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C J (C J), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 08:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i believe the subwoofer should be destroyed and banned forevermore

Queen G (Queeng), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 08:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Bright Eyes is one of my favorite bands.

bnw (bnw), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 08:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

If we were in 30's Berlin we'd all be Nazi's.

Sylvestre, Wednesday, 20 November 2002 13:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

oil spills are good for the environment -- they're jsut something to keep it on it's toes (and it's had it way too easy of late if you ask me)

Alan (Alan), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 13:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

By the time I finish this sentance, three children will have died of starvation. Food worldwide is too expensive. Solution - eat the dead children.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

some nights the moon is actually so close you cd reach out and touch it

but don't, as its surface temperature is zero kelvin and yr fingers wd shatter into an icy dust

mark s (mark s), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Bobby Brown is the king of R&B.

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Keanu Reeves is perfectly cast in both Much Ado About Nothing and Dracula.

Pete (Pete), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

You should have 3 C's or above at A-level in order to get into ANY university course. No exceptions.

Lynskey (Lynskey), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I fucking rule!

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

That story in the New York Times about some universities (University of Georgia?) giving out scholarships to rich kids who already have big, fat college funds & parents who earn over 200 000$US/yr & have achieved a dazzling B average....perfectly justified.

*cough*

Miss Laura, Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Kittens are so All-American

Liz :x (Liz :x), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

2002 is the best year for music EVER thanks to the Von Downbeats, the Music, the Noise, the Light, the Tapes, the Buses and the Damnable Atrophies!

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Avril Lavigne is the greatest star in music today.

Graham (graham), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Avril lavigne is carrying on with sonic youth's good work in mixing rock and avant garde influences.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"It's very naughty of me, but I would like to set an examination paper at Dover, and turn back every tourist who couldn't pass it."

"What would you ask us?"

Miss Lavis laid her hand pleasantly on Lucy's arm, as if to suggest that she, at all events, would get full marks."

Madchen (Madchen), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Vanessa Carlton is the new Prince!

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I don't think Robert DiNiro's bits in Godfather II are necessary or an improvement on the movie.

Ally (mlescaut), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The 2002 World Cup suffered from bribery of officials.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh shit, with these two posts I forgot that I had to BELIEVE them!

OK, then, something I DO believe; Derek Bailey will have a number one single before this decade's out.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Non-United States nationals who bitch about how their country is so much better than the U.S. should take a few minutes and consider why so many of their compatriots want to live and work here.

j.lu (j.lu), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Sopranos really is the most overrated pile of dreary cack.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 20 November 2002 14:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

michael keaton was mesmerizing in "multiplicity" *

*does this controversial opinion necessarily have to be mine?

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 15:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

''OK, then, something I DO believe; Derek Bailey will have a number one single before this decade's out.''

that's something I WANT to believe.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 15:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

hiv might not cause aids
in jokes are not jokes

boxcubed (boxcubed), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 15:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

None of these opinions are controversial (including this one).

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 16:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

it is difficult to discern which stoops to more decrepid methods of pimping it's own putresent ass - lord of the rings or missy elliot.

Queen G (Queeng), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 16:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Tom Ewing's pro-pop anti-indie stance is a phase.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 16:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I envy almost everyone on ILE who I claim to dislike.

AND WHAT ANDREW SAID!!

Mark C (Mark C), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 16:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

(dunno if I already posted this, but I thought I'd better rephrase)

The people who sometimes annoy me on ILE are on the whole the ones whose talents I most envy.

AND WHAT ANDREW SAID!!

Mark C (Mark C), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 16:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The 'pro-pop' stance seems like more of an excuse for intellectual dishonesty every day.

maura (maura), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 17:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ouch. There's a lot of pop I'm utterly unthrilled by, but that seems harsh.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 17:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The American government faked the 1969 Moon landing

stevem (blueski), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 17:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Disabled people are paying for their sins in a past life"

stevem (blueski), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 17:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the last part of subject line questions aren't worth reading

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 19:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Vanilla Coke just tastes like cream soda.

Sarah McLusky (coco), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 19:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

* Vanilla Coke tastes just like cream soda.
* Coal Gray is better than black.
* Mail should be delivered on Sundays.
* Private schools should be made illegal to bring money back in to the public school system.
* Down with the Death Penalty!
* Freaks and Geeks was one of the top 5 TV shows ever.
* Billy Corgan looked better with hair.
* Turkey should no longer be the focus of Thanksgiving dinner. The 'side' dishes are far better than the main dish (sweet potato casserole mmm...).
* A Dog, though cute, will never make as good of a pet as a cat.
* Having children in hopes of continuing your own legacy is selfish.

Sarah McLusky (coco), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 19:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What? Can't handle my opinions, huh?? Everyone in shock?

Sarah McLusky (coco), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 19:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I approve of Michael Jackson dangling his child out of a window. More parents should follow his example.

Andrew L (Andrew L), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 19:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I approve of Michael Jackson eating his young in front of a live audience. More parents should follow his example.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 20:03 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Compulsory medical testing and research should be carried out on prison inmates. I like the thought that a serial rapist or murderer could be used as a guinea-pig in helping to find the cure for cancer.

C J (C J), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 20:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

it is difficult to discern which stoops to more decrepid methods of pimping it's own putresent ass - lord of the rings or missy elliot.

I believe the Harry Potter industry is even more guilty of this.

j.lu (j.lu), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 20:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"* Billy Corgan looked better with hair."

But he DID!

Curtis Stephens, Wednesday, 20 November 2002 20:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I know I'm going to get a lot of flack on this, especially at this time of year, but...I don't think that sweet potatoes/yams are fit for human consumption. Even topped with marshmallows.

j.lu (j.lu), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 20:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It all seems funny, kinda like a dream, things ain't always what they seem.

jel -- (jel), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 20:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I don't think that sweet potatoes/yams are fit for human consumption
That's ok.
I am a food connoisseur. It's so hard for me to relate with the common folk!

Sarah McLusky (coco), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 20:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I have moments when I think the death penalty might not be a terrible idea. It sometimes seems really expensive and, well, fundamentally perverse to incarcerate someone for life or even for a decade or two.

I don't have a firm opinion on whether abortion should be legal. I've yet to see a totally convincing pro-choice argument (not that I've been reading in depth). My main reason for being sort of pro-choice is that it's a controversial topic and since I don't have a firm decided opinion I want to leave it up to personal choice.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 22:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Muppet Show was more annoying than anything else.

Joe (Joe), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 22:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

George W. Bush is a big poopy-head.

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 20 November 2002 22:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

golf but every green is a big funnel aiming for the hole would be cool imo

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 15 October 2018 17:25 (one week ago) Permalink

imagine that, but in a public restroom

https://i.imgur.com/slQ6PHq.jpg

1-800-CALL-ATT (Karl Malone), Monday, 15 October 2018 17:29 (one week ago) Permalink

I like the Ur-in-goals better.

pomenitul, Monday, 15 October 2018 17:52 (one week ago) Permalink

well, they were the originals

1-800-CALL-ATT (Karl Malone), Monday, 15 October 2018 17:53 (one week ago) Permalink

yea c'mon even a hail mary pass is plausible, i literally don't understand how golf works and how anyone that isn't tiger woods can get a hole in one

― flappy bird, Monday, October 15, 2018 7:08 PM (forty-five minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

a hole in one is the easiest aspect of golf to explain: it's luck. note also that it's usually not tiger woods making a hole in one, but players you otherwise don't hear about.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 15 October 2018 17:57 (one week ago) Permalink

To be more precise, getting the ball within 2 or 3 feet of the hole is skill. It's the remaining distance for the hole-in-one that is luck.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 15 October 2018 18:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Anyway, controversial opinions. If that Trump painting was a 1000 piece puzzle I would buy it (and the Obama one).

Ned Trifle X, Monday, 15 October 2018 19:09 (one week ago) Permalink

Flappy, like baseball, it's flush contact of club to ball that drives the distance. Each club has a certain shaft length & stiffness and clubface angle & weight to return a certain yardage. Aim is a combination of body / hand positions, timing, tempo, concentration, etc. I saw a cartoon years ago that showed a man surrounded by a hundred thoughts during his swing. My swing thoughts are just down to keeping my head still during the swing (which should keep me centered and not rearing up and down) and my left arm straight through impact.

The hole-in-one comes from luck, as said, combined with the skill of knowing which club to use for what yardage and hitting that club precisely. Once you can dial in a distance, you can factor for wind, the shape of the green, how the ball will roll when it lands, and other variables that separate the amateurs from the pros.

Sure there are wankers (the trend of soundtracking your round with a loud radio = DUD), but it's a surprising equalizer, playing in leagues with people of all manner of jobs and educations.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 15 October 2018 20:11 (one week ago) Permalink

golf is wonderful.

Dmac TT (darraghmac), Monday, 15 October 2018 20:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Insofar as I am required by my cultural entourage to mock golf and/or be indifferent to it, I should rebel and give it a fair shake. But this is one of those cases where the Latin hivemind is manifestly correct.

pomenitul, Monday, 15 October 2018 20:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Politicizing tragedies is good.

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Sunday, 21 October 2018 19:07 (three days ago) Permalink

Spaceballs is funnier than Young Frankenstein

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 21 October 2018 22:38 (three days ago) Permalink

christ

lie back and think of englund (darraghmac), Sunday, 21 October 2018 23:11 (three days ago) Permalink

sb

Dan I., Monday, 22 October 2018 02:07 (two days ago) Permalink

The Big Sleep, Chinatown, and Blade Runner are all dull and overwrought films known for a couple of striking moments and otherwise completely forgettable.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 22 October 2018 02:16 (two days ago) Permalink

Chinatown in my memory: incomprehensible discussions of water usage in a palatial room--> "She's my daughter/my sister/my daughter and my sister"--> "Forget about it Jake it's Chinatown."
Blade Runner in my memory: It's dark all the time and looks kind of Tokyo-ish-->tears in rain monologue
Big Sleep in my memory: there's a bookstore and also a house and maybe some driving on windy roads and I may also have parts of Double Indemnity mixed in there

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 22 October 2018 02:19 (two days ago) Permalink

You have a bad memory.

ryan, Monday, 22 October 2018 02:22 (two days ago) Permalink

Though I kinda agree The Big Sleep isn't that good.

ryan, Monday, 22 October 2018 02:23 (two days ago) Permalink

I don't think I like noir much. I mean I can't say that across the board, Third Man is great for example. I think I like Coen Bros homages to noir more than actual noir.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 22 October 2018 02:26 (two days ago) Permalink

Arty noir kinda sucks. Caveman noir like Detour or The Big Heat is great.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 22 October 2018 02:42 (two days ago) Permalink

man alive half otm really. I haven't seen The Big Sleep but I was really underwhelmed by Blade Runner - other than the vibe being completely amazing and evocative of PKD's whole body of work, it's pretty boring, and the tears in the rain monologue does feel like a 'big' moment tagged at the end of a boring blur of a movie. tbf I'm not a fan of the Do Androids..., wouldn't make my top 15 PKD. I loved Blade Runner 2049 though.

Chinatown is one of my favorite movies but I just watched it again at home in September and saw it in a theater with a friend who'd never seen it last week. My rewatch at home was great because I hadn't seen it in a couple years, but the film is so plot driven and point a to point b that I was really flagging in the theater, and so was she. I realized how talky and slow it is in the theater, but it's totally gripped me when it's been fresh.

flappy bird, Monday, 22 October 2018 03:20 (two days ago) Permalink

man alive's read on The Big Sleep is bizarre to me - say what you want abt those other two films but TBS really *moves*.... i actually can't remember any "moments" from it at all, the pleasures are in the script and delivery, scene by scene by scene.. admittedly bogart doing a "gay" rare book dealer is pretty bad and i wouldn't fault anyone saying it's a deal-breaker.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Monday, 22 October 2018 03:35 (two days ago) Permalink

Blade Runner has the same feel to me as ambient music, I mean basically just a few things happens and it moves slow but it casts a spell; I think seeing the re-release a few years ago on the big screen was eye-opening for me, I was pretty mesmerized by it. Maybe it did more for me after years of seeing various versions on VHS and DVD.

I do think Blade Runner 2049 is outstanding, it revisits the first film without being a fan service disaster. Gosling is put to very good use, Harrison Ford is alive and committed to the role, Leto is...inoffensive.

Strangely I think the film it reminded me most of all was The Two Jakes, which as a sequel to Chinatown was a lot better and more ambitious than it had to be, and similarly did not revisit the first film in ways that were totally predictable. I don’t think it’s as good a sequel as BR2049 (which I was impressed enough by on first pass to consider the pair of films put together more Alien/Aliens than Jaws/Jaws 2) but it’s a very good SoCal period noir. Nicholson is a bit more “Jack” than Jake, but not in ways that really bugged me. Anyway, worth a look.

My favorite noirs these days are probably Kiss Me Deadly or Gun Crazy, if you can really call the latter a noir (which you maybe can’t.)

omar little, Monday, 22 October 2018 03:40 (two days ago) Permalink

so what is it you want from a movie that The Big Sleep doesn't provide you with??

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 22 October 2018 03:49 (two days ago) Permalink

Omar thanks for the reminder & recommendation for The Two Jakes, which I've avoided for years. & apparently Van Dyke Parks did the score, amazing

flappy bird, Monday, 22 October 2018 04:15 (two days ago) Permalink

I rewatched Chinatown recently, and it was better than I had remembered it, but I just enjoy 70s Jack Nicholson doing his thing. Will have to try Two Jakes.

Blade Runner has always been slightly too dull for me.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 22 October 2018 04:41 (two days ago) Permalink

flappy solidly OTM re the Blade Runners and Chinatown

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 22 October 2018 04:46 (two days ago) Permalink

The films are not on trial here

the Warnock of Clodhop Mountain (Noodle Vague), Monday, 22 October 2018 05:12 (two days ago) Permalink

all three of those movies are masterpieces

lie back and think of englund (darraghmac), Monday, 22 October 2018 08:09 (two days ago) Permalink

I like Blade Runner a lot but I think Blade Runner 2049 is even better

I saw BR2049 on a huge Imax screen and I haven't seen a movie that made better use of the Imax screen and sound system. It was an amazing experience.

silverfish, Monday, 22 October 2018 13:21 (two days ago) Permalink

hate for the original Blade Runner is especially disheartening to me. I still find it to be singularly immersive and transportive.

the dutiful and the banned (rip van wanko), Monday, 22 October 2018 14:39 (two days ago) Permalink

yep

lie back and think of englund (darraghmac), Monday, 22 October 2018 14:39 (two days ago) Permalink

it's a big mood as the kids say, one of my favorite movies to fall asleep to

omar otm about 2049 too

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 22 October 2018 14:59 (two days ago) Permalink

2049 ruled, much to my joy and amazement

i’ll hufflepuff i’ll blow you away (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 22 October 2018 15:00 (two days ago) Permalink

Haha, I appreciate your commitment to good sleeping movies. My go-to is Fellowship of the Ring.

xp

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 22 October 2018 15:01 (two days ago) Permalink

Love Blade Runner, hated 2049. It was big for big's sake - the original BR was extremely intimate, despite the immersive worldbuilding. The sequel felt like a series of background paintings with nothing happening on them. The only part I liked was the early scene where Gosling fights Dave Bautista's farmer character.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 22 October 2018 15:04 (two days ago) Permalink

The BBC Blade Runner making of doc >>> Blade Runner

Number None, Monday, 22 October 2018 16:50 (two days ago) Permalink

The sequel felt like a series of background paintings with nothing happening on them.

this is what i liked about it, the epic desolation of it all. and it's not just mood, there are so many great moments: for sure the farmer scene, the hologram girlfriend glitching out in the rain, jared leto's yellowy watery lair, the ending on the stone beach or whatever... i will say i saw 2049 in a theater and that undoubtedly helped - i've only seen the original at home. will definitely check it out in a theater when i get a chance. btw, is there a consensus on what version of the original is the best? i watched 'The Final Cut,' the most recent version.

flappy bird, Monday, 22 October 2018 17:31 (two days ago) Permalink

i know ppl find scott's insistence that deckard is a replicant insufferable but imo the final cut is still the best version available

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 22 October 2018 17:43 (two days ago) Permalink

i watched the theatrical cut last year and went in as open as i could possibly be toward the narration, but it's a huge obstacle

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 22 October 2018 17:44 (two days ago) Permalink

that unicorn shot may be from legion but i love it

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 22 October 2018 17:46 (two days ago) Permalink

does The Final Cut have added any added sfx? it looked suspiciously modified, but that could've just been the quality of the blu-ray vs. the few clips I'd seen of the movie in documentaries, on TV, etc. that were much more washed out and less pristine looking. sound design is still incredible and ahead of its time.

flappy bird, Monday, 22 October 2018 17:46 (two days ago) Permalink

that unicorn shot may be from legion but i love it

― princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, October 22, 2018 10:46 AM (thirteen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

legend*

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 22 October 2018 18:01 (two days ago) Permalink

the final cut has pretty radically different color scheme from the previous prints but that's bc they worked hard on remastering it afaik

other than that idk

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 22 October 2018 18:02 (two days ago) Permalink

gotcha, that's what I thought. i'd really love to see a 35mm print of BR despite its issues.

flappy bird, Monday, 22 October 2018 18:04 (two days ago) Permalink

the final cut on the big screen was something else, the colors (which seemed actually a bit muted in previous versions) really popped, especially the blues and neons. and that version actually has some reshoots involving Joanna Cassidy; i don't recall why they were there, but they were in the street chase scene iirc.

omar little, Monday, 22 October 2018 18:09 (two days ago) Permalink

it was because Ridley thought the stunt double was too obvious

Number None, Monday, 22 October 2018 18:16 (two days ago) Permalink

professional sports teams should all be seized through eminent domain by the municipalities they play in

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 22 October 2018 21:58 (two days ago) Permalink

Estranging oneself from one’s parents doesn’t seem like it should be as difficult as people make it out to be.

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 16:41 (yesterday) Permalink

its not really unless yr aunts are involved ime

lie back and think of englund (darraghmac), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 17:08 (yesterday) Permalink


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