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Q: Highlights of the Decade

It is almost the turn of the decade and people are getting all reflective and maybe even nostalgic if and where nostalgia is due. So my questions are:

 

What was your favourite movie of the 2010s?

Favourite book? 

 

For the former question, my answer is 'The Irishman'. If it is too fresh in the memory to count, then 'Blue Jasmine' or 'Inside Llewyn Davies'.

 

For the latter, fiction 'The Incarnations' by Susan Barker, non-fiction 'Sapiens' by Yuval Noah Harari. 

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HK protest ... is in high light of the several decades, IMO. I am following almost daily over u-Tube and remembering living in the city during my teaching stint in China.

 

'I Heard You Paint Houses' by Charles Brandt is my next read ... after I watched 'The Irishman' last week, which is based on the same book. I am not too impressed by the movie. Great cast, but nothing more than that.

Title of the book doesn't have anything to do with the house painting. It means 'I heard you are the hitman' in mob's language, i.e. ''once somebody got shot in the house, walls get splattered by ... the 'paint''. 

I will audiobook 'Sapiens'. I read about book's recommendation by the poster on Zero.

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HK protest ... is in high light of the several decades, IMO. I am following almost daily over u-Tube and remembering living in the city during my teaching stint in China.

 

'I Heard You Paint Houses' by Charles Brandt is my next read ... after I watched 'The Irishman' last week, which is based on the same book. I am not too impressed by the movie. Great cast, but nothing more than that.

Title of the book doesn't have anything to do with the house painting. It means 'I heard you are the hitman' in mob's language, i.e. ''once somebody got shot in the house, walls get splattered by ... the 'paint''. 

I will audiobook 'Sapiens'. I read about book's recommendation by the poster on Zero.

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I got to see The Rolling Stones

Liam Gallagher

my wife and I saw jimmy Barnes and I took my son to see Guns n Roses.

 

played some great video games red dead redemption 2,horizon zero dawn,dying light,no mans sky,subnautica,death stranding.

my son started school this term.

went to Thailand for a week with the family.

Iam still alive

 

and alot more

 

my son was born six years ago, I got married

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The Stones live in concert?  Is ol' Jagger still on stage?  Jeez, I musta seen them 30 yrs ago....  even then I was too young to appreciate a bunch of old guys rockin' it,,,,  wow,, but now I must say I'm impressed,,, sh*t, some of them must be 80ish~

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I don’t have any favorite memories; they all suck equally.

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Novel:   'The Fault in Our Stars' - J. Green,,,,  heck of a book,, real tear jerker though,,, bring tissue... 

 

Movies:  I gave up watchin' movies probably 20 yrs ago,,,, new I mean,,, but I just finished  DeMilles '10 Commandments' for maybe the 10th time the other night. Yul Brenner and De Carlo friggin' rocked it.  Still, my favorite flicks are:  Sophie's Choice ; Lolita (original) ; Gone with The Wind ; Spartacus ; The Sands of Iwo Jima.

*edit; how could I leave out 'A Clockwork Orange',,, now that is a trippy flick ~

'come and take one in the yarballs!,,, that is if you got any yarballs!'

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I know Yul ... he was boldie ..  ... detective, if I remember right ..

No, detective was Telly Savalas .. 'ella malaka ...'/Greek. Yul&Telly, they were both boldies, he he.

I usually stay far away from ancient movies ...'cause ... Few days ago, I watched 'The Third Man' produced in 1949.. with Orson Walles. It was horror to watch it over MacBook and I deleted shortly.

Today's tech doesn't comply with ancient movies that good.

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yeah,,, some guys can rock the Chrome Dome look,,, and Yul and Telly were 2 of them....   yeah,, old movies take some getting used to,,,  it seems the whole ethos of the art form was different back then...  like they were trying to bring a novel to life,, whereas nowadays they are seeking to 'entertain'...  like now is more about trying to achieve a visceral impact vs. oldies who were into the cerebral stimulation.

Watching Dr. Zhivago now,,,,  darn that is a powerful movie... Julie Christie ate that role alive! the 3 guys certainly did their parts justice,,, but it feels like Julie Christie actually became Lara....

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I know there have been some good movies but off the top of my head I can't think of a single one. If someone rattled off a list I'd probably say 'oh yeah, that was awesome..'

 

Books, same thing really. I have just started reading America Before, by Graham Hancock. I heard him talking about it on a podcast and bought the book. So far so good.

 

I think if I'm still around in 20 years of so I'll look back on this last 10 years as the time when everything started to spiral out out control and get downright trippy.

 

The effects of climate change and pollution got to the point where it's obvious something huge is going on, even if we're still squabbling about the causes of it. Our lives are being run by our smart phones so it's like we're in an 80s sci fi movie. We're outraged and offended by almost everything and go online to tell everyone about it now. People around the world are pushing back against the status quo - Trumpism  seems like the strangest manifestation of that but there are anti govt riots happening in various parts of the world. People are starting to rebel against science - vaccines are bad now and the earth is flat. And there's the social media trend where everyone is obsessed with taking selfies and doing stupid things like eating tide pods for attention.

 

It all seems like the backdrop for another Orwell book to me.

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I thought I knew what 'stupid' was,,, until I heard about that Tide Pod thing....  wow,,,,  makes me and my friends in our teen days look downright sensible.  I still wonder if those kids (pod kids) are really just trolling Social Media,, seeing how dumb we r to fall for their lie,, or if some of them really did consume a pod filled w/ caustic chemicals??

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