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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
« Reply #285 on: August 01, 2011, 03:42:26 PM »
Are these places we'd like to visit, or just places we think are cool?

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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
« Reply #286 on: August 01, 2011, 04:58:08 PM »
Either/or.  I'm sure I wouldn't want to spend time in the Village.

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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
« Reply #287 on: August 01, 2011, 05:52:49 PM »
And that's why Arrakis is there.

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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
« Reply #288 on: August 01, 2011, 06:06:42 PM »
Yeah, Tripe wants to ride the worm.  But enough about his tequila addiction...

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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
« Reply #289 on: August 01, 2011, 06:38:00 PM »
Yep, and trust me Fremen Tequila's no joke.


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Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
« Reply #290 on: August 01, 2011, 07:03:44 PM »
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 25 - Top Animated Characters
My favorite characters from one of my favorite animated series.  Although most of the characters from this show are ace, these two are the most ace.

Billy Quizboy and Pete White - (The Venture Brothers)

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Master Billy Quizboy (voiced by Doc Hammer): A self-proclaimed "boy genius," Billy Whalen is actually an adult (35 in "The Buddy System", 37 in "Handsome Ransom") with a speech impediment and growth hormone deficiency. He suffers from hydrocephalus, although his intellect seems to be unaffected by this condition. He starred as a contestant on the game show Quizboys hosted by Pete White. When White gave him the answer to the final question, they were both kicked off the show and Billy's winnings were frozen by the FCC. White and Billy went to Mexico, where Billy was accidentally entered into a dog fight, thinking it was an underground quiz match. Billy lost a hand and eye in the mix up. Billy left White, and was recruited by O.S.I. agents Brock Samson and Hunter Gathers, who provided him with a mechanical hand and camera eye. Brock and Hunter sent Billy undercover to spy on Professor Fantomas and dig up dirt on the possible existence of the Guild of Calamitous Intent. Fantomas had Billy help with his experiment, but the experiment went wrong, Fantomas became Phantom Limb and Billy lost his left eye again. After a mind wipe, Brock (newly assigned to Venture) smuggled Billy out of O.S.I. and left him with White. He then became a neurogeneticist and co-founder of Conjectural Technologies. He is a virgin as revealed during a conversation with Pete White and Dr. Venture. In "The Invisible Hand of Fate", Billy hits his head on a toilet and remembers everything.

Pete White (voiced by Christopher McCulloch): An albino computer scientist and co-founder of Conjectural Technologies. He went to college with Venture, Samson, Baron Ünderbheit and The Monarch where he hosted a New Wave radio show called "The White Room". After college, White and Billy Quizboy worked in tandem on a Jeopardy-styled gameshow, called "QuizBoys" in which Pete hosted and Billy participated. After a debacle concerning the show seeding Billy's answer display with the correct answer, regardless of what he put down, White and Quizboy were fired and left to find new lives. While the two had a short falling out, Pete eventually rejoined Billy (after his short unwanted stint with O.S.I. and his task of spying on Phantom Limb). They find refuge in a trailer near the Venture Compound where they currently reside. Like Venture and Quizboy, White tends to be somewhat lazy and half-hearted in his efforts. On occasion, characters refer to him as "the gay albino", which seems to annoy him as he does show interests in women such as Dr. Girlfriend and fantasies about the mother from Growing Pains.

All the good clips can't be embedded from youtube.

Personal thoughts:
On a show with loads of great characters, these two stand out for me.


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Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
« Reply #291 on: August 01, 2011, 07:13:39 PM »
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 26 - Top TV Theme Songs
'80s style!

Square Pegs

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Square Pegs is an American comedy series that aired on CBS during the 1982–1983 season. The series follows Patty Greene (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Lauren Hutchinson (Amy Linker), two awkward teenage girls desperate to fit in at Weemawee High School.

To accurately reflect high schoolers' tastes of the moment, new wave music was an important facet of the show's style. The show's opening and closing theme songs, "Square Pegs", and an untitled instrumental reminiscent of "Chopsticks" composed by Tom Scott, are performed by The Waitresses. In some episodes, "Chopsticks" is the opening theme and "Square Pegs" the closing theme, and in others these are reversed.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/CKj88uuoObQ?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;rel=0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/CKj88uuoObQ?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;rel=0</a>

Personal thoughts:
Love The Waitresses and even though the show was short lived, this catchy song always stuck with me.

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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
« Reply #292 on: August 01, 2011, 07:33:35 PM »
Favorite Places supplementary:

Since the Satellite of Love won the Top 50 Poll (surprise surprise), here is my favorite of all the MST3K secondary sets:


This picture is the best I could find on short notice, and it doesn't do it justice.

After coming back from the edge of the Universe and materializing back from their various forms of energy, the intrepid crew of the Satellite of Love find themselves orbiting a very Earthlike planet. However, they are shocked to find the transmission to be of talking apes! *dun dun dun!* They are in a far future where apes have evolved into the dominant intelligent species on the planet. One has to seriously question the intelligence of the rest of the species on the planet at this point, though, given some of their actions.

Here we are introduced to the wonderful Professor Bobo, and Kevin is introduced to the horrors of makeup glue and full face latex appliances. I love Professor Bobo, he has so many good moments (particularly the Mike trial), but here we are talking about the set. The setting is a blatant ripoff of Planet of the Apes, and they have so much fun with that. Including the nuclear bomb from Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Here the shoestring budget of MST3K really benefits the set, as it's obvious cheap nature makes it al the funnier. Designed to look like a monkey house exhibit at a local zoo, complete with tire swing. Whoever designed this set was a genius! I really wish we had spent more than just a few episodes here. It cracks me up every time I see it!

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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Movies)
« Reply #293 on: August 02, 2011, 06:31:58 AM »
Happy Halloween! What?  It's not?  Oh well, tell us your favourite Halloween movies!  Here's the original list:

#50: The Birds
#49: The Sixth Sense
#48: Hellboy
#47: Silent Hill
#46: Braindead/Dead Alive
#45: Aliens
#44: Demons
#43: Disney�s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
#42: Nosferatu
#41: Fright Night
#40: Scream
#39: Suspiria
#38: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: the Dream Warriors
#37: The Worst Witch
#36: Friday the 13th
#35: Thriller
#34: The Blair Witch Project
#33: Disney's Halloween Treat
#32: The Addams Family
#31: Frankenstein
#30: Hocus Pocus
#29: Clue
#28: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
#27: Psycho
#26: Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
#25: Phantasm
#24: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
#23: The Frighteners
#22: An American Werewolf in London
#21: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
#20: Day of the Dead
#19: The Haunting
#18: Sleepy Hollow
#17: Army of Darkness
#16: Alien
#15: The Lost Boys
#14: The Thing
#13: Evil Dead
#12: Evil Dead 2
#11: Night of the Living Dead
#10: A Nightmare on Elm Street
#9: The Shining
#8: Dawn of the Dead
#7: Beetlejuice
#6: Shaun of the Dead
#6: Halloween
#5: Young Frankenstein
#4: Poltergeist
#3: Ghostbusters
#2: A Nightmare Before Christmas
#1: It�s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Movies)
« Reply #294 on: August 02, 2011, 07:12:08 AM »
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 28 – Favourite Halloween Movies
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (German: Das Kabinet des Dr Caligari) is a 1920 silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. It is one of the most influential of German Expressionist films and is often considered one of the greatest horror movies of the silent era. This movie is cited as having introduced the twist ending in cinema.

Francis, a young man, recalls in his memory the horrible experiences he and his fiancée Jane recently went through. It is the annual fair in Holstenwall. Francis and his friend Alan visit The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an exhibit where the mysterious doctor shows the somnambulist Cesare, and awakens him for some moments from his death-like sleep. When Alan asks Cesare about his future, Cesare answers that he will die before dawn. The next morning Alan is found dead. Francis suspects Cesare of being the murder, and starts scouting on him and Dr. Caligari. The following night Cesare is going to stab Jane in her bed, but softens when he sees the beautiful woman, and instead of committing another murder, he abducts her. Jane's father awakens of the noise, and he and some servants follow the fleeing Cesare. When Cesare cannot keep the distance to his pursuers anymore, he lays Jane down on the ground...

Writers Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer met each other in Berlin soon after World War I. The two men considered the new film medium as a new type of artistic expression – visual storytelling that necessitated collaboration between writers and painters, cameramen, actors, directors. They felt that film was the ideal medium through which to both call attention to the emerging pacifism in postwar Germany and exhibit radical anti-bourgeois art.
Although neither had associations with any Berlin film company, they decided to develop a plot. As both were enthusiastic about Paul Wegener's works, they chose to write a horror film. The duo drew from past experiences. Janowitz had disturbing memories of a night during 1913, in Hamburg. After leaving a fair he had walked into a park bordering the Holstenwall and glimpsed a stranger as he disappeared into the shadows after having mysteriously emerged from the bushes. The next morning, a young woman's ravaged body was found. Mayer was still angered about his sessions during the war with an autocratic, highly ranked, military psychiatrist.

At night, Janowitz and Mayer would often go to a nearby fair. One evening, they saw a sideshow "Man and Machine", in which a man did feats of strength and predicted the future while supposedly in a hypnotic trance. Inspired by this, Janowitz and Mayer devised their story that night and wrote it in the following six weeks. The name "Caligari" came from a book Mayer read, in which an officer named Caligari was mentioned.

When the duo approached producer Erich Pommer about the story, Pommer tried to have them thrown out of his small Decla-Bioscop studio. But when they insisted on telling him their film story, Pommer was so impressed that he bought it on the spot, and agreed to have the film produced in expressionistic style, partly as a concession to his studio only having a limited quota of power and light.
Personal thoughts:
I saw this one in film class and it made a pretty big impression.  Yeah, it might not sem all that scary, but it’s moody as hell and has clearly (for better or worse) influenced every Tim Burton movie ever made.  Perfect for Halloween.  Love that art design.

Lame music aside (is that the new Schnappi theme?), a great scene
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/CNDaifCMAdI" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/CNDaifCMAdI</a>
Some more cool visuals
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/T9WjHEKLMbc" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/T9WjHEKLMbc</a>
Or hey, just watch the whole movie.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/ALqnSUMHPrA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/ALqnSUMHPrA</a>

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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Movies)
« Reply #295 on: August 02, 2011, 07:59:02 AM »
ever feel like tim burton is taking a lot of his ideas from caligari?  i do.

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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Movies)
« Reply #296 on: August 02, 2011, 12:31:10 PM »
L.O.C. #28 - Top Halloween Movies

The Exorcist

How in the hell did this not make the original list?!?

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The Exorcist is a 1973 American horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted from the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty and based on the exorcism case of Robbie Mannheim, dealing with the demonic possession of a young girl and her mother’s desperate attempts to win back her daughter through an exorcism conducted by two priests. The film features Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller, and Mercedes McCambridge. The film is one of a cycle of 'demonic child' movies produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including Rosemary's Baby and The Omen.

The Exorcist was released theatrically in the United States by Warner Bros. on December 26, 1973. The film earned ten Academy Award nominations—winning two, one for Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay, and losing Best Picture to The Sting. It became one of highest earning movies of all time, grossing $441 million worldwide.

The film has had a huge effect on popular culture. It was named the scariest movie of all time by Entertainment Weekly and Movies.com and by viewers of AMC in 2006, and was #3 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments. The film was selected in 2010 to be preserved by the Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry.

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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Movies)
« Reply #297 on: August 03, 2011, 04:53:24 AM »
More movies today!  The subject?  Animated films.  Here's the original list:

#50: Ali Baba Bunny
#49: Rescuers Down Under
#49: Howl�s Moving Castle
#48: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
#48: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
#47: Lady and the Tramp
#47: Triplets of Belleville
#46: The Rescuers
#45: Heavy Metal
#45: Kiki�s Delivery Service
#44: Castle of Cagliostro
#43: Mulan
#43: The Wrong Trousers
#42: The Little Mermaid   
#42: Transformers: The Movie
#41: The Great Mouse Detective
#40: Chicken Run
#39: Robin Hood
#38: A Bug�s Life
#38: The Jungle Book
#37: Bambi
#37: Animal Farm
#36: Pinocchio
#36: The Land Before Time
#35: Watership Down
#34: An American Tail
#33: Alice in Wonderland
#33: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
#32: Beavis and Butthead Do America   
#32: Persepolis
#31: Princess Mononoke
#30: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie   
#30: Lilo & Stitch
#29: Dumbo
#28: The Dot and the Line: A Romance of Higher Mathematics
#27: Shrek
#26: One Froggy Evening
#25: The Lion King
#24: The Secret of NIMH
#23: The Emperor�s New Groove
#22: Akira
#21: Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit
#20: My Neighbor Totoro
#19: The Rabbit of Seville
#18: Grave of the Fireflies
#17: Beauty and the Beast
#16: Toy Story
#15: Finding Nemo
#14: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
#13: Aladdin
#12: Ratatouille
#11: The Iron Giant
#10: Monsters, Inc.
#9: Toy Story 2
#8: Fantasia
#7: The Nightmare Before Christmas
#6: Spirited Away
 #5: Duck Amuck
#4: What�s Opera, Doc
#3: Up
#2: WALL-E
#1: The Incredibles

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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Movies)
« Reply #298 on: August 03, 2011, 04:58:17 AM »
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 29 – Favourite Animted Films
Feed the Kitty


Feed the Kitty is a Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese, in which Bulldog Marc Antony (spelled Marc Anthony on his sleeping basket in the cartoon itself and called that by his mistress) adopts small cat Pussyfoot and tries to hide it from his owner. It was released theatrically on February 2, 1952. In 1994 it was voted #36 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field.
Personal thoughts:
Man, there are a lot of great cartoons out there, but I always find that this one is a little more ignored.  It’s really a love story in the most basic level: it represents the courtship of a man and woman just as much as it represents a boy for his pet.  And it’s SOOOOOOOOO cute.

And now, the entire cartoon
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/pccO1RBJZL8" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/pccO1RBJZL8</a>
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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Movies)
« Reply #299 on: August 03, 2011, 08:15:35 AM »
The video linked is a tad different than the plot to "Feed the Kitty."