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Coronavirus Film Festival -- movies that suddenly became relevant!


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On 5/19/2020 at 11:58 PM, EricJ said:

And don't forget Monty Python: Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982),

And, of course, Xanadu:

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Another one I forgot, Columbo episode "Etude in Black"

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I have a confession. Out of morbid curiosity I jumped on the CONTAGION bandwagon. (I know, I know, so lame of me.) This was some random scary movie that a year ago I wouldn't have laughed at, but now it's scarily accurate in too many ways -- not just masks and deaths, but even the virus starting in Asia from a bat, people mistrusting the CDC, mobs buying out grocery stores, long bread lines, teenagers not understanding why they have to live in quarantine, a man finding out he can't have a funeral, misinformation, fake cures, and even a quarantine prom! :o A year ago I would have said "Yeah right, so cheesy!" But watching it in the middle of all this kinda felt like I switched it to the evening news, and made the movie a fun thrill ride.

I remember hearing about a book called Wreck of the Titan from 1898 that eerily predicted the Titanic disaster of 1912. This book's plot may sound familiar--it was about a state of the art passenger ship called the Titan that sinks in the North Atlantic after hits an iceberg in April and, it gets better, there aren't enough lifeboats for everyone. My point is, I think CONTAGION will probably end up being the Wreck of the Titan of COVID-19. (I'm sure Soderberg is happy -- ca-ching!)

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My sudden inexplicable addiction to news, and all the attacks on newscasters and journalists, got me thinking of THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW. If Ted was on the air, we would all laugh a lot more. :)

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5 hours ago, Fedya said:

If anything the coronavirus panic has made me hate TV news even more

I know what you mean--I just look at written news headlines myself. I can do my own editing. Maybe that's why I miss Lou Grant and the WJM news room. :)

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Right now I'm waiting for an Amazon Fresh delivery, so this song is on my mind. After 2 months of only shopping online and waiting for deliveries, MUSIC MAN's "Wells Fargo Wagon" has become our theme song

 

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On 5/23/2020 at 7:07 PM, LonesomePolecat said:

If Ted was on the air, we would all laugh a lot more. :)

I dunno....we got "Ted" as our President. Not funny.

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On 5/23/2020 at 4:07 PM, LonesomePolecat said:

My sudden inexplicable addiction to news, and all the attacks on newscasters and journalists, got me thinking of THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW. If Ted was on the air, we would all laugh a lot more. :)

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Growing up in Los Angeles, for years we actually had the newscaster that Ted Knight patterned his Ted Baxter character after.

His name was George Putnum...

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1 hour ago, Dargo said:

Growing up in Los Angeles, for years we actually had the newscaster that Ted Knight patterned his Ted Baxter character after.

His name was George Putnum...

And now you malign a great newsman.  For shame.

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To be fair, Slaytonf, I believe Dargo's photo is a screencap of Putnam in Perversion for Profit:

 

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15 minutes ago, Fedya said:

To be fair, Slaytonf, I believe Dargo's photo is a screencap of Putnam in Perversion for Profit:

 

But that is a fair representation of him.

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MASH episode "The Red/White Blues" -- the 4077th runs out of cloroquine, but Klinger orders primaquine instead, which causes bad side effects. Don't know why this episode was on my mind...

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POTTER: "You bought primaquine instead of cloroquine! I'm surprised you didn't buy Anthony Quinn!"

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7 hours ago, slaytonf said:

And now you malign a great newsman.  For shame.

Well slayton, if you're not either being facetious here or as Fedya here seemed to suggest perhaps confusing another veteran L.A.-based TV reporter of yore Clete Roberts with Putnum, first I must say when it came to being a genuine and respected newsman, the bombastic Putnum couldn't hold a candle to Roberts. 

And secondly, I remember a local L.A. program with a live audience that Putnum hosted called "Talk Back", and in which one could watch him express his opinions in his typical bombastic manner which...

(...well, let's just say if the guy were of a generation later and still around, he would've fit right in with the likes of Rush Limbaugh and guy who I wouldn't or couldn't call "a genuine and respected newsman" in any measure of the words)

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20 minutes ago, Dargo said:

Well slayton, if you're not ...... being facetious here

To paraphrase:  "Bombast is an ugly ting, und I tink it is yust about time we had some!"

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1 minute ago, slaytonf said:

 

 

To paraphrase:  "Bombast is an ugly ting, und I tink it is yust about time we had some!"

Why slayton! Haven't we had enough of THAT these past three and a half years already?!!!  ;)

(...or as Tiki suggested earlier in this thing........)

 

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2 hours ago, Dargo said:

Why slayton! Haven't we had enough of THAT these past three and a half years already?!!!  ;)

(...or as Tiki suggested earlier in this thing........)

 

George Putnam shows that bombast has been around for a long time, probably since there were people.  So we must always be ready with our needles to puncture it.

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The coronavirus has made people rethink living in apartments and urban centers. Here's one of many articles of an increase of shopping for new homes:

https://www.housingwire.com/articles/new-home-sales-rise-as-americans-freed-from-lockdowns-go-house-hunting/

Covid hitting big cities makes suburban sprawl and country living sound good, and quarantine makes people yearn for more space. Could we see a repeat of the post-war suburban housing boom? Here are some movies about people who left the big city to get their own house:

HALF A HERO (1953) - Red Skelton and Jean Hagen buy a house in a suburb during the era post-war housing boom. His boss thinks he is crazy to leave the city, but realizes at the end that this is the future.

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MR BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE (1948) - Cary Grant's idea of everyone having a private bathroom sounds pretty good right now :)

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PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES (1960) - Just when David Niven's career picks up in New York, they leave their tiny apartment and move out to a big house in the country. "Why is it so big?" "Because we couldn't afford anything smaller!"

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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) -- The scene in the movie takes place before the war, but I had to include Mr Martini's new house in Bailey Park

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17 hours ago, LonesomePolecat said:

Today Americans went crazy crowding beaches, trails, etc -- not unlike the crew in MISTER ROBERTS whose rowdiness after a year at sea gets them kicked out of port

 

I am very happy! This is finally a seemingly-legitimate reason for me to post my favorite song about shore leave. It is the most popular Star-Trek-based Filk song. No science fiction convention is complete unless they sing it at least once.

It is best to imagine this performed by a guitarist/singer with a sympathetic voice being accompanied by at least eighteen people with IQs in the mid- to upper-140s who have not been sober since lunchtime. Yesterday. Kazoos are also encouraged.

 

Banned From Argo
by Leslie Fish

When we pulled into Argo Port in need of R & R
The crew set out investigating every joint and bar
We had high expectations of their hospitality
But found too late it wasn't geared for spacers such as we

Chorus:
And we're banned from Argo, every one
Banned from Argo just for having a little fun
We spent a jolly shore leave there for just three days or four
But Argo doesn't want us anymore

Our captain's tastes were simple but his methods were complex
We found him with five partners each of a different world and sex
The shore police were on the way -- we had no second chance
We beamed him up in the nick of time in the remnants of his pants

Chorus

Our engineer would yield to none in putting down the brew
He outdrank seven space marines and a demolition crew
The navigator didn't win but he outdrank almost all
And now they've got a shuttlecraft on the roof of city hall

Chorus

Our proper cool first officer was drugged with something green
And hauled into an alley where he suffered things obscene
He sobered up in sickbay and he's none the worse for wear
Except he somehow taught the bridge computer how to swear

Chorus

The head nurse disappeared a while in the major dope bazaar
Buying an odd green potion guaranteed to cause pon farr
She came home with no uniform and an oddly cheerful heart
And a painful way of walking with her feet a yard apart

Chorus

Our lady of communications won a ship-wide bet
By getting into the planet's main communications net
Now every time someone calls up on an Argo telescreen
The flesh is there, but the clothes they wear are nowhere to be seen

Chorus

Our Doctor loves Humanity; his private life is quiet
The Shore Police arrested him for inciting wh0res to riot
We found him in the city jail, locked on and beamed him free
Intact except for hickeys and six kinds of VD

Chorus

Our Helmsman loves exotic plants; the plants all love him too
He took some down on leave with him and we wondered what they'd do
The planetary governor called and swore upon his life
That a gang of plants entwined his house and then seduced his wife!

Chorus

A gang of pirates landed, and nobody seemed to care
They stamped into the nearest bar to announce that they were there
Half our crew was busy there, and invited them to play
But the pirates only looked at us, and turned and ran away

Chorus

Our crew is Starfleet's finest, and our record is our pride
And when we play we tend to leave a trail a mile wide
We're sorry about the wreckage and the riots and the fuss;
At least we're sure that planet won't be quick forgetting us!

And we're banned from Argo, every one
Banned from Argo just for having a little fun
We spent a jolly shore leave there for just three days or four
But Argo doesn't want us anymore.

 

There are videos on YouTube of this being performed but I am sad to say that I find them all lacking any verve.

 

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46 minutes ago, SansFin said:

This is finally a seemingly-legitimate reason for me to post my favorite song about shore leave. 

Before anyone asks (not that you would, you're all too polite), yes, she does have a favorite song about shore leave. And a favorite about a storm far out at sea, and a favorite about pulling up to a dock, and a favorite about seeing an island on the horizon. All this, and she can't stand to be on a boat! I doubt she knows a single song which could be sung in polite company. She should stick to movies.

 

She probably also has a favorite song about going into the woods at night and teaching the wolves how to say her name, but I'm afraid to ask. 

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