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2. Schindler's List (1993)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

With regard to both this film and the #1 film on my list, there is little for me to write. Either you've seen them and you recognize their greatness, or you haven't and/or you don't, in which case you're simply a philistine and why are you bothering to read this thread?

Some people, however, may question my placement of this movie as the #2 film on a list of favorites, which I have described as entertaining, since they might not see this film as particularly entertaining, more a gruesome experience. I get that. For me, I find Schindler's List to be a mesmerizing movie every time I watch it (which doesn't happen, I've noticed, unless I order it on Amazon; unlike the #1 movie on my list it's not something that shows up on TV on a regular basis.)

Even though I didn't want to demean this film by describing it in any way, I can't let any writeup on it go without discussing Ralph Fiennes, who offers what I believe to be the greatest film villain in movie history. So there's that.

Up next: Only don't tell me you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and makes me very angry.

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23 minutes ago, timschochet said:

2. Schindler's List (1993)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

With regard to both this film and the #1 film on my list, there is little for me to write. Either you've seen them and you recognize their greatness, or you haven't and/or you don't, in which case you're simply a philistine and why are you bothering to read this thread?

Some people, however, may question my placement of this movie as the #2 film on a list of favorites, which I have described as entertaining, since they might not see this film as particularly entertaining, more a gruesome experience. I get that. For me, I find Schindler's List to be a mesmerizing movie every time I watch it (which doesn't happen, I've noticed, unless I order it on Amazon; unlike the #1 movie on my list it's not something that shows up on TV on a regular basis.)

Even though I didn't want to demean this film by describing it in any way, I can't let any writeup on it go without discussing Ralph Fiennes, who offers what I believe to be the greatest film villain in movie history. So there's that.

Up next: Only don't tell me you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and makes me very angry.

I don't watch this as often as i'd like to. I can't. The stones-on-the-grave at the end is the most evocative moment ever captured in media and i dont ever want to get used to that catharsis.

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5 hours ago, Yankee23Fan said:

It's a great movie.  But it's not one that I look to watch again either.  Usually when I consider my favorite movies they are ones that I could watch over and over and over again.

I was going to post the exact same thing! :)

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On 4/15/2017 at 11:01 AM, wikkidpissah said:

Rollergirl...................................................................................................................................................................................i'm out.

Oh, you think so, Doctor?

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1. The Godfather (1972)

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

It would be an insult to this film for me to add a single word of comment.

Hope you guys enjoyed this, sorry about all the time it took. The entire list of movies can be found on the first post. I plan on devoting this thread, in the future, to random thoughts of the day, and I will answer any questions put to me. I will be continuing the Russian narrative in a different thread.

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9 minutes ago, timschochet said:

1. The Godfather (1972)

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

It would be an insult to this film for me to add a single word of comment.

Hope you guys enjoyed this, sorry about all the time it took. The entire list of movies can be found on the first post. I plan on devoting this thread, in the future, to random thoughts of the day, and I will answer any questions put to me. I will be continuing the Russian narrative in a different thread.

ladies & gentlemen....

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17 hours ago, Mr. Mojo said:
23 hours ago, Yankee23Fan said:

It's a great movie.  But it's not one that I look to watch again either.  Usually when I consider my favorite movies they are ones that I could watch over and over and over again.

I was going to post the exact same thing! :)

Plus it's a lousy movie to make out at.

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On 4/15/2017 at 9:17 AM, Reg Lllama of Brixton said:

I chatted with him for about half an hour about 10 years ago.  So that makes him a very close friend in my book.

ETA it was in 2000.  Yeesh.

Exene gave Mrs. Eephus her cell phone number last week

 

ETA:  Exene pocket dialed a 3 min voice mail to my wife the night after they swapped numbers.  Your phone's off the hooooook but you're not

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Tim the Confederate monument thing is a really sad episode in my benighted city's history. Having said that the Liberty Monument is one I don't mind seeing go. I'll discuss with you some more but it's very contentious right now and very unlike us. This is some very serious stuff and very dangerous.

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8 minutes ago, SaintsInDome2006 said:

Tim the Confederate monument thing is a really sad episode in my benighted city's history. Having said that the Liberty Monument is one I don't mind seeing go. I'll discuss with you some more but it's very contentious right now and very unlike us. This is some very serious stuff and very dangerous.

I saw this in my Facebook feed. What's going on, SID?  

eta* What are the prevailing political pressures, process, etc.?  

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Just now, rockaction said:

I saw this in my Facebook feed. What's going on, SID?  

I have to get wound up to talk about it.

Long/short: our mayor, who is white but comes from the complicated racial past that is NO, got it in his head after the Dylan Roof horror that the City should remove certain Confederate monuments.

Longer: One got rooted up in the dead of night by the city. These monuments and what they each separately represent is so complex it's difficult to get into easily. However a friend who works in the Quarter told me they had police snipers and workers wore masks to dig up the first one, even as attempts are being made to save it. That being said this particular monument represents a pernicious event of post Civil War NO. Basically there was a war around 1874 IIRC here, Uptown marched Downtown and met and fought with federal troops on Canal Street, cannons, bayonets, rifle lines, war. They threw the Fed troops out of the Customs House (which is still there, its massive) and declared a new government, basically a coup. And a monument was built to this. It goes on from there.

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12 minutes ago, rockaction said:

eta* What are the prevailing political pressures, process, etc.?  

Politics is personal here. It starts with the mayor, then it gets highly racial, which we generally have a great history of avoiding. We have race politics but for the most part not angry racial politics. But this may change things.

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I'm not sure about New Orleans, but we knew this would start happening. I'm just wondering how to deal with it; deal with it faithfully, you see.  The monuments of the past are often those things that shouldn't be celebrated but remembered. I hope they at least move the monuments to a museum or something. 

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5 hours ago, timschochet said:

There's got to be a way to celebrate, honor, and revere the memory of the great generals, soldiers, and statesmen who served the Confederacy without it being a pro-racist thing. These folks are part of our history. 

We could build buildings to store artefacts and highlight these people through exhibits of some kind. We could charge people a nominal fee to view these things, you know, to pay for expenses. Call it a "muse over while you see em", or something like that. 

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22 minutes ago, timschochet said:

Hey it's good to be back. I have a LOT of thoughts about politics and stuff over the last month or so. I'm sure I'll get to it. For now, hello to everybody here and feel free to ask me any questions. 

Welcome back.  Are you happy the Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball?

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9 minutes ago, Don't Noonan said:

Welcome back.  Are you happy the Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball?

Yes and no.

Yes because he's a very talented player and may be their next superstar- who knows? But I'm terribly optimistic. 

No because the only guy in America that possibly annoys me more than Donald Trump is about to become a regular at Staples Center. 

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Your Billboard category of the draft was brilliant, and I took Drake. 

Welcome back. Best regards to you and your family, as bananafish alluded to.  

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6 hours ago, MikeIke said:

AT&T keeps bugging me to switch to Direct TV (currently have AT&T Uverse.) Should I do it? 

No idea. I have DirectTV mainly so I can watch the Steelers in the fall. Other than the news I barely watch live TV- my wife and I binge watch series on Nwtflix, Amazon, and Hulu. 

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6 hours ago, bananafish said:

How's your wife?

She is well, thank you. She is currently attending 5-6 meetings a week (I go to one meeting a week, continuing care, which is a mix of alcoholics and co-dependents.) 

My wife has made many new friends, although it's depressing to hear how many of them fall "off the wagon"- seems like at least one every week. 

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3 minutes ago, otb_lifer said:

still disappointed you declined my offer of buying you a few cocktails when you were here last summer :shrug:

would you have at least 'reached' for the tab? :coffee:

Sorry just too busy. And of course. 

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2 minutes ago, badmojo1006 said:

WB. But curious, why were you suspended?

I lost my temper at a poster here who insinuated that because I didn't appreciate his draconian ideas about Muslim immigrants, I was rooting for terrorist incidents to happen. So I was explicitly rude to him and used bad language. 

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3 minutes ago, badmojo1006 said:

WB. But curious, why were you suspended?

Munny baited him, Tim said something that was perfectly accurate and justified, Munny responded with one of his grunt grunt you're an idiot posts, Tim got a long timeout and Munny got to keep polluting the board with his useless hateful 1-sentence ####posts, no punishment at all.

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1 minute ago, McGarnicle said:

Munny baited him, Tim said something that was perfectly accurate and justified, Munny responded with one of his grunt grunt you're an idiot posts, Tim got a long timeout and Munny got to keep polluting the board with his useless hateful 1-sentence ####posts, no punishment at all.

It was entirely my fault. I should be able to recognize at this point which people around here want to have real discussions and which don't, and not respond to the latter. For some reason I was really upset that day. Hopefully it won't happen again. 

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Just now, timschochet said:

It was entirely my fault. I should be able to recognize at this point which people around here want to have real discussions and which don't, and not respond to the latter. For some reason I was really upset that day. Hopefully it won't happen again. 

Good for you for taking accountability but you got railroaded man.

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15 minutes ago, timschochet said:

No idea. I have DirectTV mainly so I can watch the Steelers in the fall. Other than the news I barely watch live TV- my wife and I binge watch series on Nwtflix, Amazon, and Hulu. 

You should switch to DirectvNow.  My bill went from $173 a month with DIRECTV to $35 a month with DirectvNow and I'm getting 98% of all the same channels I watched anyway.  

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