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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Radio Tribute To DS' 45th Anniversary
« on: June 28, 2011, 08:02:30 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, 07:14:30 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, 05:18:07 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, 03:06:10 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, 08:15:02 PM »
Happy 45, DS.  Here's looking at you, kid.

*raising glass*

Gothique

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I think it would be a hoot if Alice Cooper had a cameo in the movie.  Maybe the character of Buzz could also have a cameo.

G.

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Love the photo.  Looks as if her Angelique (or dare one hope, Cassandra?) will have an edge of Morticia Addams...

G.

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The popular mainstream favorites in her career are Little Women (1933), the Lang films and the Bride films.  Some regard her most artistically poised performance as The Reckless Moment (1949), a dark horse directed by legendary French auteur Max Ophuls; James Mason appeared opposite her in that.  The Walter Wanger shooting scandal happened in 1951 and after that she was more or less blacklisted, although she did appear in a few films.  She started to move more into television at that point.

Her real source of happiness later in life was her daughters and their lives.  She weathered quite a bit of tragedy, including the death of her sister Constance in the 1960s.

G.

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That's uncanny--that we're repeating the same days of the week as in 1966--

Glad to see the Watching Project will continue!

G.

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A friend of mine who is a video game junkie told me years ago that he had tried to watch DS but couldn't get into it because it was "so slow."

He often comments that he finds movies I like to be "slow."

I've stopped recommending anything other than documentaries on topics of mutual interest to him.

G.

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A distraught, slightly drunken Roger confronts Elizabeth in the drawing room:

"But why turn to WEED, Liz?  Why???"

An arched eyebrow, a disdainful moue of the heavily lacquered lips, a pouting grimace as she turns, gives him a freezing look, and says:  "Because I *choose* to do so."

Actually, Cousin B, I think your comments about Liz and her pain are very astute and on the mark.  Which is why, when the pain went beyond even her power to bear, Liz seriously contemplated taking a certain step during that harrowing month of June 1967.... 

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: The Robservations Slideshow
« on: June 25, 2011, 01:51:28 AM »
Just love the Barnabas/Julia shot from episode 1043 this evening.  That's one of my favorite moments--Julia puts her foot down and says "No" to Barn's latest bout of the crazy.  Not that it lasts all that long, of course... sigh.

G.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but we don't actually know whether there will or won't be use of the Old House in the new movie's story.  All we know is that it was not mentioned in the press release synopsis.  I'd be willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that there were some MAJOR ellipses in that synopsis... knowing what I do of the oeuvre and m. o. of Mr. Tim Burton.

Also, it's not clear that the "ruined" Collinwood will stimulate Barnabas to make a trip in time to change family history and restore the manor to its former grandeur.  We really know very little how things are set to play out in this redaction once Barnabas is released from his coffin.

Forgive me if I'm being too flippant, but I actually had a really strong image in my mind when the green friend was mentioned of a weary, heartbroken Liz alone in her boudoir, wearing that gorgeous deep blue dressing-gown, taking some long slow tokes on a doob at the end of an elegant holder.

In the psychiatric profession today, they refer to this sort of thing as "self-medicating," I believe.

G.

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Interesting article, MB.  I wonder whether massive events such as Comic Con will be able to continue without the studio financial support and perquisites.

I hadn't heard that Universal had stopped production on the Guillermo del Toro Mountains of Madness movie. That's too bad.  I was really looking forward to that one, although I don't think it would have been as good as the independently produced Whisperer in Darkness, which, from the Youtube trailers, looks as if it will be THE definitive Lovecraft film adaptation--full stop.

I also wonder whether it isn't a matter of the majors no longer catering to geeks as to the TPTB deciding they can do it all more effectively for less money online. 

It will be interesting to see how much creative control Burton is able to maintain over the new Dark Shadows product.  The whole 3 D thing seems to have imploded.  I do wonder what other changes may be dictated by new trends between now and the release date...

G.

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