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Movies / Inside Out
« on: July 07, 2015, 07:50:39 am »
It's probably in my Top 3 for Pixar movies. Finding Nemo will always be #1 -- it came out the year my son was born, so it resonated in a way that will be hard to beat -- but Inside Out is neck-in-neck with The Incredibles for second place. Though I admit the reason I liked it so much had a lot to do with mushy parenting stuff that might not resonate with younger viewers that don't have kids.

Here's the thing. On one level, they did their standard Pixar thing where they took something ordinary (cars, toys, etc.) and anthropomorphized it into something new and interesting. And that certainly works as a pretty good movie. It's neat to see how the characters on the inside translate to actions in the outside world and they created a model of that world that holds together really well. You can tell they put a lot of thought into it. By that kinda traditional Pixar definition, Anger gets most of the best lines. Certainly anyone can get two hours of enjoyment out of that movie.

On the other hand... and here, the Captain is turning on the "mushy parent" sign... there's this second movie within the movie that's for the parents, and it works you over in a mostly good way. If you tweak the perspective and treat it as a movie about Joy as the parent (instead of the external parents) and Riley as her child, it becomes something really beautiful about the struggle parents go through as their kids grow older and change into someone else. It's about trying to control and guide something that is ultimately uncontrollable, and Joy represents the idea that love and optimism are the only lens you can see your child through, the only tool in your toolbox. And you want to be open to those changes, but you're also stuck holding on to the person they used to be. There's a scene where Joy is literally clinging to memories that are fading away, and damned if it didn't get a little dusty in that theater.

Freakin' Pixar, man...

TV / Lost -- Season 4
« on: January 24, 2008, 06:23:55 pm »
Place-holder with the new spoiler-friendly system...

One week from now...

We have to go back!  :o

Music / GS Musicology 101
« on: March 17, 2005, 07:51:07 am »
A quick way to calibrate people's tastes on here and maybe get some discussions going...

(I'll answer separately so it's easier to cut and paste the questions)

1) First album you owned/purchased?

2) Most recent album you purchased?

3) First live show?

4) Most recent live show?

5) Most overrated musician?

6) Most underrated musician?

7) What's your musical guilty pleasure (i.e. name a musician/group that your gut tells you you shouldn't like, but you do anyway)?

8 ) Let's say you could go back in time and bring any one dead musician into present times? Who would you pick?

9) What's your poster-child "band that broke up too soon"?

10) Pick your dream band -- at the very least, vocalist, guitar, bass, drums. If you want to include a second guitarist, keyboards, theremin, lute, xylophone, whatnot... live it up, but you gotta start with the basics.

11) Name one cover version of a song that whups the ass of the original.

12) Speaking of covers, name a song that always struck you as a great song if done by someone else.

13) Pick a dream collaboration, i.e. artist A working with artist B.

14) Best album cover art? (No Spinal Tap references)

15) Fat Elvis or skinny Elvis?

16) If all four Beatles were still alive, would they have cashed in on a Millenium reunion concert?

17) Will there EVER be a more unrealistic movie moment than Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees beating up Aerosmith in the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" movie?

18) Bono has been mentioned as a candidate to head the World Bank. Would you let Bono manage YOUR finances?

19) Would you let MC Hammer manage your finances?

20) Lastly, the infamous "desert island" question -- pick five CDs you'd take with you to a desert island. To add to degree of difficulty, no Greatest Hits allowed.

Podcasts / Jade Empire (Day 2 Podcast)
« on: March 16, 2005, 09:11:26 pm »
Oh, man... I'm listening to Day2 and drooling over the Jade Empire stuff... only problem... no Xbox. :) I guess I'll either have to plunk down the bucks or hope for a PC port later on down the road. But from what you described, it sounds fantastic.

TV / I am a TV outcast! Mock my shame!
« on: March 16, 2005, 08:24:09 pm »
It's true. I have (essentially) no TV.

Don't worry... I'm not some grumpy Luddite, it just kinda happened. I used to have DISH, but then my neighbor's trees grew in. I didn't want to pay a couple hundred to trim my neighbor's trees, so I ditched DISH to get cable. But then I never got around to it, and now, three years later I get PBS, staticy NBC, and that's about it... And for the most part, I'm on my computer so much I don't miss it so much.

It's kinda fun because when I go on vacations, everyone wonders why I park in front of the tube in rapt fascination at "Pimp My Ride" instead of going to the beach. Absence makes the heart grow fonder...

Movies / The best movie you've never seen...
« on: March 16, 2005, 08:18:49 pm »
Define "best" however you will... critical acclaim, recommendation of friends, etc. What's the best movie you've never seen yet?

For me it would have to be "Raging Bull". It's DeNiro. It's Scorsese. I should be pre-programmed to love this movie. And yet, I've never seen it. What the hell? I even got so far as to rent it from That Chain That Supposedly Doesn't Have Late Fees But Really Does, and unfortunately, work got busy and I had to send it back unwatched.

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