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  1. AliShibaz

    All Episodes Talk

    Hello. This is my first post in this thread. A friend recommended this show to me. I skimmed thru a few episodes and it seemed to me that almost all the episodes were very similar. In a way, most of them were almost identical. Seemed to me that most all of them work like this: A fairly attractive person (let's call them "A") contacts Nev and explains they've been talking to someone (call them "B") on the Net for several months or years and they think they're falling in love with that person although they've never met. Then A meets with Nev and we get to know them a little. Then, Nev arranges for the two people to meet and usually, we find that B has been lying either in a big way or a small way. In most cases, A is disappointed to find that B is either not the gender they said they were or that a few things or almost everything they have said turned out to be nothing but lies. In most episodes, A is extremely disappointed and angry. But then Nev usually helps the two people to come to some kind of understanding and when they part, they may not be friends or lovers, but A is not as angry as they were when they first met B. But then this episode was very different. I won't explain the details because I think if you've been reading this thread, you already know what happened in this episode. But then I got to wondering specifically about this episode: 1) What if these two people were both playing Nev? (or maybe "punking" would be a better term?). What if they had seen the show and one of them asked the other, "Do you think we could construct some kind of story and fool Nev into thinking it was true and get on this show?" 2) I wonder if this idea has occurred to other people and whether anyone might want to try to do something similar? I know that when Judge Judy first started getting popular, college students used to have contests to see if they could pretend they were having some terrible problem with a friend or neighbor or lover and get on the Judge Judy show and make some money by getting her to make a judgement for one of them. I wouldn't even suggest such a thing if this show was about helping people resolve problems and live better lives. If it was a therapeutic show, for example, I wouldn't suggest wasting the time of the hosts because that could cost someone who could really get help from the show. But this show isn't really about helping people. Well, it is, in a small way. But it's more about finding two people - one of which is deceiving the other - and exploiting them by showing them on TV. The hosts and producers of this show aren't doing it primarily to help people. They're doing it to make money by finding people who fit the profile of their show and then constructing an episode of their TV show about these people. But, I'm wondering if it might be fun for two (or more) people to try and concoct situations that would entice this show to meet the people and record an episode about them. I'd think of doing that in a serious way if there was any money in it for the people involved. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like there is. But, for one thing, I'd like to ask if any of you might think that any of the episodes they have produced so far have been "fake"? Does it seem like any of these situations were not real but were just concocted by the participants for the fun of seeing whether they could trick Nev into believing them and putting them on the show? After all, for people who aspire to become actors, they might think this could be a good way to introduce themselves to talent agents or casting directors. Or would that just be a nasty thing to do and would it be best to just put it out of my mind? I can see both sides of this problem and I could well understand if people figured that it would be a terrible thing to try and deceive the producers of this show. On the other hand, it seems like one of the parties involved in every episode is there because they have deceived the other party. So, I wonder if it really would be completely wrong for two people to get together and try to deceive Nev?
  2. The following is a list of my favorite Black & White films (in alphabetical order). Most of these films can be called "Film Noir", but not all of them. I have enjoyed all these films very much and I'm very happy to recommend them to you all. I find it quite amazing that I generally enjoy these films as much or more so than most modern films. Given these films represent the cream of the crop of B&W films, it's not surprising that people may enjoy them more than modern movies with big budgets. Many people feel that all the technical components of modern films (such as CGI) tend to detract from the value of the story. I'm not sure about that. But I do know that I can often lose myself in the 1940s or 1950s and I just feel "swept away" in the past. For each of these films, I will try to include a link to the IMDB data base as well as the IMDB rating. I have found the IMDB rating to be a good way to judge how good (and by "good" I mean entertaining) a film is. The average rating is 7.0. If a film is rated between 7.0 and 8.0, it's likely an entertaining film. If it's rated 8.0 or higher, it's likely a very entertaining film. All the following movies were shot in Black & White. I would like to invite you all to make any comments you like about these films and to post your own favorite B&W films. I sincerely hope you will enjoy these films. . 5 Fingers 1952 Rated 7.8 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044314 I love James Mason and this is one of his best films. During WW2 the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess. James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie . 12 Angry Men 1957 Rated 8.9 https://www.google.com/search?q=imdb+12+angry+men&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam . 711 Ocean Drive 1950 Rated 6.9 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042176 An electronics expert creates a huge bookie broadcast system for his crime boss, and takes over operations when his boss is murdered. His greed leads him on a deadly destructive path. Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Dru, Otto Kruger . Anatomy of a Murder 1959 Rated 8.1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052561 Lee Remick is unbelievable sexy in this film. In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case? James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara . Caged 1950 Rated 8.9 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042296 Excellent film about a womens' prison. A naive nineteen year old widow becomes coarsened and cynical when she is sent to a woman's prison and is exposed to hardened criminals and sadistic guards. Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead, Ellen Corby . Detective Story 1951 Rated 7.6 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043465 On one day in the 21st Precinct squad room, assorted characters form a backdrop for the troubles of hard-nosed Detective Jim McLeod. Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix . Dr Strangelove 1964 Rated 8.5 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012 An insane general triggers a nuclear holocaust while politicians & generals frantically try to stop it. Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden . Executive Action 1973 Rated 6.7 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070046 Rogue intelligence agents, right-wing politicians, greedy capitalists, and free-lance assassins plot and carry out the JFK assassination in this speculative agitprop. Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Will Geer . Impact 1949 Rated 7.0 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041503 A unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy. Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn . In Harm's Way 1965 Rated 7.4 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059309 A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese. John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal . Kansas City Confidential 1952 Rated 7.4 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044789 An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits. John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster . Lady In The Lake 1947 Rated 6.6 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039545 IMHO, this film is very under-rated. It never got the kind of reviews it deserved. The lady editor of a crime magazine hires Philip Marlowe to find the wife of her boss. The private detective soon finds himself involved in murder. Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan . Out Of The Past 1947 Rated 8.1 https://www.google.com/search?q=Out+Of+T+Past+1947&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames. Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas Please note this film is similar to "The Killers", but IMO, "The Killers" is definitely more enjoyable than "Out of The Past". . Mystery Street 1950 Rated 7.8 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042771 A small town cop is helped by a professor when the remains of a pregnant woman turn up on a beach. Ricardo Montalban, Sally Forrest, Bruce Bennett . Schindler's List 1993 Rated 8.9 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108052 In German-occupied Poland during WW 2, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley . Scrooge 1951 Rated 8.1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044008 An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison . Stalag 17 1953 Rated 8.1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046359 Wonderful movie. Possibly one of the best top ten of them all. When two escaping American WW 2 prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer. William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger . The Americanization Of Emily 1964 Rated 7.4 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057840 An American naval officer's talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission. James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas . The Apartment 1960 Rated 8.3 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053604 A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray . The Asphalt Jungle 1950 Rated 7.9 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042208 A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel. Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen . The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 Rated 8.1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046359 This film won the Oscar for Best Film in 1946. It's somewhat dated now. Probably only enjoyable for people who are interested in WW2 films. Three WW 2 veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy . The Big Steal 1949 Rated 7.1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041178 An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee. Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, William Bendix . The Dark Corner 1946 Rated 7.1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038453 Excellent film. Very, very enjoyable. You won't hardly recognize Lucille Ball. She plays a dramatic role and she is nothing like the character she plays in, "I Love Lucy". Secretary tries to help her boss, who is framed for a murder. Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix . The Desert Fox 1951 Rated 7.0 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043461 The story of the final years of the respected WW 2 German general, Erwin Rommel. James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy . The Killers 1946 Rated 7.8 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038669 This film is about an insurance agent who investigates a killing that involves a beautiful but deadly woman. Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner & Edmond O'Brien. . The Killing 1956 Rated 8.0 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049406 Well worth seeing. This film is about a daring daylight robbery at a race track. It was one of director's Stanley Kubrick earliest films. Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards. . The Lady Eve 1941 Rated 8.0 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033804 A magnificent comedy / love story. If you enjoy Preston Sturges films, you will almost certainly love this one. A trio of classy card sharps targets a socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him. Directed by Preston Sturges. Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn . The Longest Day 1962 Rated 7.8 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056197 The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton . The Maltese Falcon 1941 Rated 8.1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033870 A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George . The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 Rated 7.6 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243133 Most people never saw this film. But it's really worth taking the time to see it. A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong. Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco . The Naked City 1948 Rated 7.7 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040636 New York City film noir about two detectives investigating the death of an attractive young woman. The apparent suicide turns out to be murder. Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart . The Seventh Victim 1943 Rated 6.9 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036341 A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance. Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, Jean Brooks . The Treasure of Sierra Madre 1948 Rated 8.3 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040897 IMHO, this was Bogart's best film. Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt . To Kill A Mockingbird 1962 Rated 8.3 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056592 This film is 55 years old but still relevant today and still enjoyable. Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton . Westward The Women 1951 Rated 7.6 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044205 A trail guide escorts a group of women from Chicago to California to marry men that have recently began settling there. Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel, Hope Emerson . White Heat 1949 Rated 8.2 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042041 A great gangster movie. One of the best. A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn. James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien . Witness For The Prosecution 1957 Rated 8.4 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051201 A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise. Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton . Young Frankenstein 1974 Rated 8.1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072431 An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman . Some Like it Hot 1959 Rated 8.3 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053291/ When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon . To Have & Have Not 1944 Rated 8.0 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037382 During WW 2, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan
  3. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    Marvelous? Oh, yes indeed! Now, just tell us how to make them bow. If you can do that, I will go along with almost anything! Bravo! Bravo!
  4. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    I don't know any more than I would ever want to know. I am interested in who you are and why you think we would care. In general, we are a fairly inquisitive bunch. I hope you will give us a chance. You just might be surprised. After all, if we are interested in most of this scum, why do you think we would not be interested in you? I think we would be. I think you should give us a shot! We just might surprise you after all! Any one could choose the wrong rock.You can always mistake our interest for genuine sincerety. Just give us a shot? We may surprise you. After all, if we chose the wrong rock, we could easily choose something else.
  5. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    Yes, OK. Quite right. Thanks for pointing that out. I gues that I just got caught up in the emotion and my brain turned off. I still feel bad for Jessica. Even though she is a criminal prosecution lawyer and the only thing I hate worse than lawyers are criminal lawyers. And the only thing I hate worse than criminal lawyers are criminal prosecution lawyers. I guess my brain just turned completely off.
  6. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    IMO, voting her out was behaving badly towards her. You may not agree. If you don't agree, I will understand. But it sure is impossible for me to explain why. For some reason, this seems to be a very extreme case of bad behavior. I may not know exactly why. But I sure do know that it was a very painful incident. Painful for Jessica, that is. Those tears were real tears. Real painful tears.
  7. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    It's very strange. But I never really cared for Jessica very much all season. But as soon as I saw how the vote went against her and how she cried those tears, for some reason, I felt really bad and I wanted to console her and hug her. I'm sorry they did that to you Jessica. They behaved badly towards you! I'm so sorry! I felt like crying! Maybe you could sneak up on one of them while they sleep and give them a tattoo against their will. That would definitely give them a lesson they would never forget! Lousy Bastards!
  8. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    Why do people keep telling? Allow me to make a guess? It's exciting to have a secret and share a secret. Even if you know that sharing that secret may well cause you great harm, it is still exciting and it makes one feel powerful to have that info and then share that info. I understand the emotion behind your post. You want to know why people continue to be so foolish. Even when they know that opening their mouths will likely cause them great harm .... they do it anyway. Perhaps the lesson is that people value sharing info with others above and beyond causing themselves great harm. What is the lesson? I'm not sure but perhaps it just might be that people can be such dumbass jerks? Maybe. Maybe not. I can't really say for sure. However, if the day should ever come when someone will push a button and launch a whole bunch of nuclear missles and destroy all the life on this planet, my guess will be the cause will be some kind of misunderstanding or quarrel or some kind of hatred between two people belonging to opposite genders. IOW, it will be a fight between a man and a woman. That is just my guess. I don't know which gender it will be who pushes the button. But I'm pretty sure that it will be a serious fight between a man and a woman that starts things going KA-BLOOHIE! I hope not. But I sure would have to guess that is what will do it. Either that. Or a fight about oil or some other source of energy. It's just my guess. To understand fully, I would guess that you really need to examine people of your same gender. It's hard enough to understand the inner workings of people of your same gender. Trying to understand people of the opposite gender is ... well ... sigh ... just forget about it! That is just too difficult. Especially if you are a (BLANK) and you are trying to understand the mental machinations of the (BLANK) gender. (fill in the blanks yourself). I removed the actual gender names because no matter which gender I posted is more difficult to understand, I just knew that I would have to suffer the slings and arrows of massive Shakespearian torment. I may be strong. But IMHO, no one is that strong! I do not intend to sling any offense at anyone. It's freaking impossible. But I don't intend to do that because ... I can't stand up to the kind of abuse I would receive if I did intend to sling some abuse at all the people belonging to one of the genders. Sorry. That is just too much to withstand. It's just impossible. Sorry.
  9. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    Oh. Thanks ever so much for clarifying that. I just found pictures of Caleb and his new gf. She is extremely beautiful. I wish him all happiness.
  10. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    Caleb died? Are you kidding? I hope you are joking. Caleb was on a season of Big Brother and he was a great guy. I was hoping to see him back on Survivor again. Please say it ain't so that he died. Please? Here is a link to Wikipedia that makes it look like he is still alive: https://www.google.ca/search?q=caleb+big+brother&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=DJ83WOSOIOy4jwSu0qCYCw
  11. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    I may be mistaken. But I'm fairly certain these rules were originally made on the spot. In all likelihood, Probst might have halted the filming and met with TPTB and made those rules off camera. But since then, these rules were presented as if they had always been in place. But do you really believe all these cases were anticipated and rules written before Season One ever began? That may be true. But I strongly doubt it. Can we ever know the truth?
  12. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Hannah's a banana!
  13. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    Upon reflection on all of Jessica's tears, it seems to me there just had to be a better way to settle that matter. If that situation ever arises again, I will propose one solution and maybe some of you can propose a better solution? There were 10 people left. Two of them were tied. If I was one of the other eight, I would propose saying something like this to the rest of them: "Am I correct in saying that every one of us doesn't really have a preference for which of those two gets voted out as compared to one of us getting voted out? If so, let me propose this solution:" I will take myself out of the running to decide which of the two goes home. I will pick up a rock and face one direction. The rest of you will go behind my back so I can't see you and stand in some random place. Then, I will throw the rock in the air so that it lands behind me so I can't see where it lands. The person closest to the landing place will then choose which of the two gets voted out. If that is objectionable because it may cause hard feelings by the person who gets voted out and the person who decides, then another way to do this is that all seven of the remaining people can huddle up so the two who got votes can't see what goes on and then, the person standing nearest the rock can just tap someone and that person will decide and they will point in the direction of one of the two people. That may be a little too complicated. But my point is there must be an easy way for the 8 people to choose who will go home in such a way that the person who gets voted out will not know who made the decision. Can anyone here think of a simpler method? The key is that surely the 8 people would prefer one of the two to get voted out instead of one of the eight! IMHO, that is only fair since those two people are the ones who got the most votes. Why should anyone else get voted out? Especially if they never got any votes? Does that seem like a reasonable way to proceed? It may be a little too complicated. But surely someone can think of a simpler way to do it? Maybe someone could just carry some stones to each TC where all of them are one color and one is a different color and then, those stones could be used to decide who will get voted out? Or maybe they could carry 8 straws and one of them could be a short straw? It's just so bizarre and absurd that someone who got no votes should be the person voted out. That's ridiculous and if that is "according to the Rules of Survivor", then it wouldn't surprise me at all because I have a very low opinion of Probst and his intelligence and his making up rules on the spot. IMO, he often makes silly decisions. Just my opinion. There just has to be a better way. Probst really did influence the competition and the vote in several ways. He kept telling some people they had to do certain things. I thought it was unfair. I think Probst has way too much influence on who get voted out. I think he is ridiculous. Or ... maybe just dickless! I must say that I am just terribly unhappy with Probst. I really and truly despise the jerk! Whadda jerk!! I apologize for being so wordy. But there just has to be a better way to decide than for some poor innocent to get voted out given they never did anything to deserve it. And Probst? Holy Shit! Please tell me. How do his "rules" fit in to this wonderful game and its strategy "Outwit, Outlast and Outplay". Probst keeps telling us just how fabulous and fantastic the game of Survivor is. Well ... how fabulous can it be if the winner is, in part, selected by some purely random event? That smells like complete bullshit to me! What a bunch of shit! I'm truly sorry. I have nothing but contempt for Probst. AFAIC, he is just full of shit! A dickless shit bag - full of shit! Completely full of shit! What an asshole cocksucker!!! I'm sorry for using that kind of language. But, for some reason, I just can't help myself for the way I feel. I never did like Jessica very much. But surely, she did not deserve to get voted out like that. She did not deserve to get treated like that. Dspecially since she did not get a single vote. I believe in America. I believe America is better than that. Much better! Much much better!!! No one deserves to be treated like that in America! Fucking Probst! What a jerk! What a fucking jerk!! I like Survivor and so far, I especially like this season. Honest. I truly do. But ... I have had just about had enough of this Probst and I have had just about had enough of this season. What a bunch of fucking bullshit! I am really and truly pissed right off! Probst? If you are reading this, please go away and fuck yourself. You stupid fucking jagoff!
  14. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    When I saw the first episode, I groaned and thought this was a really stupid gimmick. But after thinking about it, it actually might make sense why this season has been so entertaining. If TPTB stumbled onto some gimmick that actually works, I think they should run with it in future seasons. This has been one of the very best seasons ever.
  15. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    I truly do wish there was a way that people who play the goat game could be identified and be sent packing without any money and sent home on a tramp steamer with absolutely no amenities. No air conditioning. Terrible food. And especially no grapefruit. Why no grapefruit? Because in French, "pamplemousse" means grapefruit and I think this poster deserves to be recognized. Pamplemoussse deserves some kind of reward for identifying all those goat gamers.
  16. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    Isn't it bizarre that at some point, the more someone sucks at this game, they actually may win the game? I don't understand how that works. But the crazier Hannah acts, the more people want to keep her around. I just wish she was gone. What a revolting personality. What kind of psychological disorder is it when someone just can't ever shut up? The more she feels threatened, the more she needs to resort to her "blabber mouth" defense. I don't understand it at all. Oh .... if only it were legal to cut her tongue out of her mouth! I'd line up for days if I could ever get the chance.
  17. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    Not dumb so much as crazed with paranoia and OCD and Neuroses and other related psychological defects. Maybe that is the secret to the great casting this season? Just pick a bunch of people who are under psychological care by a psychiatrist or a psychologist? People who don't need to be hospitalized or even medicated. They can function OK at work or in school. They are just generally known for being "weird type" characters. There was a very famous criminal case where someone was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder and spent 23 years in prison. Why? Because the investigating police called him a, "weird type guy". That was all it took to send him to prison for 23 years. It took a very long time to get him out. I think his name was David Milgaard. But I could easily be mistaken. It was a very long time ago. It was a monstrous outrage! It changed my opinion of the police forever.
  18. AliShibaz

    S33.E10: Million Dollar Gamble

    I'm smiling because I see a huge transition among everyone here. So many of us seem to have changed from liking one or more contestant to hating so many. I really am sick of Hannah and want her gone ASAP. She just won't shut up and I can't help but feel that if she wouldn't have kept talking during the moments when people were trying to decide what to do, she might well have been gone. Ever since she badgered Adam & Zeke that night, I've really despised her and want her gone. This season was going so well. It was so interesting. So many tactics involved. Then as soon as Hannah feels threatened, she asks people, "Do you trust me? If you do then vote for X." What a bunch of crap. So sad that people actually believe this stupidity and decide to do what Hannah tells them. I wish I could scream in her ear with 1,000 decibels, "SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP!"
  19. AliShibaz

    Ponderosa: S33

    Seems to me that neither of these people put much importance on the First prize and they really did not put much emphasis on winning or losing in terms of the money. But once someone else put some importance on it, then it became like two siblings where one of them wanted something just because the other one had one and they were just envious. I see them behaving like two pre-school toddlers. They might say, "Jane has one therefore I want one. If Jane can have one, why can't I have one? Waaah! Waaah! Waaah! Waaah! (crying like a baby). They both sound like bratty little cry babies. I just wonder if there might ever be enough time for them to grow up enough to realize just what is going on. But, whatever the truth ... I just have no more time for these two banana brains. F 'em!
  20. AliShibaz

    S01.E08: Chapter Eight: The Griefbearers

    You may be correct - of course. But, I just can't imagine they would think they could successfully "scare" him or "force" him into succumbing to their will. Then again, perhaps they might let Father Bennet live and then try to convince him that God had abandoned him (or there is no God) and then offer him the opportunity to join forces with them to give God some payback. I suppose that might be a possibility. But I would bet that Father Bennet would just be too smart to fall for that foolish ruse. If I was Father Bennet (fat chance, huh?), I would think these people were trying to take advantage of me and use me to give God some nasty retribution and I would hope that I wouldn't fall for that. But, who knows? I'm just speculating about an imaginary scenario. Father Bennet would be living in a real (well, as real as TV can get) extortion scenario. More than anything, my heart goes out to Father Bennet and I would hope he would make a choice that would please God. But who can speculate on what might please God in any given situation. After all, ours is not to reason why. Ours is just to honor and obey the word of God. (I hope).
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    S01.E08: Chapter Eight: The Griefbearers

    I was so very happy to see how Father Bennet was being given a very large chunk of the acting in this show. I began to take his participation for granted and then ... all of a sudden ... KA-BAM! the door was slammed right in my face! I don't know whether I should feel angry by this development or whether I should feel proud of the people who produce this show for stepping out on a limb in the way they did. I suppose, when it comes to Father Bennet's death, I am just left feeling disappointed and confused. I surely do hope that the producers of this show will attempt to reconcile North American TV with the current state of race relations. In the meantime my guess is that we will just be left to fend for ourselves. I don't know whether to cry or to be happy about that. So sad, so very sad. Is there anything that we can do to help the producers make the transition in a smoother way? (Isn't it interesting how close the spelling of "smother" is to "smoother"?) Is there anyone we can write? Is there anyone to whom we can protest? I must admit that Father Bennet's death truly did snatch the wind right out of my sails. Holy Shit!
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    I'd like to say a (very) few words about Preston Sturges. One of my all-time favorite movies is "The Lady Eve" (1941). It starred Barbara Stanwyck & Henry Fonda. I guess it should be called a comedy. But it can also be called a Love Story. It's one of my all-time favorites. But it's also one of my all-time favorite love stories. It is just Great! Great! Great! It was directed by Preston Sturges and it's very typical of his style for a wacky screwball comedy love story". However, it is so much more than just a comedy love story. Another film, somewhat similar to The Lady Eve is Gambit (2012) starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. It is usually rated kind of low which just takes my breath away because IMHO, it should be rated along the lines of a "Wonderful Wonderful Comedy Love Story". If you look up this film in the IMDB data base, it is rated only 5.7. The average film is rated 7.0. A film rated at 6.0 is considered kind of lousy. IMHO, this film deserves a rating of 8.0 or higher. 5.7 is just ridiculous. I sincerely hope some of you might try to watch this film. I'd love to hear your opinions. I really think this film is so much better than 5.7. What a crap rating!!! Stanley Tucci is also in this movie. IMO he is extremely under-rated. He is really and truly great. In this film as well as so many others. I sincerely hope you get the chance someday to take a look at this film. If you like love stories and/or comedies, I think you will be very happy to invest some time to watch this one. I predict you will love it! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033804/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    I'd like to say a few words about Robert Duvall. One of my favorite movies he made is "Tango Assasination" (2002). It wasn't necessariyl a fabulous movie. But the reason I liked it so much was because it co-stars his wife (who is from South America) and I got the romantic notion somehow that they both love to dance the Tango and that he met her on a trip to South America and they fell in love and married and made this movie as a love story to each other. I have no idea how much truth there is in that. But they sure gave off that "love" vibration in this movie and it almost brought tears to my eyes. I am about the same age as RD and I was so very happy to see that he found his love at his advanced age. It made me think that there just may be some hope for me after all. Also .... this lady is an incredible knockout and an incredible dancer too. My favorite RD movie is probably "Tender Mercies" (1983). Again, it may not have been his very finest work. But it must be close. I love this movie because it made me feel just what it's like to meet that perfect somebody and fall in love and marry - no matter how old you are.
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    Documentaries

    Oh Gosh. I never would have imagined that. But I'm very happy because Frontline has produced some of the very finest documentaries ever. I will never forget the one about Bernie Madoff.
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    Actors You Just Can't Stand

    Thank you to Popples & Bastet.
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