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General Discussion / Re: Clint Eastwood Double Features Ideas
« on: November 17, 2021, 06:24:34 AM »
This sounds fun..

Thanks, Gant.  I did see your suggestion and that?s another good one.  We can use that one next week.  🙂

General Discussion / Re: Clint Eastwood Double Features Ideas
« on: November 17, 2021, 06:23:47 AM »
Week 1:  November 16-22, 2021


Good one, Perry! 👍🏻 Great start! 🙂

The Bridges Of Madison County.  This is the first movie that came to mind for me, obviously for the subject matter. 

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy birthday, Gant!
« on: November 16, 2021, 01:27:24 PM »
Happy Birthday, Gant 😎

General Discussion / Clint Eastwood Double Features Ideas
« on: November 16, 2021, 01:22:33 PM »
Greetings, and welcome. I want to play a game.  8)
I?ve often thought about what would make good Clint Eastwood double features.  Once I completed my collection years ago, that came easy and more interesting over time as he released and continues to release  more movies.  I was going to post a list but that would be more fun for me than anyone else and thought it would be a good idea to include others.
So, we?ll start with the rules.  I?ll be the gamekeeper.  I?d say moderator, but that just doesn?t feel right.  In light of that, I am dedicating this post to KC.  I think it?s something she would?ve enjoying participating in. 
We?ll begin with the first post after this.  Give me any Clint Eastwood movie and I?ll respond with what I think would be a good companion film for a double-feature viewing.  Originally, I was going to limit this to his starring-only projects, but don?t want to offend anyone.  Keeping that in mind, I?ve decided to expand it to every movie he?s starred in since he began his career all the way up to present day.  So, this means Revenge Of The Creature to Cry Macho.
Please don?t post after the first person because it will be too difficult to keep track if there are many.  The goal here is for me to reply and that opens the door for further discussion on the two films paired together.  How about we do this for a period of one week for each pairing?  I think that will be enough time for others to join in.  It will be an open discussion to agree, disagree, share thoughts, insights and so on.  Not in any way intended to be a debate.  No, I think we could have a lot of fun with this, potentially for a long time.
So, please join me and I hope all is well with you all. :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Birthday Schofield Kid!
« on: October 15, 2021, 12:37:31 PM »
Happy Birthday!  Enjoy your Special Day!  :)

I took my girlfriend Cydney to see this during the films? premiere weekend.  I haven?t been this underwhelmed since Blood Work but I don?t mind.  I consider seeing a Clint Eastwood movie in a theater a privilege.  I?ve been a fan going on forty years now, what feels like a lifetime.  Clint is the man.  There are better actors but Eastwood is my favorite above and beyond all others. 

His performance is so well done, laid back and effortless it?s almost as if you?re peeking in on a day in the life of Mr. Eastwood.  That in of itself makes it worthy of my effort to see it on the big screen.  It was very much worth it and I?m looking forward to another viewing.  I wonder what his next movie will be.  I just hope he?s in it.

No contest for me.  I prefer Clint?s acting above and beyond his directing.

Off-Topic Discussion / Tapatalk problems
« on: May 12, 2021, 08:46:17 AM »
Does anyone else here use Tapatalk for this forum?  I switched a few years ago and up ?til recently found it easier to use.  I noticed some problems recently but don?t know what?s going on.  Does any Tapatalk users have any insight?  Thank you in advance for your time.

I just came across this thread and offer my sincerest, most heartfelt condolences.  I truly hope KC is with loved ones, family and friends that God chose to call Home before her.

I say this with as much meaning and feeling now as ever before:

God Bless you, KC. 🙏🏻  May you Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻

How do people feel about the remastered versions compared to the original? I've noticed that some of the space shots must be way different looking than they originally would have in the 1960s. I'm not sure if anything else has been remastered (or just flat out changed to make it look more modern).
Hi Christopher,  I love the improvements.  I don?t see the gripes by those who favor the originals.  I mean, I get it.  They?re classics.  So, if that?s what you favor then continue to do so without the irrelevant negativity spewed about the new versions that so many of us do enjoy.  There?s room for everybody. 🙂

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I?m glad you?re enjoying what you?ve been seeing so far, Christopher.  The Enemy Within and Space Seed are among their best.    I recently rewatched The Wrath Of Khan again, still my favorite. 

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Off-Topic Discussion / Movies I have watched this week
« on: April 03, 2021, 08:30:19 AM »
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

My first attempt to view this on cable 6 years ago was unsuccessful.  With what little I viewed then, I was disappointed and switched channels.  Even with what little I?d seen, I disagreed with all of the positive reviews I?d heard and was surprised that it received numerous Academy Award nominations.

The movie came up in recent conversations with friends and I decided to add it to my list of films to give a second chance.  I?m glad I did, because I loved it this time around.  I don?t know, maybe I had to go through a divorce and then a break-up to really enjoy it!  Ha ha ha, not really.  Those have nothing to do with it.  I?m hoping a sequel is in the works.

Joker (2019)

Upon hearing about this movie, I was curious but had no burning desire to see it.  Even after hearing good things about it and seeing Joaquin Phoenix win the Best Actor Oscar for his performance, I was unmoved.  As with Mad Max: Fury Road, Joker came up in recent talks with friends and I decided I?d check it out.

My girlfriend and I watched this last night and both came away very disappointed.  It was not entertaining.  It was overlong and dull.  Phoenix is deserving of his award, but I don?t consider him a good Joker.  To me, the best versions are Caesar Romero, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. 

Overboard (1987)

Coming away disappointed with Joker, Cydney and I turned to this comedy.  My first viewing and enjoyed it very much.  Goldie Hawn is a doll and I?ve enjoyed a lot of Kurt Russell?s movies ever since first seeing him portray The King in 1979?s TV biopic produced by Dick Clark, Elvis.

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?Friday?s Child?

12/01/67 (Original Airdate)

1/06/07 (Remastered Airdate)

On assignment from Starfleet, Kirk leads a landing party to the planet surface of Capella IV, intent on gaining mining rights for Topaline.  They discover Kras, a Klingon representative there for the same reason.  What they don?t know is that the Klingons sent a fake distress signal for the Enterprise to respond to, luring them away from Capella IV and stranding the landing party.   Ultimately, the mission is a success  and McCoy helps the Capellan leader?s wife give birth to a son, whom she names Leonard James Akaar, after McCoy and Kirk.

A season and a half through this series, I come away from this episode disappointed with the portrayal of the Klingon, Kras.  He wasn?t threatening or intimidating, as the ones that had come before him were. 

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?Journey To Babel?

11/17/67 (Original Airdate)

2/03/07 (Remastered Airdate)

In this episode, we are introduced to Spock?s parents.  His Vulcan father, Sarek, disapproved of his son?s decision to join Starfleet and his mother is human.  There are alien dignitaries aboard the Enterprise, being transported to an interplanetary conference.  A murder-mystery plot unfolds, all the while it?s learned Ambassador Sarek must undergo surgery, aided by his son as he is the only individual on board that has the same blood type. 

It?s fun seeing the camaraderie continue to develop between Kirk, Spock and McCoy here.  For once, McCoy gets the last word over his Captain and First Officer, both friends, as they are patients of his in Sickbay.

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11/10/67 (Original Airdate)

11/03/07 (Remastered Airdate)

Commissioner Nancy Hedford is being escorted via the Galileo shuttlecraft to the Enterprise by Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy when the encounter a ?cloud? that envelopes them and brings them to a nearby planet.  They are approached by a man that invites them back to his living space.  Ultimately, they discover he is Zephram Cochrane, inventor of the space warp drive, missing for 150 years.  It?s revealed that the same cloud that brought them to him is what he calls The Companion, an alien entity that has kept him alive.  Meanwhile, Hedford has become deathly ill and The Companion has taken over her body, providing Cochrane with company as they?ve decide to stay.

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10/27/67 (Original Airdate)

10/28/06 (Remastered Airdate)

While the Enterprise is in orbit above Pyris VII, three crew members are on a landing party mission when Jackson beams aboard, collapses from the Transporter Room platform and dies, then an eerie message comes from his mouth threatening death to all unless they leave.  This leaves Scotty and Sulu unaccounted for, so Kirk orders Spock and McCoy to accompany him to the planet surface to search for them and find out what happened to Jackson.

There are further, eerie attempts to dissuade the trio from pursuing their goal, but are unsuccessful.  Eventually, they enter a castle to find Korob and Sylvia, two aliens that have taken human form and have brainwashed Sulu and Scotty.  The same happens to McCoy but Korob decides to free Kirk and Spock after an argument with Sylvia.  Through their escape attempt, Kirk is able to destroy the aliens? power source, reducing them to their original forms which kills them because they can?t withstand the planet?s atmosphere.  McCoy, Scotty and Sulu are released from their trance-like state of mind and all five return to the Enterprise. 

A good episode.  It?s too bad the remastering couldn?t fix the hokey-looking oversized cat.   Had an effort been made, I think it could?ve been improved.  At least the strings holding up the tiny alien creature versions of Korob and Sylvia are no longer painfully visible.

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Off-Topic Discussion / The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
« on: February 23, 2021, 05:35:19 AM »
Fantastic, Matt!  Thanks for sharing.  While writing letters recently, I noticed a hungry critter outside, too.  I captured multiple images, but this is the best one that doesn?t show the inside reflection of where I?m sitting.  This is at my girlfriend?s place in Melrose, Massachusetts.

I hope everybody is doing well. 🙂

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The Doomsday Machine

10/20/67 (Original Airdate)

2/10/07 (Remastered Airdate)

It?s episodes like this that continue to make this show endure and relevant.  There?s some great exchanges that take place throughout this episode, this one between Commodore Matt Decker and Captain Kirk in the Auxiliary Control room of Decker?s ship, the U.S.S. Constellation:

Kirk:  "Matt, where's your crew?"

Decker:  "On the third planet."

Kirk:  "There is no third planet."

Decker:  "Don't you think I know that? There was, but not any more!"

Another between them with Decker having taken command of the Enterprise while Kirk is aboard Matt?s ship:

Decker:  ?We are going to turn and attack!?

Kirk:  ?Not with my ship, you don?t.?

And this, between Decker and Mr. Spock as the First Officer relieves the Commodore of command:

Spock:  "Commodore Decker, you're relieved of your command."

Decker:  "I don't recognize your authority to relieve me!"

Spock:  "You may file a formal protest with Starfleet Command, assuming we survive to reach a Starbase, but you are relieved. Commodore, I do not wish to place you under arrest."

Decker:  "You wouldn't dare." (Spock signals the guards forward) "You're bluffing."

Spock:  "Vulcans never bluff."

William Windom?s portrayal as Commodore Decker is both convincing and entertaining.  The tension is palpable as he takes command of the Enterprise in an attempt to destroy the ?Planet Killer? and avenge his crew?s death.

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The Apple

10/13/67 (Original Airdate)

3/01/08 (Remastered Airdate)

An Enterprise landing party scouting mission goes awry on Gamma Trianguli VI, a planet controlled by a computer called Vaal, whose inhabitants worship and feed it through a large cave opening shaped like a snake?s head.

Vaal is affecting the Enterprise?s antimatter pods, which will cause it to lose gravity, crash upon the planet surface and kill the entire crew.  Kirk orders Scotty to fire the ship?s phasers at Vaal, destroying it.  This action also forces the natives to learn how to care for themselves, rather than to continue relying on a machine.

It?s not a good mission for ?red shirts?, as four of them are killed.  It?s no, ahem, walk in the park for Mr. Spock, either as he gets hit by plant darts and a lightning bolt!  Being Vulcan, he survives.  Not a standout episode for me, average. 

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