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September 30, 2023, 02:41:20 PM
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 on: Today at 10:56:24 AM 
Started by Rev. Powell - Last post by Rev. Powell
^ I found it hilarious!

I get it, but these are the same kind of people who now believe in Q-Anon.

 on: Today at 10:42:33 AM 
Started by Rev. Powell - Last post by RCMerchant
^ I found it hilarious!

 on: Today at 10:27:26 AM 
Started by ER - Last post by Rev. Powell
As I was living through the 80s, I wondered what had happened to the great bands of the 60s. There are periods in history that randomly have a greater concentration of great musicians than others. I still think the 80s were a musical desert. Tom Waits, a lot of meaningless but catchy bubblegum pop, and that's it. I don't like a lot of the "great" bands ER named at all.

I favor jazz over rock, so I mourn the loss of the Miles Davises, John Coltranes, Thelonious Monks, and Charles Minguses of the world. Overall, I think music got worse with the dominance of rock. If you prefer rock, you probably see music as slipping, since it's currently losing ground to hip-hop and R&B.

I've made a concerted effort to listen to new music this year. I don't love most of it, but I don't love most music of any era.

Current popular musicians I like: PJ Harvey, Sigur Ros, Drive-by Truckers, Arctic Monkeys. Bjork, Allison Krauss and Neko Case still going strong. Wilco and Animal Collective have new albums out this week. Don't like Foo Fighters, but they're still producing music. There are promising new discoveries like Lankum and Kelela. Even Lana del Rey isn't bad.

Taylor Swift is no worse than Madonna. The Weeknd is no worse than Michael Jackson. (I'll concede that Kanye West is probably worse than any popular musician who ever existed.)

I'm pretty sure the problem is we're old, and we sound like our parents did when we were growing up and discovering music.

 on: Today at 10:01:46 AM 
Started by Rev. Powell - Last post by Rev. Powell

 on: Today at 09:43:55 AM 
Started by Rev. Powell - Last post by Rev. Powell
Watched the first of Wes Anderson's 4 short Roald Dahl movies for Netflix, "The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar." 4/5, recommended to just about anyone.

 on: Today at 09:41:04 AM 
Started by Rev. Powell - Last post by Rev. Powell
IF FOOTMEN TIRE YOU, WHAT WILL HORSES DO? (1971): The tragic tale of Judy, a fun girl who drinks, smokes, and dances while wearing miniskirts, who gives herself to Jesus after hearing a ridiculous hyperbolic anti-Communist sermon by uncharismatic preacher Erstus Pirkle. Filled with re-enactments of what America will be like in just a few years when bad actors playing the part of Communists take over the government and splash red paint over the faces of those who steadfastly profess their faith in Christ, this is poorly-made but surprisingly gory and sadistic propaganda is both hilarious and sad. People once became fanatically motivated by preachers playing to their illogical fears, and continue to do be today. The Communist was right about the candy, though, and Pirkle never rebuts him. 1.5/5 or 3.5/5, depending on whether you see it as a tragedy or a comedy. Glad I finally saw it.

 on: Today at 09:12:04 AM 
Started by Rev. Powell - Last post by chainsaw midget
The part about this that bugs me the most is that with Target and Best Buy pretty much killing their DVD selections, I'd been thinking about resubscribing to the rental service.  I used to have it years ago, but canceled when I got into some debt. 

There's almost no place to get good DVD anymore. 

 on: Today at 09:07:47 AM 
Started by Rev. Powell - Last post by Dr. Whom
Devil Girl From Mars (1954)

What really caused Mars's downfall was women's emancipation. After several centuries of empowered women, the men of Mars are hopelessly weak and degenerate, so a Martian dominatrix raids Earth for hot-blooded men.

This is the famous British answer the US alien invasion movies of the 50s. According to the credits, it is adapted from a play, which may explain why it mainly consists of people talking in the same room. It is a bit like The Day the Earth Stood Still, if that had been set in a remote Scottish hotel with half a dozen people in it. It also has one of goofiest robots in the history of film, rather like a water heater with legs. Fans of Dad's Army will recognize John Laurie, and, as it is a British movie, the reaction to an alien invasion is to have a cup of tea.
That being said, it is more watchable than its reputation suggests. Patricia Laffan looks suitably kinky. The plot, such as it is, moves along at a steady if sedate pace and at a good 70 minutes, it ends before you get bored. Definitely less of a slog than Mars Needs Women.

 on: Today at 09:01:56 AM 
Started by ER - Last post by ER
I been mostly using this thread for blindfolded stabs at satire, but for once I will offer legit thoughts on music.

I often harp about how much bad music has taken over the charts in this century, and do believe that. I try to filter it through the lens of me being in a different generation, different values, but the problem with that is I love a lot of music written well before I was born, and recognize quality output from musicians born long after me, so I don't think that's it.

I truly do think we are going through a decades-long desert wherein bad music prevails, and bear with me, I bring new evidence.

I know the Rev suggested a counterpoint some months back by posting the top songs from past years and showing how much vanilla existed at any given point, but to that I'd offer this....

Pick a year, any year in the 1960s, the 1970s, the 1980s, even across the 1990s, and amid the bubblegum on the charts you'll find great bands. There'd be Elvis, The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Dire Straits, Genesis, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Journey, The Ramones, Bruce Springsteen, there'd be The Cure, The Cars, The Police, Van Halen, Nirvana, Eminem. Even in the second tier you'd have talented people cranking out great songs. The Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, R.E.M., The Cars, Weezer, RHCP, Green Day, Pixies, Sublime. And even the one-hit wonders gave us many great songs.

Where are the great bands today to balance out the embracing of mediocrity?

Think as long as you like, except for great old bands hanging around, there aren't any. Who has come out in the last twenty years that is equal to the great bands of the twenty years that came before that, let alone the fifty years?

We are living in, hopefully passing through, a wasteland in which the talentless prevail, and I think the case is made.

 on: Today at 08:51:41 AM 
Started by Rev. Powell - Last post by Rev. Powell
our service was for 2 dvds at a time, we kept dr.strangelove and picnic at hanging rock, so the old guy is happy. where are you seeing that people already got any of the "up to ten" , rev? i'll be surprised if we don't get a few, we've been with them since day one.


I still hope they'll ship more out. They have at least a skeleton staff there for another few weeks, gotta give them something to do.

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