Tuesday, April 21, 2015

15 Heartthrobs Every 1970s Kid Will Remember

15 Heartthrobs Every 1970s Kid Will Remember   

Annoying slideshow alert.

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Gerald Durrell, Rosy Is My Relative, Avon, 1968

In that case, officer, you are free to go

“The Crack Is Not For Me, It’s For My Wife”

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

10 Wrongful Convictions Made Possible By Outrageous Misconduct

10 Wrongful Convictions Made Possible By Outrageous Misconduct 

John Wayne and the Peacemaker

John Wayne and the Peacemaker: Two American legends live on.

John D. McDonald in Texas

The Trap of Solid Gold: JDM in Texas

Betty Willis, R. I. P.

NY Daily News: LAS VEGAS — The woman who came up with a neon sign that has welcomed countless visitors to "fabulous Las Vegas" since 1959 has died.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

New Poem at the Five-Two

The Five-Two Robert Cooperman FACTS

The Ninth Gate

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Overlooked Movies -- The Ninth Gate

This is another repeat, written back in 2007 before this meme began.  The movie was mentioned elsewhere lately, and I was reminded of this post, so I figured it would fit in nicely here.  I still haven't read Club Dumas, the book on which the movie is based.

George Kelley recommended this movie to me. It slipped by me completely on its original release, and I didn't even know that it had to do with rare books and book collectors. So I was glad to catch up with it on DVD. 

Johnny Depp, doing his usual excellent job, plays a book dealer with questionable ethics. (I refuse to make any jokes here.) He's hired by Boris Balkan (Frank Langella) to compare his copy of a very rare book to the only two remaining copies. The book has an interesting history, and it begins to seem that the certain illustrations might have been done by Lucifer, whose work appears on different pages in each copy. Put all his engravings together, and what do you get? That's for Langella to know and for Depp to find out. 

In some ways this is an effective horror movie, a lot more interesting to me than any number of variations on the old "how many buckets of fake blood can we use" pictures around these days. The book collecting aspects are especially appealing, and Depp's detective work is often engrossing. He's not an appealing character even at the beginning, and he becomes a much worse person as the plot thickens. Along the way he's assisted by a woman who may (or may not) be Lucifer in earthly form. (And not a bad form at all, I must say.) 

So what's not to like? Well, the parts that are good in themselves don't add up to an entirely successful whole. The occult sex club wasn't creepy or effective, and the ending didn't satisfy me, though it might have impressed me more if I'd been sure what it meant. Overall, the movie's certainly worth a look, especially if you like books.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Robert Rietti, R. I. P.

Hollywood Reporter: Robert Rietti, “The Man of a Thousand Voices” who dubbed for several James Bond villains and uttered every single Orson Welles line heard in the 1972 film Treasure Island, died April 3, The Times of London reported. He was 92.

Hat tip to Jeff Segal.

2015 Pulitzer Winners

The Pulitzer Prizes | 2015 Pulitzer Winners

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

MJ vs. LBJ (not the president) Argument Ends In Bloody Attack

Or Maybe You Do

10 Things You Might Not Know About Machu Picchu 

Song of the Day

The Mamas&The Papas-Words of love - YouTube:

Forgotten Hits: 50 Year Flashback - April 20th, 1965

Forgotten Hits: 50 Year Flashback - April 20th, 1965

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5 Creepy Historical Murder Mysteries No One Can Explain

5 Creepy Historical Murder Mysteries No One Can Explain

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John Creasey, A Bundle for the Toff, Hodder, 1970

I Miss the Old Days

20 Things Our Parents Did To Us That Would Be Considered Horrible Now

This Is Your FBI

FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all trials before 2000: Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, . . .

They Want to Believe!

Couple believe they're having a close encounters with low-flying aliens: Linda Deaton and David Fay said they were certain aliens are hovering above their north Dublin home but they couldn’t capture any footage because their technology jams while the aliens are floating about.

What are the Origins of "420"?

What are the Origins of "420"?

I Found a Penny Last Week

A Couple Could Make Thousands On A Rare Beanie Baby They Bought For $15

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Ben Powers, R. I. P.

'Good Times' actor Ben Powers dies at 64: NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Actor Alton "Ben" Powers, known for his role in the 1970s CBS television series Good Times, has died at the age of 64.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

New York diner assaults manager over wait for omelette during brunch

Free for Kindle for a Limited Time

Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles (Cash Laramie & Gideon Miles Series Book 1) - Kindle edition by Edward A. Grainger. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.: Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles is a short story collection of eight rousing, noir Western tales with a hardboiled edge. 

In 1880s Wyoming Territory, two Deputy U.S. Marshals find themselves on the outside of societal norms. Cash Laramie, raised by the Arapahos, is known as The Outlaw Marshal for his unorthodox conduct toward criminals and his cavalier approach to life. Gideon Miles, one of the first African Americans in the marshal service, is honorable, fearless, and unrivaled in his skills with guns, knives, and tracking. 

These independent, resourceful lawmen develop a bond, establishing a formidable defense in a wayward land where good and wicked is often hard to distinguish and life is as cheap as a two-bit game of poker.

Those Wacky U.S. Presidents

Those Wacky U.S. Presidents 

Song of the Day

Jackie Wilson and Linda Hopkins - Do Lord - YouTube:

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The 12 Best Civil War Movies

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Walter D. Edmonds, The Wedding Journey, Dell 10-cent Book #6

James Bond And The Fall Of The British Empire

James Bond And The Fall Of The British Empire: For Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, the spectacular collapse of the British Empire after the Second World War was like a bereavement. It even followed -- almost to the letter -- the classic sequence of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and, finally, acceptance.

Croc Update (You've Got a Friend Edition)

The Friendly Crocodiles of Paga

Do You Remember These Long Gone '00s Retail Stores

Do You Remember These Long Gone '00s Retail Stores

The Secret Origin of 7 Extremely Important Actions

The Secret Origin of 7 Extremely Important Actions