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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Possible future movies
« on: November 08, 2014, 04:34:49 PM »
Considering how truly AWFUL most of the TV show adaptations have been ( i'm looking at you Wild Wild West) I have very little hope in this. Now , there have been a few good remakes (Maverick,  The Fugitive,  The Addams Family)   so , MAYBE,  it might have a chance,  but the odds are against it.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Halloween 2014
« on: October 31, 2014, 09:23:06 AM »
Happy Halloween!

Stay safe and have fun

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: October 30, 2014, 11:42:36 PM »
'Psycho' (1960)
-Anthony Perkins

Phantoms Review:  Masterpiece

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Recent Books Read
« on: October 29, 2014, 10:06:02 PM »
So far it's a pretty good book. It "feels" like a Star Trek episode.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last western you watched?
« on: October 29, 2014, 12:41:40 PM »
'The Wild Wild West: Season Two
-Robert Conrad, Ross Martin
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By season two 'WWW' , was firmly set as a "sci-fi/fantasy" western , and these episodes truly reinforced that idea
.1) The Night Of The Raven.
The first appearance of arch villain Dr. Migellto Loveless, in the second season. This episode seems inspired by 'Land Of The Giants' or 'The Incredible Shrinking Man'. Dr. Loveless invents a powder that shrinks James West to doll size. Very entertaining episode.

2) The Night Of The Big Blast
Ida Lupino guest stars as mad scientist Dr. Faustino who reanimates corpses and makes them look like West and Gordon in an attempt to assassinate government officials. A mostly Artemus Gordon story and it's nice to see Ross Martin stretch his acting
muscles as the lead.

3) The Night Of The Returning Dead
Sammy Davis Jr guest stars as a stable hand who has a mysterious power to control animals. He uses this power to help West and Gordon investigate a murder and a ghostly rider.Fun episode. Plenty of action and a good story.

4) The Night Of The Flying Pie Plate
West and Gordon are escorting a shipment of government gold, when a mysterious flying plate' lands and three beautiful green woman emerge.Veteran character actor William Windom appears in this absolutely ridiculous, but fun comic book style adventure.

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On October 24th , it was the 23rd anniversary of Gene Roddenberry's passing , so I spent the day watching the classic' Trek' episodes:

Wolf In The Fold (Kirk and crew vs Jack The Ripper)
The Doomsday Machine ( The Enterprise battles a giant cigar that will destroy everything.  A personal favorite)
Devil In The Dark (The Horta. Fantastic episode)
City On The Edge Of Forever ( The best hour of Trek ever produced. )

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Recent Books Read
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:04:14 PM »
Star Trek: No Time Like The Past
By
Greg Cox

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:03:06 PM »
'Horror Of Dracula' (1958)
-Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing

Phantoms Review: Nothing I can say that hasn't been said before. ..brilliant, amazing, classic

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last western you watched?
« on: October 28, 2014, 12:02:18 AM »
'Curse Of The Undead' (1959)
-Michael Pate, Eric Fleming

Plot: Mysterious Gunfighter for hire Drake Robey is really a vampire, and it's up to the town preacher to save it's citizens and his girlfriend.


Phantoms Review:
This is one of my annual Halloween movie treats. It appeals to both the horror and western fan in me. While it's definitely a "B" movie, the film treats it's respective genres very respectfully.  It's smartly written, has a great atmospheric feel to it , and has a wonderful, spooky music score. Filled with recognizable western character actors, who do a fine job.This film is worth watching.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: October 25, 2014, 11:02:35 PM »
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Mad Monster Party

It just wouldn't be Halloween without them

:)

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Calling all old timers
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:29:47 PM »
I'm still around, it's just that life keeps getting in the way and I don't have that much time to post.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:27:24 PM »
'Escape From New York' (1981)
-Kurt Russell

Phantoms Review: My all time favorite John Carpenter film. Still great after all these years and many, many viewing's.
Kurt Russell is awesome as Snake Plissken.  A sci-fi classic

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last western you watched?
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:24:05 PM »
'Fistful Of Dollars' (1964)
-Clint Eastwood

Plot: Sergio Leone's classic about a mysterious strangers involvement with warring factions in a Mexican border town.

Phantoms Review: Nothing I can that hasn't been said before. ..classic, brilliant, one of the best.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:33:46 PM »
Dr. Syn alias The Scarecrow  (The Scarecrow Of Romney Marsh)
-Patrick McGoohan

Plot: In eighteenth century England, the mysterious masked rider known only as The Scarecrow, leads a band of rebels against the Kings oppression and Navel Press Gangs

Phantoms Review: One of my all time favorite films. Plenty 8f swashbuckling action, drama, thrills and humor.
The direction, cinematography, acting, and writing are top notch.
Patrick McGoohan and the entire cast are superb. Simply put, this is a great movie.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last western you watched?
« on: July 06, 2014, 01:43:50 AM »
'Fistful Of Dollars' (1964)
-Clint Eastwood (I guess we all know that, don't we)

Phantoms Review: Sergio Leones classic. One of my favorite westerns. A classic.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last western you watched?
« on: June 16, 2014, 06:26:51 PM »
'The Virginian' (2014)
-Trace Adkins

Phantoms Review:
Decent, if unremarkable retelling of the classic western. The cast does a good job, especially Ron Pearlman and the scenery is really nice but the film was made on a low budget at times it really shows.Keep you expectations low and you should enjoy this film.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Recent Books Read
« on: May 14, 2014, 04:56:25 PM »
The Outlaws Of Mesquite
by
Louis L'amour

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last western you watched?
« on: May 12, 2014, 05:52:31 PM »
'Curse Of The Undead' (1959)
-Michael Pate, Eric Fleming (from 'Rawhide')

Plot:

In a small western town, young women are dying from massive blood loss, The Carter's family ranch is being terrorized by a ruthless land baron,  and a mysterious black clad gunslinger with an aversion to sunlight has just ridden into town.

Phantoms Review: I thoroughly enjoy this movie.  While it's definitely a "B" movie with a preposterous plot ( a vampire western! ) it's quite well made and handles it's respective genre's with dignity. The script is well written, the acting fine and the cast is made up of several well known western character actors. Beautiful black and white cinematography and some truly spooky music make this a mostly overlooked little gem.


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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last western you watched?
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:30:43 PM »
'The Tall Men' (1955)
-Clark Gable,  Jane Russell

Phantoms Review: Decent if unremarkable western adventure. Some good action, a gorgeous leading lady and some nice cinematography.
Plot is pretty basic. Not a bad movie, just ok.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last western you watched?
« on: April 27, 2014, 11:15:01 AM »
'Pale Rider' (1985)
-Clint Eastwood

Plot:
A mysterious stranger protects a small prospectors village from a greedy mining company.

Phantoms Review: I love this movie.  Eastwood's last turn as a "man with no name" and his next to last western.  It's basically a version of 'Shane' but Eastwood makes it his own with his calm, cool possibly supernatural "Preacher". Great traditional western action, fine acting, magnificent cinematography make this one of the last great westerns.

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