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477958 Posts in 16133 Topics by 2927 Members - Latest Member: J9 October 24, 2014, 04:08:22 PM
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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 17-minute \ on: October 23, 2014, 11:23:29 AM
Any chance you could, as they say,  do it again, please?
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Death of Carl's spiritual main man, John-Roger on: October 23, 2014, 11:15:38 AM
From The Daily Wail:

"The controversial group is known for its aversion to garlic, publishing specialist cook-books of garlic free Italian and French recipes for its followers." He might have- allegedly - forced some of his male followers to f***, mind you...
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Santa Ana Winds on: October 22, 2014, 11:47:07 PM
I used the older version on my alt LA, but I wish it had the later lyrics!
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Santa Ana Winds on: October 22, 2014, 12:23:53 PM
Santa Ana Winds is good.  Lookin' at Tomorrow (regardless of its origins) is really good.
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: James Garner on: October 22, 2014, 12:20:02 PM
Here's a wonderfully admiring piece on the great man by the Australian writer, Clive james:

And I agree with virtually everything he says!
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Santa Ana Winds on: October 22, 2014, 10:45:14 AM
My favourite song from KTSA by a mile. Intended, in its nascent form, for LA. Was it meant to be part of a California Saga-type trilogy with Lookin' Down The Coast/Song of the Whale? Assuming that Song of the Whale is an alternate title for Lookin' Down the Coast, which I always have, what was the third part (if there ever was one)? Don't Fight the Sea was started by then, so...? Whatever, both Santa Ana Winds and Lookin' Down the Coast would've improved LA (which I mostly like anyway, but there are several songs I wouldn't miss). I prefer the lyrics to the KTSA version, but the LA outtake is less sweetened, so it's six and two threes for me. I also assumed it's largely Al's work. Kinda hoped he would've redone it for his album...
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Beer, Wine, Liquor, Spirits, Cocktails...Open Bar. Discuss, Recommend, etc. on: October 21, 2014, 03:59:22 PM
Whisky? The Macallan or or Cardhu or Edradour or Bunnahabhain. Maybe with a little water, but definitely no ice. Jamesons with ice, however.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys cancel their first Tel Aviv concert on: October 21, 2014, 03:53:33 PM
Smart move when they're shelling the sh*t out of each other and the newspapers are awash with images and stories of dead kids.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Cuddle Up on: October 21, 2014, 03:51:14 PM
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Halloween Movies on: October 20, 2014, 09:42:43 AM
Damn. Should've had The Cat People (original) instead of The Fog
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Garry Winogrand on: October 19, 2014, 11:59:04 PM
There was a fantastic exhibition of photos by legendary 'street photographer' Garry Winogrand in New York recently and it's now heading for Pars. Here are a couple of heavily iillustrated pieces on the man and the exhibition:
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Donald Fagen on: October 19, 2014, 02:49:46 AM
A very old thread but here's a new link - a recent-ish interview, including much rambling context, with Mr Fagen:

Wish they'd do another Dan album...
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Halloween Movies on: October 17, 2014, 11:30:22 AM
These 10 will do it for me:

The Haunting (original - the sequel's terrible)
Night of the Demon (
The Devil Rides Out
The Changeling
Dead of Night
Night of the Eagle (
The Innocents
The Fog (original)
Dracula (the first Hammer version)
Nosferatu (original)

I'd be sorely tempted to replace one or two of these with fringe horror movies - ones which probably belong in another genre but cross into horror, like Psycho, Quatermass and the Pit, Alien or Jaws.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: A whole Transcendental Meditation album? on: October 14, 2014, 11:25:10 AM
I'd throw in all the Charles Lloyd stuff that the various members of the BB are on.
15  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Beer, Wine, Liquor, Spirits, Cocktails...Open Bar. Discuss, Recommend, etc. on: October 13, 2014, 02:43:10 PM
I avoid canned beer completely. Bottled is better but give me real ale on tap any day. And maybe a whisky to round off the session.
16  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Egon Schiele Exhibition in London on: October 12, 2014, 08:27:23 AM
I mean he should "sell" this blog post to us, let us know why we have to read it.

Or, you could take the 5 seconds to click on it, and decide for yourself. Decisions like this are tough, I understand.

I am just giving Ed friendly advice here. I assume he posts links to his blog because he wants to increase his blog traffic. Explaining what the blog posts are about would increase his traffic even more.

Nope. Thought people might find art as interesting as Destiny, cats or the Nobel Peace Prize - and this is an exhibition that at least some members of the board will have reasonable access to.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's Stock Continues To Rise on: October 12, 2014, 02:57:59 AM
I had Landlord (not as good as it should be), Auld Hemp (better), London Pride (good) and Doombar (so-so).
18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NEW \ on: October 12, 2014, 02:17:11 AM
Here's a piece on David Lynch in light of the announcement of a new series of Twin Peaks. A little pessimistic in places, but still worth looking at.

Updated to include an interview with Mark Frost and a second piece on Lynch
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Egon Schiele Exhibition in London on: October 12, 2014, 02:15:06 AM
Cheers, Luther
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Egon Schiele Exhibition in London on: October 11, 2014, 09:17:01 AM
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: God Only Knows BBC Music ad on: October 09, 2014, 12:20:57 AM
Jesus, what a negative bunch of twats we are.
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / The bizarre photographs of William Mortensen on: October 08, 2014, 12:03:14 PM
Check these out
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NEW \ on: October 06, 2014, 11:19:29 PM
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Live Anthology on: October 06, 2014, 06:22:26 AM
I'd like to hear stuff from the early 70s with Chaplin and Fataar (and Bruce - why the hell not?); the unplugged stuff from 93, but, yeah, an anthologu from across the years would be good too.
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Love and Mercy At The Toronto Film Festival on: October 05, 2014, 07:02:46 AM
Hey guys, just got back from watching the movie...and I gotta say, it was amazing!

Overall, my rating is 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up. The film was not perfect, but it did a great job and I think a lot of people in the theater left with more appreciation towards Brian's life and what he had to endure.

So here's my review.

First, the production of the movie is incredible. They managed to recreate every single detail we've seen in photos and videos. Particularly good was the recreation of Brian (Paul Dano) performing Surfs Up solo on the piano for the Bernstein special. And I gotta say, Paul Dano did an amazing job singing and playing. In the end credits I read Darian was his music coach, so that explains a lot.

But aside from his singing (and a pretty good falsetto), he was the best in the cast. The mid 60s scenes were awesome and he did a fine job showing Brian's increasing mental deterioration. I think he has a great career ahead, top actor.

John Cusak was competent in the older Brian role. They didnt do much of an effort to make him look like Brian - actually that kind of sucked sometimes, since John is so John - but some of the scenes with Landy were very dramatic and he did good. Paul Giamatti (hope that's how its spelled) was a bit over the top, but then again from what I've read, Landy was like that in real life. You got to watch the scene when he's forcing Brian to finish up 'Driving to Heaven in my car'...its really tough and sad.

I saw Elizabeth Banks up close and personal when I was getting to my seat  Grin Not only she's pretty but carried the role of Melinda pretty well. Its obvious the script wanted to put Melinda as Brian's savior and make her the reason why the guy is alive nowadays and so Elizabeth played the part strongly.

But the rest of the cast and how their characters were presented was kind of weak. Van Dyke Parks for example hardly gets 2 scenes, doesnt talk much and seems like he's not really important. They changed the lyrics discussion from Cabinessence to Heroes and Villains (the snuff bit), so that was kind of lame.

Murray gets a big part and its shown in all his evilness. They even showed him hitting kid Brian and making him deaf...and to this day I dont know if thats true or not, since I've seen interviews of Brian saying he was born idee la

The Boys are not really worked as characters. Mike gets to be the asshole, but in a justifiable way if I may say. He's always shown as worrying about the band and how Brian is losing touch with their public's interest. I mean, I (we) know a bit more of the story, but I can understand if people who dont know much about the band would side with him. Since the Van Dyke's characters was not really built up, Mike's kicking him away seemed rather appropriate in the context of the movie. Anyways.

There was a good scene with Hal Blaine talking with Brian in the parking lot and comforting him, saying the boys were going to love what he recorded for Pet Sounds. But aside from that and a quick scene with Carol Kaye complaining about bass keys, not much was discussed about the Wrecking Crew.

Carl and Dennis got a couple of lines during the early days, but not much after. Al and Bruce practically didnt exist. Marylin looked really cute actually, I wonder who played her? Checking later on IMDB.

But then again the movie was about Brian and Melinda, so 90% was Paul Dano/John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks. The last scene was when she almost ran him over and then took him to visit his old house on Hawthorne to find they built a highway on it. And as they hug and kiss, Wouldnt it be nice plays over.

A little nice detail though, the closing credits were played over Love and Mercy sang live by Brian, with concert footage. When the song was over, we all stood up and applauded Brian for almost 5 mins. Standing ovation!

But one thing I really, really didnt like, was how so stupid some people in the audience were. During some really sad scenes, like when Brian was saying stuff like 'I dont get to talk to my family' or 'like I got this mental problem...since 1963', some people were laughing as if it was something funny. John  Cusack did a good job in getting Brian's impersonal way of talking, so its sounds somehow comical, but for the love of God, the guy who suffered this ordeal is there, in the audience!!! Show some respect  Angry

Aside from that, the venue was cool, the screening and the atmosphere was Hollywood style. I recorded most of the Q&A session and Brian leaving the theater - it was funny everyone was there to take pics of John Cusack, and when he left, most I could move up front and scream at Brian like a mad man  Grin ...actually I didnt, I'm a fan, not a crazy stalker  Roll Eyes

Anyways, hope this review gives you some insight to the movie. I recommended it completely, the focus is not the drugs but Brian's mental health struggle. I think it was a nice treatment of his life.

Gotta leave now and get some sleep, I'm catching the 6:00 am train back to Montreal. I'll share some of the pics and the Q&A session tomorrow night.

Bonne nuit a tous!

Why would we want to know exactly how the film ends before we've even seen it???

Please can all such similar posts please could with a 'SPOILER ALERT' tag at the top, thanks.

Don't worry; he's pulling your leg. It ends with Brian donning a Lincoln hat, freeing the slaves and winning the Civil War. Then we get Wouldn't It Be Nice on the soundtrack.
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