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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.

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(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

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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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After the past week, what better topic that weather-related movies?  They’ve been around for decades and range from horror to action, to musical.  The really great thing about weather in movies is that the special effects are great.  The snow is blinding, the rain comes down in sheets and by the bucketsfull.  Here are my favorite 5, in no particular order:

(1) Twister (1996):  This one is over the top in special effects.  I read somewhere a long time ago that the sound of the wind was made by a moaning camel.  Best quote:  “The suck zone is basically the zone where the twister sucks you up.  Obviously that’s not the tecnical term for it.”

(2) The Perfect Storm (2000):  The ultimate nor’easter meets a nasty hurricane creating rain and roiling seas.  Best quote:  “What in Jupiter’s balls was that?”

(3)  The Day After Tomorrow (2004):  Snow and the arrival of the new Ice Age.  Best quote:  “Books can be good for something other than burning.”

(4)  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009):  A small town with food raining from above.  I took the grandmonsters to see this one and loved it.  Best quote:  “Come on!  We’ve got a diem to carpe.”

(5) The Mist (2007):  Residents of a small town huddle together in a supermarket to avoid terrifying creatures.  Best quote:  “You can’t convince some people that there’s a fire, even when their hair is burning.”

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