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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 I / Re:OT Congrats, Cris
« on: April 29, 2003, 05:09:48 PM »
Congratulations, Criseyde. This sounds both like a lot of fun, and a very useful way of quietly building some important skills these kids will need to function in college.  Some of the writers you mention, such as Penley and Jenkins, might even make the kiddies think about reasserting their subjectivity in the face of the stifling, all-flattening multimedia juggernaut that saturates North American postmodern consciousness.

That said, I'm horrified to learn that these kids are so illiterate they don't even know the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars.  I shudder to think what they would make of a Shakespeare play, a Bronte novel, or an Auden poem.

You're working in the trenches, dear.  Goddess bless you!

Gothick

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A brilliant critique, as always, Luciaphil.

My favorite comment on the character of Olivia/Amanda comes in a wonderfully played little scene between "Grant" and the lady herself.  At some point, completely frustrated with Olivia's antics, Grant bellows at her:  "Maybe I don't know at the moment who I am.  I don't think YOU EVER knew who you are!"

It kind of sums Amanda up in a nutshell.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:W. C. Feilds was right........
« on: April 28, 2003, 03:29:00 PM »
Leviathan really starts to jump the shark when Widdle Alexander shows up.  His poker-faced bangs-obscured glares are about as alarming as the fur on my childhood Fuzzy Wuzzy.  And everytime he shrills "MISSUS STAWDAWD!" I crack up.

Don't get me wrong, there are still some of the greatest moments in the history of DS ahead of us.  I thought Alexander's successor was the best of all the Leviathan Leader casting choices.

And then, of course, there's everybody's favorite--BRUNO!  He of the Ranch Poodle chic and the brylcreem addiction.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Song Videos/Home Movies
« on: April 25, 2003, 08:04:33 PM »
Hi again Maine Girl,

Cheep Productions did a gloriously demented series of parody episodes of Dark Shadows.  The production values were actually rather stunning, given that these were totally fan written, acted, and produced.

I won't print any names due to the understandable desire of the fans involved for privacy, but the actor who plays Julia (a very talented young man who has Grayson's vocal inflections and mannerisms down to a T) is hysterical!  And he plays Barnabas, too!

One of the shows was called Save Our Cemeteries.  If memory serves, the plot revolved around a (sadly perpetually off-camera) scheming Count Petofi's plot to bulldoze the Eagle Hill Cemetery and turn the premises into a peep-show.

There was another one where Julia had cured Barnabas and he had to learn how to sleep in a bed again.  He kept sliding out, while wearing the cutest bat-printed pyjamas.  At some point Julia shows up in a Madonna outfit and performs a slinky dance to one of those early 90s sexaholic songs of hers.  I literally nearly died laughing!

Ah, the memories.

Steve

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Song Videos/Home Movies
« on: April 25, 2003, 04:58:27 PM »
My all time favorite DS Music Video has to be "You are always on my mind" (the Pet Shop Boys cover of the song) which was done by a very gifted fan as a Barnabas/Julia romance video.

I don't own it, as we were told copies could not be sold due to concern over copyright infringement, but was fortunate enough to see it 3 times at different events.  It's a beautiful, wonderful video.  If you haven't seen it, Maine Girl, maybe you'll have the opportunity at some venue or other.

In my opinion, a showing of it is a sine qua non for the "Farewell" DS Festival.  To me, Barnabas and Julia ARE Dark Shadows.

Gothick

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re:** Upgrade - Part 2 **
« on: April 24, 2003, 07:59:56 PM »
well, MB, I guess it's a case of YaBB-a dab-a TWO!

you know I've been dying for a chance to say that...

Steve

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Wonderful comments from you, Luciaphil, as always.  Sadly, I have far too many pictures of myself and my pals from the late Sixties (2 years younger than David H) to read his 1969 wardrobe as anything other than that most unlikely suspect on the set of DS--realism.

And at David's age, I was maladjusted enough that I did hole up in my room a lot of the time poring over ponderous tomes.

Your comment about the history of Liz and David's relationship reminds me of that heartbreaking scene from May (I think) 1967 when Liz is planning on jumping off Widow's Hill and she says goodbye to David. There were several scenes like that underlining the strange bond between these two--orphans in the storm.  Something clearly had gone terribly wrong between them at this point, and that's just sad.

There are some remarkable moments in this storyline.  Joan's Ice Bitch performance in this part is one of them, for me.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Glamourpuss Julia
« on: April 24, 2003, 07:31:59 PM »
I happened to have the show on briefly this a.m. and nearly fainted at the glamorousness of Grayson's appearance in episode 1.  The tailored coat (thank you Ohrbach's, you FINALLY found something that did not make Our Favorite Doctor look like the Last of the Frumps!), the gorgeous scarf (looked chocolate brown from where I was sitting), the hair, the makeup, the earrings--the tout ensemble was the SUMMIT of perfection!

Joan looked really superb, as well.  I hope both ladies went out for lunch that day and amused themselves with the clank of dropping jaws all round.

Hope they both ordered lots of expensive dishes and charged it all to Dan Curtis!

Gothick

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Thanks for getting the word out on this, Darren, and I'm pleased the results were an improvement upon the last one.

You're doing wonderful work, and all fans are benefiting.

Steve

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Current Talk '03 I / Liz Goes Psychedelic
« on: April 23, 2003, 09:56:54 PM »
From the montage, I take it that Liz's Leviathan Nightmare was aired today (but maybe it was yesterday).  What did folks think?  Although entertaining to watch, I always find myself clueless as to just how it's meant to accomplish the results of the dream.

Beautiful shot of Joan's horrified face in the funhouse mirror. Even in a state of shock, Liz manages to look stately!

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 I / Re:2003 Fest info
« on: April 23, 2003, 08:57:56 PM »
I'm quite sure that as long as the surviving cast members are willing to show up, there will continue to be DS fan events around the country.  There's been an event that's been happening every year around Halloween at Lockwood Mathews House in Norwalk, CT for several years now, for instance.

I also think it might be fun for fans to think of getting together just to socialize and share the weirdness that is DS.  That, for me, is why I kept going back.

The NYC Festivals have turned into cattle calls in recent years.  I would prefer something a little more intimate and low-key, myself.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:All-Purpose Pentagram?
« on: April 23, 2003, 05:57:35 PM »
That Sandy Dennis movie was called Something Evil and directed by Steven Spielberg.  He did it shortly after the much-ballyhooed Duel (which I never saw, the subject matter sounded intensely boring to me).  Darren McGavin was in it, and so was Johnnie Whitaker (who was on Family Affair, the Sebastian Cabot/Brian Keith vehicle).

I remember it vividly too, but haven't seen it since the early 70s.

I'm afraid the use of the pentagram-on-the-floor in the Summer of 1970 sequence wasn't any more accurate than the use of it we just saw, but the incantation was fun.

It was wild that they were doing all this stuff in 1969/1970.  In Maryland, at least, this stuff was very exotic.  Every week I would go to the library for more books to tell me about what I was seeing on Dark Shadows.  It had such an impact upon my imagination.

Gothick

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re:The New Color Scheme...
« on: April 23, 2003, 05:52:08 PM »
Hmmm, it looks more like royal blue to my color-blind eyes.  I like all shades of blue and purple, so it looks sweet to me.  What I don't like is that the "Dark Shadows Forums" logo now looks squished.  And Collinwood looks as if somebody (Gerard Stiles, perhaps) stuck the house on a giant rack and s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d... I'm sure it's because I have my computer set at 9696 x 6969 or something like that...

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Looking for Briscoe & Hall screengrabs
« on: April 22, 2003, 08:05:16 PM »
Hi Julia, do you mean from the current (Leviathans) storyline? They are luscious together.  And then there's a scene where Briscoe and Selby are together and they both have big, tousled hair and look teasingly rumpled.  That really makes Gothick's mojo buzz.

Hope you can get tapes of next week's shows!  As I recall, there are some great scenes from the shows later in this week, as the good doctor tries to "help" Grant Douglas with all his problems.

Gothththth

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Keeping Score...SPOILER QUESTION
« on: April 22, 2003, 04:27:50 PM »
Mrs. Johnson definitely is NOT a Leviathan.  There's a line that I am afraid I find wickedly hysterical when the Leviathan Leader (don't you wish they'd given him a title, something along the lines of, oh, I don't know, The Great Naga???) babbles something like "And I'm gonna kill that housekeeper... that Mrs. Johnson.  I never could stand her!"

Paul is not a Leviathan, either, and proves to be rather a thorn in their side.  This plot thread was dropped when Dennis Patrick had to go make a movie.

Barnabas explains at some point that certain people have a "genetic structure" which resists absorption into the Leviathan consciousness.

Gothick

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