Movies Watched -- Carol

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Lesbian love story set in the early 1950s. Cate Blanchett plays a rich lady and Mara Rooney, Rooney Mara plays Audrey Hepburn playing a shopgirl. More gay propaganda from Hollywood (Todd Haynes directed), but stylishly done and not badly written. 118 minutes so at least 20 to 30 minutes too long. Had some funny scenes with various dykes leering at Rooney Mara, er, Audrey. Poor Carrie Brownstein / Syd Feldman once again cast as a lesbian in the final scene.  Didn't fast forward so it gets a yellow rating (consider). If you want to see a really good movie about lesbian love, I can recommend Blue Is the Warmest Color, one of my top ten movies from a previous year.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall.... 

Mirror, mirror, on the wall.... 

Movies Watched -- Shaun the Sheep

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We always liked the Shaun the Sheep cartoons and have them all on DVD somewhere ... the movie is also cute and clever, and at 84 minutes it's just the right length. I can't think of a single Aardman Animations creation that I didn't enjoy. Big props for the Terminator reference, and the BARK and BITE knuckle tattoos (Night of the Hunter). This is a green (go), recommended, and you don't have to watch it with the kids. 

Movies Watched -- It Follows

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My buddy UglyChart.com recommended this one, and it's very highly rated at Rotten Tomatoes, but I wasn't that thrilled with it. The original conceit -- you can pass on the demon you are given by having sex with someone, thus buying time -- is sort of clever, but that didn't stop me from fast forwarding from 20 minutes in.  

It's a W.D. By movie, probably some trust fund kid who loves the "genre" ... he's good at creating an atmosphere of dread, and it has the scary synth score, but blah. Kids, Millennials, whatever, probably love it, thus the skewed RT score, but this old man gives it a yellow (consider) if you like horror, and a red (avoid) if you don't like horror or are indifferent to it. 

Just discovered Everything Wrong With It Follows In 12 Minutes Or Less, which made me laugh. "Why not fly to the Philippines?" 

Great bod, but killing this girl off in the first five minutes made the whole movie confusing

Great bod, but killing this girl off in the first five minutes made the whole movie confusing

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Movies Watched -- Bridge of Spies

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I didn't hate this, but at 135 minutes it's way way too long, at least 35 minutes too long, and there's something preachy about all these Spielberg movies, it's like he's a frustrated rabbi desperate to impart morality, the sacred truths ... annoying. Had the killer kid with the ugly face from Breaking Bad, whom I was happy to see.  I started out giving it a green but then the length and tedious sanctimony of it knocked it down to a yellow (consider).

Reliably furrowed brow has made him a rich man

Reliably furrowed brow has made him a rich man

Movies Watched -- The Big Short

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I read the book and enjoyed it, but I wasn't thrilled with the movie. Christian Bale is really good as Asperger's-afflicted Burry, as is Steve Carell as Steve Eisman, but for some reason I couldn't get into it. And it was overly long at 130 minutes, at least 30 minutes too long. Yellow rating. Read the book, it's better.

I look like Brad Pitt except I'm bald and my beard is untrimmed. 

I look like Brad Pitt except I'm bald and my beard is untrimmed. 

Movies Watched -- The Second Mother

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In Portuguese. About a nanny / housekeeper in Brazil whose daughter moves in with her (into the Big House) ... interesting from a class perspective, I didn't know Brazil was as stratified as it is (when the daughter goes in Doña Barbara's pool, they have it drained). 114 minutes so at least 15-25 minutes too long. I had my own fraught experience with "the help" as a child (and my son was more or less raised by his ayi in China) ... the actress who plays the nanny is good, she reminds me of the woman in Gloria (which was set in Chile, not Brazil).  I did fast forward this but it probably doesn't deserve a red rating ... I'll give it a yellow (consider). 

Pooper Scooper & Daughter

Pooper Scooper & Daughter

Movies Watched -- 99 Homes

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Agent Van Alden is cast as a sheriff / real estate speculator during the last stage of the housing bubble (2007) ... these housing crisis dramas don't hold me, the only one I can recommend is The Queen of Versailles, a *great* documentary. I fast forwarded from twenty minutes in, wasn't interested. 112 minutes, so at least 12 minutes too long. Red rating, avoid.

Never vapid, always vaping

Never vapid, always vaping

Zippo Armor Master List

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U.S.-market releases only. Please let me know if I've forgotten any or made any mistakes.... 

No. 20437, Shilly Shally, High Polish Armor, 2003

No. 20499, Playboy 50th Anniversary, High Polish Armor, 2003-2004

No. 20757, Carved Elegance, High Polish Armor, 2004

No. 20771, Carved Columns with Black Nickel, High Polish Armor, 2004

No. 26, Armor, High Polish Sterling Silver, 2005

No. 27, Armor, Brushed Sterling Silver, 2005

No. 162, Armor, Brushed Chrome, 2005

No. 167, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2005

No. 168, Brushed Brass, 2005

No. 169, High Polish Brass, 2005

No. 20892, Stellar Performance, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2005

No. 20991, Zippo Bolted, High Polish Armor, 2006

No. 20992, Marble Pillars, High Polish Armor, 2006

No. 20993, Zippo Inferno, High Polish Armor, 2006

No. 20945, Mesh Flame, High Polish Armor, 2006

No. 20946, Mesh Cross, High Polish Armor, 2006

No. 20958, Latitude, High Polish Armor, 2006

No. 21158, Prairie Border, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2007

No. 21198, Blood Stone, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2007

No. 21199, Opalescene, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2007

No. 21201, Cave Dwelling, Street Armor, 2007

No. 75-USA, 75th Anniversary Collectible, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2007

No. 21239, Playboy Ruby Red, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2007

No. 24174, Jack Daniel's I Know Jack, Black Ice Street Armor, 2007-2008

No. 24175, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whikey Ltd., Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2007-2008

No. 24180, Playboy & Zippo Ltd., Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2007-2008

No. 24199, Heartfelt Trinity, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2007-2008

No. 24200, Venetian Flourish, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2007-2008

No. 24201, Roped Venetian, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2007-2008

No. 24396, Harley-Davidson Flying Eagle, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2009

No. 24458, DC Deep VSN, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2008-2009

No. 24740, Flame, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2009-2010

No. 24801, Flame, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2010

No. 24952, Basketweave, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2010-2011

No. 24953, Carved Border, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2010-2011

No. 28069, American Classic, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2011

No. 28144, Jack Daniel's, Armor, High Polish Chrome

No. 28185, Engine Turn Pebble, Armor, High Polish Chrome (Brite-cut engraving), 2011-2012

No. 28186, Engine Turn Stars, Armor Ebony, Brite-cut engraving, 2011-2012

No. 28249, 80th Anniversary Limited Edition Collectible, Black Chrome Armor, 2011-2012

No. 28366, Carved Border, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2012-2013

No. 28367, Unity Ribbon, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2012-2013

No. 28413, 500 Millionth Lighter, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2012-2013

No. 28496, Tumbled Brass, Armor, Tumbled Brass, 2014

No. 28541, Fanned Discs, Armor, Tumbled Brass, Deep Carve, 2013-2014

No. 28544, Cross Wave Ridge Armor, High Polish Black Chrome, Brite Cut, 2013-2014

No. 28581, Diamond, Slim, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2013-2014

No. 1603, Slim, Armor, 2014

No. 28637, Diamond Pattern, Armor, High Polish Chrome, Deep Carve, 2014

No. 28638, Engine Turned (Vertical Lines), Armor, Tumbled Brass, 2014

No. 28639, Engine Turned (Horizontal Lines), Armor, High Polish Chrome, Deep Carve, 2014

No. 28749, U.S. Marines, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2016??

No. 28807, Dragon's Eye, Armor, High Polish Chrome, Deep Carve / Epoxy Inlay, 2016

No. 28808, Spear Heads, Armor, Brushed Chrome, Deep Carve / Auto Two Tone, 2016

No. 28809, Luxury Waves, Armor, High Polish Chrome, Deep Carve / Crystal Attached, 2016

No. 28810, Rope, Slim, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2016?

No. 28817, Jack Daniel's, Armor, Black Ice, Deep Carve / Laser Engrave, 2016

No. 28835, Globe Pattern, Armor, High Polish Chrome, Deep Carve, 2015

No. 28883, Full Circle, 2015 Collectible of the Year, Armor, Spectrum , 2015

No. 28956, Crystal Lattice, Armor, High Polish Black Ice, Deep Carve, 2015-2016

No. 28962, Anne Stokes - Dragon, Armor, High Polish Chrome, Deep Carve / Lustre Etch, 2015-2016

No. 28963, Playboy Bunny, Armor, High Polish Chrome, Deep Carve, 2015-2016

No. 28964, Playboy Bling, Armor, High Polish Chrome, 2015-2016

No. 28966, Tire Track, Armor, Black Matte, Deep Carve, 2015-2016

No. 28973, Armor, Antique Silver Plate, 2016

No. 28974, US Flag, Armor, Antique Silver Plate, Deep Carve, 2015-2016

No. 28988, Skull and Roses, Armor, Antique Silver Plate, Deep Carve, 2016

No. 29098, Tiles, Armor, High Polish Chrome, Deep Carve / Epoxy Inlay, 2016

No. 29151, 2016 Collectible of the Year, Facet, Armor, Satin Chrome, MultiCut, 2016

No. 29165, Harley-Davidson, Armor, Black Ice, Deep Carve, 2016

No. 29186, Improved Slim Pattern on 28581, Diamond, Armor, High Polish Chrome, Deep Carve, 2016

No. 29189, Jack Daniel's 150th Anniversary, Armor, Black Ice, 2016

No. 29230, Skull, Armor, Black Ice, Deep Carve, 2016-2017

No. 29234, Waves, Armor, Black Ice, Deep Carve, 2016-2017

No. 29235, Barbed Wire, Armor, High Polish Chrome, Deep Carve / Color Image, 2016-2017

No. 29265, Dragon, Armor, High Polish Gold Plate, MultiCut / Epoxy Inlay, 2016-2017

No. 29268, Steampunk Skull, Armor, Antique Brass / MultiCut, 2016-2017

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