The Sand Pebbles (1966 USA)

(There are many silly hat moments in The Sand Pebbles)

In 1911 China overthrew the Manchu dynasty, which in its weakened state, over the last century had sold off parcels of real estate outright controlled by European powers and later by Japan as well. The United States controlled no territory outright as other powers did, but the Americans did insist on extraterritoriality involving their citizens doing business there. What that meant was that US citizens were not subject to Chinese laws, civil or criminal. Matters involving them went to American courts. Other powers had those same treaties. That was resented. Westerners were resented. Japanese were resented most of all because they were fellow Asians doing it to the Chinese but this tale is only concerned with Americans. [Read more…]

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“The” Deep Purple, Ghosts & Hugh Hefner

That Dirty Horn Music

“She was biting her lip…”

“It came to me out of the blue…”

An Alternative To Anti-Depressants

1. Sit relaxed.
2. Take seven deep breaths.
3. Visualize an orange light, and let it turn into a door.
4. Approach the door and open it, and see a path leading through the forests to the summit of a mountain.
5. Follow the path as realistically as possible, passing through the forest and discovering the path toward the summit.
6. Climb to the summit.
7. Enjoy the view, the beauty, the space, for at least twenty minutes. Make it a very exciting view.
8. Take seven deep breaths.
9. Come down form the mountain summit, and on the path through the forest find a wounded deer. Try to help him as much as possible.
10. Bring the deer to your home. Give every assistance possible to heal the deer.
11. When the healing is completed, open your eyes. Sit relaxed for a few minutes.

Note: Do this exercise thirty-five to fifty minutes every day for a week, and see if any trace of depression still exists within you. (From the teachings of Torkom Saraydarian, 1917–1997)

Rock’n’Roll Whimsy 1968

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Around The World In 80 Days (USA 1989)

You should know the plot and shame on you if that’s not the case. A 3 part TV miniseries rendition with an all-star cast. There are many cameos and bit parts by so many top actors from back in the day. (Darren McGavin as Mudge was the most pleasing surprise for me) There are some scenes that are not in the book, but they didn’t bother me as they were just as entertaining as the ones that were. Filming on location in Germany, England, Yugoslavia, Macau, and Thailand, adds a lot of grandeur to the series that it otherwise would have lacked. [Read more…]

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971 Disney)

Three children evacuated from London end up being reluctantly taken in by an odd woman who lives on her own with a raggedy black cat. They don’t even make it to the end of the first night before they observe that their new guardian Miss Price is not just odd, she is an actual witch, trying to perfect a spell to help with the war effort. While the children make this discovery, Miss Price makes her own – the mail-order college she has been training with is going out of business before she has everything she needs. With the help of Paul’s knob (don’t ask) they set off to London to find the Professor – the start of a much bigger adventure. [Read more…]

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