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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riffer Wishlisr)
« Reply #180 on: July 22, 2011, 08:10:29 AM »
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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
« Reply #181 on: July 22, 2011, 08:26:11 AM »
Today's subject?  MONSTERS!  BOO!  Hope I didn't scare you.  Here's the original list:

#50: Mr. Hyde
#49: Pinhead
#48: Metaluna Mutant
#47: Tyrant
#46: Trolls
#45: Herman Munster
#44: Griffin
#43: Aswang
#42: Medusa
#41: Chinese Dragons
#40: The Headless Horseman
#39: ManBearPig
#38: Jabberwock
#37: Clover
#36: Velociraptors
#35: Torgo
#34: Mothman
#33: Kraken
#32: Venom
#31: The Loch Ness Monster
#30: Freddy Krueger
#29: Chupacabra
#28: The Hulk
#27: Jason Vorhees
#26: Mummies
#25: Western Dragons
#24: Mike Wazowski
#23: Graboids
#22: Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
#21: The Devil
#20: Count Dracula
#19: The Blob
#18: The Balrog
#17: Predator
#16: Minotaur
#15: Bigfoot
#14: Vampires
#13: Pennywise/It
#12: King Kong
#11: Cookie Monster
#10: Gremlins
#9: Cthulhu
#8: Gamera
#7: Bruce the Shark
#6: The Thing
#5: Xenomorph
#4: Werewolves
#3: Frankenstein�s Monster
#2: Gojira
#1: Zombies


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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
« Reply #182 on: July 22, 2011, 08:50:25 AM »
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 17 – Monsters


Swamp Thing

   
The Swamp Thing character first appeared in House of Secrets #92 (June–July 1971), with the name Alex Olsen. The comic is set in the early 20th century, when scientist Alex Olsen is caught in a lab explosion caused by his co-worker, Damian Ridge, who intended to kill him to gain the hand of Olsen's wife Linda. Olsen is physically altered by chemicals and the forces within the swamp. He changes into a monstrous creature who kills Ridge before the latter can murder Linda, who has started to suspect Damian. Unable to make Linda realize his true identity, the Swamp Thing sadly ambles to his boggy home.

After the success of the short story in the House of Secrets comic, the original creators were asked to write an ongoing series, depicting a more heroic, more contemporary creature. In Swamp Thing #1 (October–November 1972) Wein and Wrightson updated the time frame to the 1970s and featured a new version character: Alec Holland, a scientist working in the Louisiana swamps on a secret bio-restorative formula "that can make forests out of deserts". Holland is killed by a bomb planted by agents of the mysterious Mr. E (Nathan Ellery), who wants the formula. Splashed with burning chemicals in the massive fire, Holland runs from the lab and falls into the muck-filled swamp, after which a creature resembling a humanoid plant appears some time later. Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway, who co-created Man-Thing for Marvel Comics a year and a half earlier, thought that this origin was too similar to that of their character, and Wein himself had written a Man-Thing story (in fact, the second) that was published with a June 1972 cover date, but he refused to change the origin in spite of some cajoling by Conway, who was his roommate at the time. Marvel, however, never took the issue to court, realizing the similarity of both characters to The Heap.

The creature, called Swamp Thing, was originally conceived as Alec Holland mutating into a vegetable-like creature, a "muck-encrusted mockery of a man". However, under writer Alan Moore, Swamp Thing was reinvented as an elemental entity created upon the death of Alec Holland, having somehow absorbed Holland's memory and personality into itself. He is described as "a plant that thought it was Alec Holland, a plant that was trying its level best to be Alec Holland." 

The major difference between the first and second Swamp Thing is that the latter appears more muscular than shambling, and possesses the power of speech. Being able to speak only with great difficulty, Alex Olsen's speech impediment is a major reason why his wife could not recognize him. In Swamp Thing #33, Alan Moore attempted to reconcile the two versions of Swamp Thing with the revelation that there have been many previous incarnations of Swamp Thing prior to the death and "rebirth" of the Alec Holland incarnation. All Swamp Things eventually the Parliament of Trees, a forest of plant elementals whose origins are strangely similar to the current Swamp Thing’s, despite being created in different cultures and eras.
Swamp Thing is a plant elemental. After "the Anatomy Lesson", it is revealed he is in fact a disembodied intelligence without any specific "body" as such, as he can inhabit and animate vegetable matter anywhere (including alien plants, even sentient ones) and construct it into a body for himself.  As a result, bodily attacks mean little to him. He can easily regrow damaged or severed body parts, and can even transport himself across the globe by leaving his current form, transferring his consciousness to a new form grown from whatever vegetable matter is present in the location he wishes to reach (he even grew himself a form out of John Constantine's meager tobacco supply on one occasion).

Swamp Thing possesses superhuman strength of undefined limits. While Swamp Thing's strength has never been portrayed as prominently as many of his other abilities, he demonstrated sufficient strength to rip large trees out of the ground with ease and trade blows with the likes of Etrigan.
Swamp Thing can control any form of plant life. He can make it move to his will or accelerate its growth. This control even extends to alien life, as he once cured Superman of an infection caused by exposure to a Kryptonian plant that was driving Superman mad and causing his body to burn out its own power





 Personal thoughts:   
Ah, the protector of the green.  So many good monsters, but here is a fairly unique heroic one.  Swamp Thing was an OK character to begin with, but when Alan Moore took over the book, it went to another level.  Great new kinds of horror stories, then later sci-fi stories (though they were not as consistently good).  And ST’s journey of self-discovery (with the help of that right bastard John Constantine) is also really clever, as well as setting stuff up for DC for years to come.  Without this series, I can guarantee there wouldn’t have been a Sandman.  I also think Rick Veitch’s run following Moore’s was pretty good.  It wasn’t as good as the best Alan stories and the first arc went on a little too long for me, but I always found that Rick Veitch was also good at creating the kind of monsters that capture my attention: scary and threatening, yet strangely and intentionally ridiculous.  I hope they end up printing the then controversial story where Swamp Thing meets Christ.  I also hope the new Swamp Thing series will be good.  Nice to have him in the DCU proper again, even if there’s debate over whether the DCU itself will be proper.
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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
« Reply #183 on: July 22, 2011, 12:29:57 PM »
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 17 – Monsters

I know that as a Lost fan, I'm in the minority here, but.....
The Smoke Monster

I took out some of the major spoilers from this description:
   
The Smoke Monster's most notorious ability is that of manifesting as a giant dark cloud, often described as looking like smoke. Referred to as "the Monster" by most characters, it appears immune to conventional weaponry, but was repelled on one occasion by dynamite.  While seemingly intangible, the Monster can grasp and manipulate objects with a tremendous application of force - capable of uprooting enormous fully-grown trees, knocking down walls and slamming victims into the ground. The Monster makes a variety of biological and mechanical sounds -- two of the most distinctive being a mechanical clicking and a loud high-pitched warning or alarm call. It appears the Smoke Monster is somewhat limited in movement in this form -- and cannot ascend high enough above the ground so as to pass over the sonar fence. It is implied the smoke form cannot pass over large bodies of water, although it is unknown if this is actually the case.
Some Island inhabitants believed the Monster could be summoned from a secret room in the Barracks.  Ben eventually concluded that the Monster itself controlled this process.

Throughout the series, the Smoke Monster has displayed an ability to take on a number of different forms and perfectly mimic individuals, their appearance, voice and memories so as to manipulate others. All of the confirmed impersonated individuals are dead. It does not require that the dead person died on the island, only to scan the mind of a person who knew them, selecting the forms of those that were most meaningful to people to better manipulate the targeted individual. In smoke form, it displays images from an individual's past within itself. The scanning process appears as a rapid series of bright flashes of light. It also appears to gain access to the memories of the mimicked person, even if they have been dead for sometime.  Some island apparitions, possibly the Smoke Monster's work, feature living characters. It can also transform into lower animals, including spiders. The Smoke Monster can change from human to monster form at will.

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I like Lost.  I like the ending.  I think it was all worth it.


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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
« Reply #184 on: July 22, 2011, 04:21:51 PM »
L.O.C. #17 - Top Monsters

The Amazing Colossal Man aka Lt. Col. Glenn Manning


Thoughts
He's sixty-feet tall. He's batshit insane. Wears a giant diaper. What's not to love?

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The Amazing Colossal Man is a 1957 black-and-white science fiction film, directed by Bert I. Gordon and starring Glenn Langan. The film revolves around a 60 foot mutant man produced as the result of an atomic accident.

Lt. Col. Glenn Manning, an officer in the U.S. Army who suffers serious burns to over 90% of his body following an inadvertent exposure to plutonium radiation from a bomb blast. He miraculously survives the explosion and his burns completely heal, but the radiation causes him to abnormally grow into a 60-foot-tall giant. At this size, his heart is unable to supply sufficient blood to his brain and he gradually goes insane.

Army doctors attempt to halt and reverse his growth with a formula, but after getting injected with the cure, he grabs the needle and spears one of the doctors with it, killing him on the spot. He then escapes from confinement, "kidnaps" his girlfriend, Carol Forrest (played by Cathy Downs), and wreaks havoc in Las Vegas before being cornered by the Army at the Hoover Dam. After releasing Carol he is shot and appears to fall to his death in the Colorado River.

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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
« Reply #185 on: July 22, 2011, 07:25:40 PM »

Thoughts
He's sixty-feet tall. He's batshit insane. Wears a giant diaper. What's not to love?

Who has to change that diaper, I wonder? Presumably he lays down redwoods.



I kept waiting for the scene where he's rinsing out his diaper in Lake Mead.
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« Reply #186 on: July 22, 2011, 10:07:10 PM »
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 17 - Top Monsters

For this list I picked a minor but important character from a wonderful film.  2319!
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George Sanderson


The Wiki:
There is no Wiki for him, but he is the happy go lucky monster who has a very unfortunate thing happen to him all because of a sock in the Disney/Pixar classic Monsters Inc.

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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
« Reply #187 on: July 23, 2011, 01:47:17 AM »
theres a whole host of great godzilla monsters out there.   id put gigan perhaps as my favorite.
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« Reply #188 on: July 23, 2011, 12:10:54 PM »
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A total no-brainer!  One of the most entertaining nights I have ever spent at the movies!
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Rifftrax Live Christmas Shorts Stravaganza!


The Wiki:
Really?  Does anyone here not know what this is?

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Sorry, I'm late.  Hit England today and a 11 hour plane ride and a 3.5 hour bus tour of London can really sidetrack things.  OK, today's topic is Christmas Specials and Movies.  Here's the original list:

#50: Fanny and Alexander Part One
#49: Love, Actually
#48: Jingle All the Way
#47: Stalag 17
#46: All I Want For Christmas
#45: Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
#44: Christmas Comes to Pacland
#43: The Office Christmas Specials
#42: Nestor the Long-Eared Donkey
#41: A Christmas Carol (1984)
#40: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Amends
#39: South Park � Woodland Critter Christmas
#38: Scrooge
#37: Justice League � Comfort and Joy
#36: A Christmas Carol (1999)
#35: Futurama � Xmas Story
#34: Ernest Saves Christmas
#33: South Park � Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo
#32: The Queen�s Speech
#31: The Snowman
#30: Santa Claus is Comin� to Town
#29: Terry Pratchett�s Hogfather
#28: A Wish for Wings That Work
#27: Futurama � A Tale of Two Santas
#26: Pee Wee�s Playhouse Christmas Special
#25: The Star Wars Holiday Special
#24: Die Hard
#23: The Year Without a Santa Claus
#22: A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All
#21: The Santa Clause
#20: A Muppet Family Christmas
#19: Mickey�s Christmas Carol
#18: Blackadder�s Christmas Carol
#17: Frosty the Snowman
#16: The Nightmare Before Christmas
#15: Elf
#14: Home Alone
#13: Mystery Science Theater 3000 � Santa Claus
#12: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
#11: Miracle on 34th Street
#10: The Simpsons - Simpsons Roasting Over an Open Fire
#9: Gremlins
#8: A Christmas Story
#7: The Muppet Christmas Carol
#6: Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
#5: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
#4: It's a Wonderful Life
#3: Scrooged
#2: A Charlie Brown Christmas
#1: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!


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LoC Rest of the Best - Day 18 – Christmas Specials and Movies


Joyeux Noël


Joyeux Noël (English: Merry Christmas) is a 2005 film about the World War I Christmas truce of December 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, British and German soldiers. It was written and directed by Christian Carion.  It was screened out of competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards. The film was one of Ian Richardson's last appearances before his death on February 9, 2007.

The year is 1914, and as World War I continues to rage across the European countryside, four individuals stuck on the front lines find themselves faced with the unthinkable in director Christian Carion's Academy Award-nominated account of the true-life wartime event that would offer hope for peace in mankind's darkest hour. When the war machines began rolling in the summer of 1914, the devastation that it waged upon German, British, and French troops was palpable. As the winter winds began to blow and the soldiers sat huddled in their trenches awaiting the generous Christmas care packages sent by the families, the sounds of warfare took a momentary backseat to the yearning for brotherhood among all of mankind. It is here that the fate of a French lieutenant, a Scottish priest, a German tenor, and a Danish soprano's lives were about to be changed forever. On Christmas Eve of that year, the lonely souls of the front lines abandoned their arms to reach out to their enemies on the battlefield and greet them with not anger or hostility, but with the simple, kindly gesture of a much needed cigarette or a treasured piece of chocolate, and to put their differences aside long enough to wish their brothers a sincere "Merry Christmas!"


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Personal thoughts:
A beautiful sentimental movie.  You may call it corny, but if you think so, then corn me up.
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L.O.C. #18 - Top Christmas Shows

Seinfeld: The Strike (Festivus Episode)

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This is one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes. George and his Dad are in rare form throughout with the Festivus story. The subplot involving Jerry and his two-face, hot one minute, not the next girlfriend is great, especially the other character's reactions upon seeing her. Elaine vs. Denim Vest and fake phone numbers is classic. Denim Vest is hilariously played Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall. And George's Human Fund scam is also great; I love episodes featuring Kruger. Kramer as the Norma Rae of the bagel industry, the sleazeballs at the betting place. It's all good stuff. This is a surefire cure for the holiday blues.

The Wiki
"The Strike" is the 166th episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This was the tenth episode of the 9th and final season. It aired on December 18, 1997. This episode featured and popularized the holiday of Festivus. This episode also popularized the concept of a "two-face": someone who looks attractive sometimes and looks bad at other times, depending on exterior conditions, such as lighting. It also explained why Kramer never held a job throughout the show.

Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as a way to celebrate the holiday season without participating in its pressures and commercialism. It was created by writer Dan O'Keefe and introduced into popular culture by his son Daniel, a screenwriter for the TV show Seinfeld, as part of a comical storyline on the show. The holiday's celebration, as shown on Seinfeld, includes an unadorned aluminum "Festivus pole", practices such as the "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength", and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles". Celebrants of the holiday sometimes refer to it as "a Festivus for the rest of us", a saying taken from the O'Keefe family traditions and popularized in the Seinfeld episode to describe Festivus' non-commercial aspect.

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how about that tales from the crypt episode, and all through the house, with the killer santa clause.  directed by robert zemekis too.
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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
« Reply #193 on: July 24, 2011, 07:18:28 AM »
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 17 – Monsters

I know that as a Lost fan, I'm in the minority here, but.....
The Smoke Monster


 Personal thoughts:   
I like Lost.  I like the ending.  I think it was all worth it.


Second. When you hear the Smoke Monster's sound, you tense up. Very eerie. Very mysterious. And as you learn more about it, it doesn't become less frightening, but takes on a new sinister light.


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Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
« Reply #194 on: July 24, 2011, 09:40:52 AM »
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 17 – Monsters

I know that as a Lost fan, I'm in the minority here, but.....
The Smoke Monster


 Personal thoughts:   
I like Lost.  I like the ending.  I think it was all worth it.


Second. When you hear the Smoke Monster's sound, you tense up. Very eerie. Very mysterious. And as you learn more about it, it doesn't become less frightening, but takes on a new sinister light.
I thought it turned out to be just the Silver Surfer?