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Old 3rd January, 2016, 03:52 AM
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My best pal in the Army was from Oklahoma, my best all time Dr was born in Dodge City, Kansas and an uncle had a ranchette in Missouri. He really loved the state. My brother and I rode one of his horses bareback to the local convenience store. Two hundred yards into the ride and the horse reared up and tossed us off. The ground was very hard but we were laughing so much that we didn't care. We knew that the horse was within its rights, it's a very fond memory. Hope the water becomes civilized soon!
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Old 3rd February, 2016, 03:25 AM
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Saw "Memphis Belle" (1990) the other night. The second half of the film kept me glued to the tv, the suspense was most excellently done. I realized that a humble Huey had far more space for people inside than B-17's did. There's no glamour about being a flyer in war, it's pain and blood for everyone in combat. Highly recommended.
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Saw "Memphis Belle" (1990) the other night. The second half of the film kept me glued to the tv, the suspense was most excellently done. I realized that a humble Huey had far more space for people inside than B-17's did. There's no glamour about being a flyer in war, it's pain and blood for everyone in combat. Highly recommended.
One of my favourites George! ":O}
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Old 4th February, 2016, 02:43 AM
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A quarter century after it was released and I finally saw it. John Lithgow plays the consummate ass so very well. A great pic! Don't think they could have rounded up so many B-17's, the CGI was superb for its day.
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Old 16th February, 2016, 02:49 AM
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I recommend "Hector and the Search for Happiness" (2014) if you're in the mood for a quirky and uplifting flick. It co-stars the delectable Rosamund Pike, two thumb's up.

I'm half way through "Death to Smoochy" (2002) and find it hilarious. Edward Norton is a great actor, also two upward pointing thumb's.

Finished the first season of "Better Call Saul" last week. Opinions differ, but I give it 5 Stars. The first episode of the second season premieres tonight at 10/9 PM Central on AMC. I cut my outrageous cable bill by changing to local channels only, sigh.
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Get Roku!! save a fortune and miss NOTHING you might want! Google it! ":O}
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Old 17th February, 2016, 03:03 AM
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Thank you for the suggestion Daniel ~!

Watched "The Hundred Foot Journey" (2014) last night. I really enjoyed this heart warming drama-comedy. It would be hard not to, it stars Helen Mirren, the actor who looked and acted more like QEII than the original.

Shucks, all of these great human stories movies--it must be time for more explosions galore flicks.
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Old 13th March, 2016, 02:49 AM
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Explosions on the screen are far, FAR more desirable than the real kind. Watched "Full Metal Jacket" (1987) recently. Very high rating (8.3) from IMDB. It was properly unsettling but Hue sure didn't look like that. Didn't see it in person but the movie version sure wasn't Viet-Nam-ish.
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Old 15th March, 2016, 02:13 AM
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Saw "San Andreas" (2015) last night. Duane Johnson pulled off his role by a whisker, congrats to him. I didn’t recognize Carla Gugino, probably 'cause she looked VERY different in Sin City. The special fx were spectacular, perhaps the most awesome scene was the mountain of (Triple E?) container ship revealed by the beyond huge tsunami coming through the Golden Gate.

I wish that Vancouver BC and southwards to almost San Francisco weren't in danger of a 9.0 Pacific and North American tectonic plate jolt. It can happen at any time. The movie illustrated what the possible disaster might look like. Mongo in Seattle not like!
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The special effects were good, but the whole thousand foot tsunami thing was a bit over the top. That type of quake can't produce that kind of wave.

Still, makes for good story telling, I guess. I enjoyed the movie regardless.
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Old 18th March, 2016, 01:22 AM
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Maybe the wave changed height as it went along? Actually, you are right, that wasn't and undersea quake like the one that hangs over our heads hereabouts. It was mighty menacing though!
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An undersea quake isn't capable of producing a wave more than about 300 feet high. The physics of how they are produced prevents it.

That isn't to say that larger tsunami can't happen. The Lituya Bay, Alaska tsunami in 1958 was over 1500 feet tall, but that was a very specific situation, and it was caused by a landslide from a mountain down INTO the bay; in other words it was caused by WATER DISPLACEMENT, not a shock wave. It was further enhanced by the fact that it was confined within a narrow bay, which exaggerated its impact. Once it hit the open ocean it very quickly dissipated.

I'm actually rather surprised no-one's made a movie about that; it's historical fact and would make a really good drama, methinks.

Unfortunately, a handful of Alaskans and a couple of Eskimos doesn't have the same entertainment value as San Francisco. Oh well.
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Old 18th March, 2016, 11:38 AM
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I think 2012 kinda said it all as far as shake and bake films ":O}
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Old 19th March, 2016, 01:52 AM
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I thought so too, Daniel ~. The SFX in "San Andreas" are FAR superior, they're really something to write home about. The deck of the Golden Gate Bridge is roughly 250 ft above the water. So the roughly 300ft high tsunami depicted would look like it did in the movie. Even though a San Andreas fault spectacular quake would not generate any large tsunami, ttbmk. Except possibly where it goes out to sea ~ 50 miles north of San Fran Sicle.
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I'll have to check it out.
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Saw The Mockingjay, Part 2 last night. It appears that the producers of the Hunger Games movie series decided to spend as little as possible on the last two movies of the series. It's nice that the final movie is a good deal better than the third instalment (Mockingjay, Part 1) but that doesn't mean that it compares in any way to the first two films.

I feel that the audience has been played for suckers. I only read the first book in the saga, so I don't know how good or not the second and third novels are. I should make note of the director and make a point of never seeing another effort from said person. OK, it's Francis Lawrence. Too bad fer you dude, never again.

I won't spoil the plot if anyone wants to see it. There is a surprise near the end. Yay hooray. One thumb barely up.
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I barely got through the first one...had no further interest in the rest.

Ah! To each his own!
(That way we don't have to deal with one another’s bad taste! ":O}
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Old 23rd May, 2016, 02:11 AM
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As the saying goes, "there's no accounting for taste." Think of how many billions of arguments have been avoided by that "bell!"
Of course, arguments over taste have probably destroyed many, many marriages. Dunno why it is that couples can fall into such strong disagreement. Seems we can't help ourselves sometimes.
Humans, warcha gonna do?
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well...
We could destroy their planet...
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Thank goodness that our one and only known planet is in such good hands! I'm breathing a sigh of relief. Cough!
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