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i just read anne billson's little bfi book abt this utterly terrific movie

mark s, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

john carpenter's i mean, not howard hawkses: new "you've got to be fucking kidding!!" answers

mark s, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

haha the biologist who goes crazy and builds a spaceship in a cave in the ice = called BLAIR do you SEE?

mark s, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

"it's clobberin' time!"

jel --, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

I wasn't entirely convinced by it.

i) how many Antartic research bases have flamethrowers and automatic weapons lying around?

ii) how come their base seems to have normal 24 hour days, despite being below the Antartic circle?

DV, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Sometime in 82 I went to the NFT to attend a John Carpenter/Guardian lecture. For some reason Carpenter had to drop out at the very last second, so instead he sent over a print of his just-completed new movie, 'the Thing'. It was an amazing experience to watch this film without any kind of prior knowledge - the incredible escalation of paranoia and isolation, plus Rob Bottin's mindblowing gore effects, which to my mind have never really been surpassed (so sad that CGI has now totally replaced the kind of mechanical effects that can be staged in front of a camera, in real time...)

The blood test scene is one of the greatest movie moments ever; terrific Morricone score (mostly electronic, IIRC, something of a rarity and an obv. trib to Carpenter); even Kurt Russell doing his Clint schtick was OK (I love the moment when he pours whiskey into his computer!) Plus a really sharp script by Burt Lancaster's son!

I used to really like Anne Bilson's film reviews in Time Out, although sadly her vampire nov was a bit rub. Still I think I'd like to read this too. What a great, great flick.

Andrew L, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

DV, Mac at the start of the film says "First week of winter" = presumably the seasons are just changing, hence the day is poised between 24 hours of light (midsummer) and 24 hours of dark (midwinter) => plausible

they need pistols and flamethrowers in case the norwegians invade (when amundsen landed in "scott"s sphere of operations" in 1911, there was serious if brief discussion of the possibility of invading the norwegian camp and disabling the amundsen exhibition = they had guns available, for stray polar bears?) (haha very stray: polar bears = arctic not anarctic) (and yeah, no flamethrowers) (but anyway don't the Carpenter lot soup up the flamethrower from some more ordinary oxy-acetylene torch gizmo?)

mark s, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

haha sorry DV i just realised how yr joke works

mark s, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

DVD commentary on the Thing is hilarious. Just get Russell and Carpenter together with some bouze and they will talk for hours.

The Thing is a masterful horror movie, which improves upon Hawks original by having a better monster (after all that giant carrot...) This body horror has never been bettered - the actual melting of people.....

Want to read this book. I want to read Quirke's Jaws book. I want to see more of these films with themed canapes and bouze afterwards.

Pete, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

haha sorry DV i just realised how yr joke works

ho ho, I didn't realise I was making a joke... I just can't stop being funny.

I agree with the points about mechanical rather than cgi effects. and there is a lot to like about the film.

it was slightly ruined for me by seeing it in a room with a load of sweaty horror fans, preceded by a documentary on Carpenter that had all the best bits in it. Which was annoying... I'd already heard about the "you gotta be fucking kidding" bit but had been at great pains not to spoil it for special friend Irene, and then the cockfarming documentary did it for me.

The Thing is still not as good as Assault On Precinct 13.

DV, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

DV's joke (version): "I found Night of the Living Dead unconvincing: no one wore shoes like that in 1968 in that part of America"

mark s, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

if you include when norris's thingified torso bites cooper's arms off *and* the blood tests, how many autopsies are there?

mark s, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Its this Thing.

Pete, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

the more i think abt it the bettah it is: among other things (hah!) it is an allegory of thread-life viz "us" vs the TROLL!! (who can mimic us by posting as us yet who if hangs round long enough just becomes one of us)

(the secret nagging question is: SO WHAT IF THE THING IMITATES US EXACTLY? If we are all turned into exact copies of ourselves, what has changed? "Go with the flow maan, resistance is futile... gooey tentacloid palps? bring em on!!")

mark s, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

i have to get this on DVD like NOW!! and watch it TONIGHT!!

mark s, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Hawkses original is great too though and a brilliant comparison text (as is the original short story Who Goes There). It treats the scientist trying to communicate with the big carrot as a madman - it is fantastically hawkish to use the current definition of that word.

Arctic circle is a grebt place to set a vampire film btw.

Pete, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

haha he IS a madman he has a polo-neck sweater

i read the story when i was like 12 and it *really really* spooked me (the monster is described, apparently dead, in the first para, oh no!! it has THREE EYES!! OH NO!!): in the bit where they do the blood test, mcready is testing 35 ppl!! carpenter cuts it down to a slightly less pedantic four, i think

mark s, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

See also: Doctor Who and the Seeds of Doom

Alan Trewartha, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

mark s that film is an absolute FUCKING BELTER - the only bit I find a bit naff is the fx where the Dr's arms are supposed to have been bitten off, it looks really cheap and destroys the mood totally for a second - though what follows right away certainly re-establishes it.
I've been meaning to watch it again to check whether the end really does have that clue in it about the black guy having been taken over by thingness -I've got the DVD but no sodding DVD player yet arrrrgh. Also, do you think there's a clue as to where Blair gets infected ? I thought I spotted it the 1st time I watched the film. And are there any feministy crits of the film - is it regarded as quite odd in that there are no women in it atall? (though it's all the more 'realistic' for that)

Ray M, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

anne billson talks abt all those things in her little book!! the stuntman whose arms are "bitten off" has no arms in real life!! (or anyway stumps)

the gender thing she says was probably the last possible moment they could cast the way they did: actually not strictly speaking "realistic" (antarctic stations had been mixed sex since the 50s), it was for emotional-narrative focus as much as anything

the question of blair's infection is interesting, because so deliberately left ambiguous i. on hand he jumps to the "it's a shapeshifting alien much too quickly", ii. on the other, he destroys the helicopters/radio etc, iii. on the third hand he misdirects mac towards clark (who ends up being shot and then turning out NOT to have been thinged) => billson points out that the unspoken question is, if you become a thing and it becomes you, how much of YOUR behaviour wd be a mask and how much wd be real...

i suspect childs's thing-dom is kept exactly as ambiguous (and remember someone finds a bit of mac's torn clothing: so he's not out of the picture, just cz he's the hero => yes he's behaving mac-like, but then the thing-that-became-mac WOULD, to fool the others or fool us!!)

mark s, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

on the THIRD HAND do you SEE?!

mark s, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

creepy (if poorly rendered) picture by gustav doré which possibly inspired the most famous scene in the movie:

http://www.arahne.si/Arachne06.jpg

mark s, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Definately Carpenter's best movie. And the gore effects were definitive; I still can't get some of those images out of my head.

Sean, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

"i'd rather not spend the rest of the winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!"

g-kit, Monday, 19 August 2002 08:45 (twenty-one years ago) link

i have never seen this but i think i must. dvd 13 quid through amazon = i am v v tempted.

toby (tsg20), Monday, 19 August 2002 09:16 (twenty-one years ago) link

I believe the dog is a bitch though.

Any other films with absolutely no women in at all. Actually - nu thread...

Pete, Monday, 19 August 2002 09:20 (twenty-one years ago) link

mark s I have just ordered that book from Amazon - but have just realised that since you recommended it I probably won't understand it.
Damn.

Ray M (rdmanston), Thursday, 22 August 2002 17:22 (twenty-one years ago) link

it is very readable ray

mark s (mark s), Thursday, 22 August 2002 22:29 (twenty-one years ago) link

I recently read the book in this series on Kon Ichikawa's An Actor's Revenge, and it was very good. Too short by a long way, and it rather skimmed some aspects of the film, but not at all difficult.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Friday, 23 August 2002 10:53 (twenty-one years ago) link

two weeks pass...
the faculty!! when i saw this first (i cannot believe that) i did not twig it was an industrial-strength thing-hommage: it even has a "you gotta be fkn kidding" joke (sadly not a very good one) (the "fit in at school: become a hive-mind alien" joke is better sustained, including a even bleaker and more sardonic ending than "the thing" itself = the alien is defeated and all the interesting ppl who battled it have become squeaky-clean conformist pod ppl...)

(also it stars frodo)

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 8 September 2002 21:11 (twenty-one years ago) link

Yummy cute goth girl put that eyeliner back on!

Graham (graham), Sunday, 8 September 2002 21:22 (twenty-one years ago) link

I thought this was going to be a thread about DA THANG

vic (vicc13), Sunday, 8 September 2002 21:23 (twenty-one years ago) link

and then they DON'T lez up = it is intended to be read a tragedy!!

(the caffeine (= coke obv) scene = brilliant loving parody of the scalpel/test-tubes scene)

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 8 September 2002 21:25 (twenty-one years ago) link

Oh you are talking baout that movie with Jordana Brewster?! I like it, even though it has Josh Hartnett on it

vic (vicc13), Sunday, 8 September 2002 21:32 (twenty-one years ago) link

the gothgirl is cute but the end-result monster is lame

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 8 September 2002 21:35 (twenty-one years ago) link

Who is the goth gurl. I know its not Jordana OH i remembered is the gurl that ALWAYS plays goths. Jordana kiks her ass

vic (vicc13), Sunday, 8 September 2002 21:41 (twenty-one years ago) link

clea duvall:

http://www.hbo.com/films/laramie/img/photo_cast_clea.jpg

jordana = cookiecutter brunette "looker" zzzzz

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 8 September 2002 21:46 (twenty-one years ago) link

YOU WANNA DO A TAKING SIDES WITH THEM BOTH?!

Hott brasilian-american with wonderful hair
http://www.tiramillas.net/cine/atodo/jordana.jpg

and goth poseur(real goths have black hair)
http://www.hbo.com/films/laramie/img/photo_cast_clea.jpg

Chupa-Cabras (vicc13), Sunday, 8 September 2002 22:02 (twenty-one years ago) link

clea was good in but im a cheerleader

boxcubed (boxcubed), Sunday, 8 September 2002 22:03 (twenty-one years ago) link

R-R-R-ROWR:
http://ilx.wh3rd.net/images/cleaduvall.jpg

(Actually I only like her cos she reminds me of dreamy skate-punk princess Lois, who has way better hair)

Graham (graham), Sunday, 8 September 2002 22:49 (twenty-one years ago) link

five months pass...
Getting back to The Thing, there's an Antarctic blog called Big Dead Place that has a fun Antarctic-biased review of it

Chris Barrus (xibalba), Monday, 24 February 2003 23:53 (twenty-one years ago) link

ten months pass...
is this another of those "i watched the movie having read a long-ago thread on it then went back and looked at the thread and all these k-brill concepts i imagined were in the thread as i watched the move really were my own... OR WERE THEY?" moments? (I had a massive one with the Pullman series)

coz ok i just watched the movie and then "remembered" this whole mark s bit where he's totally sympathizing with the "thing" and spins this great hypothesis about how mcready is clearly "thing" but has decided by the strength of his will to be human that it doesn't matter. and also about how the "thing" is always in us, and in fact is our mutual fear and at the end, reduced to panic, everyone is reduced to "fire cleans all" which is as unscientific as you can get (and clearly the surface-opposition is science v. grotesque).

also about how blair ceases to panic and becomes "okay" when he reaches the same conclusion w/r/t the "thing" -- i.e. that it doesn't matter.

all of which i guess is part of the "so what if the thing imitates us exactly" except it's also all the BAD things the thing does are entirely human. except the thing gets to make k-cool spaceships too!

i may also have read all this elsewhere.

okay I need to read the book and see "the faculty" now.

also the initial scene with the thing and the dogs is totally horrifying as is the arms-getting-chomped scene, and the way the narrative closure with the two burned stations kicks this whole "statement of human nature" thing into high-gear.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 06:21 (twenty years ago) link

all my best work = completely in other people's hedz

(if true, this is the coolest thing evah btw) (best aspect: it can be totally real and totally unproveable simultaneously)

mark s (mark s), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 14:51 (twenty years ago) link

You can make this help you vis a vis If...the book: find a head, open it up and scoop out contents, put CPU of your computah in the hole and you will bne
DOING YOU BEST WORK IN SOMEONE ELSES HEAD.

Pete (Pete), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 16:34 (twenty years ago) link

I'm sad because Jel stole by joke.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 17:44 (twenty years ago) link

Its this thing.

Pete (Pete), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 17:45 (twenty years ago) link

(I hab a code.)

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 17:46 (twenty years ago) link

okay check this too -- thing only strikes between individuals, not in a group, so v. v. obv that which lurks behind the veneer of social convention and perfect candidate for Lacanian reading w/r/t "there is no big Other" i.e. that the rules of interaction of the crew are a necessary fiction, reinforced when everyone thinks mcready is the thing but follow him anyway. hence the basis of their downfall is their exile of blair -- safer to stay close to the thing than let it lurk.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 17:53 (twenty years ago) link

"also about how blair ceases to panic and becomes "okay" when he reaches the same conclusion w/r/t the "thing" -- i.e. that it doesn't matter"

I thought that Blair WAS a "thing" by that point, that it had assimilated him just before he could hang himself (a noose in the background, isn't there?). But according to this, realising a lack of difference between the thing and the not-thing = becoming the thing-in-itself?

Neil Willett (Neil Willett), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 20:13 (twenty years ago) link

I saw "The Thing" again recently. Popular art-rockers ESTEL were using it as visuals to a concert of theirs. I was sitting beside a guy who had never seen it before, and his "HOLY FUCK" reaction to the "You've got to be fucking kidding" bit was a joy to behold.

so maybe I do like this film after all.

DV (dirtyvicar), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 23:21 (twenty years ago) link

Just grabbed tickets to see this in a local theatre - so pumped!!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 16 July 2022 15:53 (one year ago) link

nice. i guess once upon a time one would have said “hope it’s a nice print” but now i guess… hope it’s a recent blu-ray?

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 16 July 2022 15:55 (one year ago) link

or at least hope it's better than this

I just got back from seeing John Carpenter's masterpiece at the Fathom Events 40th anniversary screening at the Universal Citywalk AMC... and I will never EVER see a Fathom Event again, and I recommend that you avoid them like the plague. pic.twitter.com/FQbkp1OjV9

— Mick Garris & The Post Mortem Podcast (@MickGarrisPM) June 20, 2022

nate woolls, Sunday, 17 July 2022 21:08 (one year ago) link

I saw it and didn’t notice any of the issues that guy talks about - maybe they fixed it after he kicked up a fuss

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Monday, 18 July 2022 12:58 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

lol this thread is 20 years old, anyway merry xmas ilxors whatever yr cells are up to

pic.twitter.com/wNrVs3not9

— Caligula (@TheHolyKnife) December 19, 2022

mark s, Tuesday, 20 December 2022 18:47 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

watching christian nyby's version for the first time in 40 yrs

mark s, Friday, 10 February 2023 20:17 (one year ago) link

it's p good but it's no THE THING

mark s, Friday, 10 February 2023 20:17 (one year ago) link

in conclusion: watch the skies!

mark s, Friday, 10 February 2023 20:59 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

clear up a debate for me re: this dialogue exchange

Macready: Blair, have you seen Fuchs?

Blair: I don't wanna stay out here any more. I wanna come back inside.
I hear funny things out here.

Macready: Have you come across Fuchs?

Blair: It ain't Fuchs. It ain't Fuchs.

to me it's obviously saying "the guy you think is Fuchs isn't Fuchs anymore" (either paranoia from real Blair or misdirection by Thing Blair, depending on if he's been turned yet.) The flipside to that argument goes, Blair is saying Fuchs isn't a "thing".

a shocking number of people online believe the latter.

anyway, a GREAT movie.

omar little, Thursday, 17 August 2023 21:21 (nine months ago) link

xp You're right.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 17 August 2023 21:52 (nine months ago) link

I am in the camp that believes that exchange is Thing-Blair stalling so that he can finish constructing his ship and possibly needing to forage for more supplies.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 17 August 2023 21:58 (nine months ago) link

I saw this film probably half a dozen times back in high school, mostly while shitfaced.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 17 August 2023 22:02 (nine months ago) link

Nice list - I mean, it would be better with less American films but it's pretty good xps

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 17 August 2023 22:20 (nine months ago) link

four months pass...

Just read the Billson BFI book in one sitting. Really excellent stuff, and very interesting to me for its sections focusing on compare/contrast with the Campbell novella and the Hawks film.

She really has a good eye for Carpenter's directing and structure, too. The little moments of brilliant misdirection (Clark's scalpel, Childs and Garry pushing back on Mac during the blood test), the singularly excellent casting and characterization, the escalating isolation (winter, storm approaching, no one answering, destroyed comms), etc.

Not much of this is really extremely new to me, but it's still so fascinating and nice to read something from someone who was deeply, deeply getting it at a point when so many critics were still thoroughly missing the point.

omar little, Wednesday, 27 December 2023 16:15 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

Just saw this in the theater for the first time. It’s a totally different movie with a crowd.

Marten Broadcloak, mild-mannered GOP congressman (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 16 February 2024 15:29 (three months ago) link

Finally got round to watching this before the apocalypse

xyzzzz__, Monday, 26 February 2024 23:14 (three months ago) link

This story is an interesting take

The Things by Peter Watts

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 26 February 2024 23:23 (three months ago) link

There is also Adam Roberts's THE THING ITSELF.

The Ginger Bakersfield Sound (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 26 February 2024 23:31 (three months ago) link

four weeks pass...

"This was one of the first movies where the Black guy lasts to the final scene. I don’t think I’m the only brother who’s ever survived in a horror or sci-fi movie, but I’m certainly one of the few. It was great foresight on John’s part"

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2024/mar/25/john-carpenter-kurt-russell-the-thing-horror-classic

xyzzzz__, Monday, 25 March 2024 18:13 (two months ago) link

And in a situation where you don't really know which, between two people, actually "survived," adding to the fun

Rich E. (Eric H.), Monday, 25 March 2024 19:48 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

Playing the next few days at Film Forum as part of their Out of the 80s retro.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 31 May 2024 23:00 (two weeks ago) link

Enjoyed this but maybe the Hawks is still better

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 1 June 2024 13:02 (two weeks ago) link

tying james redd to the rec room sofa and making him decide which film is better is my mcready moment

*pulses flamethrower a little, to test it has the juice just in case*

mark s, Saturday, 1 June 2024 13:21 (two weeks ago) link

lmao

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 1 June 2024 16:06 (two weeks ago) link

You're gonna find out what you already know, MacReady.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 1 June 2024 20:13 (two weeks ago) link

Have you watched the Norwegian prequel?

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 1 June 2024 20:14 (two weeks ago) link

It’s pointless.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Sunday, 2 June 2024 12:11 (one week ago) link

Yeah, seemed to be from the description

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 June 2024 13:12 (one week ago) link

Hadn't realized John Carpenter had directed the Kurt Russell made-for-TV Elvis.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 June 2024 13:35 (one week ago) link

One thing this one has going for it is that Carpenter restored much of the original plot of "Who Goes There?" including the characters's names but also the shape-shifting aspects of the alien and the related testing at the end.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 June 2024 13:36 (one week ago) link

TIL (well YIL) that Charles K. Feldman was Howard Hawks's agent, that Hawks's business partner in the 1951 production Edward Lasker was married to Jane Greer (much to the consternation of Howard Hughes) and that Margaret Sheridan who played Nikki was a Hawksian protogée orignally slated to appear in Red River (where Nyby supposedly saved the day with his editing which is why he was rewarded with this directing job or credit) but was pregnant which is why the role went to Joanne Dru instead.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 June 2024 13:40 (one week ago) link

Also liked the homage of the title sequence image.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 June 2024 13:43 (one week ago) link

Really need to read that Campbell bio properly.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 June 2024 13:44 (one week ago) link

Which book says Campbell may have been somewhat inspired by Lovecraft, since "At the Mountains of Madness" was serlalized in Astounding, even though in general he disliked Lovecraft.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 June 2024 19:04 (one week ago) link

jules verne wrote a novel called THE SPHINX OF THE ICEFIELDS (1897)

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e9/%27The_Sphinx_of_the_Ice_Fields%27_by_George_Roux_69a.jpg

mark s, Sunday, 2 June 2024 19:46 (one week ago) link

that uh “sphinx” looks like the melted nazi from raiders of the lost ark

bad vibes imo

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 2 June 2024 20:03 (one week ago) link

old-timey pictures of the sphinx which are terrible

mark s, Sunday, 2 June 2024 20:49 (one week ago) link

That Jules Verne is a sequel to Poe's Arthur Gordon Pym, which is maybe proto-Thing as well?

with hidden noise, Monday, 3 June 2024 05:12 (one week ago) link

proof if proof be need be

mark s, Monday, 3 June 2024 07:59 (one week ago) link

How do people feel about THE FOG?

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 June 2024 17:20 (one week ago) link

Basically love it, with the possible exception of when I'm actively watching it

Rich E. (Eric H.), Tuesday, 4 June 2024 17:36 (one week ago) link

Heh

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 June 2024 18:08 (one week ago) link

It's playing at the FF on Thursday.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 June 2024 18:08 (one week ago) link

I was being a little flip ... the moments I genuinely love about The Fog are actually the moments where it feels like the plot is refusing to kick in, like it's really going to just coast on vibes like the best parts of Halloween did

Rich E. (Eric H.), Tuesday, 4 June 2024 18:55 (one week ago) link

by John W. Campbell, Jr. (as Don A. Stuart) The place stank. A queer, mingled stench that only the ice-buried cabins of an Antarctic camp know, compounded of reeking human sweat, and the heavy, fish-oil stench of melted seal blubber. An overtone of liniment combated the musty smell of sweat-and-snow-drenched furs. The acrid odor of burnt cooking fat, and the animal, not-unpleasant smell of dogs, diluted by time, hung in the air.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 7 June 2024 06:03 (one week ago) link

same energy:
a: "The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning."

b: "The room stank of demons."

mark s, Friday, 7 June 2024 08:53 (one week ago) link

lol

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 7 June 2024 15:42 (one week ago) link


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