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God’s Little Acre (1958 USA)

The characters in this film have hearts and dreams so unbelievably huge and ungodly, they appear other wordly. This all adds up to bigger than life, almost cartoonish characterizations that are very interesting, if not an outright laugh fest. They are all down home and funky, with a work ethic that stretches any bounds of reality. A crazed Southern patriarch spends all his time digging on his property for gold that he insists that his grandfather hid somewhere on their property and he gets his two dim sons to him on this never-ending quest. As a result, they really do no productive work–they just dig and dig. As for the women, they are all horny and trashy and spend most of their time writhing about like they are in heat. [Read more…]

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…]

“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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