Yet another word game

stringertom

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Iconic TV commercials can be created to pitch hard goods, food, liquor, restaurants and consumer services but I have yet to watch one about pharmaceuticals that has left an indelible impression in my mind.
 

stringertom

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Username stringertom was a natural choice for me because the tournament director I worked for at the time I joined used to wonder around the club and ask, “Where is my stringerman?” Anytime I heard that I knew I had a rush job to execute as soon as the stick on my machine was finished.
 

happyandbob

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Ion therapy was one of the particle beams used to more precisely target and irradiate cancer cells, though medicine seems to have settled on protons as the most effective particle for that treatment now.
 

stringertom

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Nowhere Man was one of the first Beatles tunes to explore a fairly offbeat theme instead of romance and the exuberance of youth. Written by John Lennon, it first appeared on the Rubber Soul album in the U.K.while in the U.S. it was included in the tracks on Yesterday & Today. I always remember from the Yellow Submarine movie segment with the sad fellow named Boob.
 
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stringertom

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Like a Virgin, touched for the very first time” is an oft repeated line in the song that cemented Madonna’s rise to pop star icon status.
 

stringertom

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Grammar was usually expressed correctly by the character Kelsey Grammer is most often thought of when the actor’s career is discussed. His name was Frasier Crane, son of Martin Crane, brother of Niles, father of Frederick and ex-husband of Lilith Sternin, a very proper grammaticist herself.
 

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Elf is a terrific holiday movie, one of many rewatchable comedies starring Will Ferrell including Eurovision, Talledega Nights, Anchorman, and The House among others.
 

RaulRamirez

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Others of Will Ferrell do not include "The Lives of Others", a 2006 German drama film written and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck marking his feature film debut - and it was brilliant.
 

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Brilliant was the acting by Ferrell in a dramatic role as an IRS agent who a frustrated novelist (Emma Thompson) has used as the model to create the tragic protagonist in her story she cannot finish before he actually becomes the real life victim of the chaos she creates in her mind. The movie is Stranger Than Fiction.
 

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Seasons 52 is a restaurant chain developed by Darden Industries, the oldest and most established corporation devoted to creating dining experiences for the American consumer. They established their reputation in the 1970s when they simultaneously introduced Olive Garden and Red Lobster and then began national expansion of the two brands.
 

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Aeon Flux was an interesting cartoon series that originally aired on MTV. I never understood what the heck was going on, but the art was unique for the time and it always seemed to be on when you turned on the TV after a night of drinking.
 

happyandbob

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Sideways was a movie where the setting was built around wines and wineries (in keeping with the recent theme), I don’t remember much about the plot but do remember the main character screaming “I’m not drinking f*cking Merlot!”
 

stringertom

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Merlot was treated as a red haired stepchild by the supposed oenophiles Miles and Maya. They snootily preferred Pinot Noir on their wine tasting night out together.

The movie’s plot really revolved around a lost weekend of sowing wild oats before matrimony for a dooshbag named Jack. He cheats on this weekend trip through Napa with a stranger who finds out afterwards he is engaged. The stranger girl had a temper and blasted him in the face when she found out. To hide the cause of his facial injuries he fakes a car wreck in his buddy’s car so the bride to be doesn’t suspect the real cause.
 

Mike Bulgakov

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Sideways was a movie where the setting was built around wines and wineries (in keeping with the recent theme), I don’t remember much about the plot but do remember the main character screaming “I’m not drinking f*cking Merlot!”
Merlot sales dropped and Pinot Noir sales increased after the film, proving the power of fictional characters to influence thinking.



‘Sideways’ is Still Impacting the Wine Industry
Ray Isle weighs in on how the film affected the overall quality of Pinot Noir and Merlot.
By Mike Pomranz
Updated July 07, 2017


Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.

It’s been over a dozen years since the movie Sideways hauled in five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, leading up to the 2005 Academy Awards. The film about fear and loathing in Southern California wine country only walked away with one award – the slightly less coveted Best Adapted Screenplay – but the impact it had on the wine industry might actually be its biggest legacy.

For those unfamiliar with the flick – cough, millennials, cough – Sidewaysfollows a trip through the Santa Barbara wine region by two buddies, a handsome soon-to-be-married actor Jack Cole, played by Thomas Haden Church, and a down-on-his-luck divorcee Miles Raymond, remarkably performed by Paul Giamatti. Two of Giamatti’s most memorable scenes are, one, a passionate explanation of his love of Pinot Noir, and two, screaming the line “I am not drinking any ****ing Merlot!”

As NPR recently pointed out, to this day, Pinot Noir has exploded in California while Merlot has had to fight to regain its image. “Pinot Noir production in California has increased roughly 170 percent since Sideways was released,” wine industry analyst Gabriel Froymovich told NPR. Astonishingly, California wine grape production in general is only up about 7 to 8 percent over that same period. Meanwhile, in the three years after Sideways came out, Merlot sales dropped about 2 percent, according to one study, which also found that Pinot Noir sales jumped 16 percent over that same period.

But though Sideways and Merlot will be forever linked, as our own Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle points out, there’s a reason Merlot made for an easy target at the time. “Merlot’s a wonderful grape but if you plant it in the wrong places and overcrop it, you get lots of crappy Merlot, which is basically what was going on around the time of Sideways,” he explains. The irony is that though Pinot Noir is now far more abundant in California than it used to be, all those additional Pinots also mean you’re more likely to stumble upon some uninspired bottles. “If you get a movie that boosts the rep of Pinot Noir and everyone goes nuts about it, and you then get a lot of people planting Pinot in the wrong places and overcropping it…” Isle continues. “Well, you get the idea.”

Regardless, Froymovich dug into the numbers, and he believes Raymond’s most detested grape is doing just fine again. “Merlot prices have recovered partially and are now somewhere around the prices predicted by the long-term trend,” he told NPR. Some people even suggest that the hit Merlot took has turned the varietal into a great value wine. So in actuality, is it possible that in the long run Sideways actually helped Merlot and hurt Pinot? It’s the stuff sequels are made of!
https://www.foodandwine.com/news/how-sideways-still-impacting-wine-industry

Merlot was treated as a red haired stepchild by the supposed oenophiles Miles and Maya. They snootily preferred Pinot Noir on their wine tasting night out together.

The movie’s plot really revolved around a lost weekend of sowing wild oats before matrimony for a dooshbag named Jack. He cheats on this weekend trip through Napa with a stranger who finds out afterwards he is engaged. The stranger girl had a temper and blasted him in the face when she found out. To hide the cause of his facial injuries he fakes a car wreck in his buddy’s car so the bride to be doesn’t suspect the real cause.
The real cause is often not what you think.
 
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happyandbob

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Merlot sales dropped and Pinot Noir sales increased after the film, proving the power of fictional characters to influence thinking.

one of the reasons why wine can be very expensive -- unlike other industries sometimes if a wine isn't selling the winery raises the prices!

it's amazing how buying decisions and preferences are not rational. I recall reading a while back about a study that showed that being in red packaging gave products a measurable advantage over competitors.
 

stringertom

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Merlot sales dropped and Pinot Noir sales increased after the film, proving the power of fictional characters to influence thinking.



‘Sideways’ is Still Impacting the Wine Industry
Ray Isle weighs in on how the film affected the overall quality of Pinot Noir and Merlot.
By Mike Pomranz
Updated July 07, 2017


Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.

It’s been over a dozen years since the movie Sideways hauled in five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, leading up to the 2005 Academy Awards. The film about fear and loathing in Southern California wine country only walked away with one award – the slightly less coveted Best Adapted Screenplay – but the impact it had on the wine industry might actually be its biggest legacy.

For those unfamiliar with the flick – cough, millennials, cough – Sidewaysfollows a trip through the Santa Barbara wine region by two buddies, a handsome soon-to-be-married actor Jack Cole, played by Thomas Haden Church, and a down-on-his-luck divorcee Miles Raymond, remarkably performed by Paul Giamatti. Two of Giamatti’s most memorable scenes are, one, a passionate explanation of his love of Pinot Noir, and two, screaming the line “I am not drinking any ****ing Merlot!”

As NPR recently pointed out, to this day, Pinot Noir has exploded in California while Merlot has had to fight to regain its image. “Pinot Noir production in California has increased roughly 170 percent since Sideways was released,” wine industry analyst Gabriel Froymovich told NPR. Astonishingly, California wine grape production in general is only up about 7 to 8 percent over that same period. Meanwhile, in the three years after Sideways came out, Merlot sales dropped about 2 percent, according to one study, which also found that Pinot Noir sales jumped 16 percent over that same period.

But though Sideways and Merlot will be forever linked, as our own Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle points out, there’s a reason Merlot made for an easy target at the time. “Merlot’s a wonderful grape but if you plant it in the wrong places and overcrop it, you get lots of crappy Merlot, which is basically what was going on around the time of Sideways,” he explains. The irony is that though Pinot Noir is now far more abundant in California than it used to be, all those additional Pinots also mean you’re more likely to stumble upon some uninspired bottles. “If you get a movie that boosts the rep of Pinot Noir and everyone goes nuts about it, and you then get a lot of people planting Pinot in the wrong places and overcropping it…” Isle continues. “Well, you get the idea.”

Regardless, Froymovich dug into the numbers, and he believes Raymond’s most detested grape is doing just fine again. “Merlot prices have recovered partially and are now somewhere around the prices predicted by the long-term trend,” he told NPR. Some people even suggest that the hit Merlot took has turned the varietal into a great value wine. So in actuality, is it possible that in the long run Sideways actually helped Merlot and hurt Pinot? It’s the stuff sequels are made of!
https://www.foodandwine.com/news/how-sideways-still-impacting-wine-industry


The real cause is often not what you think.
Think this is the last valid link in the chain, no?

Irving Irving is a recurring character in the Harry Bosch series of novels written by Michael Connelly about a veteran LAPD homicide detective.
 

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Where Have All The Good Times Gone wasn’t one of the more memorable songs recorded by one of my favorite British Invasion groups. The Kinks are more remembered during that era for hits like All Day And All Of The Night and You Really Got Me.
 

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Every Picture Tells A Story was a Rod Stewart album and single released as a solo product soon after Stewart left The Faces in the late 60s/early 70s. That album and Gasoline Alley were my first thorough exposure to Rod the Mod’s creativity.
 

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Acting coaches looked up to several of their brethren (sistren?) as GOATworthy, including Lee Strasberg, and Stella Adler. Those GOATs probably agreed though that Stanislavsky is the real greatest.
 

Mike Bulgakov

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Acting coaches looked up to several of their brethren (sistren?) as GOATworthy, including Lee Strasberg, and Stella Adler. Those GOATs probably agreed though that Stanislavsky is the real greatest.
Stanislavsky is the real greatest, if for no other reason than I read one of his books in college and found his advice on stage projection and charisma to be useful tools in life.
. . . life is crushing in on me . . .
James Dean said:
Life can be beautiful. Oh, damn, Natalie posted right before me. I thought you were dead, Natalie! What are you doing on this forum?
 

stringertom

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Life Is Beautiful sounds like the title of a film will be all about the beauty of the human experience but this Oscar winner has savage overtones, thanks to a wonderful script about an Italian Jewish father and son trying to cope with persecution by the occupying Germans.
 
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