THE PAVILION ANNEX

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Robert Nason » Fri May 16, 2014 1:53 pm

Steve, you caught me on that -- a "desert island" isn't really the same as a desert; maybe it's a term that was originally meant to be shorthand for "deserted island." Anyway, I was originally going to list ten film that all dealt in some way with water, but the first title which came to mind was WATERWORLD, and that immediately turned me off to the idea!
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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Moderator » Fri May 16, 2014 2:13 pm

Robert Nason wrote:Steve, you caught me on that -- a "desert island" isn't really the same as a desert; maybe it's a term that was originally meant to be shorthand for "deserted island." Anyway, I was originally going to list ten film that all dealt in some way with water, but the first title which came to mind was WATERWORLD, and that immediately turned me off to the idea!


Ha...that would have been perfect, however!

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Robert Nason » Fri May 16, 2014 5:07 pm

But Tim Raven has offered the first honest list so far.
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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Ezra Lb. » Fri May 16, 2014 10:48 pm

robochrist wrote:Somebody's gotta ask Dennis how THE WILD BUNCH is "rarely-touted"!


Yeah but he gets points for name checking THESE ARE THE DAMNED, one of the bleakest, most despairing cold war films ever made. Although how you could stand to watch it repeatedly I can't say. Maybe after 20 years you would wind thinking it was funny as hell.
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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby robochrist » Fri May 16, 2014 11:48 pm

Tim Raven's list...I can only hope the "Kong" interest has to do with Fay Wray and not the APE.

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Sat May 17, 2014 8:49 am

I think Robert's list is brilliant. Talk about taking something at face value. He's got sand, I'll give him that.

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Robert Nason » Sat May 17, 2014 1:02 pm

Thanks, Mark. I really couldn't come up with a list of ten or a dozen films I'd want to watch exclusively for the rest of my life. No matter how good they are, I'd be sick of them before long. Maybe boxed sets of the complete seasons of TV series would be a better option. But as much as I love THE SOPRANOS, would I want to keep watching all those dark characters alone on my desert island? Possibly a complete run of THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW would be more soothing. Or a collection of Dick Cavett or Johnny Carson Shows.

Same problem with books, though if I could only have one book on that desert island, I'd want a book on how to survive on a desert island. I'm sure one exists. (ROBINSON CRUSOE?)
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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby robochrist » Sat May 17, 2014 1:13 pm

Robert - in short, a desert island for you would be a shoe-in for suicide

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby FrankChurch » Sat May 17, 2014 1:28 pm

Did I miss the Koonce list?

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Robert Nason » Sat May 17, 2014 4:23 pm

Rob -- Why? Because I need company? Because I don't have the survival skills to last long on a desert island? Because I can't get a WiFi connection on a desert island?

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby robochrist » Sat May 17, 2014 4:42 pm

Well, there is one option I hadn't considered: after you burn out on the dozen movies you'd looked at for 2 years over-n'-over-n'-over-n'-over-n-over-n'-over-n'-over-n'-over-n'-over-n'-over-n'-over-n'-over, you can string 'em up with bamboo and make an escape raft.

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Tim Raven » Sat May 17, 2014 4:52 pm

I want to add "Foster the Incredible Talking Mule" to my list of porn and King Kong.

Rob, a little hot monkey sex never hurt anyone!

Did anyone see the scene in the 1933 version of Kong where he flicks off all of Fay Wreys' clothes? 1933 porn!

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby robochrist » Sat May 17, 2014 5:34 pm

Fay Wray: I know you couldn't have missed this, too: her brawless nipples burgeon like the Trona Pinnacles through the gown she wears while Denham is filming her. Ahhh, pre-Hays: who knows what fleshy frontiers they'd have ventured in that era had that office not existed???

But I'm also open-minded: some, indeed, might prefer a 30-foot ape to a sporting maiden!

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Robert Nason » Sat May 17, 2014 6:01 pm

Rob, you should read Thodore Roszak's brillant novel FLICKER, in which the hero ends up on a desert(ed) island with miles of film -- I won't tell you what he does with it.

I forgot to add Bunuel's SIMON OF THE DESERT to my list.
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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby robochrist » Sat May 17, 2014 6:19 pm

I'll check out that title. Thanks. I'm a Bunuel fanatic, btw. He's in my top 3 of favorite directors.


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