Daydream Believer (released in 1967):
Part of my youth died with him.
Jubal is interesting to watch for the meaty supporting roles given to actors usually not so lucky in big studio films or, in Bronson's case, an actor more than a decade away from real stardom.EW gives it an A- and calls it "one of ... [Glenn Ford's] most layered Westerns — delving into the ambiguities of good and bad, with shadowy players framed by blue Wyoming sky."
In celebration of the completion of the long-awaited Stout Catalogue of 18th Century German Porcelain, the Dixon is bringing the world-renowned Stout Collection out of the Stout Gallery and into our main exhibition space, re-examining the collection's rich diversity of form and theme.In the main exhibit space they were playing Bach's Coffee Cantata, I'm sure to accompany the coffee sets on display:
The play broached issues that were not then widely discussed in the popular media, such as homelessness, unemployment, and the rights of mothers to keep their own children. It was watched by 12 million people — a quarter of the British population at the time — on its first broadcast. Its hard-hitting subject matter and highly realistic documentary style, new to British television, created a huge impact on its audience.
What makes watching Cathy Come Home this September an especially devastating experience is the painful recognition of how little has changed. So many of the words spoken then could have been articulated yesterday, so many of the scenes feel utterly contemporary. The developers who profiteer while those on lower incomes can't find affordable accommodation, the intractable and labyrinthine bureaucracy of the welfare state, blaming immigrants for the lack of social housing, blaming the unemployed for their own worklessness, even the violent prejudice directed at a Gypsy encampment, are all ongoing. As the cuts bite and the recession threatens to double-dip, there can be minimal expectation that this will do anything other than worsen. Will we ever learn?Rotten Tomatoes doesn't have a critics score, but the audience score is 84%.
Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into ... a government job?Kirkus Reviews calls it "a deeply satisfying comedy". SF Signal starts off with this: "REVIEW SUMMARY: Extremely funny offering by Pratchett, a true standout in a long series of quality books." SF Site says, "Going Postal is a wonderful book. ... There is no such thing as a boring character here, a standard or cardboard character." SF Reviews declares the author "delivers as well as he's ever done".
By all rights, Moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as Postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may prove an impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, greedy Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical headman. But if the bold and undoable are what's called for, Moist's the man for the job - to move the mail, continue breathing, get the girl, and specially deliver that invaluable commodity that every being, human or otherwise, requires: hope.
1) The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai - Across the Eighth DimensionOnes I've seen are in bold print, so there are 4 of these still in my future. I can see I need to locate them somewhere and remediate myself.
2) Repo Man
3) A Boy and His Dog
4) Dark Star
5) Fifth Element
6) Big Trouble in Little China
7) Six String Samurai
8) Real Genius
9) Ice Pirates
loft w/bookshelves could be third bedroom!Not without a bit more privacy, it couldn't. It's totally open to the main living area. I'm thinking this would not work in our family.
the film’s problem is that characters are blank identities full of even more banal responses. Events happen – bomb explodes, people fight for water – but there’s no drama here.It gets a score of 100% at Rotten Tomatoes.
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In the interior of Brazil, landless workers battle the owners of vast fazendas. When a visiting archbishop is assassinated, Mario Silva of the federal police is called upon to investigate. Then a newspaper owner, a TV journalist, a landowner’s son, and a priest are brutally killed. In a country where dead street kids are known as “hams,” justice is scarce.Mysterious Reviews offers some criticism of the plot but concludes, "On balance, however, Blood of the Wicked is a terrific mystery, a strongly written and powerful novel that will be remembered long after the final pages are read." Kirkus Reviews calls it "a compelling foundation for future Silva cases."
A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (1864)Ones I've read (or remember reading, anyway) are in bold print. That's 31 out of 50. Some of these I've been looking for at local book stores for years but don't want to order. Maybe I'll come across them someday; maybe not.
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (1898)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)
When Worlds Collide by Edwin Balmer & Philip Wylie (1933)
Odd John by Olaf Stapledon (1935)
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1949)
Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (1949)
Foundation by Isaac Asimov (1951)
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury (1951)
The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester (1953)
Ring Around the Sun by Clifford D. Simak (1953)
Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement (1954)
The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett (1955)
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (1955)
The Death of Grass or No Blade of Grass by John Christopher (1956)
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein (1959)
The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut (1959)
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (1959)
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller (1960)
Venus Plus X by Theodore Sturgeon (1960)
Solaris by Stanislaw Lem (1961)
The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard (1962)
Hothouse by Brian Aldiss (1962)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)
Dune by Frank Herbert (1965)
Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison (1966)
Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson (1967)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (1968)
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (1969)
Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock (1969)
Ringworld by Larry Niven (1970)
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (1972)
Roadside Picnic / Tale of the Troika by Boris & Arkady Strugatsky (1972)
The Female Man by Joanna Russ (1975)
Man Plus by Frederik Pohl (1976)
The Stand by Stephen King (1978)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979)
Nor Crystal Tears by Alan Dean Foster (1982)
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)
Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks (1987)
Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold (1988)
Hyperion by Dan Simmons (1989)
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (1993)
Ribofunk by Paul Di Filippo (1996)
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson (1999) (started twice. not finished yet)
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (2005)
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (2005)
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (2007)
Acme Novelty Library #19 by Chris Ware (2008)
Embassytown by China Miéville (2011)
Communist overtones abound. But in Man of the West, Cooper’s westerner more fully embodies 1950s masculinity and the warring forces--good sheriff and bad townsfolk.DVD Talk calls itself a "true fan" and says, "What makes this film so special is its position at the true beginning of a grittier, more adult era for the Western". The Western Review says, "Man of the West contains one of Cooper’s more intriguing performances". Slant Magazine calls it "lacerating". EW gives it an A- and describes it as "a justly revered six-gun opera". The Spinning Image says,
Of all the Hollywood Westerns of this decade, this is one with a strong atmosphere of barely suppressed violence, and you find yourself sitting out the tense dialogue exchanges to see when they will erupt into brutality.The book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die includes this film. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 100%.
A masterfully-directed, poignant melodramatic comedy by director George Cukor and producer David O. Selznick, Dinner at Eight (1933) was filled with a tremendous cast of stars ... who are all invited to a Manhattan formal dinner party during the height of the Depression.Slant Magazine gives it 3 out of 4 stars, points out a couple of weak links and says, "when it's great, all is forgiven." DVD Verdict concludes, "Fans of Hollywood's golden age have no excuse not to add this disc to their collections. ... for sheer pounds per inch of star quality—not to mention the behind-the-scenes talent—it's one of the greatest achievements of the early 1930s." DVD Bearer has some good still shots. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 100%.
Terror of Mechagodzilla was the fifteenth Godzilla film. It was the last of the classic Godzilla films – after this the series went into retirement for nearly a decade before Godzilla was revived with a new series of films, all made with much better effects, beginning with Godzilla 1985 (1984). Terror of Mechagodzilla was the final film (at least final credited film) for director Inoshiro Honda who had created the very first Godzilla film and directed all but two entries throughout the 1960s.Stomp Tokyo says this movie
is actually a step up from what came before. The special effects are a little better, the story moves a little quicker ... and the whole production just seems classier, probably thanks to Godzilla director Inshiro Honda's return to the series after a long absence.Million Monkey Theater doesn't like it and has a lengthy plot summary. 1000 Misspent Hours gives it a positive review, saying, "it is tremendously satisfying to see that Terror of Mechagodzilla/Mekagojira no Gyakushu, the last of the 15 Showa Godzilla movies ... recaptures so much of the series’s lost glory".
Manye, Manye, Timpie Tee,That version is still under copyright, but the story itself can be read online, including at this link.
Fishye, Fishye in the sea,
Ilsebill my wilful wife
Does not want my way of life.
The rest is here. It's not very long, but it's too long to copy into a blog post.The Fisherman and His Wife
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Once upon a time there were a fisherman and his wife who lived together in a filthy shack near the sea. Every day the fisherman went out fishing, and he fished, and he fished. Once he was sitting there fishing and looking into the clear water, and he sat, and he sat. Then his hook went to the bottom, deep down, and when he pulled it out, he had caught a large flounder.
Then the flounder said to him, "Listen, fisherman, I beg you to let me live. I am not an ordinary flounder, but an enchanted prince. How will it help you to kill me? I would not taste good to you. Put me back into the water, and let me swim."
"Well," said the man, "there's no need to say more. I can certainly let a fish swim away who knows how to talk."
With that he put it back into the clear water, and the flounder disappeared to the bottom, leaving a long trail of blood behind him.
Then the fisherman got up and went home to his wife in the filthy shack.
"Husband," said the woman, "didn't you catch anything today?"
"No," said the man. "I caught a flounder, but he told me that he was an enchanted prince, so I let him swim away."
"Didn't you ask for anything first?" said the woman.
"No," said the man. "What should I have asked for?"
"Oh," said the woman. "It is terrible living in this shack. It stinks and is filthy. You should have asked for a little cottage for us. Go back and call him. Tell him that we want to have a little cottage. He will surely give it to us."
"Oh," said the man. "Why should I go back there?"
"Look," said the woman, "you did catch him, and then you let him swim away. He will surely do this for us. Go right now."
The man did not want to go, but neither did he want to oppose his wife, so he went back to the sea.
When he arrived there it was no longer clear, but yellow and green. He stood there and said:
Mandje! Mandje! Timpe Te!
Flounder, flounder, in the sea!
My wife, my wife Ilsebill,
Wants not, wants not, what I will
The flounder swam up and said, "What does she want then?"
"Oh," said the man, "I did catch you, and now my wife says that I really should have asked for something. She doesn't want to live in a filthy shack any longer. She would like to have a cottage."
"Go home," said the flounder. "She already has it."
The man went home, and his wife was standing in the door of a cottage, and she said to him, "Come in. See, now isn't this much better?"
There was a little front yard, and a beautiful little parlor, and a bedroom where their bed was standing, and a kitchen, and a dining room. Everything was beautifully furnished and supplied with tin and brass utensils, just as it should be. And outside there was a little yard with chickens and ducks and a garden with vegetables and fruit.
"Look," said the woman. "Isn't this nice?"
"Yes," said the man. "This is quite enough. We can live here very well."
"We will think about that," said the woman.
Robert Rodriguez's Sin City (co-directed by Miller himself) translates three of these acclaimed novels (The Hard Goodbye, The Big Fat Kill, and That Yellow Bastard) verbatim, using cutting-edge digital technology and a star-studded cast decked out in racy outfits and outrageous prosthetics to precisely recreate Miller's illustrations and prose as they appear on the page.DVD Talk says,
words cannot describe the visual quality of this film adaptation. Miller's style has been faithfully represented here, showcasing the series' trademark black and white style---with the occasional hints of color, of course. Through a combination of hard lighting and computer coloring effects, Sin City is easily the most faithful visual reproduction of a comic book to the big screen...ever.Rolling Stone concludes, "At 124 minutes, Sin City is a hard, cold, relentless assault. It's also something Hollywood seems to have given up on: a bold, uncompromised vision." Salon.com calls it "brash, sick-as-hell comic-book noir" and says, "Blunt, devoid of metaphor and unapologetically depraved, it radiates a perverse kind of purity." Roger Ebert likes it and says, "It's a visualization of the pulp noir imagination, uncompromising and extreme. Yes, and brilliant." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 78%.
With spectacle in abundance and sexiness in (supporting) parts, this is superhero filmmaking on an unprecedented scale. Rises may lack the surprise of Begins or the anarchy of Knight, but it makes up for that in pure emotion. A fitting epitaph for the hero Gotham deserves.Roger Ebert says, "This is a dark and heavy film; it tests the weight a superhero movie can bear. That Nolan is able to combine civil anarchy, mass destruction and a Batcycle with exercise-ball tires is remarkable." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 87%.
Self-love is like a Bladder full blown, which when once prick’d, discharges a kind of petty Tempest.
One continued Scene of Pleasure, is no Pleasure at all.
Flints will never soften; and Creatures, that are by Nature venemous, forever retain their Poison.
’Tis an old saying, that a Person is less unhappy when he sees himself not singular in Misfortune.
two Persons in bad Circumstances, are like two weak Shrubs, which, by propping up each other, are fenc’d against a Storm.
Health is to be secur’d by Temperance and Exercise; and that the Art of making Health consistent with Luxury, is altogether as impracticable, and an Art, in all Respects, as idle and chimerical, as those of the Philosopher’s Stone, judicial Astrology, or any other Reveries of the like airy and fantastic Nature.
Each Tea Stick is factory filled with right amount of tea and no matter how long you steep, your tea will not get bitter. You get a Perfect Cup of tea, every time, any time.How is that even possible? I'm not a big fan of the tea or of tea in this form. The disposable tea sticks seem to provide more waste than a tea bag, and if you're going to get re-usable ones why not just use a traditional infuser?
“Oldboy” makes us feel a part of something bigger than ourselves. It’s a grand, gritty, indelible experience, the sort of picture that mimics great literature in the way it envelops you in a well-told story while also evoking subtle but strong gradations of emotion.1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die includes it. Roger Ebert says,
In its sexuality and violence, this is the kind of movie that can no longer easily be made in the United States; the standards of a puritanical minority, imposed on broadcasting and threatened even for cable, make studios unwilling to produce films that might face uncertain distribution. But content does not make a movie good or bad -- it is merely what it is about. "Oldboy" is a powerful film not because of what it depicts, but because of the depths of the human heart which it strips bare.The Rotten Tomatoes critics score is 81%.
It's not surprising that Breathless remains fresh some 50 years after its Paris premiere in March 1960—if by "fresh" we mean somehow still in sync with contemporary cultural trends and mores. With its too-cool-for-school bevy of film and literary references, Jean-Luc Godard's masterpiece both foresaw and helped to launch the now-dominant notion of pop-culture obsession as badge of honor.Senses of Cinema says, "Breathless was instantly hailed as a truly revolutionary movie and the logical outcome of the French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague) rejection of what they called ‘Le Cinema de Papa’ (Dad’s Cinema)." Slate says, "Godard isn't trying to fill the Hollywood mold. He's trying to break it. Breathless'portrait of the normal flow of Paris life sticks with you long after the credits roll". 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die includes it. It's #13 on the Sight & Sound list of top 50 films. Roger Ebert considers it one of the great movies and opens with this: "Modern movies begin here, with Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" in 1960. No debut film since "Citizen Kane" in 1942 has been as influential." Rotten Tomatoes gives it 96%.
The mysteries of films like “Au Hasard Balthazar” and “Pickpocket” and “Mouchette” (probably his three most highly regarded works) lie entirely in how you interpret them and what you take away from them, in how and whether the spiritual or transcendental lessons Bresson tries to impart work on you.The Village Voice says,
Indeed, Pickpocket might be described as a solemn carnival of souls. ... Ultimately inexplicable, this concentrated, elliptical, economical movie is an experience that never loses its strangeness.Slant Magazine has a revealing review and ends up describing the film as "Life in 75 minutes." DVD Talk calls it "a challenging but ultimately rewarding viewing experience." FilmRef.com has an article. The Guardian closes by saying, "If this seems a gloomy process through which to journey, there are always points in his films where redemption and exaltation prevent glumness." 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die says it "is among the most perfect examples of the director's style." Roger Ebert puts it on his list of great movies and says, "Bresson .... has been called the most Christian of filmmakers. Most of his films deal, in one way or another, with redemption." Rotten Tomatoes scores it 95%.
Kaneto Shindo creates a visually distilled, minimalist, and understated, yet compelling and profoundly expressive portrait of human struggle, perseverance, and survival in Naked Island.It doesn't have a critics score at Rotten Tomatoes, but the audience rating is 86%.
Sullivan's Travels is still as brilliant and funny today as it was back in the early '40s, when Sturges was the toast of Tinseltown, praised as its premier satirist and crafter of social comedies.The book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die calls it "the most remarkable film in the career of one of America's greatest filmmakers." DVD Talk highly recommends it. DVD Verdict calls it "one of the great films of its era, and certainly among the best movies about movies there has ever been." FilmReference.com says, "Today Sturges may be seen as a great American satirist, and Sullivan's Travels is often called "Swiftian." FilmSite.org describes it this way:
One of his more interesting and intelligent films from a repertoire of about twelve films in his entire career, Sturges' Sullivan's Travels satirizes Hollywood pretension and excesses with his particular brand of sophisticated verbal wit and dialogue, satire and fast-paced slapstick.It's on the Arts & Faith list of top 100 films. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 100%.