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TV & Movies / Beforeigners
« on: March 03, 2020, 12:37:42 AM »
If you have access to HBO, I highly recommend Beforeigners! It's a Norwegian sci-fi series in which people from previous times (mainly Vikings) pop up in the waters surrounding modern-day Norway. At the heart of it is a murder mystery, but it's a fascinating look at what would happen if people from the past had to be assimilated in modern times. It's a pretty good social satire as well: at one point, someone called them "Vikings" on the radio, and the host corrected him: "We don't use the V-word here."

There are only 6 episodes so it's pretty easy to binge. One drawback: Season 2 hasn't even begun filming yet, as far as I can tell.

General Discussion / What are the odds?
« on: July 07, 2012, 06:20:20 PM »
So I've been watching Arrested Development on Netflix streaming for a few weeks, and just finished the series finale this afternoon.  I then got online and was surfing Memebase when I came across this:

It's an image from... the series finale of Arrested Development

Seriously, what are the odds of me running across it today?  I'm a little freaked out right now!!

TV & Movies / Shut Up Little Man!
« on: April 19, 2012, 01:38:47 AM »
I highly recommend this documentary on two roommates who recorded the drunken ragings of their neighbors and passed the tapes around to friends.  The tapes managed to go viral years before the internet became popular (i.e. the '80s).

TV & Movies / You won't have Charlie Sheen to kick around any more.
« on: February 25, 2011, 02:20:13 AM »
Click the link to read the story, then click the audio link.  Some priceless stuff on the Alex Jones radio show.

Luckily, Sheen does not come off as an insane, arrogant asshole.

TV & Movies / Boy trapped in abandoned refrigerator!!
« on: February 05, 2011, 05:00:28 PM »
OK, this is driving me crazy.  I have this vague memory of an old Dragnet episode that dealt with a missing boy.  It turns out, he was playing hide-and-seek and hid inside an old refrigerator with a latching door.  He couldn't get out and suffocated to death.  The last shot of the episode was of the fridge all by itself, then the traditional dum-dee-dum-dum music came up.

The problem is, no such episode exists.  I went through the episode lists of Dragnet, Adam-12 and even Quincy but cannot find one the matches the description.  Does this ring a bell with anybody else?

"The Straight Dope" talks about such fridges, but no mention of a TV show in which it happened.  Like I said, it's driving me crazy!

TV & Movies / Let Me In
« on: October 07, 2010, 04:59:24 AM »
The American remake of Let the Right One In isn't bad, but overall I much prefer the original.  The two lead kids are great, however.

The original has the great advantage of being shot in the middle of winter in Sweden, so you real feel the cold when watching the movie.  The remake had too much fake snow, and for some reason is set in New Mexico.  Don't know why they didn't pick Colorado or Minnesota or some other place where the winters are brutal.

TV & Movies / '80s Twilight Zone: "Dead Run"
« on: April 17, 2010, 06:01:35 AM »
I just picked up Season 1 of the 1980s version of The Twilight Zone on DVD.  I watched it back in the day, and the episode called "Dead Run" still holds up.  Basically, Steve Railsback plays a truck driver who runs errands for an out-of-touch God.

Part 1:

TZ - Dead Run 1/3

General Discussion / Speakers for my TV?
« on: September 17, 2009, 02:26:51 AM »
Earlier this year, I got myself a nice, big flatscreen TV and Blu-Ray player and life was good.  However, for some reason I need to max out the TV volume whenever I watch a DVD (my volume goes to 60); when I just watch TV, anything above 30 is too loud.  I can't find any volume control on my Blu-Ray, so does that mean I need to get some external speakers?

Also, any recommendations for a simple pair of self-powered ones?  I don't want to have to buy an amplifier/home theater system but damned if I can find what I need.  Any advice would be swell!

General Discussion / Is my computer too old?
« on: July 31, 2009, 01:22:20 AM »
I have a 7 year-old Dell that's basically working fine.  My only complaint is that I wouldn't mind a faster processor.  I'm contemplating getting one, but when I did some research about computer lifespans, 5 years is about the norm.  Should I look into upgrading the entire computer, or just stick with the processor?

One of my buddies who does photography keeps pushing me to buy a Mac.  The problem there is that I would then need a new scanner and printer -- and the ones I have are working just fine.

I'm not really interested in starting a Mac vs. PC fight but what are the thoughts out there about replacing a computer after a certain number of years?  Thanks!

TV & Movies / District 9
« on: July 11, 2009, 05:00:39 AM »
This looks awesome:

In L.A., I've seen a couple of bus benches marked "For Humans Only."  Scary.

General Discussion / Tech question: DVRs
« on: May 20, 2009, 10:31:23 PM »
OK, gang I hope you can help:  I don't have cable -- nor do I want it -- but next month I'll no longer be able to use my current DVR 'cause it's not digital.  I just came from Best Buy tonight and they carry no machines that don't also require a TiVo subscription (my current machine does not require one).  Does anybody still make DVRs that are free of TiVo charges?  Can I even get TiVo without a cable subscription to begin with?

I found the below Panasonic recorder online, but as I read it it only records onto DVDs.  How many times can one re-record onto the same rewritable disk?  I time-shift everything I watch so will be using the hell out of the device.

Suggestions?  Thanks!

Skepticism / Science Talk / "King of the Hill" and vaccines
« on: May 12, 2009, 02:45:52 AM »
Not sure if this belongs here or under Movies and TV, but last night's King of the Hill had a wonderful line about vaccines.  Luann was entertaining kids in line for flu shots and had a handpuppet of a donkey that consoled one youngster, "I know that hurt, but not as much as polio would!"

It's about 4:20* in:

*(dude, 4:20!)

TV & Movies / Let the Right One In
« on: January 16, 2009, 03:32:56 AM »
I can't believe there's not a thread already on this terrific Swedish vampire movie!  Or if there is, I sure couldn't find it.

Anyway, it's the terrific story of a bullied 12 year-old boy who befriends a girl who just moved into his building.  I'm not spoiling too much to tell you she turns out to be a vampire.

It's nice to see a horror film these days that's at least a bit more subtle than, say, Saw or Hostel.  There's an American remake in the works so I'm sure subtlety will be the first to go.

General Discussion / Why, Bibleman, Why??
« on: January 08, 2009, 03:23:21 AM »
Where's your messiah now, Willie?

From today's IMDb News:

Aames Fights Back After Thanksgiving Suicide Attempt
7 January 2009 5:24 PM, PST

Former U.S. sitcom star Willie Aames is battling back after surviving a suicide attempt on Thanksgiving Day.

The 46-year-old Charles in Charge actor took a cocktail of alcohol and pills and slashed his throat after suffering a breakdown in Los Angeles.

In an interview with Star magazine, Aames reveals he hit rock bottom after he was declared bankrupt; had his car repossessed, and his wife of 22 years, Maylo, asked for a divorce - all within the space of a month.

He fled their Kansas home, rented a room in Los Angeles, and made an attempt on his life.

Aames reveals, "I stole a bottle of Jack Daniel's from the guy I was renting the room from. I'd been sober for 20 years when I took that first drink. I was also taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills. It got so bad, I put a knife to my throat and cut myself in six places.

"The police came, put me in handcuffs and whisked me away. I was completely devastated. I kept asking, 'What did I do wrong?'"

Aames spent time in a California psychiatric ward, but is now out and attempting to start a new life as a furniture builder.

He tells Star, "I hope I can inspire other people with my experiences."

I do feel sorry for the guy, but his faith in the Lord doesn't seem very strong after all.

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