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  1. The Outsider (HBO) - 2 episodes in and this is a must-watch! I didn't read the 2018 novel, so I'm watching this without knowing anything. It is a murder-mystery, detective style, show with a probable paranormal angle. Great cast, and an extremely foreboding tone. Glad this came along. Already waiting impatiently for the next episode. Carlos.
  2. It came out the year I was married, 1989, and back then my wife and I, young and childless, had a very strict movie policy: If a movie came out, we saw it! So we definitely saw it in the theater soon after our first Christmas as husband and wife. Great timing! So this one, I took as a cautionary tale. I've only seen it in its entirety maybe 3 times, but it definitely has stayed with me. I just re-watched the trailer, and it definitely tries to go for the comedy angle, with subtle hints of the darkness inside. It would be interesting to see a cut of the trailer done as a psychological thriller with different music and an more ominous tone. Carlos.
  3. I've been fortunate in not having experienced divorce, other than one of my sisters, who, frankly, earned it by going too far in religious zeal. Her husband cheated, and they wound up with an annulment (she pulled strings in the Church) even after 18 years and 3 kids. And oh, is The War of The Roses ever tragic! It is indeed hilarious at times, and that's what lulls you into thinking you're in a comedy, but you're really watching a dark, twisted horror of a movie. Remember, it's Danny DeVito telling the tale of the Roses to another client wanting a divorce, and really wanting to stick it to his wife. He reveals all the terrible, malicious and savage things the Roses did to each other as their love turned to hate, but it's the very final scene that seals the tragedy. Throughout the movie, you always felt like Mr. Rose still loved Mrs. Rose intently and deeply, and hated the nastiness, while she seemed to relish it, never once showing a hint of their former love, except to trick him. Then, in their final scene, The movie ends with the DeVito's client having second thoughts, and DeVito rushing home to his wife, so I guess they bring a final measure of hope to the otherwise really dark movie. Carlos.
  4. Marriage Story - Sure, it's some tremendous acting, but it's also false advertising. It should be called Divorce Story. Maybe to the vapid Hollywood elites, divorce is just the (un)natural, expected end of marriage, and it makes sense to them. I was unable to emotionally connect with these characters, so it all just fell flat to me. Watch Kramer vs Kramer, or even The War of the Roses if you want divorce tales that feel tragic and sad. I give it 2 out of 5 Bloodsucking Lawyers. ---------------------- Paul - This was showing on Cinemax, and I realized it was the only Pegg/Frost film that I hadn't yet seen. I think it was because it got a lot of negative buzz. It does have some really funny parts, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, but it's still the weakest of their movies together. I give it 3 out of 5 Falling Stars. Carlos.
  5. Joker - It's a different kind of dystopian movie, one eerily close to reality as we continue to throw pills, and very little real human contact, at our mentally ill. It's powerful and disturbing, and also very moving and terrifying. In the span of the movie, I pitied Joker, I loved him, I cheered for him, I feared him, and feared for him. And I hated him. He's Travis Bickle if, in Taxi Driver, Travis had succeeded in his initial plots to get negative attention, the only kind he thought he was worthy of. Joker is what happens when those leading lives of quiet desperation, ravaged by slow simmering, violent mental illness, are quiet no more. This was an important film. I give it 5 out of 5 Devils Dancing in a Pale Moonlight. Carlos.
  6. That is gorgeous! But way too sexy for hiding out of sight, as I intend. I did scan my house for a location where I could display it and still have it serve the outdoor speakers, but it would be too far away. These are more in line with what I'm looking for. I'm going to order one in the next month or so and let you know how it goes. Thanks! Carlos.
  7. Does there exist a small, cheap amp that exists only for bluetooth connection to a source, plus two-channel speaker connections? I would like to buy a tiny amp that I could put in my attic above my back patio, to which I could connect two in-ceiling speakers, such that when I want, my cell would connect via bluetooth and I could stream music through my phone to the speakers. I think I have an outlet up there near my A/C, but I would need to check. Otherwise I could put the box behind my family room TV, where I currently have the speaker wire terminating. I've been living with just a soundbar for that tv, since my receiver failed. It used to have a second zone that I used for the outdoor speakers. Now I have no way to drive those outdoor speakers, and I'd like the cheapest possible solution. Carlos.
  8. Six Underground - Netflix: Pretty bad, some mildly redeeming gunplay sequences and a hell of a lot of overly loud, bombastic Michael Bay action sequences. Ryan Reynolds quips his way through this paycheck for him with 1/10 of the humor, and none of the sentiment of Deadpool. Not really worth your time. I give it 2 out of 5 Magnets and Miracles. Carlos.
  9. Watch "Dirty John" on netflix with your wife if you want her to appreciate you a little more. It's a true story about a conniving, drug abusing, stalking psycho that worms his way into a lonely divorcee's life. I give it 4 out of 5 Zombie Survival Skills. Carlos.
  10. Thanks! I will post more. And to be fair to the makers of Rocksmith, I bailed on using their game after about 5 months. I found youtube lessons and regular tabs more palatable for me. But I do give them huge credit for getting me started, feeling comfortable, and their fretboard games definitely accelerated my skill in moving my fingers about, since I had zero experience starting off. I'm loving that Strat so much! I went with the American-made performer series. It's way more than I needed, but I didn't really have an heirloom-quality item to hand down to my kids/grandson, until now. I have not revisited GH type games in a long time. I bonked hard in those games once the notes started moving fast. Question for other guitarists: What is your hit-rate, or by what measure do you consider a solo/riff/song truly "learned"? If I can nail a riff/solo without errors only 20% of the time, as I do in "you shook me", is it "learned". Do you ever get good enough to rarely make a mistake at all? Is that really something to strive for as a recreational player, or is that attainable only by elite guitar gods? With no formal instruction, I have no benchmark by which to judge my progress. My brother-in-law came by recently and we played together. He's been playing for 10 years, plays daily, and while he's ahead of me, he's not 7 years ahead by my reckoning. He made a lot of mistakes too, which I found oddly comforting. To use a video game analogy - I could play Mario Bros every day for 3 years and never get close to the frame-perfect prowess that speed-runners have. I guess what I'm asking is -- What is "good" for a layman player like me? Carlos.
  11. I can't believe I'm about to start my 4th year of playing. It's been going great. Can't say that I"m growing in leaps and bounds, but I have seen continuous improvement. I recently learned the solo for "You Shook Me" by AC/DC, and I'm currently 60% through learning the solos (both Felder and Walsh) for Hotel California. I'm definitely a musician now. Feels great to be able to say that, after waiting my whole life to start. I still play almost every day. I've been saying it for a while, but this will be the year in which I'm going to pivot to the blues, and focus on improvisation. Carlos.
  12. That looks more like Donkey Kong Jr. than Burger Time to me, on screen to the right of BBHunter. Carlos.
  13. 1917 - Really extraordinary. It's an incredible story, told via an even more incredible "one-shot", real-time style that ramps up the immersion and intensity. Highest recommendation to see it on the big screen. I give it 5 out of 5 hidden seams. Carlos.
  14. January Six Underground (netflix): 2 out of 5 Magnets and Miracles. Joker: 5 out of 5 Devils Dancing in a Pale Moonlight. Marriage Story: 2 out of 5 Bloodsucking Lawyers Paul: 3 out of 5 Falling Stars
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