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I finally got around to watching John Wick 3. It's almost non-stop action with l-o-n-g fight scenes and a high body count. I was almost physically fatigued watching all the fighting. Despite all the violence, I enjoyed the subtle and not so subtle humor like when Halle Berry went off on a revenge killing spree because someone killed her dog (similar to what set off John Wick in the first movie).

John Wick 3 is better than John Wick 2. From the ending of John Wick 3, there's going to be a John Wick 4 and I hope Halle Berry returns.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSXc5z9F7Do&t=152s

 

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Yes enjoyed Wick 3........I always think of these films as a computer game with different levels to defeat....Brief interludes then it's straight into the next level. 

The dog theme comes into its own here........Good fun.

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Watched the start of a new drama series on Channel 4 last night, Catch-22!

Clooney was good, going ape shit as his recruits couldn't march!!!

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11 hours ago, firth1974 said:

Watched the start of a new drama series on Channel 4 last night, Catch-22!

Clooney was good, going ape shit as his recruits couldn't march!!!

I hope the incessant trailers will stop now  on Ch 4! 

I remember seeing the film, and reading the book back in 1970. Very funny book. Is it a drama series or comedy?

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16 hours ago, jacko said:

 

I remember seeing the film, and reading the book back in 1970. Very funny book. Is it a drama series or comedy?

Seems the producers, writers, actors, etc... are not sure or can not make up their minds.

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On 6/18/2019 at 4:05 AM, midlifecrisis said:

I watched the first three episodes of "Chernobly" today and WOW!

This is one of the best docudramas I have ever seen.

A great cast. Great writing. "Chernobyl" fills in a lot of missing knowledge on the severity of the situation, their difficulties within a closed society, while undescoring the courage of many, many people.

In my opinion it is a must see and thank those who recommended it as I was a bit hesitant to watch it initially.

I've recorded all five episodes and agree it's very good, a bit too good. If the actors had attempted Russian accents instead of speaking their native English it would have been even more realistic.

I watched the first two episodes and have had to give it a rest for a while as it's rather depressing especially as the situation develops further and you know things are only going to get even worse. And it's impossible for there to be a more cheerful conclusion.

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I found it depressing before the end of the first episode, much for the same reason. Plus to some degree a feeling of despair knowing that there was such pointless waste of life for the first responders.

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5 hours ago, yogi100 said:

I've recorded all five episodes and agree it's very good, a bit too good. If the actors had attempted Russian accents instead of speaking their native English it would have been even more realistic.

I watched the first two episodes and have had to give it a rest for a while as it's rather depressing especially as the situation develops further and you know things are only going to get even worse. And it's impossible for there to be a more cheerful conclusion.

 

4 hours ago, Bob Belzy said:

I found it depressing before the end of the first episode, much for the same reason. Plus to some degree a feeling of despair knowing that there was such pointless waste of life for the first responders.

Funny the differences we three had emotionally. I watched it all in one day. I can understand your criticisms though.

Nobody knew what they were dealing with. The people on the bridge, for instance.

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10 hours ago, midlifecrisis said:

 

Funny the differences we three had emotionally. I watched it all in one day. I can understand your criticisms though.

Nobody knew what they were dealing with. The people on the bridge, for instance.

That's probably the issue. The only mystery line in the story was the one that only the real players were completely unaware of.

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45 minutes ago, Bob Belzy said:

That's probably the issue. The only mystery line in the story was the one that only the real players were completely unaware of.

They were flying blind in a political system that restricted people knowing.

There was a known flaw to the kill switch but it was supressed. That's not to say it can't happen in the free world but a closed society exacerbates that problem.

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3 hours ago, midlifecrisis said:

They were flying blind in a political system that restricted people knowing.

There was a known flaw to the kill switch but it was supressed. That's not to say it can't happen in the free world but a closed society exacerbates that problem.

For a moment there I thought you were talking about Boeing 🙂

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9 minutes ago, Bob Belzy said:

For a moment there I thought you were talking about Boeing 🙂

lol

it is the same kind of thing. Except we would have never heard about Aeroflot having Boeings kind of problem.

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5 hours ago, English Rose on the Poon said:

I 1st watched breaking bad about 6 years ago..the whole series in a week and i thought it was great...watched it again recently and was still caught up in the characters again especially jesse..a brilliant show.

They did a prequel, Better Call Saul. Not as good but some of the same characters like Saul Goodman and Gus Fring.

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On 2/19/2019 at 1:48 PM, BigusDicus said:

We just returned from vacation.  Worn, tired and bad weather we stayed home this last weekend.  Binge watched season 3 of the Last Kingdom on Netflix.  Simple, easy to follow, very watchable like the first two seasons.  I think my wife has the hots for the star although she will not admit it.

Speaking of Daniel Craig.  We watched Casino Royale on Netflix, the reboot of the James Bond series and Daniel Craig's premiere as Bond.  Excellent movie.  Craig is a first class Bond - swept the wife off her feet when the movie premiered 12-13 years ago.  She admitted it then....I cannot image her ever fooling around on me, BUT - I would never leave her alone with him....

Another series we finished over the weekend on Netflix (I think) was Bad Blood.  A mafia drama set in Montreal.  At times watchable, I found it somewhat boring, a cheap Godfather knockoff (they blatantly stole several key lines).  The wife liked it more than me.  Perhaps because one of the main stars was also in Sons of Anarchy, a big favorite of hers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_Blood_(TV_series)

 

Recently watched the 2nd season of Bad Blood.  Much more sophisticated writing, production values, etc.  Still nothing great but I enjoyed it much more than the 1st season.  Watchable!

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A new documentary by Cameron Crowe about David Crosby: Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash (& Young), etc.  Have not see it.  Couple of our friends have - say it is very good. 

My first big concert was Led Zeppelin.  The second was Crosby, Stills & Nash - Neil Young showed up half way through.

Cameron Crowe directed the movie Almost Famous (and a few others) and a Showtime series called Roadies, two of my favorites!

https://www.wsj.com/articles/david-crosby-remember-my-name-review-looking-back-on-a-life-intensely-lived-11563480253

‘David Crosby: Remember My Name’ Review: Looking Back on a Life Intensely Lived

The musician offers insights on mortality and music in this probing new documentary produced by Cameron Crowe.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Joe Morgenstern
 

Good interviews require good questions. In “David Crosby: Remember My Name,” a fine documentary directed by A.J. Eaton, some excellent questions are posed from behind the camera by the producer, the veteran rock journalist and filmmaker Cameron Crowe. The best one is the simplest: “Do you ever wonder why you are still alive?”

At this stage of his mortal journey David Crosby is not easily taken aback. During a tumultuous career he has answered countless questions, not only about his music but about his addictions, his rageful behavior, his self-destructive behavior, his prison time and, in recent years, the perilous state of his health. To that most pointed of questions, though, he replies in a chastened whisper: “I don’t know. I have no idea, man.” Yet he does know, as much as anyone can, and the beauty of the film is that by the end of it we know too.

What’s for sure is that Mr. Crosby is intensely alive—he was 76 when the interviews were shot, and turns 78 next month—notwithstanding two or three heart attacks (it’s the closest he comes to providing a definitive count), eight stents (the maximum, he says, his heart will accommodate), a well-publicized liver transplant, the ravages of diabetes, and a prognosis that is less than promising.

 
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David Crosby (center), jamming with Neil Young (left), Stephen Stills (right) and Tim Drummond (bass) PHOTO:JOEL BERNSTEIN/SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

Playing to the camera cannily, he’s a commanding presence, by turns a white-maned lion in a mild California winter and a troubadour Falstaff recounting great stories of the times he has seen and the music he has played, first with the Byrds, then with Crosby, Stills & Nash followed by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and all of the stories salted with references to the songs—“Time is the final currency”—or with such vivid phrases as describing falling for Joni Mitchell as “similar to falling into a cement mixer.” (The latter is offered by way of a compliment. “She’s the best singer-songwriter of all of us,” he adds. “No question. Hands down.”)

 

Lest this sound like hagiography, vivid language is turned against its subject as well. There’s Graham Nash saying “He tore the heart out of CSN and CSNY in the course of a few months.” And Mr. Crosby defers to no one in deploring the damage he has done. “There was boundaries I crossed that you haven’t thought of,” he tells the questioner behind the camera. “I hurt a lot of girls. I hurt a lot of people.”

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David Crosby and Cameron Crowe PHOTO: SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

The heart of the film, though, lies in what remains closest to Mr. Crosby’s heart—not the bum one with the eight stents but the musical one that has been churning out new songs and albums with improbable, unquenchable zest. True to its subject, who has been true to his muse, “David Crosby: Remember My Name” is about music in a revelatory way.

When Mr. Crosby looks back on those addictions of the past his eyes narrow to dull slits, but they light up, and his tone grows warm, when he speaks of his willing servitude to his art. “All four of us,” he says, referring to his CSNY colleagues, “are still slaves to the music.” Why he’s still alive is partly the luck of the draw, as it is for all of us. Clearly, though, an essential part, even if he doesn’t cop to it under questioning, is what he has always done and still needs to do with his voice and fingers when his time is running short.

 

Write to Joe Morgenstern at joe.morgenstern@wsj.com

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Appeared in the July 19, 2019, print edition as 'David Crosby: Looking Back on a Life Intensely Lived.'

 

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On 4/26/2019 at 7:02 PM, BigusDicus said:

I had a few days of business in Las Vegas this week.  So we headed out early last Friday, 19 to spend a nice weekend where it is warm (been unseasonably cold here in S Cal the last few months.  Barely made 65 degrees today at the beach!  Simply has been a horrid winter and spring so far).  Wife flew home Monday morning.  I remained for my, uh....business meetings (hum, perhaps I should start a new thread - why I like Las Vegas...).

Neither of us gamble (I gave it up decades ago when one night in London my first wife got her clock cleaned at Les Ambassaduers  while I was flirting with an incredibly beautiful blackjack dealer in another room.  But Vegas has absolutely incredible restaurants, shows, people watching and an amazing social scene.  We usually have a half way decent time. 

After relaxing at the hotel for a couple hours and a bottle of wine, we headed out for some food and adventure.  Started at her new favorite restaurant,  Yardbird Southern Table & Bar     https://www.venetian.com/restaurants/yardbird.html  

Busy, very popular place.  Open (in Vegas) for around 1.5 years.  Still extremely difficult to get a reservation.  When its just the two of us or on my own try to get a seat at the bar (can be a challenge) where you can also eat.  We lucked out and were able to get  bar seats within minutes.  We came across the original Yardbird in Miami 2-3 years ago (hotel recommended it).  Our waiter recommend one of their specialties, Waffles & Fried Chicken (who the boink would want waffles and chicken I thought).  "Seriously" I asked?  "Sir, we have people who travel from near and far for it...".  One of the best meals I have ever had!

A couple seats next to us at the bar opened, two couples crowded in.  Fun, we all drank too much, ate too much, after three hours headed down the Strip drinking even more.  Woke up the next morning feeling like warm puppy pooh.  Around 1 pm I turned the TV on.

Okay, you are wondering why I am writing ALL this in a thread about movies and TV?

Eventually we began the 5th season of Bosch on Amazon Prime.   

 

Seasons 1-4 were incredible!  Season 5 started out very, very strong.  Each episode got better and better. Around the 4th or 5th episode I said "We should get cleaned up and get ready to go out".  "No, no, just one more...".  6th episode, "Lets go", "No, no, just one more...", 7th - "No, no, just one more...".  After the 8th I turned the TV off said get in the shower.  "But we can order pizza instead and finish" said the brat who normally is up for any excuse to dine and socialize, especially in Vegas would rather watch Bosch than go out on a Saturday night.  Amazing!  We got out close to 10 pm !!!

Sorry guys.  A long way to go to say Bosch is really, really good.  Watch it!

Chicken and waffles.  They do it different in London !!!

 

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EL CAMINO

A Breaking Bad Movie

 

Releases on Netflix.  Oct 11

Fugitive Jessie Pinkman attempts to outrun his past.  Directed by "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan, starring Aaron Paul.

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Enjoying City on the hill, a Showtime series also airing on Sky Atlantic in Ireland and UK. Kevin Bacon is brilliant

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On 9/25/2019 at 12:06 AM, dirtydawg said:

Enjoying City on the hill, a Showtime series also airing on Sky Atlantic in Ireland and UK. Kevin Bacon is brilliant

Thanks for the heads up, I wasn't sure when it was on in the UK so I'll series link and catch up.

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Watched the Red Sea Diving Resort movie the other week.

Based on a the true story of the Mossad and their plans to evacuate Jews from Ethiopia to Sudan and then onto Israel, by buying an old diving resort and using it as a cover story, only for the resort to be discovered by other tourists! They actually operated it for real and became quite profitable. 

Movie not quite as good as the true life story, but still not a bad watch.

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