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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by YaDaddy, Feb 22, 2021.
Theater is Life
Film is Art
Television is Furniture
OK, sounds like it's man cave time. Cede the living room, make your own 'no kids' space. Or this is going to last another 15 years.
Sadly, this is a horribly out of date statement. Movies, unless you like teen horror or superheroes, are pretty nowhere right now. All those 'grown-up' stories have headed to TV, mostly through streaming services in limited series style.
I don't know if this works any more, but when I traveled internationally, I would download movies to my phone at home, and also while abroad. I would be able to watch the US downloads, even if not available where I am traveling, by forcing Netflix to stop / close, turning on "airplane" mode, then re-starting up Netflix - it won't know where you are. Once I start the US video, I could turn off airplane mode.
Once I got home, I could do the same with the downloads from abroad.
This of course only works until the download expires and requires a "check in" in the appropriate jurisdiction.
Still seems like a bit of a hassle. For reasons like this, if there's a movie I really like, I still like to buy the movie on blu-ray (or DVD if a blu-ray is not available). I can then rip it myself and make a video file I can play anywhere and any time I want.
It may be but it takes about 30 seconds per view and costs nothing.
It would take me a lot more time to buy and rip a DVD, and certainly more money, and I rarely buy movies.
As a youth, the can’t - miss serials for me, my brother and sister were :
“The Rifleman”. Great themes in these morality plays: good vs. evil; betrayal, and spiritual and physical courage.
“Leave it to Beaver”: A coming of age it’s- hard - being-a kid series that chronicled the awkwardness and insecurity, and the delight and disappointment of growing up. The rewards and the development of friendship was always fun to see, and learning to be responsible for your actions seemed to bookend most of the episodes.
A little later, we watched the hipster/ cops that were cool and tough when it counted. “The Mod Squad” was a crossover squad: Pete, Linc, and Julie were both the establishment, and outsiders , at the same time. They worked for The Man, but exercised their independence, and individuality, while managing to do good deeds for The People. The presentation of two contradictory ideas was a mighty paradox for young minds.
Which service do you use?
Well Right now I am sitting downstairs in my own private man cave. I am eating Pizza (The works) watching 2 and a half men on my 65" Toshiba. I am also surrounded by 16 of the guitars I have (I keep the rest upstairs) I ve got 3 amps down here, a bathroom with a pot, shower and sink.
drinking a Dr. Pepper after a 14 hour day at my job where i have been for the last 37 years.
The funny part of this is, I am afraid to say where I work ...
Bring back The Twilight Zone!
I don't know ... I've seen some great films lately.
Kodachrome and The Florida Project come to mind. Oh, and Mudbound was incredible.
They did once in the '90s, all new shows, and the Grateful Dead did the theme music.
I pretty much stopped watching television about ten years ago. No matter how high I turned up the "brightness" knob, nothing happened.
I hear you on TV, very few things I watch anymore. The last series I watched was on Starz, it was "Black Sails", a series that was supposed to blossom into Treasure Island. So it was a Pirates of the Caribbean only not as stupid as the Johnny Depp/Captain Sparrow thing. They ended the series a season short, everyone was watching other historical fiction series though.
I tried that when I was a kid. I couldn’t get away with it and neither did my kids.
Let me think for a minute. Big TV or big amp? When I was 11 we had an 11 inch portable TV from Montgomery Wards. One night I stayed up till 11:00 pm watching the Marx Brothers. It's been downhill since.
There will be 500 episodes of any given TV show. I watch one of them but for some reason no more. Then 2 years later I'll see that show is on TV and think 'Ah yeah, I liked that when I watched it that one time, I'll watch another.' And the episode that comes on is the same one I watched before.
TV used to be furniture. Fancy wooden cabinets, stereo hi=fi on the side, real classy. Not any more. Now, they're black panels bolted to the wall. Screens have gotten far larger thankfully. Our first TV had a 5" screen. I was happy with a 13" for years. Our Chicago made Zenith lasted us over 15 years.
When I was 7, one Friday night, after our usual trek to the local bar for the fish fry (Polish tradition, apparently) and after the Friday Night Fights, my Dad said, "You get to stay up late tonight. There's something special on TV." He and I sat up laughing our dupas off watching "Animal Crackers". Been a Groucho fan ever since. Watched his game show, and all of his movies. That's where I got my love of wordplay.
We watched them lot also.
Today, Howdy be wearing that dew rag on his head faster than Keith Richards & a tube top.
Wall mount that Marantz or Curtis-Mathes a little higher.