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  1. I don't care about Harley. I've never cared about Harley. I despise this tarted up 'Daddy's Little Monster' design. And holy crap am I ever sick of the Joker. How many hot takes of this maniac can there be? Too many. Don't care. Birds of Prey mattered to me but this is a gigantic turn off. I very seriously doubt I'll be seeing this in the theaters. None of it is getting me excited. Also... was Ewan channeling his best Mark Hamill there? 'Cause it sounded like it.
  2. Then y'all had to bring up Bruce who I've been obsessed with for the past couple of years. First off, many country singers have covered Bruce's songs but that's not particularly unusual. Bruce is a great writer. But it's been really funny when I'm telling my sister 'Listen to this song...' and she goes 'I've heard this. Why have I heard this? Oh... Faith Hill did that.' When he talks about 'The River' it's based on his little sister who did get pregnant in high school by her boyfriend -- a bull rider -- they got married and moved to south Jersey where all the cowboys lived. And they still go to the rodeo every year. New Jersey. Where the cowboys lived. Granted, Jersey in Bruce's youth was very different but I can tell you that what I always thought Jersey was isn't necessarily what it is. As for 'Western Stars' there is a conceptual facet to it... about a guy who goes to Hollywood to be a stuntman in the westerns. It somehow fits country and doesn't... well, not the country we know now. If some country star doesn't cover 'Hitch Hikin' then I don't even know. (Actually, the whole album... someone's got to pull some of those songs out to do. It just doesn't make sense otherwise.) Also, big thank you to the video above with Brian Setzer. He's rockabilly! That's been his thing since the 80s! Of COURSE he fits!!
  3. Garth Brooks came to our Mid-State Fair two years ago and, obviously, it was a Big Fucking Deal. It sold out almost immediately and Garth added another show because of it. I was, happily, at a lake in Virginia at the time and didn't have to deal with any of it. However, our business is a fair sponsor so all of our employees were practically frothing at the mouth to get tickets through the sponsorship. I was waiting for cage matches to start, to be honest. I am, personally, not a big fan of country music. The old stuff is nostalgic to me but, man, my Dad used to drag us to bluegrass festivals when I was young and I really hated them. I've probably seen all the big names but I just remember being bored out of my mind the entire time. I probably wasn't allowed to bring a book so that had a lot to do with it. See, Dad was a musician himself. He played at bars in college (loved the folk scene) and basically played his whole life because he loved it and he was good at it. When I say he played John Denver all the time, I mean he played the guitar himself and sang the songs himself. So Dad played and Mom had the radio on all the time growing up... thus... music everywhere. I love music, I got that from my parents, and while I'm no big fan of country as a whole, I love history and how things tie together. And a good song is a good song. Period. I was actually pretty excited to see Gram Parsons in this because for as little time as he was around, well, he did bring Emmylou into country and... has anyone watched the Keith Richards: Under the Influence doc on Netflix? He goes to the Opry and is looking at the exhibits there and is asked if he has a Nudie suit. Keith does. Gram gave it to him. Keith was already a lover of all music but Gram really opened the doors for him with country. (They have the picture of Gram with Keith and mention 'Wild Horses.') Listen to 'The Worst.' That is a country song. It couldn't be anything else. I had no idea about Townes Van Zant before watching this. Wow. As much as I love the various versions of 'Pancho and Lefty' hearing Townes do it somehow makes the words clearer. What a writer.
  4. They collaborated on some songs. George showed up in at least one of Gill's music videos. George didn't come up with the 'Sweetpea' nickname for Vince out of nowhere. The song was inspired first by Whitley and it doesn't take much to see the parallel given Jones' infamous struggles with alcohol. Hell, one of the scenes in Gill's video is George parodying the story of him driving to a liquor store on his lawnmower because Tammy had hidden the keys to all their various cars. There was a relationship there.
  5. 'Sledgehammer' unfortunately suffered for me by being completely over-played. I liked it at first because it was in keeping with Peter Gabriel's absolute weirdness but it was on ALL THE TIME.
  6. I have to agree. Johnny Cash transcended country music. I will say that I wish they had gone further with the bit about being dropped from Columbia because the Nashville establishment did that to a lot of country stars. Rick Rubin revitalizing Cash's career at the end was a huge thing but it also not a stand alone. Merle Haggard went with a punk label to do an album and actually made a vow on stage in the 90s (maybe?) to never sign with a Nashville label again. Jack White produced Loretta Lynn's 'Van Lear Rose' on Interscope Records which was definitely not known as a country label. You had a very brief segment of George Strait, Reba, Alan Jackson and Randy Travis where they were called the 'new traditionalists' but it wasn't acknowledged that, at the time, Nashville was cutting out their actual long-term stars out. What about at the CMA awards in the 90s where George Jones was up for single of the year but they would only give him a minute to play and told him to abridge the song to fit. Jones refused to show up. So Alan Jackson interrupted his own performance to insert some of 'Choices' as a protest. So with all of that, showing Cash's resurgence is an important part of the story. Plus, it doesn't matter how many times I hear his version of 'Hurt' -- it guts me every time. Meanwhile, 'Friends in Low Places' I call 'That Fucking Song' because when I was in college, in Kentucky, I couldn't escape it. My dorm shared a building with a frat house and it's all I heard. It was played at all the parties. It was played in the evening. When I came back between classes, there it was. When I woke up in the morning... THERE IT WAS. I can't stand Garth Brooks but he was so huge he infiltrated everything. My sister got tickets to see him last year and when she came back she was all 'I am not a Garth Brooks fan but I knew every song he played.' I said 'I HATE Garth Brooks but I'd probably know every song he played, too. He was everywhere.' Also, Vince Gill crying as he sang at George Jones' memorial will rip my heart out every. single. time. Sweetpea, indeed.
  7. This is hilarious because my Mom's best friend never got it. But I don't think it was a 'whatever' thing... she honestly didn't get what the song was saying. Mom repeatedly tried to explain it to her. "He's dead. Susan. He said he'd love her until he died. And that's what happened." It's one of those quintessential country songs for me but every time I hear it I think about my Mom's friend and then also think 'Dude. She's over you. Move on.' And it wouldn't surprise me if the lady of the song did show up just to make sure she was free of that obsessive creep once and for all.
  8. John Denver is hugely important to me because my Dad loved him and played his music all of the time. I remember becoming aware of this... I was probably 3-4 years old so we're talking 1975-6. Here's the thing, I know my Dad fell in love with John Denver's work because of the folk scene -- Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, etc. 1975 we were living in Utah in the shadow of the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. John Denver's music illustrated the landscape of my earliest memories because what he sang about was right outside our windows. Both my parents started listening to country music in the late 60s so this whole series is just... filling in those sounds of my youth. So, for me, John Denver is very much country despite what the establishment felt. (Olivia Newton-John is a very different story.) I've been chatting with my Mom about the show and I know the most recent episodes hit particularly close to home for her. She LOVED Waylon. She loved George Jones and Tammy Wynette. My Mom had and EIGHT TRACK of Loretta and Tammy back in the day and, man, those songs were the soundtrack to going to the grocery store or softball practice. When I was learning how to talk I knew Merle Haggard immediately on the radio and would announce it. But I spoke really fast and couldn't pronounce my r's so my grandmothers or my aunts and uncles didn't know what I was talking about when I would excitedly say 'Mua Hagga!' whenever he came on the radio. Apparently, I would get so mad I'd stomp my foot. Relatives STILL tell this story about me. And when we hear Merle, they all go 'It's Mua Hagga!' There has not been one episode that hasn't hit me hard in the nostalgia bone. My sister and I saw Dolly a couple of years ago and it's just as magical as you might think. We're hoping Loretta goes on tour or something soon because we need to see her, too.
  9. I'd actually have been happy with that. The concept of Natasha/Bruce was interesting to me but the execution SUCKED. I can dig around for bits and scraps but... meh. It didn't have legs. Not at all. Asexual Natasha is far more interesting a concept to me to be honest.
  10. I had to laugh when Anna said 'Then don't run into fire' because that's basically what World of Warcraft healers say ALL THE TIME to the big time dps characters (like rogues and mages) during dungeons and raids. But that's a load of geekery anyway. I also like Anna asking Kristoff if he thought Elsa was acting weird and he was all 'she's acting like Elsa?' Which just furthers the idea that Anna and Elsa are both weirdos and I'm totally down with that. These trailers are really interesting. I'm into it.
  11. I'm glad I haven't seen any of this... despite the fact that the puppets are kind of creepy. It's not something I noticed when I was 4 and watching Mr. Rogers with rapt attention. Daniel Striped Tiger was extremely important to me as a child. (I love that he lives on in his own animated show that my young nieces watch.) I couldn't even tell you why, exactly. He was just extremely important to me.
  12. Natasha/Bruce was interesting to me conceptually. It just didn't sing on screen. Or maybe it just didn't hit the right beats. Ultimately, I can believe that Bruce and Natasha do not fit in the long run (much like I don't think Peggy and Steve are well matched for a long term relationship) because there are differences at their core that aren't going to mesh, romantically, in the long run. Ultimately, I think the scene in Ultron where she shoves him off the ledge as Bruce and he comes back up as Hulk solidifies that. Nat, for some reason, 'adores' Bruce but, guess what? He's not what's needed and she's going to do what's needed. Bruce already struggles with the Hulk to know he's not necessarily safe with a partner; that it's not up to him whether or not he needs to make that shift... well. And there were nods to Bruce/Natasha in later movies... it just wasn't ever overt. Which I'm fine with.
  13. I bring up Lego properties too many times I feel but they get a lot of it right and one of my favorite bits in one of the Lego Batman shorts (I believe it's the one where everyone is trying to get him to join the Justice League and he's all 'I'm Batman, I'm a loner') where he's going on about how solitary he is while, in the background, Alfred is handing out smoothies to Nightwing, Batgirl and Robin. And then Batman has to be all 'ALONE!!' at them and they walk off dejectedly. (This also has a better two minute interaction between Bats and Supes than the entirety of Justice League.) I would actually be interested in an expanded Bat-universe. It's so weird.
  14. Proof Chris Evans can act? Ransom appears to hate dogs and they hate him back.
  15. I don't give a shit about Harley Quinn. I didn't give a shit about her in Batman: The Animated Series and I have not given a shit about her since. Unfortunately, what once was apathy has developed into enmity. Because I really did care about Birds of Prey back in the 90s and now it looks like she's co-opted that, too. *sigh*
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