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Eucalpytus P. Millstone

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  1. Terrific song! Terrific voice! Never heard of Margaret Whiting, who was not only a singer but also starred in her own TV show with her sister Barbara. Those Whiting Girls was a summer replacement for I Love Lucy and also a Desilu production ("surprise"). Not to be confused with actress Margaret Whiting.
  2. Whatta coinkydink! I watched Curse of the Black Widow just a couple of weeks ago. TV movies from Dan Curtis Productions are always worth a look, IMO. This chiller had a Kolchak: The Night Stalker vibe, with Anthony Franciosa's P.I. substituting for Darren McGavin's intrepid newspaper reporter-monster hunter. Yes, it's formulaic. Yes, it's predictable. Yes, it's a cookie-cutter, by-the-numbers, assembly line production. Yes, it's all been done before by Curtis, BUT . . . It's also and above all, entirely entertaining and a whole lotta fun!
  3. accipitrine [ ak-sip-i-trin, -trahyn ] adjective 1. of, relating to, or belonging to the family Accipitridae, comprising the hawks, Old World vultures, kites, harriers, and eagles. 2. raptorial; like or related to the birds of prey. See also: Van Cleefis Leeus
  4. Although I'm not a Fulci fan (because I'm not a "gorehound"), a few of his movies are in my movie library, primarily some of his gialli and a couple of his westerns: Le Colt Cantarono la Morte e Fu... Tempo di Massacro (AKA Massacre Time) Gatto nero (AKA The Black Cat) I Quattro dell'Apocalisse (AKA Four of the Apocalypse) Il Miele del Diavolo (AKA The Devil's Honey) Murderock - Uccide a Passo di Danza (AKA Murder Rock) Non Si Sevizia un Paperino (AKA Don't Torture a Duckling) Una Lucertola con la Pelle di Donna (AKA Lizard in a Woman's Skin, AKA Schizoid)
  5. Well, Wallach -- the runt, least imposing, and least intimidating of the trio -- had to do something to stand out. For my money, he steals the movie from his rugged, iconic co-stars. He, arguably, has the best line in Leone's epic: "When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk." I agree about Lee Van Cleef. He didn't need dialogue to make an impression, stand out, or call attention to himself. His steely eyes and accipitrine features were his claim to fame and fortune. But, when he needed to act, he delivered. For me, Van Cleef's best acting was in El Condor. He invested his character
  6. I took a look at Cinemania. Thank you for the promo, Det Jim McLeod. I found it depressing. The subjects of the documentary, to me, are sad, pitiable extremists -- the kind who give "film buffs" a bad name. Of the quintet profiled, the only one who -- if, by some cruel misfortune, I was forced to be locked in the same room with -- I could tolerate was Jack. He, at least, IMO, had some measure of self-awareness and honesty about his mania and neurosis. I respected and appreciated his intelligence and articulateness. But overall, watching and listening to the eccentric lot just left me sad
  7. Currently available on Tubi, Who Killed Teddy Bear? is a delightfully "sleazy" psychodrama scrofulous with twisted dramatis personae who are psychologically perverse and morally suspect. Star Sal Mineo plays a creepy variation on the tortured homosexual "Plato" in Rebel without a Cause.* The plot in a nutshell: A libidinous scopophiliac peeps at his neighbor and coworker, frightening her with his lewd phone calls. By this stage in his career, Mineo seemed to have been studying at the Vic Tanny School of Acting. Buffed, ripped, and without an ounce of fat ("You have a very nice body" admir
  8. IMO, the most sensual version of Richard Berry's much covered Louie Louie.
  9. XX This game might be responsible for getting this flick the most publicity and promotion that it's ever gotten.
  10. I enjoyed Cloudburst, which moved at a brisk pace and was executed with the customary efficiency by the Exclusive Films Ltd. production team. I'm not really keen on revenge movies. But, the filmmakers' comparatively restrained handling of the "vigilante justice" theme made Cloudburst more palatable to me. Indeed, a highlight in the story (for me) was when John Graham (Robert Preston) poignantly expressed his desire and need to be regarded as the son -- not son-in-law -- of his wife's mother -- a quite moving scene, IMO. During his introduction, Eddie Muller mentioned Cloudburst featured f
  11. A favorite of my mother and part of her record collection:
  12. Totally clueless about Bettye Lavette. Thank you for the introduction. Here's Lavette's interpretation of Billy Strayhorn's Lush Life.
  13. Mmm-hmm. Yeah, right. Suurrrrrre he was. Tell that to Ronan and Dylan Farrow, Rosie O'Donnell, Gloria Allred, and the #MeToo mob . . . I can just hear Maurice: "MOI? Un agresseur d'enfants?! C'est incroyable! C’est scandaleux! C'est quoi ces conneries??!!?"
  14. Don't hold back, Hibi! Confession is good for the soul! I promise I won't judge you (well . . . maybe a little bit).
  15. LOL! I remember Gary Puckett & The Union Gap -- a band that would oft be included on "Golden Hits of the 60s" compilations, along with "Bubble Gum" groups and "One Hit Wonders" such as The Buckinghams, The Cyrkle, Tommy James and the Shondells, Blues Image, and Tommy Roe. I was never a fan. I suppose we could also include Maurice Chevalier's rendition of "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" in a Pedophiles' Greatest Hits collection.
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