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 11 
 on: May 15, 2016, 06:14:35 pm 
Started by lowcrawl - Last post by SR
Glad you got a break in the weather.  Here in the PNW we have had an unseasonably dry spring.  It's been great for BYT, but there is some concern about water supply come summer.   

 12 
 on: May 15, 2016, 02:47:05 pm 
Started by Redsparow1 - Last post by Redsparow1
Bottomline: Deadpool is an awesome movie, even after hearing all the great reviews I was still pleasantly surprised.  Deadpool is not for the squeamish, naïve, or easily offended.  It is crass and violent, but also clever and somewhat innovative in its approach to telling the superhero story.  For these reasons, you are going to want to put some thought into whether or not you want to show this film in the Backyard.  If you live in tight quarters and you think others will be able to watch, this probably isn’t the best pick.  But if you are one of the lucky few that has the space and privacy to show the film without concern for offending others, go for it!   

The movie is about a superhero that isn’t very mainstream and most will not have heard of.  It drops you right into the story already in progress, then works itself backwards in time to get the viewer caught up with what is going on.  While this has been done many times before, it works particularly well here.  I wish a little more “origin story” had been provided, but the upside is at no point did the movie ever feel like it was lagging.  Which I think occurs a lot in “origin stories” as the audience waits for the action we know is coming.  We had a group of 5 last night ranging from 19 to 50, both men and women, and we all enjoyed the movie.  My wife doesn’t really enjoy the superhero genre, but admitted she enjoyed this film.  Much of the humor is juvenile, but it works with the character and there is enough really witty humor to keep you coming back for more.  I definitely recommend you give this film a chance.

 13 
 on: May 15, 2016, 11:38:04 am 
Started by lowcrawl - Last post by lowcrawl
Yea! Finally able to show a movie.  We've been getting spotty rainstorms for 2 weeks but it let up enough for me to show Guardians of the Galaxy.   Was awesome, not as big of a turn out as normal but I think everyone thought it was going to rain on the event and a few of our regulars were out of town or had other obligations...

A pic is included, but I only took one because it's been a few months since I watched this one and I enjoyed it and forgot to take any other pics.

 14 
 on: May 15, 2016, 11:34:31 am 
Started by lowcrawl - Last post by lowcrawl
Just to follow up on this, it was a heavy downpour and wasn't able to show them out on the BYT.  However, I  did throw it up for my boys downstairs on the 60", so instead of family friends it just ended up being and cozy family thing...

 15 
 on: May 13, 2016, 12:59:00 am 
Started by Stillupinthis - Last post by SR
No problem SR, my GP1 is now permanently indoors on a 70s dalite 4:3 tension screen projecting at 79 inches 4:3.  By my rough calculation it is just over 2.75FL. 

I never knew you could get a standalone FL calculator.  I have a collection of different kinds of light meters from a previous line of work, but a FL calculator could be handy.

Thanks for the calculation.  That satisfies my urge. 

Ok so I have no personal experience, but I understand that one needs to project a particular test pattern on to the screen and then take a light reading in LUX.  Then you can, using another math equation figure an accurate and true FL reading.  I have ever done it myself as I don't own a light meter, but if memory serves there is an full write up on the AVS forum somewhere.  Since I don't do any of this professionally figuring an estimate from the PJ specs is good enough for me.

 16 
 on: May 12, 2016, 05:27:17 pm 
Started by SR - Last post by SR


 She'd put hot charcoal in my shoe if I showed Apollo 13...

I have one suggestion... Switch to a gas grill, no hot charcoal to worry about.  Smiley Smiley

 17 
 on: May 12, 2016, 03:45:26 pm 
Started by SR - Last post by Yendor
Condorman hits all three, but has been out of print for a while and is expensive second hand.  So how about Down with Love?  Its based in a pastiche version of the 50s, but is a solid romantic comedy with Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.  It is PG13 but may be a bit risque for kids who get innuendo.  Have you tried the Despicable Me's?

If you have the ability to run Region 2 discs (or to rip Region 2 and recode them to Region 1) I highly recommend the Asterix and Obelix cartoons (not live action).  Asterix is a French comic about Gauls fighting Romans, which has been adapted to cartoons since the 60s.  The most recent, Land of the Gods, has not be released in English yet, but is by far the best animated film I have seen in a long time (even better than the Lego Movie), but Asterix and the Vikings is fantastic.  The Little Prince is also good, but possibly to slow. 

Have you ever seen Monster Squad?  Its like Goonies but with the Universal Monsters.  It is a pretty ideal lesser known movie full of solid quotes.


I'll see which of those I can dig up, Condorman may be okay. I watched the Monster Squad on Netflix recently and tried to get her to watch, she didn't even give in 5 minutes. I was not happy as I liked it when it first came out, it was worth watching it though.

Maybe have to do some nerd outs and just let her nap, I have a hard time dealing with the fact that overall she hates movies. I have a fantastic home theater set up and she doesn't allow me to crank that sucker up either. "Wolfman's got nards!"

 18 
 on: May 12, 2016, 03:06:04 pm 
Started by SR - Last post by fastbilly1
I was thinking about this earlier. What should we do for this coming long weekend. Usually there aren't many friends around for a long weekend, but this year may be different as a lot of our neighbors are getting ready to move and they are sticking around the house for the weekend. So what movie should I show? I'd love to do a longer movie of say Star Wars or Harry Potter, so we'll see. Anyone have any suggestions? PG-13 is typically okay, R or higher is a no no to me for general consumption.

Apollo 13
I should have given some guidance. My wife hates history and science movies, sci-fi is next on her hate list. She likes Disney, comedy and love stories. I don't think she has ever seen a full Harry Potter film, even when we went to the theater. She is hard to please, so I usually stick to comedies so at least I like it. She'd put hot charcoal in my shoe if I showed Apollo 13.
Condorman hits all three, but has been out of print for a while and is expensive second hand.  So how about Down with Love?  Its based in a pastiche version of the 50s, but is a solid romantic comedy with Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.  It is PG13 but may be a bit risque for kids who get innuendo.  Have you tried the Despicable Me's?

If you have the ability to run Region 2 discs (or to rip Region 2 and recode them to Region 1) I highly recommend the Asterix and Obelix cartoons (not live action).  Asterix is a French comic about Gauls fighting Romans, which has been adapted to cartoons since the 60s.  The most recent, Land of the Gods, has not be released in English yet, but is by far the best animated film I have seen in a long time (even better than the Lego Movie), but Asterix and the Vikings is fantastic.  The Little Prince is also good, but possibly to slow. 

Have you ever seen Monster Squad?  Its like Goonies but with the Universal Monsters.  It is a pretty ideal lesser known movie full of solid quotes.

Fastbilly, I hear you on the whatever money is left over goes into BYT.  I always seem to have very little left for the BYT but that doesn't make it any less fun.  What are you currently using for a screen?
Hey I only have one, you have three you maintain.  I just put off fixing the shed so long that there is now a skylight, that was not there six months ago.  My current outdoor screen is perfect white muslin over generic black cloth - it was an old stills background that had a tear in it.

 19 
 on: May 12, 2016, 02:08:37 pm 
Started by SR - Last post by genesis76
I was thinking about this earlier. What should we do for this coming long weekend. Usually there aren't many friends around for a long weekend, but this year may be different as a lot of our neighbors are getting ready to move and they are sticking around the house for the weekend. So what movie should I show? I'd love to do a longer movie of say Star Wars or Harry Potter, so we'll see. Anyone have any suggestions? PG-13 is typically okay, R or higher is a no no to me for general consumption.

Apollo 13


The Air bud movies
I should have given some guidance. My wife hates history and science movies, sci-fi is next on her hate list. She likes Disney, comedy and love stories. I don't think she has ever seen a full Harry Potter film, even when we went to the theater. She is hard to please, so I usually stick to comedies so at least I like it. She'd put hot charcoal in my shoe if I showed Apollo 13.

 20 
 on: May 12, 2016, 12:04:20 pm 
Started by SR - Last post by Yendor
I was thinking about this earlier. What should we do for this coming long weekend. Usually there aren't many friends around for a long weekend, but this year may be different as a lot of our neighbors are getting ready to move and they are sticking around the house for the weekend. So what movie should I show? I'd love to do a longer movie of say Star Wars or Harry Potter, so we'll see. Anyone have any suggestions? PG-13 is typically okay, R or higher is a no no to me for general consumption.

Apollo 13
I should have given some guidance. My wife hates history and science movies, sci-fi is next on her hate list. She likes Disney, comedy and love stories. I don't think she has ever seen a full Harry Potter film, even when we went to the theater. She is hard to please, so I usually stick to comedies so at least I like it. She'd put hot charcoal in my shoe if I showed Apollo 13.

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