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    silversmith/piano tuner
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    WEST SIDE STORY (my alltime favorite) the Graduate Wizard of Oz Lawrence of Arabia Bonnie & Clyde Endless Summer Georgy Girl French Connection Hard Day's Night 2001: A Space Odyssey On the Waterfront
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  1. Yes: A friend of mine, her family and I went to see a showing of the film "1776" at NYC's Radio City Music Hall some thirty years ago, when I was visiting her. That film was SOOOO boring that we both walked out in the middle of it and waited in the ladies lounge of Radio City Music Hall until it was over. We weren't the only ones--there were these two older women who'd also walked out of "1776" and who were laughing to each other about it.
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    In Praise of Great Films

    Hi-- Saw this posting, and couldn't help jumping in here. As you all may or may not be aware of, I am a big fan of many of the great, older films that came out in the 1960's and part of the 1970's, as well. Not that there wasn't plenty of junk being produced back then, because there was, but there were also some really great films that weighed in on my emotions and were really meaningful to me in lots of ways. Examples of this are as follows: Lawrence of Arabia, The Graduate, Georgy Girl, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Endless Summer, A Hard Day's Night, Help, Bonnie & Clyde, 2001: A Space Odyssey, (the original)Planet of the Apes, and, last but not least, my alltime favorite: West Side Story. The Music Man and Merrill's Marauders were also quite good. Films of the 1970's were Taxi Driver, Mean Streets(Saw these when out of date, but enjoyed them) Dirty Harry I and The Front. I've always enjoyed movies with a real "bite" to them, as well as a real story and plot, and lots of action, and I don't even mind a certain amount of gore and violence, although I myself don't like gratuitous violence either. I've recently also seen some good up-to-date films, though I believe that good films are fewer and farthur between these days. Spellbound, Mad Hot Ballroom, Million Dollar Baby, Catch Me if You Can, are some examples. So was the film Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, which I saw twice. As the owner of an exotic bird, a Noble Macaw, this film also had some special meaning for me. Perhaps the most BORING films I've seen are "1776" and S. O. B. (Standard Operational B***-S**t). My friend and I walked out of 1776, and I came close to walking out of SO.B, but was prevented from doing so, by the fact that my family got together for a great dinner at a fabulous restaurant nearby. With regards to West Side Story, which is my alltime favorite film, it would take me much too long and too much time and space on this post to describe it here, so I might put it on a separate post sometime.
  3. I, too saw the film "Weather Underground" and enjoyed it. It was an interesting documentary, which really showed how vulnerable the "Weathermen" were to attack by the authorities, precisely because they were rather disorganized, plus it showed how the authorities preyed on the Weathermen" precisely because of that. Just my two cents.
  4. So......West Side Story and Music Man are neck and neck in the polls??!!? Interesting. Here's an admission: Although I liked Music Man very much when I saw it, Music Man does not hold the same special place in my heart that West Side Story does. However, it's good that just as many people like one just as much as the other.
  5. Since I never saw "Winged Migration", I've got nothing to compare "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" to. However, I, too agree that it was a very nice documentary, and that Mark Bittner himself is a bit odd. While "Wild Parrots" is definitely not West Side Story, it's definitely worth seeing.
  6. Hi, everybody: Just last night, I went to a nearby local movie theatre and saw the new film "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill". This is a documentary about a guy who'd originally wanted to be a big rock star, and, for some reason, along the line, had a change of heart, moving down to San Francisco from Seattle and settling into a somewhat rundown cottage on Telegraph Hill. The film also featured a real, live flock of wild Cherry Headed conures, most of who'd flown up from South America, and afew of who'd escaped from pet stores, or from peoples' homes. The star of the film, Mark Bittner, managed to form a camaderic relationship with the wild conures, even taking in a couple of injured ones in sort of as pets, and also observing the various breeding, nesting, feeding, and flock behaviours of conures in the wild. (A conure is a type of parrot, by the way) Some of the behaviours observed were the fact that the wild conures tended to stick close to their own species and be somewhat suspicious of those different from themselves, fight over food and turf, etc, and always be on the lookout for predators such as hawks, etc. One particular behaviour that's noticeable in birds is the fact that when birds fall ill or are injured, they often mask it for as long as they can--however when they're finally too ill or injured to do so, they're not only more vulnerable to falling prey to hawks and other predators, but they often come under attack from members of their own flock, when their defenses are way down like that. Also, what he learned later, but, as an owner of an exotic bird myself, was already aware of, is that baby cherry headed conures are often totally green at first, and, they develop red heads after afew months, when they're a little more mature. (The guy had mistaken them for white-eyed conures at first, but learned that they were baby cherry heads). When the cottage that Mark Bittner was living in was slated for a complete renovation, he moved in with some friends living across the Bay, and brought his pet birds to a special oasis, where they were taken care of by the owner. Later, he paired up with a woman from S. F. who was also very interested in exotic wild birds. When the wild conures got to S. F., they survived on whatever they could. As an owner of a domestically-bred Noble Macaw, I thought that this short, sweet, funny and sad documentary was worth seeing.
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    Superman Returns

    Sheesh!!! Is Superman really that superhuman??? LOL!
  8. Wel....the only thing that one can do then, is to make it as tough for prospective thieves to rip off one's home, bicycle, etc. Unfortunately, where there's a will there's a way. Here's a suggestion: If possible, keep bicycles in your house/apartment, especially at night. Just my two cents.
  9. "All music is folk music" That's an interesting point, mrmando.
  10. Thanks very much, Ann. The concert was wonderful, and the players were really in top form the other night. It was well worth going to. Woody Guthrie and Arlo Guthrie have both written some great songs, and, as an all-around person when it comes to music, I've enjoyed listening to both of them. Folk music is one of the greatest types of music around. No question about it.
  11. Hi-- Tonight, I'll be meeting and having dinner with a friend of mine at a local seafood restaurant, and then, at 8 o'clock p. m., we'll be attending a "This Land is Your Land" folk concert, featuring the Kingston Trio, Glen Yarborough, and the Brothers Four. We're both looking forward to it, and it should be lots of fun I'll keep you all posted.
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    Spider-Man 3

    Given the fact that most sequels and/or remakes turn out to be disastrous, there's only so far that the idea of a sequal or sequals can be carried before it turns out that way.
  13. I remember seeing the film "1776" with a friend of mine, and both of us walking out in the middle of it-----that's how bad--and boring it was!! This coming from somebody who's NEVER walked out of a film, no matter how bad it's been. However, several years later, I did come close to walking out of the film S. O. B.(Standard Operational B******t) and taking the MBTA(Mass Bay Transit Authority) back home, but didn't, because I was with my family, and we all had a delicious dinner together in a nearby restaurant afterwards. I also saw "Gosford Park" when it first came out, and, unfortunately, it was overrated, I thought. Wasn't crazy for it. However, I love the great classic film "West Side STory" as much as ever, and, in fact, I watched the TCM airing of WSS over at my family's house yesterday, since I don't have cable. s
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    Spider-Man 3

    Digressing back to Spiderman for a moment: It's my recollection that in Spiderman 2, Spiderman marries Mary Jane, and they live happily ever after, and Spiderman still goes after enemies to protect his family and loved ones. I'm really not sure how a Spiderman 3 would go over, or if it would really work, but they could try, I guess.
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    Spider-Man 3

    You've both made some very interesting points, Croaker and Mr. Jeff. Thanks. Nonetheless, I find myself having deep reservations about how a third sequel-Spiderman 3, will turn out, and go over. Croaker--I agree that Spiderman II was far better than Spiderman I.
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