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The Front Porch / Re: Let's talk Walking Dead
« on: March 24, 2017, 03:05:03 PM »
Sorry I haven't been able to answer some of the excellent replies, been away for a couple of days.

As I said, I meant no disrespect in what I said last time. I'd be the first to agree that the writing hasn't been what it has been in the past. Maybe it is a fallout from the opening episode of the season, or just people are starting to tire of the show in general. We have had years when we have gone thru these 'slow' periods, mainly character development, like when the group was split up after the prison was destroyed. We spent an entire year then just watching bits and pieces of stuff but nothing to really sink your teeth into. I know I was bored to death on some of those shows.

I. like Weeze, will not stop watching the show because I still find even the 'slow' episodes, so much better than ,many of the things that are on TV these days, so it really doesn't get me upset.

I agree and that Sasha never should have given up her high position to do a one women charge into the Savior camp. It is stupid (but so was the Charge of the Light Brigade). All she needed to do was wait, maybe another day. And I also agree that the Carnival theme was utterly stupid, as we still don't know why or where the military men were there for? What I may disagree 'some' is that we sit here and criticize Rick for not doing this or that, like him giving up all the guns to the Saviors, but isn't that sort of like criticizing Eli for make a dumb pass while he is under a full blitz? It's easy to criticize from the sidelines as we never walked in Rick's shoes or even know what may go on in any of these 'survivor's' minds. I tried. I think Rick witnessed the death of 2 of his close friends. They were just not killed but annihilated. He had to beg to save his son's arm, his son who is already blinded in one eye and has already been shot once. How can we say he didn't act logically, when we have never been thru what he has been thru, what any of these guys have been thru. Look, Carol killed two people 'in her own group' because she thought something was amiss. Was that logical? I also watch and say, why the F**k did he/she/they do that? Just stupidity. but I also say the same thing while watching football games. That's just human nature--brain farts or whatever.

Again, I do think the writing isn't as good as it could be and characters do silly or stupid things, but overall it is still a well written show. The scene between Daryl and Maggie, where he cries to her for some sort of forgiveness--was that not well written, well acted and really some of the best stuff I have seen on this show in a long time?.  Even the way Morgan killed Richard, with his bare hands, showed lots of emotion and you could feel the hate just oozing out of him. But then again, why didn't anyone try and stop him. Richard was one of King Ezekiel's upper echelon men, yet when Morgan is killing Richard, which must have went on for a good 2-3 minutes, not one person tried to even intercede--WHY???

This season the ratings have dipped, dramatically. Personally they need more of Negan on the screen. He is the one dynamic character right now, and what have we seen of him this 1/2 season, one full time and maybe a glimpse here and there? He really needs to be in most episodes. What I see as wrong this season, is not so much the writing, is that the group is spread too thin. Some of our favorite characters sort of disappear for weeks on end. When the group is together and most characters are in most of the shows, the story is much better. We lose track of what each section is doing. And I just do not understand why they do not make better use if Jesus. He could really contribute to the show, yet he continues to be basically a back ground guy.
The Front Porch / Re: Let's talk Walking Dead
« on: March 21, 2017, 05:58:11 PM »
I mean this with no disrespect because everyone here is my friend. But  each week I come here and find that some just aren't enjoying this series the way I, and others, are, so why are you watching?
Personally, as I said in a prior post, this isn't a reality show. Writers are writing for what they feel the majority of people MIGHT like. If we want to nitpick every line in every scene, we can do that with EVERY TV show ever made. Breaking Bad, which I consider the best written show ever on TV, had many writing blimps and every show wasn't a gem, but overall it was exciting,. well written  and though provoking. I feel the same way about TWD. Every show can't be a giant winner, but if we are going to nit pick every character and every line, why bother to watch. They are following a comic book for gosh sake.
I feel the series is still exciting, still very much well written and superbly acted. Gosh, the scene with Daryl and Maggie was just great on all accounts, acting, writing, and right to the point.
Sure there are things that maybe we might have liked to see go a different way, and the writers can't make every episode a 10, but overall, we are watching, we are talking about it, and we can't wait for the next episode. If that isn't good enough why bother to watch?
The Front Porch / Re: Let's talk Walking Dead
« on: March 21, 2017, 05:48:57 PM »
I thought he said boyfriends, as well, Lenn. Unfortunately, I dvr'd the episode and my recording seemed to have a bit of an audio dropout during that scene. If I had to bet, I would bet "boyfriends", but I can't say with 100% certainty.

After watching the Talking Dead, he did, in fact, admit to being gay and having boyfriends.
The Front Porch / Re: Just a joke
« on: March 21, 2017, 10:05:50 AM »
 Paddy's pregnant sister was in a terrible car accident and went into a deep coma. After being in the coma for nearly six months, she woke up and saw that she was no longer pregnant. Frantically, she asked the doctor about her baby. 
The doctor replied, 'Ma'am, you had twins.... a boy and a girl. The babies are fine, however, they were poorly at birth and had to be christened immediately so your brother Paddy came in and named them.'
The woman thought to herself, 'Oh suffering Jesus, no, not me brother, he's a fecking clueless idiot...'   Expecting the worst, she asked the doctor, 'Well, what's my daughter's name?'
  'Denise,' said the doctor. The new mother was somewhat relieved.  'Wow, that's a beautiful name, Perhaps I was wrong about my brother,' she thought....'I really like Denise.'
  Then she asked, 'What's the boy's name?'
  The doctor replied,  'Denephew.'

Big Blue Huddle / Re: Giants sign Valentino Blake and Mark Herzlich
« on: March 20, 2017, 09:33:10 PM »

Jaime:   It was Parcells that gave Elvis that great nickname.

Yes, you are right Bill and you  beat me to the answer. Parcels gave it to him sort of right before he showed him the door out of the Meadowlands.
The Front Porch / Re: Let's talk Walking Dead
« on: March 20, 2017, 09:29:53 PM »
While I don't think this was a 'classic' episode, it was OL. Steve, trying to make this sensible would defy anything we have ever watched on TV. It is fiction and it is from a comic book series. It is entertainment, and I feel it is still entertaining me, so I want more and more. You can take most series and find fault with it. If we took the time to analysis Breaking Bad, maybe the best TV show ever, we could find many silly and stupid things the writers made Jessie and Walt do. We just ahve to sit back and let it happen, suspend reality,a s this show is just not a reality show.

I have a short memory, but do Rosita and Sasha really know what Rick is planning. Has he made his intentions known to the entire group? But I do understand the girls need to want their own vengeance on Negan. Rosita was in love with Abraham and he was killed, so her Latin temperament wants to extract her own vengeance. Pausable--maybe, entertaining, I think so.

For me, I really don't think Sasha is going to get all the way to Negan and kill him. She may be doomed. I kind of figured Eugene becoming a turncoat now, as he has an important 'job' as part of the Saviors, but I do believe if he is pushed to a certain extreme, he will revert back. Like if Sasha is caught and he has the ability to help her, I believe he will.

What I don't get is we keep getting bits and pieces of Jesus, and we like what we see, yet he continues to remain in the background , even though his character could be a winner. Why they don't sort of 'promote' him to 'star' status, I don't know,

Did I miss something or did he admit he was gay? Didn't he say something like he has boyfriends?

Over all, as I said, not the best episode, but it still piques my interest enough to want more. I agree with Weeze that there will be no battle this season, but maybe the opener next year.
If there is no sure fire OL there, when we pick, the Giants go to BPA and that could very well be a LB. Boy, that would be a blessing in disguise. We have a great front 4, and a very good back 4 but we are sub par in the middle 3, so drafting a good LB would help this defense out.

I like it.   :ok: :ok: :ok: :ok: :ok:
Big Blue Huddle / Re: Giants sign Valentino Blake and Mark Herzlich
« on: March 20, 2017, 05:38:05 PM »
Really don't know anything about Blake, but I'm glad Herzy is still a Giant. While he hasn't put up any sort of numbers, he is a better than average ST player and accepts his role well. Glad to have him here for another year.
The Front Porch / Re: Chuck Barry has died.
« on: March 20, 2017, 12:54:19 PM »
I wish I was close enough to pay you a visit.

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We two. I would bring you some of my world famous Chicken soup with matzoh balls.  You know the Jewish penicillin, cures whatever ails you.    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
The Front Porch / Re: Chuck Barry has died.
« on: March 19, 2017, 01:22:38 PM »
Weeze, sorry I didn't know you put this up here. I had already posted basically the same thing as an NFT on the main board. I felt his death was a major story and more people would see it there. Sorry if I stepped on your toes.
The Front Porch / Re: Good (or bad) Movies
« on: March 19, 2017, 01:19:35 PM »
This has turned into SciFi weekend. Last night we watched 'Passengers' a very new release of a 2016 SciFi adventure. It stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.
If you haven't heard much about this movie here is a trailer.

Let's see if I can relate some of this movie. We are in the future. This space ship is carrying 5000paying people to a far off planet which will take 120 years to reach. Everyone is in hibernation but about 30 years into the flight, the ship hits an asteroid and one pod is damaged and the man wakes up (Chris Pine). He is now alone on a voyage where the rest of the people won't wake up for another 90 years. He can only talk to the android bar keeper. About a year into his being awake, he sees a beautiful girl, in one of the pods, who he basically falls in love with. He wrestles with the dilemma of waking her up to have company, but that will basically doom her to never getting to their destination and spending the rest of their lives just traveling to the destination. He can't bear to be alone anymore and awakens her, pretending to have also been awakens by accident.
 They exhaust every effort to be re-podded, if you know what I mean, to no avail, so they are to spend the next 90 years together on this ship.

I won't go into any more detail, as you should see it for yourself. My take on it, the special effects are just dazzling. You really feel you are on this ship and when troubles happen along the way, they are fantastic. Overall, it is basically a love story. Boy is alone. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, they fall out of love, danger brings them back together, but for good????????????

The movie is basically a 4 person cast. There a few extras for a few seconds along the way, but it's 4 people and that's it, but I found it a pretty good movie. It does bog down a bit in the middle,a s it just turns into a real love story and everything else is secondary, but overall, it is a good watch and a very interesting premise. What would you do if you were going to be alone for the rest of your life and you have to power to raise some one to spend that time with. You are basically dooming them to also spend the rest of their lives, not fulfilling their dream. Can you call that murder.

This one was much better than Friday nights movie,a t least for me. it wasn't a super movie and not a must see, but entertaining and if you are a scifi person you will like this one. There are a couple of bare butts, and a sort of mild sex scene, but overall it can be good for teens and an older child.

Rock 'n' roll icon and musical master Chuck Berry died Saturday at his home west of St. Louis, Missouri, authorities confirmed. He was 90.

The guitarist and musician defined the art form's joy and rebellion in such classics as "Johnny B. Goode," ''Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Roll Over Beethoven" in a career that spanned 7 decades and earned him countless accolades.

Just another part of my childhood has passed away.
So many memories of things we did to his music.

You will be missed but your music will live forever.

RIP Chuck berry
The Front Porch / Re: Good (or bad) Movies
« on: March 18, 2017, 12:21:36 PM »
Yesterday we watched another movie that has gotten rave reviews and was nominated for several Academy Awards, "Arrival" a real thinking mans SciFi movie. It stars Amy Adams as a linguist who is called upon to help decipher what Aliens have been saying after they arrived on Earth.

Wait, I am getting too ahead of myself here. As I said this movie got rave reviews as a real modern day, thinking mans science fiction movie. AND, to be honest, it was all of that. The entire movie consists of basically the relationship between Ms Adams and Abbott and Costello, what the two Aliens were named. There are NO explosions, no Earth Vs the Flying Sauces mentality here, just talk, more talk and even more talk. So, what did I think, I wasn't thrilled with it. Why, because it was slow. did I say slow, that might be putting it mildly. You do have plenty of time to think during the movie. PLUS, IMVHO there are so many things that just didn't make sense. Seems the Army was in full control here, making decisions without even consulting Washington. Ms. Adams seems to have learned their language, which is a mish mash of circular drawings, in a very short time. Plus she is teamed with a physicist who does basically nothing at all. Some parts are almost laughable, as Ms Adams, in order to make contact, takes along a sort of small chalkboard and writes things on it. has she not ever seen Close Encounters. I couldn't read what was on the board let alone the aliens.

A quick synopsis, 12 alien ships land (or sort of land) all over the world.  We are trying to make contact with the aliens, each country doing their own thing, and all are sharing their discoveries with each other. But China and Russia are getting inpatient and are threatening to attack the space ship since no real progress is being made. They all have no idea why these ships are even there. But wait, Ms Adams is making progress and finds they are here to help humanity, or maybe to make war, no one really knows. 

Closing, the movie was OK. It does have a real twist ending, but overall, it was a combination of the Day the Earth Stood Still (just a much better movie than this), Contact, which wasn't that great either. Where they should have/could have done much better, was watch Close Encounters and used inspiration of how they made contact with aliens. I know they didn't want to be a clone, but really, a chalk board??

Overall, it was OK, but very slow and dull for a real SciFi movie, at least for my taste. Don't know what the Academy was thinking when nominating this movie for awards.

The Front Porch / Re: Bob Dylan
« on: March 17, 2017, 05:03:47 PM »
Welcome aboard Blake. Nice piece.

Glad you bring some much needed musical talent to this uninspired Front Porch.    :ok: :ok: :ok: :ok: :ok: :ok:

Big Blue Huddle / Re: NGT--Cows lose two DB's
« on: March 17, 2017, 04:57:02 PM »
Last year, many people thought the Pukes were going to draft that DB (I forgot his name--but he was the best DB in the draft), but went for Elliot instead. While Elliot had a great year, RB's are still easier to get than a good DB. Let's see how they maneuver their way around this one.

Are they in cap hell to be losing these guys?
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