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Eucalpytus P. Millstone

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  1. 59 minutes ago, Allhallowsday said:

    I think that's why he says he doesn't need it... prefers SoCal...  ?

    Well, Taylor moans that southern California makes him feel blue.

    Seems to me that his feelings for The Golden State aren't . . . golden.

  2. 2 hours ago, SweetSue said:

    Hate the song, had to sing it in elementary school and it literally made me cry.🤣

    Had to sing it . . .?!

    What kind of sick, twisted, perverted, cruel, evil fiend would force a child to sing Wind Beneath My Wings?!

    There oughtta be a law!

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  3. 5 minutes ago, SweetSue said:

    😁

     

    "Following its May [1967] release, the single made a fairly strong showing in the U.K., where it peaked at No. 6. Over in the U.S., The Wind Cries Mary went out as the B-side to Purple Haze and didn’t chart at all." -- Why Jimi Hendrix Was Glad ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ Didn’t Become a Bigger Hit

    Utterly amazing and unbelievable to me that a solid-gold 45 offering Purple Haze and The Wind Cries Mary (both A sides, IMO) "didn't chart at all" in the U.S.

    Thank you, SweetSue!

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  4. 1 hour ago, JamesJazGuitar said:

    Well since wind appears to be a theme:

     

    How the devil could I forget Cast Your Fate to the Wind?

    Benson's cover is smoove, in the groove, no problem to approve -- a real solid sender.

    Here's the classic by Vince Guaraldi:

     

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  5. 6 hours ago, ElCid said:

    Late to this discussion, but the problem is the conflict between "classic" and old movies . . .

    Aritosthenes nailed it:

    15 hours ago, Aritosthenes said:

    "Classic", Is Subjective and Interpretative.

    What's "classic" is strictly in the mind of the beholder.

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  6. Moving right along, here's another personal fave with an appealing melody and disposable lyrics.

    Sweet Baby James warbles "Southern California, that's as blue as a boy can be," later moaning, "I need your golden-gated city just like a hole in the head."

    The Golden Gated City -- San Francisco -- is in northern California.

    To paraphrase that Right Honorable Confederate Poet Lynyrd Skynyrd,

    Well I hope James Taylor will remember
    A southern man don't need him around anyhow

     

  7. The sad, slow death of TCM . . .

    . . . is ridiculously and presumptuously anticipated, not to mention deplorably and tiresomely wished by whiny, cranky, crochety old fogies on The TCM Message Boards.

    I'm certain that there must be some psychological study that would explain why some folks are resistant, and unwilling, to . . . at least, accept, if not embrace, change . . . which is inevitable. Is it biological  . . . neurological -- some sort of chemical reaction inside the brain or the gut -- that causes actual physical pain when something NEW is encountered . . .

         "TURN DOWN that #%+&$!! NOISE!! You young punks! You don't know what good music is! TURN OFF that $&+%#!! garbage!! &#$%@*?!! ADD MORONS with your woke,
          Hip-Hop,  BLM, gender-fluid, hermaphrodite, Marvel Universe, Masked Singer $h*t!! GEEEE-ZUS H. KRIST! You got NO TASTE! No foundation for an appreciation of . . . CLASS!
          Not like when I was your age! THANK GOD I was raised 
    on The Classics!"

    . . . Or is it a virus? Some kind of generational contagion, contracted like a social disease?

    I know that more than a few board members are of my g-g-g-generation ("Boomers"). What happened to some of you geezers? What the hell is w-r-o-n-g with you? Why did you turn out like this? When -- and more importantly, w-h-y -- did you become your parents? Your grandparents? Why are you such a . . .

    DRAG?!

     

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  8. 6 hours ago, LuckyDan said:

    Those are the stand-out frames, yeah. 

    First, thank you, LuckyDan, for mentioning The Seven Minutes, which I just watched on YouTube (a gorgeous presentation) and really dug!

    I read that Russ Meyer himself regarded The Seven Minutes as "boring and tedious." Compared to the "skin flicks" that are his legacy, perhaps. But taken on its own merits, I respectfully disagree with Meyer. I found his adaptation of Irving Wallace's best-seller-"potboiler" immensely entertaining and extremely thought-provoking.

    Talky courtroom scenes can be the "kiss of death" in a movie, inducing ennui in the viewer, causing him/her to tune out, drop out, and turn off. Meyer's trademark dynamic, rapid-fire editing and potent scene blocking (with an arguably overused emphasis on extreme close-ups), however -- for me -- ensured there was never a dull moment in the courtroom. Thrillingly compelling was the vignette in which defense attorney Mike Barrett (Clint Eastwood's twin Wayne Maunder) grills a prudish "average housewife" (appropriately named "Mrs. White") about "obscene" language in the scandalous titular "bodice ripper." The contentious courtroom debates about censorship, pornography, and the first amendment scripted by Wallace, Manny Diez, and Richard Warren Lewis remain timely, timeless, eternally relevant.

    For me, the most delightful attraction of Meyer's "rare commercial failure" was the powerhouse cast, which includes durable character actors Stanley Adams, Lyle Bettger, David Brian, always reliable John Carradine, Philip Carey, Alex D'Arcy, Yvonne De Carlo, Charles Drake, Jay C. Flippen (wheelchair-bound, minus one leg, and in his final Big Screen role),  a memorably fruity Berry Kroeger, Ron Randell, Olan Soule, and Harold J. Stone.  Barely seen in her cinematic swan song: Edith Evanson. Natty in his second Silver Screen appearance: Tom Selleck. Making his motion-picture debut: Robert Weston Smith AKA "Wolfman Jack." Further enhancing the production are Meyer's regulars Uschi Digard (somewhere -- I amazingly missed her appearance!) Charles Napier, Stuart Lancaster, Henry Rowland (as, always, Martin Boormann), and the inveterately "decorous" and "demure" Edy Williams.

    Would I want to live in The Seven Minutes? In a New York minute!

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  9. 1 hour ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

    I am pretty impressed with the catalogue of TUBI. They even have FACES OF DEATH- if you're "in" to that sort of thing. Also, as aforementioned, the commercials are pretty minimal, if repetitive- i would not have been able to have made it as far as i have into the DARK SHADOWS episodes if there were a PLUTO-TV level of ads, i think, accounting for the edit of the end credits, each episode goes by- commercials and all- in 26-27 minutes. (it's not fair to watch it like that, i know, I;ll never know the long slow agony of love and hate that came from waiting every day for an installment, of this particular show, but as someone who grew up on soaps in the 80's,. I know the feel.

    they also have DAN CURTIS'S BRAM STOKER'S JACK PALANCE'S DRACULA on TUBI, a 1974 TV movie that apparently got preempted by NIXON addressing the nation. ..it's um, okay. It means well and all, but I was not terribly impressed.

    See the source image

    I also like Tubi's movie catalogue . . . and its overall catalogue of entertainment.

    Pluto TV blows. Too many commercials. Too many of the same commercials. Sometimes I'll scroll through its offerings and every channel I hit has a commercial -- sometimes the same commercial.

    Too much repetition. Pluto TV shows the same episodes of one season of a show (that aired for several years) over and over and over . . . Recently Pluto TV resurrected its James Bond channel, which tiresomely repeats a limited number of Bond thrillers.

    Re Dan Curtis' Dracula, I don't know about its preemption. I watched it (and enjoyed it) when it originally aired.

    Another "small screen" adaptation of Bram Stoker's immortal story is the 1977 BBC production, available on YouTube. Louis Jourdan -- of all actors! -- portrays The Count . . . and very commendably, IMO.

    FYI: Dark Shadows TV ($6.99 a month, 14-day trial)

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  10. 1 hour ago, Sepiatone said:

    There have been some positive improvements over the years.......

    Cup holders in the seat arms, "stadium" seating(  eliminating someone with Marge Simpson hair blocking your view) And although the concession prices are still outrageous, they eventually made it so you can butter your own popcorn . . .

    Furthermore, in some local theatres near me, theatre seats are more like Barcaloungers that recline and can even be heated with the mere touch of a button.

    1 hour ago, Sepiatone said:

    . . . For years, insufficient butter was a typical gripe.

    Yeah, me, I like a little popcorn with my butter. . . which ain't butter.

    First job I had was in a movie theatre where I sometimes worked the concession stand. You don't wanna know what the "butter" was. Also, stay away from hot dogs. From theatre opening to closing, hot dogs would cook in a steamer -- eventually acquiring a "greenish" hue and turning into a science experiment or a Science-Fiction movie ("The Weenies That Ate Cleveland").

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  11. On 9/16/2021 at 10:16 AM, Eucalpytus P. Millstone said:

    Here's another Three Dog Night tune that I dig. Love the melody. The "message" of the song: meh! No country boy, I!

     

    To me, a simpatico song to accompany Out in the Country is Kenny Rankin's Peaceful as performed by Helen Reddy.
     

     

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