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 on: August 31, 2014, 04:14:37 PM 
Started by A.J. Bauer - Last post by Javakoala
It keeps teasing that it is gonna rain, but hasn't. I think when it does, sober or drunk, I'm gonna go for a very, very long walk. I'm fairly sure the cops will stop me if they see me.

 on: August 31, 2014, 04:12:55 PM 
Started by Poogie - Last post by Javakoala
during their showers

 on: August 31, 2014, 03:43:19 PM 
Started by Poogie - Last post by bob
who wore thongs

 on: August 31, 2014, 03:26:24 PM 
Started by bob - Last post by Bushma
Always a good ide to have your butt covered.

 on: August 31, 2014, 03:14:53 PM 
Started by Trevor - Last post by Bushma
I didn't like this one as much as I did the first two. To be honest the reason I like these is to see all the 80s heros again in some kick butt roles. Plus they were rated R eye candy blood splatter fests.  Number 3 went to a PG-13 mess and they had to start with " the new generation" which ruined the film for me. I hope they end the series here becuae I have no interest in the new crew.

 on: August 31, 2014, 02:39:42 PM 
Started by A.J. Bauer - Last post by JaseSF
Lots of rainy days, weather is starting to feel Fall like already.

 on: August 31, 2014, 02:30:19 PM 
Started by Poogie - Last post by Silverlady

nuns on skateboards

 on: August 31, 2014, 02:25:48 PM 
Started by indianasmith - Last post by indianasmith
The only thing that can be said in defense of those who owned slaves is that, up to that point in history,
EVERY society on earth had practiced or was practicing slavery in one form or another.  If you are raised
to think of something as normal and acceptable, that will be your preset position on that issue.  When
confronted with the true horrors of the institution, your options are to either reject it altogether, attempt
to rationalize it, or embrace the horror as part of the "natural order of things."  I do think that, in all like-
lihood, most Southerners adopted the middle course - making the best they could of a monstrous institution.
Those who had a cruel streak went the latter course, and the few who had the moral courage to stand up
and protest against the inhumanity of the institution did so.  Sadly, those few were usually either run out of
the South, or silenced . . . in some cases, permanently.

My ancestors were slaveowners.  They weren't planters - they owned one slave couple and the children that
couple bore.  I don't have any explicit information as to how they treated their slaves, except this - after
emancipation, the family slaves moved across the border into Louisiana.  But for as long as their former mistress
Elizabeth Smith lived, they came to visit every year at Thanksgiving and brought presents for her children and
grandchildren.  My grandfather, who was born in 1889 (Elizabeth's grandson), remembered them coming when he
was a small boy.

I like to think they did it because my ancestors were exemplary masters.  But I have no way of knowing - my
grandfather died before I was born.

 on: August 31, 2014, 01:40:34 PM 
Started by ER - Last post by Javakoala
In a far less theological side of things, The Disaster Artist is great book if you wanted to know more about the filming of The Room as well as more about the very weird Tommy Wiseau.

It is shockingly well written. Almost too smoothly put together, but it doesn't let anyone off easy, so it has that going for it.

I wouldn't want to ruin any of the fun for those who wish to read it, but it will send you going back to The Room for addition viewings, just to look for the details mentioned in the book.

Now I need to find a copy of Retro Puppet Master to watch Greg Sestero do a French accent.

 on: August 31, 2014, 01:21:43 PM 
Started by trekgeezer - Last post by JaseSF
Phantom From Space (1953): While searching for the source of interference with television and communications equipment in Santa Monica and following a score of UFO sightings, government officials stumble across a murder mystery seemingly involving an unseen phantom in a strange diving suit attacking and murdering panicked people.

There were actually some cool ideas at work in this one. They gave the alien/phantom here some truly different qualities, the invisibility stuff is actually fairly well done for the era, the spacesuit looks appropriately cool and creepy, and the important focus put on communication was great. However, it can't overcome the film's dull pace, especially the first half which is unbearably slow and features seemingly tons of people phoning and talking to one another nor can it overcome its bad acting and overall general lack of action for most of its running time. A fairly interesting ending winds up kind of pointless as well. Some good ideas here but it just gets lost in dullness and poor execution. **1/2 out of ***** stars.

White Pongo (1945): Upon learning about the discovery of a possible missing link, a white gorilla, Sir Harry Bagdon (Gordon Richards) decides to put together a safari expedition in search of the mysterious creature. Danger awaits however in the form of restless jungle natives, stock footage lions, and dangerous gorillas (guys in gorilla costumes) themselves. Plus not everyone on the expedition may have Sir Harry's best interests in mind.

The primary focus of this film soon moves to Sir Harry's daughter Miss Pamela (Maris Wrixon) whom several males in the film, including the white gorilla himself, seem taken with all except the man who seems to fascinate her, a rifleman and reluctant guard for her named Bishop (Richard Fraser). There's some very brief fun here with the white gorilla following and looking in on Miss Pamela and the reluctant budding romance between her and Bishop. The rest is a dull, boring drag (not to mention cheaply done and somewhat racist on a lot of levels) with unconvincing dangers provided by stock footage and guys in gorilla suits fighting. The only real danger here seems to be a treacherous German double-crosser. A real, tough slug to get through this one (actually most of the film seems to feature people just canoeing or walking from here to there) and it hardly seems worthwhile. One could probably cut this by a third  or more of the film and it would feel much tighter in terms of pace. * out of ***** stars.

Waiting For 'Superman' (2010): A documentary focused on the American education system and its many failings providing a focus on several different children, who each seem to possess great potential, and on their struggle to try and get a quality education in a system that seems to be failing them.

This was a fascinating little film. I liked how it dealt with people on a very real, human level by following the lives of several kids affected by a system seeming to fail them. I liked that it wasn't afraid to tackle issues or raise questions that might raise a few eyebrows. However, the biggest problem this documentary has is that it is very one-sided in its presentation. It puts much too much focus on teachers' unions and them protecting bad teachers due to tenure. While this does need to be changed and they were right in many ways to take them to task on this, it's clearly not the only problem. The schools here that are generally presented as being the best are private schools and schools with lots of money behind them which hardly seems that surprising. They however forgot or neglected to tackle issues such as discipline in schools, parents/families/guardians who just don't care to get involved with their child's life and education or kids who come from severe poverty, overcrowding, and in some cases, lack of updated equipment and facilities. Good teachers being rewarded might help in some cases as seems to be suggested here but it won't solve so many other problems that don't even get looked at in this documentary. Just puts too simple a spin and offers too easy a "solution" to the severe problems in public education focusing its attack on bad teachers and unions and conveniently forgetting way too many other real problems and issues involved here. Hopefully it will at least get people talking about this stuff and realizing every child in America and elsewhere deserves a quality education. It is a very real problem but I don't think there are any easy solutions here.  *** out of ***** stars.

Dear Lemon Lima (2009): Quirky dreamy teen Vanessa Lemor (Savanah Wiltfong) follows Philip Georgey (Shayne Topp), her latest true love who recently broke up with her, by getting into his private school via a scholarship given to her by Philip's parents. However being ill-equipped at sporting events surrounding the school's annual big event, the snowstorm survivor competition designed to teach leadership, Vanessa soon finds herself something of an outcast and is sent to the weight room for training. There she meets the school's other misfits, kids that are different in some way or another. Vanessa soon befriends them realizing she has far more in common with them than the rest of the kids at the school.

This was an enjoyable, well done little film. However, I do suspect it would probably appeal mostly to preteen and teen girls especially those who feel like they don't quite fit in. It is a bit dreamy and fanciful and is told from the perspective of a teen girl writing in her diary. It is told mostly from her perspective so it's skewed in favor of things she believes in such as animal rights, the high importance she puts on romance, kindness, and friendship. The other characters are all pretty unique and interesting too especially Nothing Amigone (Maia Lee) and Hercules Howard (Zane Huett). It also doesn't forget to pay attention to the importance parents play in shaping our lives. The only really disappointing thing here to me was the unexpected and shocking death of one of its key characters although it did make sense in terms of the story (it has punch as it's one of the movie's most likable characters). A quirky, different little indie movie that has some nice moments even if it ends a tad predictably. Still it should prove quite enjoyable to those who can relate to it. ***1/2 out of ***** stars.

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