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Current Talk '03 I / Re:John Barleycorn Must Die
« on: April 06, 2003, 01:07:46 AM »
I never knew that a British rock band had recorded this song!  Too bad that Fairport Convention did not record it on Liege and Lief (with the gorgeous Sandy Denny singing the lead!)

I've heard and sung it myself for many years at Lammas, a festival honoring the harvesting of the first fruits from the Land held every year in early August.

Gothick

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Hi Luciaphil,

Yes, I heard about a proposed US remake of The Wicker Man starring Nicolas Cage.  It sounded like a revolting idea.  Hopefully, nothing ever came of it.

Plans were for Riding of the Laddie to be filmed last Autumn in the UK. I do not know whether this happened or not. It's been a year since the IMDB page on the film was last updated, but the concept sounded fabulous, and the idea of Lee and Redgrave chewing scenery in tandem is the sort of stuff of which my dreams are made.

Thanks for your great comments on Joan's dress today!

Gothick

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Hi Raineypark, this is so weird... on another of my lists, we are currently discussing Harvest Home as well, as someone had a dream of the enactment of the Dionysiac Sacrifice last night--the beautiful young God torn into pieces by a horde of ecstatic women, then borne in solemn funeral procession through the fields and sown amongst the crops to revivify the Land.

Bear in mind that any time any mundane person sees an image of a Horned God, they think "Satan."  It does not matter that for thousands of years before mediaeval Christianity, horns represented authority and wisdom.

I also do not think that people who do not at least have some sort of basic emotional or psychic attunement to the Old Religion understand about the harvest sacrifices and the turning of the wheel of the year through ritual acts.  For instance, in the Wicker Man (I am finally supposed to see the restored version of that this weekend), according to what I recall of the film, the islanders did not feel they were being evil or manipulative.  They were doing what was necessary to ensure the survival of their own community and the fruitfulness of their Land.

I really pray that none of us has to experience the harsh realities of life in a subsistence society, but I wonder whether our continued trashing of the environment may not result in a time when we go to the supermarket and find the shelves bare.

Thoughtfully,  Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Paging Luciaphil!
« on: April 04, 2003, 04:43:33 PM »
Luciaphil, darling,

I'm sure you're very busy these days, but I would *love* to hear your comments on the gorgeous ensemble Judith wore for this latest phase of a certain storyline.

Would have been great if the script had been switched to have Gregory refer to her at some point as the "Scarlet Woman of Babylon," but they clearly weren't that quick on the uptake.

I like to think of it as Judith's "Hong Kong bordello madam" outfit.  Some of the fabric looks like Chinese satin to my untutored eye.

Anxiously awaiting your eagle-eyed verdict,

Gothick

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Thanks, Brian, for sharing this exciting news.

Ernest in Love has always been a scarce item.  I saw a copy of the vinyl on sale in Footlights Records, I believe for around $30 a few years back.

With Louis' presence on the disc, and the Oscar Wilde theme, this will be an attractive item for many collectors.

Louis re-recorded at least one song from this show on his own 1990s solo CD.

Best wishes,

Steve

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Hi Darren, that's very sweet of you to be so encouraging about DVD players.  I have a friend who is even less technically minded than I am, and he had to get some guy from his cable co. to connect his DVD player for him.  The problem was that he was then unable to use the VCR.  I am afraid that arrangement would be a real nuisance to me, since I tape things constantly.

I will bear in mind what you say about brands.  I am really keen on staying away from Sony products due to bad experiences over the years, so I'll keep an eye out for a decent Toshiba or Panasonic model.  I have actually pondered getting APEX for a few UK titles that have yet to be released in the US.

Best wishes,

Gothick

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Hi Luciaphil,

I saw it on tape a year or two ago.  I thought it was OK but don't know that I would ever want to sit through it again.  It's a twisted variant on the old house-is-the-monster tale.  It's well mounted and far more polished than DC's DS features.  Bette is a lot of fun in it, and Reed and Black both do well, as does the child actor (in what I think of as "the David Henesy role"), plus Burgess Meredith has a lovely little cameo in it.  But the actor who really steals the show is this guy whose name completely eludes me, who plays a MEGA creepy chauffeur in certain sequences.  He has no lines and there are no special FX, yet he practically made me jumping out of my skin with fright.  And it takes a lot to scare an old buzzard like yours truly.

Maybe you'll have the chance to rent the DVD so you can enjoy the commentary Darren masterminded. That sounds like it would add a fun, fascinating element.  I personally still do not own a DVD player, though I have come to the regretful conclusion that I do need to get one eventually.  I shudder to think of the acrobatics actually setting it up will require.

A Matriarch in Waiting,

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:TODAY IN DARK SHADOWS HISTORY
« on: April 03, 2003, 08:40:01 PM »
That's heartbreaking about your father passing away when you were just 11, Murph.  I'm really sorry to hear about that.

Interesting about the delayed broadcast of the shows.  We continued getting them in the 4 pm time slot right up to the very end.  But another station, can't now recall which one, started running all the shows in a late night (I'm thinking 11 pm?) time slot, which was REALLY cool.  I remember thinking how much more fun it would be to watch DS really late at night.  Now, of course, thanks to the magic of video, I watch it whenever I like.

Gothick

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Pooh.  I'd rather be a Matriarch than a Master.  Ah well.  I have decided that the title Physician to the Vampire (Grayson's description of her role on DS, used in selected playbill listings of the early 70s) would suit so much better.

Drowning in Widows weeds,

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:"Kitty Soames is in the way"
« on: April 02, 2003, 06:39:22 PM »
Luciaphil, I agree with everything you say about this plot.  I know they brought this in just to boost the sagging ratings (according to Grayson, the ratings were down in the latter months of 1897), but, not only does the story not make any sense, it's downright creepy to watch.  The music and lighting and scripts help make it all seem extra creepy.

I don't think the DS writers ever really grasped what reincarnation means.  A lot of Sixties writers adopted these concepts without properly researching them. Here they seem to confusing reincarnation with metempsychosis (i. e. Josette's soul is out there floating on the astral, waiting to take up residence in Kitty's body).

btw, warning that there is a CDT/Aristede scene coming up in a day or two that could make you seriously nauseous.  Keeping your hand close to the fast foward button on the remote.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:TODAY IN DARK SHADOWS HISTORY
« on: April 02, 2003, 06:31:17 PM »
A date that will live in infamy:  April 2, 1971.

I remember this day well.  I was very upset by the final episode of DS. I had been waiting patiently every day since the end of 1840 for the series to return to 1971 and show what was happening to Barnabas and Julia.  At the end of the last episode, I realized I would never find out what their fate was and whether or not they would ever be married.

Finally in the autumn of that year, Sam Hall's article came out in TV Guide and did provide some closure for the fans. Although I hated that he killed off Roger and Chris in his projected finale.  Also thought that it made no sense that Quentin would wander off being obsessed with Daphne, since he would never have met her, given the way Barnabas and Julia had changed history.  Apparently there were plans discussed at one point to introduce Kate Jackson in the modern day storyline as a new governess named Tracey (the name of her character in NoDS).  Of course at that point, the children were really too old to require the attentions of a governess.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Scream, Pretty Quentin!
« on: April 02, 2003, 02:08:01 PM »
Hi John, there's a great still from Scream, Pretty Peggy! in this book devoted to Miss Bette Davis simply entitle the Films of B. D.  Bette is sitting in this chair looking very toasted with some weird character in a demon mask and outfit striking a hellish pose behind her.  My friend Coco recalls watching it and how Bette lurched through her scenes.  I think she was still recovering from the failure of Madam Sin...

And Jennifer, you poor dear!  I hope you are feeling hale and hearty now.  At least it is grudgingly getting a little warmer again.  I hear we are due to get more rain.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Quentofi Sneer
« on: April 01, 2003, 12:41:01 AM »
Oh yes, Connie, we have noticed the luscious curl and twirl and twitch of those satin smooth lips in the role of Quentofi...

I think one of my faves is the look on his face he gets when he's about to turn Barnabas into "the Bat."  And that whole speech is just so deliriously edible.  Makes Ben and Jerry's look like, oh, I don't know, chopped liver???

Hey, maybe Elvis was really Count Petofi?  Would explain a LOT, starting with the hair grease, the fried banana sandwiches, and the vocal stylisations on "Suspicious Minds."

Gothy

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Ay caramba!
« on: March 31, 2003, 11:05:51 PM »
Just noticed that the outbox for my personal messages (whatever the hell they're called in YaBBspeak) is now showing up in Spanish as "bandejas de salida" :)).

I'd love it if each of the buttons was in a different foreign language--French, German, whatever--would give more of that cosmopolitan atmosphere I associate with the fabulous Collins family.

In case the information would be of help to the Moderators, I am French Active, Greek Passive, Chinese ambidextrous and Japanese proficient...

Gothy

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I love the idea of being made Matriarch of Collinwood.

To get THAT title, I'd post all KINDS of nonsense to the boards to tot up my quota.

Moderators query:  And that would be different how...?

xo  Steve

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