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  • Movies to Avoid at All Cost   14 years 19 weeks ago

    AR is a deliberately ugly film. It's about sin: the sin of pride. "She continues to make us all very proud".

  • Movies to Avoid at All Cost   14 years 19 weeks ago

    Folks, JURASSIC PARK: THE LOST WORLD isn't as bad as it's painted either. If you pay attention to the dialogue, it's funny; and the fx are even better than in the first JP.

  • Classical Music And The Movies (With Sound)   14 years 19 weeks ago

    The govt here, in its finite wisdom, is introducing a goods and services tax, so everyone is buying up big before it hits: busy, busy, busy. Six day working week lately. (The modern employment paradox: if you're out of work you've got loads of time but no money to spend, if you're in work you've got the shekels but no time to spend them.)

    I'm sure you've been missed most. There's been a Jim-shaped hole in TL lately. And another J is conspicuously absent - exam time?)

  • 0007. L. Bangs' Great Lyric Challenge   14 years 19 weeks ago

    Thanks! The Rose was written (music and lyrics) by Amanda McBroom and can be found sung by its composer on either McBroom's Dreaming or Portraits: Best of Amanda McBroom. Since the best of was released in 1999, you'd probably have better luck locating it. The Rose is easily her most famous song.

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • 0007. L. Bangs' Great Lyric Challenge   14 years 19 weeks ago

    I really enjoyed this list. I am "into" lyrics. I particularly like the lyrics for the Bette Midler song, "The Rose". There's not a wasted word in the whole song. Anybody know who wrote the lyrics?

  • 0002. 10 (or more) Over-Rated Films   14 years 19 weeks ago

    C'mon, Chagal, when are you going to post a list for us to see? Perhaps a favorite Beatles' song list?

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • 0002. 10 (or more) Over-Rated Films   14 years 19 weeks ago

    I haven't made it around to Best Friends yet. From your suggestion, I guess I should!

    I'll see if I can work up a Funny Films list before too long. I always have trouble remembering many of my favorite funny films; I guess most of them just don't stick in my brain as much as other types of movies do. I'll work on this. It should be fun remembering them!

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • 0002. 10 (or more) Over-Rated Films   14 years 19 weeks ago

    I would like to see a list of really FUNNY movies.
    Is anyone familiar with the old (70's) movie, "Best Friends". This is a Goldie Hawn/Burt Reynolds flick. It is a bit dated now, but I think it really has some good laughs. It is a good rental. Someone let me know what you think...

  • Getting Away From It All: Favorite Fantasy Series   14 years 19 weeks ago

    I tried reading one of the Shannara books when I was younger, but I just couldn't get into it. It was way too dense for me. I think I felt that one series like that (Tolkien) was enough.

    I think that for me, I grew out of both DragonLance and Xanth, but the others I listed are ones that I continue to enjoy.

    Also, in case you are interested, Thieves World was editted by Asprin, and is basically an anthology of short stories by several authors that takes place in the same setting (same city), but they use different characters. It is maybe more "adult" fantasy, in that there are more sexual situations and never any clear good or bad guys (especially when, for one author, a character is a good guy and, for the next, a bad guy).

  • Anyone have any Recommendations?   14 years 19 weeks ago

    Interestingly enough I found A History of Ideas to be irritating and condescending. I put it down. Perhaps I"ll pick it up again sometime later.

  • Some I tried to read but haven't, yet, finished   14 years 19 weeks ago

    I've got a few I've had for a decade and haven't read yet. *sigh* I just keep buying bookcases.

  • Some I tried to read but haven't, yet, finished   14 years 19 weeks ago

    Hey Buber, thanks for your suggestions. Until yesterday, I don't think I'd picked up a book in over three weeks, so I guess I've waited it out. I completely inderstand the not wanting to read what's on your bookshelf. My bookshelf is filled to overflowing with books I've purchased but haven't yet read, mostly because I'll go to the library and see other books I'd rather read. Do you know I have books that I bought over a year ago and I haven't even taken a look at?

  • Jojo's Funniest Movies   14 years 19 weeks ago

    With the two Mel B. films on your list, I have to ask if you have seen The Producers yet. Totally tasteless and off the wall, The Producers is the funniest film I have ever seen.

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • Anyone have any Recommendations?   14 years 19 weeks ago

    An interesting book that touches upon the history of ideas is A History of Knowledge by Charles Van Doren. It is written for the average reader. A wonderful book about the history of science and philosophy and the effects movements in these fields have on people and each other is Science and the Modern World by Alfred North Whitehead; the book is difficult, and you may not agree with Whitehead's neo-Platonism that seeps through in parts, but you won't waste your time reading it.

    For a history of philosophy, I find it hard to beat John Passmore's sadly out-of-print Hundred Years of Philosophy. Despite its title, the book traces most ideas far enough back to provide a pretty solid understanding of Western philosophy.

    Just a few suggestions. Have you read J. M. Roberts' History of the World or the Durants' Story of Civilization? I love Story; I am halfway through Roberts' book, and so far, it is the best one-volume attempt at a complete world history I have encountered.

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • Nobel Prize Winners for Literature   14 years 19 weeks ago

    I'm not overly into poetry. It's been a long time (undergrad) since I've read any, and much longer since I read any for my own pleasure. That said, however, I will check him out. I did see that he wrote a translation of Beowulf, and I'm definitely interested in getting a copy of that.

  • Anyone have any Recommendations?   14 years 19 weeks ago

    Thanks for the recommendations, bertie. I am somewhat interested in philosophy and the history of philosophy as well. It's not quite what I had in mind when I made my original list, but I think it is something that I will definitely check out.

    Thanks!

  • Some I tried to read but haven't, yet, finished   14 years 19 weeks ago

    I think I can sympathize with your "reading rut". This has happened to me at various times during the last 10 years. For me, two things seem to work: first, just wait it out. I do other things for a while, concentrate on other hobbies and soon I feel like picking up a book again. Second, I give myself more selection. Sometimes, it's not that I don't want to read, but I don't want to read anything that is currently on my shelf.

    Lately, I've been trying to expand my reading of history, so I think of subjects I'm interested in and then find books about that subject that have gotten good reviews or good comments (I like Amazon.com for their reader comments... it is a good way, IMHO, to figure out if a book is a good read).

    I hope this helps some.

  • Science Fiction Novels waiting to be made into movies   14 years 19 weeks ago

    Haldeman's THE FOREVER WAR is a good candidate, given sfx technology, but if they string it into FOREVER PEACE and then FOREVER FREE--watch out. Talk about lousy endings: FOREVER FREE really ends as though he wrote himself into a corner. Things hum along nicely for the first 3/4 of the book, then start to fall apart, which is too bad.

    And you're right about Clarke's RWR, although that might be a bit tricky, even with sfx.

  • Jojo's Top Ten Musicals   14 years 19 weeks ago

    I've only seen Cabaret twice (once when it first came out and sometime within the last year on video - I fell asleep part way thru the video). Although I've always loved the music, there's something about the movie that just doesn't click with me and I don't know why. Maybe I need to check it out again.

  • Jojo's Funniest Movies   14 years 19 weeks ago

    I've been laughing ever since I read your comment -- the whole premise for Springtime for Hitler was so absurd, you can't help but laugh! Thanks for jogging my memory.

  • My All-Time Favorite Recording Artists   14 years 19 weeks ago

    Great list! While I probably do not dig James Taylor as much as you do (I really only love Sweet Baby James), I am thrilled to find that somebody remembered the mighty Buddy Holly! He is all too often over-looked on lists such as this one.

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • 0010. 10 Great Beatles Albums   14 years 19 weeks ago

    There, Bertie, I've posted my CC list for John Lennon. I may play with the order of some of the lesser-rated albums, but the ratings are fixed.

    I hope you enjoy!

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • Classical Music And The Movies (With Sound)   14 years 19 weeks ago

    A couple more memorable moments, at least to me:

    (of course) Beethoven's Choral Symphony (Symphony #9) in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
    Chopin's Piano Concerto #1 in E Minor, movement #2, the Romance & Larghetto in THE TRUMAN SHOW, which is a beautiful accompanyment to Truman's budding romance.

  • movies everyone else seemed to like but I didn't...   14 years 19 weeks ago

    I'm not sure who you're talking to when you say 'everyone seemed to like' Starship Troopers. ST is so colossally bad that only by laughing at it can I justify having watched the whole thing. It's a horrible train wreck of a movie.

    The other movies on this list are geared towards a young male mentality, so if that not your things, it's easy to see how you wouldn't like them.

  • Great Opening Lines - A Challenge List - VOLUME TWO   14 years 19 weeks ago

    HINT re. #59 : Mystery fans should know this one, it's a classic of the genre.