calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Kermit)
2014-09-20 02:14 pm

Yuletide Fandom Nominations Are Monday

My plan was to nominate Ghostbusters, Legend, and Bewitched when the Yuletide nominations begin on Monday. However, I just rewatched Murder By Death (1976) and would love to see that included, too. Is there anyone on my friends list who doesn't have their three fandoms picked, and would be willing to throw that one in? Given how often Bewitched is on courtesy of Me-TV, Antenna TV, and Family Net at various points (which makes it easier to check up on something should I end up getting that fandom for an assignment) in the series throughout the day, I'd rather not switch it out.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-09-12 01:51 pm

Rest In Peace, Richard Kiel

Richard Kiel passed away on September 10th, at the age of 74. May he rest in peace. While most people know him as Jaws from a couple of James Bond movies, I remember him (and I might be the only person that went to the theater for this one) from The Giant of Thunder Mountain (1991), where he played Eli Weaver. MST3K fans might also remember him from Eegah, The Human Duplicators and The Phantom Planet.
calliopes_pen: (vintageruby)
2014-09-08 08:58 am

Spreading a meme

Taken from [personal profile] moetushie:

Quote a bit of my writing at me. Find that one story of mine that you really like, and find a sentence or a paragraph that presses your prose-buttons in the right way, and comment here with it.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Snow Queen)
2014-09-05 11:53 am

Yuletide Nomination Considerations

When Yuletide opens for fandom nominations on September 22nd, I will be nominating Ghostbusters (1984) (characters nominated will be: Egon, Peter, Ray, and either Winston or Dana) and Legend (1985) (characters nominated will be Lili, Darkness, Jack, and either Honeythorn Gump or Oona). I believe only three nominations are allowed this year.

The third fandom I’m considering will be one of these:
-Bewitched (original series, due to watching an outrageous amount of it on Me-TV and FamilyNet, and rediscovering an interest in it)
-Mr. Boogedy (1986)
-Clue (1985)
-Columbo (just started watching the series on Me-TV this year, sort of love it)
-Dark Shadows (1991 series)
-Fright Night (1985)
-The Goldbergs (2013 sitcom)
-Mockingbird Lane
-Murder By Death (1976)
-Night of the Comet (1984)
-Stardust (2007)
-Suspiria (1977)

If you really wish to see one of the above, please let me know.

Suspiria is due to recently having started watching some Italian horror movies on Youtube. I don’t see how a fanfic could come out of it due to its lack of real coherency, but hey. It’s on the ‘maybe I’ll nominate it’ pile.

I assume someone else will nominate Sleepy Hollow, (the series, unless it doesn’t qualify anymore) the new Flash series or Gotham when they premiere.
calliopes_pen: (weasleyqueen  Janine and Egon)
2014-08-29 02:02 pm

Nobody Steps On A Church In My Town

I returned from the 11:30 AM* showing of Ghostbusters a little while ago. Did anyone else on my friends list go to the airing of Ghostbusters--and if so, did you notice that a couple scenes toward the start, which felt ever so slightly extended? For instance, there seemed a few more lines sprinkled in there when Peter's talking to the blonde girl after that psychic experiment.

Highlights from my showing? There weren't too many speak of. I was the only person there at all, in the room Ghostbusters was shown in.

The air was terrible, sort of a mix of stuffy, and severely humid. But it still felt as though the air conditioning was running, just not right. It was like someone had opened the exit door and left it open for a few days, in that one particular theater room and the air coniditoning was just moving it around. It was starting to get oppressive--then, someone popped their head in the door, glanced around, shot a text message to someone, to presumably confirm there was one solitary soul in attendance, and left--and then the air conditioning worked harder for five minutes, it started to get better...before going dead.

So around when Mr. Stay Puft was stomping on a church in Peter's town, before the heat actually got any worse, I went on my way. We've been getting a heat index of around 107 for over a week, and I'd rather not sit in a theater and overheat.

Aside from those issues, the showing looked very crisp and clear. I finally spotted Ron Jeremy's cameo. However, for the first time I noticed a character on a stretcher outside Dana's building, as the Ghostbusters pull up. From a distance, it appeared as though it could have been the elderly woman that spotted the Terror Dog chasing Louis, who ran back inside. I could be wrong.

*The movie started 27 minutes later than expected, due to all the trailers.

calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-08-25 11:20 am

Rest In Peace, Richard Attenborough

Richard Attenborough passed away yesterday, at the age of 90, due to health issues stemming from a stroke he suffered several years ago. His 91st birthday would have been the 29th. May he rest in peace. I only saw Jurassic Park for the first time within the last couple years, courtesy of Encore. I didn’t know that he directed Magic (1978), and have always meant to watch it—-so I’ll track that down soon.
calliopes_pen: (limeadesunlight PossessedFandom)
2014-08-17 08:15 am

Ghostbusters Is Imminent

I didn’t think that Ghostbusters was going to be re-released anywhere around here for their 30th anniversary. However, as of this morning, I see that the local Cinemark will play it after all. Nice thing to learn on one’s birthday.

So August 29th, provided there are no severe thunderstorms, illnesses, or anyone requiring the use of the car for a doctor’s visit (my sister goes the day before, provided nothing changes) then once I get tickets, I should be going to the 11:30 AM showing. They have it five times that day, so if something happens I’ll be heading for the 2 PM showing.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-08-12 10:08 am

Rest In Peace, Robin Williams

Rest in peace, Robin Williams. He died yesterday at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide. When I was around the ages of 9-13, I loved him so much. Hook and Jumanji were a tie for my favorite of his movies at one point, and I watched so much Mork and Mindy on Nick At Nite when I was younger than that. I enjoyed him as the Genie from Aladdin, and may be one of the few to remember him as a frog in Faerie Tale Theater. He will be deeply missed by everyone he brought even a modicum of laughter to.

People keep bringing up Dead Poets Society and Good Morning Vietnam as better movies of his—I’ll have to watch them sometime. He was great in The Birdcage. I also remember this little cameo that he and Billy Crystal had in an episode of Friends.

You can read reactions from the White House (they issued a fantastic statement), Pam Dawber, and several others over here and (if you’re interested in one from Sarah Michelle Gellar in this next link) here and here.

calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-07-21 08:35 am

Rest In Peace To Bartusiak, Fasano, And Garner

Skye McCole Bartusiak has passed away at the age of 21. As of now, there are reports that she died in her sleep, and that the fact she suffered from epileptic seizures may have been a contributing factor. May she rest in peace. I remember her as the actress that played young Charlie McGee in Firestarter 2: Rekindled. And thanks to the Sundance Channel airing it at one point, I also remember her as the little girl that was kidnapped by Sean Bean’s character in Don’t Say A Word.

John Fasano has passed away at the age of 52—as of now, while no official cause of death has been released, they do know that he died in his sleep. May he rest in peace. He was one of the many writers for Alien 3, and directed several horror films. I recall a few of the VHS covers for some of them, from back in the 80’s. I had been meaning to watch The Jitters (1989), so I’ll track that down shortly.

James Garner passed away Saturday night at the age of 86. May he, too, rest in peace. While he was most famous for his roles in Maverick and The Rockford Files, MST3K fans may also remember him from the episode where they riffed a movie called City Limits. As I have never seen an episode of The Rockford Files, I’ll have to catch an episode when it airs on Me-TV later today. Sound On Sight made a list of his top ten films.
calliopes_pen: (amberleewriter I was Death)
2014-07-07 06:38 am

Highlander Marathon

If anyone on my friends list is interested, Syfy will be showing various episodes from season 5 of Highlander, beginning at 7 AM CST, and ending around 2 PM. First up: Revelation 6:8.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-06-29 12:24 pm

Rest In Peace, Meshach Taylor

Meshach Taylor has passed away, at the age of 67, after a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. I will always remember and love his role as Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women…and, to a lesser degree, Hollywood Montrose in the Mannequin movies. Until I checked IMDB, I wasn’t aware that he appeared in The Howling and Damien: Omen II.

calliopes_pen: (shawnkyr Doc and Clara)
2014-06-15 01:43 pm


A meme, taken from a few people on my friends list:

Tell me one thing about me that you see as a defining characteristic or trait, from my personality to my writing.

calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-06-15 11:38 am

Rest In Peace, Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem has passed away, at the age of 82, following a long battle with Lewy Body Disease—a form of dementia. May he rest in peace. He may be most famous for being the host of American Top 40, and as the voice of Shaggy in various incarnations of Scooby Doo over the decades. He was also the voice of Robin in various Super Friends shows. Ghostbusters fans should recall his cameo (voice only) in the first film.

I also remember him hosting a Classic TV Countdown (like this and this) on Nick At Nite every year, in the 80’s and 90’s, and that he appeared as himself on Saved By The Bell. He will be missed.
calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler Holmes Watson travel friends)
2014-06-05 12:48 pm

Rest In Peace, Kirsten Bishop

Kirsten Bishop has passed away, at the age of 50, following a battle with lung cancer. May she rest in peace. I primarily know her from the 1975 English dubbed anime version of The Little Mermaid. I watched that version numerous times in the early 80’s, around the age of 2. (I always preferred that original, unhappy ending over the Disney version.)

I don’t believe that I have ever watched anything else she voiced or appeared in.
calliopes_pen: (pureglasscup Shadowcat See Ya)
2014-05-27 10:24 am

X-Men: Days of Future Past

I went to see Days of Future Past by myself yesterday afternoon, at the 1:15 PM 2D Digital showing. Or, rather, 1:45, due to 30 minutes of previews, and random commercials.

Due to a particularly urgent need, (four glasses of tea before going since it was 90 degrees, you figure it out) I left the minute the end credits began. I already knew the gist of what happened in the end credits scene, and I located a low quality version of it a couple hours ago on Youtube.

Without spoiling (spoilers are welcome in the comments, though) anything, I will say that I loved it.

calliopes_pen: (rosiemoon legend blue box TARDIS)
2014-05-23 12:34 pm


Taken from several on my friends list:

If I was a god, what kind of god would I be?

Bonus if you add some mythos about me.

calliopes_pen: (redscharlach Cyberman head grabs ankles)
2014-05-18 10:08 am

Lurker Amnesty Day

Taken from several on my friends list:

Today has been declared lurker amnesty day! Have you read me but never commented? Do you surf by occasionally? Say hello! You are under no obligation to ever comment or delurk again, but here's a chance to do so in a post just for that. Hey, just wave at me, if that's all you want to do and say hi.
calliopes_pen: (dirkdigital Killer Bank Door MST3K)
2014-05-17 10:09 am

Fixing The Site's Format

If you don’t care for the new layout on Livejournal and you haven’t already found the way back, here’s how you can change it back to the old style. Massive kudos go out to [ profile] sallymn for finding it.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-04-30 12:12 pm

Rest In Peace, Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins has passed away, at the age of 71, after being hospitalized as a result of pneumonia. May he rest in peace. After a quick check of IMDB, I realized that I’ve only seen him in three movies: Hook—where he was great as Smee, The Super Mario Brothers, and Snow White And The Huntsman. I don’t believe I ever made it through Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
calliopes_pen: (shawnkyr Doc magnifying glass)
2014-04-24 01:16 pm

Antivirus Poll

In a few months, my subscription to Avast Internet Security will be up. I have been considering switching to something else for a bit now, but (after reading up on both through various forums such as the Wilder Security Forums, and articles, as well as sifting through the AV Comparative tests to narrow it down) I can’t decide between these two. So have a poll--and if you have experience with either, whether it’s good or bad, please let me know.

Or let me know if either one would have a problem co-existing with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium. Because that’s one that I really won’t be giving up anytime soon.

Poll #15272 Which Antivirus Should I Switch To?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 0

Pick One--Or Both, If You Love Them Equally

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Avira Free Antivirus
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Emsisoft Anti-Malware
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