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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: May 22, 2018, 06:49:02 PM
I think the idea that studio audiences are there to coerce the audience into laughing is a somewhat false belief that probably even some studio execs hold.

Perhaps consider it this way. There are currently many, many stand up comedy specials available on Netflix. Now imagine how they might work if there was no audience in those shows. Whatever thought you just had in your head about how they might work is probably what many performers over the years thought when they considers their own comedy shows without an audience.
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: May 19, 2018, 06:50:51 AM
The Captain - Perhaps not useful in everyday life, but beneficial in others. True Canadians and Americans have benefited from English being the lingua franca  at a cost, although don't Canadians have to learn both French and English in school?

There are quite a few French immersion schools, yes. I took French from grade one all the way through the end of high school. However, it's not a requirement and there are some English-only schools here just as I'm sure there are French only schools in Quebec. New Brunswick is the only officially bilingual province but I don't know how that works in terms of schooling. My partner is from New Brunswick though. I should probably ask her.
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: New Politics Thread 2018 on: May 17, 2018, 06:02:46 AM
Help me CSM deal with this craziness! Wink

I'm barely hanging on myself.
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: New Politics Thread 2018 on: May 17, 2018, 06:02:09 AM
they do become very interested in the internal goings-on of a country when they are a target for US military intervention. I don't think we could go more than a minute without hearing about the horrors committed by Saddam Hussein or the repression carried out against the people of Iran throughout the 2000s. And, for different reasons, we have heard quite a lot about the internal politics of Russia over the past few years.

Also, in my view, Israel is not so much a friend as much as they are a satellite or a colony, which should make the American people concerned about what goes on there.

Re the objects of our aggression, Iíd assume thatís because the media tends to cover stories basically as fed them by the WH, the Pentagon and similar sources during those periods, to ensure some level of public support. The 03 Iraq war may be the best modern example.

As for Israel, I just meant to share the narrative, not the truth.

Yes, I think we are in agreement on this.
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: New Politics Thread 2018 on: May 16, 2018, 07:49:38 PM
I think Americans really don't focus on anything outside the borders of the country, with a few occasional very broad-stroke narratives. And in this case, "Israel = special [do-no-wrong] friend" is one of those narratives, and "Muslim bad guys" is another. So even if they did realize what and where Gaza is, and know what is going on there ... they generally won't know what's going on there, because it's so shaded, if not entirely obscured, by the narratives.

The most recent Intercepted podcast has a nice Norman Finkelstein interview on the topic.

OH--and my initial "top answers" post should have probably included something about the Iran nuclear deal. That would definitely be among the top responses, in some way or other.

Norman Finkelstein is a fantastic scholar and one of the best writers on the topic.

I do agree with you to an extent about Americans and their focus on issues outside of the borders. However, to add to your good point about narratives, they do become very interested in the internal goings-on of a country when they are a target for US military intervention. I don't think we could go more than a minute without hearing about the horrors committed by Saddam Hussein or the repression carried out against the people of Iran throughout the 2000s. And, for different reasons, we have heard quite a lot about the internal politics of Russia over the past few years.

Also, in my view, Israel is not so much a friend as much as they are a satellite or a colony, which should make the American people concerned about what goes on there.
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: New Politics Thread 2018 on: May 16, 2018, 07:19:11 PM
My entirely honest--I know this will read otherwise, but I'm not being sarcastic--answer is something like this (in order of most common answer to "how are you feeling about what is happening in Gaza right now?"):

1. "What's Gaza?"
2. "What's happening in Gaza?"
3. "That's the Muslims, right? Israel has a right to self defense against terrorists."
4. Probably something about Obama's [Syrian] red line.
5. Maybe a Saddam Hussein reference?


I can appreciate that response. Given how well-informed and intelligent you are, I genuinely believe that's a testament to just how in the dark Americans are kept on the realities of the Israel-Palestine issue. And I don't think that's your fault but rather the fault of your media and political system.
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: New Politics Thread 2018 on: May 16, 2018, 06:27:54 PM
I'm curious what the general feeling is in the US about what's happening in Gaza right now?
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: May 14, 2018, 03:23:29 PM
It still does in many schools.

I guess I shouldn't talk because here we make our kids sing the national anthem in the morning. But making a pledge to be loyal to the State seems to be a whole other level of ridiculousness.
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: May 14, 2018, 09:09:42 AM
The pledge to the flag still happens in US schools?
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Why Do We Treat Brian Wilson Like a Child? on: April 22, 2018, 08:17:49 AM
Forgive my ignorance but hasn't Brian actually been under a conservatorship? Is he still?
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Is Beatles Dated? on: April 21, 2018, 06:17:11 AM
I think that you could look at certain periods after 1970 when The Beatles seemed out of step with the times - the punk movement into the New Wave, for example. Then, I think many people thought of the band as a relic from the past. But then in the mid to late 80s, I think they came back and then were enormously popular again in the 1990s. Then the 1 comp was huge in the early 2000s. Maybe we are at a stage now where they are once again out of step. I'm not entirely sure as I don't really have a firm grasp on what's "in" right now. But I'm confident that it will go back to The Beatles again demonstrating that, yes, their music is timeless.
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The John Lennon Peace, Love, and Appreciation Thread on: April 20, 2018, 12:28:07 PM
Well said.

The older I get, the more I realize that the mark of a good person is someone who acknowledges their mistakes and tries their hardest to be better. I think John was a great example of someone like that.
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: April 20, 2018, 09:33:27 AM
Just started The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith. Many of her books, including the Tom Ripley stories, have been made into popular movies that I've somehow managed not to see. So far, so good.

I've never read the book but The Talented Mr. Ripley movie is fantastic.
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: April 20, 2018, 05:06:55 AM
I'm in the throes of finishing The Great Gatsby. What have I been missing all these years? Thank you, that person, for pointing me at it. :=)

I think next up will be 1984, another book I'd be put in front of a firing squad for not reading in an enlightened society. Grin

I love Gatsby! Phenomenal book.

I like 1984 too. It's not my favourite Orwell read but, yes, I'd say it's a bucket list book.

For anyone interested, here is my book bucket list though looking at it now, I'd say it's way too short but I think I must have truncated it for the thread: http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,25110.msg610116.html#msg610116
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Love & Mercy biopic reassessed on: April 19, 2018, 12:44:08 PM
Most of the negative comments about the film largely centered on the use of Dano and Cusack to play Brian's character.  It probably would have been more effective to have had Dano carry it all the way through.  The movie would have done better with a less confusing title.

Oh for me, the fact that there are two actors playing Brian is one of the movies strengths, albeit not a totally unique idea. Actually, something I'd like to see is a movie that uses both the real person and an actor at various different points of the film (not just in a cameo somewhere).
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Love & Mercy biopic reassessed on: April 19, 2018, 05:59:00 AM
Paul Giamatti's performance is imo the best acting in the 80s scenes.

Paul Giamatti has a knack for stealing the show in biopics. 

Check out his roles in Private Parts (Howard Stern) and Man on the Moon (Andy Kaufman).

He's also great as the star of a biopic. Check out American Splendor (Harvey Pekar).

I'd also put American Splendor on my list for great biopics.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Love & Mercy biopic reassessed on: April 18, 2018, 06:34:00 PM
Lookalikes?  Not necessary.  A waste of time and talent.  I wanted BE-alikes.  Even if only for the brief interactions contained there-in.

Mostly I meant that it was a bit absurd that the band looked like they could be cast in a reboot of Melrose Place. Or maybe "California Dreams" would be a better example.

Meanwhile a Clint Howard-type wouldn't have been terrible for some of the members but I guess they just don't have many of those on hand anymore or people just don't expect that sort of look for a rock band.
18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: April 18, 2018, 06:01:38 PM
Hey Captain - don't mean to make you the link to all things Pet Sounds Forum but if you ever get a chance, please tell Super Metroid that I think her debate posts are fantastic.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Love & Mercy biopic reassessed on: April 18, 2018, 09:20:24 AM
I 'get' that they didn't have time to go into any in depth anything with Carl and Dennis...but they could have represented them as they were rather than just with 2 random guys who bore almost no resemblance personality or character wise to either brother.

Part of the problem is that The Beach Boys in the 1960s didn't look like conventional 2015 movie stars, which is what they essentially hired to play the band. Had this been the 1970s, I'm sure they could have found lots of good performers who were lookalikes.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Love & Mercy biopic reassessed on: April 18, 2018, 06:54:21 AM
I've spoken here before about my general apathy towards biopics - particularly what is, by now, the conventional 21st century American biopic. I normally don't really see the point of them as films. I do think that I'm Not There is a remarkable movie, mostly for its interrogation of the genre. Love & Mercy sort of walks the line (get it?) between the unconventional and conventional. I do think it's enjoyable and as a fan, it's just good to see a representation of The Beach Boys that isn't done on the cheap for a change. As a film, I don't think it's necessarily something I'd purchase but I do like it as just pure entertainment.
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Favourite TV Show Themes on: April 12, 2018, 04:17:46 AM
This has been stuck in my head since I was about 4:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x4wBbx9wE5U

I've never seen that before but what I like best about it is that they film it in a way that it looks like they are singing that song to me as I'm being forcibly removed from the building.
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Favourite TV Show Themes on: April 11, 2018, 01:32:47 PM
Littlest Hobo

First the hockey talk and now this. You are really out-Canadianing the rest of us Canadians on the board.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaXIuHH91fU

 LOL
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Hockey 2017- 2018 Thread on: April 11, 2018, 08:43:33 AM
Don't know why I can't totally get behind Preds..but I'm not an Av's fan

In my view, Montreal trading Subban to the Preds for Weber goes down as one of the worst moves the Canadiens have made since trading Patrick Roy for Jocelyn Thibault and Chris Chelios for Denis Savard. What a history of buffoonery.

It's certainly starting to look like the Pred's got the better of the deal.
At face value though, you traded a premiere D for a premiere D. In spite of the fact that PK showed himself to be a leader on and off the ice in MTL, there was obviously something that wasn't working out. Was that PK's fault? Probably not entirely. But he's a different cat, and the hockey culture in Habs land is fairly conservative. From the beginning, he would have been a way better fit in another market.
You win on the ice, but you can lose just as easily in the dressing room. It cannot be overstated how important a happy room is for team success. (This is a major problem in Ottawa btw)
In 2 years, the NHL game has totally changed. Priority has completely shifted. You need speed up the middle, first and foremost. Then you need a puck moving Dman. If you don't have those two things, you're done..even more than having a solid Goaltender, though obviously still a key to winning..but not like it was.

I agree but I will also add that if the team couldn't get it to work with Subban, then there's something fundamentally flawed with the team and in my view that's true. I really think that trading him away kicked in the stomach to the spirit of the Montreal fan base. Count me as one Habs fan who feels that Bergevin has been the most crucial figure in turning that team into the disaster it is. Just to stay on the Subban/Weber trade, even if one were to potentially see it as a trade of equals, we still got loaded with a higher-salary, making obtaining another great player less of a possibility. I think that the decision of the last few years have been so poorly thought through that it genuinely comes as no surprise that this season ended up as it did.
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Favourite TV Show Themes on: April 11, 2018, 08:23:06 AM
Littlest Hobo

First the hockey talk and now this. You are really out-Canadianing the rest of us Canadians on the board.
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: New Politics Thread 2018 on: April 11, 2018, 06:10:14 AM
I don't know about anyone else but I find the new provocative language around Russia to be terrifying. The one thing that was good about Trump was that he was not building up tension with Russia. Now he's done a complete 180 on that.
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