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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby robochrist » Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:57 pm

Well, the Public Library - as in PUBLIC - IS socialized! Why are some of you still afraid of the word? We have a partially socialized system. It's a simple fact.

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socialized - v. so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing, so·cial·iz·es. v.tr. 1. To place under government or group ownership or control.

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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby Robert Nason » Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:03 pm

Heads up, folks -- Mystery Writers of America Grand Master MICKEY SPILLANE departed these mean streets on this day in 2006. Pour a drink today in memory of Mick.

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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby robochrist » Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:55 pm

I think easily my favorite take on Mike Hammer is Ralph Meeker in KISS ME DEADLY (1955), directed by Robert Aldrich.

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(You'll note, of course, Tarantino's source used in PULP FICTION)
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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby Robert Nason » Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:58 pm

Probably the best film adaptation of a Mickey Spillane novel ever made. Robert Aldrich was one of American cinema's masters.
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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby robochrist » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:15 pm

Aldrich WAS an awesome craftsman! He fucked up with TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING and especially THE CHOIRBOYS, a big disappointment to Joseph Wambaugh, but he also cranked out some slick classics. I think KISS ME DEADLY is the best of them. Likewise, I've had nothing but praise for actor Ralph Meeker who, regrettably, never achieved stardom. He had many roles and brought something great to all of them. He and Aldrich teamed again for DIRTY DOZEN (another one I like a lot).

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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby FrankChurch » Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:51 am

What was in the briefcase?

I think it was God.

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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby robochrist » Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:49 am

Unstable radioisotope. Lots more real than your Gods!

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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby Robert Nason » Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:33 pm

Undoubtedly Tarantino was inspired by the briefcase scene in KISS ME DEADLY when he did his own suitcase scene in PULP FICTION
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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby robochrist » Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:12 pm

You didn't notice my PULP FICTION reference with the picture below? KMD was, indeed, the source.

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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby Robert Nason » Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:46 pm

robochrist wrote:You didn't notice my PULP FICTION reference with the picture below? KMD was, indeed, the source.

Rob, I mistakenly overlooked that line about PULP FICTION between the two photos. Sorry about that. You were, of course, right on the money.
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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby Robert Nason » Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:48 pm

A chilling glimpse of our post-human future as it's happening in contemporary Japan:

http://www.steynonline.com/5865/sex-at-sunset
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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby Chuck Messer » Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:06 pm

What was in the briefcase?

I think it was God.


According to Tarantino, it was Marcellus Wallace's soul. He points out that when Brett is killed by the two gunmen, there's a similar golden glow, as if Brett's soul is leaving his body.

The combination on Marcellus' briefcase? 6-6-6. Guess who's he's hiding from?

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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby Robert Nason » Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:23 pm

I had no idea Quentin Tarantino believes people have souls.
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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby Chuck Messer » Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:31 am

I'm not sure what Tarantino believes, but you don't have to believe in ghosts to write or enjoy a good ghost story. Look at some of the supernatural horror Harlan's written.

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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby FrankChurch » Sat Jul 19, 2014 12:45 pm

I wanted to ask our Mark how many rejection slips he got for his first work?


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