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  1. Lately I've been catching Batman episodes on IFC. I probably haven't watched since I was 7 or 8. It's hilarious. Check it out if you get a chance. I didn't realize how many big showbiz names made guest appearances as the villains. Do you remember Otto Preminger and Eli Wallach as Mr. Freeze? Liberace as Chandell? Milton Berle as Louie the Lilac? Mmmm, Catwoman. (Julie Newmar or Eartha Kitt, doesn't matter)
  2. "Harold and Maude" is not at all what I expected it to be. The film's opening sequence is shocking--dark, twisted and surprisingly funny--and it sets the tone for the rest of the movie. Young Harold, brilliantly portrayed by Bud Cort, is an 18-year-old man obsessed with death, desperate for the affection of his self-absorbed mother. Vivian Pickles is wonderful as Harold's detached mom, and the scenes involving the two of them are laugh-out-loud funny. Harold's mother repeatedly tries to set him up on dates, with hilarious, disastrous results. While attending a stranger's funeral, Harold strikes up an unlikely friendship (and later, an even more unlikely romance) with Maude (portrayed by Ruth Gordon), a quirky, 79-year-old woman, who teaches Harold how to live life fully. The scenes portraying their blossoming relationship are well done, believable and touching. A good amount of madcap humor is thrown in, as well. "Harold and Maude" was written and produced by Colin Higgins and features the music of Cat Stevens. It was critically and commercially unsuccessful when it was released, but later developed a cult following, and in 1983 began making a profit. "Harold and Maude" is ranked number 45 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest Movies of All Time. I think this film was ahead of it's time when it was made. "Harold and Maude" is extremely amusing, but the funniest scenes are also the darkest. Perhaps film-goers and critics of the early '70s were not prepared to see campy humor arise from bleak sources, like attempted suicide. The humor is "Harold and Maude" is dark, rich and delightful. This film made me laugh, and it made me cry. It made me think, and it touched me deeply.
  3. Possibly interesting personal factoid: My great-uncle Sam was president of the Monon Railroad (1847-1971), which features in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. I believe he was the last president, and oversaw the merger of the Monon with the much larger Louisville and Nashville Railroad in 1971. --- The Monon Railroad (DonRocks)
  4. I'm sure many of you are familiar with lileks.com, but for those who haven't seen the analysis of the works of Art Frahm: At least this is somewhat related to food. You know the Quaker guy on the oatmeal and the Coppertone girl? Art did that.
  5. Urban dictionary defines "camp" as well as anyone: Camp: adj. "being so extreme that it has an amusing and perversely sophisticated appeal." And then it goes on to cite The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) as an example (appropriately, I will add). I cannot, in good conscience, recommend that anyone watch the entire film, "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" (1971), but the opening scene when Dr. Phibes (played by Vincent Price) is playing "War March Of The Priests" (composed in 1845 by Felix Mendelssohn (*)) on the organ is just so ... so ... well, it is "camp" at its finest. And they simply could not have chosen a better song - it's perfect. And it gets even creepier after the organ piece is over, so you may want to keep watching for a few minutes. Note that during a couple parts of this, Price's intentional overacting has him raising both hands in the air while the music plays on (which is impossible) - it is hilariously executed. The movie, for all except the most hardcore viewers, isn't worth the investment in time, but the song itself is worth knowing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6FPbt8zB48 (*) This is the piece played by an actual organist. One of the comments says, "Dr. Phibes would be proud of you."
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