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  1. SansFin

    Bill Macy has passed He is perhaps best known as Maude's husband but I will for all time remember him as Sy Benson in: My Favorite Year (1982).
  2. Doctor Who episode: "Twice Upon a Time" (2017) The Captain: Is this madness? Am I going mad? The Doctor: Madness? Well, you're an officer from World War One at the South Pole, being pursued by an alien through frozen time. Madness was never this good. The Doctor: Oh! It's not an evil plan! I - I don't really know what to do when it isn't an evil plan!
  3. Doctor Who: Rose: If you're an alien, how come you sound like you're from the north? The Doctor: Lots of planets have a north! Amy Pond: I thought ... well, I started to think you were just a madman with a box. The Doctor: Amy Pond, there's something you better understand about me, 'cause it's important, and one day your life may depend on it: I am definitely a madman with a box. Rory Williams: He'll be fine. He's a Time Lord! Amy Pond: It's just what they're called. It doesn't mean he actually knows what he's doing. Melody Malone: I sat with my feet up on my desk and started to make a mental list of the people who'd want me dead. Once I got to fifty, I decided this wasn't helping. The Doctor: You need to start trusting me. It's never been more important. Amy Pond: But you don't always tell me the truth. The Doctor: If I always told you the truth, I wouldn't need you to trust me. Firefly: Zoë: Captain will come up with a plan. Kaylee: That's good. Right? Zoë: Possibly you're not recalling some of his previous plans. Simon: I'm trying to put this as delicately as I can: how do I know you won't kill me in my sleep? Mal: Listen, you don't know me, son, so I'm gonna say this once: if I ever kill you, you'll be awake, you'll be facing me, and you'll be armed. Simon: Are you always this sentimental? Mal: I had a good day. Gunslinger Girl: Dr. Bianchi: Be clever like a snake but simple like a pigeon. There's nothing wrong with thinking things over delicately. There's no need to feel shame in acting shrewdly.
  4. I preferred Sulu over Chekov because he seemed friendlier and more athletic.
  5. SansFin

    Movie Blunders

    The ones to which I am referring were similar to those typically found in institutions and large offices but they plugged into mains current rather than needing to be wound.
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    Movie Blunders

    Many did. Electromechanical clocks have a traditional mechanical movement but are wound by an electric motor at regular intervals. They were popular with institutions because they did not need the daily winding of a mechanical clock, they were more accurate than standard electrical clocks prior to the invention of the synchronous motor clock and they would continue to keep time even when the mains went down. The Telechron clock which you pictured is a synchronous motor clock. The disk below the company name indicated when the mains supply had been interrupted and the time needed to be reset. Electromagnetic clocks also tick as they are mechanical in all respects but that the pendulum is driven electrically.
  7. A thrift shop here will take all but encyclopedias and: 'Reader's Digest Condensed Books'. They rotate their stock frequently with other thrift shops operated by their group. They say that any which do not sell within a year are then sent to missions in other countries for benefit of reading time and those who are learning to read English.
  8. That reads as if it should be preceded by: "Confucius say . . ."
  9. I fear it requires more mental gymnastics than I am capable of doing to pinpoint which movie(s) pay tribute to this important recognition.
  10. SansFin

    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    It is often necessary to subscribe to several services because most free sources specialize in the type of content which they offer. I do not know how it is with other platforms but there are channels on Roku which offer only horror movies and others which offer only rom-coms and others which offer only classic television western programs and so on. "Subscribing" to these channels consists of pressing a button so that they are available from your home page. Paying for subscriptions is necessary only for those services which carry modern movies and current television programs and sports.
  11. I am sure that your jokes would have been as tasteful as your usual postings. It is therefore perhaps best that you refrained. 😁
  12. I am sorry to say this is a current picture of all of our books from the shelves in the living room and front hallway: We had scheduled to move in February and began packing accordingly. A problem with the house which we meant to buy pushed the date into March. It was during that delay that we both fell victim to greed and retreated from 'retired' status to 'will work if you pay us much more' situation. We are very much living out of boxes but we do not wish to unpack as we continue to look for a suitable house as work allows.
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    "Hulu and Hulu + Live TV can be streamed at a variety of different quality levels, which will adjust automatically depending on your internet speed. For smooth, interruption-free playback, Hulu recommends a minimum download speed of 6 Mbps for Hulu in HD and 8 Mbps for Hulu + Live TV. If you are planning on streaming to multiple devices, more bandwidth will be required for a quality experience. Hulu also recently added limited 4K content back to its lineup, and you’ll need a well-oiled network to handle that. The internet connection speed requirements for Hulu are as follows: Standard Definition: 1.5Mbps 720p HD: 3Mbps 1080p HD: 6Mbps Hulu + Live TV: 8Mbps Ultra HD 4K: 16Mbps"
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    It is my understanding that all content available on a desktop is available also on a television using a Roku. Most can be done simply by choosing the content provider from the Roku menu. There is the option also to transfer any streaming media or content such as movies stored on the hard drive of a desktop to a Roku using special apps created for that purpose. I believe that: Plex is one of these but I have no direct knowledge because we do not have such a need. I highly recommend Roku to any who have cut the cord or are considering it. Roku devices currently cost from twenty to one-hundred dollars. There is no subscription fee or other recurring fees for using a Roku and there are many, many content providers which do not charge subscriptions. I will suggest buying the highest-priced one because it can use a wired connection while all of the others are limited to WiFi. Some college football games can be watched for free. College football games in other sectors require subscribing to a service. We currently subscribe to two services: CBS All Access ($5.99 per month) and Amazon Prime Video ($8.99 per month as a standalone product separate from their free shipping and other Amazon Prime benefits). Those are the total costs with no taxes or other fees. CBC-AA allows us to watch live broadcast in our area as well as a large library of past and current programs. Amazon Prime has a large library of past programs. I have watched now all seasons of: Monk and Eureka and am nearly finished with Columbo. There are sixteen other programs currently in my 'wishlist' and those are only what I found during my first casual perusal of what is available. It does slightly go against my grain to subscribe to even those two services when there is so much available at no cost but the cost is still a small fraction of what cable television service cost and which did not bring such variety.
  15. SansFin

    "Movie" v "Film".

  16. SansFin

    Do many of you like Shakespeare?

    I feel that: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) should be mentioned here. It is more Shakespearean than many adaptations even although it is not technically one of Shakespeare's plays. The language is of particular interest as it is much more modern while containing the wonderful wordplay which is the real basis for Shakespeare's fame. It is quite awesome how easily it blends with authentic lines when the story intersects the play.
  17. SansFin

    Do many of you like Shakespeare?

    The Scottish Play is the one nearest my heart. It is sad to say that many directors and actors believe they are perfectly suited for it but the vast majority are mistaken. Proper productions of it are rare and wonderfully compelling performances are rarer still. My two favorite filmings of it are somewhat non-traditional: Throne of Blood (1957) I believe that every pairing of Akira Kurosawa and Toshirô Mifune was exceptional in some way. This version of the play supports that belief. The addition of the cultural treasure Isuzu Yamada makes it perfection. The Great Performances 2010 version is an absolute gem! Rupert Goold's staging it in a more modern and relatable setting demonstrates the realism of the motivations and emotions while amplifying the brutality inherent in the plot. The performance by Sir Patrick Stewart carries an unearthly intensity. Kate Fleetwood makes the audience share her madness. The multiple appearances and guises of the Three Witches is an audacious inspiration. I recommend highly also this version for those who have difficulty relating to the antiquated language. The imagery, nuances and presentation make it all perfectly understandable.
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    Movies That It Sometimes Feels That Only You Alone Like?

    This is one of the few musicals which I like and I like it very much. I believe that part of what raises it above the masses is that the songs were not homogenized, pasteurized and professionalized into audio pap. The natural voices reinforce the feeling of real people in their own world and prevent the music from taking the viewer completely out of the story.
  19. Eureka (2006-2012) pilot episode: Colonel Briggs: I don't like this town. I think it's a powder keg, and I think you people get off on playing with matches. Taggart: I once tracked a polar bear across the Arctic tundra, dived with great whites off The Barrier Reef, hunted with the prides of the Serengeti, but none of it even begins to compare with what that animal's put me through. [pauses, laughs a little] It's not "just a dog", Marshal. It's the devil himself. [walks off] Marshal Carter: Oh, yeah. He's stable.
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    That's a nice car!

    My attempt to learn whether a photograph of a hearse towing a wood chipper was a simple photograph or was a still from a movie led me into the realm of used funerary automobiles. I found that Volvo is a very respected brand for hearses in UK and Japan. I learned also that the price for a used one is considerably less than it is for an unconverted model. This dealer has at this moment a 2007 and two 2008 for less than €3000 each. They are all low mileage with no apparent accident damage. I found in my searching also that one chap purchased a similar one and modified the large windows with press-on rubber strips to make them look as if they are three normal-sized windows. He had made also custom badges identifying the vehicle as "Estate Wagon".
  21. SansFin

    Movies That It Sometimes Feels That Only You Alone Like?

    I love that movie very much! It is so very precious when he is seeking a place to hide from the police and she is mortally offended that he believes he might have a peaceful night in her bedroom.
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    Misleading Titles

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