Out of the Blue

Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating. It's a wet Christmas around here, rather than a white one, as it's been raining all day. This is unfortunate, since we picked up a steak to grill for the occasion, so I'll have to see if there's a break in the weather that will permit me to raise the flag in Manstovia. We also have a virtual gathering later with family and friends. This is not the same as getting together in person, but it will permit seeing a lot of people who wouldn't necessarily make the trip, so there's a bright side to it as well. We may not get the chance to experience another of our holiday traditions, as Bad Santa is no longer offered on Amazon Prime. I actually ordered the disc to prevent this tragedy from reoccurring, so we'll have to decide if we also want to spring for a rental today. It's a little redundant, but Christmas won't seem the same without Billy Bob Thornton spewing invectives and lettuce. Here's hoping the holiday finds you safe and well, and that you are finding a way to accommodate your traditions under the circumstances.

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Dec 25, 2020, 14:40
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Re: Out of the Blue Dec 25, 2020, 14:40
Dec 25, 2020, 14:40
 
It was cold and rainy yesterday but turned to snow overnight so this is the first white Xmas we have here in a while. It's more of a crunchy, icy snow, than fluffy however, and it's fairly mild today. I'm doing prime rib with veg today. And with leftovers I'll roll that into a cottage pie tomorrow. I forgot to get fixings to make an apple pie though, gosh darn it. Guess I'll go to the store tomorrow and grab the stuff to make one then.

Watched Midnight Sky the night before last and was not impressed. Man, did that thing ever drag. To the point where I just started skipping ahead I was getting so bored. Also watched The Christmas Chronicles 2 before I killed that. Wow, is that bad. Think I'll start my annual watch of A Man for All Seasons and Beckett today as I caught The Lion in Winter last week on TCM.

Love that Goldfinger article. I've always wanted a bespoke tweed suit from Savile Row. When I head across the pond I'll definitely purchase one, though ready to wear I think. I particularly always loved the three piece, atomic fleck tweed suit that Daniel Craig wore in The Golden Compass.
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Re: Out of the Blue-Santa
Dec 25, 2020, 15:11
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Dec 25, 2020, 15:11
 
Bad Santa ----Best Christmas movie ever! LOL
Bad Santa 2 -- not so much, except the scene with Christina Hendricks where one might really wish to be Billy Bob for a few minutes.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Dec 25, 2020, 15:34
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Dec 25, 2020, 15:34
 
Rain and moer rain.. last white xmas recorded.. 2007 checks out heh
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Dec 25, 2020, 15:39
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Re: Out of the Blue Dec 25, 2020, 15:39
Dec 25, 2020, 15:39
 
I've never even been tempted to watch "Bad Santa", just not my type of humor/film. Best Christmas movie? Can I pick "Die Hard"? If not, it is a dead heat between "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Ben-Hur" (the 1959 version). And I'd like to claim "lack of bias points" on the basis of selecting Ben-Hur despite the fact I am an atheist.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Dec 25, 2020, 15:51
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Dec 25, 2020, 15:51
 
Not dangerous if you're wrapped in beskar.
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Dec 25, 2020, 17:13
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Dec 25, 2020, 17:13
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 25, 2020, 15:39:
I've never even been tempted to watch "Bad Santa", just not my type of humor/film. Best Christmas movie? Can I pick "Die Hard"? If not, it is a dead heat between "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Ben-Hur" (the 1959 version). And I'd like to claim "lack of bias points" on the basis of selecting Ben-Hur despite the fact I am an atheist.

i would've thought The Lion in Winter would be more appealing to your nihilist/atheist side. aside from not at all being a traditional xmas film, it also has the most astoundingly genius script i've ever seen, and peter o'toole was never better.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Dec 25, 2020, 17:39
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Dec 25, 2020, 17:39
 
I'm not a pure nihilist. Nihilism in general has a negative vibe. I do believe the only purpose in life is whatever purpose you decide to apply to it. However, most of the definitions seem to be very negative, for example -- "a doctrine or belief that conditions in the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable for its own sake independent of any constructive program or possibility". Now, while I agree human society has major problems, and believe it is possible we will destroy ourselves, I also believe there is a chance we will get our act together and figure things out well enough to achieve what would widely be considered a successful civilization. I'm not sure how good the chances are...

I believe the creation of religions was inevitable. It was the only way to make sense of so many things. But now we know what causes the sun to rise, how the weather changes, and blah, blah. Which leaves mostly the "why" of everything. Personally I don't think there is an answer to the overall why. Things just are.

Never seen "The Lion in Winter".
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Dec 25, 2020, 17:58
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Re: Out of the Blue Dec 25, 2020, 17:58
Dec 25, 2020, 17:58
 
Lol, raining here too. A bit chilly to boot.

Happy Christmas to you all!
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Dec 25, 2020, 18:45
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Dec 25, 2020, 18:45
 
Merry Christmas to you and yours, Blue!

And happy holidays to the rest of the BN gang Cheers
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Re: Out of the Blue
Dec 25, 2020, 18:47
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Dec 25, 2020, 18:47
 
1badmf wrote on Dec 25, 2020, 17:13:
Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 25, 2020, 15:39:
I've never even been tempted to watch "Bad Santa", just not my type of humor/film. Best Christmas movie? Can I pick "Die Hard"? If not, it is a dead heat between "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Ben-Hur" (the 1959 version). And I'd like to claim "lack of bias points" on the basis of selecting Ben-Hur despite the fact I am an atheist.

i would've thought The Lion in Winter would be more appealing to your nihilist/atheist side. aside from not at all being a traditional xmas film, it also has the most astoundingly genius script i've ever seen, and peter o'toole was never better.

It is an amazing movie with fantastic performances and razor sharp dialog. One of the few Hollywood movies (including present day) where the lead female was older than the lead male. O'Toole was 35 at the time, and Hepburn was 50 (IIRC). Other joys: seeing roles with extremely young Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton. Strategy gaming podcast Three Moves Ahead did a discussion of this movie last year. If you're a fan of the film, I'd give the podcast a listen.
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Dec 25, 2020, 18:48
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Dec 25, 2020, 18:48
 
Splendid flower trapped in amber 100 million years ago reveals its beauty.

Holy shit.
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Dec 25, 2020, 18:55
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Dec 25, 2020, 18:55
 
How the 'Goldfinger' Alpine sequence gave rise to Bondmania.

Here's the full scene, if you're interested.
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Dec 25, 2020, 18:56
 
Watchdog Say Mandalorian Darksaber 2020's Most Dangerous Toy.

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Dec 25, 2020, 19:19
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Dec 25, 2020, 19:19
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 25, 2020, 18:47:
It is an amazing movie with fantastic performances and razor sharp dialog. One of the few Hollywood movies (including present day) where the lead female was older than the lead male. O'Toole was 35 at the time, and Hepburn was 50 (IIRC). Other joys: seeing roles with extremely young Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton. Strategy gaming podcast Three Moves Ahead did a discussion of this movie last year. If you're a fan of the film, I'd give the podcast a listen.
Watching the trailer it looks like it could be a quality film, I'll put it "on the list". For the record, Hepburn was 61, O'Toole 36, Hopkins 31, Dalton 22.
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Dec 25, 2020, 20:05
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Dec 25, 2020, 20:05
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 25, 2020, 19:19:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 25, 2020, 18:47:
It is an amazing movie with fantastic performances and razor sharp dialog. One of the few Hollywood movies (including present day) where the lead female was older than the lead male. O'Toole was 35 at the time, and Hepburn was 50 (IIRC). Other joys: seeing roles with extremely young Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton. Strategy gaming podcast Three Moves Ahead did a discussion of this movie last year. If you're a fan of the film, I'd give the podcast a listen.
Watching the trailer it looks like it could be a quality film, I'll put it "on the list". For the record, Hepburn was 61, O'Toole 36, Hopkins 31, Dalton 22.

i'm a pretty smart dude, amateur philologist, general lover of language, and to this day i still have a hard time believing that script was written by human hands. the only other thing i feel that way about is shakespeare. way above my language skill level. yes, imo it's shakespeare good, bonus without the fragments of archaic english that litter the bard's work.
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Dec 25, 2020, 20:12
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Dec 25, 2020, 20:12
 
1badmf wrote on Dec 25, 2020, 20:05:
i'm a pretty smart dude, amateur philologist, general lover of language, and to this day i still have a hard time believing that script was written by human hands. the only other thing i feel that way about is shakespeare. way above my language skill level. yes, imo it's shakespeare good, bonus without the fragments of archaic english that litter the bard's work.
In the modern entertainment world Aaron Sorkin deserves some serious credit. If there is anyone else at his level for dialog, I want to know who it is so I can watch their products also.
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Dec 26, 2020, 02:18
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Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 25, 2020, 15:39:
I've never even been tempted to watch "Bad Santa", just not my type of humor/film.

The concept for the film came from the Coen Brothers, and although they did not write/direct, they were heavily involved in its production. If you enjoy, e.g. The Big Lebowski, you'll enjoy Bad Santa.

Best Christmas movie? Can I pick "Die Hard"? If not, it is a dead heat between "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Ben-Hur" (the 1959 version). And I'd like to claim "lack of bias points" on the basis of selecting Ben-Hur despite the fact I am an atheist.

Wouldn't Ben-Hur be an Easter movie?
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Dec 26, 2020, 04:50
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Dec 26, 2020, 04:50
 
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/72443/11-great-facts-about-bad-santa
You won't believe number 12.
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Dec 26, 2020, 08:42
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Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Dec 26, 2020, 02:18:
The concept for the film came from the Coen Brothers, and although they did not write/direct, they were heavily involved in its production. If you enjoy, e.g. The Big Lebowski, you'll enjoy Bad Santa.
I don't recall my thought process at the time, I may have just tagged along with friends, but I did see "The Big Lebowski". Which in retrospect is pretty surprising, perhaps I decided to trust the Coens. My impressions were far less favorable than most.

Wouldn't Ben-Hur be an Easter movie?
Good point. Seeing as it starts with the birth in Bethlehem I often think of it as being an Xmas theme. It is often shown around Xmas, although not nearly as frequently as it is around Easter. It is a fantastically well made film which I have watched at least a dozen times.
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Dec 26, 2020, 12:31
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Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 25, 2020, 20:12:
1badmf wrote on Dec 25, 2020, 20:05:
i'm a pretty smart dude, amateur philologist, general lover of language, and to this day i still have a hard time believing that script was written by human hands. the only other thing i feel that way about is shakespeare. way above my language skill level. yes, imo it's shakespeare good, bonus without the fragments of archaic english that litter the bard's work.

In the modern entertainment world Aaron Sorkin deserves some serious credit. If there is anyone else at his level for dialog, I want to know who it is so I can watch their products also.

Have you seen Upstart Crow?

Satirical Blackadderesque sitcom about how friends, family, historical circumstances, and his arch-rival Robert Greene, who first coined the derogatory term "upstart crow", influenced William Shakespeare to write his famous plays.

Brilliantly funny British sitcom by Ben Elton - creator of Black Adder. The acting and writing are all first rate.
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