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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Secret Closet?
« on: May 02, 2003, 03:17:53 PM »
John, doll, YOU ARE A GOD!

thankyouthankyouthankyou for that FABOU link.

You and I are SO on the same page about The Divine One.  One of the oldtime fans recalled on one occasion that her Dad also worshipped at the Shrine of Grayson and used to say:  "There's God the Father, God the Son, and Grayson Hall ... and the first two better watch Their Step!" (my apologies if this offends any individuals in the audience)

Gothick
A Senior Officer of Hall-o-holics Anonymous

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:The Horror of the SPOON
« on: April 30, 2003, 08:17:01 PM »
I actually thought the whole thing with the spoon worked, *in the context of the episode*.  I did think that DP was chewing up the scenery there and not just a bit, which did give it a camp edge.

I agree with Luciaphil; what we're seeing now is more of the "inner Liz" than we've seen since around Spring 1967.  Remember how when Liz came back from her Laura-induced illness, she gave Roger a dressing down about minding his own business?  She was so icy in that scene I had to pour antifreeze over the TV set after I played the tape (OK, I'm exaggerating, but not by much).

She could also mete out some pretty brutal fare to Burke Devlin in the early months... entirely understandable since he was plotting to destroy Collinwood and everything the family stood for.

I often find myself snapping my fingers a lot during Joan's scenes in this storyline.  Just love my LeviaLiz!

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Secret Closet?
« on: April 30, 2003, 08:09:17 PM »
Oh yes, John, I definitely want to see Julia's shopping spree. One of my favorite sequences in Satan in High Heels is the infamous "montage" clip where Grayson takes Missy out for her fashion makeover.  There are some hilarious, all too brief shots of Grayson in one of those early Sixties Paris knockoff hats with the huge wavy brim and a jacket with this big elaborate gilt fob hanging off one side puffing on her endless cigarette holder appraising her gal in the latest ensemble.  And all played to jazzy beat coffeehouse style music. FABULOUS!

I can just see Julia as they return to Collinwood:  "Chris, darling, it's so hot in here.  Don't you want to take your shirt off now???"

eee-vil Gothththth

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:When Was the Last Time
« on: April 29, 2003, 08:59:26 PM »
Hi Julia, this reminds me of the talk I saw in a 1965 press clipping of Grayson playing Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate.

I would have LOVED to see her doing that.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Chris Jennings, Were-STUD
« on: April 29, 2003, 08:31:34 PM »
Caleb is played by the luscious Nathan Fillion, who played the Captain on Firefly, a Joss Whedon series I'd love to see get off the ground again.

I have not been able to catch Fillion's appearances on BTVS, unfortunately.  I just adore his mouth, though.  mmmmmmm

purring provocatively,

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 I / Re:OT Congrats, Cris
« on: April 29, 2003, 04:09:48 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, 02:29:00 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, 07:04:33 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, 03:58:27 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, 06:59:56 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, 06:31:59 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, 08:56:54 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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