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Category Archives: D – VIEWING - Page 2

FILMSJUNE 2018


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(Almod­ó­var 1983) What Have I Done to Deserve This? [¿Qué he hecho yo para mere­cer esto!!]
(Five­son 1979) The Clonus Hor­ror [Mys­tery Sci­ence The­atre ver­sion]
(Oswald 1964) The Outer Lim­its: Ep.22 ― Spec­i­men: Unknown
(Hitch­cock 1940) For­eign Cor­re­spon­dent
(Dante 2013) Trail­ers from Hell: Joe Dante on Earth vs. the Fly­ing Saucers
(Sears 1956) Earth vs. the Fly­ing Saucers
(Wilder 1956) Wit­ness for the Pros­e­cu­tion
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(Mankiewitz 1959) Suddenly, Last Summer


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18-06-30 VIEW (Mankiewitz 1959) Suddenly, Last SummerIt’s fas­ci­nat­ing to see the twist­ing and turn­ing in this film adap­ta­tion of Ten­nessee Williams’ play. In the 1950’s, Amer­i­can film was sub­ject to gov­ern­ment cen­sor­ship under the noto­ri­ous Hays Act, and to even more dis­gust­ing self-imposed cen­sor­ship under the stu­dios’ “vol­un­tary code”. “It was like writ­ing for Pravda,” said Gore Vidal, who scripted the film. In a won­der­ful doc­u­men­tary called The Cel­lu­loid Closet, he describes his repeated meet­ings with a Jesuit priest who, appar­ently, had life-and-death pow­ers over any film pro­duc­tion. Appar­ently, the very con­cept of homo­sex­u­al­ity could not be allowed to appear on film. Since this was the cen­tral ele­ment of the plot, the result is a strange, almost hal­lu­ci­na­tory atmos­phere in which char­ac­ters talk for ten minute stretches of oblique hints and enig­matic gri­maces, merely to avoid men­tion­ing that an absent char­ac­ter (who is dead) was gay! All this riga­ma­role is being done by Eliz­a­beth Tay­lor dur­ing the period when she was a bril­liant actress, Kather­ine Hep­burn (who was always a bril­liant actress), and Mont­gomery Clift. Clift was also a gifted actor, but at the time, he was recov­er­ing from a car acci­dent that had dis­fig­ured his face, and was sat­u­rated with pain killers. He was also a clos­eted gay, him­self. The scenes when all three of them are together are so filled with repres­sion and ten­sion that they count among the most bizarre and intense in film his­tory. A viewer who is under twenty-five will prob­a­bly find the whole thing incom­pre­hen­si­ble. “What the hell are these peo­ple talk­ing about, or more pre­cisely, why are they not talk­ing about it, what is every­body upset about it, and what on earth is going on?” was the response of one younger friend of mine. The whole thing was so alien to his expe­ri­ence and sen­si­bil­i­ties that he could make no sense of it. And I couldn’t have explained it with­out under­tak­ing a five hour dis­course on the trans­for­ma­tions in North Amer­i­can soci­ety in the lasty fifty years.

FILMSMAY 2018


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(Yea­worth 1958) The Blob
(Cross­land 2010) Mur­doch Mys­ter­ies: Ep.30 ― Rich Boy, Poor Boy
(Meza-León 2017) Rick and Morty: Ep.30 ― The ABC’s of Beth
(Dein 1960) The Leech Woman [Mys­tery Sci­ence The­atre ver­sion]
(May 1976) Mikey and Nicky
(Berke 1958) The Lost Mis­sile
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FILMSAPRIL 2018


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(Spiel­berg 1981) Raiders of the Lost Ark
(Wilder 1954) Killers from Space
(Trelfer 2017) Dark Cor­ners Review: (38) Killers from Space
(Reit­man 1984) Ghost­busters
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FILMSMARCH 2018


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(Berke­ley 1939) They Made Me a Crim­i­nal
(Mar­shall 1961) The Phan­tom Planet [Mys­tery Sci­ence The­atre ver­sion]
(Dante 2013) Trail­ers from Hell: Joe Dante on Giant from the Unknown
(Cunha 1958) Giant from the Unknown
(Trelfer 2017) Dark Cor­ners Review: (17) Giant from the Unknown
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FILMSFEBRUARY 2018


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(Hitch­cock 1928) Cham­pagne
(Graves 2014) Game of Thrones: Ep.38 ― The Moun­tain and the Viper
(Duf­fer 2016) Stranger Things: Ep.7 ― The Bath­tub
(Dante 2014) Trail­ers from Hell: Joe Dante on Mr. Arkadin
(Welles 1955) Mr. Arkadin
(Duf­fer 2016) Stranger Things: Ep.8 ― The Upside Down
(Brooks 1974) Young Franken­stein
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FILMSJANUARY 2018


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(Pal 1960) The Time Machine
(Taran­tino 2012) The Uni­verse: Ep.72 ― How Big, How Far, How Fast
(Trelfer 2017) Undead 32: Merry Christ­mas ― Basi­cally a Lot of Mind­less Chat­ter
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FILMSDECEMBER 2017


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(Myers 2014) Rick and Morty: Ep.7 ― Rais­ing Gazor­pa­zorp
(Scott 2015) The Mar­t­ian
(Goldin 2011) The Uni­verse: Ep.68 ― Crash Land­ing on Mars
(Essex 1971) Octa­man
(Sny­der 2017) Tim­o­thy Sny­der Speaks: Ep.4 ― Sadopop­ulism
(Trelfer 2015) Dark Cor­ners Review: Ep.127 ― Octa­man
(New­ton 2014) Rick and Morty: Ep.8 ― Rixty Min­utes
(Kelly 2001) Don­nie Darko [director’s cut]
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FILMSNOVEMBER 2017


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(Haller 1965) Die, Mon­ster, Die! [aka Mon­ster of Ter­ror]
(Pol­cino 2017) Rick and Morty: Ep.28 ― The Rick­lan­tis Mixup
(New­ton 2017) Rick and Morty: Ep.29 ― Morty’s Mind Blow­ers
(Favreau 2005) Zathura: A Space Adven­ture
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FILMSOCTOBER 2017


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(Chapoutier 2016) Aven­tures sur la ban­quise
(Alpert 1995) Amer­i­can Cin­ema: Ep.5 ― The West­ern
(Fearny 2013) The Leg­end of Ham­mer Mum­mies
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