Archive for May 11th, 2009

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from Chuck


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by Sam Juliano

One of the most remarkable stories of entertainment resiliency and the power to enrapture fans in all walks of life, is the Star Trek phenomenon, which launched unceremoniously in 1966, but has now, inexplicably, become part of the pop culture worldwide.  The original series ran for three years, ending in 1969, but it’s seventy-nine episodes immediately were licensed for syndication, and the show began to gain momentum that to this day hasn’t really abated.  Created by the show’s executive producer Gene Roddenbery, Star Trek was resurrected in the 1980’s with Star Trek: The Next Generation, then with Deep Space Nine and Voyager in the 1990’s.  All three of these successful shows, which were continuations of the Star Trek universe, ran for seven years, and are still popular via re-runs and on DVD, which another series, Enterprise, ran for four years to respectable ratings.  Between the time of the original show’s cancellation and the debut of Next Generation, the erstwhile owners of the franchise, Paramount, ushered in a movie series, beginning with Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979, and commencing with ten films, the last being Nemesis in 2002. (more…)

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by Allan Fish

(UK 1963 93m) DVD1/2

Aka. Doctor Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Precious bodily fluids

p  Stanley Kubrick  d  Stanley Kubrick  w  Stanley Kubrick, Peter George, Terry Southern  novel  “Red Alert” by Peter George  ph  Gil Taylor  ed  Anthony Harvey  m  Laurie Johnston  art  Ken Adam  spc  Wally Veevers  cos  Bridget Sellers

Peter Sellers (Dr Strangelove/President Merkin Muffley/Gp.Capt.Lionel Mandrake), George C.Scott (Gen.Buck Turgidson), Peter Bull (Ambassador de Sadesky), Slim Pickens (Maj.T.J.”King” Kong), Sterling Hayden (Gen.Jack D.Ripper), James Earl Jones (Lt.Lothar Zogg), Keenan Wynn (Col.Bat Guano), Tracy Reed (Miss Scott),

If ever a film had to be put into a historical context, it’s Doctor Strangelove.  Never was a film more cutting-edge, more to the bone than Stanley Kubrick’s apocalyptic black comedy.  The fact is it very nearly could happen and very nearly did.  The uncanny accuracy of its depiction of military incompetence is frightening.  America is a nation founded on fear-mongering and a “shoot now, ask questions later” code.  Big Brother isn’t watching you, but he might be, so better kill the SOB anyway.  Even to this day, politicians and military leaders use war as a way to forget about problems at home and the everyday working man.  At one point George C.Scott’s Buck Turgidson declares “I don’t say we wouldn’t get our hair mussed.  But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed.  Tops.  That is, depending on the break.” to prove that very point.  That great anti-humanitarian Josef Stalin once said that one death is a tragedy and a million is merely a statistic.  Kubrick knew that, if Machiavellian in the extreme, he wasn’t wrong. (more…)

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