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Boo, Widdershins!  It’s All Hallows Eve,  and am I ever ready to put the past week behind me.  This week’s detritus scored a considerable lift from the epic, excruciating Republican debate – which is, of course, being blamed squarely on the effete liberal commentators from CNBC.  The RNC has notified NBC that they have severed all ties, which leads me to believe that further debate moderators could be of the Sean Hannity ilk.  Remember that the usual suspects from Faux News were thought to be way too tough during debate numero uno.  Can’t wait for the next one, which should feature substantial questions such as “When did you first discover how much you love this country?” and perhaps “Name fifteen ways that the liberals are ruining America”.  This should be fascinating.

For the weekend, however, we will put all that behind us and enjoy the holiday.  I am particularly fond of Hallowe’en because my Fundie friends swear that it’s the devil’s holiday.  In a few hours, legions of costumed children will be banging at my door.  My candy is prepped and ready so that I might spend the rest of the day watching football, but as the darkness grows outside I’ll turn to scary movies.

Scary movies run the gamut from psychological thrillers to blood and gore.  My preference is closer to the former than the latter, but feel free to post any that curl your hair.  Otherwise, it’s a wide open thread.

(1) Psycho (1960) 

(2) Carrie (1976) 

(3) The Birds (1963) 

(4) Rosemary’s Baby (1968) –

(5) Wicker Man (1973) 


Good Sunday, Widdershins.

It’s been a number of years since the nation obsessed with Russian incursions, but we find ourselves at it again with the current troop movement into Ukrainian territory.  I am dizzy trying to figure my way through treaties, acts of Parliament, and who is actually in charge.

While this all clears up, we might reflect on some of the great films made about the Cold War.  Some remarkable cinema that revolved around the CW and it’s spies was filmed between the mid-Fifties  and  the present.  A few have actually been remade, but I seem to prefer the originals every time.

So, Widdershins, make some popcorn, pour yourself a libation, and post about films or anything else  you might like.  And for those North of me, bundle up.

This is an open thread.

(1) Fail Safe – 1964

(2) Thirteen Days – 2000

(3) Charlie Wilson’s War – 2007

(4) On the Beach – 1959

(5) The Manchurian Candidate – 1962

Good Sunday, Widdershins.

The past several weeks have brought frigid temperatures, ice, snow, sleet, slush and all sorts of wintry phenomena.  There’s ice and sleet in Houston, Louisiana, and parts of the Florida Panhandle, while areas of Alaska are actually posting higher temperatures.  Ah, all the fun things of climate change are barreling down upon us.

Therefore, before civilization as we know it goes under to the latest Snowpocalypse, let’s enjoy the beauty of movies with great snow and ice scenes.  It can be the whole movie, or just one tiny scene – whatever you would choose.  I had no trouble finding quite a few such flicks, and look forward to your selections.

Otherwise, this is a wide open thread.

(1) Into Thin Air – 1997

(2) Dr. Zhivago – 1965

(3) Day After Tomorrow –  2004

(4) Happy Feet – 2006

(5) The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – 2005

War!  What it is good for?  Absolutely nothin’.  Edwin Starr

As a Sixties person, I thorough;y agree with Mr. Starr, except for the fact that there have been some truly fine war movies.  As this is Veteran’s Day, I think that we should spend today’s post paying tribute to the men and women who served our country.   Some went voluntarily, others were conscripted, but all gave of themselves – some to that last full measure.

There are tons of movies, as there have been scads of war,  Although this is a uniquely American holiday, I have no problem saluting veterans of all nations.   My favorite are listed below in no particular order.  and I look forward to yours.  This is an otherwise open thread.

(1) Tora! Tora! Tora!  (1970)

(2) The Longest Day (1962)

(3) M*A*S*H  (1970)

(4) Platoon (1986)

(5) Zulu (1964)


I’m in the Nashville area at a convention, and I’ll need some good driving songs for the trip back home.  It’s been quite awhile since we did this, and we definitely need a lift after five solid weeks of the grief process, so reach into the annals and give us some suggestions, as we’ll need 927 miles of automotive inspiration.  I’ve listed my favorites in chronologic order, but well need many more to go the distance.  The songs don’t necessarily have to be about cars, they just need a suitable beat.

(1) Little Deuce Coupe – The Beach Boys, 1963

(2) Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf, 1968

(3) Me and Bobby McGee – Janice Joplin, 1971

(4) Stuck In the Middle With You – Stealers Wheels, 1973

(5) Six Days On the Road – Sawyer Brown, 1993

This is an open thread.

Good Sunday, Widdershins.  We’ve spent another week wading through crap.  Sunday is here, and we’ve earned some diversion.

We’ve discussed music for quite some time now, so I thought that it might just be a treat to spend today at the movies.  I don;t know what the weather is like where you are, but the entire Southeast is raining.  What better way to spend a rainy Sunday than to make some popcorn and talk about movies?

There are a boatload of excellent one-liners. Some of them are free-standing, others are buried in a  paragraph, but all are well-remembered and frequently quoted.  It wasn’t easy trimming my list to five films, but here they are, in no particular order:

(1) “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more.”  Howard Beale (Peter Finch), Network. 1976

(2) “I’ll have what she’s having.”   Deli customer (Estelle Reiner), When Harry Met Sally, 1989

(3) “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”  Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), Gone With the Wind, 1939

(4) “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”  John Blutarski (John Belushi), Animal House, 1978

(5)  “Get out your notebooks.”  Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook), All the President’s Men,  1976

Let’s hear them, Widdershins.  Otherwise, this is an open thread.

Good Sunday, Widdershins.  We have made it through another week of cr*p.  My state is absolutely awash in political events that would rival Barnum and Bailey.  Newt is proposing a space colony.  Romney is quoting Castro.  Just another week in the political process, but it’s way too up close and personal. 

The only way to properly celebrate the forthcoming primay (after which things will return to “normal” daily life in South Florida) is to delve into the genre of politicall charged films.  There are a lot of them from which to choose, but I finally whittled my list down to these five:

(1) Advise and Consent  (1962)

(2) All the President’s Men  (1976)

(3) JFK  (1991)

(4) The Candidate (1972)

(5) The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

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