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Current Talk '11 II / Re: Discuss - Ep #0007
« on: July 06, 2011, 04:55:39 AM »
I was thinking about the current relay of episodes earlier today and wondering:  "Hmmm.... episode 7 ... wonder whether Vicki's taken her coat off yet?"

I was amused just now to look through the Robservations slide show and see a scene with her and Burke where, sure enough, she's wearing the coat.  (Although I do think she had it off at some point in episode 6.)

Wonder whether anybody's ordered a "container of coffee" yet?

G.

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Thanks for that book report.  Maybe they hired a separate writer for the dialogue?  I think as you say they often have multiple writers working on these things nowadays.

I find the whole current "Jane Austen with zombies" or "Abe Lincoln with vampires" trend profoundly uninteresting--I'm just hoping that by the time the DS movie is released, having any vampires on board isn't going to mean the instant kiss of death for the feature.

And nowadays a movie's opening weekend take completely makes or breaks it financially... it's kind of uncanny how the sleeper seems to be from the era "when dinosaurs walked the earth."

G.

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I don't mind your comments, borgosi.  I myself have reservations about the project, but have been surprised at how many elements that actually tickle me (in a GOOD way) have come to light about it.  It is a 2011 Tim Burton/Johnny Depp feature film with more money undoubtedly set to be spent on it than was ever budgeted in all five years of the original series--and then some.  So, we know going in that it is going to be a very different animal from the Sixties series we all adore.  I personally think including Alice Cooper is kind of a stylish way of commenting upon the media image of the series back in the day--which had a weird disconnect, if you think about it, from how the shows actually played.  The media image in the Sixties was all about fangs, trippy Gothique scenes, groovy ghoulies, monster rallies.  The actual shows were much more about the chemistry of the actors together and the scripts that were sometimes incredible literate and layered, especially when compared with other 1960s daytime dramas.  So, Alice Cooper in the Blue Whale with scenesters rolling joints kind of comments on that element of the DS success story.  Do you know what I mean?

I'm actually rather fond of Dracula A.D. '72.  A funny fact about that movie is that the rock band in one of the early party sequences was actually a US midwestern born-again Christian rock band that someone at Hammer found--I guess they were touring in the UK.  There is a whole big article on them, and other aspects of the movie, in an issue of Little Shoppe of Horrors from a few years ago--check out the Little Shoppe website for info.

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0003
« on: July 01, 2011, 04:40:08 PM »
[spoiler]Wasn't it implied that Carolyn took over the running of the Cannery and the business decisions during Liz's illnesses in 1967 and 1968?  I seem to recall some tense scenes between Kitten and Uncle Roger... and then there was the deliciously icy way in which she dealt with Mr. Blair and little Harry Johnson in '68...[/spoiler]

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0002
« on: June 30, 2011, 04:00:13 PM »
Hi Dark Lady,  I think MB meant that Seaview itself has 65 rooms.  I have been there several times... there are a lot of rooms!

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0002
« on: June 30, 2011, 12:48:21 PM »
I so wish there had been at least one scene of Liz, dressed to the nines, running one of those old style Hoover vacuum cleaners, perhaps while humming the melody of that Chopin Prelude.

Of course it would have been a trial if she had had to empty the bag while making sure not to get dust and particles all over her fabulous black cocktail gown.  But challenges such as these are daily fare for one with the steel backbone of the Mistress of Collinwood. (!)

G.

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Jean is fabulous in Life at the Top, which is also a treat for Avengers fans as it offers a juicy role for Honor Blackman.  Margaret Johnston, who we adore in Night of the Eagle aka Burn Witch Burn, is also on board.

And a very young Jean projects aching, anxious vulnerability in So long at the Fair.  Cathleen Nesbitt, rustling down the hallways endlessly in black bombazine with sinister flair, is something of a cross between Minerva Trask and housekeeper Hoffman on DS.  Excellent fare.  It was directed by Terence Fisher who went on to do a number of classic films at Hammer studios in the 1960s.

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Radio Tribute To DS' 45th Anniversary
« on: June 29, 2011, 03:59:57 PM »
It was OK.  I guess I found the occasion/idea of Parker, Selby, Karlen and Scott working together on a DS story again more exciting than the actual realization.  Excellent production values, though--I will say that for it.

G.

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Those shots on Chloe's site are really fantastic.  I have spotted even more architectural details from Seaview incorporated into this design.  Phenomenal!

Thanks, MB!

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Radio Tribute To DS' 45th Anniversary
« on: June 28, 2011, 09:02:30 PM »
I was able to catch most of part 2 of "House of Despair."  Interesting to hear it...  Part 3 is coming up in 15 minutes!

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Radio Tribute To DS' 45th Anniversary
« on: June 28, 2011, 08:14:30 PM »
The announcer mentioned that the original recording of the DS theme was accomplished on "a Yamaha keyboard with a string attached" because they couldn't find a theremin player in NYC.  Fascinating!  I had never heard that.

Is "House of Despair" a title given to one of the DS cues, Midnite?  I really need to pick up that big box set...

xo G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Radio Tribute To DS' 45th Anniversary
« on: June 28, 2011, 06:18:07 PM »
I am listening.  It started out with the VTR announcer guy's little rap at the beginning of episode one, followed by Vicki's voiceover from that episode.  It then switched to just the music.  Some very committed deejay has arranged the tracks that were used in the first two weeks of the shows in the order in which they were played.  Ingenious!

I don't know how to record stuff that is streaming off the internet.  It would be a fun thing to save and play later on. 

The deejay just came on and identified himself (or his program?) as "Circumference."  He identified the first block of music as all the tracks from episode one. Now he is playing all the cues for episode 2.  In order!  I love this!  If I lived in SF I would take this guy out to lunch to thank him.

Hope other fans besides me are getting to hear this.  The station sounds very cool.  On Saturdays they have a program called the Norman Bates Memorial something or other.  Isn't that wild?

cheers, G. (bopping to "Back at the Blue Whale")

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0001
« on: June 28, 2011, 04:06:10 AM »
I just love Maggie's line to Vicki about that lovely hair of yours turning "one glorious shade of grey" after her stay at the Great House.

What a wonderful start to the series!  And if asked why we're still watching forty-five years later, we can all quote the Mistress of Collinwood:  "Because I *choose* to do so!"

cheers, G.

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She made a lot of films.  Between 1930 and the 1942 or so, her average was four pictures per year. 

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: HAPPY 45TH BIRTHDAY, "DARK SHADOWS"!!
« on: June 27, 2011, 09:15:02 PM »
Happy 45, DS.  Here's looking at you, kid.

*raising glass*

Gothique

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