Thursday, 31 July 2014

The Art of Talking

This blog passed an invisible milestone this morning with just over 1000 comments racked up among these pages, so if you've ever taken the trouble to leave a comment on anything you've encountered here, I'd like to say thanks very much - even to the guy who left a comment to say I clearly didn't understand the meaning of the word spendthrift. Thanks dude. Comments are the things I prize most on this blog - it means that someone has read something I wrote and is moved enough to write back. Even the spendthrift guy. One of the best things about receiving a comment is how it can kick start a dialogue, which is often more entertaining than the post than precedes it, especially when it zigzags off topic into unexpected zones of discussion. So thanks once again and please keep 'em coming !

Edgar Allen Poe writes a comment: It's plutonian shore you zounderkite !


8 comments:

  1. I'm committed - I will be working my way through the whole run in the coming weeks - this is a fun blog to read, and your thoughtful responses to comments make commenting fun and worthwhile! Let's see how much closer I can get you to 2000....

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  2. Many, many thanks Craig, I'm really pleased that you're enjoying the blog and the comments are always, greatly appreciated.

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  3. Well done, good sir! It's a testament to the quality of the writing here - every post is worthy of time to read, and time to respond. I look forward to the next 1000 comments. It's great to see discussion alive in this age of twitter limits!

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  4. Thanks John. I must acknowledge your participation and presence here and say it has given this blog a good shot of glowing green re-animation fluid, so many, many thanks for that. It is fantastic to get some real discussion going, my current dalliance with Facebook is proving a little unsatisfactory - I feel like the proverbial tree falling in a wood with no one around to here me. Not sure if I can stand over any quality of writing, I've been looking over old posts lately, thanks to Craig, and they are all atrocious ! But seeing as I hate revisionism of any kind, I'll let them be, try not to think about it !

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    1. Not at all, Wes, I wouldn't have stopped by in the first place if things weren't interesting here. You have a great mix of insight here, and not just straight-up reviews, which is something I love about your blog. You get a real sense of the writer, which is what blogging is all about!

      Facebook is good for connecting with those who you might not otherwise get a chance to yap with in real life, but sadly it's all a little restricted... Keep the blog alive, my friend!

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    2. Thanks John, really kind of you to say that, now enough of the mortifying compliments, comments for this post are now officially closed !

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  5. I agree with what the other posters have said. This is one of my go-to blogs when I want a shot of well written and insightful articles on celluloid alternative culture (and other art forms).
    I'm going to see a documentary in a few weeks - "Lost Soul." A documentary on the shenanigans that went on behind (and in front of) the scenes of the making of Richard Stanley's "The island of Dr Moreau." I'd love to read an article on your thoughts on that film (good/bad with moments of genius/embarrassments) and of the documentary itself when you get to see it.

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  6. Many thanks Jay, much too kind ! You know what, I never did get around to seeing The Island of Doctor Moreau, but I remember reading about John Frankenheimer stepping in to take over from Richard Stanley - up to that point I was really looking forward to seeing the film - at the time I was really enthralled by Dust Devil which was still relatively new, and Hardware was a favourite as well, so when Stanley left the film I lost all interest in it. I remember Empire magazine reporting in their news column that Stanley had gone native like Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now and had been hanging around the set - my memory might be fuzzy on this, but I think the story was that Stanley and a cadre of natives were raiding the production - the whole thing sounded like a news writer's wet dream. I must dig out that Empire... I look forward to seeing the documentary now, I thought Richard was really terrific in the Jodorowsky's Dune film - very cool and erudite. He reminds me a lot of Monte Hellman, another maverick film maker I really like... Incidentally I read the HG Wells' novel for the first time just last year and was surprised by how potent that book is - parts of it still remain quite disturbing..

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