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by JohnErle
November 17th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Music
Topic: Best of 2020 (Music Countdown)
Replies: 4
Views: 138

Re: Best of 2020 (Music Countdown)

As I mentioned to Shryke on FB, I have a half dozen or so albums I listened to this year from the usual suspects, but a song countdown would get pretty repetitive and you'd end up hearing nearly every track on some of those albums. If we do the usual album countdown closer to Christmas I'll try to p...
by JohnErle
September 30th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: The NBA Thread
Replies: 622
Views: 111563

Re: The NBA Thread

Well, like I said, I barely followed the NBA when it was in Vancouver, and never followed it before or after, and I haven't followed baseball closely since the Red Sox ended their World Series drought. You're the expert on both those leagues, so if you say taxes have no impact on free agency I bow t...
by JohnErle
September 29th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: The NBA Thread
Replies: 622
Views: 111563

Re: The NBA Thread

Well, the choice between Florida and California is a lot different than the choice between Florida and Ottawa, and the Lakers are probably the most prestigious team in the NBA, so players are probably more willing to pay the extra taxes. And even California's taxes are still much lower than any Cana...
by JohnErle
September 29th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: The NBA Thread
Replies: 622
Views: 111563

Re: The NBA Thread

Of course, Canadian teams have a new advantage they can use in their sales pitch to free agents. "Want to keep your family safe from COVID and rioting in the streets? Come to scenic Winnipeg."
by JohnErle
September 29th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: The NBA Thread
Replies: 622
Views: 111563

Re: The NBA Thread

Even Canadians would have a hard time getting excited about Tampa Bay vs. Dallas at the best of times. There's lots of star Canadian players on both teams, but neither has much of a fan base, I wouldn't think. Mostly we just resent the fact that Florida and Texas have zero state income tax, which ma...
by JohnErle
September 29th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Sports
Topic: The NBA Thread
Replies: 622
Views: 111563

Re: The NBA Thread

All this NBA talk, but no one cares that the Tampa Bay Lightning just won the Stanley Cup?

Yeah, me neither.
by JohnErle
September 23rd, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Music
Topic: Top 100 Songs of the Millennium (2000-2019) - THE #1s
Replies: 116
Views: 11739

Re: Top 100 Songs of the Millennium (2000-2019) - THE #1s

I thought Leestu might like to know that after a much-needed break I finally got around to listening to some of the albums that were featured in the countdown, and Pond's Man, It Feels Like Space Again is a damn fine piece of neo-psychadelica from cover to cover. I also took a chance on Camp Cope's ...
by JohnErle
September 11th, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Coronavirus Megathread
Replies: 146
Views: 8085

Re: Coronavirus Megathread

The Vancouver Film Festival has announced their limited in-cinema screenings, and the lineup is actually better than I expected. The new Francois Ozon, Thomas Vinterberg's latest, and something new with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Also something from David Cronenberg's kid with Andrea Risebrough...
by JohnErle
September 8th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Coronavirus Megathread
Replies: 146
Views: 8085

Re: Coronavirus Megathread

Most theatres in Vancouver have re-opened -- at limited capacity, I assume -- but like Six said there's little worth seeing in a room full of strangers. My neighbourhood theatre is still showing nothing but titles that could be easily found on Amazon or Netflix, and I'm not desperate enough for a sh...
by JohnErle
September 2nd, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Are You Watching Right Now? Episode 3 - Turtles in Time
Replies: 879
Views: 101625

Re: What Are You Watching Right Now? Episode 3 - Turtles in Time

I have seen White Dog and The Big Red One, both of which are interesting, but I haven't gotten around to his other classics yet.
by JohnErle
September 2nd, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Are You Watching Right Now? Episode 3 - Turtles in Time
Replies: 879
Views: 101625

Re: What Are You Watching Right Now? Episode 3 - Turtles in Time

My August viewing was mostly limited to that Film Noir retrospective and the Arrow/Criterion discs that finally arrived after a long delay. I dove into the Arrow titles first because this was my first experience with their discs, and I'm pretty happy with them so far. Film Noir: Pickup On South Stre...
by JohnErle
August 7th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The DVD/Blu-Ray (Plus For Sale) Thread
Replies: 1473
Views: 202412

Re: The DVD/Blu-Ray (Plus For Sale) Thread

My initial excitement over finding that Canadian distributor for Criterion discs has definitely worn off because three weeks after placing my initial order it hasn't even shipped yet. They're claiming they received a ton of orders at the start of the Criterion sale, which corresponded with an Arrow ...
by JohnErle
August 7th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Coronavirus Megathread
Replies: 146
Views: 8085

Re: Coronavirus Megathread

Some of the theatres in Vancouver have been open for a while, and I'll be having my first post-COVID visit to a theatre this weekend. There's a Film Noir retrospective every August so I'll be checking out a few over the coming weeks, starting with Pickup On South Street and The Lady From Shanghai. M...
by JohnErle
July 21st, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Are You Watching Right Now? Episode 3 - Turtles in Time
Replies: 879
Views: 101625

Re: What Are You Watching Right Now? Episode 3 - Turtles in Time

Well, at least you're consistent in saying you'd shun a plumber the same as you'd shun Polanski. I don't agree with that attitude, but I understand it. If a criminal is treated like a criminal his entire life, then there's no hope for rehabilitation and they might as well re-offend, stay in prison, ...
by JohnErle
July 20th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Are You Watching Right Now? Episode 3 - Turtles in Time
Replies: 879
Views: 101625

Re: What Are You Watching Right Now? Episode 3 - Turtles in Time

I don't plan to spend the next week arguing about this, since neither of us will ever change our minds, but I feel I need to offer a few thoughts on why I still support Polanski as an artist. Sorry for the length but I have no Wi-Fi at home, which means I can't post here on weekends, so I had a long...