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11/12/2018

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From the Life of the Marionettes and its "keine seele, keine angst" makes me think of Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors.

I subscribed to filstruck and used it exactly once. I doubt that is any consolation but I put it forward

So our actual watching habits don't necessarily coincide with our avowed tastes? I guess as I implied in the post I suspected that was happening with me.

I saw Crimes and Misdemeanors around the time it came out but don't really remember much of it.

There are a lot of interesting memories of WWI in this post of Rod Dreher's and the comments on it:

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-day-the-great-war-ended/

My paternal grandmother served in the Red Cross in the war but she died when I was 12 and there wasn't a lot of family lore about her time there. I do remember that she was said to have know Sergeant York.

I watched it a lot. The Criterion Collection only costs a couple of dollars more a month. I will miss it because I know that it cost the same thing to get two months of Filmstruck that it cost to buy one of those CC movies at half price, and a lot of them just aren't available elsewhere.

My mine problem with not watching as many movies on FS as I would have liked is that Bill has no interest in them, so I have to watch them when I'm here alone, and when I'm here alone, I mostly want silence, although I do admit to watching some other stuff. I like to knit while I watch movies, and I can't knit and read subtitles.

I'm pretty sure, Maclin, that if you had popped for the extra two bucks a month, they wouldn't be going out of business. I understand your guilt.

When I look down a brown-gray hedgerow on a gray winter day, and there is a cardinal in one of the bushes, I think, "That is why God made red." Your picture makes me think of that. I really like those leaves.

AMDG

I used to watch movies in the evening but since I got hypothyroidism I a m too tired To stay up and watch a movie. I’m not watching something different I’m simply not watching or very very seldom. I go to bed ridiculously early

I subscribed to FilmStuck for a couple of months, but rarely found anything to watch - I probably should have paid for the Criterion Collection. Another problem was that the web site was badly designed. If I wanted to browse on my computer, I couldn't open the details for a movie in a separate tab. So I had to go to a movie, and then when I would go back, it would take me to the beginning of the list. Also, the few times I tried to watch movies on my Roku, they kept pausing to buffer.

I have to say I disagree with your assessment of The Asphalt Jungle. I thought it was amazing. You compare it to The Maltese Falcon, and it's hard to compete with Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre (and Elisha Cook Jr), but I think the Asphalt Jungle is a much better movie. The tragic endings of Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, and Sam Jaffe were much more powerful than anything in The Maltese Falcon (though it's been a long time since I watched either of them).

Matter of personal preference, I think. As it happens I also saw The Maltese Falcon again not too long ago, and I'm partial to it, but they're both really good.

I've found FilmStruck's streaming to be a bit of a problem, too. It never stopped working but there are a lot of little hesitations that can be pretty annoying. I don't have that problem with Netflix.

Gosh, Grumpy, it seems to be one thing after another with your health. They can medicate that, though, can't they?

I'm sure you're right about my two bucks making the difference, Janet. Also, the fact that I hardly watched anything undoubtedly disheartened them and contributed to the decision to give up.

I've had a similar thought about cardinals. I need to find out what the plant in this picture is. It's pretty enough to be an ornamental but it's growing wild.

I disagree with your preference, but I can agree it's personal preference. Not like someone preferring the stuff they make these days :)

Mac, I'm not sure if it's something you'd be interested in, but the other day I watched a documentary on Netflix - "They'll Love Me When I'd Dead" - about Orson Welles' last unfinished movie. There are some somewhat pornographic scenes (though not by today's standards - if you can call them that) - but it's an interesting movie. Welles is a great character.

Funny, I was just thinking about Welles, looking for Touch of Evil on FilmStruck. It's not there but it is on Netflix. I saw it 20+ years ago and thought it was really good. That doc sounds interesting, thanks.

To me that plant looks like it might be from the rhododendron/azalea family.

Yes.

I think that since Filmstruck made their announcement, some of their films have been showing up on Netflix. When I looked, ALL the Kurosawa films were streaming, and some of the Uzo, but by no means all.

AMDG

Some of the things I've looked for on FS are on Netflix, but only on dvd.

Looks like that plant is in fact a rhododendron:

http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000XFWIDcIhoEw/s/750/750/Rhododendron-Landmark-J017186.jpg

I sort of think it flowers in the spring but I can't remember for sure.

That has been my experience up until very recently, but it seems to be changing a bit and I wonder if Netflix is attempting to profit from Filmstruck's demise.

AMDG

Then again, everything Japanese is very popular with the young.

AMDG

Criterion's email about the end of FilmStruck mentioned that they are actively seeking another way of making their stuff available for streaming.

Hmm, just did a search for filmstruck and see several stories expressing unhappiness about this. Maybe some company will take the opportunity.

http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-filmstruck-streaming-classics-20181113-story.html

I don't think we have Filmstruck in Canada; I've never heard of it before this discussion. We do have Netflix, but it's a poor cousin to the US version. Slim pickings. But they will have the new Coen brothers film later this week!

Speaking of online services closing up shop, does anyone else here have a membership at eMusic? I've been a member for years, but in the last month or two a bunch of labels pulled their music, including all the best classical labels (Naxos, Harmonia Mundi, BIS, Chandos, CPO, Alpha, etc, etc). Apparently because of non-payment by eMusic. So I've decided to cancel my membership. It's the end of an era.

Yes, it is. I'm still technically a member but that will end when my yearly subscription runs out soon. "Technically": I was going to cancel last year, but they offered a deal where I could pay a flat yearly fee and download music at member prices. It was dumb of me to take it but I did. There was no way I was going to buy enough music from them to make it worthwhile. They've been losing labels steadily for a couple of years, and there's just not much there that I want. I'll be a little sad since I think I first subscribed in 2001. I had an eMusic fleece that they were giving away with memberships then. I didn't realize those labels you mention had gone, too. Not surprised though.

Have you been reading their hype about their new blockchain platform that's going to revolutionize the music industry? Yeah right.

They sent me the hype in an effort to dissuade me from leaving.

I am sad to leave, though. I understand that companies like Spotify have the same music, but for me there's something about having "my" music collection, rather than just borrowing somebody else's. I still buy the music I really like, and eMusic was a good and economical way to do that.

I feel like however you buy your music, before long it will be difficult to find the devices you need to listen to it. I hate this.

AMDG

You should hear librarians and archivists talking about this. It is a really big worry for them. I recall probably 20 years ago listening to a sales pitch from a company wanting to transfer all the school's academic records to electronic media. "The software is all based on Windows so it won't become obsolete." I laughed in his face. I think he may even have said Windows 3.1.

Regarding owning music and movies, from the LA Times article I linked to above:

'“Sometimes friends of mine are bemused by me still buying dvds and BluRays, clinging on to physical media,” Wright wrote on Twitter. “But here’s why: these streaming libraries can be gone in a flash.”'

They certainly can, and probably will.

I have mixed feelings about owning more music. Because I already own so much, and because I'm now undeniably Old, it wouldn't be that big a deal if I never again had access to anything that I don't already own. Still, I don't rule out buying something even though I probably have access to it via streaming. The question becomes "How much would I miss this if I could never hear it again?"

The thing is that you really don't know if you would miss some things. I have given away some things that I would really like to have. I suppose it's good for me. I was thinking about a book just the other day.

Right now I am trying to decide whether or not to give away All Hallow's Eve. I read it recently for CSL Society--I can't believe how much I had forgotten--and I doubt I will read it again, but who knows.

AMDG

Very true--that you don't know if you would miss things.

I would certainly hold on to All Hallow's Eve.

You want to hold on to mine until I need it again? I'm sure you have lots of empty space on your shelves. ;-)

AMDG

I would but I'm afraid my copy might be jealous and they would be squabbling all the time, trying to push each other off the shelf and stuff.

If that happened, I'm sure it would be your copy's fault. Mine is very well-behaved.

AMDG

Oh, I'm sure. Mine is quite rowdy.

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