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    Pre-Order The Groove Tube (1974) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    Another fine product from Uranus corporation! The STD frog almost killed me. Never looked at my package the same again. The well-produced fake commercials were a forerunner of those on SNL.
  2. J

    Pre-Order The Groove Tube (1974) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    One of the funniest movies ever. Always thought it a precursor to the SNL skits and fake commercials. Saw it when it debuted, then again about 20 yrs later, and when I saw the x-rated hands scene (Let Your Fingers Do the Walking) I said: "Wow! Chevy Chase ripped this guy off with his...
  3. J

    RIP Hal Holbrook

    Saw him twice on B'way during the original run of Mark Twain Tonight. Same show, two different girls. For $10 for two people on a "two-fer" ticket - back when even teenagers could afford to get hooked on legitimate theater. Now you'd have to take out a second mortgage. After The Man of La...
  4. J

    Blu-ray Review The Court Jester Blu-ray Review

    It also contains one of the all-time great sword fighting sequences between Kaye and Basil Rathbone. Basil was a fencing champion, but Kaye was a revelation. I wonder if it influenced the astounding sword sequence in The Princess Bride where both actors switched sword hands. Both were rare in...
  5. J

    Netflix Away (Netflix)

    Yeah, I call those "scare the animals moments" (Happens a lot during baseball season). 'Ya didn't think ya maybe shoulda hadda wad of chewing gum handy? Idiot." I'd hate to go camping with these dudes, much less to Mars. BTW, didn't see the static electricity angle coming, but I was...
  6. J

    Netflix Away (Netflix)

    SOMEbody's gotta be! Despite the tropes, physicist friends often commented how other scientists considered them dummies, glorified mechanics and chemists.
  7. J

    Netflix Away (Netflix)

    I guess they wanted to add a bit of excitement when they drilled through the hull in search of water, but come on. First, I believe that all space vehicles have patches to slap over a hole, with the outrush of air providing sufficient suction to plug it. All they had to do to limit the depth...
  8. J

    Netflix Away (Netflix)

    Huh. I got if off Wikipedia, which went so far as to give other, discarded, names. I checked cuz I remembered having heard that the IBM thing was bogus.
  9. J

    Netflix Away (Netflix)

    OK. That settles it: no extended space flight for me. I pretty much decided that when, in "2001" they showed the page long instructions for the zero-G toilet. BTW, HAL's voice was done by Stephanie Powers in rehearsal, English actor Nigel Davenport on set, and Kubrick first considered Martin...
  10. J

    Netflix Away (Netflix)

    Forgot to say that I'd never even heard of space blindness, either.
  11. J

    Netflix Away (Netflix)

    While I'm here, a word of praise for the first quality sci-fi space movie: Forbidden Planet. Over 60 yrs ago, and it put the science in sci-fi by having a stasis field for deceleration (eerily similar to Star Trek's transporter) so that the crew didn't end up as pink paste on the bulkheads...
  12. J

    Netflix Away (Netflix)

    Yeah, I've given up nit-picking about the "sound" of explosions in space, etc. But in that case I can see how it adds to the excitement of the action, and so serves an entertainment purpose. But I was complaining about the apparent lack of scientific intelligence of highly competent folks, and...
  13. J

    Netflix Away (Netflix)

    Yeah, I noted that they waffled on that. Not as bad as Ad Astra, where within mere minutes of having radioed to Saturn (?), he asks if he's had a response yet. It'd take minimum over an hour each way. What gets me is that there are cinematic and story-driven ways to accurately portray such...
  14. J

    Netflix Away (Netflix)

    Enjoying "Away", especially the grounding of the show in science. But, in this episode they kind of insult the viewer's intelligence. Within 20 seconds of the revelation that the supply ship will not reach them in time, this science schlub immediately envisioned a slingshot maneuver to close...
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