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PostPosted: 11/02/20 11:51 am    ::: The Queen’s Gambit Reply Reply with quote

If anyone needs to hit the escape hatch on the next couple of days, this is the way to go. Another of the best things I’ve ever seen and I’d go as far as saying that it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen. Netflix. One too short but nonetheless perfect limited series run. Will seriously transport you to a place far far away.



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PostPosted: 11/02/20 3:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Thanks for the recommendation. It's difficult to wade through all the junk on television now to find a gem.


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PostPosted: 11/04/20 4:10 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Yes, an unexpectedly excellent mini-series movie about an unexpectedly interesting subject. A female Paul Morphy-like or Bobby Fischer-like chess phenom arises out of an orphanage in Kentucky, but has to face down not only the indomitable Russian chess machine but also many personal and family demons. The lead actress may be a star someday.
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PostPosted: 11/04/20 8:00 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I love finding movies and mini-series about subjects unknown to me. Over the summer, I watched The Aeronauts on Amazon, which was about early hot air balloonists. The movie was good, but its subject was fascinating.


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PostPosted: 11/04/20 9:45 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

GlennMacGrady wrote:
Yes, an unexpectedly excellent mini-series movie about an unexpectedly interesting subject. A female Paul Morphy-like or Bobby Fischer-like chess phenom arises out of an orphanage in Kentucky, but has to face down not only the indomitable Russian chess machine but also many personal and family demons. The lead actress may be a star someday.


We were talking about the casting a lot. Both the boarding school age and adult actresses playing the lead were just magnetic. The adult, Anya Taylor-Joy, not conventionally beautiful by a long shot, looks instead like an artist’s drawing of a comic book heroine. At times you felt like you were watching an animation.




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PostPosted: 11/06/20 1:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

In reading some reviews of the movie, I saw a link to a chess playing website. So I went there and, for the first time since I was a kid, began playing chess. It's just against the easiest level of the computer program, but I've been doing okay, learning a lot, and it's started to become addictive.
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PostPosted: 11/06/20 2:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

GlennMacGrady wrote:
In reading some reviews of the movie, I saw a link to a chess playing website. So I went there and, for the first time since I was a kid, began playing chess. It's just against the easiest level of the computer program, but I've been doing okay, learning a lot, and it's started to become addictive.


There’s an app called Really Bad Chess. I’ve been playing two games a night as I go to sleep most every day for the last 4-5 years. It’s crazy and fun. Both sides start the game with a bunch of random pieces. Like four queens and six bishops, etc. Bishops in front. You have to be on the attack from your first move.

It’s very hard to play real chess after playing that for a while. I just suck at real chess. I had the chess openings book when I was younger. My mind will not forward focus like good chess demands. Something just doesn’t line up in my brain that way. But i do pretty well with this Really Bad Chess stuff.



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PostPosted: 11/07/20 6:17 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I’m a Chess Expert. Here’s What ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Gets Right

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/03/arts/television/chess-queens-gambit.html?



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PostPosted: 05/22/21 10:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Anya Taylor-Joy currently hosting the season finale of SNL.



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PostPosted: 05/28/21 12:46 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

jammerbirdi wrote:
We were talking about the casting a lot. Both the boarding school age and adult actresses playing the lead were just magnetic. The adult, Anya Taylor-Joy, not conventionally beautiful by a long shot, looks instead like an artist’s drawing of a comic book heroine. At times you felt like you were watching an animation.


Shocked Wow, what does YOUR wife look like? What qualifies you to even comment on women's beauty standards, old man? And, also, how is this even remotely relevant to the conversation of the quality of the show? The purpose of that statement (especially the "by a long shot" part...actaully WTF?) could ONLY be to point out the fact that she's not beautiful by your (fucked up) standards. I don't care how much you liked the show, that commment was straight-up sexist and insulting to women.



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PostPosted: 05/28/21 3:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Make no mistake. This is still a place where someone can voice the opinion that an actress is not conventionally beautiful without fear of being attacked or labeled with horrible accusations according to the latest trends in limiting free speech. That’s what this place is for. And if you can’t tolerate the opinions of others without cursing at them and attacking them personally for sharing their thoughts then maybe you shouldn’t put that fact on blast right in my face. Idea



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PostPosted: 05/30/21 8:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

jammerbirdi wrote:
We were talking about the casting a lot. Both the boarding school age and adult actresses playing the lead were just magnetic. The adult, Anya Taylor-Joy, not conventionally beautiful by a long shot, looks instead like an artist’s drawing of a comic book heroine. At times you felt like you were watching an animation.


Jammer, you and I are "Old White Men" -- we dare not speak of women thusly. Out loud. In public. Razz Laughing
I know what you mean in describing Anya: "conventional beauty" as defined by Hollywood is not her main draw. I feel the same way about Meryl Streep; she's not stunningly gorgeous, but she IS stunningly talented. I'd gladly apply the very same concept to any number of male stars.

On that note, I recently caught a new(er) movie called "Wild Honey", starring 2 people whose names I can't remember*. They're remarkably plain, ordinary looking people, but it's a marvelous little love story whose best feature is that it's about believably real people, who are believable and real because they're plain and ordinary.

*look it up....it's deserving of your google clicks.



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