This may be the first year I don't purchase a single CD. (see earlier depression posts re: accumulation of physical media no longer appealing to me)
>I'm behind on my last HAUL from like three months ago (have four or five albums left) but I've got it bad. Have ordered (from Discogs) >All the World's a Stage and A Farewell to Kings,
What did Joe say? First three songs good, last three songs terrible? "Cygnus X-1" is really stupid but I don't know that I'd call it unlistenable. I'd take it over any of Jethro Tull's boring post-1972 epics, I know that much! (Hint hint: the Tull discography is possibly the least rewarding I know of for a major prog band, except for possibly ELP!) I really like "Madrigal" even though it's a silly piece of filler. "Cinderella Man" is a boring song that isn't about boxing. "Xanadu" is their best prog epic ever. Also it's their one that most resembles a real woven-together prog epic, not a suite of little songs.
>and I already have >And >Then There Were Three (which is godawful).
Really? Damn, I liked that one a bit when I heard it recently.
>Herbie Hancock - Perfect Machine: Well this is an interesting little album.
I'm not sure whether the *public* (not music aficionados) remembers Hancock better for his contributions to jazz, or for his contributions to MTV pop, like "Rockit."
>The Charlie Brown Christmas Special: Somehow I've made it 33 years without seeing any >Peanuts specials (read the strip maybe a few dozen times, never funny, clever, or profound) >and I guess this one is like Rudolph or Frosty or A Christmas Story or the subjunctive mood in that you had to have been raised on this stuff from a young age or else you don't get the >appeal.
I like TCBCS, but I have to admit this is probably true: if I were seeing it for the first time at age 36 I'd probably find it a cute little kitsch trifle, nothing more.
I kind of dislike A Christmas Story TBH and wonder if anyone has ever really watched 24 hours of it in a row.
>(Yes, I know the strip isn't meant to be funny.)
I read a lot of the script in various random compilation books as a kid and have a few fond memories of it, but not going to really go back to it of my own volition, I don't think.
Ditto for Garfield, read all of that as a kid.
>The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters: Actually a pretty good documentary, and not just to laugh at the gamers -- everybody here >has at least one really geeky pursuit, taken to disturbing levels. Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe even look like villains and heroes (the >latter like a cross between Brett Kavanaugh and the beardless Commander Riker, while the >former is just detestable on every level).
Oh, yeah. I think I'm going to purchase this if I ever see it used. Billy Mitchell is the lamest alpha male ever. If he even counts. Steve Wiebe mostly bothered me only by virtue of ignoring his kid. ("Wipe my buuuuutt!!!! Stop playing donkey koooooooong!")
>Brian Kuh is a much bigger piece of shit than he came off in in a YouTube clip I watched (and >posted somewhere below, and which is presented out of order): in the YouTube he's just a giant >dweeb; in the movie he's a devious toady. (Being under Mitchell's wing makes him his >protégé, by the way, not his prodigy.)
THAT GUY IS A HIDEOUS MUTANT FREEEEEK. A freaking middle aged nerd cheerleader for a guy who is already a freak to begin with. Who's the bigger fool, the fool or the fool following the other fool?
>Anyway you connect with the characters -- and the movie ultimately has the desired ending -- if we just remember we're not all that >different from dorks playing Donkey Kong.
I've witnessed dorky behavior at this board, some of which was my own, but even Adeley Denningley's or the troll's worst excesses don't strike me nearly as Asperger's-ridden or embarrassing as the Twin Galaxies referee guy, Billy Mitchell, or Brian freakin' Kuh. Everybody here, even the freaks with web reviewing addictions, or whom spent time getting mad at freaks with web reviewing addictions, is better than those people.
>Out of the Past: Actually put on my watchlist back when I was first taking recommendations, but never got around to until now because the >plot was supposed to be more complex than I was at any given time willing to handle. But I guess "complex" doesn't necessarily mean >"convoluted" -- I found it much easier to follow than the first half of Blade Runner (though it took a second viewing to really get >it)
I don't really remember the plot but this was a good enough movie for what it was. A then 30 year old Kirk Douglas played the "young playboy" and looked way older than 30 already! Friggin' ciggies!
>South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut: This is something of a mystery to me: my sister was >under 17 at the time and my parents sure as hell weren't going to take me, but I saw this movie in the theater regardless. (It was >something of a miracle that I was allowed, in sixth grade, to watch a TV-MA show airing at >ten PM on a school night when I wouldn't be allowed to watch MTV for another year!) This is >badly dated, and not just in the pop culture references: there are outmoded gags ("kick the >baby", throwing up on Wendy) and characters (Big Gay Al, Shelley Marsh) all over, and it's >basically South Park 1.0 on the big screen, the way it was pretty early in the show's run.
>(I doubt they could make a movie of the current South Park.) At the time I thought the musical numbers were funny, but viewed now >they're too many and too much. Maybe most obnoxious was that all the kids were shitting on Canada for months just because of this >movie. I actually like the first few seasons of South Park almost more than the middle ones, >but that -- and this movie -- could just be nostalgia.
Huh. I still think it's better than pretty much any given episode of the show, barring either the Tourette's episode or the "real death of Kenny" episode. It IS SP 1.0 on the big screen, you're right (and it blows away any EARLY episode of the show, easily) and the show has gotten signficantly more sophisticated, but not always for the better (Manbearpig.) I saw it so many times as a youth that I probably never need to watch it again, though.