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Garbage, Gibberish and Artsy-Fartsy.
foreign films: obtuse plot lines, irrelevant scenes, dialogue that seems to have been translated from its original tongue to Chinese, then to Swedish, then to mongolian, then to nepalese, then.. well, who cares? the symbolism of the film shoots in one direction, the acting somewhere else, the dialogue, well, i mentioned it already, the point? there is no POINT, which IS the point.. it is an experience, much like up-chucking an evening's consumption of beer or whatever is your poison, into a friend's "porcelain facility" of the residence: long-remembered, preferably forgotten.. i've seen "bugs bunny" cartoons that made more sense and "little rascals" comedies that were more rewarding.. at least there was a moral at the end that was comprehensible and fun to watch.. the horror, the devastating impact of this film was watching it from start to finish.. why did sam neil accept this role? did he lose a bet? was he "double-dared" by someone? did he owe money to someone in the production team, and this would square everything? he should have mowed lawns, fried burgers or worked as a greeter at wal-mart.. those things people can forget; this piece? like pictures on the internet, it will last forever.. sam should buy all the prints and negatives and hold a beach party where the evidence is burned as the guests dine on lobster and sushi..
a lot of pain for so little gain
it's so weird to me that people speak so strongly about a program they hate, yet continue to watch.. "..fifth grader?" must be the show you guys love to hate, and can't miss an episode.. about the pace of the show: if it appears to move slowly, it's because the contestants are given time to calm down and become comfortable.. how many of you have appeared before on TV before a studio audience of hundreds which was being televised to millions? fox worthy's jokes, while sometimes lame, are another tool for calming the contestant.. laughter displaces anxiety and concern over how one appears before a crowd, and the fear of appearing foolish from something that was said or done.. about general dislike of the show: so, why watch it? or, maybe you watch it a lot, and get few questions correct? so? join the club; only one contestant won all the money.. more people failed than succeeded.. so? about a student-contributor to the these comments who disliked an ?? or answer: here's something you can fix: get an education, join the team at a quiz show (jeopardy?) and write the questions you feel are better than what you've seen up to this point.. you earlier commenter's are so big on criticism and put-downs, could you do better? so, why don't you? how good does it have to be to meet your criteria? should it be read directly from the encyclopedia Britannia? should the host be an m.i.t. professor? maybe you commenter's forgot the first rules of TV: attract an audience; retain their interest; insure their return for the next episode.. the first rule of watching TV is: if it isn't fun, change the channel.. okay, so it's not everyone's idea of fun-- what is? you like bikini mud wrestling? great! how about basket weaving? great! how about watching shopping networks all day? great! everyone has their preferences and everyone has their idea of what's fun.. do you resent another's enjoyment of a program you don't like? so, find something else! but, get off others' back about what they like!! nobody put a gun (or remote) to your head to keep you watching "..fifth grader?" change the channel or turn the set off, but knock off the knocking of others for the sake of enjoying yourself.. it wastes energy and time.. or do you purely enjoy diminishing another's enjoyment?
i loved this movie.. hovey was 2 years older than me.. my dad was career-military.. of course, i placed my dad in the role of charlton heston, myself as tim hovey.. any way, after watching it 10 times, it occurred to me that something was missing from the film.. if you're really busy enjoying the movie, it's not so obvious.. if you've seen it a dozen times, it becomes more obvious.. teachers! there's no teachers in this flick! there's barely any discussion of academics, zilch about teachers they feel strongly about, subjects they love/hate..
what do cadets at a military school talk about? apparently 1) being away from home; 1) wearing uniforms; 3) military protocol; 4) upperclassmen; 5) food; 6) cadet duty; the new commandant..
they talk very little about 1) studies; 2) teachers; 3) graduation; 4) tests; 5) tutoring; 6) what school they hope to attend next..
of course, the story has to involve few people to maintain the tightness of the plot.. still, it would appear realistic to see heston discuss curricula with a teacher, or observe a couple of classes.. a new commandant would do that, wouldn't he?
here's the cast representing the school admin.: the commandant; the principal; the school nurse; the janitor.. other nuns appear, but are not identified as teaching or doing anything in particular..
im not critcizing the film.. it's great.. music by mancini, produced by the two guys who produced the 'beaver' show soon after..
you gotta love it!
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
slower is better
NOTICE: FALLEN SPOILER ZONE
i feel the pace is slow, and this gives the suspense a better chance to build to the end. the music is also a tension-builder, and is effective during scenes in which nothing overtly threatening takes place. the use of dark corners and darkness generally suggests that there is much about science which is unknown to us, or maybe i just saw a bad print. the review of the film exposed during the spaceship's journey is also intuitive. it suggests that our technology and powers of observation may not be adequate to even suspect that something untoward is happening..
at the end, quatermass does something very significant, albeit insensitive.. when asked what he proposes to do next, he replies (to the effect), that he is returning to his lab (office, etc.) to begin designing the next spaceship.. seeming initially cold and aloof, he is the typical workaholic..he cares for nothing except his job.. everyone aboard the ship is dead.. the remains from the 'adventure' are available for scientists to pore over as they wish.. quatermass's job is get spaceships built, acquire crews to man them and launch everything into space and return them safely to earth, that's all.. this is one focused guy.. and i admire him.. he doesn't waste sentiment and time for those who are lost.. he is concerned about using what he has learned to improve the next mission.. if quatermass isn't working on something, he's burning daylight..
the 'quatermass' name is interesting.. could it have come from 'quantum' and 'mass'? here are two areas of atomic physics, although long-examined, are little understood today.. other films like this one: 'x-the unknown' & 'monsters from space', a quatermass sequel; '5 million years to earth', with quatermass character played by a different actor.
Desk Set (1957)
taste is so much a matter of what you like.
other writers criticized this production for its absence of sparkle or lacking a deeper moral.. makes me wonder why people go to the movies in the first place.. the pair made a couple of color productions.. maybe those 2 are lackluster that's the problem.. tracy/hepburn had no business making color films! some are so easily entertained, and some are so easily offended.. i say this film is a terrific example of "sex farce".. it is fun, unpretentious and shows vignettes of human behavior with which everyone can identify: new kid on the block; man with a mission; gossip; office politics; jobs in jeopardy; office romance; 'the man wearing the bathrobe of another man's girlfriend'; want to speak to the man in charge, or the woman who gets things done?; technology pushed to the limit; a man meets his limitations; lose a boyfriend, find a boyfriend.. the greatest (and last) puzzle of all: would (should) a woman hold back her ability to avoid embarrassing a man she wants to ask her in marriage?
it isn't adams' rib.. but what is? would you see a number of movies if everyone of them were like the best move you ever saw? how many 'gone with the wind' type of films can you stand? isn't the point to vary what you see.. isn't that how you make comparisons? i dont see a movie to change my life, or to compare it to another film in order to devalue one of them.. but, i guess that's what some people call a good time..
Andy's Gang (1955)
good ol' saturday mornins'
froggy would appear and say, HI-DEE, HI-DE, HI-DEE! billie gilbert would appear as the prof. and give voice lessons.. something would happen ( maybe froggy would spray sneezing powder? ) and he would sneeze uncontrollably and leave.. also remember the magic twanger.. from my dim memory, i thought it was froggy's way of triggering a practical joke.. the scenes of the kids in the audience struck me as strange.. i remember that they always were doing the same exact movements, as if the same film was used every episode.. why not, what do kids know? there was a song andy sang with the audience.. only remember the ending-- good ol' andy's gang!
The Larry Sanders Show (1992)
what is wrong with this picture?
**what is the central piece of evidence in this program that says what the show is all about? clue: it's on larry's talk-show desk, it's facing you, it's......the name plate!!!! where else have you seen this? name one talk-show, or any show of any kind that has to remind you, the audience, who you are watching!!! forget the name? there it is!! what's it mean? i'm no shrink! what do i think it means? it's signals the incredibly insecure personalities of everyone in the play.. it goes from larry, the insecure host, to artie, the cool, but insecure producer.. the name plate doesn't merely have his name, it has his job title!! "larry sanders comma host". maybe it signals our short attention spans.. we can't remember who we're looking at or why he's there, so they've put up his name plate with title, to reassure us that, ah yes, this is the sanders show and he's the host.. so, what's on the espn-classic channel? all dialogue and behavior in the play (to differentiate between talking about the program-in-a-program, or the program in chief) supports this one tenet.. when larry sits at his show-desk, you see the name plate; it means he's afraid you won't remember his name or his position, so he's put it in writing.. just check the name plate and watch the show long enough to like him.. the next 25 minutes reinforces this: the insecurity of his staff, home life, buddies, etc. what is the nexus of dialogue here? there are several: #1. lies; #2. sucking up; #3. exaggeration and/or hyperbole; and #4. lies to cover up the earlier lies when it's too late to retract (putting the toothpaste back in the tube).. of course, it's all in fun.. never try these tricks at home, kids, they're dangerous!!
Soldier in the Rain (1963)
location unknown, but it is familiar..
as a 20-year army brat, this film is quite sentimental.. no combat is involved, but as a dependent in peacetime at many army bases, it brings back lots of memories.. imdb has no info. on where this was filmed, but the hospital scenes are familiar.. there may be several army hospitals which are similar to this one--it seems to be a southern location.. with names like pepperdine, where else? anyway, my association is with an army base in louisana, which shall remain nameless.. if info is out there which can specify where this was filmed, i'd want to know, especially the hospital parts..
The Fury (1978)
the big muddy on your mind..
a previous reviewer, klantry, was on point when commenting that "fury" was muddled.. this is one convoluted, confused, yuck flick.. (names are actors' stage names) kirk works for a "super-secret" agency (did "brian" ever tell us who?); his boss (i guess) obviously is john, because john is in on a plot to kill.. who? kirk, andrew? this happens on a beach in.. where? middle east, miami, the reviera? the reason is.. why? kirk said mean things behind john's back; kirk's wife refused a pass from john? andrew's properties are important because.. he can read minds; he knows what women want; if he forgets his girl's birthday, he'll just read her mind.. the "(insert any name here--every film of this genre has one) institute" is important because.. andrew can meet chicks there--shoot, he can meet chicks anywhere, right? amy wants to go there and find a "hunk"; or maybe she wants to train as a red cross technician for the blood donor program.. jeez, this film tells so little and we're supposed to know so much, it's like taking a test in "cosmo" magazine-- no matter what, you still feel stupid at the end..so, what is this run-amok production all about? i've seen my fill of "super-secret" agent films; ditto for "gifted" young people.. whenever amy displayed her abilities, she looked so bored and put out with the people who asked her to prove she could "do something", i felt the same way watching (and trying to figure out) what was going on with the so-called "plot".. it seems those who write favorable reviews of films like this one gush over the director, producer, the ambience, texture, artistry, blah-blah-blah.. but, they never give one word to what the movie is about, what does it mean? why is this film important? why should i care about any of it? this one has me screaming, running out of the emergency exits.. I DON'T KNOW, WHY DON'T THEY TELL ME? one more thing: the book version is equally mystifying and convoluted, forget it..
Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
**a previous letter states that hammer films are usually more associated with '50s english horror films..excuse me, but that is exactly what this is! is there a comparison between this film and others from hammer which are not '50s english horror?
next, some really neat stuff..quatermass..the name seems quite similar-sounding to quantum, as in quantum physics..the name seems to mesh perfectly with quantum mass, which, although often theorized about, is little understood and less discussed.
hobb's end, the location of the ship, is mentioned where ancient cultures held ceremonies to celebrate demons devils, etc. ..isn't this where we got "hobgoblin"?
is there anyone who doesn't know that rocks have been found from mars at the north pole? these rocks have formations that seem to be identical to fossilized microbiological life forms..they were ejected from martian volcanoes and floated in space millions of years before being attracted to earth's gravity..not a great leap to a story that suggests life might have developed from visitors to our planet..to paraphrase pogo: we have met the martians, and they are us!