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post #7411 of 7853
Oh boy, how long before someone reviews, "Grass Growing: In My Lawn." Maybe I should review some of these New Yankee Workshop videos. Here's a teaser, Norm wears a flannel shirt in this episode smile.gif
post #7412 of 7853
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Originally Posted by BasementBob View Post

Watched Drywall: Hanging and Taping
1/5 (amazon 4.5/5, imdb N/A, rotten tomatoes N/R, Ralph Potts N/A, Decent Films N/A)
Mostly I didn't learn anything new. The bit about curved walls was interesting.
The acting seemed realistic, but the plot was a little dry and predictable.

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LOL!

OK, OK. I knew it would get some attention. I really did watch that in the theatre but you know why? That's the ONLY place in my house that has a DVD or Blu-ray player! The whole time I was watching that 6' wide card scraper move across the screen I was chuckling at the preposterous situation.
post #7413 of 7853
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Originally Posted by J_P_A View Post

Oh boy, how long before someone reviews, "Grass Growing: In My Lawn." smile.gif

If you're not watching the Director's Cut then you're seriously missing out. There was some controversial footage about fertilizer that they pulled from the theatrical release at the last minute...
post #7414 of 7853
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Originally Posted by BasementBob View Post

...The bit about curved walls was interesting.

DOOD! SPOILERS!!! mad.gif
post #7415 of 7853
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Originally Posted by jdanforth View Post

I really did watch that in the theatre
I really did watch Drywalling in the theatre.
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Originally Posted by J_P_A View Post

Oh boy, how long before someone reviews, "Grass Growing: In My Lawn."

Watching Paint Dry (My Little Pony cartoon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joRYzoDMIJ4
2 minutes. Exciting. Not worth watching.

Grass growing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR-Eozbzf0U
7 minutes. For goodness sake don't click on it.
post #7416 of 7853
Bernie - 3/5 - Based on a true story and shot in pseudo documentary style. Directed by Richard Linklater. Jack Black plays Bernie Tiede, a mortician in a small town in Texas that befriends a rich widow, eventually killing her. Shirley Maclaine plays the widow. Quite frankly I'd grown a bit tired of the Jack Black routine, but he suprises in this one and does a nice job playing Bernie Tiede instead. We found the movie both funny and touching and would recommend it for anyone that likes their comedy both dry and on the darker side.
post #7417 of 7853
Dark Shadows and Book of Eli.

Dark Shadows - I'm giving it a 3.5/5. I thought that for a movie based on bad soap opera for kids from the 60s, they did a nice job of making it just campy enough. For me, the other big plus is that you do not need to know ANYTHING about the original series. They give enough of the backstory to move to the main story, without trying to have 15 sub-plotlines going on like a soap opera. A few chuckles and few good laughs.

Book of Eli - I'm giving it a 4.75/5. Nothing is perfect, but this was damn good.
post #7418 of 7853
Tom BOE should have given your system a good workout. Lots of surround and LFE going on.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #7419 of 7853
In fact, it DID, Especially since I swapped out the RCA HTiB amp that I was using (I use it for my deck/outdoor theaters) for a newer, beefier Insignia AVR (I know, I know, but I bought it to put in the family room) EVERYTHING sounds WAAAAAYYY better. Even Dark Shadows had some really good surround.

I REALLY need to get my Denon down there.
post #7420 of 7853
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Originally Posted by BasementBob View Post

I really did watch Drywalling in the theatre.
Watching Paint Dry (My Little Pony cartoon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joRYzoDMIJ4
2 minutes. Exciting. Not worth watching.

Grass growing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR-Eozbzf0U
7 minutes. For goodness sake don't click on it.

Wow.... Just, wow.... I'm not sure what to even say to those smile.gif
post #7421 of 7853
Debbie Does Dallas - DVD - Ah, fooled you huh? Made ya look, made ya look. With all of this DIY watching and reviewing I though I would see if ya all were paying attention. biggrin.gif

Now back to our regularly scheduled review thread.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #7422 of 7853
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In fact, it DID, Especially since I swapped out the RCA HTiB amp that I was using (I use it for my deck/outdoor theaters) for a newer, beefier Insignia AVR (I know, I know, but I bought it to put in the family room) EVERYTHING sounds WAAAAAYYY better. Even Dark Shadows had some really good surround.

I REALLY need to get my Denon down there.

Ok, I'll bite. Why is the Denon NOT down in the theater?

Regards,

RTROSE
post #7423 of 7853
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Ok, I'll bite. Why is the Denon NOT down in the theater?

Do you REALLY want to know? If not, skip to the next post.

I made the mistake of setting up the Denon in the living room with my 65" Mits. The mistake is that I programmed a Harmony to Watch TV and Watch DVD (also to watch both in 3D). Right now, the LOGANESS can walk into the room and hit Watch TV and everything works. Except if the power goes out and screws up the 4x4 matrix switch, but that a different story. So, now that the kitchen ceiling is fixed (remember that one?) and the kitchen and family room painted, the plan is to move the 65" into the family room. EXCEPT....there are no window treatments because LOGANES is going to make them. Fabric is still sitting there, was SUPPSOED be done over last Thanksgiving weekend, but you know how THAT goes. Especially around MY house.. SO, it would mean moving everything, (including swapping the Denon with the Insignia in basement) setting it all up, reprogramming the remote and then moving it all again to be able to put up the window treatments. I'm NOT doing it twice. Plus it's still somewhat of a work area.

So, as it stands, I have a pretty decent living room setup with the 65" Mits, Denon and 3D capability, and a really good system in the basement with 104" scope, Axiom speakers and the SVS sub (now with the TC Sounds driver) and the Insignia doing a pretty fine job.
Edited by tlogan6797 - 1/29/13 at 12:35pm
post #7424 of 7853
I do vaguely remember you talking about this in your thread I think. I understand completely about the only doing it once. No worries, carry on!

Regards,

RTROSE
post #7425 of 7853
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (US version) finally got to, 4.7 out of 5, not sure which I like the best, combined with the original version they tell much of the story... now to read the book and see. wink.gif
Watching now (for the no telling how many x's) Taking Chance 5 out of 5. (archived from HBOHD, watching from PS3 media player).
post #7426 of 7853
I'm not really all that good at writing reviews, but did see four movies in the past couple of weeks and thought I'd give them each a rating and maybe a few comments afterwards...

After The Sunset from 2004 starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, and Woody Harrelson, 2.75/5. Probably not something I will watch again but it is one of those movies that is worth seeing once. Go into it expecting to be mildly entertained and just have fun going along for the ride.

Attack Force from 2006 with Steven Seagal and Lisa Lovbrand...again 2.75/5. Reasonably entertaining at times and a good story but kind of dull too. I could have sworn up and down that Steven Seagal had two different voices in this movie that would randomly switch back and forth, even during dialog sequences where no action was involved!

Avatar from 2009...3.75/5. I originally avoided seeing this movie because it was really hyped up and I'm usually cool towards such movies. But times and feelings can change. I just watched this movie for the first time, and in 3D to boot. The first 45 minutes of the movie in 3D bothered my eyes somewhat but I seemed to adjust after that. This movie is an audio and video treat and has a pretty good story to go with it. Loyalties are tested and the action really ramps up in the final hour. Not something I will watch again and again but will probably drag it out every couple of years or so.

Dr. No from 1962 with Sean Connery...3.5/5. Now that I have a complete set of James Bond movies, I wanted to start going through them in chronological order and decided to kick things off today with this movie. I saw this once or twice before but it was cool to see it again. Well done, especially for a first outing. Loved seeing some of the old cars which were new back then!
post #7427 of 7853
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (US version) finally got to, 4.7 out of 5, not sure which I like the best, combined with the original version they tell much of the story... now to read the book and see. wink.gif
Watching now (for the no telling how many x's) Taking Chance 5 out of 5. (archived from HBOHD, watching from PS3 media player).

Have you seen the extended version of the original movies? They really help flesh out the story, especially the third movie which seemed to have new characters just appearing from nowhere.
post #7428 of 7853
I haven't gotten to the 2nd and 3rd yet, maybe next days off, but will probably watch the first one again as it was last summer when I watched it.
post #7429 of 7853
We watched all the James Bond movies in chronological order, up until Quantum. I saw some of them when I was younger, but watching like that hleped me piece together and appreciate the franchise more smile.gif
post #7430 of 7853
Watched "The Beaver" - Mel Gibson, Jodi Foster, Jennifer Lawrence... Very different. Just recently went back to Netflix for their blu-ray selection, and put a lot of "movies you might have missed" titles in it. (120 to be exact !)

Being "forced" tow watch the Most Exotic Marigold Hotel this evening.

With everyone talking about Downton Abbey, and my wife never have seen it, dhe found the first two seasons on Amazon prime and she has taken over my theater every night to get caught up to the current season 3
post #7431 of 7853
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Being "forced" tow watch the Most Exotic Marigold Hotel this evening.

I really liked it. It's very charming, the performance by the kid from Slumdog Millionaire is great, and it looks gorgeous.
post #7432 of 7853
Mrs RTROSE and I had a couple over last night for dinner and a movie. We watched Fireproof, the choice of the other Mrs. and then after that some demo material to show off the system. Fireproof is an excellent "message" movie. It does have a lot of Christian/religious references and overtones as one would expect (considering who produced the movie) but even if you are not the spiritual/religious type it still has an excellent message about marriage.

The demo material was the BR Demo Disk 2 from scubasteve and the Art of Flight. I'm always impressed with both of these discs, but every time I watch AOF I am utterly amazed at how good it looks and sounds (even Mrs RTROSE was impressed with AOF and that is tough). If you don't have either one of these discs for your system you are missing out on some top notch demo material.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #7433 of 7853
Thread Starter 
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Bernie - 3/5 -.

Loved this movie - watched it twice so far.
post #7434 of 7853
RT,
I too have Scuba Steve's two demo disks - great show & tell materials, and a slick job by Scuba Steve for sure.
I haven't yet gotten around to getting "Art-of-Flight", however after reading your comments now might be the time to order.
Another one that I have that makes for some beautiful demo material is called "Time Scapes", some fantastic time-lapse photography
post #7435 of 7853
I've been passing up Bernie...I'll move it ahead!
post #7436 of 7853
Watched Dredd in 2d. Its a dual 2d 3d disc. Its graphic, loud and uber violent but its also now my demo disc for bass. This disc gave my Danleys an absolute pounding and it doesnt quit until the final credits. Nowhere near as cheesy as the Stallone movie from a decade ago and in my mind a pretty good popcorn flick for ADULTS ONLY. warning of lots of blood and graphic shots of bullet damage to various body parts. If you love bass buy this movie. Movie is a 6/10. LFE is 11/10. Enjoy.
post #7437 of 7853
Watched:

Your Sisters Sister - 3/5 Rosemary DeWitt, Emily Blunt, and Mark Duplass. Summary: People have problems and those three sure like to talk about them. There's a plot twist that carries to the movie to a predictable ending. The rating may be a bit skewed because I have a crush on Emily Blunt, she makes every performance seem so natural and unforced. However, my distaste for Duplass and his acting style probably helps balance that out. I also liked that it was actually shot in my home state of Washington instead of B.C. If you're curious what it's like here during the winter, watch this film. Overall not bad for a night that you want to give the SO a break from explosions and gunfire.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1742336/

Tai Chi Zero - 2/5 I really wanted to like this but I couldn't get into it. The action sequences were good, but the insertion of video game graphics like "ROUND 1!" and "K.O!" were really distracting. Too many subplots ruin the main story, and the steampunk addons just seemed to be thrown in without any real thought on how to integrate them into the story.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1981080/
post #7438 of 7853
Last weekend we watched Total Recall (2012, or was it 2011?...in any event, the latest remake) and 21 Jump Street.

Total Recall - 4/5

I really liked this version. Although the big chase at the end got a little over the top, but that usually happens in these kinds of movies. It's different than the original, but this is one case that I think the remake is as good as the origina, just different. It has a more "action" feel than a "sci-fi" feel. I MIGHT have given a 5 except that about 10 minutes in LOGANESS says "is THAT what you meant when you said lens flare? It's REALLY annoying." I DEFINITELY would NOT have felt ripped off at the theater. And it REALLY gave the new driver in the sub a workout!

21 Jump Street - 2.5/5 only because I went in with such low expectations and it exceeded them. Made us both laugh. A LOT. I was pleased that it wasn't trying to recreate the TV show (much like Dark Shadows did not, either, now that I think aobut it). You didn't have to be a fan of the show (or even old enough to be a fan) to enjoy this one. Look for the sequel!
post #7439 of 7853
Flight - First 30 minutes 5/5, the rest 3/5, glad I didn't watch this before last months flight to Vegas wink.gif First part is gripping, the rest is a man having many chances and blowing them all ... I rented it, and will likely buy when the price drops for the first part alone. I watched on the 65" DLP, the PQ was stellar, need to watch on the 110" with lossless sound next.
post #7440 of 7853
Looper - 4.97/5 Loved it, lots of action, eye candy, excellent PQ & AQ and it makes you think ... watched on the 110" along with the first 30 minutes of Flight, wow.
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