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Postby cl smooth » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:53 pm

JennieGarthAlgar wrote:I flew through the book Best. Movie. Year. Ever. How 1999 Blew Up The Big Screen and that was a fun read. I graduated high school in 99 and watched so many movies back then, and im a pack rat so of course I save all my ticket stubs, especially movie ones. I dug them up the other day. Most of them were still legible. I can remember most of the people I saw these with, and how clueless we were about what the movies were about going in without the internet. I remember being talked into going to see The Apostle by my buddy who I found out later came from a super weird religious family. Lesson learned there. I can also remember going to the midnight showing of X-Files: Fight The Future and having no idea that people were going to be in costume and on drugs. Ahh memories.

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Anyway, was a good book and I recommend.


staying on topic, the a.v. club is doing a 1999 week and they dropped their list of the best movies from '99:

https://film.avclub.com/the-best-movies ... 1836974523

spoiler alert: the phantom menace was nowhere to be found.

also on topic: the oldest movie stub i had up until last year was rumble in the bronx.
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:43 pm

I think The Apostle is a damn fine film. It also did not come out in 1999.
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Postby We Got The Whole 9 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:43 am

Butterscup wrote:I've finally gotten better at reading books (better as in i've read a handful this year which beats my total of maybe 3 over the last decade) and find myself alternating between true crime and comedy memoirs. Anyone have any suggestions for either? I recently read "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" and "A Murder in Music City" on the true crime side and "Born Standing Up" and "Everything is Horrible and Wonderful" on the memoir side and am about to start "Tragedy + Time" by Adam Cayton-Holland. Anyone have any favorite in either genre I should check out?
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby JennieGarthAlgar » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:26 am

Sammy Sofa wrote:I think The Apostle is a damn fine film. It also did not come out in 1999.


Well maybe I should watch it again, cause 16 year old me just wasn't into it. And I realize it didnt come out in '99. I only mentioned it because it was one of the stubs I found when I went looking for my '99 stubs.

98 stubs: The Apostle, Titanic, US Marshals, Big Lebowski, The Patriot, Armageddon (x3), Mercury Rising, X-Files: Fight the Future, Can't Hardly Wait, Out of Sight, There's Something About Mary, Saving Private Ryan, Disturbing Behavior, Rush Hour, The Waterboy
99 stubs: Analyze This, Cruel Intentions, Forces of Nature, The Matrix, Entrapment, The Mummy, Phantom Menace, Varsity Blues, Big Daddy (x2), Notting Hill, Summer of Sam, American Pie, The Blair Witch Project, Sixth Sense, Fight Club, The World is Not Enough, Deuce Bigelow, The Green Mile, Man on the Moon
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Postby Forgotmyoldlogin » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:48 pm

98 and 99 were fantastic years for movies.

My dad actually took 12-year-old me to see Saving Private Ryan and There’s Something About Mary in the theater when my mom and sister were away on some Girl Scout trip. Then we went out for Mexican. Good times.
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Postby jersey cubs fan » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:16 pm

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CubinNY wrote:Thanks to whoever suggested The Expanse series. The first two (audio) books are excellent. I'm just into the third.

I'm not sure how I got exposed to it in the first place
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I'm on the First Law Trilogy now and things have really heated up in book 2. I read the first one and am doing audiobook for the 2nd.

Just finished this trilogy and I really enjoyed it. I did the audiobook for 2 and 3 and now I'm on to one of the one off books outside the trilogy. That third book, Last Argument of Kings, was fantastic.
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Postby minnesotacubsfan » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:27 pm

We Got The Whole 9 wrote:
Butterscup wrote:I've finally gotten better at reading books (better as in i've read a handful this year which beats my total of maybe 3 over the last decade) and find myself alternating between true crime and comedy memoirs. Anyone have any suggestions for either? I recently read "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" and "A Murder in Music City" on the true crime side and "Born Standing Up" and "Everything is Horrible and Wonderful" on the memoir side and am about to start "Tragedy + Time" by Adam Cayton-Holland. Anyone have any favorite in either genre I should check out?
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also as I mentioned in the other thread, The Man from the Train by Bill James (yes, THAT Bill James of baseball lore) and his daughter Rachel is fantastic. It is crime drama in the sense that they attempt to place several unsolved murders from around 1900-1920 in a sequence while alluding to (and eventually naming) who the killer really was. I read it in less than a week, and now I lock all my doors and windows at night. Read it, and you'll understand what I mean.

James is a vastly underrated writer.

eta: fwiw a few of the murders happened in your neck of the woods butters.
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I read Strega Nona to my kids tonight. Felt almost relieved his death wasn’t rona related
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Postby MWV » Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:42 am

jersey cubs fan wrote:https://twitter.com/elliottblackwe3/status/1244744124303126534?s=21

I read Strega Nona to my kids tonight. Felt almost relieved his death wasn’t rona related

My kids (and I) love his books. "Bill and Pete" is my boys' favorite.
"Strega Nona" always made me hungry as a kid because I was extremely picky and loved plain spaghetti.
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Postby Rob » Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:44 pm

CyHawk_Cub wrote:


That’s fantastic. That’s one of my favorite books I’ve read in the last couple years.
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Postby Rob » Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:45 pm

Anybody on Goodreads? I could use some more friends on there.

I believe this link will take you to my profile.
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Postby big ball chunky time » Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:50 pm

Rob wrote:Anybody on Goodreads? I could use some more friends on there.

I believe this link will take you to my profile.


fa sho

warning: every book i read gets 5 stars because i think the authors deserve it for putting themselves out there like that
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Postby Rob » Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:56 pm

big ball chunky time wrote:
Rob wrote:Anybody on Goodreads? I could use some more friends on there.

I believe this link will take you to my profile.


fa sho

warning: every book i read gets 5 stars because i think the authors deserve it for putting themselves out there like that


I can respect that. Bottom of the barrel for me is 3 stars. And I feel absolutely awful when I have to do that. So I get where you’re coming from.
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby The Logan » Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:20 pm

Finished "The Fifth Risk". Unbelievable and insightful book. Highly recommended.

Started reading "Poking a Dead Frog" which I had no idea existed until Daniel Kibblesmith recommended it in a film school conference call Q&A. If you like comedy, it's a must-read. I'm clueless as to why it wasn't required reading in the film school.
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby CyHawk_Cub » Wed May 06, 2020 6:56 pm

Heh, Kruse's descriptors/recommendations are apt

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Postby Rob » Thu May 07, 2020 2:01 am

The Logan wrote:Finished "The Fifth Risk". Unbelievable and insightful book. Highly recommended.

Started reading "Poking a Dead Frog" which I had no idea existed until Daniel Kibblesmith recommended it in a film school conference call Q&A. If you like comedy, it's a must-read. I'm clueless as to why it wasn't required reading in the film school.


I didn’t care much for The Fifth Risk on my initial read. It seemed a bit scattered in its focus. But I must admit it’s looking awfully prescient right now.
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Postby The Logan » Thu May 07, 2020 2:13 pm

Rob wrote:
The Logan wrote:Finished "The Fifth Risk". Unbelievable and insightful book. Highly recommended.

Started reading "Poking a Dead Frog" which I had no idea existed until Daniel Kibblesmith recommended it in a film school conference call Q&A. If you like comedy, it's a must-read. I'm clueless as to why it wasn't required reading in the film school.


I didn’t care much for The Fifth Risk on my initial read. It seemed a bit scattered in its focus. But I must admit it’s looking awfully prescient right now.


I admit the second half kind of turned from "Look at these amazing people and what the Trump admin did to horsefeathers up their life's work" to just "Look at these amazing people", which is fine, I found the stories and history of these people and organizations fascinating, but the first half of the book sets it up against the backdrop of the Trump admin coming in and ineptly taking over these organizations that are so much more important than the public is led to believe, and that narrative is kind of abandoned halfway through. It certainly wasn't as compelling as the first half, but I still found out so much about things I never knew or thought I knew about.

I don't recall if he cited it on air, but you could tell John Oliver drew good info from the book when he did his Accuweather episode.
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