want it to be just fighting either.

    Considering the amount of footage they have, I would hope so, but I expect it will still be pretty sanitized. That being said, there’s a kind of myth, perpetuated by the original, that they couldn’t stand to be with each other during this time period, and I’m eager to get a fuller picture.

    The film looks gorgeous, though. They’ve done an amazing job with the restoration.

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