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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0702
« on: January 09, 2009, 06:18:45 PM »
Hey MSC, I would say go back and re-watch Laura '66-'67. 

Having read quite a few of your posts over the years, I think Laura will provide the needed visual comfort food.  Plus, Vicki has some really great scenes throughout!

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Mordecai Grimes
« on: January 08, 2009, 11:46:23 PM »
My thanks to MB for showcasing Thayer David's vivid Mordecai Grimes characterization in today's snapshot.  Even though Mordecai only appeared in something like four or five shows, he brought an element of piss-and-vinegar realism to the unfolding of the 1840 plot that was sorely needed. 

Mordecai always reminds me of one of Thayer's later characters--Rev. Strack in the film NoDS.  Fabulous work.

I particularly remember a scene where Mordecai and Gabriel are spewing vitriol at one another in the drawing room.  If I remember it correctly, Gabriel makes Mordecai wheel him in, treating him like a house servant.  Grand stuff.

G.

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That's nice to see that Jerry Lacy did one of these.  I don't go out to the West Coast DS functions so have never had the chance to meet him, but I admire his work enormously.

G.

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I had stopped reading this thread back in June and was charmed to see the news about Wendy/Josette K.

Josette was one of the fans who interviewed Grayson Hall in the Spring of '73, an interview which now circulates as a tape recording one of the fans made at the time (I think it was Wendy herself).  The interview starts with Grayson describing how things look in the apartment.  She did that at Wendy's request because being blind, Wendy couldn't see what Grayson had in her home.

There is a photo of Wendy with Grayson and, I think, another fan, from that visit, that I have seen.  I think in one of the photos from another occasion, Wendy somehow or other wound up being mis-identified as Alex Moltke.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Today's Montage
« on: January 06, 2009, 04:33:10 PM »
Midnite, thanks so much for sharing Jerry's story about that scene.  It is indeed one of the most intense--and artistically successful--moments in the series.

I've really been enjoying the new captures MB has been sharing.  The one of Grayson from the other day having a Julia moment was simply ravishing!

Originally my favorite Clarice performance was as Minerva--such a marvelous mixture of venom, complacency, and self-righteousness (and you know that Minerva's scene with Laura still has the ability to make me scream)--but when I saw the original introduction of Mrs Johnson episodes from 1966, that trumped everything else.  I'm really sorry that the character lost some of her vinegar over the years, although I recently watched a marvelous episode from the Nicholas Blair storyline in 1968 where she was castigating Harry.  Nobody could deliver a tongue-lashing quite like Clarice!

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Happy 213th Anniversary!
« on: January 03, 2009, 09:00:27 PM »
Given the weather here in Boston, if they were living in northern New England dear Ang would have no problem at all turning Barnabas' blood to ice for that old feelin' in honor of the anniversary.

cheers,

G.

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Thanks for the tip, Doctor and K9!  I know the Buffyholics on here will appreciate it.

As a side note, I don't understand the whole concept of "soccer mom."  I think I need someone along the lines of Susan Sontag to explain it to me.  The first time I ever heard the phrase was some years ago when a Japanese gentleman of my acquaintance, a former film critic who now works at a very prestigious clinic in town, stated in a newspaper interview that his dearest ambition in life was to become a "Somerville soccer mom."  To quote Miss Winters, I just don't understand.

Thanks to a certain "failin'" political candidate, I now expect to hear the phrase every other minute in 2009.  Ah well.

I wonder, to return to topic, how Angelique would have fared had she attempted a new career as a "soccer mom."  Images swim before my eyes:  "Britney, you will drop that and RETURN TO YOUR PRIUS!"

cheers, G.

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Just a note... I mainly use the historical sections of IMDB and I just checked profiles for two long-ago actresses, Constance Collier and Edna May Oliver (I enjoyed the treat of seeing films with both ladies in them yesterday).  I had no difficulty navigating around those pages and reading bio info, etc. for both. 

I guess the pay-for material now extends to all movies that are currently under production. 

The 2011 release date had been informally announced a few months ago.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: The FABULOUS Cavada Humphrey!
« on: January 02, 2009, 07:27:46 PM »
M might have been Magda.  I can't remember whether Madam Findlay's shows come after the Carolyn/Chris seance sequence in which Magda spoke through Carolyn--I think this was indeed the case.

I'm having a memory lapse with the name, but the same regular DS stunt guy (who also coordinated the fights when they had them, I believe), who played the werewolf for both Chris and Quentin (this is where those Pom Press "cutenesses" on the "incredibly shrinking werewolf" come in) also played Madam Findlay falling down the stairs.  I remember the sequence being run at a Festival in the mid 90s where this gentleman attended and talked about working on the series.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 II / Re: OT: Dark Shadows as Xanax
« on: December 31, 2008, 05:20:06 PM »
Dear Raining Wolf,

here's to healing vibes for your husband and yourself!  I hope he can come home soon.

And  yeah--whenever I'm in a funk, for whatever reason, DS always helps me feel better--or at least stare melodramatically into the middle distance while I imagine Julia shaking me by the shoulders and saying, "You MUST!"

Best wishes,

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: thoughts on betsy
« on: December 31, 2008, 01:47:19 AM »
btw, Grayson was away for a couple of weeks in the autumn of '68 because I believe that that was when the "End of the Road" shoot took place out in Great Barrington, Mass.  I'm not sure about Jonathan.  They made him tour an awful lot that year, but the PR appearances and parades mostly happened on the weekends, I think.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: thoughts on betsy
« on: December 31, 2008, 01:40:53 AM »
I found Durkin's work in the role almost physically painful--nails on a chalkboard.  I thought she seemed competent--it was simply a case of excruciating miscasting.  I did think that Carolyn Groves could have carried the role better since she seemed to have an inner gravitas that Durkin lacked.  It is also the case however that Durkin got thrown in at the deep end of the pool in terms of what the scripts required of her.  Stuff that Lee Strasberg and the proponents of "the Method" failed to cover in their classes.

Betsy Wetsy.  Never heard that one before.  LOVE it.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 II / Re: OT The death of VHS
« on: December 31, 2008, 01:23:31 AM »
Yesterday morning I spent an agreeable 90 minutes watching The Haunting of Julia, an early 70s English Mia Farrow vehicle that is only available on VHS.  In the evening I watched some episodes of HEX (the recent UK serial) on a VHS tape a buddy sent me.  Later this week I'll watch Maggie Smith in Travels with my aunt, another movie only available on VHS.

The VHS medium is alive and well in my house, but I do wonder what I will do on the day when both my current VCRs kick the bucket.  I figure, however, that if young geek hipsters can keep vinyl LPs and the turntables to play them alive, the same favor can be extended to the lowly VCR.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: The Case of the Disappearing Adam
« on: December 30, 2008, 02:22:20 AM »
Hey MSC, my congrats on finally getting through those late 1968-early 1969 episodes.  There are some real gems in there.

One of the moments from that period that really intrigues me, even though it more or less falls flat, is the scene where Barnabas has to explain to the Betsy Durkin incarnation of Vicki about Vampire 101.  I kept waiting for the character to go:  "Wait ... didn't you have fangs at one point and give me these really, REALLY weird-ass hickeys?"

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 II / Re: Niki Nidiffer
« on: December 30, 2008, 02:15:15 AM »
Janet, I am so very sorry to read of your loss.  May your memories of Niki bring you comfort.  What a fine, remarkable individual she was.

best wishes,

Steve (aka Gothick)

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