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Old April 23 2012, 05:14 AM   #136
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

I forgot to mention it in time but for the future when TCM shows Logan's Run they often pair it up with a featurette that was made to promote the movie. At one point they have a couple of models portraying Logan and Jessica and the one playing Logan is David Hasselhoff! Pretty good for a laugh if you happen to catch it. Not sure if that's on the DVD or not.
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Old April 23 2012, 09:46 PM   #137
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

I saw some old MGM promo they ran "LION POWER" highlighting 1967-1968 releases, mentioning 2001 but no footage from it.

The only genre film I've caught on TCM recently was THE GAMMA PEOPLE which was a really bad 50's mad scientist movie.
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Old April 23 2012, 10:58 PM   #138
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

^^ I saw that the last time they ran it. I didn't really like it much.

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^^ Zardoz is another example. TMP has a lot of that as well. I've often wondered what direction science fiction movies would've taken had Star Wars not been made.
Heck, even TOS has a heavy dose of computer-phobia. Besides all the obvious eps about societies regimented by controlling computers, you've Samuel Cogley going on about man versus machine in "Court-Martial," Lenore Karidian ranting about Kirk being more machine than man, "The Way to Eden," etc. Not to mention all of McCoy's grousing about cold, unemotional Vulcans and such.

TOS, for all its adventurous spirit, seemed to have profoundly mixed feelings about computers and "perfect" societies . . . . it's not all that removed from the dystopian fears of the era.
I mentioned TOS, and I should have mentioned Twilight Zone as well. They did their share of sterile dystopias. "Number 12 Looks Just Like You" is one of my favorite episodes.

I still haven't seen all of Illustrated Man, but I'm enjoying it so far. They stuck with the Bradbury-style dialogue, which was probably a poor commercial choice, but certainly shows integrity. Very artsy and intellectual; I'd love to see films like this made today. Unfortunately, Star Wars, the film that made sci fi fun again, also made it dumb again.
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Old April 24 2012, 06:25 AM   #139
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

Looks like IFC is showing old sci-fi and horror flicks on Saturdays at noon. In particular, this Saturday they are showing the rather rare original Invaders From Mars which I've never managed to catch through the years.
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Old April 24 2012, 09:36 AM   #140
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I'm not familiar with that channel; I'll have to look for it.
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Old April 25 2012, 03:53 PM   #141
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

I saw The Illustrated Man last night and yeah, it is hard to get into. Nice violin music though, very reminiscent of that riff from the original Trek.

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Illustrated Man was very odd, I couldn't get to into that one. My favorite part was that crazy future apartment. It seemed almost like what you'd think someone who wasn't into science fiction would come up with if forced to do so.
It seemed to have the same underlying philosophy as Krypton's design in Superman: The Movie: a futuristic world as a completely white, sterile, cold environment with no traces of color or comfort, symbolizing a future where technology had wiped out anything natural or imperfect, any trace of individuality or passion.
You might be onto something there. If our external environment is a reflection of our mental state, then I'd expect the future to be minimalist or sterile by today's standards if people learned to unclutter their minds.
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Old April 25 2012, 04:03 PM   #142
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Looks like The Illustrated Man is being remade.
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Old April 25 2012, 04:26 PM   #143
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I saw The Illustrated Man last night and yeah, it is hard to get into. Nice violin music though, very reminiscent of that riff from the original Trek.
Jerry Goldsmith did the score. And it's a 1969 film, from the same era as TOS, so stylistic similarities are understandable.

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It seemed to have the same underlying philosophy as Krypton's design in Superman: The Movie: a futuristic world as a completely white, sterile, cold environment with no traces of color or comfort, symbolizing a future where technology had wiped out anything natural or imperfect, any trace of individuality or passion.
You might be onto something there. If our external environment is a reflection of our mental state, then I'd expect the future to be minimalist or sterile by today's standards if people learned to unclutter their minds.
Hey, I'm not endorsing it. It was the choice of those respective filmmakers to represent a sterile, technocratic dystopia. But it's highly symbolic, and realistically one can't expect that people would ever choose to live that way. (When I look at Krypton in Superman: The Movie, I can't help but wonder, where the hell do they sit? Where's the fridge? It's not a functional environment for living, just a movie set symbolically representing a cold and sterile place.)
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Old April 25 2012, 06:18 PM   #144
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

If you're wondering how he eats and breathes
and other science facts
Then repeat to yourself, "It's just a show,
I should really just relax
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Old June 15 2012, 01:39 PM   #145
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

Friday, June 15th...

Gojira at 8:00 PM (EST)
Rodan at 9:45 PM (EST)
Mothra at 11:15 PM (EST)

The old Japanese movie line-up continues with...

The H-Man at 1:00 AM (EST)
Hausu at 2:30 AM (EST)
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Old June 15 2012, 02:19 PM   #146
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

It's labeled as "Gojira" as opposed to "Godzilla, King of the Monsters"? I wonder if TCM is going to air the original version, without the Raymond Burr inserts?

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Old June 15 2012, 02:27 PM   #147
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According to TCM's schedule, yes, it is the original Gojira. (Which is actually 16 minutes longer than the Raymond Burr version, surprisingly.)
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Old June 15 2012, 02:28 PM   #148
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

I just popped into the TCM site and, yeah, it appears to be "Gojira" and not "Godzilla". This oughta' be fun! I've never seen the original version of the film despite reading about it for years.

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EDIT: Oops, looks like I was composing as you were posting, Chris'. Thanks for the feedback.
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Old June 15 2012, 08:21 PM   #149
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

Agent Richard07 wrote: View Post
Friday, June 15th...

Gojira at 8:00 PM (EST)
Rodan at 9:45 PM (EST)
Mothra at 11:15 PM (EST)

The old Japanese movie line-up continues with...

The H-Man at 1:00 AM (EST)
Hausu at 2:30 AM (EST)
awesome. i've never seen the original Mothra film. seems like i tried to watch H-Man last year on TCM and fell asleep.
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Old June 16 2012, 12:04 AM   #150
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

Damn. I've only seen the Burr version as well, but I'm on vacation and the hotel cable has AMC and not TCM. AMC may be a good place for shows but it sucks for movies. Be sure to tell us how it was.
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