Weekend Entertainment

Home Movies, Now In Theaters

Just like RPGs, your party is brainless, heartless, and cowardly.

Still need to try this with Dark Side Of The Moon.

My mom looked forward to the Wizard of Oz coming on TV once a year, never knowing that the land of Oz changed to color, because they only rented a color TV once a year for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. I came along well after VHS defeated Betamax. She would tape Sesame Street to play on Saturdays, because I didn’t understand weekend TV schedules. It was no use arguing with me.
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Holiday Shenanigans

Spiritus Santa

Since it is the holiday season, we can’t let the weekend pass without remembering some Christmas film favorites. Yesterday  gave us some great vintage toons, and today, as a treat, we have Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, a sci fi classic from 1964. The plot, if that sort of thing matters to you, involves a Martian bid to make disgruntled their children happier, that results in them kidnapping Santa from Earth… According to the Public Domain Review blog, this nugget regularly makes ‘Worst Movie Ever’ lists, and has been sent up repeatedly on such shows as MST3K and Cinematic Titanic. With endorsements like that, you can’t go wrong, so take a little time out of your last minute shopping and enjoy!

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Technostalgia

What Ever Became of…Hand Crafted Special Effects?

Normally I am not much of a television watcher, and often because of that I don’t see a lot of new movies. I correlate the two, as since I don’t see any previews, I rarely know about upcoming movies. But this last month, I have had opportunity to see parts of several movies from the last few years that I had missed, and I began to notice a trend. Many of the science fiction/fantasy type movies from recent years feature heavy use of computer generated special effects–such to the point that they just look ridiculous and fake.

This made me think about movies that used special effects to the betterment of the film, that I actually like, and I think what is missing these days is some level of craftsmanship and art. It is not that I think that computer animation does not count as art, because I think it can be. And I know that we could certainly argue story-line and its effect on drawing a viewer into a film. But it just seems like a classic science fiction movie, like say, for example, Star Wars, has a certain level of realism because of the level of craft put into the model making.

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Vintage Celluloid

Vintage Celluloid

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When the parade is over, we can go watch cartoons.

And now…

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Vintage Celluloid

Vintage Celluloid

table-topJust a really cool picture, no idea of who took it.

And now…

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almost-a-murder-of-crowsThis could take a while, so let’s watch some cartoons while we’re waiting.

And now…

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Vintage Celluloid

Vintage Celluloid

1336096997734According to these calculations, it’s time to watch some cartoons.

And now…

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Vintage Celluloid

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Where's the damned ladder...

 Nah, I don’t feel like reading a book… TV is crap right now, I wonder if there’s anything on the ‘net…

Oh, yes…

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Vintage Celluloid

Vintage Celluloid

Concept04 from AdriftNah, let’s stay home tonight and watch cartoons. There’s nothing to do in this little town except count chickens.

And now…

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Vintage Celluloid

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Uh-oh...

Damn it, I can’t hang onto the spanner properly while wearing these blasted inflated gloves. Did anyone see where it landed?

And now…

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