Tweets for July 27, 2016

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This Path I've Taken Ain't Goin' Nowhere

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No good live version of this song on YouTube so I'm forced to embed a faulty-lyrics version ... love the song, listened a hundred times on repeat since Spotify suggested it via the Weekly Discover algo, bless the algo. (Ojai is an hour east of Santa Barbara.)

Movies Watched -- The Diary of a Teenage Girl

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I liked this one. It's a story about a teenage girl's sexual life (safely set in 1976 San Francisco), from her perspective ... a "coming of age" tale, though I hate that term ... what's refreshing about this movie is its honesty ... it's not judgmental or moralizing about a lot of the decisions (and mistakes) Minnie makes. And it's funny!

Mainstream audiences will have a big problem with it, the folks in Omaha are not going to be comfortable watching this one.  (For those who have seen it: I would like to point out that Monroe was basically a good guy, and the whole trajectory of Minnie's life would be different if he had been a terrible guy, right? So she was lucky in that sense....) 

Just over 100 minutes so just the right length. Green rating, recommended. 

Oh Oh Oh Skarsgård

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510 Ways To Win

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This tweet amused me:

People (and by people, I mean the coastal elites) are fooling themselves into thinking that The Donald will not win key swing states like Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Not only will he win all three of them, he'll do so decisively. Use this handy-dandy tool to see how easily he'll win the general election in November. 

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Movies Watched -- Spy

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117 minute running time so at least 30 to 40 minutes too long. Screwball comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, who is obese. A lot of it is fat-lady humor ... it's funny but sometimes it's hard to know if the audience is laughing with her or at her. Some gross-out stuff to appeal to the teenage boys? Fast-forwarded from the midway mark, I guess. Red rating, avoid. 

I'm With Stupid

I'm With Stupid

Look Out Hollywood, Here I Come

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Father John Misty sings Funtimes in Babylon ... he grew up in an evangelical household, then outgrew it, obviously. Discovered via the Spotify algo (thx algo). 

Movies Watched -- Coming Home

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109 minutes so about 10 minutes too long. I'm wondering what mainstream American audiences will make of it since they don't know anything about recent Chinese history (the Anti-Rightist campaign starting in 1957, the Cultural Revolution, political rehabilitation, etc.), so they'll be wondering: why was this couple separated for so long, why was this guy an enemy of the State, why would the child turn her father in to the authorities? If you do know recent Chinese history, it will all make sense.

It's a tear-jerker, and the piano and violin score is employed for maximum bawling effect. Using amnesia as a story device is kind of an easy way to do things, but I didn't begrudge them using it here. Gong Li plays a dotty old lady brilliantly, and the guy who plays her husband is also first rate. The ballerina actress who plays the daughter is also good. With 1.3 billion people, you can find a few who can act. The way the couple is eventually reunited is totally heart-breaking. I fast forwarded a tiny bit towards the end mainly to get some relief from sobbing (doesn't help that I understand Chinese, no subtitles needed). Not sure how to rate it, it's a green in terms of performances and story structure, but a yellow if you're looking to be "entertained."

(My favorite Zhang Yimou / Gong Li movie remains Ju Dou ... that was their peak for me.)

他是你的爸爸

Movies Watched -- The Hateful Eight

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Not on my Top 100 list since it scored 75% (including idiot bloggers) and 62% (top critics only), but I watched it anyway since it made other people's Ten Best lists. Running time is 167 (!) minutes which is nearly three hours long for those bad at math. Totally self-indulgent, it is at least an hour too long. The Weinsteins always give Tarantino total creative license, it seems. 

Anyway, in addition to being too long, the movie doesn't really work, it's stylish but ultimately empty, similar to Inglorious Bastards (and even Django in some ways, though Christoph Waltz's brilliance really carried that one). If you like Tarantino, you'll love it; if you hate Tarantino (as most mainstream critics do), you'll hate it; if you have mixed feelings about Tarantino, you'll probably not be thrilled ... I wasn't thrilled, fast forwarding from the 100 minute mark. A long-winded parlor drama which builds to an ultra-violent end. Red rating, avoid. 

Farmer's Hanky Witness