General chatter

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  1. lyzmadness says:

    While I don’t mind at all when review comments go off-topic (like my Amityville Playhouse review devolving into a discussion of the finer points of chicken-fried steak and Chiko rolls), I know that sometimes people have something to say but aren’t sure where to say it. This page is now the place for all those random observations!

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  2. DennisMM says:

    Mz. Lyz, a passing observation: I do wish (as do you, obviously, to a much greater degree) that you hadn’t suffered such travails at the old site. Once I discovered it, I was happily surprised to see that so many more of your reviews existed there. I was then saddened to see that the technical problems you mentioned on the front page have rendered half or more inaccessible. Many thanks to you for getting past that — quite a blow, I would imagine — for your continuing work to keep AYCYAS going, and for your love of genre film. Above all else, thank you for what you bring to your reviews themselves: wit, technical knowledge, sentimentality where appropriate, scorn where appropriate, and a mildly dirty mind at all times.

    Enough sucking up. Have you seen “Session 9,” from 2001? Peter Mullan and David Caruso (who demonstrates here that he can act, damn it!) play the owner and lead worker of a small asbestos mitigation crew working on an insane deadline to clear an abandoned psychiatric hospital. Shot at an actual abandoned psychiatric hospital. The film is greatly underappreciated and, sadly, almost unknown. I think you might enjoy it.

    Soon, I may write about how your review of “Truly, Madly, Deeply” at the old site reduced me to shattered tears, although that might better be revealed in a more private venue, such as an email.

    “Geronimo!” as the Eleventh Doctor would say.

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    • Dawn says:

      Session 9 was great. Best line, “you really need to wake up now.”
      I read in IMDB that there was a whole subplot taken out, of who (or what) was actually doing the possession. I think it’s more effective to have that completely unexplained.

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      • DennisMM says:

        AH AAM AHWAKEH!

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      • DennisMM says:

        SPOILERS!!!

        The special features on the disc reveal that the script went into some detail about the malevolent spirit, but that was kept as obscure as possible, in the final film. What’s amazing is that they cut scenes that had been filmed of a demented homeless woman who was living in the hospital before Gordon’s crew came along. There were multiple shots from her POV, and she appeared briefly in others. Even wonder what happened to the worker found dead in the great hall?

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      • Dawn says:

        How effective would an alarm be with that phrase instead of a bell?

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    • lyzmadness says:

      Thank you for getting so thoroughly into the spirit of things, Dennis! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Those reviews are inaccessible (at the moment), but they’re not lost: the moving-over process will continue to tick along, though admittedly at a pace dictated by external circumstances; and I will continue to find opportunities to give the earlier pieces a good overhaul as required, as I did with The Creeping Flesh.

      I haven’t seen Session 9 yet, but of course it’s On The List. (Oddly enough, I had an episode of CSI: Miami on when you posted this.)

      Yes…haven’t had the heart to revisit TMD, for obvious reasons; it was hard enough the first time around. But as with everything else, it *will* get rolled over here…one day

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    • I’ve been able to access some of the older reviews–such as “Alien”–by using the Internet Archive (the Wayback Machine).

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  3. Dawn says:

    I just watched ‘Cat People’ and ‘Curse of the Cat People’. (October scheduling – love it). I don’t understand how the same man could be so incredibly patient and understanding in the first movie (his wife tells him on their wedding night that there will be no intimacy of any kind until she’s ready, and he waits for what seems to be months), and in the second movie, tells his 6-yr-old daughter, “If you’re a good girl, I’ll love you.”
    Both are great movies, but I wanted to slap him upside the head in the second one.

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    • lyzmadness says:

      But he never really understands; he just forbears. For a while.

      And most likely the lesson he took away from the first events was not to encourage other people’s nonsense. (By that point, he’d probably rationalised himself out of believing his own eyes…)

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      • Dawn says:

        Just the fact that he forbears is exceptional.
        Yes, he does say a few times about what can happen if a person is left to fantasize too much. but at one point, he tells his daughter she’s lying, when she says she passed an old dark house. The house exists, and is just a few blocks away. That seems a little over-reacting.
        Of course, at that time, parents often made their love conditional on their children’s behavior. Not recommended now. My parents never said anything like that, but the phrase, “I’m not mad, just disappointed” can still send chills down my spine.

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  4. Jim says:

    But where do we talk about popcorn??

    I mean, the reviews are the main attraction, that’s the Major Chatter. This is for the General Chatter. In the absence of promotion or demotion, shouldn’t there be a spot for Colonel Chatter? Maybe all movie refreshments go there, not just talk of popcorn kernels? And if a movie about Harvey Milk bombs, is that a Milk dud and goes in colonel chatter, or general chatter? There has to be another thread or we’d be forced to talk in private, which only leads to more questions on rank and where it goes and if it gets another thread.

    It’s all very confusing.

    (And on a more serious note. I actually timed my sleep schedule out to watch Doc Savage: Man of Bronze 2:30-4:00am. The sacrifices we make for our love of movies. No comments about Monk’s pet pig are forthcoming until the food thread issues are clarified.)

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    • lyzmadness says:

      RIGHT. HERE.

      While my email address opens up the possibility of Private Chatter.

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      • therevdd says:

        I’m glad you made a point to say the discursions on movie threads are still fine; otherwise I’d be in serious trouble! Still, this is a neat idea.

        Oh, be sure to let everyone know how often Private Chatter goes AWOL, my dear.

        *coughs*

        *runs and hides*

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      • Jim says:

        If Private Chatter goes AWOL it could lead to discussions of physical punishment enacted on the abuser, thus turning it into Corporal Chatter.

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      • lyzmadness says:

        So basically you guys have made up your minds to make me regret this?? ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • therevdd says:

        If you haven’t regretted me being in your life by this point, it’s too late for you, hon. ๐Ÿ˜›

        Honestly, though, that was just too perfect a set-up.

        Would it help if I told you I adored you? Or that the T-Fest piece is nearing completion, which means I can soon get back to the next book review?

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  5. Jim says:

    I will use this for its intended purpose even though I had a couple more military rank puns involving Dick Sargent and Land of The Lost, Rick Marshall.

    I watched Jigoku on TCM and didn’t know if it would be appropriate to put it in the House thread as it was as close as I could get.

    I am confused. The title may mean Hell. Or it may have been released under multiple titles. Or there may be subtitle mistranslation (think Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah Ragos/Lagos Island). The opening scene is a classroom setting discussing the concept of Hell. It’s explained that the word “naraku” is derived from the Sanskrit word for hell. I decided not to bother Googling since I figured my brain would explode with more confusion than clarification. I do know Ben said an alternate title was Sinners of Hell.

    I enjoyed it, but was distracted. It made me yearn for a badly dubbed English language version where the lips don’t match the words.

    Anyone remember the old SNL skit Kramer vs. Godzilla?

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  6. KeithB says:

    The new (I guess) comet network is having a “Catyclysm” On Oct 29th – A wicked kitty Marathon.

    Just thought you might want to know… 8^)

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  7. Jim says:

    It’s:
    Tomb of Ligeia
    Cat People
    Curse of The Cat People
    Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye

    All except the first I’ve seen recently on TCM, without commercials. So no big deal for me that Comcast in my area doesn’t have Comet.

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  8. DennisMM says:

    Whilst reading about Bela Lugosi, I discovered that YouTube has (admittedly poor prints of) both “Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla” (AKA “The Boys from Brooklyn”) and “Vampire Over London” (originally released as “Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire” in the UK and in the U.S.A., years later, as “My Son the Vampire.”) They are difficult to watch, but they are significant, I think, as documentation of what happened to Lugosi in later years but before his time working with Edward D. Wood. The story behind “Vampire Over London” is especially sad.

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  9. Jim says:

    Curse of the Demon:

    1). Another killer kitteh!

    2). Is there a name for the font used in the credits? Looks like little licks of flame on the characters.

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  10. Just wanted to say–again–that you and Ken Begg are probably responsible for me buying more films than I care to comment upon. The difference being that I know Ken’s “recommendations” are going to be painful, while yours are generally more positive. The Japanese “House” and the American “Child’s Play” are two recent examples. I haven’t finished rewatching “House” yet–I find the piano score really annoying–but “Child’s Play” turned out to be very taut and suspenseful. You should set up a DVD store, or at least have a list of films “Lyz Approved!” or something.

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  11. Jim says:

    Unnecessary question #437

    From Secret Screams

    Ghosthunter Dude:
    Have the spirit appearances been more frequent or increasing in intensity?

    Distressed Woman: Yes. Why? IS THAT BAD??

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    • Dawn says:

      Just think of how many other ways you can phrase that question –
      Have the —
      earthquakes? heart attacks? nose bleeds? volcanic eruptions? shark attacks? visits from your mother-in-law? dinosaurs? fainting spells? cracks in walls? gunshots? zombies? chicken fried steaks?
      been more frequent or increasing in intensity?
      Yes. Why? IS THAT BAD?

      Feel free to add your own.

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      • Jim says:

        Both parts of the dialogue are weak. For example:

        Have the pixies continued to do nothing to harm you, mended your shoes, put a gold coin under your pillow each morning, invented a delicious new ice cream flavor and prevented Justin Beiber from booking a concert in town this weekend?
        Yes. Why? IS THAT GOOD??

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  12. Jim says:

    I know now I must add The Blob and The Green Slime double feature to my list of holiday film viewings. My list is topped by Project Shadowchaser II. Anyone care to share theirs?

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    • lyzmadness says:

      Most Christmases I like to watch a double-bill of Die Hard + We’re No Angels (original version), with Shark Zone thrown in if time permits; although I skipped this last year, not having the heart after our loss of Alan Rickman. (So maybe Die Hard + Galaxy Quest this year…)

      My real summer project this year, though, is…something I’m almost too embarrassed to admit to. Stay tuned!

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  13. Dawn says:

    I have a collection of the complete stories of Hans Christian Andersen. You know him, the author of charming children’s stories, right?
    I’ve been rereading them, and some of those stories would scare E. A. Poe.
    I did remember the one of the young girl who went dancing in red shoes when she was supposed to be taking care of her grandmother, and was cursed to continually dance, so she chopped her feet off and went on crutches. Every time she tried to go into a church, the red shoes (with original feet) would come dancing by and prevent her, since she had not confessed her sins. “Now sweet dreams, honey!”
    I did not remember the one where the evil man kills his sister’s fiancรฉ, but a little elf tells her where to find the body, so she digs up his head and buries it in a very large flower pot. She dies of a broken heart, and a plant grows out of the skull. The man is eventually convicted of his crime.
    I don’t think that’s ever been made into a movie.

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  14. Jim says:

    A Couple of Degrees of Jim

    I just found out my dog walker’s husband is Albert Dekker’s nephew.

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  15. Dawn says:

    I saw Frogs last week, and I would highly recommend it for you, Lyz. Of course, you need to mute it, and fast-forward through all the scenes of just people, and concentrate on the snakes, frogs, toads, lizards, and spiders. I especially liked the scene in the green house when the lizards (lots of them!) lock the door and push all the poisonous chemicals off the shelves to kill the (one of many) obnoxious human. I swear, those lizards were laughing.
    I did close my eyes when the leeches showed up.

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    • lyzmadness says:

      You’re not seriously suggesting that I’m unfamiliar with Frogs, are you!? ๐Ÿ˜€

      On the contrary, it’s one of those films I love so unreservedly that I never actually get around to dealing with them. (And yes, I know that doesn’t make sense, but it’s so: there’s a subset that gets put aside repeatedly because, “No, no, I don’t have time to do this justice just now…”)

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      • Dawn says:

        What it really needs is subtitles of the Frogs (or Toads) croaking. I assume they’re the masterminds of the whole operation, giving instructions to all the other creatures. Just think how improved the movie would be with the right voice-over actors. Jack Nicholson comes to mind.

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      • Jim says:

        In line with Dawn’s voice over suggestion of Jack Nicholson, I nominate Rosie O’Donnell. Before being accused of sensitivity that I’m suggesting that she looks like a frog I defend my choice in advance by noting the obvious pun.

        Rosie the Rib-beter.

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      • Dawn says:

        “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to Die.”
        “You dirty rat. You killed my brother.”
        “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”
        any other suggestions for the Frogs’ dialog?

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      • Alaric says:

        “It isn’t easy being green…”

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  16. Ray Ochitwa says:

    There’s a madwoman on the internet (Allison Pregler) who declared her intention to make a video review of EVERY episode of Baywatch – she just started season six, demonstrating amazing commitment and endurance. Or maybe that she needs to be committed. Watching one of those reviews reminded me that once upon a time you suffered through an Australian filmed Baywatch story yourself. I found it on Jabootu, still up, still funny and biting. The images seem to have disappeared and there are some formatting quirks but the core is still a rewarding read. Captures the astonishing level of unselfaware silliness that show reached. When I first read it I had never seen an episode. JAG Down Under is there too!

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    • lyzmadness says:

      I won’t thank you for reminding me of those—talk about DEEP HURTING. Though I suppose that’s what I get for violating my own rule never to watch anything tagged “down under”.

      As for the rest— It’s actually helpful to realise that there are people out there even nuttier than I am! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. It’s possible that my insanity has spread into my brain like wildfire, but I would have sworn that you did a review of “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” on one of your websites. I vividly recall your annoyance with the jingle, and your praise of Dan O’Herlihy’s performance. Or did I fall into a parallel dimension? And if I did, can you help me find my keys?

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  18. Dan Oโ€™Herlihy doing the clap-clap-clap. That’s probably the unnerving moment for this film that keeps it alive.

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  19. Hi Liz, I would have sworn there was no entry for the film in the index. It’s possible I was suffering from a bout of stupidity, however, as I see it clearly there now.

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