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#751 deSitter

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Posted 09 June 2022 - 09:20 AM

My wife recorded The Fifth Element the other night and I noticed a brass antique.

It's not on screen very long.

 

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It's a very creative film.

Call me crazy but it's one of them I can watch every few years and still enjoy.

Yes! It's great fun. Mila Jovovich was the stoner chick in "Dazed and Confused", another totally fun movie.

 

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Posted 09 June 2022 - 01:38 PM

My wife recorded The Fifth Element the other night and I noticed a brass antique.

It's not on screen very long.

 

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It's a very creative film.

Call me crazy but it's one of them I can watch every few years and still enjoy.

Your wife must be pretty cool to record that movie.


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Posted 10 June 2022 - 03:14 PM

I found the movie to be "really Boron".


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Posted 10 June 2022 - 07:48 PM

I've sometimes thought of it as a cross between Monty Python and Blade Runner. Not in a bad way. Just as a mix of film-noir sci-fi and absurdism. Not an easy pair of genres to blend.

 

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Posted 16 June 2022 - 01:25 PM

Maybe a Royal Astro in this goofy video "She Blinded Me With Science" from Thomas Dolby?  The guy is purposefully (I hope) looking through it the wrong way.

 

 

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Posted 16 June 2022 - 04:14 PM

Maybe a Royal Astro in this goofy video "She Blinded Me With Science" from Thomas Dolby?  The guy is purposefully (I hope) looking through it the wrong way.

That one was posted just last month (post #721).

It's an Eikow.


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Posted 17 June 2022 - 04:06 AM

ROCKFORD FILES s4 e14

 

Rockford’s dad has what looks like a 3” F15 equatorial, no closeups, he uses to look at whales from the roof of their trailer on Paradise Cove, Malibu.

 

Rockford is in huge Attractive Nuisance trouble has 3” refractor on his trailer roof and a ladder. Someone goes up, falls, compound  spinal fractures, law suits.

 

Any ideas as to make and model?

 

 

PS could be a 60mm.

You can stream all seasons on FreeVee app., free, w limited commercials.

Paradise Cove is a great place to visit. Restaurant  was fantastic.

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Posted 17 June 2022 - 08:03 AM

Maybe a Royal Astro in this goofy video "She Blinded Me With Science" from Thomas Dolby?  The guy is purposefully (I hope) looking through it the wrong way.

Funny! In reality, I'm sure Dr. Magnus Pyke (who played the role of the professor in that video) would know which end to look through!


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Posted 18 June 2022 - 09:44 PM

No telescopes but some amazing planetary landscapes were shown tonight in one of my absolute favorites space/sci-fi movies, FORBIDDEN PLANET, (on Svengoolie, MeTV). This 1956 film had special effects that were way ahead of its time, plus a great cast and a great script.


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Posted 18 June 2022 - 10:28 PM

No telescopes but some amazing planetary landscapes were shown tonight in one of my absolute favorites space/sci-fi movies, FORBIDDEN PLANET, (on Svengoolie, MeTV). This 1956 film had special effects that were way ahead of its time, plus a great cast and a great script.

...parts of it scared me at the time - the claw-like imprinting into the steel of whatever was the other side of that large security door for example...have never watched it since it was released back then, but I do seem to remember "Robby" the robot made quite an impression on me also! (pardon the double pun grin.gif ) 


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Posted 18 June 2022 - 11:32 PM

No telescopes but some amazing planetary landscapes were shown tonight in one of my absolute favorites space/sci-fi movies, FORBIDDEN PLANET, (on Svengoolie, MeTV). This 1956 film had special effects that were way ahead of its time, plus a great cast and a great script.

Think of Anne Francis whenever Aquila is up! :)

 

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Posted 19 June 2022 - 07:00 AM

Think of Anne Francis whenever Aquila is up! smile.gif

 

-drl

See androids fighting

Brad and Janet

Anne Francis stars in

Forbidden Planet

oh oh - oh oh - oh oh oh

In the late night

Double  feature

Picture show!


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Posted 19 June 2022 - 07:01 AM

No telescopes but some amazing planetary landscapes were shown tonight in one of my absolute favorites space/sci-fi movies, FORBIDDEN PLANET, (on Svengoolie, MeTV). This 1956 film had special effects that were way ahead of its time, plus a great cast and a great script.

Leslie Nielsen in a leading dramatic role, no less


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Posted 19 June 2022 - 07:25 AM

Leslie Nielsen in a leading dramatic role, no less

His breakout comedy role was Airplane. Before that he always played dramatic parts. I loved the flying saucer, the cool car, and of course Robby! Amazing sound effects too!


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Posted 19 June 2022 - 06:49 PM

His breakout comedy role was Airplane. Before that he always played dramatic parts. I loved the flying saucer, the cool car, and of course Robby! Amazing sound effects too!

His brother Erik was Deputy Prime Minister of Canada in the late 1980s, but was not known as a humourous type.


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Posted 20 June 2022 - 03:50 AM

The Invisible Boy (1957) is considered a sequel of sorts. The robot is back on earth. In the lab, a picture on the wall is directly from Forbidden Planet. Its kind of fun, but no where near the masterpiece of its progenitor. Its playing right now on WATCH TCM.


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Posted 20 June 2022 - 03:53 PM

I was watching Cheaper By The Dozen (1950) on the Movies! channel yesterday afternoon. They were showing it to commemorate father’s of the silver screen for Father’s Day. I love that old movie and Clifton Webb is wonderful in the part of the father, ‘real-life’ early 20th century efficiency expert and industrial engineer Frank Bunker Gilbreth. Anyway, around midway through the film, they were vacationing in Nantucket and a lovely old brass refractor (looked like a 3”) was standing in the corner. Before I could ‘grab’ the image, it was gone.


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Posted 24 June 2022 - 09:32 AM

That Mr Wilson Dennis the menace episode was pretty cool. Mr Wilson correctly used the finder and correctly maneuvered the telescope on the equatorial mount. You could tell from the tree shadows that he wasn't really looking at the sun.

It was also a nice touch for him to be observing the moon during the daytime. Most people don't think you can see the moon during the day.
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Posted 24 June 2022 - 03:09 PM

If I lived next to Dennis, the day I got a 4 inch Unitron would be the day I moved elsewhere and left no forwarding address.  --GN


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Posted 24 June 2022 - 03:11 PM

If I lived next to Dennis, the day I got a 4 inch Unitron would be the day I moved elsewhere and left no forwarding address.  --GN

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Posted 24 June 2022 - 03:15 PM

No telescopes but some amazing planetary landscapes were shown tonight in one of my absolute favorites space/sci-fi movies, FORBIDDEN PLANET, (on Svengoolie, MeTV). This 1956 film had special effects that were way ahead of its time, plus a great cast and a great script.

I think most older folk know it's a riff on "The Tempest" by W.S. but it never hurts to point out given how the young'uns are glued to their video games.  --GN


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Posted 24 June 2022 - 03:20 PM

I've sometimes thought of it as a cross between Monty Python and Blade Runner. Not in a bad way. Just as a mix of film-noir sci-fi and absurdism. Not an easy pair of genres to blend.

 

Chip W. 

People noticed the white band-aid suit.  In fact I saw an article about it in the NYT not a few days ago.  In fact apparently one can still buy that outfit for general use today.

 

Not me though.  I'd be banished from my suburb if I wore something like that.  GN


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Posted Today, 12:25 PM

No telescopes but some amazing planetary landscapes were shown tonight in one of my absolute favorites space/sci-fi movies, FORBIDDEN PLANET, (on Svengoolie, MeTV). This 1956 film had special effects that were way ahead of its time, plus a great cast and a great script.

Yes, Forbidden Planet, one of my all time favorites as well. I have it on DVD but enjoyed watching it on Sven. this last time.

 

Martin


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Posted Today, 05:39 PM

Here is an interesting setup of a telescope.  Clearly they had technical help for this setup. NOT! This was a quick scene shown in a Youtube story about Oregon's Great Meteorite Mystery.  It is listed as being from the movie "It came from outer space". 

 

 

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Posted Today, 06:17 PM

Here is an interesting setup of a telescope.  Clearly they had technical help for this setup. NOT! This was a quick scene shown in a Youtube story about Oregon's Great Meteorite Mystery.  It is listed as being from the movie "It came from outer space". 

It most definitely is from the 1953 film It Came From Outer Space. The original film was however in glorious black and white, so it’s been colorized. And I honestly cannot imagine what the prop department was thinking when they perched the star-diagonal prism housing up onto of that oddly angled diagonal. I’m reminded of the old SNL skit with Bill Murray and Steve Martin- What the hail is that!?

 

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