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  • Apr 06, 2020 05:45 PM
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    Sturgill Simpson tested positive. Apparently symptoms started about a month ago.
  • Apr 06, 2020 05:45 PM
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    Yeah saw that on Boris.

    A big one I saw a few days ago was country singer Joe Diffie. He died from complications related to coronavirus, at just 61. That one got to me. I listened to him a lot, having grown up on 90's country music.

  • Apr 06, 2020 04:28 PM
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    I find it really hard to sit down and read a book ever since I discovered audiobooks. I've consumed dozens, if not over a hundred audiobooks over the last decade or so, but only read a physical book from cover to cover like 10 times, 20 max.

    I agree its the ease of being able to multitask. For me its driving and going for walks. But also I spend so much time taxing my eyes on the computer that a lot of times the last thing I want to do to unwind is do yet another thing that involves straining my eyes, which reading does for me. That's not something I have to worry about with audiobooks.

    The cons to listening over reading are you don't ever see the character's names written down, so you often have no idea how they are spelled. That's just a small thing I have noticed. But an even bigger one is, at least for me, you don't get the same value of learning from how to write well by reading. You miss out on seeing and learning from good writers' sentence structure, punctuation and a lot of other stuff that helps readers in turn write better.

    But I do think I remember the books just as well as when I read them. If not better because I am not stumbling or having to worry about staying focused. Especially if the voice narrator/voice actors are good. That makes all the difference too.

  • Mar 28, 2020 09:20 PM
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    Agree with all your suggestions. I have seen all of them except for Castlevania. But I'm not caught up on Peaky (only seen one episode so far) or either of the Narcos shows (have seen first season of both). Ozark and The Leftovers are both must watch. Tiger King is insane, very entertaining. OA is a masterwork, a shame it got cancelled but still very much worth your time.

    I'll add a few more:

    Succession (HBO) - 2 seasons so far.
    Mr. Robot (USA) - 4 seasons. Show is done. Can binge the whole thing.
    Barry (HBO) - 2 season so far.
    Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime) - 3 seasons so far.
    Wild Wild Country - in the same vein as Tiger King. Limited doc series.

  • Mar 17, 2020 01:40 PM
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    Yeah. That's one of the industries I have heard that will have one of the hardest times surviving a prolonged national shutdown from social distancing because of coronavirus. Theaters big and small are super expensive to operate and don't have much of a financial runway, at all.

    Not having any customers for even a few weeks can make a small theater go completely out of business, from what I have heard. And even the larger theater chains like AMC, Alamo, Studio Movie Grill, Moviehouse & Eatery, etc will be really hurt or just won't survive if they have to close shop for 3+ months.

    Makes me think that the real estate companies that rent buildings and spaces to retail shops and I guess theaters too would be smart to let rent slide during this time. Its way easier and I think makes more financial sense in the long run to not get paid rent for a few months as opposed to evicting businesses that otherwise were doing well but had to close shop because of corona. Then they will be left with vacant buildings/lots for several months or longer and lose even more money as we will then be in a recession.

    So hoping that there is a coordinated effort from top to bottom to see as few companies go out of business as possible, if its just because they lose revenue from this pandemic and can't float operating costs for 3-5 months.

  • Mar 09, 2020 07:54 PM
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    Now with a bit more clarity they look smart and very proactive to me. With basically the entire sports world shutting down every game and event for the next month and more, and concerts and parades being shut down or postponed, they would have been 100% forced to do this. So at least they gave everyone a moderate heads up as opposed to being forced last minute to pull the plug.
  • Feb 15, 2020 10:06 PM
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    CultureWizard Wrote:

    The film that I think really, really deserved Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director is The Lighthouse. That was one of the most original and well shot movies I've seen in a long time. Everything about that movie screamed award winning, though no one recognized it as such. Makes me kind of sad. If we don't recognize this type of movie with accolades then we end up getting only one or two a decade.

    I was disappointed it didn't even get nominated. It was definitely a top 3-5 movie for me for the year. Easily. So unique and interesting and well acted. Agree, the Academy should recognize more movies like that because they are so rare, and will get even more rare when they don't.
  • Mar 03, 2020 12:47 AM
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    I truly appreciate the grand experiment that is Netflix, where they take all the money in the world and try and make all the different kinds of entertainment in the world, for all the people in the world, all while operating at a loss. Happy

    Pretty amazing. Sure they could have a better batting average, like HBO. But HBO is playing a different game, they are doing quality first because they have limited broadcast ability anyways. That will change though when HBO Max takes hold (if it does). Its streaming vs a cable network atm.

    There is a problem Netflix can't seem to get quite right yet though, you are right. They shouldn't start shows they don't intend to see through, unless they absolutely tank. The 'OA' did not tank at all. Sense8 didn't tank. Sure, both of these shows were very expensive and pretty niche sci-fi head trips (my favorite kind). But I say if you start something and it has a dedicated audience you need to allow the show to play out, like a 3-5 season minimum.

    Of course, we are spoiled at the same time. Network TV has been cancelling good shows for mediocre shows for decades. For all the same reasons - money, lack of viewers and marketability. A formula I think Netflix is still perfecting but only like 50% there. Still, not bad for a company that produces more film and TV than I believe any other in the world. So I try and cut them some slack. They still do make so many great shows and even the rare great movie.

  • Feb 15, 2020 10:06 PM
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    I made it a personal mission of mine to see as many movies as I could that came out in 2019, after I started feeling like 2019 was an above average year for film. Then I came to think 2019 was maybe the best year for film of the 2010's (outside of 2014 for me personally).

    In total, I saw 33 films that came out in 2019. Not as much as some but way more than most I would guess. Should say there are some notable ones I missed - Us, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Shazam!, Ready or Not, How to Train Your Dragon 3, and many others still on the list to see.

    But saying that, I saw all the ones you are supposed to see to have as full of an opinion on the Oscars as you can. I saw all the Best Picture nominees for example. And for what it's worth, I think there were two notable exceptions that should have made it to the top 9 of the year - The Lighthouse and The Report. But to each their own.

    Brings me to Parasite. It won Best Picture. And also Best Director. Best Original Screenplay and of course Best Foreign Film. I saw this film twice. And on my first viewing I thought it was as close to masterpiece as I had seen in the past 5-10 years. Was ready to call it a top 5 film of the decade even, easily the #1 of the year for me. And that part of me totally feels it deserved to win. The direction and storytelling was brilliant and original and very tightly wound with a great payoff at the end, excellent use of the house and cinematography overall. And I just loved the strangeness of the film, and the social commentary was very interesting to me as well. Hit every mark.

    Then I saw it again.. I will say the first time around was in a theater. Which I think does make a difference, both attention wise and it also helps with subtitle movies with it being so prominently in your face with loud sound, etc. Second viewing was at a friends house and that experience had me wondering why I liked the movie as much as I did. It went from my favorite of the year to questioning if its even a top 10 film. Settled on around 8-10 spot.

    It's just that knowing the plot and watching it play out again just takes out all the fun of the film. And the characters were less charming and the script less smart the second viewing. Also didn't help my friends weren't that impressed, and it was their first watch. So I figured I just overrated it.

    Fast forward to the Oscars. I watched both 1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood twice and I feel they held up exceedingly well to a second watch. I will watch both again. And those ended up being my #1 and #2 on the year. Bugs me that a Best Picture winner can be so good the first watch but not really hold up at all to a second viewing.

    So that's why I say it totally deserved to win. But it also did not. Depends on how many times you watch the film. For me anyways. Lastly I will say Parasite ended up in my top 5 of the year. I split the difference between my first and second take on it. It fell behind 1917, Once Upon a Time, The Lighthouse and The Report. But stayed in front of Marriage Story, Joker, The Irishman, Ford v Ferrari and Jojo Rabbit.

    Anyone else watch this movie twice? Did you have the same experience as I did or something different?

  • Feb 08, 2020 03:28 PM
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    Apparently there were 14 musical performances at the 2020 Oscars. That's pretty absurd. People joking its turning into Grammy's.. yeah basically it is. I think they feel live performances get people to watch. But I think they would be way better off with cutting all that and making the montages and clips longer for whatever is nominated.