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The S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Amongst Yourselves

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 16th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “The S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Amongst Yourselves”

  1. captstubby says:

    Rusty, a while back you talked of watching older movies instead of the crap on TV.
    i just got some bluray to dvd ‘s of the old Universal Monsters movies we watched on Saturday nights.
    i have never seen them in such perfect condition.
    back then, it was on a old B and W tv with a outside antenna( during some sort of storm).
    this Saturday night, …well, some times you can go home again.


    • GetBackJack says:

      Sooo .. you have enough $$$ for a TV what plays BluRay …

    • Astravogel says:

      For a real oldie, I watched “Metropolis” from 1927, last
      night. 2 hours. The first long Science Fiction movie. Set
      in 2026! Very good. Got it on Netflix.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Yep, there’s a lot of gold out there.

      I might also recommend “Mr Roberts” with Henry Fonda
      “Soldier In The Rain” with Jackie Gleason, Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld
      “This Island Earth” with Russell Johnson (“The Professor” in “Gilligan’s Island)
      “Forbidden Planet” with Leslie Nielsen (pretty good sci-fi for the time)

      Plenty of golden nuggets for rainy Sunday afternoons.

      I occasionally go sifting through what Amazon or Deep Discount has to offer and get a few. Some are in widescreen, many in the original 35mm “square” arrangement, depending on how they were originally shot.

      “Battle Of Britain” is pretty good. And I recently watched “The Night Of The Generals” with Omar Sharif and Peter O’Toole. Not your “typical” war flick. Nazi General who has a propensity for murdering prostitutes. Pretty decent script, acting and plot. Was pleasantly surprised.

      The only new movie that’s grabbed me recently is “Oblivion” with Tom Cruise. Not much dialog, not any over-the-top action. Based on a sci-fi short story and has some neat twists that are fun when you figure out what’s going on. Morgan Freeman is in it, has a significant part but there’s not much talking in the whole picture, it’s all pretty much told with the action on-screen. Told a friend about it and he was delighted (we’re both sci-fi nerds).

      Also, though, really enjoyed Tom Hanks in “Captain Phillips”. It has a good ending and is done just well enough. It’s believable, as it’s based on a true story and there’s no obvious political agenda or garnering sympathy for Somali pirates. It tends to let the viewer decide. At one point I found myself really aggravated and hoping the pirates just got popped.

      You’ll have to see the picture to find out. I won’t give any spoilers.

      Much of the old stuff has been great also for looking at the cars, the styles and mannerisms of everyone “back in the day”. (Everyone smoked and drank, so it would seem)

      Oh….don’t forget “The African Queen” in that list. GREAT flick. Wasn’t shot in widescreen but the tête à tête between Bogart and Hepburn is excellent. The color is very good and the action, plot and overall work is top notch. 1951 Vintage. It’s an “adult” flick in that it has no car chases, no cussing, no ridiculous gossip underpinnings, boob-shots, butt-shots, gratuitous sex, none of that. It’s a film that in 1951 was made for adult audiences for the way adults used to act, instead of the overgrown adolescents we have nowadays who want to celebrate being 50 or 60 years of age by doing “extreme” bungie-jumping” or similar. So the grand-kids, teenagers and adult-adolescents won’t care for it.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    Pelosi’s message to grads: Be disruptors
    The Hill: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/206417-pelosi-tells-grads-be-disruptors

    “Being called a disruptor is a high compliment,” Pelosi said in prepared remarks Saturday. “You here at Berkeley are already disruptors in many ways.”

    “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history… the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.” (and what kingdom do you suppose that is? Hell ain’t a kingdom anyone would want.

    8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
    –You can’t give away what you don’t own, and Alinsky was right, he owns it.)

    Let’s take a look at the wholesomeness of what Berkeley provides to society.
    “How Berkeley Can You Be?”

    Disrupting Nonie Darwish during Islamo-Fascism Week:

    “Teaching as a Subversive Activity”: The Theory of Political Indoctrination:

    Liberals are not just the other side of the same political coin; my belief is that they are engaging in Satanism, whether they have lighted candles surrounding a pentagram or not. Any Republicans that kinda-sorta agree and dabble in political Satanism with the other side of the aisle, are not guiltless. Did Jesus get along with Satan to make peace? No, Jesus was a special kind of “disruptor.”

    “The End is Near!” –How can this be? People have been saying this for 1000s of years, yet there isn’t an end, it must not be true.
    Ah, but YOU DON’T LIVE 1000s of years do you? For you, the sign reads correct, the end is near.

  3. captstubby says:

    Rusty,the last new movie that i thought was good would be Taking Chance (2009) Kevin Bacon
    but so did everyone else, even the Hollywood bunch.

    and your picks are “made for adult audiences for the way adults used to act,”

    .the other day the wife and I watched We’re No Angels (1955) With Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray.
    and as you said, the grand-kids, teenagers and adult-adolescents won’t care for it.
    before i go, just one more.
    Manhattan Melodrama 1934, Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy
    could go on forever on this topic.
    thanks for your input.

  4. canary says:

    13 Million GM cars recalled this year and growing. And Obama built them and ran ads for the better stronger fleet with your tax dollars.

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