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  • Connections 1 (5 - Disc Set)
    Connections 1 (5 - Disc Set)
    starring James Burke

    Watching this now.

  • Cosmos: Carl Sagan (7 DVD Set)
    Cosmos: Carl Sagan (7 DVD Set)
    starring Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Robert H. Goddard

    I just picked this up.Twenty years plus and its still fun and timely.

  • The Ed Wood Box (Glen or Glenda / Jail Bait / Bride of the Monster / Plan 9 from Outer Space / Night of the Ghouls / The Haunted World of Ed Wood)
    The Ed Wood Box (Glen or Glenda / Jail Bait / Bride of the Monster / Plan 9 from Outer Space / Night of the Ghouls / The Haunted World of Ed Wood)
    Image Entertainment

    How can you not love this mans movies?

  • Targets
    Targets
    starring Boris Karloff, Tim O'Kelly, Nancy Hsueh, James Brown, Arthur Peterson

    Just in time for the Bmovie cast

Sunday
Apr102011

Why, Yes, I Can Love a "Chick Flick"

And so can you.

 

"Two For The Road" stars  Albert Finney , Audrey Hepburn with appearances by William Daniels and Jacqueline Bisset.

 

This is a love story pure and simple. Well, pure anyway. All love stories are about relationships. But most dwell on the beginning. This one covers a twelve year period.

 

The trailer gives you the feeling that everything is hunky dory though out the movie. But its not that simple. No relationship ever is.

 

The ten-year marriage of Mark and Joanna Wallace is not going as planned . We are treated to their first meeting,  moments in their courtship and early wedded life, their travels through Europe, their broken vow never to have children, and their increasing tensions that led to both of them having extra-marital affairs. All of this happens in flashbacks. and not in chronological order.

 

Watch carefully and you will see how one scene leads to another  in jump cuts with small hints. Mark and Joanna are sunburned and that leads to a dinner of lobster in another time and place. A red gasoline truck passes behind Mark's head (as he delivers on of the best lines in the film) and we see the same truck second later, or rather years later in another scene.


The timeline jumps back and forth, sometimes keeping you guessing.

 

Hepburn as Joanna couldn't be better. It wold be easy to call this her finest role.

 

 Produced and Directed by Stanley Donen. Written by Frederic Raphael with a musical score by Henry Mancini.

 

I cant help but recommend this for a romantic evening, one where you don't want to leave your brain behind.

 

Friday
Apr082011

I don't really mean this, and thats why I'm saying it...

Friday
Mar252011

Captain America

That's all I need to say. It looks like Cap is going to be done right this time:

Geek warning: The following is unashamedly Geeky! If the thought of a man old enough to be your grandfather talking about comics annoys you, go pound sand.

Captain America was Steve Rogers, A man who was turned down for military service just after Pearl Harbor.  He was a skinny runt, but wanted to do what he could .

He was chosen to be the original lab rat in an experimental "Super-Soldier serum" developed by the scientist "Dr. Josef Reinstein. This transforms him into a highly efficient and very strong individual. Not a Superman, but a human with better than average reactions balance. strength and endurance.

 

After the physical transformation, a Nazi spy reveals himself and shoots Dr Reinstein . Because the scientist had committed the crucial portions of the Super-Soldier formula to memory, it cannot be duplicated. 

The United States government, making the most of its one super-soldier and to hide all information about Operation: Rebirth and its failure, re-imagines him as a superhero who serves as both a counter-intelligence agent and a propaganda symbol to counter Nazi Germany's head of terrorist operations, the Red Skull. To that end, Rogers is given a uniform modeled after the American flag, a bulletproof shield, a gun, and the code name Captain America. He is also given a cover identity as a clumsy infantry private at Camp Lehigh in Virginia.

Later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who presents him with a new shield, forged from an alloy of steel and vibranium, fused by an unknown catalyst. The alloy is indestructible, yet the shield is light enough to use as a discus-like weapon that can be angled to return to him. It proves so effective that Captain America forgoes the sidearm.

If you know your comic book history a little different, bear in mind origin stories are sometimes subject to change as often as I change my sox.

You may have noted that I left out Bucky Sue me. I hate teenage sidekicks. I voted for Robins death.

Cap has been in the movies before.

The first was a Republic Production in 15 chapters. Superhero Captain America battles the evil forces of the archvillain called The Scarab, who poisons his enemies and steals a secret device capable of destroying buildings by sound vibrations.

At least that's what IMDB says. I admit I only vaguely remember this, but cap was a D A named Grant Gardner who wore a suit to help him solve crimes. Yea, Looking like this will help me.

In 1979 a made for TV movie showed up. I really dont remember this. I think he drove around on a bike, wore a helmet, and had the silliest shield you ever saw. Or maybe I was drunk.This picture proves I wasn't drunk.

I chose not to remember something in the late eighties early nineties. I'm not even going to look it up. You're on your own.

Okay, I do remember that for some reason, The Red Skull had an Italian accent (?)

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Mar242011

Have I Mentioned Gin and Tonic Lately?

Well yes I have, but only once before. A couple of post ago. Apply to infected area as needed.

The history of the G&T as stated  in Wikipedeia:

"This cocktail was introduced by the army of the British East India Company in India.

Tonic water contains quinine, which was used to prevent malaria. In the 18th century, tonic water contained a large amount of quinine, which caused it to have a very bitter taste. Gin was added to make it more palatable.[6] Tonic water sold today contains only a very small amount of quinine and is consequently much less bitter (and it is sometimes sweetened).[7]

The flavor of the quinine complements the green notes of the gin (flavored with juniper), much as dry vermouth complements the gin in a classic martini.

Because of its connection with warm climates and its refreshing effects, gin and tonic is a very popular cocktail during the warmer months"

So, it was invented as a cure for malaria. Its nice to know that these one thing I'll never die of.

 

Speaking of cures:

 

Wednesday
Mar232011

Obscure Joke of the Week

Three refractions and you go to prism.

 

 

 

Oppps! Forgot to give a nod  to 

Tracy King

@tkingdoll London
Geek and gamer. BAFTA-longlisted Producer of Tim Minchin's Storm movie. Organiser of TAM London 2009/10. Occasionally witty.
I unashamedly stole that joke from her.
See you at TAM Tracy
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