Sarah Palin knows how old the Chinese gymnasts are.

calendar   Friday - August 03, 2012

vertigo bests citizen kane?  the xperts have it wrong imho

I can not imagine this has not made some news back in the states. It must have.

I don’t usually bother about Hollywood and movie stuff but this is different and personal.

I really like the movie Citizen Kane.  A lot.  For the past 50 years it’s been voted the best movie ever.
Until now.

I have nothing against the movie that replaced Kane, Vertigo, except the critics got it wrong.

Vertigo good but nothing bests Citizen Kane. Nothing!

So here’s the story.

Hitchcock Film Vertigo Voted Best Of All Time

For the first time in half a century Orson Welles’ classic Citizen Kane is knocked off the top spot in a poll of critics.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo has been named the greatest film of all time in a prestigious poll, knocking Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane off the top spot for the first time in 50 years.

Almost 900 film critics, academics, distributors and programmers from around the globe took part in the once-in-a-decade survey held by the British Film Institute (BFI) Sight & Sound magazine.

Nick James, editor of Sight & Sound, said this year’s results reflect transformations in the culture of film criticism.

“The new cinephilia seems to be not so much about films that strive to be great art, such as Citizen Kane, and that use cinema’s entire arsenal of effects to make a grand statement, but more about works that have personal meaning to the critic,” he said.

“Vertigo is the ultimate critics’ film because it is a dreamlike film about people who are not sure who they are but who are busy reconstructing themselves and each other to fit a kind of cinema ideal of the ideal soulmate.”

Other classics that made the top 10 in the poll, which started in 1952, include Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story, which bagged the third spot, and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the most recent film listed, which came sixth.

The list also featured three silent films, two of which - Man With A Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov and The Passion Of Joan Of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer - made the cut for the first time.

Vertigo, a 1958 psychological suspense drama about a detective with a phobia of heights, was largely overlooked by critics for most of Hitchcock’s career.

It first appeared in the Sight & Sound poll in the seventh spot in 1982 - two years after Hitchcock died.

The acclaimed British director, whose other works include Psycho and The Birds, is hailed as a master of filmmaking.

BFI said his rise in this year’s film poll is a testament to how his reputation has progressively increased over time.

A separate poll of 358 film directors including Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Francis Ford Coppola voted Tokyo Story the greatest film of all time ahead of Citizen Kane.

Tokyo Story?  Huh?
Any of you seen that one?

Some of my favorite movies were Swingtime in the Rockies and almost any Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire movie. I actually have a list too long for here.
Not that I don’t have likes among the more modern.  How come we haven’t produced another team like the Marx Bros. or Abbott and Costello?
And while I can greatly appreciate the sexiness of some actresses, they aren’t glamorous anymore.  Name one that actually exudes glamour. 

Hey ... almost forgot.
I need to say thanks again but forgot who posted the book title that came today.

GUNS OF THE SOUTH arrived today. Have to finish one I am reading now and Guns is next. 
Cheers all.
I’m gone.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/03/2012 at 03:22 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - June 27, 2012

‘guilty until proven innocent’

I don’t know if this is just my own knee jerk reaction or not.  Of course I can’t know about you readers out there but, personally I’m against this.
I think there could be times when someone may download something and not be aware.  I can’t offhand think of any examples, but the idea that you’re automatically guilty and must then pay to prove otherwise seems to me to be unfair in the extreme.

The recording and movie industry constantly make the claim of losses in gazillions, okay maybe only millions, but I am not sympathetic to them.
It isn’t that I approve of theft.  But I can tell you with certainty because I have worked in one and been close to another, the entertainment industry and most especially the motion picture industry, probably lose more to union jobs that do not exist, then they do to this piracy thing. 

I realize they lose much in the piracy committed by criminal gangs and people in places like China and I understand India as well. Or so I’ve heard.
I have heard figures in the millions they say, by ordinary folks who simply download something from YouTube and other sources.

Well, when they find a way to curb the waste I know went on in the past and so think it still does, and when they quite literally can no longer afford the multi,multi millions they pay the “stars” which all result in overblown ticket prices, maybe then I’d feel like saying awe. Poor you. I feel your pain. 

I no longer go to movies.  If we had a TV I am sure we’d be happy to buy DVDs or rent movies we want to see.  So this more then likely would not have any affect
on us.  I am quite happy with You Tube and on the odd occasion, BBC catch up service via computer.  But I still see this as wrong and unfair, unless someone can point out the error in my thinking and point me in another direction.

Guilty until proven innocent: Families will have to pay £20 to show they DIDN’T illegally download music under new law

* Regime designed to stamp out internet piracy will treat individuals as ‘guilty until proven innocent’

* People wrongly accused of making illegal downloads will have to pay £20 fee to appeal and prove their innocence

* Move has angered consumer groups


Internet users who illegally download music, movies and e-books will be sent warning letters in a crackdown that could lead to court action for copyright theft.

A new regime to tackle online piracy will in effect treat individuals as ‘guilty until proven innocent’.

Those wrongly accused of illegal downloading will have to pay a £20 fee to appeal in a move that has angered consumer groups.

The same Act includes punishments that could, in future, see accused families having their internet service slowed down, capped or even cut off.

An industry code will require large internet service providers (ISPs) such as BT, Virgin, Sky and TalkTalk to send warning letters to families suspected by entertainment firms of illegally downloading or uploading copyright material.

If a customer gets three letters or more within a year, copyright holders such as movie and music companies will have a right to ask for details of the material involved.

These companies will then be able to apply for a court order requiring the ISP to reveal the customer’s name and address.

The information would be used to pursue the person involved through the civil courts for damages.

However, there are concerns that innocent internet users, for example those whose wireless connections are hijacked by a neighbour or criminal, will be caught up in the new regime.

Those sent a warning letter will be assumed guilty unless they can prove their innocence after paying a £20 fee to appeal to an Ofcom body.

Fast Five – 9.2million downloads
The Hangover II – 8.8million downloads
Thor – 8.3million downloads
Source Code – 7.9million downloads
I Am Number Four – 7.6million downloads
Sucker Punch – 7.2million downloads
127 Hours – 6.9million downloads
Rango – 6.4million downloads
The King’s Speech – 6.2million downloads
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – 6million downloads

Mike O’Connor, of the customer body Consumer Focus, said: ‘Copyright infringement is not to be condoned, but people who are innocent should not have to pay a fee to challenge accusations. It could deter those living on low incomes from challenging unfair allegations.’

If the new system does not stop piracy, ministers will be able to go back to Parliament to enact rules in the Digital Economy Act that could see households having their internet service cut off.

‘The ability to appeal is therefore critical to ensure consumers who have done nothing wrong are not deprived of internet access further down the line,’ said Mr O’Connor.

Creative industries minister Ed Vaizey said entertainment firms had to be able to ‘protect their investment’, adding: ‘The Digital Economy Act is an important part of protecting our creative industries against unlawful activity.’

Ofcom’s Claudio Pollack said: ‘Ofcom will oversee a fair appeals process, and also ensure that rights holders’ investigations under the code are rigorous and transparent.’



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calendar   Friday - December 30, 2011

For any George MacDonald Fraser fans

I present the the second book of his Flashman series. Royal Flash. In toto.


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calendar   Wednesday - July 06, 2011

The inspiration for Indiana Jones

Who inspired Indiana Jones? Why none other than Charleton Heston in Secret of the Incas.

The whole movie is available on YouTube, in 10 parts. Up to you to find all the parts.

I only looked it up because I was listening to Xtabay; Yma Sumac’s debut album. Yma Sumac was allegedly an Inca princess directly descended from Atahualpa, the Incan king murdered by Pizzaro. I remember watching this movie as a child and Yma Sumac was in it. I was surprised when Mom pulled her debut album, Xtabay, out of her record collection. Her claim to fame was not only did she popularize some native Peruvian songs, she had a range of 5 octaves. For comparison, Sir Elton John has a range of about a half-octave. He really can’t sing worth a damn. Hell, my piano only does 4.5 octaves if it is in tune.

Anyway, I was listening to Yma Sumac’s Xtabay album and wondered: That movie starred Charleton Heston. I haven’t seen it since I was a kid. A quick check showed my library didn’t have it, even on VHS. Turns out that Paramount has the rights to release it on DVD, which they’ve yet to do.

Enjoy. Just remember, Harrison Ford owes Indiana Jones to Charleton Hestons’ character Harry Steele.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 07/06/2011 at 03:49 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - May 26, 2011

He’s Dead!

Something Macker said in the comments brought this to mind. Enjoy!

I’m still wondering, where is the orchestra during her dance?


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calendar   Sunday - May 08, 2011

Yes, I’m almost done with Star Trek

Now I’m watching Star Trek Generations. The first thing that surprised me was how old the movie is. 1994. I’m getting old.

Anyway, I loved this exchange between Picard and Riker on an 18th-century (holodeck) version of Enterprise:

PICARD: Imagine what it was like, Will. No engines… no computers… just the wind, the sea and the stars to guide you.

RIKER: Bad food, brutal discipline… (beat) No women.

Yep! Trust Riker to target the main weakness of 18th-century navies! No women!

‘Course, I served in the 20th-century US Navy. No women on warships then.

Why did I get out? They wanted women on warships. I wasn’t going to hang around for the sexual harassment charges. If women want to be ‘equal’, then the laws need concerning sexual harassment need to be repealed. As a married civilian, I’ve been ‘sexually harassed’ many times. Just ask my wife. (why is it that a man is more attractive after he’s married? Maybe some BMEWSette can tell me?)

But the term used in civilian life is ‘flirting’. Flirting can be fun, and, like manners, is part of the social ‘grease’ that keeps things civil between the sexes. Flirting relieves the tension. Kinda like a fencing match: Attack: Retreat: Thrust: Parry: Coupe: Disengage: Stop-thrust: And if nobody scored, then you salute and leave the field to the next couple.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 05/08/2011 at 10:45 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - May 01, 2011

More Star Trek

Wow! I can’t believe I missed this the first time I watched Star Trek: Insurrection.

Deanna Troi: (speaking to Dr. Crusher) “And have you noticed how your boobs have started to firm up?”
Dr. Crusher: “Not that we care about such things in this day and age. Thank you, Data.”

Good thing that Data was the only ‘man’ in hearing range. Data was bringing them some food and water.

Amazing how they sneak these little snippets into a family film.


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calendar   Friday - April 29, 2011

Star Trek

I know. I know. I’m always several years behind the times. I don’t watch TV. The last movie we saw in the theaters was the first Narnia movie.

I’m watching ‘Star Trek’, the movie. Supposed to be a ‘prequel’ to TOS (The Original Series). Kirk first meets Spock and all of that.  Back to my observations of the movie. James Tiberius Kirk is doing his best James Dean impersonation in a bar:

After hitting on an attractive black woman, named Uhura, some Star Fleet cadets accost Kirk.

JTK: “Relax cupcake, it was a joke.”

Unknown Star Fleet @ss: “Hey farmboy, maybe you can’t count, but there are four of us and one of you.”

JTK: “So get so more guys and then it’ll be an even fight.”

Jim Kirk proceeds to get his @ss kicked. At least that part is realistic.

So far, this movie must be in some alternate Star Trek universe. None of this is even hinted at in TOS.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 04/29/2011 at 11:40 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - February 16, 2011

the girly men of hollywood?

If you could see our desk slash dining room table and the puter desk, you’d understand me saying I am literally buried under so damn much paperwork both old and new, that I should NOT be on a computer at the moment. I have been trying to work out the mess (papers and old puter magazines) that I alone created. There’s stuff here going back more then a year. That’s not as dumb as it may look cos often I find the answer to a problem in some old mag. issue. But enough is enuff. Can’t stand the disorder. So I need not to be here right now.


I came across a quote by this Goddess, yeah, one of my many. They all seem to be that to me.  So anyway, I saw this and naturally I had to stop everything to share it.

Now I’m another hour behind.

Under a headline that read “Girly Men” the living Goddess otherwise named Rosamund Pike said:

“I auditioned for a job recently, and didn’t get it,” says the actress, speaking at the launch of the Birds Eye View Film Festival. “Word came back that they were looking for ‘a flirty piece of ass’.


“Now, I do not want, and have never wanted, to be a flirty piece of ass, but when told I was not one, I found myself quite offended.

I was thrust right back on the most primeval battlefield, the loser at the mating game.
“The point that sex appeal is not the level at which I want to compete was lost on me, momentarily.”

Pike, 32, appeared in the film Made in Dagenham, about women workers’ fight for equal pay. She adds of Hollywood power brokers: “The irony is that a good director needs to be really feminine.

“I mean, look at those fellas out there, with their long hair, – they’re real posers, some of them – natty dress sense and sensitive sides.
“They’re all so busy cleverly accessing their feminine sides that we don’t realise that they’re taking up all the space and pushing into the wings those people who really are feminine.”


So now I get to post her quotes as well as her pix. But I did think that was interesting.


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calendar   Thursday - September 09, 2010

an action whose time has come?  yeah. I’d say so.  for once, good for the lawyer.

I haven’t been to a movie in years. Don’t miss it either.  But I do miserably recall those god awful over modulated commercials they started to run in Ca. theaters.  Always bothered me. First, you’re paying to see a movie. You are not an invited guest. It isn’t enough that TV has tons of boring commercials. But at least with a remote control at home, you can do something about that.  And then the worst part is as stated, the volume they runs the ads at. Ear shattering.
But I guess it takes a lawyer, even in a place like China, to do something about it.  I hope she wins her case.

btw ... Coming attractions no thrill either. They used to be pretty good once upon a time.  Is it me?  Had the sound system gone south in the modern age?
Seems like it was a lot better when I was much younger and movies didn’t have the high tech toys for sound engineers to play with. Or maybe it’s the theaters in Ca.  ??

Chinese woman ‘sues cinema for wasting her time’

A Chinese woman is suing a cinema and a film’s distributors for wasting her time by showing 20 minutes of adverts before it started, according to state media.

Chen Xiaomei claims the Polybona International Cinema in the northern city of Xian and film distributors Huayi Brothers Media Corporation should have told her how long the advertisements for the film Aftershock lasted, Xinhua news agency said.

Ms Chen, who is a lawyer, has accused Polybona and Huayi Brothers of wasting her time and violating her freedom of choice.

The case has been accepted by the People’s Court in Xian, the capital of Shaanxi province, Xinhua said, citing a statement from the court.

Ms Chen is demanding the companies refund her 35-yuan ticket (£3.30), pay her 35 yuan in compensation and one yuan (10p) for emotional damages and write her an apology, the report said.

She has also advised the cinema to publish the advertisement times on its website, in the lobby or on its customer hotline and asked Huayi Brothers to cut the length of commercials to less than five minutes.

“Aftershock”, which is about an earthquake that devastated a Chinese city in 1976, has become the highest-grossing domestic film, raking in 650 million yuan (£61,768,000), Xinhua said.

The movie directed by Feng Xiaogang tells the story of a mother’s emotional reunion with her daughter, three decades after a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated the northern city of Tangshan, killing more than 240,000 people.



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calendar   Sunday - August 08, 2010

The First Thing You Know

Wow, what a prescient statement of liberalism from a Lerner and Loewe musical.

Oh, yeah. Drew, I think you were thinking of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. That movie spawned the TV show ‘Here Come The Brides’ starring Bobby Sherman and David Soul.

In the comments I mentioned having to suffer hearing Clint Eastwood sing. I forgot that Lee Marvin also has a couple of songs. If they can sing, so can I. Now, how do I get paid to sing?....


Found my favorite Clint Eastwood solo.


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calendar   Thursday - July 08, 2010

Twilight…for guys

I’m a bit out of the loop on this ‘Twilight’ craze. Sure, I’ve downloaded the ebooks. Haven’t read them yet. Haven’t seen any of the movies. But by all accounts the Twilight series is geared to teenage girls and metrosexuals. My only question is…why?

So here is Twilight…for guys:

“an army of lesbians”? What a waste!

The werewolf ate what???


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 07/08/2010 at 07:12 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 12, 2010

Avatar hit by accusations of racism.  Some folks just have to see race in everything.

The guy who made Avatar is a liberal for gosh sake.  Seems like even a sci-fi pitcher-show is now seen by some in terms of race.
Can’t they just watch and enjoy (or if not leave the theater) without seeing the dreaded ‘R’ word?  Guess not.  It’s a movie. It’s fantasy. It’s make believe.  But some just have to sniff around till they find the evidence they have planted in their heads.

James Cameron’s $1 billion sci-fi epic Avatar has been hit by accusations of racism.

By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor

Critics claims the story of a white US Marine who saves an alien race perpetuates the “white Messiah fable” and suggests that non-whites are primitives incapable of helping themselves.

Hundreds of blogs, YouTube videos and Twitter postings have sprung up on the subject since the film’s release three weeks ago, with one writer dubbing the 3-D extravaganza “a racial fantasy par excellence”.

Avatar is set on a distant planet populated by the Na’vi, an eco-conscious, blue-skinned alien tribe with no understanding of modern technology. A disabled Marine, played by the Australian actor Sam Worthington, is sent to infiltrate the tribe but soon “goes native” and leads them in a defence of their homeland against the white invaders.

He also falls in love with an alien woman, who rejects a Na’vi suitor and becomes his wife. The main Na’vi characters are played by black actors, including Zoe Saldana and Laz Alonso.

David Brooks, a columnist writing in the New York Times, said: “Avatar is a racial fantasy par excellence ... It rests on the stereotype that white people are rationalist and technocratic while colonial victims are spiritual and athletic. It rests on the assumption that non-whites need the White Messiah to lead their crusades. It rests on the assumption that illiteracy is the path to grace.

“It also creates a sort of two-edged cultural imperialism. Natives can either have their history shaped by cruel imperialists or benevolent ones, but either way, they are going to be supporting actors in our journey to self-admiration.”

The ruthless treatment of the Na’vi has been interpreted as a metaphor for the plight of American Indians. Brooks said Avatar followed a long tradition of “white Messiah” movies which began in the 1970s with A Man Called Horse, starring Richard Harris as an English aristocrat who is captured by a Sioux Indian tribe and becomes their leader, and which includes Kevin Costner’s Dances With Wolves and the Tom Cruise film, The Last Samurai.

Robinne Lee, a black actress who appeared opposite Will Smith in the film Seven Pounds, is also among Avatar’s detractors.

Likening the film to Pocahontas – “the Indian woman leads the white man into the wilderness, and he learns the way of the people and becomes the saviour” – she said: “It’s really upsetting in many ways. It would be nice if we could save ourselves.”

Annalee Newitz, editor-in-chief of, a sci-fi website, said: “The main white characters realise that they are complicit in a system which is destroying aliens, aka people of colour ... then go beyond assimilation and become leaders of the people they once oppressed. When will whites stop making these movies and start thinking about race in a new way?” Cameron strongly denied any racist intent. He said that his film “asks us to open our eyes and truly see others, respecting them even though they are different, in the hope that we may find a way to prevent conflict and live more harmoniously on this world. I hardly think that is a racist message.”

The controversy has done little to dent Avatar’s remarkable run at the box office. It took just 17 days to pass $1 billion in ticket sales – a new record – and to become the second highest grossing film of all time behind Titanic, also



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calendar   Saturday - January 02, 2010


ASKEW is right cos I had planned on something else to start with. Can’t do that right now.

I was always a fan of Steve McQueen going way back to the TV series in 1958.  There was always something believable about him.

Drew’s take on Tom Horn is right on the money and I honestly don’t think I’ve read a better movie review.  No kidding.

I have a ton of stuff to do and more or less planned out my posts for today.  We have been finding more things packed away left by the wife’s late mother. Because it’s difficult for her to do, she says she feels like she’s starting the new year by getting rid of her mom, I’ve been going through and seperating stuff like 50 years worth of diaries.  And due to the mania for seperating cardboard and recycle from hard plastics, well.  You can imagine how I spent a great deal of yesterday, and there’s more of other things today.  My inclination is to simply toss everything in a pile but ... can not do.  There are addresses there and phone numbers AND, the powers that be WILL check what you toss away.  Stiff fines and aggro I don’t need.  So ...  I had stuff lined up and came to BMEWS to start and got hit with Tom Horn. 

There is not a single thing I could possibly add to that review.  Drew missed his calling. But hell, it’s not too late should he tire of windows.

Westerns in the past and most especially the silents were sooooo corny I can’t believe how ppl took to em.  Movies in general were cornball. Not all of them, there were a few standouts.  Anyway ...  I got to thinking about the beginnings of the western ...., and of course you can Google The Great Train Robbery and see clips.  What an innocent age.

Then I recalled a name from the past, William S. Hart.  He was a major star in that period. Just think, here was a guy born in the final year of the war of northern aggression.  okok. The Civil War.  (most uncivil) Anyway, you could say he was the Steve McQueen of his time. Not in acting ability to be sure. But in popularity.  I remember my mother speaking of him.  Then there was real cowboy named Tom Mix.


So I just thought I would post this very old stuff so we can see where we all came from.  Movie wise.

I will leave you with this. And to think, I actually got paid for playing it.  That was the life let me tell ya.


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