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  1. You'll be thrilled 'Ernest Goes to Camp' follows the book to the letter.
  2. Such a great tune. It didn't make Bilboard's top-100 that year and only made it to #30 on the R&B top-100 because it was released late in October. I figured I had a chance that you would slip and I would have it for my list of leftovers. Good catch Tim.
  3. I'm sorry I'm not as deep as you because I like good movies which tend to have good endings. Yippykiyay.
  4. EXACTLY! You would think he would kill him and that chance had nothing to do with it so the tension would mount as the audience would expect bloodshed whereas the end that was filmed the audience got nothing because we knew he was bound by his code and that Carla Jean would not escape because she was playing by a moral code unrelated to Chigurh. Moving the gas station coin-flip scene to the end would put the best scene where it would create maximum tension filling the Cohen Brothers lust to subvert audience expectations as they would expect one thing and get another that was far more satisfying than their expectations.
  5. You want metaphorical characters in movies? How about theater of the absurd and stream of consciousness? Main stream movies are not novels. The Cohen's aren't about to option Ulysses and they had to adapt Cormac McCarthy's story into a visual screen play but lets say Anton Chigurh is metaphor of chance. How would making the ending more filmically satisfying change the metaphorical incarnate aspect of Chigurh? And many articles have been written about him as a the best psychopath in the history of film due to ticking off every box and the cherry on top was he followed a twisted code of ethics that he had to abide by and that is why he had to kill Carla Jean Moss at the end even though it made no logical sense. He had to because he was compelled by his psychopathic twisted ethical code but even if he was a walking LITERARY metaphor as chance moving that scene to end would not change.
  6. My criticism is they had everything to make the ending perfect but they failed. I would give you everything you want and I would not change anything other than setting up Chigurh's twisted conception of morality where he is bound by chance as the basis of his ethics. After clearly establishing his hit man morality make one change. Move the gas station/coin flip scene to the very end. By having that scene too early in the movie they buried the lead which is he operates on one code and that is chance but if you had only showed his blood thirst up to that point the audience would not know if he would or would not slaughter the gas station owner. That audience uncertainty would build up the tension even higher and would have been the perfect note to end the movie. Chigurh would have done everything to satisfy the lit-club's need for random violence, for killing the protagonist and his wife and where he got away from the car accident with the loot, etc et el. Placing the gas station/coin flip scene at the end would have established he is truly bound by his own twisted moral code of chance by letting the old man live. The perfect note at the end while sticking the landing.
  7. Tapestry charted for six years so I get where someone could get sick of it but it held for six years because... its good. Its really good. King's other album that year did nothing so she wasn't formulaic. She caught lightening in a bottle with Tapestry.
  8. Their is positively no reason to EVER apologize for Carol King (She isthe most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the US, having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100.) Or any tune fromTapestry (Tapestry, which topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and remained on the charts for more than six years).
  9. Cormac McCarthy is a great author and he writes great books, No Country wasn't received as well as others he wrote. The Cohens are great film makers and made an adapted version of No Country. They are attracted to black comedy and love to push the envelope with idiosyncratic characters as they see how much they can subvert audience expectations. To subvert expectations they create high expectations with all-time classic scenes like the gas station/coin toss scene. That scene can't happen without creating one of the all-time greatest protagonists 'antagonists' Anton Chigurh who they have established as a remorseless psychotic who kills without hesitation. The scene crackles with tight-economic pitch-perfect dialogue and sub-text of anticipated violence that they play-with and masterfully build-up only to dramatically diffuse. They created one of the all-time best scenes in any movie ever. They set the bar high. The most difficult thing to do in writing a script is to end on a high note and that film did not end on a high note. The ending was not beautifully ugly. It was a disappointing ending because it came from the Cohen's and they can do much better.
  10. Bipperty-bopperty. 😊 To help pay my way through college I spent three summers up in Alaska fishing camps living in tents with lots of tough hombre 'fringe of civilization' peeps whose lingua franca consisted of sentences punctuated by the F-word. I fell into a bad cursing habit and wanted to correct it so whenever I got the urge I made up the phrase 'hippity-skippity' and either said it out loud or just thought that in my head and it made me smile to the point I no longer felt the urge to curse.
  11. You're picking off the cream from 71. I'm going to have to get creative to make 100 on my list of songs that are left over.
  12. J. Geils 'Blow Your Face Out' J. Geils Band - Musta Got Lost Live w/ Intro The Original Bad Boys of Boston: The J. Geils Band's famous live version, with front-man Peter Wolf's spoken, rap-like, intro to one of their greatest hits. From the 1976 landmark "Blow Your Face Out", a live album that came out at the least a good 3 years before the first Hip-Hop song "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang landed on the Billboard charts. Of course, this wasn't the first "Rap," but perhaps the most unique aspect about this song was that it was released a few years before Rap as a new genre arrived in the mainstream. Rap has been around for a long time, the music just did not get popular on the national level until the 80's. Therefore, this song was no doubt ahead of it's time! Wolf was always and still is a crazy lead singer and showman. He's known for his funny stories and epic introductions. He used to be a radio DJ for the beloved - and no longer on radio airwaves -104.1 WBCN BOS station in the 60's before he joined JGB. "Woofa Goofa," Mama Toofa was his radio personality. This here is a classic rock staple and years ahead of its time. It's even "genres" ahead of it's time. Only so many songs in all of pop can claim such a unique feat!
  13. I have a two-part question for dhockster. Have you always liked Laura San Giacomo? And what is it about her that you liked? 👩❤️ Laura San Giacomo A hit about what dhockster likes about Laura San Giacomo
  14. And it was an homage to Alfred Hitchock's 'North By Northwest' cornfield scene. Cast Away cross roads scene - shot looking down at angle North By Northwest cornfield scene - shot looking down at angle Cast Away cross roads scene - Hanks looking down road North By Northwest cornfield scene - Grant looking down road The package was his last bond to civilization so long as he didn't open it and acted as a macguffin to the 'meet-cute' leaving open the cliched happy ending that we don't see on film but assume where they fall in love and live happily ever... you know the rest.