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  • Sep 28, 2020 03:19 PM
    Last: 20d

    I tried watching the first episode of Schitt's Creek a few years ago but it seemed pretty lame, not very funny. So I gave up on it real quick. Maybe it was the Canadian humor.. But I thought it was maybe premature to call quits so soon as it has been running for several seasons, and usually that's an indication its pretty good. Maybe it gets better as it goes?

    And now I see it make history by winning the most Emmy awards for comedy series in a single season ever. It won 9 awards. Not sure a comedy show can even technically win more. And that was for its final season, season 7, which only ran for 14 episodes.

    So anyone that's a fan of this show recommend it? Or is the hype around this final season somehow unwarranted?

  • Sep 14, 2020 03:09 PM
    Last: 18d

    Is this country? I'm honestly not sure. This album was nominated for Album of the Year by ACM. The only thing really country about is Rhett kinda sings with a country draw at some points. And some of the instrumentation has country-like elements. But really its just a pop song with country elements. Mostly pop, like an 80-20 split.

  • Sep 14, 2020 03:09 PM
    Last: 18d

    What is country music? I don't mean what has happened to country music these days, even though that's a good question. I mean what is country music technically? What separates a pop song from a country song? Is it the instruments used? Is it what you are singing about, the lyrics? Or is it just simply what the artist advertises the song's or album's genre as?

    Too many times I listen to songs or albums country music awards nominate and wonder, is that really country? Seems to me country music has changed into two distinct categories, generally speaking -- Pop Country and Bro Country.

    Much as I hate to admit it, most Bro Country is easy enough to call country. It can have a lot of rap or pop in it. But I at least see how they get away with giving it the country label. Pop Country though I think stretches the genre too much. It's such a blend that leans toward pop or even adult contemporary/alternative that I say awards shows like the ACM should make a point to create a brand new category for those kinds of songs, or avoid nominating them at all, and just leave that for the Grammy's to deal with.

    The 3rd category is Alternative Country, with the likes of Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, Cody Jinks, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Charley Crockett and Hayes Carll. Many of these guys genre bend as well - you can hear rock, blues, folk, gospel, bluegrass and more in their stuff. But I think its far easier to call this country than pop country, and I am always always always rooting for this kind of country to win the day.

  • Aug 30, 2020 06:28 PM
    Last: 1mo
    Pattinson is a great choice. I am a little Batman fatigued though. Hope this is good but from the trailer I'm not sure its necessary.
  • Sep 04, 2020 04:53 PM
    Last: 1mo

    Don't agree. How many people actually liked Cavill as Superman? I mean.. I did. :) But I think I was in the minority. No offense Henry, as I'm sure you'll read this, but I don't think you lack the charisma to be Bond. Rather see Idris Elba still. I know he is kinda old for it but he could make a good run of it and has the right mix of tough guy and sophistication and attitude. Makes sense to me.

  • Aug 30, 2020 06:49 PM
    Last: 2mo

    Hear it all the time -- the book was better than the movie!

    And that's usually true. But there are some exceptions. What do you think are the best and worst book to film adaptions? I'll start this off with 3 of each. Keep in mind I'm limited to the books I've read, so should be plenty of opportunity to bring up ones I've never watched and also read.


    Fight Club. This is my favorite adaptation and usually my example of what I consider to be a film that outdid the source material. I know others would disagree (and have in person to my face) but I hold firm to this opinion. While the book offers more detail from Chuck in a lot of interesting ways that the film didn't touch, the film brings that story to life and Fincher's style and editing and ability to pull off one of the best twists in a movie add up to being one of my favorite movies, that adds to the book and is not just a video version of the book.

    Peaceful Warrior. I love this book. One of my favorites. But there is something to Nick Nolte in the film adaptation that makes the character of Socrates that much more.. interesting to me. I cannot read that book again or even think about it the same way without thinking of Nolte doing and saying everything Socrates does, in that scruffy voice. He is perfect. The book has more trippy elements that didn't get into the low budget film. But the movie does an excellent job still capturing the point of the book and making you think.

    High Fidelity. Again the movie doesn't dive into music in the same depth as the book. But John Cusack is so perfectly cast in this movie you would have just assumed that Nick Hornby wrote that book about Cusack. Highly recommend both, and think this is a great example of a movie making a book better. You can read it again, and enjoy just how well both compliment one another.

    Honorable mention - Hunger Games. Particularly the first movie. Thought it translated very well. I honestly was hoping for a grittier, more adult version. But aside from that, the casting was perfect. And the tone was as well.


    Atlas Shrugged. 1, 2 & 3 were all terrible. One of my favorite books and one of the absolute worst trilogies ever brought to screen.

    The Dark Tower. Stephen King said he liked the film adaptation and I rolled my eyes hard. Either he was just being nice, or he has terrible taste in movies. The book is a classic even among classics and the movie is something I almost walked out on in theaters, and really should have.

    Ender's Game. It looked slick, but the pacing was terrible. The soul of the story was completely absent and it really confused what the point of the book was all about. Save yourself the trouble of watching the film and just read the book on this one. Or read it and then watch the movie and prepare to be yelling at the screen, wait, why did you leave that part out?!

  • Aug 03, 2020 11:29 AM
    Last: 2mo

    The moment Endgame ended was the moment I decided I'm probably done with watching every Marvel movie. Iron Man is easily my favorite, and RDJ elevated that entire series. Without the original Iron Man and RDJ, everything just feels a little deflated and like you are just keeping everything going just to make money.

    That said I'm sure I'll be wanting to see more Marvel movies in the future, here and there. Doctor Strange is still great. And Vision spin off maybe is cool? But after that I'm only mildly interested at best. I think I will be one of those kind of fans that will become old man about Marvel in the future, always saying 'it's not like it used to be'.

  • Aug 16, 2020 12:26 PM
    Last: 2mo
    CultureWizard Wrote:

    Oh, and stop putting Youtubers into movies. It's the most cringe-worthy thing I can imagine doing if you want anyone over the age of 13 to take it seriously.

    Here here.

    I think this proves how few good ideas there are for movies. Or at least how few really good storytellers are out there with material that makes sense to translate to the big screen. Or maybe it just proves that Netflix doesn't have a trustworthy eye for good stories, and they are just throwing darts with blindfolds on, randomly hitting the target just every so often?

    Either way, they should have a higher standard. Once you get a reputation its hard to shake. Even though HBO has made some less than even OK TV shows and docs over the years, that's more the exception than the norm, and they have maintained a stellar reputation over the decades, deservedly so. Netflix needs to hire some HBO execs away from them and copy and paste their business model a bit more, at least when it comes to how HBO decides to green light or reject ideas.

  • Jul 20, 2020 03:24 PM
    Last: 3mo

    These all look awful.

    Is a shame to see Willis on the list of terrible action movies. Travolta and Cage I expect. Guess its hard to pass up the paycheck. And no doubt these directors are just either trying to make a name for themselves and taking any work they can get, or, even worse, its a money grab because they know these big names sell no matter how awful the premise is. A big name is generally a better draw and easier to green light than a smart indie film.

  • Jul 06, 2020 07:28 PM
    Last: 3mo

    Good list. Thanks. I've used Librivox before. Listened to Flatland that way years ago.

    Chirp sounds cool. Think I'll give that a go.