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Movies: A Fabulous "Fly-By"

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      Movies: A Fabulous "Fly-By"

      Sometimes it takes a decade


      An unbelievable cast, an outrageous story, a bang-up, over-the-top action gem

      By Ray Cunneff

      October 15, 2017


      Sometimes a film can't be fully appreciated at the time of its release, in this case a decade ago, and becomes for most people a "fly-by"- just one more gem of a film that somehow got past them. Sometimes a film introduces actors who later became big stars, plays with our storytelling expectations and isn't afraid to break all the rules - and do it in outrageous style.

      Critics savaged the film, not appreciating its dark humor or it's gloriously gratuitous violence. The New York Times critic A.O. Scott famously called the film a "Viagra suppository for compulsive action fetishists" and "not only dumb, but the cause of dumbness in others". (A steal from Samuel Foote.)

      One critic described the film's (very satisfying) ending as "Tarantino on speed" as if that was a bad thing. In short, they just didn't get it. But I wonder if they would say the same thing today?

      How many films can boast a cast like this: Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Piven, Jason Bateman, Common, Chris Pine, Alicia Keys, Taraji P. Henson, Andy Garcia, Joel Egerton, Martin Henderson, Peter Berg and Wayne Newton?

      This is one of my favorite not-so-guilty pleasures. And what film are we talking about, you ask?

      SMOKIN' ACES

      (2007)

      The story: Sleazy night club entertainer/magician Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) incurs the wrath of a crime boss when he agrees to testify for the FBI against the Las Vegas mob. Two FBI agents (Ray Liotta, Ryan Reynolds) are tasked with protecting him from a rogues gallery of bounty hunters, hit men and deadly foxes who are converging on his Lake Tahoe penthouse to exterminate him and collect a $1 million reward.



      Talk about playing with expectations, Ben Affleck killed in the first reel.

      And yes, that's Chris Pine.


      At least one critic got it right: "This movie will blow you away!"




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      The Last Jedi Trailer And Space Critters

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          The Last Jedi trailer is out. It definitely keeps with the new genre of Star Wars. I must say I enjoyed it but did not feel surprised in anyway.


          A couple of real cute new space critters are in it. They look like they would make nice pets.

          What do you think she is saying?

          He looks a little cold, but I like his ears!

          This humanoid animal - Leader Snoke - is not so cute, what current politician does he remind you of ????


          Enjoy

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          Muffin Man, Frank Zappa.

          Now for something comletely different.

          One of his points about low voter turnout.

          "Even if you got those voters registered, they still wouldn't be informed enough to make a rational decision, so maybe it's better that way".

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          SNL: "Another Close Encounter"

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              SNL: "Another Close Encounter"

              The Sequel


              Ryan Gosling breaks up as Kate McKinnon goes full-tilt bozo on his butt cheeks


              Kate McKinnon and Ryan Gosling returned for the follow-up to 2015′s “Close Encounter,” which originally saw Aidy Bryant, Bobby Moynihan and Gosling as victims of alien abduction giggling uncontrollably as recent Emmy winner McKinnon stole the show.

              The latest sketch was no different as she grabbed Gosling’s butt, saying, “I don’t think they’ve ever seen a crack before,” and “They thought I had broken into two pieces and they were trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.”


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              Are You A Psycopath?

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                  By now we’re all aware that there’s an abundance of personality tests and quizzes on the internet. You can find out everything from what your favorite vegetable says about your music tastes, to which Jane Austen character you’d be IRL. And, perhaps most intriguing of all, we just discovered a riddle that can allegedly reveal whether you’re a psychopath.

                  What now?

                  Apparently, the only people who get the correct answer to this particular puzzle are those who are able to think like a psychopath…and are therefore likely to be psychopaths.

                  via giphy

                  According to Psychology Today, only about 1% of people are psychopaths, and — despite what movies will have you believe — most psychopaths aren’t violent mass murderers…but they do lack empathy and exhibit certain antisocial behaviors.

                  Okay, okay — what is this riddle we speak of? Here it goes (paraphrased from Riddles.com):

                  While at her own mother’s funeral, a woman meets a guy she doesn’t know. She thinks this guy is amazing — her dream man — and is pretty sure he could be the love of her life.

                  However, she never asked for his name or number and afterwards could not find anyone who knows who he was.

                  A few days later the girl kills her own sister.

                  Question: Why did she do it?

                  And the answer is…

                  via giphy

                  Drumroll…

                  The girl kills her sister in the hopes that the guy will come to the funeral and she can see him again.

                  ICE COLD!

                  Did you get the answer right? If so, you allegedly have the mind of a psychopath. (Although, disclaimer, no one really knows where this riddle came from, and in all likelihood it absolutely does not actually reveal whether or not you have psychopathic tendencies…because…it’s just a riddle, guys!).

                  But it sure is fun, isn’t it?

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