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Post by Wooley » Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:46 pm

crumbsroom wrote:Hmm. Just trying to figure what movie I should watch to celebrate my day of telling my manager to go fuck himself, almost getting into a physical altercation with him in front of my boss, and somehow getting my surly ass a promise of a wage increase because (according to my boss) she was grateful I didn't clean my managers clock.

Good day. Need to watch something to keep this great feeling of achievement flowing through my veins.
Nice. I like it.
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Post by Wooley » Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:48 pm

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I do love that lots. Certainly a consideration.
Wait, really?
I've never watched this because I thought it was supposed to be terrible.
Are you guys telling me I've been doing it wrong?
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Post by crumbsroom » Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:36 pm

Stu wrote:Your boss gave you a raise for not knocking out your manager after you told him off like that? That sounds to me like he must've been doing (or have done) something pretty shitty, so...

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And congratulations :D
It's hard to talk about without bogging it all down in boring workplace complications. And so this post is going to be pretty endless. Sorry.

The gist is that I run the back end of the business I work at. There was a pick up to be delivered, and I kept delaying my lunch to wait for it. When it didn't seem to be coming, I informed two of my coworkers who I manage what needed to be done if the pick up happened while I was on lunch. Virtually everything had already been taken care of except for a few minor details that could be dealt with in minutes if I wasn't there to do it. I also informed them they could get me if there were any complications.

So of course, the pickup arrives half way through my lunch. My coworkers tend to these small details while I continue my lunch. Everything is hunky dory. At least until one of them asks my manager about something that I also would have had to ask him about because he is an idiot and never keeps us informed of things we are supposed to know about. He barrels out of his office, tells me to end my lunch and help. I get up to help, ask him what needs tending to because I had already prepared everything before I went on lunch, and he loses it. He tells me it's my job to do this and not to defer jobs to the workers I manage (these being jobs they actually tend to every day, and that I have specifically been told that I am not to do since I am the manager, and they are the sort of jobs meant to be done by recent hires). After he finshes yelling at me I tell him there was no need to talk to me like that, I had got up from my lunch to do whatever he thought needed to get done, and that I legitimately had no idea what I had done wrong, or why I'm not allowed to give basic work to my staff when I leave to go on lunch. As I walk away he screams at me to follow him into my bosses office.

I do so. He closes the door behind me and he is shaking with rage. His ears have gone red. He's panting. He begins yelling at my boss, completely unable to explain even to her (who is fiercely loyal to him) what has gotten him so angry. She just stares at him dumbfounded, not sure what it is I had done wrong either. I calmly explain my position to her. That I have no idea how it got to this point. That I had done my job, that the work I gave my coworker was work they have specifically been hired to do, that he didn't explain why he felt it professional to start berating me in front of the entire workplace, to be screamed at like I was some disobedient child. To which he begins screaming at me again (he was heard all the way at the other way of the warehouse, through two closed doors and a wall) claiming that I am doing the bare minimum of work possible. This is an insane assertion, and one that even my boss is aware is absurd. I have an absolutely inhuman workload, of which I have managed to keep on top of nearly every aspect of. It's at this point, as he continues to say that I am not doing my job, and that I have an attitude problem, that I tell him to go fuck himself. I say I am doing more than my fair share of work, that I am grossly underpaid for it, that I get absolutely no credit for the amount of work I do for this company, and that, yes, I have an attitude problem, because of the shit I deal with from him all of the time. I try to leave the office, and he blocks my exit. When I try and walk around him he pushes up against me and physically restrains me. I turn to my boss to see if she notices what she is doing, and she has. I sit down and so does he.

I end up having a relatively productive talk with her for the next half hour as my manager grows silent in the corner of the room, seeming to slowly realize how ridiculous he had been, over absolutely nothing. I own the fact that I haven't been responding well to the constant barrage of shit I have been dealing with from this guy, but explain it would never occur to me to speak to another person the way he does continually to myself and others, and I have a difficult time keeping myself from 'looking annoyed' (her description of my crime, of which I have absolutely been guilty of at times) while being nit picked, micro managed, insulted and yelled at. He enters the conversation again to sheepishly apologize. He leaves the room and goes home. I explain to my boss that I absolutely will not continue to work under someone who behaves like he does, and that I am going to start looking for a new job.

Pulling me aside later, me and my boss have a good talk. She says she doesn't pay me nearly enough to deal with those sorts of things. She wants me to believe the manager is very sorry and had told her after the ordeal repeatedly that he thought he 'really fucked up that one'. She says not to be too hard on him. He hates himself and has no friends (literally what she says, no paraphrasing). We spend some time making fun of him. It is the first decent exchange I've had with my boss in years who has also been very difficult to work for (I escape most of her wrath, but she is horrible to some of my coworkers, recently refusing to pay them for Saturdays she forces them to work etc). She tells me she needs to start looking at my wages because I made a good point. I am under payed. I am a vitally important employee. I tell her I don't really care about the money, because I really don't. All I want is to be left alone from that shit. But that I have my doubts this will happen. "You wait and see how gentle he is going to be on Monday", she says. "He's going to be having a much tougher time with this over the weekend than you. Believe me".

Now do I expect a raise? Not really. I think she meant it as she said it, but all in all, it will ultimately just be lip service to keep me in her employ. She has lied about these things to me before. She has even cut my salary before without giving me any forwarning. So I have zero intentions of staying there. After a mass exodus of her entire work force last year (except for me and one other) when everyone quit due to miserable working conditions, this business is now posed to lose their remaining senior staff. This will them with a bunch of young college graduates, who are all hard working and intelligent and probably better behaved then me, but who know absolutely nothing as of yet about her ridiculously and needlessly complicated business. It will destroy her company. This is too bad, but she's had endless opportunities to correct the path she and the manager have been going down for a few years now.

Of course, it is possible I won't be able to find other work. This so far is just what I hope will happen, but since I generally suck at looking for jobs and, with the exception of the boss and head manager, I get along really well with everyone I have ever worked with there, I would probably prefer to stay if it wasn't the hostile work environment. But there is also something much too tempting about leaving them, and having him find out exactly what 'the bare minimum' I do really is. If he had a shred of my responsibilities, all of them both highly stressful and physically demanding, at least more so than making the spreadsheets he seems to exclusively devote his time to, he would have a complete mental breakdown, which he is clearly on the road to already.
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Post by crumbsroom » Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:38 pm

Wooley wrote: Wait, really?
I've never watched this because I thought it was supposed to be terrible.
Are you guys telling me I've been doing it wrong?
I think it is a really clever film, and really charming. I don't get its bad reputation. I believe it probably has a lot to do with how low budget it looks. It can't help but to wear its cheapness on its sleeve. But clever and charming is always more important than how much money shows up on screen.
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Post by Wooley » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:20 pm

crumbsroom wrote:
I think it is a really clever film, and really charming. I don't get its bad reputation. I believe it probably has a lot to do with how low budget it looks. It can't help but to wear its cheapness on its sleeve. But clever and charming is always more important than how much money shows up on screen.
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Post by crumbsroom » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:24 pm

Wooley wrote: Sold.
With a 0 percent Tomatometer, how could you lose?
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Post by Takoma1 » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:45 pm

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It's definitely interesting, and its becoming one of those movies I am liking more thinking back on it. It's a bit of a mess, which normally I am painfully forgiving for, but because I felt it was going to have a more conventional pay off for all of its weird narrative teases, my feeling when it first ended was a little let down. But I think if I just apply the sort of eye I would give the dream logic of a City of the Living Dead, and don't worry too much about the lose ends, it has potential to be a movie I will return to semi regularly, growing a larger and larger affection for.
I liked Curtains--without irony, without lowered expectations--from the very first viewing.

I also found the ultimate reveal about the murders to be original and thought that it did something I just hadn't seen in a horror/slasher before.
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Post by crumbsroom » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:15 pm

Takoma1 wrote:
I liked Curtains--without irony, without lowered expectations--from the very first viewing.

I also found the ultimate reveal about the murders to be original and thought that it did something I just hadn't seen in a horror/slasher before.
I wasn't claiming to need to view the film with any irony to appreciate it. I think what it does well, is skillfully crafted, and leaves one enticed for exactly where it is all heading. I don't use irony to appreciate Fulci's films either, I believe he is tremendously gifted, and makes legitimately frightening movies by not always resolving everything he teases. The difference with Fulci though, is what he teases, I don't feel I need to know anymore information or resolution to draw me into the film. With Curtains, I expected its whodonnit nature, which is really well set up, to have a little more oomph when it concluded. Not that it was a bad ending, I just felt there was more to pull from what they set up.

It's definitely an odd duck slasher film, of which there are really not many good ones. This would be one of them. I just began to have expectations by the middle of the film that it might be a great one. And maybe it is. Maybe I just need to see it from the perspective of someone who knows exactly what it is going to give me, and not fuss about what it doesn't.
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Post by Takoma1 » Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:07 pm

crumbsroom wrote:It's definitely an odd duck slasher film, of which there are really not many good ones. This would be one of them. I just began to have expectations by the middle of the film that it might be a great one. And maybe it is. Maybe I just need to see it from the perspective of someone who knows exactly what it is going to give me, and not fuss about what it doesn't.
I guess that I just loved that it took two of the
most common "woman villain" tropes--ie the woman using a man and eliminating any competition and also the woman seeking revenge for being spurned--and smashed them together into one film. There's also something kind of great about a house full of actresses (ie the ultimate cannon fodder) and then it turns out that two of them aren't innocent at all.
There's also a slight otherworldly vibe to the whole thing (like the dream sequence in the beginning or the bizarre mask) that I really dig.
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Post by crumbsroom » Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:12 pm

Takoma1 wrote:
I guess that I just loved that it took two of the
most common "woman villain" tropes--ie the woman using a man and eliminating any competition and also the woman seeking revenge for being spurned--and smashed them together into one film. There's also something kind of great about a house full of actresses (ie the ultimate cannon fodder) and then it turns out that two of them aren't innocent at all.
There's also a slight otherworldly vibe to the whole thing (like the dream sequence in the beginning or the bizarre mask) that I really dig.
All of this was good. The dream sequence and the skating sequence are pretty incredible. So is the chase near the end of the film. But that otherworldly feel you mention I felt became grounded by what seemed like such a real world, ordinary explanation, regardless of the tropes that got smooshed together, that it kind of dispelled the dreamy illusion of the movie.

It also didn't help that I watched a horrible transfer that clearly came from a dubbed videotape. Apparently there was eventually a blu ray released that was likely the quality you got to see. Jealous.
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Post by Rock » Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:58 am

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It's hard to talk about without bogging it all down in boring workplace complications. And so this post is going to be pretty endless. Sorry.
Ugh, that situation sounds both bananas and all too real. I changed jobs around a year ago as, among other reasons, I got sick of being taken for granted at my previous job (I'd basically get stuck with the crap nobody wanted dumped on me despite having a greater workload than anybody other than my managers, have most of the opportunities I'd be interested given to other less-qualified people and have my contributions downplayed constantly or otherwise be unappreciated), and having dealt with all of that shit, pretty much overachieved in my new job where none of that was an issue, and got a bit of smug satisfaction when my buddy in my old team told me about how things kind of fell apart for a few months after I left.
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Rock wrote: Ugh, that situation sounds both bananas and all too real. I changed jobs around a year ago as, among other reasons, I got sick of being taken for granted at my previous job (I'd basically get stuck with the crap nobody wanted dumped on me despite having a greater workload than anybody other than my managers, have most of the opportunities I'd be interested given to other less-qualified people and have my contributions downplayed constantly or otherwise be unappreciated), and having dealt with all of that shit, pretty much overachieved in my new job where none of that was an issue, and got a bit of smug satisfaction when my buddy in my old team told me about how things kind of fell apart for a few months after I left.
It's infuriating in how this sort of shit just plays out the same across the spectrum of so many different jobs. And if you are a particular personality type, you're always going to be the one holding the shitty end of the stick. I'm not interested in drawing either positive or negative attention to myself from my bosses. I don't boast about all of the work I've accomplished, or sniff around for compliments, or am interested in workplace politics, or angling to get more money. I don't really give a shit to do any of that. All I am interested in is doing my job well so that I'll be left alone to continue doing my job well. This is a quality that has served me well in jobs that trust their employees without breathing down their neck all of the time, and served me disastrously in places like this where the assumption is your not doing anything unless they see it with their own eyes. My manager simply cannot accept the fact that not only do the people beneath him do as much work as him, they do considerably more. They think all we do is to come to work to socialize and take their money. It's gotten to the point that we have been told repeatedly we are not to talk to our coworkers while we work. No chit chat! When I explained that much of what we talk about is actually work based, I was told that even that needs to be kept at a minimum. We've been banned from using scanner stands to ring customers through, because he thinks it is a lazy way to work, even though it is clearly more efficient. We've been lectured on when we tape up boxes, the tape can't have any wrinkles in it and must be absolutely smooth. We've been emailed pictures he has taken of dishcloths in the kitchen that haven't been folded neatly, with angry instructions of the proper way to fold a dishcloth. Those with cars have been forced to park out in the street in an industrial area with trucks roaring past all day covering their cars with slush, and never in front of the business in case we get customers (customers almost always call in advance, and we have virtually no walk ins), and so those spots just remain empty all day long. And during the winter when those parked out in the street trudge through the snow to get to the front door, they are scolded for their wet feet as they walk into the office, told their mothers must not have raised them well to get their carpet all wet. And this isn't even talking about how two employees were screamed at when it was found out they parked in front of the store while the managers (who do park in front of the store) were on vacation and every single space in the parking lot was available. It's madness that people like this expect to have anyone give a fuck about doing their job when they treat their employees like dogs, and view their only worth as being whatever end result they have imagined is essential. Which is always conveniently the one insignificant thing that hasn't been done yet, and never the dozens of things that have been taken care of that day.

All it takes is some level of empathy. Just some. I'm also technically a manager there, and I somehow get people to do their jobs and still respect and like me without once ever scolding or yelling or belittling a single employee. Not once. Ever. In five years. It's amazing how much not being a total fucking asshole can benefit everyone. For someone like my manager who believes so much in 'efficiency' it's shocking how he doesn't even give this tactic a try.
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Post by Jinnistan » Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:02 pm

crumbsroom wrote:He hates himself and has no friends
Is this the guy who plays keytar?
crumbsroom wrote:"You wait and see how gentle he is going to be on Monday"
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Jinnistan wrote: Is this the guy who plays keytar?
Yes. And do you understand how ridiculous it is to be physically confronted by a keytar player.

Or that his punishment is that he is going to self flagellate himself over the weekend? And let's be clear, he has absolutely no issue with how he talked to me. None. He clearly hates me and thinks I deserved every word of it. His apology was only because she took issue with the fact that my boss thought he was insane, and took my side, and that he has now created a situation where she has to worry that I'm going to walk out on her in the middle of the busy season and they have absolutely no one to replace me.

It honestly was one of the greatest things that could have happened to me at this place. I got my bosses ear to say things I've wanted to say for months, but have felt she would have dismissed, but now because of the contrast between me being rational and him frothing at the mouth, she actually seemed to be listening to me for once. And it has made me feel considerably less like a heel to be able to tell himself directly to go fuck himself after almost a year of being walked all over. I've grabbed a little self respect back from the motherfucker's self sabotage.

It was beautiful. I was all but applauded by all of my coworkers after I walked out of that office.
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crumbsroom wrote:And do you understand how ridiculous it is to be physically confronted by a keytar player.
I bet he doesn't even have a Jheri curl.
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Jinnistan wrote:Is this the guy who plays keytar?
crumbsroom wrote:Yes.
You buried the lead here, guy! I'd like to know more.

But seriously your story is very familiar, as we seem to have similar philosophies. Mine is to do my job so well that A/ my superiors have no reason to speak to me and B/ my subordinates' job is so easy that there's no need for them to seek my input. Zero personal interaction is basically my goal in a given day.
Why is that, you ask? Example: Due to the nature of our business, some of our customers have a list of countries they're not allowed to buy from. Like if they're working on a gov't contract for example. This led to a member of our sales staff asking me if Korea would be considered "Eastern Europe" the other day. And then there's the OTHER salesman who told me the item he was quoting did not have a country's name printed on it. I walked to the warehouse with him and from 20 feet away I could see the word "OMAN" clearly stamped in huge letters. So I said "Dude, I can see it from here. Oman." His response: "what the f-- is Oman?!?"
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Post by crumbsroom » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:35 am

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It moves really slow, and not much happens for a lot of it, and even when stuff happens it's not a lot. But somehow regardless the toad pace of this criminal heist/brain transplant movie, it still manages to be profoundly weird.

I definitely would recommend it to me.

Maybe one of these days Yorgos Lanthimos will try and remake this one, because why not?
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Captain Terror wrote:
You buried the lead here, guy! I'd like to know more.

But seriously your story is very familiar, as we seem to have similar philosophies. Mine is to do my job so well that A/ my superiors have no reason to speak to me and B/ my subordinates' job is so easy that there's no need for them to seek my input. Zero personal interaction is basically my goal in a given day.
Why is that, you ask? Example: Due to the nature of our business, some of our customers have a list of countries they're not allowed to buy from. Like if they're working on a gov't contract for example. This led to a member of our sales staff asking me if Korea would be considered "Eastern Europe" the other day. And then there's the OTHER salesman who told me the item he was quoting did not have a country's name printed on it. I walked to the warehouse with him and from 20 feet away I could see the word "OMAN" clearly stamped in huge letters. So I said "Dude, I can see it from here. Oman." His response: "what the f-- is Oman?!?"
I know very little about Mr. Keytar's years in the 'music business'. One of my co workers had a picture of him on stage as her screen saver for a few years, and he would occassionally tell me stories of playing clubs on New Years Eve to almost empty houses, and popping champagne bottles on stage to help rouse the handful of people blankly watching them perform covers of Black Dog. While his instrument of choice fits him almost obscenely perfectly, the notion of this guy ever being in a band, touring Canada, doing anything remotely daring with his life, is the opposite of what one would ever expect from him. He is a play it safe, follow the rules, keep your head down and be entirely irrelevent forever sort of dope. I loathe him, not so much for his screaming fit a week ago, but how I've seen him treat other people I work with who are less willing than I am to push him right back. He's a terrible human being. A bully masquerading as a victim. The worst kind of person.

Yes, your efforts to be kept out of mind by superiors is very much my own. I attempt to learn how to do things at jobs as quickly as possible, and get as good and quick at the work as possible to eventually completely extricate myself from being beneath their thumb forever. I have a philosophy that my job is my boss. I pay the work I have to do respect. But I absolutely give no respect to any individual due to the fact that their titles supposedly puts them above me. I respect those that treat others well, and couldn't give a toss about anyone who can't observe this simple practice. It continually shocks me how few of those who are put into positions of some power, can't retain any sort of decency. It disgusts me, and once it becomes clear how ugly some of these people are, I have no problems with vocalizing that disgust. I can't even put into words how wonderful it feels to be able to tell someone, who believes they are immune to being told to go fuck themselves, to go fuck themselves. It was a beautiful thing.
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Post by Captain Terror » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:43 pm

We've got a manager who isn't an a-hole or anything but is just extremely bland and everything he says sounds like it came out of a "How to Manage" book. The only thing I know about his personal life is that he plays piano/organ at his church. Then one day he tells me that when he was a youngster in the 70s he was in a band called Chrome, whose claim to fame was that they had a mellotron. I have such conflicted emotions about this guy.
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Captain Terror wrote:We've got a manager who isn't an a-hole or anything but is just extremely bland and everything he says sounds like it came out of a "How to Manage" book. The only thing I know about his personal life is that he plays piano/organ at his church. Then one day he tells me that when he was a youngster in the 70s he was in a band called Chrome, whose claim to fame was that they had a mellotron. I have such conflicted emotions about this guy.
I recently bought an album by a 70's band called Chrome....

I have no idea if it is the same band, but it was a cool album.
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Post by Captain Terror » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:57 pm

crumbsroom wrote:
I recently bought an album by a 70's band called Chrome....

I have no idea if it is the same band, but it was a cool album.
Alas, this Chrome never made it past the suburbs.
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Post by Jinnistan » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:04 pm

crumbsroom wrote:
I recently bought an album by a 70's band called Chrome....

I have no idea if it is the same band, but it was a cool album.
3rd From the Sun is the one I need.

Also, I'm about this sure Damon Edge played a mellotron at one point or another.
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Post by Rock » Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:20 am

The only keytar player I've ever known was a good enough dude.
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Rock wrote:The only keytar player I've ever known was a good enough dude.
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Post by Jinnistan » Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:00 am

Like a serendipitous twist, what do I find in my local "new purchase" vinyl stack? Garland Jeffreys' 1973 eponymous LP. It doesn't have "Wild in the Streets", but it's not bad. Like a needle-phobic Puerto Rican Lou Reed.

Also, notice how "Wild in the Streets" shares its main chord change with The Undertones' "Teenage Kicks"? (The eggheads call it a 1-6 progression, but I know it as a simple D-Bm....or E-C#m, A-F#m, etc, etc. Anyway it's the second minor chord that sounds really good when you repeat them over and over.)

You can hear the same thing here in the more recent Benjamin Booker's "Violent Shiver", which I now recognize as heavily influenced by Jeffreys' style.

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Jinnistan wrote:Like a serendipitous twist, what do I find in my local "new purchase" vinyl stack? Garland Jeffreys' 1973 eponymous LP. It doesn't have "Wild in the Streets", but it's not bad. Like a needle-phobic Puerto Rican Lou Reed.

Also, notice how "Wild in the Streets" shares its main chord change with The Undertones' "Teenage Kicks"? (The eggheads call it a 1-6 progression, but I know it as a simple D-Bm....or E-C#m, A-F#m, etc, etc. Anyway it's the second minor chord that sounds really good when you repeat them over and over.)

You can hear the same thing here in the more recent Benjamin Booker's "Violent Shiver", which I now recognize as heavily influenced by Jeffreys' style.

I've never heard the first Jeffreys' album. My knowledge of him is simply through "Ghost Writer" and "Escape Artist". They are both good, solid albums, but Wild in the Streets is very much the best song of the batch. It's an obvious classic that never seemed to reach classic status.

Maybe John Peel was a fan.
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Rock wrote:The only keytar player I've ever known was a good enough dude.
Keytar players can rejoice since he has long put that down and changed instruments, something he is always sure to remind us if he is forced to do any work that might make his wrist sore and impede his flute playing.

I've got nothing against that in particular, but there is always something nauseating about the excuse of "Sorry guys, can't help out, I've got flute lessons today"
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crumbsroom wrote:there is always something nauseating about the excuse of "Sorry guys, can't help out, I've got flute lessons today"
Gross.

My sister works in a middle school assisting students with emotional disorders. For various reasons, it is really hard to hire people for these positions and those who are hired tend to fall into two camps: Competent and passionate OR "just need the money and I like kids, I guess".

One of their new hires falls into the latter category. The other day my sister noticed that this other assistant was just sitting at a table while there were kids who needed help. Curious about what she was doing, she walked around behind her.

The new assistant was sitting (alone) at a table, solving the word unscramble activity that the teacher had given to the children. Bonus: she was using a computer program to cheat. At solving the word puzzle. Meant for children.
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crumbsroom wrote:Keytar players can rejoice since he has long put that down and changed instruments, something he is always sure to remind us if he is forced to do any work that might make his wrist sore and impede his flute playing.
Omg, I think I just invented....the flutar.
crumbsroom wrote:"Sorry guys, can't help out, I've got flute lessons today"
Euphemism Of The Year Award.*

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Takoma1 wrote:
Gross.

My sister works in a middle school assisting students with emotional disorders. For various reasons, it is really hard to hire people for these positions and those who are hired tend to fall into two camps: Competent and passionate OR "just need the money and I like kids, I guess".

One of their new hires falls into the latter category. The other day my sister noticed that this other assistant was just sitting at a table while there were kids who needed help. Curious about what she was doing, she walked around behind her.

The new assistant was sitting (alone) at a table, solving the word unscramble activity that the teacher had given to the children. Bonus: she was using a computer program to cheat. At solving the word puzzle. Meant for children.
I work daily with teachers at my job, since it is to schools we sell our books, and I am distressed by the percentage of those hired who can't process the simplest instructions, or read through to the end of a three or four sentence email to glean the answers to whatever questions they have asked me (and this isn't even getting to the number of them who scream at their students while they are on the phone with me) I would estimate that at least 30 percent should probably not even be passing the classes they are teaching. I am personal friends with a few people who work at the school boards I deal with, and they vouch for my statistics. It's a shit show how some people are allowed through the doors to teach the youth, and it sadly only validates all of my suspicions I had towards my teachers when I was in school that half of those who ever taught me should never have been in the position to do so.

Thankfully I was never listening, anyways.
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I only put this on thinking it was Gold Diggers of 1933, and after about forty minutes, realized this was much too silly and stupid to be the classic that has been preserved by the National Film Registry. Instead, it was the fourth sequel, and likely a series that was quickly running out of steam. Ultimately though, it's still a quick footed enough goof of a movie that I found it mostly entertaining, regardless of my annoyance at having put the wrong thing on. But most importantly, it introduced me to the cornball greatness that is the Shnickelfritz Band

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIfm7LLlyck
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I've been in a bit of a self imposed movie exile for the last few weeks (or months). But right here is the juice I was looking for.

Schlubby actor/director saves the world with his broad sword skills by fighting bad stop motion Harryhausen type monsters. Or, when he's tired of that, machine gunning demon extras in hoods. Or shoplifters if they get in his way.

Then Joe Pilato appears in talcum powdered hair to play an old man for no reason at all.

Reasons for enjoying life are quickly returning to my blood stream. Thank you Steve Barkett.
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The best modern American movie I've seen since Moonlight.

If only there were more movies that can not only effortlessly evoke the essence of what the world feels like when you're a child, but simultaneously show us what the world actually is. Beautiful and devastating.

10/10
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Post by Takoma1 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:58 am

crumbsroom wrote:The best modern American movie I've seen since Moonlight.

If only there were more movies that can not only effortlessly evoke the essence of what the world feels like when you're a child, but simultaneously show us what the world actually is. Beautiful and devastating.

10/10
When I saw the poster I was holding my breath--this is one of those "if you don't like it I'm not sure we can still be friends anymore" films for me.

I think it's excellent from head to toe and, as you say, effortless in capturing multiple perspectives and understandings.

Seeing this and Tangerine very close together left me really excited to see what Baker does next.
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Takoma1 wrote:When I saw the poster I was holding my breath--this is one of those "if you don't like it I'm not sure we can still be friends anymore" films for me.
I might be prone to and proud of many terrible opinions, but never one so bad that I wasn't going to love this shit. What The Florida Project does is exactly what I'm looking for in movies.
Takoma1 wrote:Seeing this and Tangerine very close together left me really excited to see what Baker does next.
I really, really liked Tangerine, but nothing about that led me to believe Baker had this kind of movie in him. It's poetry. It's perfect.
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crumbsroom wrote:If only there were more movies that can not only effortlessly evoke the essence of what the world feels like when you're a child, but simultaneously show us what the world actually is.
Yes – one of my favorite things in movies. I loved this!
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crumbsroom wrote:I really, really liked Tangerine, but nothing about that led me to believe Baker had this kind of movie in him. It's poetry. It's perfect.
It is a film with deep, deep empathy for its characters, fantastic visual style, and a story that feels real without tipping too far toward either optimism or pessimism. It is also very much the kind of film I love, though the subject matter is a bit hard to handle.
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To preempt the controversy, I'ma say I liked the ending just fine.
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I've finally seen Bad Boy Bubby, crumbs.

Kinda like Being There with a lot more bathing afterwards.
Actually, I am glad that it went with the happy route, in spite of.....everything.
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Jinnistan wrote:I've finally seen Bad Boy Bubby, crumbs.

Kinda like Being There with a lot more bathing afterwards.
Actually, I am glad that it went with the happy route, in spite of.....everything.
I remember seeing this at a formative age and digging it. though maybe it was for the best that I was warned about it ahead of time.
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Jinnistan wrote:To preempt the controversy, I'ma say I liked the ending just fine.
Same here. :)
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Jinnistan wrote:I've finally seen Bad Boy Bubby, crumbs.

Kinda like Being There with a lot more bathing afterwards.
Actually, I am glad that it went with the happy route, in spite of.....everything.
This is one of those movies I really liked, but was watched during my two year long blackhole of memory retention, so I can't remember what it was I was drawn to about it. I certainly can't remember how it ended.

Probably time for a rewatch. Along with the other 4 million movies I love but can't remember jack shit about.
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crumbsroom wrote:This is one of those movies I really liked, but was watched during my two year long blackhole of memory retention, so I can't remember what it was I was drawn to about it. I certainly can't remember how it ended.
He settles down with "Angel Tits" and has a family.
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Jinnistan wrote:To preempt the controversy, I'ma say I liked the ending just fine.
People don't like the ending? Who are these monsters?
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Jinnistan wrote:
He settles down with "Angel Tits" and has a family.
How do I not even remember there was a character named Angel Tits? This is the sort of detail that memory is for.
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crumbsroom wrote:How do I not even remember there was a character named Angel Tits? This is the sort of detail that memory is for.
Her name was properly "Angel", the nurse that eventually takes care of him.

The film had an awful lot of opportunities to end very very badly for Bubby, and I am very glad that it resisted them.
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MURDER AND THE IMPORTANCE OF COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR

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MOVIE: Absurd
DIRECTOR: Joe D'Amato
SOMETHING THAT I LIKED: This is clearly not necessary

In the opening scene of Absurd, the forces of good are already short of breath. A priest is running after a man we can just assume he will never catch. He has the short lived enthusiasm of a commuter making a quick dash for a bus he is about to miss before deciding he’ll just wait for the next one. Hopefully there will be another devil incarnate about to pass by this way soon.

In contrast, the villain being pursued is played by the hulking brute known as George Eastman. Standing six foot seven and running with the cool swagger of a man whose dangling junk keeps tripping up his stride, one would not be wrong in wondering what exactly it is he is running from. Certainly not this priest, whose appearance stumbling half a block behind, hardly seems to indicate having much of a finishing move beyond clutching at any solid structure that promises to keep him from collapsing onto the sidewalk. Sure, Eastman might be as likely a victim of these gasping and grabby hands as the nearest tree, but what could this possibly matter to a man of his stature? Terriers have humped ankles with greater impact.
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Attempts were made, but it is not possible to find a still that makes it look like this man is in the middle of a run. But feel free to catch your breath, grandpa
So why even entertain this priests seeming need for a chase? Is this a pursuit that has been continuing since the dawn of time and even he can’t remember anymore himself. Is Absurd the film that has volunteered to complete the finishing lap expected of every grade Z slasher where a seemingly immortal maniac is pursued by some dogged detective who is unaware there is always a sequel. Maybe it is simply getting such fruitless pursuits out of the way and admitting up front that everything we are about to see is a rigged game. We already know that nothing is going to stop George Eastman until he is good and ready. Certainly not this priest who is already nursing a stitch in his side by the first shot of the film. So let’s just give our precious villain some space, already. He’s got some grand notions of murder he’s hoping to try out over the course of the next 93 minutes, and if he’s ever going to be allowed the time needed to peddle his craft, we need our supposed savior kept out of frame as long as possible. Somewhere off camera where we can imagine him nursing his blasted out lungs and replenishing his electrolytes with little paper cups full of Gatorade.

The ultimate result of this will be to give Eastman a great deal of the films run time to meticulously execute his murders. Shed of his pursuer (who will only intermittently appear over the duration of the movie), he now seemingly has an eternity to explore the full potential of an electric band saw when applied to the top of a mans skull. He will find even more time for himself when roasting a woman’s head in an oven, seemingly allowed the opportunity to over compensate for having once under baked a potato. The scene is painfully endless. In a film where it hasn’t already been established that no one is likely to stop him from doing whatever it is he likes, your regular killer might have to hurry his pace some. Find himself caught in the act and dash off before he can devote nearly ten full minutes to one victim. But in Absurd, George Eastman can become almost artisanal about his carnage.
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Having set the clock on the oven, George Eastman is more than content to wait for the 'ding'


For those inclined to judge a film exclusively by the metric of its violence, it’s possible you will occasionally hear some mumbled recognition of the film from time to time. But as effective these scenes may be at getting their results—squirming discomfort, indignation—they are also cheap. This is carnival geek show stuff. None of this should matter if the film can’t manage any sort of palpable menace that binds these moments together. They otherwise would just sit heavily and tastelessly on the tongue like the sawdust they scatter around the Tilt o Whirl to absorb the vomit. Empty calories. Preferable to spit out. And while one can’t deny the menace that naturally comes from an unsmiling man of George Eastman’s stature, is their anything about his appearance or performance that lingers in the audience’s mind? Does he manage an otherworldly quality like the specter of Michael Myers does as he rises up from the shadows? Or is his threat the kind one might feel from an angry mechanic, peeved at a lifetime of rusted out mufflers as he attacks less car-savvy pedestrians. Sadly, one might immediately suspect the latter when giving him a once over. Slightly unkempt beard. Button down work shirt. Snug jeans hinting at rugged stylishness. Sure, he might be something to avoid on a barstool during a particularly fisty Friday Night. But not something that we would ever expect to haunt our dreams.
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Hey Ladies. Just play a little Seger on the jukebox and he's all yours.


What then is it that makes this mans dreary almost workman like approach to violence, his unmasked wanderings through the neighbourhood and his mechanic-on-a-date appearance seem almost supernatural? Sure, the audience may have been told something about Vatican funded experiments that have turned him into an increasingly homicidal maniac with the powers of cellular regeneration, but this is never really anything more than lip service to the plot. It is mainly just goofy exposition doled out to the audience so we don’t question why he keeps coming after his victims after he is shot and stabbed and disemboweled and run over by cars. No, the spooky quality of this character has very little to do with the obvious. It is not the extremity of the violence he inflicts. It is not the worry of imagining him lingering just off camera. And as for his origin story of having been created beneath the microscope of biochemist clergymen, we can hardly pay attention enough to that nonsense to even consider it. What his strangeness seems to be connected to is, paradoxically, his accessibility to the audience. It is his journey that we are offered up to invest ourselves in. Sure, there is also the family who is attending their annual spaghetti party, or the crippled girl laying vulnerable in her bed, or the bratty child who makes shit-faces while watching Soap Operas (and competes with Bob from House by the Cemetary as the worst child actor of all time). But these characters are treated more as particles of dust that are caught in an orbit around our villain. He really is the central character, regardless of the fact that he doesn’t speak a word, or have any particular motivations for anything he does.
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Q: What could possibly sadder than a Spaghetti Party?
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A: A Spaghetti Party for one.
Contrary to the orthodoxy of most 80’s slasher films, almost all of whom choose to keep their villains in the shadows until the climax, what director Joe D’Amato grants us in Absurd is almost complete transparency in the life of his monster. He grants us one full day with him to take in every grunt and grimace. And as we watch him, we know he’s had many other days just like this. Just as violent. Just as mundane. In fact, he was almost surely being chased from his last one by that pesky priest at the beginning of the film.

With so much (comparative) time devoted to keeping Eastman pinned beneath the gaze of the audience, niggling details we don’t bother fussing over with other similarly unstoppable killing machines become more understandable to ponder over. How often do we consider when exactly Michael Myers lifts his mask to eat a sandwich during his hours off from pursuing of Laurie Strode? Do we ever dare imagine Jason Voorhees squatting behind a tree and reaching for a cleansing pile of dead leaves during those moments he disappears into the forest for some me time. That’s all business we prefer they tend to while we are looking away. We know they technically must be doing these things at some point, but we really don’t want to acknowledge it because to do so would bring them down to the level of being human.
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I lost track of what I was saying, but could George Eastman just kill this motherfucker already?
But being constant witness to Eastman’s undaunted forward momentum, we can see for ourselves that this is a man who seemingly has the ability to shrug off the general nuisances of such things as sustaining life with food, or the stillness of bathroom breaks. As a result, regardless of his average blue collar appearance, he seems like something that is not quite human. He is an avatar of some empty and violent wanderlust, committed only to some need to always be moving towards some unspecific destination. There is no preferred victim he is moving towards, as in the case of Halloween. There is no vengeance for a dead mother, a la Friday the 13th. He is simply compelled forward. Not necessarily towards his next victim since there will always be another victim. But towards something unknowable to the audience and maybe even to himself. And it is that specter of a forever unreachable destination that possesses the uncanny quality that haunts the film, regardless of the fact that this existential terror has had the misfortune of dressing himself in flannel and denim.

We can’t expect the film to hold conventions at bay forever though. So when it comes time for Eastman to trundle up to the home we have been spying on throughout all the movie, the place we as viewers have always known would have to eventually have some kind of gravitational pull on him, we are finally granted what we expect from such a film. Once inside, he slips into the shadows. Becomes a shape. Lumbers through the halls like a Frankenstein’s monster. Cue the sinister score and a final girl to outwit the brute.
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Putting that enormous George Eastman frame to good use, it's nice to see this movie finally taking advantage of its natural resources
But we can’t unsee where he has come from. We have shared the day with him We know the purposeful emptiness of his existence, walking and walking and walking. And we know he there was no intentions of him stopping here. This was not ever meant to be his final destination, and would have been just yet another blur of murder to dissolve into the memory of all the other bodies he has torn to pieces. But you couldn’t expect him to keep ahead of the forces of good forever, could you. The bad times had to come to an end eventually and it is now the moment for our priest to come charging in from off screen, seemingly having finally caught his breath. All the Gatorade has been drunk. Paper cups have been emptied and ceremoniously crushed by a divine fist. In the end both God and convention will reign victorious.
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Haven't seen that one, but I kind of like Anthropophagus, even if the monster is just a dude with a bad rash and a receding hairline. It's got some decent atmosphere and two of the gore scenes are memorably nasty. I always assumed Absurd was an actual sequel, but guess I was wrong.
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Rock wrote:Haven't seen that one, but I kind of like Anthropophagus, even if the monster is just a dude with a bad rash and a receding hairline. It's got some decent atmosphere and two of the gore scenes are memorably nasty. I always assumed Absurd was an actual sequel, but guess I was wrong.
It was marketed as some kind of sequel. And, no, it isn't.

Anthropophagus is a good metric to judge if one would like this. Somehow that film seems eerie and unsettling even though most of it occurs over the course of a bright, sun bleached day, where people just wander around these labyrinthine streets aimlessly. There are some shocks to be found, but it is a mostly uneventful movie. But somehow it works fairly well. Same with Absurd.
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crumbsroom wrote:
It was marketed as some kind of sequel. And, no, it isn't.

Anthropophagus is a good metric to judge if one would like this. Somehow that film seems eerie and unsettling even though most of it occurs over the course of a bright, sun bleached day, where people just wander around these labyrinthine streets aimlessly. There are some shocks to be found, but it is a mostly uneventful movie. But somehow it works fairly well. Same with Absurd.
It's a movie where (intentionally or not, although I'd like to believe it was done consciously) the inaction and relative dearth of overt shocks contributes to the atmosphere, which I found pleasantly surprising given its reputation as a particularly nasty splatter film. That reputation is earned really with just two scenes, and keeping those in the latter half of the movie does well to give the movie some sense of build-up.

I've never bothered delving deeper into D'Amato's filmography as too much of it seems like complete schlock, but I'd be curious to see if he has anything else of this modest level of quality.
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