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  1. I haven't read the book or seen the earlier movie, so all this is new to me. That's a big part of it, isn't it? There is time for silence, so the characters seem to be speaking and behaving naturally. Leonard is growing on me but I can't explain why. He's awfully pretty, maybe that's all it is. I can't figure if he really has any character. He's letting himself be pushed around too much. He seems a mismatch with Jacky -- I'd have liked to see how they got together. I liked Mr. Wilcox's excuse/explanation of his relationship with Jacky: "I'm a man. I've lived a man's life." But then it makes you ask, well then, what's a woman's life? I suppose a woman could say the same if she had a child outside of marriage: "I wanted a woman's life" -- in the days when women were expected to breed. I like that Margaret and Helen are financially independent. But is 600 pounds a year really a lot, when Leonard moans that 8 pounds is a lot of money? Or is 600 the income and they have more money invested?
  2. Understandable. For awhile I thought the saloon was a pass-through on the way to Heaven or Hell, sort of a purgatory. Joe was sort of "god-like" in the way he managed people's lives, set them on new paths. I looked for video of Paul Draper but couldn't find anything that compared to what he did in this movie. I'm not usually impressed by dancing but this was extra-special.
  3. The eyebrows on that woman in Pomona -- don't people usually to avoid the uni-brow look? There used to be an advertising slogan -- "Even your best friends won't tell you". Somebody tell her! I'm getting tired of old coots who think they're cute. Walter Brennan as Grandpa McCoy was cute. Stinky drunks who've worn out the crotch on their jeans are not.
  4. That's a shame. Does your town not have a leash law? One lady in my neighborhood is having a hell of a time walking her dog. She goes one way and has to deal with a pit bull who is chained up but who has previously broken the chain. If she walks the other way, she has to deal with a wolf-coyote-? mix who isn't tied and who keeps trying to jump its fence.
  5. The Voice of Bugle Ann, 1936, Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O'Sullivan. I'm a sucker for Lionel Barrymore. It's set in Missouri with hill country farmers who raise hounds to hunt fox. It's explained early on that the fox is never killed -- the dogs just chase until the fox goes to its hole. The enjoyment is in the men's ability to recognize the sounds of their dogs, their location, predicting their behavior, and calling the dogs off the hunt. We know from the on-screen guide that a farmer kills the man who kills his dog, so when we see Barrymore raise Bugle Ann from a pup, and we hear everyone talk about how much he loves her, we know Bugle Ann's fate. Thankfully, it doesn't happen on-screen. The movie starts with puppies, and they're so cute! The runt of the litter becomes Bugle Ann, named because of her distinctive and rare bugling voice. It was interesting that the newborn pup has the same markings as older Bugle Ann, so either the movie took a few months to film or they managed to find two dogs with the same markings. There's a funny scene where Barrymore is holding the pup and the pup starts to lick his face. Barrymore pulls back and then decides to just go with it -- who can resist a puppy! The movie's cinematography is outstanding, so much so that I looked up the cinematographer -- it's Ernest Haller -- Cinematographer for Oscar Best Picture winner Gone with the Wind (1939), and seven other Best Picture nominees: Captain Blood (1935), Jezebel (1938), Four Daughters (1938), Dark Victory (1939), All This, and Heaven Too (1940), Mildred Pierce (1945) and Lilies of the Field (1963). He does great stuff with light and shadow and the hunt scenes -- we see shots of foxes, skunk, raccoons, and other furry things as the hounds race by. There are a couple of scenes where it seems to be daylight in one section and night in another, but that's okay. Worth watching also for a courtroom scene where Barrymore talks about dogs, how special the relationship is.
  6. The Time of Your Life, 1948, based on the William Saroyan play that won a Pulitzer and the NY Drama Critics Circle award. James Cagney, William Bendix, Ward Bond, Broderick Crawford, Spring Byington -- the only actors I recognized. It's another film that I almost stopped watching (I didn't like Jeanne Cagney's character, who showed up early). But this movie might be permanently on the DVR. It was really surprising. It's set in a bar in San Francisco in the late 1930's. Cagney plays Joe, who spends his days sitting at a table interacting with various people who come into the bar. Joe is all about people -- being involved, listening, understanding, not judging, not being obvious, not always butting in, sometimes just watching. But the main reason the movie is a keeper is the dancer, Paul Draper. I'm no dance expert, but if Fred Astaire is considered a 10, Draper is an 11. His character wants to be a comedian but his routines are inscrutable and humorless. And then he starts to dance. One of his dances was an interpretation of a politician, giving a speech. He said that's what he was going to do but even if he hadn't said it, you'd know that's what he was presenting. It was stunning. The other revelation was Reginald Beane, a man who came to the bar looking for work. He faints from hunger, Nick the bar owner feeds him (Nick feeds everyone), and after he recovers, he walks by the piano, sits down, and starts to play. There's also a character described as an Arab who plays harmonica, a newspaper boy who wants to be a lyric tenor, an old coot who looks like Kit Carson and tells stories that had me laughing out loud, and a few others, including a bad guy who tries to shake Nick down. It's kinda messy -- unstructured -- but just wonderful, and I'm so glad TCM showed it and that I watched it. I just wish there was more Paul Draper on film. Because wow.
  7. I didn't watch this one until today. I remembered what you wrote so I was paying attention. JJ notices the short dress and thigh high boots. She doesn't quite roll her eyes. It's more of sigh and "What is the world coming to?" And then later she talks about living too long. It's understandable. Those people are just evil. It's one thing to give a dog a sip of beer, but to fill a water bowl with vodka?
  8. First I've heard of it. I live in the rural Midwest. The Indians around here are mostly physicians. Gas stations are all a part of chains. No clue who owns the car washes.
  9. I don't see the comment as disrespectful. There's a term for that kind of comment but I can't come up with it. It'd be like me wearing a cocktail dress, my kid asking me where I was going, and I say I'm going to clean the basement. Sarcasm? Here's your sign?
  10. Ha! That's the one. I used to be able to make my voice sound like that but I've lost that talent. I wonder if it's something that could be corrected surgically -- tonsils, adenoids, vocal cords -- ? Or not -- he speaks clearly and that's what's important. It's distracting the first time he speaks, and then I get used to it.
  11. I wonder if Missoula will be back in the spring. Winters are severe up there. Although wasn't there a bit of Missoula in the last episode? Wasn't that where the tall cop with the odd voice was talking to a drunk who had threatened a 12-year-old? And Officer Bill was doing a drunk test on someone?
  12. I wouldn't be able to handle either of your jobs. Until you're both better paid, thank you. I can't even imagine what it must be like to have to treat some of the sadder cases. You know that a lot of those folks haven't been able to bathe in days, weeks, ? They're likely to be frightened, if they're even aware of what's going on. We see them being surly and obnoxious with people who are just trying to help them, and it's really hard to be sympathetic. And then there are the ones who are just a@@holes. I just want to smack some of 'em upside the head, and tell them to shut up.
  13. As I sit here for about five minutes, three of the ads being discussed were just played. I'm okay with the puppy being in the Chewy ad, as if he's already in his new home. We want to see the cute puppy. A puppy ad without a puppy is just wrong. And it's true that new dog owners will get all kinds of advice, even if they've had dogs all their lives. It's what we do. Same thing with new babies, new cars, new appliances, new lovers -- people will give advice on how to care for them. I like McConaughey. He's a great talk show guest -- really knows how to tell a story and doesn't come off as narcissistic as the ads imply. Have no clue about his personal hygiene. I just hate all the pharmaceutical ads. Whenever I see one, all I can think is "Why don't you put that money into research?" And I imagine all the people who have those conditions bombarding their caregivers with requests to prescribe the drug. Pimping drugs to patients just seems wrong. We're not being shown new surgical techniques -- why show us the new drugs? Especially when the possible side effects are so potentially devastating.
  14. If they were going to be that shady, why didn't they just sign his name? I doubt anyone at the SSA would take the trouble to dig out something else he'd signed and compare the signatures. But it's unlikely that the cover-up was to protect the husband's personal info. What's dad gonna do? Memorize the SSN and open some charge accounts? And why would his name (the son-in-law) be on those papers anyway?
  15. Could be, but I think the old-time shirts were linen or cotton. Dog Man's shirt looked like knit. I've seen those for sale as sleepwear, but in the women's section. It did look comfortable. I pity the judge (or attorney) who has to explain to Mailbox Man that a simple touch can be assault. He probably pushed harder than what he admitted.
  16. The Great Divide: Obama to Trump -- it's an eye-opener. I'm a Liberal Democrat but I've voted locally for Republicans and Independents. My husband is a Republican but has also voted off the ticket. I've had a hard time understanding what happened in 2016 and this documentary is just what I needed. I guess I don't have any profound insights about the doc, except that there are some profound insights to be had -- like how Trump felt that his legitimacy was being questioned, with the investigation into Russian interference. It's ironic that he couldn't see that his Birther movement did the same for Obama. It's sad that (apparently) Trump was prepared to be "presidential" from the beginning -- to tone down his rhetoric and try to appeal outside his base -- but was stopped by Steve Bannon and others. I'll probably watch this more than once -- there's a lot to digest, even though none of it is particularly complicated. I'm interested in opinions of Trump supporters.
  17. I think it's partly the unnecessary CPS call and partly allowing her son to shack up with a teenager and make a baby. How bad must the girl's mother have been that the father gets custody of the other two girls? Damn.
  18. I agree. It's weird -- if they see that someone wants to be on TV, they move the camera off them, but when someone asks not to be filmed, they blow him off. I don't like the patronizing attitude some of the cops have. Calling people "bro" and "brother". They're not fooling anyone. Also the Come to Jesus/Fatherly talks about getting their life straight -- these people have been hearing that for years. If they didn't listen to mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, teachers, preachers, siblings, employers, friends -- they're not going to listen to you either.
  19. I want to know what happened with the guy in Nye County who said his wife drove off and left him. It's eye-opening, how much police work involves mental health/psychological intervention. Amazing that they (most of them) have so much patience. It's interesting to think about how different police work would be if marijuana was legal in all 50 states. Frustrating to think that what gets you a ticket in some states puts you in jail in other states. A few episodes ago they had a dealer who was released -- even after the cop found quantity and cash -- and a guy with a few buds for personal use went to jail. Makes no sense.
  20. I liked the Tudor in Des Moines. The owners should have done something about that black stuff on the garage though. It looked like mold but I've never seen black mold in the open air. It was nice to see three fairly distinct styles. I muted the episode -- wife's voice had a nasal quality, hard to listen to. Made me feel sorry for her husband, but I suppose he's accustomed to it.
  21. That's funny. I've written movie scripts in my dreams too, but they weren't as detailed as yours. All I remembered when I woke up was that it was an excellent movie. I've also solved world problems and made scientific advances and written books. And walked around in public topless, but that's universal, I think. Did anyone else catch The Late Show -- Art Carney, Lily Tomlin, Bill Macy. Los Angeles noir and it did remind me a bit of Chinatown, the seediness of some of the locations. The plot involved a cheating spouse, a kidnapped cat, and the body count was surprisingly high, especially for a story with a comic element. Carney was excellent, as usual, and Lily Tomlin -- dang. I'm not sure there was a script for her role. It was almost as if the director described her character and told her to wing it. She was perfect.
  22. Was it for Bloomberg? She's endorsed him. I fast-forward the ads so if there was one, I didn't see it. And I live in Iowa -- we've been bombarded with political ads for more than a year. I'll be so glad when the caucuses are over and the politicians can ignore us again.
  23. I'd really like to know how plaintiff saved thousands of dollars to give to defendant. Her demeanor made me think she has a mental disability of some sort. And JJ seemed to recognize that there was something amiss. Did she say plaintiff was "challenged" or "vulnerable" -- something like that. She was a bit more animated in the hallterview. And the plaintiff in the second case, whose only income is making soaps and lotions at home? Nuh uh. She's getting some kind of assistance or child support, or she has a regular job but doesn't want anyone to know.
  24. I feel the same way. I needed someone NOT to like in Sanditon, some conflict. None of the characters felt like real people, compared to everyone from Howard's End -- heck, even the postman there had personality. Charlotte's wide-eyed expression got old really fast. Lady Denham is way too mild and too friendly. (I've only watched the first hour though.) Maybe the thing would be to wait and watch Sanditon later, when Howard's End isn't fresh in my mind.
  25. Good point. But she'd wasted so much time -- she's terrible at repeating herself -- she was tired of the case and wanted it to go away. That case was one where JJ needed to use her listening ears. She didn't give anyone enough time to explain the deal they'd worked out, what the defendant did, and how much he was paid. I wonder how much of her confusion is on the producers. I assume they interview the parties, and don't rely solely on the papers filed in the local courts. ??
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