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by Mister Tee
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 701
Views: 28587

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Everyone knows my opinion of the Awards Watch folk, but I have to admit someone there came up with a good analogy for the pundit election reactions on Tuesday and the reality uncovered since: "On Tuesday, Republicans saw the Les Miz screening tweets. Now they're reading the actual reviews"
by Mister Tee
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 701
Views: 28587

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

As disappointing as the results in TX and GA (and maybe AZ) were, the optimistic read is that Republicans should be pretty scared of the narrow outcomes in all three. These are states that seem to have been "on the cusp" of turning blue for a while, that could very well be legitimate swin...
by Mister Tee
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Francis Lai
Replies: 1
Views: 59

Re: R.I.P. Francis Lai

His theme for A Man and a Woman was instantly memorable -- and, I'd argue, helped sell the film. And the Love Story theme was ubiquitous in a way few film themes these days ever get. He started string of composers who came out of European cinema and then won Oscars in the 70s for Hollywood efforts: ...
by Mister Tee
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 701
Views: 28587

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

A note on turnout. Current estimates are over 48%; the highest for a midterm since at least 1966. Worth remembering: when the voting age was lowered to 18 in 1971, overall turnout in both midterms and presidential elections took a drop. So to get close to a number from prior to that time is even mor...
by Mister Tee
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 701
Views: 28587

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Well, I'll tell you someone who thinks we won last night: Donald Trump. His press conference was as petulant a tantrum as any president has ever thrown (Nixon included). And the firing of Sessions seems a blatant attempt to change the subject/assert control. I'm presuming Robert Mueller is ready to ...
by Mister Tee
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 701
Views: 28587

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

I wonder what this outcome is going to do to Sabin's theory about high youth/minority turnout becoming the new normal. That increase in turnout HAS been responsible for much of the good news from tonight -- Beto's youth appeal probably won some Dem House seats in Texas. But the bald fact is, the gla...
by Mister Tee
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 701
Views: 28587

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

This is the most schizophrenic election I've ever lived through. Dems are getting every conceivable break in House toss-ups (even Steve King is running behind at the moment). But they're enduring multiple disappointments at the governor and Senate level. The election as a whole feels like the result...
by Mister Tee
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 701
Views: 28587

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

1) What a difference 45 minutes make. Dems have been winning House races hands over fist, and Fox -- of all places -- has already projected them to take control (something I had seriously begun to doubt). My mood is considerably up (especially after seeing Kobach lost the Kansas governorship!). 2) N...
by Mister Tee
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 701
Views: 28587

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

I have a similar sick feeling to what I had two years ago. We're not catching any breaks at all. This is not the repudiation we needed. I'm edging toward despair.
by Mister Tee
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 701
Views: 28587

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

My wait to vote wasn't much, but 1) I went at an off-time (about 1:30 PM, historically least-crowded time) and 2) it's not as if my district holds a lot of suspense -- not much chance Jerry Nadler or Kristen Gillibrand face serious challenge. I never even saw a TV ad for Gillibrand this cycle; I had...
by Mister Tee
Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 701
Views: 28587

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

A few last thoughts about Tuesday's midterms, not all that different from what I noted last week: Republicans are facing one of three scenarios. The first is, "Considering what could have happened, we'll take it" -- this would entail holding onto the House by any margin, adding a seat or t...
by Mister Tee
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: Widows reviews
Replies: 7
Views: 418

Re: Widows reviews

For what it's worth, my friend who's an Academy voter said this was easily his favorite of the movies he saw at Toronto this year (he didn't see Roma).
by Mister Tee
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1962
Replies: 7
Views: 495

Re: Best Cinematography 1962

Hey, a year where I've seen all the nominees. On the Color side, though this is getting back to my early youth, I actually saw four of the five in a theatre (Gypsy the exception). Apparently the branch was nominating the kinds of movies my parents were taking us to. My memory of Hatari! is dim, but ...
by Mister Tee
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: The First Century
Topic: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread
Replies: 227
Views: 39420

Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

A gut check for the Oscar completist: this coming Saturday at 6:15PM ET, TCM is running When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth -- a Visual Effects nominee in 1971. (There were only two nominees that year, and I remember Gene Siskel writing "Tell your friends you'll bet a month's salary that Bedknobs an...
by Mister Tee
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: A Star is Born reviews
Replies: 51
Views: 3110

Re: A Star is Born reviews

And yet I've encountered a sizable number of people who were completely caught off guard by pretty basic story elements (especially the plot's culmination in suicide). While I totally agree with you and Precious - we are part of an ever decreasing Cinema-aware section of society - but there's somet...

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