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Eucalpytus P. Millstone

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  1. 13 hours ago, JakeHolman said:

    Kudos to TCM and Fathom events for bringing some of the big classic movies to the big screen. I've seen Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, The Ten Commandments and The God Father that I can remember at this time. On the 19th of this month my local theater will present Citizen Kane. I will be there. 

    As for contemporary movies I have recently seen: Dunkirk, 1917 and The Darkest Hour on the big screen. I consider all of them top-notch movies. For grins John Wick movies. The experience for me viewing a movie on the big screen is superior to streaming. My vote. That being said,  I believe its days as we know it are numbered. 

    Have a great day.


    Not TCM-Fathom Events presentations, but exciting exhibitions nonetheless!

    The Return of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and The Wolfman

  2. 8 hours ago, rjbartrop said:

    In Search of the Lost Chord is still one of my favourite albums, and this is such a great chilling out song.


    Ride My Seesaw is an ab fab song to listen to while "working out." Its driving tempo and steady beat quicken the pulse and fuel-inject the adrenaline -- galvanizing one to GO FOR THE PUMP!


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  3. 21 hours ago, Allhallowsday said:

    You funny... the last review I wrote was for a record I never owned but could not stop listening to at YouTube... COSMIC DEALER Crystallization 




    Never heard of Cosmic Dealer. Thanks for the introduction.

    "When I joined the band it was called “Floating Fudge including the Cosmic Dealer.  But later we found the name was too long and we shortened it . . . The Cosmic Dealer album
    Crystallization has become the most re-released album by a Dutch band ever. It had been one of the most expensive collectors albums from Holland." -- Cosmic Dealer interview 

  4. 21 hours ago, Allhallowsday said:

    That might be the one that made me first notice her... I love how GRACE JONES always kicks ****...a few years later this was the record of hers I loved, and man was it prescient:


    Thanks for the clip!

    Prescient in what way, Allhallowsday?

    Do you mean how the LGBTQ crowd is persecuted, rejected, and reviled by "mainstream," "normal" society? If that's what you mean, that brand of prejudice has been going on since the Dawn of Man.

  5. 7 hours ago, Movie Collector OH said:

    It is about ticket prices and new movies being crap, for me.

    Because I'm still in "The Rat Race," I can handle the ticket prices . . . but then, I also go to cheaper-priced matinees at senior citizen prices. After I retire, a movie will have to really appeal to me to shell out for it.

    Whether new movies are crap is a matter of opinion and taste. I tend to agree with you, Movie Collector OH. Very few new releases interest and excite me. But, I also realize that I live in America, which really doesn't give a good GD about the elderly (at least the non-famous, middle-income and lower-income elderly). Not being in the desirable demographic, I'm "invisible" to most -- not all -- filmmakers. The "crap" produced by Hollywood today is not meant for me.

    A new release that did impel me out of my "rocking chair" is The Card Counter. Paul Schrader is one of the very few filmmakers who pique my interest and command my attention.

    7 hours ago, Movie Collector OH said:

     . . . A nice large vintage theater that shows really old films, mostly comedies, that would be a different story.

    There is such a theatre not too far from my zip code. Unfortunately, it's been closed during the pandemic. It shows only "classic" movies (1920s through 1960s), sometimes with "guest stars" (a showing of The Reluctant Debutante was attended by Sandra Dee and John Saxon). Ticket prices and concession prices are relatively reasonable ($1.50 for a "jumbo" sized bucket of popcorn).

  6. 33 minutes ago, rjbartrop said:

    The type of audience does make a big difference.  I got to see the premiere of The Phantom Menace, where you had people in costume and others engaged in lightsaber battles, and it was a lot of fun.

    Oh, man! Don't get me started!

    I'm not into "cosplay." That said . . .

    When Wonder Woman (2017), which I skipped, was in theatres, I was in line (for another movie) behind a young lass dressed up like WW. Very fetching! Wouldn't at all have minded having her tie me up with her lariat.

  7. 1 hour ago, Swithin said:

    Sometimes going to the movies is about the communal experience. Yes, I can get irritated by moviegoers who won't shut up, or who eat their popcorn too noisily. But the kind of experience I remember during the turtle scene of Cannibal Holocaust is unique. It couldn't be duplicated at home whilst streaming the film. You need that audience to be grossed out with.

    I'm not sure if I saw Cannibal Holocaust (based upon the little known romantic story by Louisa May Alcott, right?). I saw some Italian cannibal movie during which an alligator/crocodile was brutally and actually slaughtered by "natives."

    I loathe, detest, despise, and h-a-t-e filmmakers who show or simulate animals being hurt or killed.

    I don't know if you are old enough to have seen The Exorcist during its original theatrical release, Swithin. But, there was a utterly idiotic and disgusting, nauseating trend of audiences puking in theatres during the movie (Are they hurling in Milwaukee? They're hurling in Milwaukee!). I saw the flick in Westwood, California and still remember the stench of vomit when I entered the theatre auditorium. The "communal experience" at its "finest."

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  8. On 9/12/2021 at 10:31 PM, rjbartrop said:


    "Miss Sarajevo is a song by U2 and Brian Eno, credited to the pseudonym "Passengers". It was released on 20 November 1995 as the only single from their album Original Soundtracks 1. Luciano Pavarotti makes a guest vocal appearance, singing the opera solo." -- Wikipedia

    Thank you,  rjbartrop!

  9. Should the movie theatre goes the way of the Dodo bird (never happen, IMO), I, for one, shan't mourn its passing.

    In my small corner of the universe (which has more than a few movie theatres), a moviegoer must either reserve a theatre seat in advance or select a seat at the box office. The days of casually or spontaneously sauntering into a movie theatre are gone. As is easily and impulsively changing one's theatre seat (when Magic Kareen Abdul O'Neal sits in front of you or Jabba the Hutt plops beside you). On the plus side, no more "Can you scoot down one seat so that I and my boyfriend can sit here?"

    Furthermore, a local theatre -- which used to be a favorite of mine -- converted to a "dine-in" cinema . . . similar to "dinner theatre." As if popcorn-munching, soda-slurping, and candy wrapper-crackling weren't enough distractions, now peckish pinheads chowing down on full-course meals and getting sloshed on beer and wine are part of the "shared event" of moviegoing. I dig that theatre owners are doing anything and everything to lure customers. But, serving meals sends the wrong message to, and "enables" bad behavior in, clods who don't know how to behave in public.

    At this particular dine-in dive, moviegoers/diners can press a button (located on an armrest of their seat) to "page" a waiter. Meals must be ordered, and are served, before a movie starts. Nonetheless, I've witnessed annoying nitwits repeatedly and vigorously lay on their buttons -- during a movie! -- to order another round or request an appetizer ("Where IS that waiter?! I need service!"). I've also heard horse's hindquarters complain about meals ("This sauce is crap!"). Yo, Galloping Gourmet! You're eating in a movie theatre, not at Delmonico's! And you're expecting haute cuisine?! GTFOH!

    There is a place to watch a movie while feasting on Thanksgiving dinner. It's called Home.

    Another former theatre fave is now under new management that decided to show movies only once or twice a day amongst its schedule of live theatre, stand-up comedy, and bingo games. Now if I wanted to see a movie at that particular venue (which I no longer do), I'd have to plan my day around its limited screenings. Only one 3:00 p.m. showing on Saturday? What am I, going to a movie or going to the opera? Feh!

    Yeah, I just "love" the "shared event" in a movie theatre, sitting amongst:

    • Ma 'n Pa Kettle 'n their squallin', squawkin', squabblin' younguns
    • Hearing-impaired codgers narrating the movie to one another ("What did he say, Herbert?" "He said, 'Yippie Ki Yay, Mother******!'")
    • Skunky B.O. Plenty and his similarly fragrant, flatulent bud Le Pétomane Louie
    • Wisecracking MS3K fans sharing their "wit" by talking back to the movie screen ("Hey, Black Widow! Show me your hourglass!")
    • Willy Wonka drowning out the soundtrack while obliviously digging into his big bag of cellophane-wrapped sweets

    . . . and don't get me started on incurable cell phone addicts!

    Some film buffs might long, yearn, pine, and hunger for the shared event of moviegoing and communal experience in a movie theatre.

    I ain't one of 'em.

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  10. On 9/13/2021 at 12:04 AM, rjbartrop said:

    Love the modern blockbusters, or hate them, there is that sense of a shared event, whether it be at the theatre, or in discussing the film afterward, and the numbers show that it's pretty obvious that people still want that, and I think after nearly two years of enforced huddling in place,  when this plague finally blows over,  people will want it even more.

    Some people "still want that."

    Not everyone wants or needs that "sense of a shared event."

  11. 2 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    But if you didn't keep those red slippers at your house how would you be able to look your best when you went for a night on the town? 

    (and why is it "on the town"?),   man,  so much to think about.   I need to lighten up!

    First of all, nobody (with any taste) wears ruby red slippers at night. They send the wrong message. Also it's frightfully infra dig after Labor Day.

    Second of all, w-h-y are you implying that LuckyDan is a cross-dresser?

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  12. 18 hours ago, David Proulx said:

    . . . There is no substitute for "the movie experience". Love it of hate it, it stands alone, and "dinner and a movie" is still SOP for many on dates.

    Actually, according to some relationship "experts," going to the movies is a No-No for a first date.

         "DO NOT: Go to the cinema!

         Cinema dates are great for the third, fourth or fifth date in, but if this your very first time meeting this person, the last thing you want to do is be sitting in a dark room
         with a couple of hundred other people, not talking to each other, not even looking at each other for two hours. This is the getting-to-know-you part, and you’re not going
         to get to do that in a cinema . . . " -- 5 Dos And Don'ts On A First Date

    Watching a movie is an experience that actually does not require a partner or group participation. One can do it all by oneself.

  13. I've got a copy of the 1925 "photoplay" edition of The Phantom of the Opera, published by Grosset & Dunlap (picture from the Web, not my copy). Found it in a used bookstore (and not a rare bookstore) for a considerable fraction of the prices for it that I've seen on the Web.


    Love to nab a copy of the 1928 G&D photoplay novelization of London After Midnight, authored by Mary Coolidge-Rask. But, I'm not paying the prices asked for it.


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