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    "Zardoz"

    Just noticed this old Sir Sean flick being aired by TCM at 2:00 a.m. March 22: http://www.tcm.com/underground/article.html?oid=225856 Very fun movie to watch for various reasons... A "bad movie" that's fun to watch, I guess you could say... Always liked how the famous second movement (Allegretto) of Beethoven's 7th Symphony is used in the film... Worth watching just to listen to it... Haven't seen the film on TV in years... Trailer with Allegretto at end: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr4T_0X3efc For those who haven't seen the movie, don't want to give away the meaning of the film's title (so beware spoilers): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zardoz
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    Zeppelins, Dirigibles, and Blimps

    Funny, Finance... );-) But Goodyear appears to underestimate the intelligence of Americans by choosing to continue to call the new airships "blimps": http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/17/zeppelins_to_replace_goodyear_blimps_in_american_skies/ At least TCM, rightly or wrongly, seems to have a higher estimate of the knowledge of viewers by using the term "Zeppelins, Dirigibles, and Blimps" for the theme night: http://www.airships.net/dirigible Anyway, the Goodyear naming contest is only open to Americans: http://www.goodyear.com/en-US/company/blimp Grand prize is the new "blimp" coming to you to take you and 5 friends for a 6 hour cruise. If airship can't come to you, you and a friend go to it. 9 other prizes of sets (4) of Goodyear tires for runner-ups... Criteria for name include: Name acknowledges Goodyear's ongoing track record of delivering superior performance and innovation (40%) Name reflects the storied history and tradition of the Goodyear Airship (20%) Name resonates with the Goodyear airships' long history of public service and community engagement (20%) Name reflects the grace and majesty of lighter-than-air flight (20%)
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    Zeppelins, Dirigibles, and Blimps

    No, I haven't seen that flick... Also haven't seen "Charlie Chan at the Olympics" (1937). In that flick Chan travels to Europe on the Hindenburg to arrive ahead of the bad guys travelling there by ship: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Chan_at_the_Olympics YouTube clip from film showing Hindenburg here: Apparently, while that film was made in 1936, it was released in theatres just a short time after the Hindenburg disaster.
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    Boycotting Woody Allen Films??

    I think "The Ethicist" is being fair. He states: "Watching a movie is not a tacit endorsement of the person who made it" and "The obligation of the audience is to watch with a fair mind: to neither deny what you know about its real-world creation nor fabricate a fictional subtext that suits what you want to believe." He also writes: "The discomfort people feel from continuing to enjoy the work of a 'problematic' artist is more complicated, as it can be perceived as societal reinforcement of his or her behavior. There are many who find themselves wondering if they can still love 'Manhattan' or 'Crimes and Misdemeanors' if the allegations against Allen are true. It?s highly unlikely, however, that those same people would wonder if they needed to move out of a house if they discovered the carpenter who built it had been accused of the same offense." So, I posted this because it concerns "controversial" films in general by filmmakers and actors and not just Woody Allen movies and the allegations against him (may or may not be true, I don't know)... And it's just the opinion of "The Ethicist": http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/magazine/on-boycotting-woody-allens-films.html
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    "Zardoz"

    Yes, people love it or hate it: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/zardoz/ I like it for certain things (music by David Munrow for one), but don't take it too seriously in general... Roger Ebert gave it a positive review: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/zardoz-1974 Channel 4 in Britain calls it the "finest film" by director John Boorman: http://www.film4.com/reviews/1973/zardoz The Channel 4 review is copied below as it's partially hidden at the website: "Boorman's finest film is a wonderfully eccentric and visually exciting sci-fi quest. It also affords the spectacle of Sean Connery in a red nappy, knee-high leather boots, pony tail and Zapata moustache. For many years, Zed (Connery) and his band of Exterminators have rode the wastelands of Earth, killing and **** their genetic inferiors, at the behest of Zardoz, a giant floating stone head. The decades of brutal Darwinian development have gifted Zed with an uncommon intelligence, and one day he decides to investigate Zardoz. Stowed away inside the stone head, he is flown to an isolated community of immortals, discovering that what he presumed was a god is infact merely the work of one of the community's scientists. Before he can fully process this shock, Zed is sucked into the decadent dinner party ways of this bourgeois gang (known as the Vortex), who have been rendered immortal by science, but also impotent from sheer boredom. Zed's rude aggression and alarming potency is demonstrated in one howler of a scene. Vortex leader Consuella (Rampling) shows Zed old sex films (two women mud wrestling, more performance art than porno) and he fails to get wood. It is only when he casts his eyes over her fragrancy that his **** stands briskly to attention, garnering amazed looks and amused titters from the other Eternals, none of whom have seen a hard-on for a thousand years. Only at the **** end of the 1960s could such a simultaneously ambitious and preposterous movie be made. Boorman's thesis - that the middle class hippies cannot retreat to their own bohemian idyll without descending into in-fighting and impotency - draws both from H.G. Wells' 'Time Machine', and no doubt his own observation of the Sixties communes. The film's closing massacre of the beautiful people is a dark echo of Charles Manson's killing of Sharon Tate in the Hollywood hills, with hairsute ubermensch Zed bearing considerable resemblance to the bearded madness that was Manson. It's fair to say that Boorman is not fully in control of his material here. Rather he has stuck a few big wriggling ideas in a bag and just let them get on with it. And therein lies the allure of Zardoz, a one-off in the annals of sci-fi, directed with a wild-eyed associative imagination that would not survive a single minute in a test-screening."
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    Famous Movie Cats

    TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) is having a festival of Youtube videos featuring cats... Called "Just for Cats: Internet Cat Video Festival": http://www.justforcats.ca/ Why?? Well, it's charity thing. The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies is a sponsor and there'll be a cat "adopt-a-thon" before the films screen. And there is a contest... You can enter on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/TIFF?v=app_117049981714413 Btw, I like the cat film posters... Funny...
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    Zeppelins, Dirigibles, and Blimps

    The bad luck of the Hindenburg was shared by American airships... The USS Macon met disaster too, crashing with the loss of two lives: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Macon_%28ZRS-5%29#Disaster The USS Akron crashed as well, with 73 dying in the disaster, including Rear Admiral Moffett: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Akron_%28ZRS-4%29#Fourth_accident_and_loss_.28April_1933.29 President Roosevelt remarked: "The loss of the Akron with its crew of gallant officers and men is a national disaster. I grieve with the Nation and especially with the wives and families of the men who were lost. Ships can be replaced, but the Nation can ill afford to lose such men as Rear Admiral William A. Moffett and his shipmates who died with him upholding to the end the finest traditions of the United States Navy." The US Navy had considered using both the USS Macon and USS Akron as flying aircraft carriers launching fighter planes. Don't think there have been any movies about the loss of either the USS Macon or the USS Akron???
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    Zeppelins, Dirigibles, and Blimps

    The contest site for suggesting names for the new Goodyear "blimp" (really a zeppelin) is here: http://www.goodyear.com/en-US/company/blimp Contest is open to April 4. And don't think Hindenburg II would fly (as a name)...
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    Mata Hari

    By coincidence, a review (dated today - March 20, 2014) by British historian Alex von Tunzelmann of Garbo's 1931 "Mata Hari" is here: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/mar/20/reel-history-mata-hari-greta-garbo
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    "Reel History" - Alex von Tunzelmann

    By coincidence (see general discussions), a review of Greta Garbo's 1931 flick "Mata Hari": http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/mar/20/reel-history-mata-hari-greta-garbo
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    "Reel History" - Alex von Tunzelmann

    Review for sequel to "300" titled "300: Rise of an Empire": http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2014/mar/12/300-rise-of-empire-reel-history-persians-greeks-salamis Nothing really surprising about the review for this movie... Oh well...
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    Mata Hari

    There are two early German silent films about her: "Die Spionin" (1921): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0255613/ "Mata Hari, die rote T?nzerin" (1927): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mata_Hari_%281927_film%29 The 1931 Garbo flick: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mata_Hari_%281931_film%29 Then a 1964 flick "Mata Hari, agent H 21": http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mata_Hari,_agent_H_21 Another German film from 1966 "Der Fall Mata Hari": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0336413/ and a 1985 movie "Mata Hari": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mata_Hari_%281985_film%29 Plus a Dutch TV mini-series about her and a few other films...
  13. Howdy Tricia, Check out this website for other letters and stuff related to Zukor and prices asked: http://www.historyforsale.com/html/prodetails.asp?documentid=278331&start=1 The site asks you to click for more documents signed by Zukor... The website is for "History For Sale: The Autograph and Manuscript Leader." Here's another letter for sale on Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ADOLPH-POPS-ZUKOR-TYPED-LETTER-SIGNED-01-07-1964-/370085161922 Condition, personal details, etc., all make a difference... Here's another Zukor signed letter with estimated value: http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/2817703 Good luck!! Edited by: RMeingast on Mar 14, 2014 8:30 AM
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    "Reel History" - Alex von Tunzelmann

    Review of director Steve McQueen's first film from 2008 "Hunger" (Michael Fassbender also in it): http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2014/mar/06/hunger-reel-history-bobby-sands-hunger-strike
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    " Soylent Green" (1973)

    Article about the new Soylent stuff here: http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2014/03/07/soylent_revolution_could_this_grey_smoothie_end_world_hunger.html
  16. Noticed that TVOntario has begun airing documentaries about movie stars recently. On Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. TVO aired "Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger": http://ww3.tvo.org/video/199805/rock-hudson-dark-and-handsome-stranger-preview This upcoming Saturday night (Feb. 15, 2014) at 9:00 p.m. TVO will air "What A Difference A Day Made - Doris Day Superstar": http://ww3.tvo.org/video/199788/what-difference-day-made-doris-day-superstar-preview As an aside, TCM message board thread about the Doris Day documentary is here: http://forums.tcm.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8273229 Anyway, on Saturday nights TVO used to air the program "Saturday Night at the Movies." That program met its demise last year, with the final episode airing on August 31, 2013: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_Night_at_the_Movies So, I don't know if the TVO airings of the movie star documentaries are just a coincidence, or due to the upcoming Academy Awards, or if TPTB are having second thoughts about cancelling "Saturday Night at the Movies"??? Just FYI to people living in Ontario who can watch TVO. You can catch the Doris Day doc. this Saturday night.
  17. TVO aired the American Experience "Mary Pickford" last night: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/pickford/index.html Very good documentary... Funny as this week's TV guide from yesterday's "Toronto Star" stated it would be "Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies": http://www.marypickfordthemuse.com/flash.htm So kept me in suspense until the actual thing started on TVO...
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    I Just Watched POMPEII Today

    I posted a thread about "Pompeii" in "Films and Filmmakers." It included this funny review by Richard Crouse and Mark Breslin: http://metronews.ca/voices/reel-guys/948847/pompeii-movie-offers-cardboard-acting-and-plenty-of-molten-cheese/ The volcano is apparently the best actor in the film... More reviews at Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pompeii_2013/
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    Sir Sean Connery Gets His Spurtle Out

    This is a spurtle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spurtle http://www.goldenspurtle.com/ Some also use it to refer to what every Scottish male hides under his kilt...
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    Sir Sean Connery Gets His Spurtle Out

    Oh well... Just FYI... Not sure many Americans, or Canadians, are aware of what's going on there... Another article about celebs and what they think of independence, those pro and those con: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/changes-the-celebrities-that-have-entered-the-independence-debate.1392902337 And the latest poll is that 57% will vote "no," compared to 32% who will vote "yes": http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/03/scottish-anxiety-independence-revealed-poll The other 11% in the poll above will vote to tell Sir Sean to stay in the Bahamas. And in case someone asks about Canadians and knighthoods, since we are an independent country with QEII as monarch and head of state, Canadians can't accept a knighthood from the queen unless they give up their Canadian citizenship. It's been that way since 1921, with a few exceptions. So Scotland would probably do the same thing. Sir Sean would keep his honour, but no Scots would be allowed to accept a knighthood (damehood for the ladies), unless they moved to the Bahamas (or wherever) and ceased being citizens of an independent Scotland.
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    Sir Sean Connery Gets His Spurtle Out

    Well, not only the weather... Some say Sir Sean lives in the Bahamas for tax reasons. So why he'd return to Scotland, unless to visit, is unlikely unless the tax system there changes... Sir Sean says this is unfair: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-170808/Im-true-Scot-says-Connery.html Dargo, I'll leave it to you to argue this matter with Sir Sean... 83 years old or not, I don't think I'd want to tangle with James Bond...
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    Sir Sean Connery Gets His Spurtle Out

    Oh well, it's just a news item. More information on the referendum in September is here: http://www.scotreferendum.com/questions-and-answers/ Apparently, if Scotland does eventually become independent (after a majority votes yes to the question), they'll keep Queen Elizabeth II as monarch and head of state (some political parties want a republic, but they're a small minority): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_independence_referendum,_2014#Monarchy http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-18364699 So, Sir Sean would still be Sir Sean with Queen Elizabeth II as his monarch in an independent Scotland. And in defence of him, he is a member and supporter of the Scottish National Party, and they want to keep the Queen as well as have Scotland independent: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_National_Party And the SNP is currently the government in Scotland: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_Parliament Sounds like it would be like Canada, we have Queen Elizabeth II as monarch and head of state... And Scottish celebrities are both pro and con: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26275521 Susan Boyle, for example, is voting "no" to independence in the referendum. We have had experience with independence referenda in Canada with relation to Quebec. If the vote is in favour of independence, it will take a long time to work all the details out... Edited by: RMeingast on Mar 6, 2014 11:46 AM
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    Sir Sean Connery Gets His Spurtle Out

    Think he accepted it because he regarded it as an honour for himself and his country: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/819490.stm His website shows a photo of him being knighted by Elizabeth II: http://www.seanconnery.com/biography/knighthood/
  24. News item today about the film "12 Years a Slave" to be shown in US public schools beginning this September: http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/12-years-a-slave-to-be-taught-in-u-s-schools-1.2550656 The film recently won the BAFTA award as best film: http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/12-years-a-slave-wins-bafta-award-for-best-film-1.2539701 The film also has 9 Oscar nominations this year. CBC film review by Eli Glasner here: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Arts%20and%20Entertainment/ID/2412882798/
  25. Catch many British TV series on TVO in Ontario, Canada. "Heartbeat" is on Friday nights: http://ww3.tvo.org/program/120140/heartbeat "Foyle's War" is currently airing on TVO: http://ww3.tvo.org/program/120116/foyles-war "Midsomer Murders" has been on a long time (I wasn't sure I'd like it after John Nettles left the series, but Neil Dudgeon is good): http://ww3.tvo.org/program/120109/midsomer-murders "New Tricks" is another one I watch: http://ww3.tvo.org/program/120302/new-tricks "Tudor Monastery Farm" is currently on (one of the "farm" series): http://ww3.tvo.org/program/201110/tudor-monastery-farm/ "Time Team" is another good program: http://ww3.tvo.org/program/166030/time-team Sunday night I watched Lucy Worsley's show "If Walls Could Talk": http://ww3.tvo.org/program/171214/if-walls-could-talk TVO airs lots of Brit stuff... Vision TV does too, especially older series: http://www.visiontv.ca/category/shows/british/ And then BBC Canada has lots too: http://www.bbccanada.com/Series/ Edited by: RMeingast on Mar 4, 2014 9:51 AM Minor edit.

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