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I just watched Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (1987), directed by Eric Rohmer. I love Rohmer's films and hadn't seen this one. It's basically four interwoven stories about two young French women. I liked it -- it's not on my list of Rohmer's top ten, but it's well done and held my interest, although Mirabelle, the country girl, is a bit annoying at times. Rohmer has a way with characters that makes them seem so natural, so real.

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I wouldn't be a true blue Americano if I didn't watch at least one

war film during the holiday weekend. Went with Bataan. Partly

because the 2 to 4 showing fit into my schedule and partly

because I haven't seen it in ages and needed a little refresher

and lastly, sheer inertia. Good flick. But I couldn't help but notice

that a lot of these guys were pretty stupid and it cost them big

time. You're behind your defenses and the enemy is out there,

so instead of hunkering down, why not stand up and stretch and

made some comment and ping, get killed. Then there's the dude

who shots down a Japanese airplane with a machine gun. Does

he then run for cover? Nope, just stands there so the next plane

can strafe his *** to pieces. Duh. Not that the Japanese were any

smarter. At the end of the picture Robert Taylor is the last man

left (Bob you're the star of the movie. That means you're the last

guy to die. Okayyyy). Anyhow, Bob's manning a machine gun.

What do the Japanese do? They run at him and he mows 'em

down like so much grass. Why not just toss a few grenades at

ol' Bob? Whatever. Despite that, still an entertaining film and an

obvious morale booster. Things will work out fine, it will just take

a while.

The enemy was no smarter at times.  I recall that in many Combat television episodes the boys would be shooting back and forth at some undercover 'kraut.'  And this would go on and on and I guess the only way to resolve all this was then to have the German come out of hiding for no good reason and get killed.

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I thought Desi Arnaz' part was one of the highlights of the film.  The prayer he tells while succumbing to malaria was a particularly poignant part of the film--especially since in the beginning he was so optimistic while also very homesick for America. 

 

Desi was pretty good in the movie, though when he turned on the radio, I

though he might start singing. One minor quibble I have is that there were

too many men at the start. You hardly are introduced to them and they

start getting bumped off. Wait, now who just got killed. I think it would have

worked better if there had been only six or seven at the start. Still a well

done picture.

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The enemy was no smarter at times.  I recall that in many Combat television episodes the boys would be shooting back and forth at some undercover 'kraut.'  And this would go on and on and I guess the only way to resolve all this was then to have the German come out of hiding for no good reason and get killed.

That seems to happen quite often in war movies. Soldiers will suddenly stand

up out in the open for no good reson and ping, they are shot. In Bataan there

is the possibility of snipers up in the trees. So Taylor sends one of his men up

into a tree. He gets to the top, gives the okay signal, and is shot a few seconds

later. At least Bob didn't send a second guy up.

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That seems to happen quite often in war movies. Soldiers will suddenly stand

up out in the open for no good reson and ping, they are shot. In Bataan there

is the possibility of snipers up in the trees. So Taylor sends one of his men up

into a tree. He gets to the top, gives the okay signal, and is shot a few seconds

later. At least Bob didn't send a second guy up.

Like the security detail who beam down with Captain Kirk.  After a year in space it must have been pretty hard to get volunteers for those missions.

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The enemy was no smarter at times.  I recall that in many Combat television episodes the boys would be shooting back and forth at some undercover 'kraut.'  And this would go on and on and I guess the only way to resolve all this was then to have the German come out of hiding for no good reason and get killed.

 

LOL

 

So true, Bogie, AND, which reminds me of all the times my father(a WWII veteran) and I were watching first run "Combat" episodes together back in the '60s, and when that would happen on the show he would occasionally mutter, "If only the Germans WERE that stupid, I could've been home YEARS earlier!"

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LOL

 

So true, Bogie, AND, which reminds me of all the times my father(a WWII veteran) and I were watching first run "Combat" episodes together back in the '60s, and when that would happen on the show he would occasionally mutter, "If only the Germans WERE that stupid, I could've been home YEARS earlier!"

That quote sounds incredibly familiar.  I used to watch the show with my dad too!!

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Wasn't there an urban legend that if they were wearing a certain

color of uniform top they weren't coming back to the Enterprise?

I got a kick out of the one where they changed people into

something that looked like large laundry cubes. Can't recall the

details, but I laughed every time I saw it. Don't throw him into

the washer.

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Wasn't there an urban legend that if they were wearing a certain

color of uniform top they weren't coming back to the Enterprise?

I got a kick out of the one where they changed people into

something that looked like large laundry cubes. Can't recall the

details, but I laughed every time I saw it. Don't throw him into

the washer.

 

Well, how are ya gonna wash your Tribble then???

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Like the security detail who beam down with Captain Kirk.  After a year in space it must have been pretty hard to get volunteers for those missions.

 

Like that cartoon I saw once (might've been Family Guy),

 

Kirk: Allright, we're going down - you're with me Spock, Bones, Uhura, Scotty, Ensign Ricky.

 

Ensign Ricky: Ah, crap.

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Well, how are ya gonna wash your Tribble then???

Oh, you've got to take Tribbles to a dry cleaners.

That's why they're so much trouble. Getting late.

Goin' to see what Mary Ann is up to or up for.

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I just saw RETURN TO OZ for the first time yesterday.

It features Fairuza Balk as Dorothy and is a very well-made fantasy that held my interest from beginning to end.

Piper Laurie plays Aunt Em, and Jean Marsh plays the evil Mombi in Oz (in Kansas her character is a nurse who works with a doctor who wants to use an electrical device to wipe out Dorothy's memories of Oz).

I loved the talking chicken and Jack Pumpkinhead.   

 

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Was watching a doc on You tube about the Bismarck vs. the Hood. I then decided to watch 1960's Sink the Bismarck. Great film based on actual events, and the funny thing is this:

 

Even though the movie has a lot of miniature work, the models of the ships are very detailed.

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Wasn't there an urban legend that if they were wearing a certain

color of uniform top they weren't coming back to the Enterprise?

I got a kick out of the one where they changed people into

something that looked like large laundry cubes. Can't recall the

details, but I laughed every time I saw it. Don't throw him into

the washer.

Yeah. Anyone beaming down in a red top was pretty much toast. When two or more "reds" went, at least one was a goner. Scotty wasn't immune, either! He was killed several times.

 

Here's that "large laundry cubes" episode

:lol:

It's By Any Other Name - a second season episode of the original series, first broadcast February 23, 1968 and repeated May 31, 1968. It is episode #51.

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I can't remember here, Kid. Is there a reason why Warren there is crushing one of those poor ill-fated (used to be) red top ensigns there?

 

(...and don't tell me it's 'cause HIS washing machine gets clogged up if he doesn't)

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He was just demonstrating.. like the vacuum cleaner salesmen of olden days: When one is crushed, it cannot be returned to it's original form - gone forever. He then quickly pulls out his handy-dandy-ṣpic-and-spandy vacuum cleaner to demonstrate to Kirk how well it works, even on another planet.

 

It's all quite simple, really.

:P

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Yeah. Anyone beaming down in a red top was pretty much toast. When two or more "reds" went, at least one was a goner. 

 

Star Trek wasn't the only show with "redshirts". In the last few months I've been watching a lot of Rawhide episodes. Whenever you see a new drover around the campfire, you just know he's bound to get caught in a stampede.

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I can't remember here, Kid. Is there a reason why Warren there is crushing one of those poor ill-fated (used to be) red top ensigns there?

 

 
IIRC the cube he crushed was the redshrt played by Lee J. Cobb's cute daughter Julie, so we never saw her again 
 
:(  

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Star Trek wasn't the only show with "redshirts". In the last few months I've been watching a lot of Rawhide episodes. Whenever you see a new drover around the campfire, you just know he's bound to get caught in a stampede.

It's gotten to where we can spot 'em a mile away

:)

Here's Julia Cobb. She figured prominently - better than most red-shirts.

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He was just demonstrating.. like the vacuum cleaner salesmen of olden days: When one is crushed, it cannot be returned to it's original form - gone forever. He then quickly pulls out his handy-dandy-ṣpic-and-spandy vacuum cleaner to demonstrate to Kirk how well it works, even on another planet.

 

It's all quite simple, really.

:P

 

LOL

 

(...sorry, but as I mentioned earlier somewhere today, I've used up all my allotment of "Likes" today already)

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IIRC the cube he crushed was the redshrt played by Lee J. Cobb's cute daughter Julie, so we never saw her again 
 
:(  

 

 

Wow! Not bad for a daughter of Lee J. Cobb!

 

(...must've taken after her mother)

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I just watched The Stranger last night. Damned if I could find any gay subtext, except for maybe those college boys chasing each other in the woods.

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It is most definitely NOT the movies, but on YouTube I have found a channel showing the first three seasons of Have Gun - Will Travel. I don't think I have ever seen any of these. Richard Boone was so good as Paladin.

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Wow! Not bad for a daughter of Lee J. Cobb!

 

(...must've taken after her mother)

With a daughter like that,  I  would have taken after her mother!

 

Honk! Honk!

woogedawoogedawoogeda

:P

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With a daughter like that,  I  would have taken after her mother!

 

Honk! Honk!

:P

 

So is Cobb's daughter only 2 years younger than he is?

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