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I watched 11 movies over the holiday weekend

I spent a long weekend with a good friend and all we did was get a little toked, eat, watch movies and laugh our butts off!

1. "Initiation of Sara" (1978) - **** For what it is, it's the best of the best. This movie delivers the goods and then some. One of my all-time favorite tv movies. Great way to start off our movie watching weekend!

2. "Girls Nite Out" (1982) - ** Kind of lame attempt at something a little different. Hal Holbrook's son sticks out badly. The highlight is an Elaine Joyce knock-off shimmying in a black bikini at a nightclub.

3. "Roar" (1981) - ** I'd always been interested in this. It's different. Kind of slow and boring, and, yes, jaw-dropping in parts. The main guy is a precursor to Timothy Treadwell, only less sympathetic. Frankly, the best thing for me is Melanie Griffith, who was already charming at age 14.

4. "Planet of Vampires" (1965) - *** Mario Bava. Gorgeous sets. Story clunks along. Stunning final shot gets the film an extra 1/4 star.

5. "Barbarella" (1968) - *** This was a pleasant surprise. Attractive to look at and Jane Fonda displayed a nice gift for light comedy, which I wasn't really aware of. (She did a 360 in the following year's "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?") She was quite appealing. Ugo Tognazzi is a super stud. Perfectly cast for his part. What a beast! The film moved along at a nice pace.

6. "Erotikus: A History of Gay Film" (1974) - *** Interesting documentary about the origins of gay pornography. It was made in 1974, so that would have been an exciting time for what the film is about. Narrated by porn star Fred Halsted, whom I've always liked.

7. "Godzilla vs. Mothra" (1964) - **1/2 Typical Godzilla movie with impressive special effects. Pretty fun. This one and the next two were part of "Elvira's Movie Macabre". This movie is the only one of the three that can stand alone, imo. Elvira is her usual disarming, funny, hot tamale self! My friend commented that there is nothing like telling a bad joke/pun and knowing that it's a bad joke. And Elvira pulls them off left, right and center!

8. "They Came From Outer Space" (1967) - *1/2 Forgettable

9. "Blue Sunshine" - * What a convoluted mess. Zalman King loves to brood and be intense and his presence makes the movie that much worse. A thoroughly off-putting experience. Edit. I was kinda surprised to find out that the director's next film was "Just Before Dawn", which I liked pretty well.

10. "Tourist Trap" - ** Kinda lame. The dolls were creepy and Tanya Roberts is in it.

11. "Xanadu" - ***1/4 Always had a soft spot for this one. It has a nice, fuzzy glow and my personal favorite movie soundtrack of all time. This one and "Sara" were the only two movies I had seen before.

We also watched episodes of "Barnaby Jones", which is just goofy with storylines that go absolutely nowhere, "The Munsters" (Grandpa cracks me up!) and movie parodies by Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, which were absolutely hysterical. I have not laughed this hard in the last two years. These ladies are a couple of geniuses. Their parody of "The Exorcist" made me laugh the hardest.



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Jane Fonda displayed a nice gift for light comedy, which I wasn't really aware of.
You should check her out in Fun With Dick and Jane (1977), with Jane Fonda and George Segal going on a comical crime spree.

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I've always had that movie just below my radar. I know one of my friends likes it.

I can see Jane Fonda and George Segal having some chemistry. Of course, 1977 is a fantastic year for movies.

Thanks for the recommendation!

"My life is over. I might as well dance with Johnny Slash!"

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Pleased you had a fun weekend with your buddies…..👍

I have seen 3 of those films on your list: Xanadu, Roar and Tourist Trap.

I saw Roar a few times at the cinema when it first came out. I thought it looked and sounded great as a kid. It may not hold up so well today, but a lot of effort and time went into making this wildlife themed film and like you say, there are some awesome moments.

Always liked the corny Xanadu and it is sweet, charming and even bland in parts, due to the terrible miscasting of Michael Beck.

Tourist Trap never did much for me. Watched twice in the mid 80's and I found it flat and unexciting. After the tense and dark thrills of something like The Funhouse, it just doesn't compare. The producers went for PG too, ($$ in their eyes no doubt, not quality), which made this forgettable horror film even more lame.

As for the others, I would like to see The Initiation Of Sarah. You have mentioned this one before.

I never bothered with Blue Sunshine and thought Just Before Dawn was passable. I do really enjoy the director's first horror outing, Squirm - '76, which is a terrific, amusing, creepy and atmospheric creature feature about worms. Highly recommended, plus Don Scardino is a very cute and likeable hero.

Norman! What did you put in my tea?

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I saw "Squirm". I liked it. Don Scardino is quite a cutie. He always reminded me a little of a young Ron Howard. I think Scardino plays Pacino's gay friend in "Cruising".

Agreed with what you said about "Xanadu". It is corny and sweet and charming. Though, Beck is so dull. It doesn't detract too much. I think ONJ is even more appealing here than in "Grease" and she's very likable in that one, too. I think I like the way she wears her hair better in "Xanadu". lol I love the roller skating finale with the title song. The build-up gives me chills.

"My life is over. I might as well dance with Johnny Slash!"

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Synchronicity! The Xanadu song was playing a few hours later on my car radio.

Norman! What did you put in my tea?

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Ding Ding!

Thanks for telling me that. Everything is in allignment.

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And what the song represents as well.

Norman! What did you put in my tea?

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Yeah, that's right.

"My life is over. I might as well dance with Johnny Slash!"

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Prove that sentience begins when you say it does.

Conman is a one man human centipede. Fuck his Mother

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Prove that is begins before I say it does.

Norman! What did you put in my tea?

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On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”

Conman is a one man human centipede. Fuck his Mother

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See a doctor and get a vasectomy. It is the only cure.

Norman! What did you put in my tea?

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The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

Conman is a one man human centipede. Fuck his Mother

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Prove that it begins before I say it does.

Where is your sting now? Have you lost it? Imminent defeat…

Norman! What did you put in my tea?

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It sounds like the poster you responded to believes in sin and God and all the rest. And if that's so, the idea of synchronicity is going to fly right over their radar.

"My life is over. I might as well dance with Johnny Slash!"

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Soul Venal is a religious whack job. Margaret White is probably his mother.

He’s been owned big time on his anti-abortion stance, so he started flooding a myriad of any post I made on any thread with a biblical quote. He thought it would deter and frustrate me.

I just gave him small sarcastic responses back pertaining to all his quotes. All he did was bump the topics…..

Norman! What did you put in my tea?

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I feel very fortunate that I was never very impressed with religion.

"My life is over. I might as well dance with Johnny Slash!"

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There is not a lot to be impressed by. Religion has festered, because it keeps people down and away from growth and personal empowerment. It is a tool that then gets misused and manipulated for power and control over others.

Norman! What did you put in my tea?

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The only religion(s) that I have found to be impressive are the Native Americans approach to spirituality. It is devoid of judgment, very much (from what I know) based in the cycle of life. They are also a very peaceful people. I think that the Cherokees were the main tribe who were actually capable of violence.

Also, many Native Americans recognize and cherish and revere those unique individuals of "the third gender".

"My life is over. I might as well dance with Johnny Slash!"

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Prove that sentience begins when you say it does.
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Sentience is not something that can be proven. It just is and either it's something that you connect with or you don't. And I am very happy and grateful to be one of those who vibrates along the wavelength of synchronicity as it lives in the wild.

"My life is over. I might as well dance with Johnny Slash!"

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Sentience is not something that can be proven
You should point that out to Toasted. He thinks he can pinpoint its beginning EXACTLY.

Conman is a one man human centipede. Fuck his Mother

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I believe it happens the moment your level of awareness is able to take it in. The first time I became aware of synchronous energy was about 20 years ago. It was Winter in Chicago and I was riding the 'L' home. I missed my regular stop, got off at the next stop. I was thinking to myself that I wish I could get in with the Chicago Public School System so I could substitute teach and make some extra money. I got off the train maybe five blocks north of the building I lived in, I turned the corner, walked half a block South, saw a large elementary school building ahead and looked up at the marquee which read "Substitute Teachers Wanted, call 773-553-####". I probably got chills. I can't remember, but it was something I felt to disregard would be foolish in the extreme. Of course, I followed through.

Ever since then I get these signs several times a year, some of them are more/less magnificent than others, but I respect and cherish every single one of them. It is my choice to pay heed. Not everybody is going to look at it the same way. And that's fine.

"My life is over. I might as well dance with Johnny Slash!"

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I believe it happens the moment your level of awareness is able to take it in

If that belief were true that I think an argument can be made that some people NEVER achieve it.
Lets Go Brandon!

Conman is a one man human centipede. Fuck his Mother

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You have to be open to it. That's about the most I can say about that part of it.

I think that skeptics and cynics would be the ones who will never experience synchronicity. And for better or for worse, I am not a cynical person. I feel that I am a very receptive person.

I don't know if the following story counts as synchronicity exactly. But it's exhilarating in much the same way. I went out to Hollywood for a vacation several years ago. One afternoon I was walking down Santa Monica Blvd. and who did I see walking down the street with a female friend and her chihuahua but Dyan Cannon. So that was kind of a kick on its own, but it gets a whole lot more interesting.

Later that evening I went to Musso and Frank's Grill with this guy I had met. But in the back of my head, I can't wait to tell my similarly starstruck friend back home who I had seen walking down the street earlier that day. I excused myself and went to the bathroom, securing myself in a stall to call my friend with some privacy to talk. So I said "Guess what movie star I saw today" and he took about three seconds and said out of nowhere "Dyan Cannon". I flipped out. We both did.

Ever since then, whenever my friend and I experience something similar (though never quite as stunning), we call it a "Dyan Cannon". And I guess I would say that counts as synchronicity as me and my friend were on the same wavelength in that one moment in time.

Dyan Cannon. Wow. I mean what are the chances? And there you have it.

"My life is over. I might as well dance with Johnny Slash!"

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You've got a real special way about you.

My password is password.

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Soul Venal isn't interested Mr. Hutch. He's not genuine compassionate, nor does he fully understand synchronicity, unless it's something to do with the bible and made up Christian god.

Norman! What did you put in my tea?

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Soul Venal isn't interested Mr. Hutch.
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Yeah, I guess not. He didn't say anything about my Dyan Cannon story. Oh, well. No biggie. Most people probably are not going to feel much about it either way.

The whole experience was very much a personal thing. It probably didn't do me any good to relay it here. I can't and really don't expect 95% to feel anything close to what I felt when it happened.

But certainly not all people!

"My life is over. I might as well dance with Johnny Slash!"

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Like you mentioned the other day, all is in order with the universe. For your eyes and few others only and for those that are receptive to your being.

The world is full of phenomena and it goes way beyond the objective sense of reality. Synchronicity allows one to look closer and deeper.

Norman! What did you put in my tea?

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Sentience is your human physical being whacko, once birthed! Hutch is more referring to synchronicity, which one has to be sentient to even be aware of. Go f<>k yourself nutjob!

Norman! What did you put in my tea?

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Hutch is more referring to synchronicity
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Yes, I guess I careened off topic a bit. I was thinking sentience and synchronicity were similar. I just looked up the definition of sentience –

Sentience is the capacity to experience feelings and sensations

I was way off. [shrugs]

"My life is over. I might as well dance with Johnny Slash!"

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I was way off.

You just misinterpreted the message. Soul Venal can't even admit to jack, his pride is cemented to his already warped and corrupted ego.

Norman! What did you put in my tea?
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