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Adventures in Blu-ray: The Addiction (1995)

Kathleen Conklin (Lili Taylor), an NYU student preparing for her doctorate in philosophy, is attacked one night by a mysterious woman (Annabelle Sciorra as "Casanova"), who insists that Kathleen forcefully tell her to go away and leave her alone.  Kathleen is unable to do this, and so Casanova does a number on her neck, calling… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Addiction (1995)

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“Fish don’t fry in the kitchen/Beans don’t burn on the grill…”

I’m pleased to announce that this is the very first post composed at the new Rancho Yesteryear, into which the ‘rents and I officially moved this afternoon (though this time they were ahead of me; they brought their stuff in last night).  There will be a gradual phasing out of the old House of Yesteryear… Continue reading “Fish don’t fry in the kitchen/Beans don’t burn on the grill…”

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I don’t like Mondays

In the Franz Kafka story The Metamorphosis, the protagonist—a traveling salesman named Gregor Samsa—wakes up one morning to find he’s been transformed into a gigantic insect (generally considered to be a cockroach, though it depends on the German translation).  I’ve been experiencing a series of similar misadventures here at Rancho Yesteryear lately, although my transmutation is more… Continue reading I don’t like Mondays

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Magic moments

Turner Classic Movies has announced a memorial tribute to the late Patricia Neal that’s slated for Monday, September 13 beginning at 8:00pm. The lineup will include: 08:00pm Private Screenings: Patricia Neal 09:00pm The Fountainhead (1949) 11:00pm The Subject Was Roses (1968) 01:00am A Face in the Crowd (1957) 03:15am In Harm’s Way (1965) Ben Walsh of the Independent tallies thirty “movie moments that tell the whole… Continue reading Magic moments

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“I lift up my finger and I say tweet tweet, now now, shush shush, come come…”

As I was tooling around the VCI website this morning, I came across this interesting DVD release scheduled for a street date of May 25th: Old Mother Riley: British Cinema Collection. It’s a set of six films—Old Mother Riley in Paris (1938), Old Mother Riley, MP (1939), Old Mother Riley's New Venture (1949), Old Mother Riley, Headmistress (1950), Old Mother Riley's Jungle Treasure (1951), and Mother Riley Meets the Vampire (1952)—from… Continue reading “I lift up my finger and I say tweet tweet, now now, shush shush, come come…”

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Risky business

The ‘rents are officially out of town as of this posting…which means I’m pretty much on my own here at Rancho Yesteryear until tomorrow evening. (They need prescriptions filled, and have journeyed to Savannah for the doctor’s appointment needed to accomplish this.) My mother has been staying with me since my release from the hospital and will probably keep… Continue reading Risky business

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DVR-TiVo-Or whatever recording device strikes your fancy-alert!

TCM is going to run what may very well be my favorite Charles Laughton film (although it’s not an easy task to pick just one, what with The Old Dark House [1932], Payment Deferred [1932], The Sign of the Cross [1932], Ruggles of Red Gap [1935], Les Misérables [1935], Tales of Manhattan [1942], The Big Clock [1948], Witness for the Prosecution [1957], and Advise & Consent [1962] all vying for attention), Hobson's… Continue reading DVR-TiVo-Or whatever recording device strikes your fancy-alert!