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I really like T2, but have to vote for T1.? Love the dark, gritty, city streets at night look, and that 80s feel.
Jun 8, 2016 5:19 PM
Back as Pen! At least I think so.

This place is something else. Just had to switch browsers :)
Jun 7, 2016 7:04 PM
Very nice, enjoy your time with the series.
May 6, 2016 9:34 AM
Also, I finished reading The Lord of the Rings.  I've seen the movies a dozen times but this was my first time with the books.  Loved them!
May 6, 2016 9:20 AM
MOTWMary Beard's "SPQR"

If you've ever been overwhelmed by the thought of reading about Ancient Roman history, I highly recommend it.

That sounds really good, will check it out.  I read the first three books of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.  Need to finish it :)
And I loved the HBO series Rome.  Was supposed to go for five seasons, right up until the time of Christ.  That would have been epic.
May 6, 2016 9:08 AM
Agreed.  I really enjoy the British point of view.  Seems wider and more neutral compared to stuff from the USA.

Finally finished the series.  Big thumbs up.  Highly recommended.

I'm starting The War next!
Apr 26, 2016 8:15 AM
I watched the holocaust episode last night.  A quote from one of the witnesses-

"Such horrible cries went up.  Such loud, horrible cries.  How could God not answer?"

Apr 21, 2016 6:18 AM
The music is really good.  Everything about it is, really.  Can't believe I never heard of the series until now.
Apr 20, 2016 12:14 PM
A while back I watched The Civil War, by Ken Burns. I really enjoyed that, so I decided to look for some other epic documentaries. The War (also by Ken Burns) was an obvious choice, but while looking around on Amazon I stumbled on The World At War. 26 one hour episodes, fully restored on Blu-ray, narrated by Laurence Olivier? Hell yes!

I'm on episode 20 right now. This has been an amazing journey. Given the horrors of World War II, the series does not pull any punches, but it doesn't go over the top and try to shock. I was hooked from the opening sequence of episode 1, and I can see myself watching this multiple times to let it all soak in.

It's also been educational for me, filling in the details on parts of the war that don't show up often in our culture. For example, I knew nothing of the jungle war in Burma and India- episode 14, "It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow: Burma (1942 - 1944)." OK, I've seen The Bridge On The River Kwai, but for the most part this episode took me to school.

My current episode, #20, "Genocide," well, I haven't seen enough of it to know how brutal it is going to be.

So far, episode 11 "Red Star: The Soviet Union (1941 - 1943)" has been the hardest to watch. The siege of Leningrad, I don't even know what to say. One of the longest and most destructive sieges in history, with up to 1.2 million civilian deaths. At one point in the episode they mention that 4,000 civilians were dying each day. I live in a town of 2000 people. My town, wiped off the map twice over, every day for months... I can't even imagine.

The concept of total war- the strategic bombing of cities full of civilians- is covered, as is daily life in the cities during these times.

For the interviews, of course lots of big names and famous people are on camera. But some of the most interesting, touching interviews come from normal people- "German Housewife" or "Russian Teacher." Their down to earth perspective really hits hard. And since the series was filmed during 1973, many of the people on camera are younger than you might expect in a WWII documentary.

So overall, highly recommended!

Apr 20, 2016 6:55 AM
Matt the Hat
PenarinOne I never hear much about is The Streets With No Name.  About an FBI agent who goes undercover in a gang.  Typical enough plot, sure, but interesting to see it done back in 1948.  Plenty of location photography- dark city streets, dive bars, dance halls, boxing clubs.  LOVE the look of this movie!  

Have you seen House of Bamboo (1955)? It's a colour (boo!) remake of The Street with No Name set in Japan with rogue American ex-G.I.s planning heists. Robert Ryan (yay!) takes the role originally played by Richard Widmark. Samuel Fuller directs. Definitely worth a watch. 

I haven't seen House of Bamboo, but they talk about it a fair amount on the commentary track for The Streets With No Name.  Sounds good to me.

Speaking of commentary tracks, all of the FoX Film Noir series DVDs have really interesting tracks on them.  Here's the list-
Apr 15, 2016 9:31 AM
That scene kills me every time.  God, what a show.
Apr 14, 2016 11:10 AM
One I never hear much about is The Streets With No Name.  About an FBI agent who goes undercover in a gang.  Typical enough plot, sure, but interesting to see it done back in 1948.  Plenty of location photography- dark city streets, dive bars, dance halls, boxing clubs.  LOVE the look of this movie!  
Apr 14, 2016 10:58 AM
The ReaperJust watched Kansas City Confidential. Fan-freaking-tastic noir gem worth checking out. It has the tall, handsome lawyer guy from Miracle on 34th Street at the lead thug/criminal/ex-con. Quite a departure from the usual holiday fare 34th St. fans might remember him by.

Great movie!  My DVD copy was 99 cents, and it shows- the picture quality is rough.  But in an odd way, it kind of adds to the experience.
So yeah, thumbs up to Kansas City Confidential!
One of the first (non-war) movies I can think of to deal with the way WW2 vets had trouble re-adjusting to civilian life-
[font=Verdana, Arial, sans-serif]Scott Andrews: [Speaking about Rolfe] ... left school to enlist with the engineers. Pretty good soldier too! Bronze Star, Purple Heart![/font]
[font=Verdana, Arial, sans-serif]Joe Rolfe: Try and buy a cup of coffee with them![/font]
Apr 14, 2016 10:54 AM
OK, so Trump has working class / middle class white people (men especially) all stirred up.  They love him.  But these people are no longer the majority.

BUT he has offended women, Mexicans, Middle Easterners... He can't win, having offended some many people, right?  Angry white guys and the big business types (top 1%) can't be enough for him to win, right?
Apr 11, 2016 10:48 AM
Oops. I see this place is still twitchy. Just got a double post :)

Apr 11, 2016 7:00 AM
DeschainThem staying in Alexandria wouldn't be boring at all Pen. I'd love to see the show shift focus from surviving in the apocalypse to the group trying to start to rebuild society. We got a hint of it earlier in this run when they were talking trading with other camps but the show quickly devolved back into characters running around the apocalypse being dumb.

[font=Arial]When I saw that part episodes back, I was like, awesome- "international" trade has been born!

I've always been interested in that aspect of the show.  How would people live after such an event?  There's a hint of medieval times, with everyone needing walled cities, and essentially they would wind up living like it was the 1860s, but with remnants of modern technology, and some knowledge of how to keep the modern stuff working.


Apr 11, 2016 6:59 AM
Michael Woodard
PenarinAfter seeing the movies tons of times, I finally started reading The Lord of the Rings.  Really enjoying the books so far.

OH....  how to read the lord of the rings.

That looks great, will give it a listen!
Apr 11, 2016 6:40 AM
Couple days ago I took a walk down Druid Hill Park, right when the sun was going down.  You know how that time be like, the sun throwing shadows and all.  Got me thinking about when I was a young man, sitting in that park- watching the girls, smoking a little herb, drinking a cold beer.  You all know where this is going.  I had this moment, you know, where I was wanting to feel that way again...
Apr 8, 2016 1:10 PM
OK, I haven't seen the season ending episode yet.  Will see it next week.

But something is off in season six.  I loved- freaking loved- seasons 1 - 4 and have seen them many times.  I liked season 5 well enough, but with Beth stuck at the hospital with Officer Rapey, it got to be too dark, not quite as interesting... I'm not quite sure how to put it.  Maybe the good parts of season 5 weren't good enough to get me through all the disturbing stuff at the hospital?  Cuz, you know, the show has always been dark.  Anyway, I bought 1 - 5 and am glad to have them on my shelf.

I don't think I will be buying season six though.  There were some good episodes, but lots of not so good episodes.  Mainly though, I am tired of an experienced, smart, tough group acting dumb this late in the game.  They should know better.  If Carol wants to leave, let her go- she is clearly competent enough.  If Daryl wants to go out alone, let him.  Instead, everyone is running off after them in separate directions with no plan, leaving the town rather undefended.  Also you have a walled city, guard towers, a full arsenal with scoped rifles, a decent amount of food, and a doctor (well, not anymore)... maybe just stay home!  But from a writing point of view, I guess the show would be boring if they just stayed inside the walls and were safe.   
Apr 8, 2016 10:40 AM
[font='Times New Roman', serif]#31 BE STILL - THE KILLERS[/font]

[font='Times New Roman', serif]I like The Killers but have never heard that song until now.  Very nice song, thanks for introducing me to it![/font]
Apr 8, 2016 9:45 AM