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OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (August 2020)

“I’m on some new shit,” Taylor Swift sings in the opening lines of Folklore, announcing with a smile and a wink that the many Taylor Swifts of her previous seven albums — even the not-quite-year-old Taylor of Lover — can’t come to the phone right now.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: August 03, 2020 at 11:27 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: movies, music, off-topic, television, whatever else belongs under the rubric of 'popular culture'

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   1. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: August 02, 2020 at 04:01 PM (#5967550)
Someone with keys add a close-italics tag after "Folklore," please.
   2. giannis Posted: August 03, 2020 at 01:18 PM (#5967671)
I like it this way.
   3. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: August 03, 2020 at 01:41 PM (#5967679)
I don't like the slant you've put on this story.
   4. Accent Shallow opens his curtains at 7 AM Posted: August 03, 2020 at 02:07 PM (#5967684)


You're welcome.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 03, 2020 at 02:08 PM (#5967685)
Pop Fisher, famed Manager of the pennant-winning 1939 New York Knights, has moved on to the Big Ballpark In The Sky. Eat your oatmeal.
   6. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 03, 2020 at 04:17 PM (#5967711)
Thanks. Main page still broken.
   7. phredbird Posted: August 03, 2020 at 04:39 PM (#5967717)

i was waiting for the italics to be fixed before getting on here to say that the new perry mason rocks.

that is all.
   8. giannis Posted: August 03, 2020 at 04:50 PM (#5967720)
Hey, basketball superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo here, wanted to let you know what I saw in July during the quarantine:

MASTERPIECES
1. Sister Stella L. (1984, Mike de Leon) -Filipino film about a nun who becomes a labor activist, stunning populist cinema.
2. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939, John Ford) -One of those movies you wish would go on for 20 hours, it doesn't even need a plot, you just want to be a part of this world and share their experiences for a spell.
3. Manila in the Claws of Light (1975, Lino Brocka) -A love letter to the underclass, profoundly empathetic.

EXTREMELY GOOD
4. Dragged Across Concrete (2018, S. Craig Zahler) - Zahler belongs in the discussion of the best screenwriters in Hollywood
5. Weighed But Found Wanting (1974, Lino Brocka) - Landmark Filipino film, the one that put Brocka on the map. Biographical script and the film oozes with personal style.
6. Cain & Abel (1982, Lino Brocka) - Another Brocka melodrama, the first two-thirds are near perfect.

VERY GOOD
7. Diva (1981, Jean-Jacques Beineix) - Every second of this is the coolest thing you've ever seen.
8. The Big Boss (1971, Lo Wei) - Bruce Lee kicks a lot of people in the face!
9. Righting Wrongs (1986, Corey Yuen) - Hong Kong actioner starring the American martial arts legend Cynthia Rothrock. She kicks a lot of people in the face!
10. Broken Marriage (1983, Ishmael Bernal) - Filipino melodrama about a couple going through a divorce.
11. Bone Tomahawk (2015, S. Craig Zahler) - Great script, incredible dialogue, all used for a kinda B-movie gore-fest.
12. Mayabazar (1957, Kadri Venkata Reddy) - Indian movie, reminded me a bit of Stephen Chow in the way it turns classic literature into a screwball comedy.
13. Project A (1983, Jackie Chan) - People compare Chan to Buster Keaton, but this one's practically Bugs Bunny.
14. Gamer (2009, Neveldine & Taylor) - Best movie ever made about Facebook.

GOOD
15. Police Story 3: Super Cop (1992, Stanley Tong) - Ends with the greatest action setpiece I've ever seen, but takes a long time to get there.
16. Three, Two, One (1974, Lino Brocka) - Anthology of 3 movies by Brocka. The middle ("Hellow Soldier") might be my favorite thing Brocka ever made; the others vary between 'eh' and 'meh'.
17. On Borrowed Time (1989, Ishmael Bernal) - Filipino melodrama with a soap opera plot, but great performances.
18. Tomboy (2011, Celine Sciamma) - Extremely small-scale French movie about a young girl who pretends to be a boy.
19. Ghost in the Shell (1995, Mamoru Oshii)
20. The Land (1969, Youssef Chahine) - Egyptian film about class struggle....gorgeous as all hell
21. The Cheat (1915, Cecil B. DeMille) - Originally the villain in this was Japanese, but the Japanese-American community complained. So DeMille changed a few intertitles and made the character be Burmese.
22. Smouldering Tears (1988, Ishmael Bernal) - Filipino melodrama that makes perfect sense if you pretend police don't exist.

BETTER THAN A BLANK SCREEN
23. The Great Mouse Detective (1986, Ron Clements)
24. Flower Drum Song (1961, Henry Koster) - There are 4 musical numbers in the first half that all take place in the same setting!
25. Murder Mystery (2019, Kyle Newacheck) - Adam Sandler has a mustache!
26. Fist of Fury (1972, Lo Wei) - Really wish I'd watched this Donald Trump-style (fast forwarded through all the talking and just watched the fights)
27. Fable of the Fish (2011, Adolfo Alix Jr.) - Another entry in the "what if a woman ###### a fish?" series of movies that took over cinemas in the 2010s.
28. The Accidental Spy (2001, Teddy Chan) - Real bottom-of-the-barrel Jackie Chan actioner.
29. Cemetery of Splendor (2015, Apichatpong Weerasethakul) - Second from the Thai auteur I've seen, second that's left me with "Why a movie, why not just write an essay?"
30. Where Were You When I Needed You (1986, Mel Chionglo) - Filipino melodrama, with some good performances, but over-stuffed plot.
31. Space Adventure Cobra (1982, Osamu Dezaki) - Japanese anime. Very pretty colors!
32. Dung-Aw (1975, Lino Brocka) - Musical biopic about the 18th century Filipino revolutionary leader Gabriela Silang. Hated all the songs!

WORSE THAN A BLANK SCREEN
33. The Midnight After (2014, Fruit Chan) - Movie for redditors.
34. Manananggal in Manila (1997, Mario O'Hara) - Cheesy no-budget monster movie that almost put me to sleep.
35. Magkaribal (1979, Elwood Perez) - Filipino melodrama that's just a step above soft-core pornography (despite the lack of nudity).
   9. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 03, 2020 at 04:59 PM (#5967722)
Pop Fisher, famed Manager of the pennant-winning 1939 New York Knights

Wilford Brimley was old enough to have actually seen a baseball game in 1939...
   10. Zach Posted: August 03, 2020 at 05:18 PM (#5967728)
4. Dragged Across Concrete (2018, S. Craig Zahler)

Easily the best movie I've seen this year.
   11. Boxkutter Posted: August 03, 2020 at 09:54 PM (#5967794)
i was waiting for the italics to be fixed before getting on here to say that the new perry mason rocks.

that is all.


I watched the first episode, but didn't keep up with it. Looked good, I think I was just expecting something a little more episodic than what it looked. I may come back and watch it after the whole season has aired though. A couple of the visuals in the first episode informed me that I would be watching it on my own though, my wife won't care for it.

She has enjoyed "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" though. The last episode was last night, but we've only watched half of it so far. Looks like it might be the weakest of the six episodes, but since the mystery is over, it's more of a wrap-up episode.

I am near the end of season 2 of a rewatch of The Wire right now. Watched it once about nine years ago and I must say, it's MUCH better the second time through. I'm catching more of the small details this time and loving it.
   12. phredbird Posted: August 03, 2020 at 11:25 PM (#5967811)

@11

yes, please go back and stay with perry mason. the story is actually rather labyrinthine but the last couple of episodes have been thoroughly rewarding, and i have high hopes for the finale.

when i rewatched the wire a couple of years ago i was struck by how well it held up. when it was first aired i was not that crazy about the docks season, but on the second view i was much more engaged.

the schools season was absolutely heartbreaking both times around ...

   13. Boxkutter Posted: August 03, 2020 at 11:49 PM (#5967814)
@12

I think one of the things that kept me from rewatching it sooner was the quality of the video and the 4:3 format. But they went back and remastered it and put out a letterboxed version. Looks so much better now. Not so grainy or anything. It definitely is making the rewatch more enjoyable.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: August 04, 2020 at 03:15 AM (#5967826)
Main page still broken.

Tay Tay breaks the internet again.
   15. mathesond Posted: August 20, 2020 at 10:18 AM (#5970826)
Exciting news in the world of Teenage Girl Saves the World - Netflix announced they will pick up season 2 of Warrior Nun! After all the twists in the season 1 finale, I can't wait to see what the writers have in store.

Meanwhile, I am enjoying "The Gone Away World" (thanks to whomever recommended it). It's been a pretty good summer of reading for me, next on my list are "Enemy of All Mankind" (Which I checked out based on a BBTF poster's recommendation), and the third book in Steph Cha's "Juniper Song" trilogy. Earlier this summer I read Katherine Arden's Winternight trilogy, which is basically an extended epic fairy tale set in 14th century Russia. I also really enjoyed Ruth OZeki's "A Tale for the Time Being", which was an NPR recommendation (specifically, the program "To The Best of Our Knowledge".
   16. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: August 20, 2020 at 12:09 PM (#5970862)
I haven't yet been able to play it, but watching videos of Microsoft Flight Simulator continues to boggle my mind at the level of technical achievement on display. One person in another forum commented that, as they flew over their house, they could tell that the scanning data used was a bit older because of the colour of the fence, which had since been painted. The time-of-day and weather sliders are also utterly insane in the results they produce.

And, as ever, the ludicrous level of detail on the auto-generated terrain makes the comically-blocky appearances of landmarks that haven't been carefully modelled even funnier. Including one building that was fat-fingered as 212 floors instead of 2 floors, and that the software therefore renders as an incongruous brown obelisk in the middle an Australian suburb.
   17. giannis Posted: August 20, 2020 at 12:52 PM (#5970868)
I saw Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita the other night, which has an all-time great and not-at-all problematic setup:

Inya, a heroine of the Philippine resistance against the Japanese during World War II, recalls events involving her husband Edilberto and their childhood friend Ignacio, a transvestite who, masquerading as a woman also named Inya, becomes the lover of the local Japanese commander, Ichiru, and is caught between a duty to be a spy for his country and friends and his reluctant but growing love for Ichiru.


Was also able to track down both Ishmael Bernal's Himala and Lino Brocka's Jaguar; the former is a masterpiece, the latter a solid actioner with a good message. Ah, and the recently restored Mutya en Pasig, Richard Abelardo's 1950 musical--a nice gothic romance with some Greek Tragedy elements (two separate characters lose the ability to speak and walk after sinning--they angered the gods!)

Book-wise...George Sand's The Haunted Pool is one of those "nice simple books about nice simple people." Linda Ty-Casper's Awaiting Trespass was a lightly comic novel about an old Catholic family gathering for the funeral of the family patriarch. (It was written in 1982 and banned in the author's native Philippines, as it is extremely unfriendly towards the Marcos regime.)

Just started F. Sionil Jose's Dusk, the first in a series of 6 novels about the Philippine struggle for independence from Spain. Enjoying it so far.

That's about it. And lots of basketball.

   18. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: August 20, 2020 at 03:09 PM (#5970915)
16: BBR, I've decided to pretend that you're BA's JJ Cooper.
   19. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 20, 2020 at 03:29 PM (#5970920)
"Hana Uta", by FLOWER FLOWER, their new single, out today. This is probably the most poppy song that YUI has released since she abandoned her solo career and formed FLOWER FLOWER in 2014. It's also really good; fun, spritely, and with a killer chorus. The joy comes through, and that's so wonderful to see (she has had severe problems with depression, and at one point was hospitalized with a nervous breakdown). I think this is my second favorite single of 2020 so far, behind only Regal Lily's "1997".
   20. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: August 20, 2020 at 04:22 PM (#5970935)
16: BBR, I've decided to pretend that you're BA's JJ Cooper.


Well, I don't really know much about him, but now I've decided to pretend that too.
   21. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: August 20, 2020 at 11:32 PM (#5971055)
I’ve met him; he was very nice. (and is the only person I’m aware of who’s geeked about that simulator)
   22. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 21, 2020 at 06:16 PM (#5971303)
A very nice live (with no audience) version of the peggies' new single "Centimeter".
   23. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 22, 2020 at 06:11 PM (#5971522)
After I finished my Nick Harkaway binge I started reading books by some of the people who'd blurbed his 4th novel (Gnomon): Emily St John Mandel, Warren Ellis, Charles Yu. Of the 3, Mandel is my favorite so far, though I found her first novel, Last Night in Montreal, rather difficult going, not in the sense of having trouble following it but because of frequently feeling "Why am I reading this?" The characters seem to withhold information from each other, and the reader, without any good reason (though it does become clear near the end), and the actions of one character remain (to me at least) totally inexplicable. But Station Eleven, her 3rd novel, is a quite extraordinary, and extraordinarily prescient, book about the lead up to and aftermath of a global pandemic (a flu-like virus first diagnosed in the old Soviet republic of Georgia within weeks reduces the human population by more than 90%).

I'm also re-reading William Gibson. I came to his work late; I read his collaboration with Bruce Sterling, The Difference Engine, probably 20 years ago, but then nothing until I listened to the audio book of Zero History, the 3rd book in his Blue Ant trilogy 6 or so years ago (I listened to a lot of books during the summers I was driving to work in Connecticut from northern Westchester). Think I've read all of his novels (and some of his short fiction) since then. The Peripheral is probably my favorite of his books. Agency was a bit of a letdown for me, but still well worth reading. Hope he doesn't take 5+ years to give us his next.
   24. mathesond Posted: August 23, 2020 at 10:28 AM (#5971588)
Oh man, I loved Station Eleven. It was the first book of hers I read, and one thing I remember being impressed by was events that you think would happen (e.g. characters eventually meeting and confronting each other) didn't. Found it kind of refreshing that she avoided those tropes.

After that I read Last night in Montreal, and yeah, it was ok, but glad it wasn't my introduction to her work because I probably wouldn't have been inspired to go further.

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