Got a comment not related to a specific review? Seen a film you want to recommend (or anti-recommend)? Just want to say ‘hi’?
This is the place for off-topic chat!
Imma just leave dis here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF4dRapN8tA
Oh. My. God.
Not a single line delivered like a normal piece of dialogue.
That link is dead now, so here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH_OpyK4yrg
I’m very much afraid this is my fault. I’m sure I complained somewhere about there *not* being a shark in the water behind The House—didn’t I??
(Ahem. Which reminds me, I still owe you money, right…?)
Well, technically I suppose you do, but I’m not too concerned (I’d be satisfied knowing I contributed to your reviewing). Plus I haven’t been able to send those to you since I don’t have the necessary info. Once you’ve got them we can worry about it. 🙂
We’re really quiet around here lately. I hope everyone is doing well under the current circumstances and taking care of themselves.
Well, I’m here. So I must be about to apologise, right?
Yeah. Sorry. I’ve been dealing with a family medical emergency (not the obvious one, which frankly is just piling on at this point), and pretty much everything else has fallen off the table.
I’m hoping to start picking up the pieces over the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, there is an update at Et. Al, which sadly enough represents almost the sum total of what I’ve been able to watch in the interim.
Oh, I’m so sorry about that! Naturally that would take precedence. I hope everything is improving.
My ap-po-lo-geez (sp?)
I have now found something worse than the OCR. The OCR with a rooster.
I just watched War Gods of the Deep (aka City in the Sea) with Vincent Price. It was about 90 minutes, with 20 minutes of the heroes wandering through underground passages (with the rooster), and 20 minutes of an undersea chase (with the rooster inside one of the heroes’ diving suits). Very little time for the actual plot, which tried to cover an ancient sea curse, a deserted underground sea, immortality (until you get in the sunlight), and a heroine who is maybe Price’s reincarnated wife, although maybe 4 sentences covered that part.
I love Vincent Price, but this movie strained my love for him.
I’m having fun watching good, bad, and terrible movies right now..
I approve of watching the good and the bad to maintain the cosmic balance. After purchasing and watching seasons one and two of Buffy the Vampire Slayer I cleansed my palette with Velocipastor.
Some, but I think not from the regular visitors here would argue those are both bad. Buffy is remarkably well written at times. And very well written the rest of the time.
My friend, I would love to see you tackle ISLE OF THE DEAD (RKO, 1945), produced by Val Lewton, starring Boris Karloff and Ellen Drew. I saw it a few years ago and recently viewed it, again. It’s just up your alley, as it has a major plot thread of science vs. superstition. The story’s central threat of septicemic plague has a certain relevance to current affairs. But, most important, I’d love to hear your take on it. This was one of those rare films for me, in that the first time I saw it, I really didn’t know what it was about. It emerged as one of my favourite Karloff films.
Sorry to read about your family medical emergency. I sincerely hope that has resolved itself for the better, or at least is on the mend.
Hello, my dear!
Of course I should have gotten to all of the Lewtons by now (“should”, ha!), but I too have a fondness for Isle Of The Dead as being one of the lesser-known ones…and of course for Boris…and for “vorvolaka”, which I say obsessively whenever I watch it. You are quite right that our current circumstances add to its interest, though there is plenty going on there anyway.
Thank you, I appreciate that.
Speaking of movies with violence and children (although not as graphic as Lone Wolf and Cub) this is the perfect place for some experts to help me track down a title. It’s a western, and eventually the family is either in a cabin or in circled wagons with Indians attacking. The boy was played by not the greatest actor, apparently, as when shot (I believe fatally) with an arrow instead of a blood curdling scream of pain like AAAARRRGGGHHHH!!!! all he said was, “Ow.” “Ow.” “Ow.”
It seemed so unnatural and fake it caused my whole family to bust out in inappropriate laughter.
My previous effort at getting things moving again didn’t exactly go to plan. Hopefully this time around it sticks. In the meantime, you may take these posts as a promise of better things.
And of course as an apology. Always an apology. Lots of apologies…
I don’t think you need to apologize, considering your last post above and what you’ve no doubt been going through, but thank you nonetheless. As for “better things,” well, your two most recent offerings definitely fit in there, considering the quality of the movies you’re reviewing (the quality of your writing never being in doubt, naturally). As you can imagine, I’m quite giddy about one in particular!
On the contrary, apologies are warranted, imperative and hopefully forthcoming shortly. 😦
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As you wish. 🙂
just a quick family update you all might appreciate.
I posted on Facebook, saying in part, “I’m not sure what’s happening next, but I’m afraid zombies will be involved.”
My brother commented, “Just remember, headshots on the zombies.”
Yep, we’re definitely related.
I read your review on pumpkinhead and am watching the movie rn and wanted to ask you, in the review you say “Chris is weak, not deserving of Tracy,” why? It seems like he’s well intended and tried fighting the other guy before getting knocked out. Clearly Steve comes across as the best guy in the group of people as he’s the only one who stays with the kid but Chris did try to fight the other guy and hasn’t come across to me as overly weak or anything.
Well, I wrote that about fifteen years ago so it’s all a bit fuzzy; you’ll have to wait until I get around to a re-watch / revision, to see if I can figure out why I said what I said.
I made a comment almost over a week ago and it said it had to be approved by mods and then just never got pushed through, wth?
The “mods” is me and I missed the notification, that’s all.
just checking, are you still ok? a lot of stuff happening this year.
I’m okay; others are not. 😦
Thanks for checking in, I should try and do that a bit more myself…
Well, Lyzzy, you’ll be happy to know you don’t have to worry A Chinese Ghost Story. All three movies are on Amazon Prime right now. Also The Bride with White Hair and its sequel, which I’ve also been waiting to see. I’m going to be set for this holiday weekend, for sure!
I hope all is well with you. Or as well as can be expected in Hell Year.
See above. 😦
You’re very wise to go ahead on your own, as that has *still* not come out of the box. I’m glad you found another source: at least that’s one teeny but of guilt off the table…
Oh, hon…I’m so sorry to hear that. You know where to find me if you want to talk about anything.
No guilt was necessary about that, although I’m not one to talk about unnecessary guilt. I still feel bad about those movies I have for you, even though there’s really no way for me to get them to you at present.
Right. Let’s try this again. Again again.
Lyz, I thought you might like this. A baseball player helps a bug.
did Clint just save a bugs life? pic.twitter.com/8UYUGVFfS9
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) September 20, 2020
did Clint just save a bugs life? pic.twitter.com/8UYUGVFfS9
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) September 20, 2020
what a surprise, votes are still being counted. I’ll spend the next few days watching all the movies I recorded from TCM. The Mummy, The Mummy, The werewolf, The Ghoul, Island of Lost Souls, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, The Leopard Man, and a bunch more.
Just an update, I’m watching ‘The 4 Skulls of Jonathan Drake’, and I learned something new. To shrink a head, you have to remove the skull! I never realized that, although it makes sense once you think about it – bone is pretty much unshrinkable, without a lot of brute force.
I’m embarrassed to think that if I was ever asked how to shrink a head, I would have been woefully wrong. I’m not sure when I would have been asked that (maybe Jeopardy), but now I’m a little more prepared.
I feel like I speak for everyone when I say GOOD FUCKING RIDDANCE to The Year Which Shall Not Be Named. I hope you’re all well, and may we get more wonderful reviews from Lyzzy in the new year.
Again again again…
Working on something. No promises. Fingers crossed.
Here’s a very pro-SCIENCE episode of Ultraseven that you might enjoy. I’m not sure if the link will work for you directly but I checked and Tubi is available in Australia. (Turning on closed captioning gives subtitles.)
Ooh, thanks! 🙂
One of the many things I enjoy about the Ultra series is that the Science Patrol and all its descendents do pretty well for themselves against giant monsters with their scientific know-how and nifty gadgets.
Not that having regular assistance from giant superbeings from the Land of Light hurt any.
A new Lon Chaney Jr movie I never saw before!
“Man Made Monster”, with Lionel Atwill as the mad doctor. Sort of a combination of Mad Monster and Indestructible Man.
Why do they always have a doggie that breaks my heart?
If you need a not heartbreaking dog to maintain the cosmic balance there’s Love and Monsters. The new movie, not the ridiculous Doctor Who episode.
I saw a Snopes article that surprised me, which discussed the history of chocolate eggs for Easter (spoiler alert, they used to be really expensive). The article was obviously from England, referring to prices in pounds.
It got me to wonder – who buys chocolate eggs vs chocolate bunnies? Here in the US, bunnies are definitely more common. There are chocolate eggs available, but the bunnies rule all the way.
So what is your vote? eggs or bunnies?
We go for eggs here, but then we also run a stubborn campaign in favour of the Easter Bilby, so I guess that isn’t surprising.
I had to look up Easter Bilbys, and they are adorable!
To tell the truth, I’ll eat almost anything chocolate.
So, yes…I’m back again…and trying to keep the transfers ticking over, at least…but am absolutely going to promise nothing… 😦
Didn’t want to clutter up your latest Et Al., but your mentioning the “Aww, monkey!” through-line in Rampage led me to wonder if you (or anyone else) have had a chance to see Godzilla vs. Kong yet?
I also hope you are doing well, my dear. Thank you for the flurry of activity lately; it’s been a treat.
Things like that just don’t happen any more, I’m afraid. But yes, thought you’d be interested! 😀
I’m hoping to keep the flurry going though outside forces are gathering again. Thank you for hanging in there.
I caught Godzilla vs. Kong two Saturdays ago.
It’s really Godzilla and Kong have a fundamental disagreement until they meet the real enemy at the end. And they did it again. You get a sense that Kong is a bit overmatched and so, well, yeah a magic ax makes all kinds of sense. The “Omigosh we’re in big trouble how do we get out of….. Wow that was close!” escape again. Three times again. Probably trying to compensate for the human characters not being terribly interesting. I was pleased that it wasn’t waaaaayyyy too long like a Marvel movie.
But the special effects are good. Saw it on the big screen instead of streaming. And they got bonus points from me for the use of a Judas Priest song.
A couple of things.
Not too long after I got involved with reviewing movies for Joe Bob Briggs I found “The Video Wasteland” rental service. (Now Cinema Wasteland and only deals in memorabilia and sales of merchandise.). And Accion Mutante was one of the first two movies I rented. Never thought I’d see that come up on my radar screen again. My rental copy was subtitled and probably a bootleg, but who knows for sure.
Well, I’m one of those people that’s gone through five decades of thinking a league was akin to a fathom. So far after coming out and announcing to the world what an idiot I am I’m scoring perfect on everyone I quiz on it also not knowing.
Lyz may want to consider taking a look at Great White (I’ve just watched the trailer on youtube): Australian survival horror with sharks that are smart enough (and tough enough) to sink a seaplane, and hunt in packs. It’s clearly going to be rubbish, but it may be enjoyable rubbish, especially if one’s natural tendency is to favour Team Shark.
Just saw a headline online, ‘Venomous sharks reported in the Thames’.
Lyz buys an airline ticket to London.
or are you staying for the 50 million cannibal crabs crossing Australia?
Not sure if I need some professional help, or this is just par for the course.
I sell doll clothes on Etsy, and I wanted to branch out into making baby dolls. I was planning on getting started today after work, so of course last night I dreamt that all my dolls turned into Zombies. I would wake up every few hours, think “ZOMBIE DOLLS!”, and have trouble getting back to sleep.
So what’s the consensus? Is there a market for Zombie Dolls? I figured this was the place to ask.
I’m sure Charles Band would be happy to make a film of it.
(This is not necessarily a recommendation.)
All the best to Lyz.
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