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Eucalpytus P. Millstone

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  1. 4 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

    I watched TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA on TCM, a film I have watched and reviewed many times over the years . . .

    Taste the Blood of Dracula holds a bittersweet, special place in my heart (right next to the left ventricle) because it was the first Hammer Film that I got to see during its theatrical release.

    Although I was around during the 1960s, I, unfortunately, was cursed with a mother who thought my interest in horror films morbid and disturbing -- she even had me see a child psychologist about the matter. A real drag, she cruelly and heartlessly denied me the thrill of going to see Hammer horror films during their heyday. My father, OTOH, wasn't as neurotic and 'twas he who charitably took me to see TtBoD, companion feature: Trog (my first, and only, Herman Cohen chiller to be seen on the Silver Screen).

    The ecstasy of actually watching a Hammer Horror was significantly diminished by the audience, primarily composed of "African-Americans"--  migrants from what later would be known as "South Central" (Los Angeles). The movie theatre auditorium reverberated with a constant, cacophonous roar (imagine the sound at a prize fight): the never-ending chatter of the disrespectful, unruly mob, who regarded the entertainment on screen with absolutely zero interest.

  2. 1 hour ago, Janet0312 said:

    Now what is the ROKU Channel? I was telling my boss at work that I can't program Peacock or Tubi on my smart tv and he said to get roku. What is it?


    Roku is a wireless device (like the remote control device for your television) that enables you to watch streaming media on your TV.

    What is Roku and How Does It Work?

    The ROKU Channel is a free streaming channel. You don't need a Roku device to watch the channel. But, if your (I presume) cable TV provider does not offer Peacock and Tubi and you are unable to program those channels on your TV,  you probably need a Roku device or some other streaming device.

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  3. 1 hour ago, SweetSue said:

    Let's see what yall think of this 

    "Hawkwind are an English rock band known as one of the earliest space rock groups." -- Wikipedia

    Space Rock?

    Undoubtedly, the cosmic sounds of Hawkwind will be on the playlist during celestial flights offered by astro-entrepreneurs Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. If they're smart, they'll drop a needle on some Space Age Pop for us geezers.



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  4. 22 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

    . . . I downloaded PEACOCK for free this time last year because, yes, they had- like- ALL the UNIVERSAL MONSTERS (of which only a few were "locked" and available only to the premium users) plus some HAMMER HORRORS that UNIVERSAL has rights to like BRIDES OF DRACULA and CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF...They stayed on the service until FEBRUARY for me . . .

    First, thanks for the "Head's up!" about Night Monster. I also have Peacock. Oddly, I wasn't able to find it lumped in with Peacock's collection of Universal monster movies. I wound up instead watching Curse of the Fly, the finale in The Fly "trilogy." Directed by the estimable Don Sharp and produced in England, it is an entertaining programmer that offers a modicum of chills and earnest performances by a dependable cast helmed by Brian Donlevy. Among the supporting cast: Yvette Rees in Oriental drag, remarkably resembling Katherine Hepburn in Dragon Seed, and Burt Kwouk, an actual Oriental.

    Properly beginning the way all movies should begin, IMO, with a nubile damsel (lovely Carole Gray) in bra and panties, the remaining 82 minutes don't quite provide the same pulse-quickening thrill. The scantily clad lass is escaping (in slow motion!) from a mental institution and is picked up by Martin Delambre (George Baker), scion of the famous/infamous family of scientists who experimented with teleportation. Seeing the slender babe in her scanties seems not to have an effect on Marty. However, his hormones perk up after she puts on a rather dowdy dress that he steals for her.

    "Hey!  Not bad!" he admiringly exclaims. Oh, those crazy Delambres!

    Science-Fiction fans hip about the misadventures of The Delambre clan know what to expect henceforth. Peacock offers a jolly good presentation with a, comparatively, minimum of ads.


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  5. On 10/18/2021 at 2:09 PM, Swithin said:

    . . . I love those shots of the old Times Square, before it was Disneyfied . . .

    I visited New York City during Christmas 1997 with my mother. Through the courtesy of a family friend, we stayed at the historic Algonquin Hotel gratis (truly a magical time). So I saw Times Square A.D. (After Disneyfication). But, thanks to flicks such as Who Killed Teddy Bear, I can see Times Square B.C. (Before Cleanup) instead of merely imagining how it (and also the famous and infamous 42nd Street) used to look. 

  6. In 1969 my mother worked as a secretary at an American computer company.

    In 1969, This is Tom Jones was TV variety show that was wildly popular in America, particularly among women.

    One of the reasons -- perhaps the main reason --  for the show's popularity among women was summed up by my mother's boss who described Jones' distaff fans as "crotch watchers."


  7. 2 hours ago, Allhallowsday said:

    ^ I own HAROLD AND MAUDE on DVD... I think it was on TCM recently. 

    What can I say. You got good taste, Allhallowsday!

    A former friend of mine introduced me to Harold and Maude (50 years ago). The scene captured in the image that accompanied the YouTube clip was -- and remains -- for me, the highlight of that 1971 black comedy.  I regard it as a perfect blending of sight and sound, with Bud Cort's sly expression towards the audience delightfully accentuated by Cat Stevens' pounding piano.


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  8. On 10/14/2021 at 11:56 AM, dlowen said:

    Why, oh why isn't the Natalie Wood/Robert Wagner movie "All the Fine Young Cannibals" available for purchase?  She is one of my favorite actresses and this movie of hers is my most favorite of all.  I haven't seen it in years and would love to watch it again or own it!  Why isn't it available?  How can I help to get it available?   Who can I write to and plead to to release it?  Who can tell me why it isn't available?  I just don't understand why not!  Thanks!




    Yes, Natalie, it is very sad that All the Fine Young Cannibals is not available for purchase.

    Or is it?!


    Cause for celebration indeed!

  9. 14 hours ago, laffite said:

    I felt the same way once. However lately I have enjoyed, When Heros Fly*, Fauda, Bodyguard*, Rebellion*, Peaky Blinders, The Paper, The Queen's Gambit*, Black Money Love (very irritating at times but a lot of good, can't believe I hung on, probably the longest miniseries ever), Borgen, Clickbait, The Sinner, Deadwind, and Broadchurch. The asterisk signifies especially good. I have seen a number so-called original netflix movies but here I am listing just the miniseries.

    I have also Amazon Prime, Britbox, HBO max (free to me) and none of these seem to have the appeal in sheer numbers that Netflix has (I should exclude BritBox from any negativity because I am a Brit Junkie, especially Masterpiece Theater type stuff. They have all the those brilliant Shakespeare BBC productions that were produced in the 70s and 80s, and select BBC miniseries over the years.

    Netflix for only $8 a month seems quite a deal. Especially since I am now into slumming. Those shows above are not normally my cuppa but I am being won over. Some of the European shows are quite good. To be sure, I have suspended viewing on a number due to lack of interest. The biggest disappointment is Babylon Berlin, a exceedingly promising show with amazing local color. For some reason, I couldn't stand the lead actress, annoying as heck and I am not even sure why. But the biggest problem (for me) was the management of the story. Just to cryptic to me. I tried to hang in there but finally had to give up because I became damn tired of trying to figure out what the crap was going on.

    My "problem" is that TV series -- mini or otherwise -- don't interest me. I primarily watch movies, and very, very few movies on Netflix grab me. "Worse," my tastes are changing. Fiction is more and more losing its appeal to me. I'm watching more documentaries, "reality TV," and stand-up comedy (most of which I find not very comedic -- too much solipsism and navel-gazing by neurotic comedians who, IMO, should be performing their acts on "the couch" beside a psychoanalyst instead of on the stage in front of an audience). Watching (appallingly overpaid, ridiculously lionized) egomaniacs and exhibitionists play "Dress Up" and "Let's Pretend," and reading "What If?"-"Make Believe" stories just ain't cuttin' it with me anymore.

    I also subscribe to Amazon Prime and, via AP, Acorn TV, which my roommate is hooked on. Its British mystery, police, and detective series are like "beets through a baby's backside" (to employ a colorful phrase used by Harlan Ellison) for my flatmate, a "couch potato"-marathoner. Having gorged on and polished off British fare, she's  moved on to French cuisine (currently some policier about a blonde policière).

    I subscribe to over half a dozen streaming services, and although "my cup runneth over" entertainment-wise, quite often I find myself endlessly channel-surfing and coming up "beached," finding nothing (that interests me) to watch.



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  10. 10 hours ago, AndreaDoria said:

    I've just discovered Tubi, too.  I actually found more movies I'm interested in  there than on my free Netflix month . . .

    Netflix bites The Big One, as far as I'm concerned. I'd dump it in a New York Minute except that my "domestic partner" is hooked on Grace and Frankie.  However, now that the show has ended, my Netflix subscription is definitely on the chopping block. Very little of what is on Netflix interests and appeals to me.

    Regarding Tubi, I dig it. I just wish that it was commercial-free. This past week I watched two British thrillers on Tubi.

    The Anatomist is a very talky and dreadfully bloodless British "teleplay" (produced by the notorious Harry Alan Towers) that concerns Burke and Hare and their employer, the titular protagonist Dr. Knox. Not at all thrilling and not much in it to recommend, other than the casting of Michael Ripper. It was a pleasure and a revelation to behold him being given more screen time than he was ever allowed in a Hammer Film* and watch him really ripping into the character of grave robber Hare. Also noteworthy is the always captivating Adrienne Corri who turned in a typically consummate performance. Ditto Alastair Sim (Dr. Knox) who, similar to Corri, immeasurably enhanced the films he was in with his commanding presence.

    Shadow Man (née Street of Shadows) is, IMO, a much better mystery-thriller, some might call it Film Noir. Similar to The Anatomist, it offers British film fans the opportunity to see a "minor" character actor granted the opportunity to shine in a beefier dramatic role than he was usually given. In this case, the actor is pinch-faced Victor Maddern, here evoking Lon Chaney as deformed Danny "Limpy" Thomas**, a gofer for boxer-turned-club owner Luigi (Cesar Romero). Among the supporting players are two actresses who would tragically die a few years after appearing in Shadow Man: Kay Kendall and Simone Silva.

    * Production manager on The Anatomist was Aida Young, who later would produce some of Hammer's superior chillers during its twilight years.

    ** A role that, for horror film fans, could be seen as a warm-up to Maddern's monstrous hunchback in Blood of the Vampire.

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