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Everything posted by rjbartrop

  1. Growing up in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, I grew up on a steady diet of britcoms. In addition to the Canadian channels, The one American channel we got in pre cable days was the CBS affiliate in Bellingham, KVOS, used to cater to the Canadian market with lots of Britcoms. I watched Doctor in the House and On the Buses through most of my developing years, and watched Man About the House long before it was remade into Three's Company, which just wasn't the same. Monty Python was a big part of my university days, and is still one of my favourites, along with Fawlty Towers, Bl
  2. This one from The Wizard of Oz, which I've just learned is called March of the Winkies, likes to start up when I'm walking any distance. If you've even been to Calgary, you know about the elevated walkways that connect downtown. All of them have automatic doors, so if I'm crossing through several buildings with all these doors opening and closing behind me, invariably this starts playing:
  3. Maybe not all that vintage, but I've been watching the anime Cowboy Bebop, and while it's science fiction set in the future, the creators definitely love their '70s neo-noir. That opening theme alone is right out of '60s noir TV.
  4. I'm sorry, did I say anything about it being my favourite tune?
  5. After watching Modesty Blaise, I had this running through my head for about a week.
  6. There are companies the rent out props, including paintings, so you're probably not that far off. Desilu did make a number of Westerns, so I'm going to guess it might be borrowed from the prop department of one of those? Here's a list of Westerns either produced by Desilu, or using Desilu facilities from Wikipedia. Maybe it'll jog someone's memory. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp The Adventures of Jim Bowie The Texan Yancy Derringer
  7. I actually find this more interesting than William Shatner's little jaunt, and probably more relevant to this board. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58944660
  8. Sorry, that should be where their mouths are. Fixed.
  9. I don't use them either. I suspect that if more of the people who say they hate Jeff Bezos actually put their money where their mouths are, he wouldn't have nearly as much excess cash.
  10. I'm not crzy about how Mr. Bezos runs his company, but I'm not seeing anything different from the usual hype and promotion that every company does.
  11. I remember the Studio Ghibli tribute well. Some of it was blocked to Canadian viewers. They also showed Magic Boy, one of the Toei's first animated films a couple of years back. I'd be good with more European animation. Corto Maltese is a pretty decent series. There's also a pretty good Soviet version of The Snow Queen that would be worth showing, as is their very stylish version of The Jungle Book.
  12. Two spring to mind: Which Way to the Front? Jerry Lewis' painfully unfunny attempt at a wartime comedy. How I Won the War. Anti war allegory delivered with all the subtlety of a rifle butt across the teeth.
  13. I consider it science fiction in the same way The Man in the White Suit is, as it is literally fiction about science. It's quite possibly the most compelling film about metal fatigue ever made.
  14. I grew up watching this every Christmas, and Alistair Sim is the definitive Scrooge. You can keep your movies about suicidal bankers, this is the Christmas movie for me.
  15. There's the 1971 film Zeppelin set in World War I. There's also 1930's Madam Satan which is a musical set on an airship.
  16. Rush is a more recent one, but it's pretty good.
  17. Maybe they tossed some shirts around in zero G. I must have missed it.
  18. Tucker: The Man And His Dream (1988)
  19. Here I go, dredging up another ancient thread. I also think the two Alfred Bester novels have great movie potential, and I see a few other suggestions actually made it to the big screen. One I'd like to see made into a film is Heinlein's "The Man Who Sold the Moon.". Of course, the original premise about the first trip to the moon is outdated, but the idea of a private moon shot might actually be more relevant in this age of space entrepreneurs. So, what sci fi stories would you like to see brought to the big (or small) screen?
  20. You can rationalize individual tinkerers pushing the envelope a smidge, and while James Bond does have a heavy sci fi content, something like The Wild Wild West also owes a lot to Victorian era scientific romances. Dr. Loveless is as much a child of Robur and Captain Nemo as he is of Ernst Blofeld.
  21. Oh, you're absolutely right. The colonial experience in general has been a rich source of material for science fiction in both its written and cinematic forms. The term "space opera" is derived from "horse opera", and the original alien invasion story, "War of the Worlds" was H. G. Wells' comment on British imperialism. Of course, you have sci fi films and TV series that are directly influenced by Westerns. The most blatant example is probably Serenity, but you also have Outland's remake of High Noon, and Battle Beyond the Stars redoing The Magnificent Seven. You even had Rober
  22. Animated sci fi? Let's see: I second the recommendation of "Wings of Honneamise". The Macross movie was also pretty good. Heck, you could probably do a whole list just on Japanese animated sci fi. Rock and Rule. Canadian cult classic with a soundtrack featuring some of the best musicians of the '80s Fantastic Planet. A french-Czech production that periodically shows up on TCM. Titan A.E. The film that killed Don Bluth's career, and the Fox animation studio. Treasure Planet. Pinocchio in Outer Space. April and the Extraordinary World. French film in and
  23. Surely I'm not the only one getting flashbacks to this. I always thought it would take a lot longer.
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