Category: ICONIC FILMS

Farewell Leonard Nimoy

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One of our Star Trek Commemorative Plates of the man or should I say Spock himself

Being an avid Science Fiction (sci fi)  fan, I have read many novels seen moves and TV and radios  series of the genre.

I prefer to read, watch or listen to sci fi that has potential to become science fact and indeed has happened!

One such TV series is Star Trek. I grew up in the 1960s and there was not much sci fi on TV. I listened with my parents to some sci fi plays such as  the classic ‘Quatermass’ on BBC radio every Sunday evening. When ‘Dr Who’ came along on BBC TV in 1963  (now the longest running continuous sci fi tv series in the world). I was so happy and despite the black & white viewing  and sometimes wobbly stage sets and  minimal primitive special effects (sfx), the excellent actors and stories ultimately enchanted millions of viewers.

With the advent of colour viewing TV in the mid 1960s, more  sci fi  Tv series were produced, many from the USA.

One such was,  of course ‘Star Trek’. Created by Gene Rodenberry, it introduced the crew & their weekly adventures in a faster-than-light travel space ship called the ‘USS Enterprise’.  There were  British sailing ships called HMS Enterprise AKA Enterprize)  in the 1700s and one in 1800s.

In the pilot episode (1964) of Star Trek, one of the crew was referred to as a ‘Vulcanian’ a humanoid from from the Planet Vulcan orbiting the star 40 Eridani  . about 16 light years from earth, Vulcan could reached in a few days in the warp speed Enterprise class star ships. The Vulcanian was called ‘Mr Spock’, as apparently his Vulcan name was unpronounceable to humans!

A new to the scene actor named Leonard Nimoy was chosen to play Spock.

The Vulcan race looked human except for pointed ears, arched eyebrows, distinctive hairstyles, a slight green skin pallor due to green blood.

Vulcans were stronger and faster than humans, due the higher gravity less oxygen rich atmosphere and heat on Vulcan. Vulcans were extremely long lived too 300 years. They exercise extreme control over their emotions as taught by  a venerated philosopher named Surak. as early in their history Vulcans were prone to violence.

My Spock was later described  as being  half human with his father the renowned, statesman like ambassador Sarek (well played by actor Mark Leonard) and human mother Amanda Grayson.

This early Mr Spock looked rather harsh and shouted a lot!

Spock Pilot Star Trek 1964

Spock Pilot Star Trek 1964

 

After the pilot show, Gene Rodenberry was not satisfied and made big cast changes for the series proper in 1966. A new captain of the Enterprise was brought in ( William Shatner as Capt Kirk), A new ships doctor, actor Deforest Kelly as Dr (Bones) McCoy.

Leonard and his distinctive appearance as Spock now known as a Vulcan, was retained and he became the second in command to Kirk.

Spock’s appearance was softened, as was his voice and manner, becoming calmer and most logical as befits a Vulcan.

Spock’s  ‘bantering’ and put downs with Dr McCoy with Kirk as referee were brilliant, but their underlying loyalty and friendship to each other shone through as the series progressed; His Vulcan catchphrase and hand gesture became legendary too!

Off course,  this crew became legendary in TV sci fi  & the motion picture history.

Leonard Nimoy was also known to us in early  ‘Mission Impossible’ TV show fans as ‘Paris’, a master of disguise brought in to the ‘Impossible Mission Force’ 1969-1971.  Mission Impossible was made at the same studios at the classic Star Trek series and so Leonard could swap pointy ears for various disguises!

Leonard was also a guest star in one my favourite detective series ‘Columbo’.  Spock’s logic was no match for Columbo’s detective ability

Mr Spock appeared in the various Star Trek sequels  and movies including the excellent  reboot of the franchise under JJ Abrams

Zachary Quinto’s likeness as the young Spock although in a different time line captures that essence of Nimoy.

Spock and then other characters live on in the Star Trek novels I enjoy reading.

Leonard  Nimoy crafted and evolved Spock into one of the most popular, recognisable & iconic characters in entertainment.

Where ever you are now in that ‘undiscovered country’ Leonard  “Live Long And Prosper“…

Spock LLAP

 

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Spock in his second Century                             A young Spock (Zachary Quinto)

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Farewell Leonard Nimoy

 

Hermione Loves Harry Not Ron?!!!

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Hermione Loves Harry Not Ron?!!!

Apparently J K Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series has always known that Hermione belongs with Harry. Hermione and Row were wrong.

This controversial sentiment was told to Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger in Harry Potter. Emma was a guest columnist for the Wonderland magazine where this interview with J K Rowling is slated to appear!

I am a self-confessed Hermione and Ron’s number one fan.

Putting Hermione and Harry together would have been like a carbon copy of Harry’s parents’ love affair.  And we knew what happened to that!  They were really not that happily married. Gasp!!! Harry’s dad was rather feckless.  Mrs Potter should have had the love affair with Severus Snape; he was more trustworthy and loved her to the death.  He was also looking after Harry in a very subtle way.

I am sure Hermione and Ron would love one another tenderly.

Perhaps JK Rowling is after a rewrite of the whole Harry Potter saga, a reboot if you like which is becoming popular with most classic stories, novels, television programs and films ala Pride and Prejudice and the Zombies!!! LOL

Are we likely to see a Harry Potter & Hermione Granger love affair in a parallel universe? Does Rowling want more money? Perhaps not as she has more than enough, probably it is more the fame and attention that she craves, after all her other novels had failed to rock the world like the Harry Potter novels can.  Mind you she did have a bestseller a year ago under a pseudonym.

Philip Seymour Hoffman R.I.P.

We are shocked and sad to hear of death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The Academy Award (Oscar) American actor was found dead in his Manhattan apartment in New York.

Medical officials have not yet commented on the cause of death but a drug overdose is suspected.

Hoffmann made his name in the 1990s in films including Boogie Nights and the Big Lebowski, Mission Impossible etc before winning the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in 2005.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman as Capote

He was a talented and very versatile actor, we enjoyed his superb performance in ‘Capote’.

Allen Jones’ Chair

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Dasha Zhukova on Controversal Chair!

Our post of Allen Jones’ “Chair” was particularly popular yesterday and I was wondering why! It was only late last night, when I was googling, that I got my answer.

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Apparently the Allen Jones “Chair” has a cousin. There is a very lifelike “chair” which is an artwork by a Norwegian artist, Bjarne Melgaard.  According to news articles, this chair would probably from now on be called “ the Racist Chair“.

Apparently the racist chair is just one of Melgaard’s many works reinterpreting previous work of other artists.  The white mannequin in Allen Jones’ chair was now of that of a black woman in Melgaard chair.

The real controversy which was trending was a photo of the beautiful  girlfriend of a Russian billionaire  who was sitting nonchalantly on the Racist Chair.  It was really unfortunate that the photo was published on the birth anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Poor Dasha Zhukova, the mother to two of the children & wife of Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich, had to apologise for the blunder.

Do you think the chair is racist?  Why is this chair deemed racist and yet Allen Jones’ sculpted chair ‘ wasn’t?!!!

As a woman, I do find both chairs offensive because they are degrading to womanhood. Women are not a piece of furniture!!!

I must say I was surprised that Dasha was quite happy being photographed sitting on the Racist Chair; Dasha may not be racist,  but it looks like she has more money than sense! 🙁

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Allen Jones “Chair” 1969

Furniture  using  female mannequins is not new. Demonstrating female subjugation  and  hmm.. 70s sexism, are the scenes in the cult and iconic movie made in 1971, A Clockwork Orange. The movie is based on the dystopian novel  of the same name by award-winning writer Anthony Burgess. Set in the not too distant future, the scenes show a gang (called Droogs) of criminally minded teens lounging in  bar where the furniture is made in the shape of naked women.

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A Clockwork Orange’s Korova Milk Bar

 

 

 

Classic Scenes & Quotes from Great Horror Movies

A bit early for Halloween, although ghostly tales are told around Christmas and winter time from pagan times to pass the time and entertain on the long cold and dark winter nights..Brrr! 😉
These quotes are from cult, iconic and classic horror movies from the 1930s to the 2000s.
See if you can identify and name the movie!

Caution: some strong language in some of the scene quotes.

R.I.P Peter O’Toole

 

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Peter O’Toole Lawrence of Arabia

 

Sadly just announced  the death of one of our greatest actors Peter O’Toole at age 81. I remember his mesmeric performance in Lawrence of Arabia. His amazing shining blue eyes out shone the desert sun! Despite many Oscar  nominations (7), he never won the Academy Award he so deserved.

Peter lived not far from us in Cricklewood, NW London.  He was an underrated actor, known for many fine acting roles. One I remember was in theatre, where he played the celebrated journalist and bon vivant Jeffrey Bernard (Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell) . Indeed in later life,I think  there was some resemblance in looks and lifestyle of both Jeffrey and Peter!

Another great actor and character makes his exit  from the Stage of Life. R I P Peter O’Toole.

James Bond Licensed to Drink!

Our favourite secret agent James Bond is famed for being steady, suave and ever ready with the ladies. However a study by some medical doctors in England have trawled through the super spy’s 14 novels, collated the amount of alcohol he is shown to have drunk in each book. The statistics they arrived at are staggering (Like Bond would be).

They found he drunk one and a half bottles of wine most days and consumed 1,150 units of alcohol in 88 days that is 92 units per week,
about five vodka martinis a day which so four times the recommended intake for adult men in the UK. Bond would be more shaking and slurred voice  than shaken not stirred as he preferred his vodka martinis 😉

Bond would be more lethal with a gun to himself and bystanders than with his target, also his performance with women would more impotent than potent.

Instead of having his Aston Martin car registered with the A.A.(Automobile Association), Bond himself would need to register with A.A. (alcoholics Anonymous) 😉

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007’s proof alcohol consumption chart

 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Quotes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Quotes

 EVERYONE WHO SAYS THEY DON’T BELIEVE SOMETHING THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ARE NOT ONLY FOOLS, THEY ARE IGNORANT FOOLS.
– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s pithy quote is about those who have closed minds and not willing to have a belief in anything.

Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.
– Arthur Conan Doyle
 

Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
~Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.
Thought of the Day
12 Nov 2013

 

Meeting Beetlejuice

Happy Hallowe’en!!!

As we all know today is All Hallows Eve, the day/evening before All Saints (a.k.a. All Hallows) on 1st November. Halloween is the night when all spirits of the departed can return to earth for one night only each year. It is the night when demons, devils, fairies, goblins, witches, wizards and warlocks wander abroad. November 2nd is All Souls Day, when the  departed, deceased family, relatives and friends etc.,  are commemorated by Christian churches in the West.

Beetlejuice imagesCAKBJ97AA dark murky 6.40am time, as I was on my 20 minute commuting walk to my local underground (Tube) station, I saw in the gloom ahead a figure in white striding ahead of me. As I got nearer and we have  both arrived at the station (Golders Green), I saw it was a man dressed as the cool horror movie character  ‘Beetlejuice’, the ghostly/demon exorcist, (played by Michael Keaton). Apparently the sequel Beetle Juice 2  may be made soon 🙂

 

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He was wearing a pure white suit with thick black stripes, he wore white face make up with blacked out eyes and mouth topped off with a green wig. He looked the part. I had to smile, also he was also carrying the commuter accessory of a back pack/rucksack and was wearing earphones, maybe he was listening to spooky music?
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When the train pulled into the platform, he sat opposite me in the carriage. He did indeed look so conspicuous and colourful  and stood out from us dull autumn garbed fellow Tube travellers!

No one seemed to look at him except me. I got spooked that perhaps I was the only that could see him!

He got (at least not floated ) off the train at Euston.

I guess he may have been an office worker wearing Halloween fancy dress for a fun ‘dressing up day’ at work, some  workplaces, firms & companies here do have  sometimes. Also  some wear costumes  to get charity donations too. Good for him as it brightens up a routine commuting and work day!

Hmm Miley Cyrus did Halloween twerking with BJ 😉

 

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