Solaris (1972)

What a unique film that stays with you.

No Fixed Plans

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, Solaris presented a completely different kind of science fiction. It doesn’t center on the battle of good vs. evil as usual sci-fi fare does. Instead it’s a psychological drama like no other I’ve seen. It is bizarre and breaks the sci-fi mold. It breaks all molds I know of.

First off there’s a lot of time spent on earth as astro-psychologist Kris Kelvin prepares to leave for the planet Solaris where the crew of this space ship are experiencing mysterious troubles. Kris visits his father’s summer house, located in an Arcadia. Here Kris has visions of his mother and some other woman, who turns out to be his dead wife Hari, An earlier scientist who was on Solaris and knows the secrets of the project comes and tries to warn Kris that there’s a lot of bizarre stuff going on so he should be cautious if…

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The Searchers (1954)

It’s a classic movie, but not one I’d watch again and again.

No Fixed Plans

I’d heard about The Searchers starring John Wayne years ago when I took a film class from Roger Ebert. Directed by John Ford, this Western classic chronicles Ethan Edward’s search for his niece who was abducted by Comanches. Ethan’s a troubling character especially in our era because he makes biased comments. He views Native Americans as enemies, not to be trusted. 

Plot: 

After fighting in the Civil War, Ethan returns to his brother’s homestead where he’s welcomed by old friends and family. The mysterious disappearance of cattle gets the men folk to investigate and while they’re away Comanche attack the homestead burning it to the ground and killing most everyone. Nine year old Debbie, Ethan’s niece, was hiding but is discovered by the Comanches and they abduct her. Once Ethan, his adopted nephew Martin and the other men discover the devastation and carnage they set off for revenge and to…

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For Chinese New Year

No Fixed Plans

Two videos a friend shared. She knows Raz, the young man who hosts.

Kudos to Chinese Chat for having over 1,000,000 subscribers. No mean feat.

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Spiral (Engrenages) s8 eps 3&4

*SPOILERS* Alors. This saison’s Spiral is going at a tremendous pace. By the end of cette semaine’s double bill, Souleymane (a terrific, multi-…

Spiral (Engrenages) s8 eps 3&4

The Best Things Happen when You’re Dancing

From White Christmas

White Christmas is a tradition for me at Christmas. Here’s one memorable number.

What Happened with the Media?

I didn’t even bother to watch the Election Night results on Fox or another channel because I knew The Daily Wire and Louder with Crowder would have more entertaining, better researched commentary.

Steven can use rather salty language, but it doesn’t bother me (usually/much) but I thought I’d warn you.

I’m curious about how Fox capitulated and called states like Ohio and Arizona early for Biden, the candidate they told us was losing it cognitively and who was dubbed China Joe and swampy. Now they

Possessed (1931): Joan Crawford and The “In” Crowd

We open up on the Acme Paper Box Co., which has a down-and-dirty industry strewn about its edges. If the people flooding out of the factory are any …

Possessed (1931): Joan Crawford and The “In” Crowd

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We’re Not Dressing (1934)

Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition

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Light and entertaining, We’re Not Dressing stars Carole Lombard and Bing Crosby. I can’t improve upon the IMDB storyline so here it is:

Beautiful high society type Doris Worthington is entertaining guests on her yacht in the Pacific when it hits a reef and sinks. She makes her way to an island with the help of singing sailor Stephen Jones. Her friend Edith, Uncle Hubert, and Princes Michael and Alexander make it to the same island but all prove to be useless in the art of survival. The sailor is the only one with the practical knowhow to survive but Doris and the others snub his leadership offer. That is until he starts a clam bake and wafts the fumes in their starving faces. The group gradually gives into his leadership, the only question now is if Doris will give into his charms.

“We’re Not Dressing.” (n.d.). Retrieved from…

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Cell Phones, Telephones & the Ideas of Marshall McLuhan

By Eric Scheske My first cell phone was the Motorola RAZR V3. That was in 2005. I didn’t use it a lot at first, but it made me more accessible to my …

Cell Phones, Telephones & the Ideas of Marshall McLuhan