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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: September 20, 2017, 05:50:20 AM »
^^^Yes, a very nice tribute to Mr. Stanton.  Thanks for sharing.  Coincidentally, Stanton is the name on the one next to the "Unknown" marker where Blondie and Tuco locate the gold at the finale of The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. 

Both markers can be seen in this image from the movie.



This appears to be a more recent image but I am unsure if they are the same ones as those in the film.




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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: September 19, 2017, 09:36:25 AM »
 Frank Vincent, ‘Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’ Actor, Dies at 78



God Bless.  Rest In Peace.


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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What are you listening to right now thread
« on: September 16, 2017, 08:56:25 AM »
Great album from 1990 and much better than Donny Osmond's output around the same time.




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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Star Trek Appreciation Thread (TOS only please)
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:37:04 AM »
11/03/66 (Original Airdate)

10/13/07 (Remastered Airdate)

A madman is on the loose on board the Enterprise.  He is an escapee from a rehabilitation facility on Tantalus V during a routine cargo drop.  Not a patient, Dr. Simon Van Gelder is an employee. 

This revelation forces Kirk to investigate and Dr. Tristan Adams is exposed for abusing his position as director of the Tantalus Penal Colony by conducting abusive experiments with the "Neural Neutralizer".

Veteran tv actors James Gregory and Morgan Woodward perform convincingly in their roles as Dr's Adams and Van Gelder, respectively.  Woodward would return to Star Trek, in a different role and I remember Gregory's recurring appearances on Barney Miller as Detective Frank Luger.  Although unrecognizable in 1970's Beneath The Planet Of The Apes, his unmistakable voice can be heard in his characterization of Ursus.  "The only good human is a dead human!"














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Off-Topic Discussion / Star Trek Appreciation Thread (TOS only please)
« on: September 10, 2017, 04:11:52 PM »
10/27/66 (Original Airdate)

9/16/06 (Remastered Airdate)

In response to a distress signal the senior officers, captain's yeoman and two security officers beam down to a planet almost identical to Earth.

They discover the inhabitants are only children and that once they reach puberty, don't have much longer to live. 

Being adults, the landing party is automatically infected and are tasked with finding a cure before it's too late. 

Two of William Shatner's daughter appear in this episode, Lisabeth and Melanie. 

Kim Darby would go on to appear in the western film True Grit, with none other than the iconic John Wayne.












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Off-Topic Discussion / Star Trek Appreciation Thread (TOS only please)
« on: September 10, 2017, 04:10:07 PM »
^^^Yes, I'll check it out.  I hope they pull it off.  It'd be nice to see a decent parody on a weekly basis.   The last such attempt didn't fare so well, Richard Benjamin starring in Quark in 1977.  It only lasted one season.  I'll probably see more of The Orville then Star Trek: Discovery because with the exception of the premiere episode, the latter won't be available on network television.  Cable is expensive enough for me to bother paying extra for one series that I'm unsure about.  The other Star Trek spinoffs are fine but I haven't gone out of my way to watch every episode.


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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
« on: September 10, 2017, 03:36:20 PM »
Sunny Salem Sunday


















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Off-Topic Discussion / Star Trek Appreciation Thread (TOS only please)
« on: September 09, 2017, 08:21:12 PM »
10/20/66 (Original Airdate)

10/06/07 (Remastered Airdate)

The seventh episode aired of the first season involves another duplicate Captain Kirk.  The story is just as convincing here as it was in "The Enemy Within". 

The unmistakable voice of Ted Cassidy can be heard in the character of Ruk, one of Dr. Korby's android protectors.  Cassidy is best known as Lurch on The Addams Family.  Andrea is played by gorgeous Sherry Jackson, who was known to tv fans as the daughter to Danny Thomas' character on Make Room For Daddy.

Great acting by Michael Strong, as Dr. Roger Korby.












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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2017 Movie Discussion
« on: September 08, 2017, 05:01:38 PM »
Saw this yesterday. Lots of action, plenty of humor.  Very enjoyable and entertaining.




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It probably won't happen, but I'd love to see a complete Eastwood film collection on Blu-Ray.  Everything from A Fistful Of Dollars to present day. 


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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Star Trek Appreciation Thread (TOS only please)
« on: September 08, 2017, 07:30:57 AM »
10/13/66 (Original Airdate)

4/26/08 (Remastered Airdate)

Leo Walsh is a space-age mail order bride broker.  His real name is Harry Mudd, and can be more accurately described as a pirate.  Harry is an amusing character, very sneaky and untrustworthy.  His "cargo" is a nice, albeit potentially dangerous, distraction for the Enterprise crew.

For the first time I noticed a flaw.  Scotty, Spock and McCoy are at the transporter controls when the three beautiful women are beamed aboard at the beginning of the episode.   In one of McCoy's reaction shots, he's standing in Sickbay...with a different shirt on!   The subsequent reaction shot returns back to him in the Transporter Room with original shirt.  Too funny.  That's the first time I ever noticed that.

In all, a very good episode.  Amusing and entertaining.












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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
« on: September 06, 2017, 11:59:17 AM »
Yeah, I've had some major changes the past couple of years.  I moved to Salem, New Hampshire last April.  Home on short-term disability: left knee surgery so no work until October.  New Hampshire is nice. I like it here.


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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
« on: September 06, 2017, 10:29:02 AM »
I thought I'd share some images I captured with my iPad today.  My finger got into one, but not bad.  A rainy day at home in Salem, New Hampshire.  View around the property.  The Toyota RAV4 used to belong to my dad.





















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Off-Topic Discussion / Star Trek Appreciation Thread (TOS only please)
« on: September 01, 2017, 10:38:49 PM »
10/06/66 (Original Airdate)

1/26/08 (Remastered Airdate)

So, the "evil" Kirk is violent, demanding and arrogant.   He demands Saurian Brandy from Dr. McCoy, nearly rapes his personal yeoman, Janice Rand and assaults various crew members.

We learn the "good" Kirk, who is caring, reflective and empathetic, cannot exist without his evil side.  Properly controlled in one body, this is what embodies one of the Federations'  perfect Starfleet Captains.  He is the quintessential courageous and compassionate commander.

A good vs. evil character study delivered very well in this format.














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Both are great.  For me, High Plains Drifter has the edge because The Stranger closely resembles the The Man With No Name.  The Leone westerns Eastwood starred in are my favorites. 

Perhaps it's the mystery.  While the viewer is on their own with regards to the back story of The Stranger, such is not the case with Josey Wales.  We see he's a happy family man at the outset before tragedy strikes.  We see the reason for his bitterness and anger.  On his revenge seeking journey, we witness him unwittingly amass a new "family" and, depending on the viewer, possibly comes full circle and settles down on a new farm at the end of the film.

The Outlaw Josey Wales is one of Eastwood's best moments as actor/director and possibly even a better movie, but I still prefer High Plains Drifter.   I love the introduction of the character as he rides into Lago and watching the story unfold from there.

Great topic... I just may have to view these as a double feature sometime soon. 😎

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General Discussion / What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: August 30, 2017, 12:52:51 PM »
Pale Rider

I love revisiting this from time to time.


















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9/29/66 (Original Airdate)

9/30/06 (Remastered Airdate)

This episode could just as easily have been entitled "True Colors".  A disease contracted from a careless landing party crew member infects most of the crew, causing them to reveal their innermost demons and desires.

An infected Lt. Kevin Riley shuts down the Enterprise's engines while in dangerously close orbit to Psi 2000's atmosphere, the doomed planet where the disease was discovered to have originated from. 

While McCoy has discovered a cure and begins administering it to the crew, Kirk and Spock devise a way to cold start the Enterprise engines, ultimately saving the crew and ship and discovering they have found a method to travel back in time at will. 

The story takes place mostly aboard the Enterprise and the suspense and stress of the situation comes through very well.










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9/22/66 (Original Airdate)

1/20/07 (Remastered Airdate)

Although the third episode aired, this was actually the second pilot filmed as ordered by NBC executives.  This explains the different look in the crew uniforms and interior of the ship.

TV and movie buffs will recognize some familiar faces here.  Gary Lockwood later appeared in the 1968 science fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Sally Kellerman was the original Margaret "Hot Lips" Houllihan in the 1970 comedy,
M*A*S*H.  Lloyd Haynes is best known for his role as teacher Pete Dixon on television's Room 222 and Paul Fix played opposite Chuck Connors as Marshal Micah Torrance in the iconic western television series, The Rifleman.

After having rejected Roddenberry's first pilot, "The Cage", NBC gave the green light for Star Trek after viewing his second attempt.










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9/15/66 (Original Airdate)

7/14/07 (Remastered Airdate)

A test of wills between an adolescent human/alien and a starship captain.  Robert Walker was great as the young, insecure boy trying to fit in.  Always enjoyable to watch, one of the series' best episodes.










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9/08/66 (Original Airdate)

9/29/07 (Remastered Airdate)

The premiere episode of this science fiction series establishes two things from the outset, with regards to character study.  The Captain: Jim Kirk is a no-nonsense commander that runs a tight ship  who cares about his crew.  The First Officer and Doctor:  The stage is set to establish the friendship each has with their captain.  While only referred to in passing by Lt. Uhura to make a point with Mr. Spock, the opening dialogue between Kirk and McCoy, as well as the captain's apology to the doctor for having snapped at him demonstrates their loyalty to one another as colleagues and friends.  There are elements of this that reminds me of The Twilight Zone.  It's a good story that keeps the viewer interested and entertained.










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