L. Bangs' 10 Current Addictions

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  • Frozen River - Film
  • TV on the Radio - Dear Science - Album
  • Mad Men Season Two - Television Series [iTunes]
  • J.M. Roberts - The New Penguin History of The World (Fifth edition revised 2007) - Book
  • The Pretenders - Break Up the Concrete - Album
  • Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue - Album
  • Oasis - Dig Out Your Soul - Album
  • tr. Barbara Stoler Miller - The Bhagavad Gita: Krishna's Counsel in Time of War - Book
  • Little Feat - As Time Goes By: The Best of Little Feat - Album
  • Charles Van Doren - A History of Knowledge: Past, Present, and Future - Book
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In no particular order...

I see another who was hooked by the premiere of 24. It was very good. I had reservations about Keifer Sutherland being able to carry this but I was very pleasantly surprised by his performance.

Just a quick note that these are all nice wonderful addictions but no movies and yet you put this in your movie lists. HMMM.

24 looks very promising. I had the same reservation as you, and I was very pleased to find it unfounded.

I wasn't really sure where to put this list, as it is cross-medium, so I went with the one at the top of my profile. Due to low moolah flow as of late, I haven't really seen too many new films this year, though I have been watching quite a few DVDs. I had to miss both Ghost World and Moholland Drive when they briefly flew through town. Without a single film, perhaps this list should have found a more appropriate home. Ah, well.

Maybe soon...

By the way, kudos on your completed A to Z list. I loved, loved, loved it. Very impressive, and quite a lot of fun to boot.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

apparently he has learned much from his father Donald Sutherland!!

Oy. The Keep Fishin' video is a sweet throwback. My friends are tired of it, so it's so well-meaning I can't help but like it.

(if the geezers weren't at the end of the video, though, I would have dismissed it as a pale imitation.)

Sly and the Family Stone, Mr. Bangs! Excellent album. I think my favorite may be "Stand," although I love the self-references in "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).

I haven't had much of a chance to watch my local video channel much later (have you seen how think Herodotus' Histories is?), so I haven't reached saturation point with the Gone Fishin' video yet. The critics at the end were certainly the perfect ending. Why do I feel more like those guys with each passing year?

Yes, I LOVE Sly & the Family Stone. While both the tunes you singled out get my insides cookin, I Want to Take You Higher also sends me soaring. Man, what a fantastic album! Not a clunker in sight. I luckily have a newly-acquired, beautiful vinyl version of this. Sony / Legacy needs to get off their duffs and remaster Sly's catalogue! Maybe the upcoming Essential Sly release is the flagship for such a program. I can only hope...

The more I listen, the more I am convince that Sly is one of the all time greats.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Typo city. For 'later' read 'lately'. For 'think' read 'thick', like my head. I suppose 'dense' would work as well... ;)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

natch. gotcha.

lbangs - Have you heard the limited release Sly and the Family Stone reissues? If so, what do you think?

Grab them! They sound terrific!

As you can imagine, this makes me very happy...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

also, I'm curious... does your turntable have 78 rpm capacity? I'd like to pick up a reasonably priced turntable, but the new ones are only 33 and 45. you never know, 78 may come in handy.

Nope, no 78 capability.

Do, however, buy a turntable. You'd be amazed how great original albums sound compared to CDs. There are exceptions, of course, but in particular, first pressing Dylan, Neil Young, Beatles, Springsteen, Prince, Sly, gee, and numerous others simply kill the sound on dem dere aluminum discs. Plus, you get the original mix, which you don't always get with the CD versions.

Plus, if you live near a few decent used record shops or flea markets, you'd be amazed at the prices.

After all, it was vinyl that made funk 'groovy'.

Used turntables can sometimes be bought for under $20. Cheap new ones can run under $100 easy at Circuit City, though they keep them in the back, so ya hafta ask...

So, if your staring at that apple, consider me the hissing serpent urging you on.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Wow does this discussion make me feel old. But Nick it would be very hard to find a Turntable that handles 78's and 33's or LP. Mainly the mechanics neccessary are difficult if not impossible. In my house, I have a room that has a modern sound system with the comlete dolby digital surround sound experience, A Turntable that is hooked up to it. A 1916 Victor Victrola and an old 1926 Philco Tube radio. I am not sure the Victola (Which handles my 78 collection) is not the best thing to listen to music on.

All I need is an old 8 Track and I think I have it all covered.

You darn kids today don't know what you missed out on. :)

your setup sounds effing awesome. I didn't know it was so hard to get 78 rpm capacity on a turntable. I thought the old ones all had that. But what do I know?

Thanks for the tips. I may buy one in time. It'd give me an excuse to purchase better vinyl. As it is, I own a lot of weird stuff from Goodwill, but very little in the way of "good music".

Hi guys, I was doing a little Christmas browsing in overpriced catalogs and I found this, a portable turntable that supposedly plays 33s, 45s, and 78s.

You're just trying to see if I'll turn green, aren't you?

I did own an 8-track, and I confess that is one medium I have zippo nostalgia for.

I love my turntable, and I love the cheap albums around here. Too bad it is incredibly difficult to find some decent Dylan. Heck, I just found first pressings of the first two Band albums, but have yet to score a Freewheelin', Blonde, or Blood. I noticed Sundazed has rereleased the early albums on LP for about $15 each, but alas, they are mono, which may not affect Freewheelin' much, but I'm sure it would radically change Blonde.

Ah, well...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

The best thing about the 8 tracks if you listened to them long enough you started to think the blips where they changed tracks as part of the song. To this day. I can not listen to Jesus Christ Superstar and not expect to hear the clunk during This Jesus Must Die.

And Speaking of Jesus Christ Superstar, I got a laugh about your Webber comment somewhere else on the site. I too find him to be self flatulating but I always did like Jesus Christ Superstar.

And finally green was gooed enough for Kermit so I guess I wont tell you about the 800 CDS, The 300 Albums and The 300 casettes that are also in that room. :)

The 8 track blips. Boy, I remember that. Kind of like the way I still can't listen to Purple Rain without missing the header hiss before Let's Go Crazy and When Doves Cry...

I can handle Jesus Christ Superstar, but I don't love it, and it is only Webber I can stand for any period of time at all.

To publically increase the number of my unpopular musical views, have I ever mentioned that I am NOT a Grease fan? Blasphemy in a boy my age, but there it is.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs (Who ("300 Albums!") is rather verdant now... It ain't easy.)

I have been dragging most of that Vinyl around with me for 20 plus years. And much to my wife's displeasure I plan to continue to do it. If you are looking for Good Vinyl you should take a visit to my hometown. There has to be at least 30 stores that sell used Vinyl. Cambridge has its negatives but finding music is certainly not one of them. Also Movie choices are pretty easy. I have just about every movie out in a 10 mile radius.

But the property Tax is a killer

I lived in MA (western part, though) for two years, and it was easily my favorite place to live. I visited Cambridge once, and I loved it. If I can ever talk my warmth-loving wife into it, I'll return some day....

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Why has a band not taken the name "This Jesus Must Die"? It sounds so profane, you'd think some death metal band would've gotten to it already.

If we could speak a few Nordic languages, we might find a death meatl band has taken that name!

:)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Considering my less than stellar mood lately and my complete lack of musical talent, I think I might be a perfect candidate to start a Death metal band. Any other converts out there looking to get their frustrations out by pissing off the neighbors?

Venting frustrations? Annoying neighbors? Really...

Count me in! I already have the long hair...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Buffy the Vampire Slayer! JohnnyW would be so pleased, if only he'd make a reappearance here...

Yeah, I've tried an few episodes over the years, and I've never really been too impressed. I'm not sure if I just caught sub-par shows or what, but last week's show drew me in. With its constant shifts in style and its inventive digressions (musical number, scenes set in the distant past), it rather reminded me of prime Moonlighting (minus the great dialogue), which is a good thing.

We'll see if it lasts....

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

How do you like Ever Since Darwin? Have you read any Gould before?

I finished and enjoyed it. Ever Since was my first encounter with Gould, and I found him to be one of the better popular science writers I have read. His excitement and interest in natural science is contagious, and if he doesn't always answer every question he poses, he certainly keeps the pages turning. In addition to his admirable skill in writing clearly about science, Gould also had a very good grip on the essay form. Ever Since Darwin is a collection of his essays for a magazine (Natural Science, I beleive). Essay writing is often dry and boring. Gould never is either.

I'd recommend the book to any non-scientist with an interest in Darwinian theory.

Have you read any Gould?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Yeah, I've read the first few of those essay collections and I liked them quite a bit. It occurs to me that jgandcag (if he's reading this) might like one his other books, Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin, which manages to tie the disappearance of the .400 hitter to evolutionary theory.

I have to add that my favorite explanation/defense of evolution, despite it's ham-handed atheist overtones, is Richard Dawkins' The Blind Watchmaker. Wonderful stuff in there, particular his dismantling of the "irreducible complexity" attack on evolution. In many ways Dawkins pre-refutes Behe's Darwin's Black Box, which dresses up that old attack in new biochemical clothes.

Of course, these are all layperson's books, so it's not like I'm really qualified to judge sound evolutionary theory, but Dawkins was the most compelling, I thought (again, despite grinding his atheist axe overmuch).

My wife has The Blind Watchmaker on our bookshelf, and if I recall correctly, she enjoyed it. I have seen it referenced in several items I've read, so your comments will probably be the extra nudge I need to check the book out. Thanks!

The Full House books sounds intriguing as well, and now that I know that I like Gould...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Is anybody else enjoying special Christmas entertainment? Maybe I'm especially enjoying it this year after spending the holidays last year in the hospital...

For the record, I may one of the few alive that, if forced, would pick the Charlie Brown special over the Grinch special, but they are both terrific. I am also a grinch of sorts, as I really don't dig Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or Frosty the Snowman... Bah, humbug!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

L, you should be hanging out with my wife, she loves Christmas specails and music.

Of course she had the audacity to say she did not like the Charlie Brown Xmas special.

Me I will take the Grinch as the best but I have always loved The Charlie Brown one too.

I will agree on Frosty but Rudolph? Man that is close to blasphemy if for no other reason than Yukon Cornelius saying.. "bumble's bounce.

I also have always had a special place for Santa Clause is Coming To Town.

Yeah, I've heard there are people who do not enjoy the Charlie Brown special, but I personally have never met one... ;)

The Grinch special is great, and I go back and forth on whether I dig the Brown or the Grinch better. Brown usually wins in my little mind, but that should take nothing away from Mr. Grinch. The contest between the two is, well, a mean one.

Yeah, I hate Rudolph. That no doubt makes me a scrooge. It was a struggle to make it through it each year when my siblings demanded we watch it. I remember liking A Year Without Santa Clause (or something like that - it has been a while), which was very similar and perhaps made by the same people. Anybody else remember that one?

Of course, the sad thing is, now that the Charlie Brown and Grinch specials have aired, they won't again until next year. Me, I wish they would also run them Christmas Eve, but alas...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I don't often post polls, but what the heck.

I actually just got a bunch of these for my wife on DVD (the Santa/Rudolf ones). They were made by Rankin and Bass. The ones that we got included "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town", "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer", "The Year without Santa Claus" and a few others I didn't remember as well ("The Little Drummer Boy", "Nestor the Long Earred Christmas Donkey" and "Rudolph's Shiny New Year"). I always liked these when I was a kid. Watching them now, they are a bit dated (like when Donner tells his wife to stay home, that looking for Rudolph is "man's work"), but they are still fun.

I assume that you could get Charlie Brown and Grinch on DVD as well.

Yes, I believe both the Grinch and Charlie Brown specials are on DVD.

Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, one of my favorite Charlie Brown specials is one of the few not available on DVD or (any longer) VHS. I'm guessing because it is not associated with an holiday. Anybody remember Charlie Brown's All-Stars? It was one of the first three (which are my favorite Peanuts specials) along with Christmas and It's the Great Pumpkin.

Thanks for the response; I suspected the Year Without Santa was made by the Rudolph people, but couldn't swear to it.

You know, the one Christmas special I always wanted to see but never got to they, as far as I can tell, never show anymore. Did anybody get to catch the Bloom Country special, A Wish for Wings That Work? I've always wondered if it was any good. I was a big fan of the comic, which, along with Doonesberry and Calvin and Hobbes, was my think rescue during college.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Hey L.Bangs,

It seems that Charlie Brown's All Stars is on VHS at amazon.

Now this is cool. Thank you. I may just have to pick that up. I love this special and wish some network would run it again.

Thank you yet again!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

As long as you're going shopping perhaps you'll want to throw this in your cart? :-) And no, I haven't seen it (unfortunately).

Well, those reviews are certainly very encouraging. I'm a bit gunshy to buy something I haven't seen yet, but maybe I can interlibrary loan or something.

Althought under ten bucks is a nice price...

Thanks!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Nobody's mentioned the "Garfield Christmas Special". A little bit over the top, but I always felt it was good in the sarcastic Garfield kind of way.

I've haven't seen that one. Pretty good?

I did catch some Garfield special once (can't remember which but it wasn't the Christmas one) and grew very annoyed at their choice of voice talent for Garfield. It just seemed off to me. I will try to keep my eye out for the Christmas special, though.

So, nobody caught A Wish for Wings That Work?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I wish I had caught it, Bloom County is my favorite comic strip of all time (well, perhaps it's tied with Calvin and Hobbes).

Two very excellent choices. When I was a poor college kid (as opposed to a poor adult, which I unfortunately have been told I qualify for now), my college cafeteria had a free handout up front collecting the past week's comic strips. Calvin and Opus kept me as sane as possible.

Damn, that series with Calvin and the dead critter (squirrel, I think) was the most touching comic strip I ever saw, and I'd give up a few rare records of mine to play him a rousing game of Calvinball...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

You may have seen Garfields Halloween Special before. Lorenzo Music was the voice of Garfield and also the speakerphone doorman on "Rhoda". While on Rhoda, he always seemed to be a burned out hippy - a complete change that didn't fit a wise-cracking cat. Mr. Music recently died within the last couple of years, so no more Garfield.

Garfields still out there on the internet, but I don't know if the tapes are still available. As my kids grew up, he was as popular Charlie Brown.

Yeah, now that you mention it, I think it was the Halloween special. Thanks.

Mr. Music's voice is unique and great. I just could never make it fit Garfield. My loss, no doubt... I remember enjoying the comic strip way back when, but alas, I don't receive the paper any more, so it has been awhile.

Other than Doonesbury, are there still any great comic strips?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

To my eyes Doonesbury is the last great one. The sole survivor of the holy trinity that also included Calvin & Hobbes and The Far Side. Trudeau amazes me with his longevity - Watterson and Larson burned out after a mere 10 years of greatness while Trudeau has been at it for what, 40 years? Most strips begin a precipitous decline after just a few years.

Oh, if you haven't seen it Zits is pretty good. I'd say it's a distant but solid runner-up to Doonesbury. In fact, those two and Dilbert are the only three I read, and I only read Dilbert out of habit (a perfect example of the aforementioned precipitous decline after just a few years).

I think I've seen Zits before, but I'm not sure. I'll look into it. Thanks.

From what I've followed of Dilbert, yup, it ain't what it was.

Did you like Bloom County?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I did like early Bloom County quite a bit, but even at it's best I never ranked it quite as highly as my "big three". In my opinion it also suffered a bit toward the end, and Breathed's Outland spin-off was lamentable.

Did you like The Far Side?

Outland, which sadly very quickly became a lesser Bloom County with a different name, was a bit painful to wade through, though I did love Bloom County and, again, would love to catch A Wish for Wings That Work.

So, nobody has seen this?

Yes, I did enjoy The Far Side. Very hit and miss, but my, when it hit... :) During my junior and senior years of high school, I worked in a Hallmark Cards ripoff store (I'll refrain from saying which). The mall was not the hip happening place on a weekday night, and things could drag like maple syrup downhill, but luckily, we sold a few collections of Far Side comics. That certainly helped. I think I have most of those comics memorized now...

As Bill McNeil used to say, ah, good times...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I would say that my current favorite is Non Sequitur, but it isn't quite up there with Calvin and Hobbess. I never really got into the other two (Doonesbury or The Far Side).

For a complete list of all of the comics I read regularly, look here.

I'd also have to add Frank and Ernest, who don't appear on that list of comics in my previous post, unfortunately.

Thanks for the link, Buber! Now I can certainly check this one out!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I remember having a wild hit and miss ratio with F&E. When it was really funny, it was really funny. Usually, however, it failed to tickle my funny bone, which may say more about my humor than the quality of the comic. Most of my friends love F&E.

Thanks! With the link, maybe I'll give it some more chances.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs (who, since he doesn't get the paper, loves comic links!)

If you go to the main page of the one link I posted (http://www.chron.com/content/comics/), you can set up a custom comics page of many main stream newspaper comics.

Ooooo, that is very nice. Thank you!

I'll have to spend some lunch time setting that up.

Thanks again!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

If you do set up a customized page, I'd be interested in seeing what you chose, if you are willing to post your final link here.

Unfortunately, a task popped up during lunch, so I haven't made it yet. When I do, I (after reviewing the how-to) will post a link here.

Again, thanks! I appreciate it.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

This list inspired me to get the Phil Spector album for my wife's birthday (it's on the 24th and I always give her Christmas music). Amazon.com, in it's infinite marketing wisdom, promotes it and Elvis' Christmas album together so I bought them both. She enjoyed the Spector album, but the Elvis album was the big hit. :-) Thanks for the lead!

Glad to help, however unintentional!

That Presley album is certainly a keeper!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I knew you must have been neglecting your "Films I Watched" lists. :-) Since they are current addictions, would you be willing to write up One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Wild Strawberries?

Hopefully, when I'm feeling better, I'll be up to a write-up on each film. I liked them both very much. Wild Strawberries is terrific and, for an older Bergman film, surprisingly accessible. Memory, nostalgia, death - it handles all three with a deft touch, and manages to move while never growing sappy. You might want to give it a shot. (And AJDaGreat, if you're reading, I see you dug The Seventh Seal. Wild Strawberries is not only another great Bergman film, but amazingly, was from the SAME YEAR as The Seventh Seal (1957). That may well be the most impressive two films from the same director in one year ever! If you dig the experimental nature of Seal, however, you may want to take a stab at Persona first....)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Aack. It's always so hard to find great foreign classics. Maybe I'll become more acquainted with Bergman this summer, when I (hopefully) will sign up for Netflix.

Ah, yes. A Netflix subscription certainly helps with the older foreign flicks!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs (who, yes, rented Wild Strawberries through Netflix...)

I'm reading MOBY DICK too! (Most Sundays we go to my sister's place, which is within walking distance, and she has a shelf of classics. I take the opportunity to read two or three pages of Melville each visit. At this rate I'll have it read in about 5 or 6 years.) What surprises me is how wonderfully funny the early chapters are. Very high quality literature, with a LOL on almost every page. But I understand it gets more serious at sea.

Humor was the last quality I was expecting. Very nice. I was a bit afraid starting the novel, but I am very relieved to find I love it.

I really probably shouldn't have started the novel while I'm still finishing up the history on the list. We'll see when I'm able to finish both. You may beat me yet!

I'm starting to think our reading yens cross quite often...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Well, I am now over a fourth way into Moby Dick, and you know what? I think that, so far, it is one of the best novels I have ever read, and that's saying something. Terrific!

And here with the reputation it has among my friends, I was half expecting a long, boring book. Hardly.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

What did you think of Gangs of New York? It's hard to get a handle on this one based on Listologist's reactions so far.

Never mind! I just found review.

Thanks for the post, as it led me to re-read my review and edit out the many awful typos that existed in it! Boy, I wrote that up late night, and it shows!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

By the way, I'm pretty sure that Intacto, technically a 2001 release, is a better film than Gangs, and I have a hunkering suspicion that Intacto is a cult film waiting to happen.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Boy, that was oddly wishy-washy for me! Yes, Intacto *is* a better film than Gangs.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

:-) I had already added it to my "to see" list based on your review, which I found at almost the same time as I found your Gangs review.

Well, I hope you enjoy! I sorta think you might...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Ah, Squeezing Out Sparks! I recently visited my old college radio station, where they've managed to keep quite a bit of the vinyl from when I was there, from 1979-1983, first as a DJ, then as music director. I randomly pulled an album off the shelf: Squeezing Out Sparks. Scrawled on the comment label was my declaration, "Best fucking album of the year!" How charming it was to revisit my youthful hyperbole. By the end of 1979 I think I included other selections in my BFA list, not the least of which would be Elvis Costello's Armed Forces, and The Talking Heads Fear of Music.

Great albums! I picked up a vinyl Squeezing Out Sparks for 99 cents at a used record store, and I can honestly and confidently say it is one of the best musical buys I've every scored. Amazing stuff!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Cool Hand Luke! Great Paul Newman movie (which says a lot, IMO, as you know :-). I wish you were still doing reviews of what you've seen, as I'd love to hear your thoughts on that one.

Y'know, I've never seen The French Lieutenant's Woman. I assume I should?

This was certainly not my first time to see Cool Hand Luke, which is, natch, a fantastic film. It was my first time to see it on DVD, however, and the vivid colors and wonderful widescreen compositions were arresting. It was rather like seeing the film for the first time again, especially compared to the terrible VHS full-screen versions I had seen in the past. Surely one of Newman's best characters, and a story any lover of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest should check out.

TFLW is wonderful, but probably doomed to appeal to a rather limited audience. The book almost defies adaptation, as much of it is an author butting into the 19th century setting to make modern observations. Harold Pinter's stroke of genuis was to add a modern couple to the script - they are the actors making the film of the older drama. The film uses this film-in-a-film structure wonderfully, and me, I loved the film. So did my wife. I can see, however, where many would be bored. The DVD is marvelous, however, with one of the best prints and transfers I've seen for an early 80s film.

You should probably check it out. I think you'll at least find it intriguing, and you may even love it!

Obviously, I've had some VERY good movie viewing lately!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I believe you mean, "the terrible VHS Yokelvision versions I had seen in the past." :-)

I'm sold, TFLW goes on my "to see" list. Thanks!

Ah, yes. I love the label and meant to use it as often as possible, and yet, here, I blew my first good chance!

The DVD I rented of Cool Hand Luke ran rings round the terrible VHS Yokelvision versions I had seen in the past.

There, I feel much better now!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Oh, I hope to revive that 'films I've seen' list soon. I found out last week that Friday will be my last day at my job, so I'm scurrying right now to secure another source of income. This shock is also cutting short my theater going, so I will most likely be very sadly uninformed come Oscar time. (No Chicago, The Hours, or The Pianist yet!) My input here will probably be a bit more limited until I do, which will hopefully just be in the next week or two. It had better be. Temps don't get severance packages... :(

Ah, well. Netflix sent me the first season of Absolutely Fabulous last night, the funniest television series of the 90s. It put a BIG smile on my face!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

L why dont you just go get the writing job everyone elon this site knows you could do better than most people who get paid for it...

Hell if I was still unemployed I would be badgering you to help on the best of Listology book...

Hear hear! I'd buy your book, I'd subscribe to whatever magazine employed you, and if you and jgandcag want to collaborate on a "Best of Listology" book (or work on it alone) you certainly have my blessing.

I'm sorry to hear you have employment woes. That's always disconcerting. I hope you line something else up quickly! And of course I can't wait for you to revive your "seen" lists.

Thanks, Jim! Hopefully, something pops up soon. The economy here in Tulsa is sagging, so I'm a little worried. We'll see.

Thank you very much.

I may have plenty of time on my hands soon, so that 'seen' list may pop its little head up again soon! I loved writing on it, but boy, this week has been a booger...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Thanks! You are very kind.

I have stuck a few feelers out into the writing pond, so I'll see what happens out there...

If I could land a job writing for a magazine about music / film / literature / you-name-it, I would endure poverty for it. Hopefully, my wife would too. ;)

But the editors must have lost my address, as they ain't knocking at the door yet!

Regardless of our employment situations, we all really should put together a Listology book some day. There are loads of gold on this site.

Again, thanks.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

The Warriors as in the "come out and plaaaay" Warriors?

"Can you count, suckers?"

That's the one. What a fun film, and a great print on the DVD to boot!

I mean, a New York street gang with mime paint looking like a baseball team and mutely swinging bats - Wack, wild, and worth every minute!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Ah yes, The Baseball Furies! That was going to be the name my Ultimate Frisbee team in college. Our uniforms were going to be old-style baseball jerseys. I'm not sure how that got voted down, but it was a disappointment that it did.

Oh the memories! I should rent that again one of these days. Although I can't help but be amused that The Warriors finds it way to a great DVD print, while so many other "better" movies languish. :-)

The Warriors is a trip. Your Frisbee team would have no doubt been the envy of the state sporting the vintage threads. Was the makeup going to be thrown in? :)

I know what you mean about the print. Warriors is a very fun film, but hardly one a classic. I was quite shocked by how good it looked. I doubt any restoration was done, so chances might be somebody just held on to a print and preserved it well.

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L. Bangs

:-) I think we might have found our way into the face paint. We were also okay at looking competent and then getting beaten. The mime-ish silence might have presented problems for a few of us, but I still think it was a good fit.

Has anybody else heard Elephant yet? My, what a great album. I seriously doubt there will be a better one this year...

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L. Bangs

Wow. I was going to update this tonight, but I'm afraid I'll have to wait for my breath to return after 24 tonight. Wow!

And to think, Gilmore Girls was great, and I still have Buffy on tape to watch...

Sadly, besides the odd Alias episode, the only television I watch with any regularity is all packed together on Tuesday...

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L. Bangs

Butterflies are free? Feeling like you missed out on those wacky 70's or something?

Stop Making Sense might be my favorite music related movie this side of Hard Days Night and Maybe the Last Waltz

Butterflies had some cheese, especially in the opening act, but the dialogue was surprising sharp. The mother was tons of fun, and Goldie Hawn was, well, Goldie Hawn, but still in her great phase. This was right after $, correct?

I probably give Stop Making Sense the leg up over Last Waltz as best rock concert film. I like the Band better, but the Heads were incredibly visual, and the film caught them at a peak, while Waltz caught the Band at a low point right before vanishing. In fact, I suppose it catches them vanishing. Such a study has an allure of its own, and I really dig Marty's film, but me, I love Stop Making Sense. It is a shame Demme decided to get so damn serious on us. Before Philadelphia and Beloved bored us all beyond belief, there was Melvin and Howard, Married to the Mob, and Something Wild, all strange and glorious (rather like the Talking Heads - what an inspired match-up!). I want the quirky freak back!

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L. Bangs

24 has its season's last episode. Any predictions for how it ends? Who is behind it all? I think they are going to have some serious continuity problems if they have a shocker about who is behind it all... They have painted themselves into the proverbial corner. Of course continuity and believabilty left soon after Jack was shocked back to life and started kicking butt like nothig happened.

I think Kim is behind it all. Its her way of getting back at daddy for letting her mother die...:)

Ah, but Kim seemed to like Kate so much last episode...

Predictions, eh? Half of me suspects the oddly absent Nina, Jack, Kate, and Kim will converge, in which case surely either Kim or Nina will die at the other's hand(for once, fans everywhere pray the bad guy wins), and half of me evilly suspects the final episode will end with the words, 'To Be Continued" on the screen. Or both.

Of course, Jack did collapse while driving at the end of last episode. Maybe he'll have a heart attack (which, I suppose, is often a side-effect of dying) he'll have to recover from for next season.

Or maybe it will be a cross-over with Buffy's final epsidode the hour before, where we discover The First is behind it all...

I'll be watching. :)

Rory Gilmore graduates tonight too. Maybe she IS The First and will kick Buffy and Kim's butts all at once.

Why are all my shows on Tuesday night? I don't think this is good for me...:)

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L. Bangs

Et tu? Any other guesses?

I grumble about the show at times (especially when Kim let herself be disarmed by the crazy dude running for the hills at the shop), but I confess, I have to think back to the days of Moonlighting and China Beach, or at least Homicide, since I saw an entire season of a show without missing a single episode...

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L. Bangs

So, what did you think about 24?

I have to admit, the moment the President announced that press conference, I saw what was about to happen. I expected Nina, however. Mandy was quite a fun surprise!

I see a huge conspiracy organization in the making for next season. Bauer has found his Spectre (or Smersh, as Bertie will surely understand!).

A fun episode. A bit anticlimatic, but fun still.

Buffy's ending was fairly good bit even more disappointing (and yes, they did kill off my favorite character!), but my favorite show of the night was probably the less explosive but quite moving Gilmore Girls finale. What a night!

Wow, I can see friends and read books on Tuesday night again! At least for the summer... ;)

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L. Bangs

I had read somewhere that Mia Kirshner was going to be on the last episode. I even had read that she was going to shake the president's hand. Sort of like a warning for what would happen next season. I had no idea what that little handshake was going to bring about.

A good episode. Loved the Hannibal/Marie scene. Some serious good lighting made her look very devilish. I still dont trust Daddy Warner or even Kate completely.

The rumor I'm hearing is that the next season will start the exact hour this one left off. How that figures with Jack's heart condition makes me wonder, but that's what I've been hearing...

And I also have my doubts about the Warner clan.

Here's hoping the next season can keep us hooked!

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L. Bangs

Spirited Away! There will be a review forthcoming, I hope?

Yes. I've been home in bed sick for several days, so hopefully I can catch my lists up over the next day or two.

I loved Spirited Away!

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L. Bangs

Sorry to hear your sick! Hope you get better soon.

Thanks, Jim! I'm currently well rested, feeling great, and trying to catch up my lists!

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L. Bangs

I finally finished Plato's Republic! Who-hoo!

I had read huge sections over the years, but I finally sat down and tore through the puppy cover to cover. It was well worth my time.

I think I'm going to tackle Plato's Parmenides next...

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L. Bangs

:-) Nice. On your recommendatation, I just finished Plato's Apology, which is not quite the same committment, but excellent nonetheless.

I hope you liked it. I'm rather convinced that it wouldn't be a bad idea for every college freshman to read it before diving into courses, but maybe I'm nuts. I certainly loved the piece.

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L. Bangs

Yup, I thought it was great! Not a bad idea to make it summer reading, either.

Please, no obvious puns on the Aristotle title. ;)

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L. Bangs

I just discovered that you moonlight writing reviews for The NY Times under the pseudonym "A.O. Scott." See the last paragraph for the basis of this crackpot theory of mine. :-)

:)

Even after I begged for no puns, Scott couldn't help himself...

But Scott has a job, which, unfortunately, I just learned I will not have as of Thursday, when my temporary position will expire. :(

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L. Bangs

Rats, I'm sorry to hear that! :-( I hope you find something again soon! I keep waiting for some publisher to come to their senses and hire you to write.

Thanks! I'm waiting by the phone for that call.

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L. Bangs

If only you could get paid for posting on Listology... but Jim has enough trouble maintaining the site as it is. Hey, maybe you could get endorsements from Hal Hartley, Bob Dylan, etc.! I know there are plenty of CDs that I wouldn't have spent my money on if not for your high praise.

Well! I'm glad I inspired one of your addictions! I love the album too, by the way.

I'm glad you like it. I'm quite a Flaming Lips fan, and that is surely one of their best.

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L. Bangs

I think I slightly preferred Run Lola Run, but I certainly agree that The Princess and the Warrior was good as well (I think my wife may have preferred it). I'm definitely going to have to check out the rest of Twyker's filmography. Could I cajole a review of this one out of you? I tell you what: you review TPatW and I'll review Daredevil, which was generally pretty bad, but occassional achieved dizzying heights of mediocrity. Okay, I guess it's not a fair trade.

Uh oh. Another reason I love maintaining lists on this site - it helps me freeze my thoughts on a film before weeks pass and my porous brain begins leaking. (Homer voice) Stupid job...

I'll see if I can't (re)collect a few thoughts soon. I was really surprised by how good the film was. Sure, it stumbled a few times aiming at an artiness that backfired a few bits of awkward smoke, but for the most part, the film was an odd, honest character examination with several exciting directing feats. Franka Potente's range and depth continues to amaze me.

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L. Bangs

Thanks for the comments! I actually won't bore you with my Daredevil review, but you can find it in the usual places. I will recommend Happy Accidents to you though, if you haven't seen it already.

I confess as a huge fan of the Miller-penned Daredevil comics that I am quite bummed to realize that the film is probably a bust. I do hope to see Happy Accidents though. Thanks for the review!

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L. Bangs

Well, it was interesting to see how they handled our hero's "sonar", and Colin Farrell was good. Depending on how big a fan of the comics you are, it might be worth catching when it comes to a TV station near you. It was quite inferior to Spiderman though, and I know how you feel about THAT movie. :-)

So you must tell me (since it's a dear favorite of mine)what you thought of Donnie Darko

Here's LBangs' Donnie Darko review.

Thanks!

I hope that write-up is what you were seeking, grizham1!

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L. Bangs

Sort of what I was seeking, I can't tell if you liked it the whole way through or if you loved the beginning and hated the end, that sort of thing your review seems confused a bit.

Onward to Kill Bill, I really didn't like this movie, as I describe it to friends the movie itself should only be viewed after having drank alcohol for a few hours with some other friends, otherwise don't expect this movie to raise any eyebrows, its devoid of life, its just action.

Karen Sisco-hahahah, sorry I couldn't help but laugh when I saw this one, my mom loves the show along with Gilmore Girls and I refuse to sit foot towards either of them, they might be good but I don't know, a bit to cookie cutter for me.

I liked Donnie Darko *despite* the ending, which was frankly lame, although the dramatic intensity almost makes one overlook that fact.

Kill Bill seemed full of life and action to me, and I watched it cold sober. As I said, I do think it is the weakest of QT's films thus far; I just think it still shames most attempts at action films, and it has style to burn.

My mom loves Gilmore Girls as well. Hard to buy a comment calling something 'cookie cutter' when you admit you won't watch it. :)

An odd thing about me is I am pretty genre blind. If one of the best shows on television happens to be a family show aimed at women and little girls, I'll still watch it. I loved Life Goes On and the first few seasons of Party of Five as well.

Karen Sisco is a Out of Sight spin-off. Did you like that film? Just curious. It is easily one of the best shows on right now, and certainly has the best soundtrack of any television show of the last few years.

Good to hear from you.

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L. Bangs

I love the Encyclopedia of Slapstick as well. I checked out about 3 or 4 of the tapes from my library when I lived in Tampa. There are some amazing (for the times) effects on some of those films. Happy viewing!

Pretty great stuff, eh? Early silent comedy shorts were a pretty unique art form, and one particularly well-suited to producing laughs, in my book.

Glad I'm not the only one to discover this set. I checked my copies out from the library as well!

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L. Bangs

Wow, lots of turnover on this list! You're a voracious fellow. Hey, sorry to hear you're job hunting again. I hope you find something quick.

Well, I don't think you cared much for your last job, so maybe this will be a window of opportunity for you. Good luck!

I have a friend who is absolutely obsessed with Into the Woods, and he would erupt in a raging fury if he read your review (elsewhere) that said the 2nd act seems rather muddled and tacked on. I'll never tell him that I partially agree with you. I watched the taped performance in an acting camp I once went to, and all of us loved the first act, but the second act just felt inappropriate.

I should see Sunday in the Park With George. BTW, what do you think is Sondheim's 2nd-best musical?

Thanks! Now if only Uncut magazine would open a Tulsa branch...

I have several friends who get highly offended when I dare to offer my opinion on Into the Woods' second act, so I'm glad to hear I'm not alone. The first act is stellar, however.

My second favorite Sondheim musical is Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. And yes, do rent that taped Sunday in the Park if you at all can. My local library even has a copy. I may sound excited, but it truly must be one of the towering acheivements of 20th century art, and very likely my choice for best musical in any format over the last hundred years.

Not that I've seen every musical over the last hundred years, but...

I hope all is well.

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L. Bangs

BTW, if you check out Sweeney Todd, please find the version with George Hearn and Angela Lansbury. I believe it was made for Showtime, and it won quite a few ACE awards. The Patti Lupone version is just not the same...

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L. Bangs

I will try to find SITPWG if possible. It's actually one of the few Sondheims that I've never heard anything from.

I may be a bit biased (since I was in a production of it that was LOADS of fun), but I really love A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. It may not be as deep as some of his later musicals, but the weaving together of Plautus's plays creates a hilarious result, and most of the music is fantastic. "Impossible" is one of my favorite musical songs ever.

Speaking of musicals at my school, you may be interested to know that I'm trying out for a production of Cabaret in the spring...

Lots of nonworking hours = lots of turnover.

Tulsa's economy is bad, but I'm sure something will pop up. Here's keeping my fingers crossed!

Thanks!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

PS - Any reason why Listology has gone SiteServer cookie crazy lately? Just curious...

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L. Bangs

What do you mean? I haven't added any cookies (beyond the optional one that's always existed to keep you logged in). For that matter, I haven't changed any code in quite awhile. For me Listology is behaving as it always has. Can you tell me specifically what you're seeing?

I don't usually accept the SiteServer cookie (or the CF cookies, for that matter (CFID, CFTOKEN)), but lately, instead of the Opera notification of cookie popping up once at the loading of each page, it pops up randomly MANY times while viewing the same page. Maybe its just something funky with my connection...

Ah, well. Thanks.

Just curious, what do these three cookies do? I never accept them (I accept the others - the ones that delete when the browser closes - but not the three that stay on the computer for years), and I stay logged in.

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L. Bangs

I'm guessing SiteServer has something to do with the webserver Listology's ISP uses, and the cookie it's trying to place probably does some kind of user-state management. I just Googled "SiteServer", and Microsoft used to sell such a server. It's old though, which is odd...

As for the CF cookies, Cold Fusion is the language Listology is written in, and CF automatically tries to place those cookies as part of its user-session management.

If you're sick of rejecting those cookies, doesn't Opera have some kind of "auto-reject" based on the domain (i.e. a configuration option that would let you say "reject all cookies from listology.com").

I'll ask my ISP about the increased cookie incidence.

Opera does have an auto-reject, but then I'd be rejecting the cookies that allow me to log-in! Perish the thought!

It is no big deal; I wouldn't bother bugging your ISP about it.

Thanks for your help!

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L. Bangs

Ah, but I have already bugged them! :-) They're nice folks. They were already in the process of moving Listology to a new server that doesn't have SiteServer installed, so hopefully those cookies will stop appearing shortly. They've made the change, but it will take 24 hours for the listology.com name to map to the new IP address. Do me a favor: try going to to the new server and let me know if you still get all those cookies. Hopefully not. They tell me SiteServer isn't there, and I've disabled the CF "token" cookies. Also let me know if you can login (note that you will not be logged in on the new server by default). Thanks!

Oh, using the link above many of the images will be broken, but this is because of Listology themes and using the IP address instead of www.listology.com. Once the name points to the new IP that should resolve itself.

Yes, the new site works like a dream. I logged in, accepted the usual cookies, and never saw another cookies query pop-up again. Very nice.

Wow, thanks! You constantly go beyond the call of duty (actually, you have no call of duty, as you know) on this web site, and I for one greatly appreciate it! Thanks!

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L. Bangs

:-) Thanks! Glad to hear the new server works well. I'd keep using listology.com address rather than the IP address version, but it should all be one and the same in 24 hours or so.

I'm glad I'm not the only one watching Arrested Development. It's brilliant. Which I fear, means it will be cancelled soon. Most of the brilliant shows I love, have been cancelled (Profit, Action, Pasadena, Andy Richter...)

Yeah, I suspect Arrested isn't long for this world. We'll just have to enjoy while we can and hope more catch on.

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L. Bangs

That is one funny show. I saw 2 episodes and I laughed Hysterically!!.He's a never nude :)

What an odd cast! Mr. Show AND Ally McBeal castaways, and Liza to boot...some mad genius brewed this baby!

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L. Bangs

Wow, The Book of Three, now there's a welcome bit of nostalgia! You'll have to tell me if they hold up under adult scrutiny. Somehow you've also brought "The Great Brain" books to mind. I must have read both series around the same age.

So far, I am really enjoying it. I know Disney mishandled this stuff years ago, but reading through this novel again, I can't help but believe there's a great movie here for a smart producer. With the Lord of the Rings rage, this would go over very well, if done correctly.

Ah, well. So far, the book is standing up much better than I feared. Great stuff.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Y'know, The Black Cauldron is one of the few movies of the Disney animated canon I haven't seen.

I haven't seen it since the theaters (yikes), but I remember it being more diappointing than awful. Some primitive CGI amazed me, but the lame attempt to cram too many of the books together hurt the story, and for all the cutting-edge animation, some of the regular animation seemed very clunky to these eyes. I think it was the most expensive Disney animated film to its date, and also one of the studio's biggest flops.

Worth a gander, perhaps. Certainly not the worst Disney film ever, but when they called The Little Mermaid a comeback for Disney, this is an idea of what it was coming back from.

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L. Bangs

Sherry is back, Nina is back...Kim is still stupid. And 24 still has its charms. I still think the second season was the best but amazingly I still find this show deliciously good.