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46  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Reading Thread - Cause it's still sexy! on: August 04, 2008, 07:18:17 pm
Sorry to post a downer, but Solzhenitsyn just died. Paris references him in season 6 when she's newspaper editor. Rory likens the offices to the gulag and Paris replied that "Do you think Solzhenitsyn could have written One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich on a yoga retreat?"
He wrote some amazing books and won a nobel prize for lit.
First Norman Mailer and now this. *sigh*

That's the one book of his i've read and it was brutally intense. He was a voice of humanity when the Soviet Union was flexing its tyrannical muscles.
47  Gilmore Girls / Relationship Threads / Re: Literati (Rory and Jess) - He looked it up on: August 04, 2008, 07:11:32 pm
I am definitely interested Laura! I'm sure others are also. Smiley
48  Gilmore Girls / Appreciation Threads / Re: Lorelai Gilmore / Lauren Graham Appreciation on: August 04, 2008, 07:44:25 am
^ I agree, i don't think many people interested in one movie will be interested in the other. It's similar to The Dark Knight and that Mamma Mia thing each being successful at the same time with different audiences. I imagine the audience for FOG will be an older crowd, including seniors who were alive during that period, and other people who simply want to see a movie that is more mature than the typical flashy crowd-pleaser.
49  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Unpopular Opinions Thread on: August 04, 2008, 07:37:30 am
That's probably true, it is more of a popular opinion to dislike the Tweedles. But who can resist taking a few shots at them? Oh, Lauren can resist.  Smiley

When did Rory turn to those gals as an outlet for her important decisions? Maybe i'm forgetting something. She and Paris dealt with their issues together, at least on occasion. I thought of the Tweedles more as window dressing or useful for an occasional soap-opera twist, such as the mess when one of them dated Marty.
50  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Movie Thread on: August 03, 2008, 04:19:01 pm
Your list shows how consistent the Coen Brothers have been over the years. Not many recent filmmakers, if any, can match the quality of their output, in my opinion.

I've seen all the movies on that list except Blood Simple, because i'm not into horror/slasher flicks. I didn't think too much of The Man Who Wasn't There in the theatre but i enjoyed it more the second time on DVD and realized how deliberate they were with the slow pace; and, the b&w was amazing. I think The Hudsucker Proxy is under-rated, although very few people agree with me. I was disappointed in The Ladykillers and the original English movie is better. They are best when they work off their own material, but i liked No Country for Old Men; far from my fave, sort of Fargo gone completely grim, but i loved that it won the Oscar, if only because it should give them more clout in the future.
51  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Movie Thread on: August 03, 2008, 12:47:46 pm
del Toro would be perfect in that role. I loved Traffic, where del Toro and Soderbergh teamed up.

Pitt looks hilarious in that movie. He can use a bit of loosening up under the Coen's influence. The whole cast looks perfect, including the amazing Frances McDormand.

My fave Coen Brothers movies are Fargo, The Big Lebowski and O Brother Where Art Thou. I also love Raising Arizona, The Hudsucker Proxy and Intolerable Cruelty. I like Barton Fink but it bugged me out; my favorite character in it was the head of the movie studio.
52  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Movie Thread on: August 03, 2008, 11:59:27 am
I agree the early Beatles recordings could use an improvement in sound. For the later stuff, i prefer the McCartney re-mix of the "Let It Be" album (the "naked" version) to the original.

If anyone likes the Coen Brothers, they have a movie coming out in September (according to imdb) called "Burn After Reading." It looks great! Here's the trailer.
53  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Reading Thread - Cause it's still sexy! on: August 03, 2008, 09:36:08 am
I have millions of books in my room that i haven't read but want to:

The Years by Virginia Woolf.
Crime and Punishment.
Swann's Way.

I lean towards choosing something classic. But i think reading anything for fun and not out of obligation would be refreshing right now. Cheesy

Dang, millions of books in your room? Must be mighty crowded in there!  Grin

I have not read "The Years" but i love Virginia Woolf. "To The Lighthouse" and "Mrs. Dalloway" are two of the greatest novels i've ever read.

I once started "Swann's Way" but i couldn't get through it. The first ten pages felt like one long sentence and i started getting dizzy.  Cheesy But i'd like to tackle it someday because i could smell greatness on the pages. I wish you luck with it!
54  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Movie Thread on: August 03, 2008, 09:25:09 am
A Hard Day's Night is the best rock & roll movie i've ever seen. All their appeal, personally and musically, comes through, and i love the "mockumentary" style of Richard Lester's direction. It's also loaded with great early songs and the album of the same name is probably my favorite of their early period.

I saw Let It Be a long time ago on a poor quality video and it was a bit dull and depressing, but it's a worthwhile document of their final period. The hard feelings and emotional distance are on full display and maybe that's why it's not on DVD, i don't know. There is one scene where Paul is telling John they should go on the road, start doing concerts again to keep in touch with the fans, and John is sitting there staring blankly at him, not even responding. I don't know if Lennon was stoned or deliberately trying to tune out Paul or a combination of both, but it was weird. The best part was their rooftop concert at the end, playing songs that appeared on the album.
55  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Unpopular Opinions Thread on: August 03, 2008, 09:06:24 am
Ha, it also reminds me of the gal in "Legally Blonde" getting into Harvard Law School, except that was designed as a silly bit of movie fantasy. The two Tweedle gals in season 7 were presented as legitimate Yale students and that angle didn't have credibility.
56  Gilmore Girls / Relationship Threads / Re: Headliners/Sophies (Logan and Rory) - In omnia paratus on: August 02, 2008, 11:03:20 am
I agree with the neediness factor for Logan. He genuinely loved her, but he was looking at the pieces he wanted in his new life and Rory fit right in with his needs.

I think they would have leaned on each other for emotional support. It would have been completely new turf for her, she would not have known anyone, and she would have had her own career uncertainties, especially if she attempted to get a local job with a Frisco paper. So, yeah, there would have been a whole lot of leanin' goin' on.
57 / Announcements / Re: Heidi's Soapbox: News, Opinions, and Things You Never Wanted to Know on: August 02, 2008, 10:12:22 am
I live north of San Diego and i slightly felt the earthquake. It was a wobbly feeling over here, as though i was suddenly tipsy.

Joe Torre and Manny Ramirez together! If anyone can keep Manny in line, it will be Joe. Manny is a character like few others and i wonder how he'll behave in L.A. He really wore out his welcome in Boston but i predict he will be on good behavior for the remainder of the season. As a Yankees fan i have no objection to the trade.  Wink

I am a longtime Griffey fan but i am curious to see how he'll do in center field at this late stage of his career, if that's where they intend to play him. He can still crank out the homeruns though.
58  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Birthday Thread on: August 02, 2008, 09:34:05 am
Thanks Erica. I periodically need to get away from civilization and camping does the trick for me. Smiley
59  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Unpopular Opinions Thread on: August 02, 2008, 09:25:41 am
I love this thread. Yay! It's alive again.
Rory's two offsiders in season 7 (I can't even be bothered to remember their names) were shallow, one liner characters who did nothing for the show. They were like Madeline and Louise light. Though I liked Madeline and Louise as they were original and funny and great juxtapositions for Paris and Rory's serious characters, the season 7 bimbos were filler.

I agree, word for word. I think they were known as the Tweedles or something. What were they doing in Yale? I always assumed they were in the cast of a show like "One Tree Hill" and wondered onto GG. 
60  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: A Gilmore Revisiting - The Viewing Party (Bringing Tuesdays Back) on: August 02, 2008, 09:03:35 am
I replied on the b'day thread, but thanks again for your generous words. Caryn, i appreciate your use of the Homer Simpson "D'oh!" I hope all is well during these difficult times for you. Mel, i inspire you? You are an inspiration, always so positive and insightful. As with many others, i'd love to read your thoughts more often on the episode threads. Smiley
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