Dracula (1931)

For one who has not lived even a single lifetime, you’re a wise man, Van Helsing. – Count Dracula

I watched the 1931 Universal Pictures movie “Dracula” on Svengoolie. We see possums, armadillos, bats, and spiders while they talk about eating roaches, flys and we hear the wailing of wolves during the film. We also learn just about everything about vampires, from their need for their sacred earth, cannot be in sunlight, Wolf’s bane will repel them, they have no reflection, bullets won’t hurt them, a crucifix will temporarily force them back, they can transform into bats or wolves, they feed on blood, they can temporarily hypnotize with their eyes, and they can be killed with a wooden stake through the heart.

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Arbitrage (2012)

ar•bi•trage är′bĭ-träzh″
n. describes the act of buying a security in one market and simultaneously selling it in another market at a higher price, thereby enabling investors to profit from the temporary difference…

I watched the 2012 Lionsgate dram/thriller “Arbitrage” on Netflix DVD. This movie, although fictional, feels like a true story (and I’m sure it is a true story based on many wealthy Wall Street billionaires). It was written and directed by  Nicholas Jarecki (technical consultant on Hackers, writer of The Informers, director producer writer of Crisis). His parents were stock exchange traders and his brother is a finance executive giving him a foot-in-the-door to writing this film. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival January 2012.

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Alison Towner

Always find time for things that make you feel happy to be alive

Spending hours engrossed in the adventures of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Australian shark experts Ron and Valerie Taylor, Alison Towner wanted nothing more than to study sharks. She grew up in Lancashire, England, where the weather was wet and it was a long drive to the coast.

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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

I watched the 1959 William Castle production “House on Haunted Hill”. Frederick Loren, a millionaire, invites 5 people to a party in a haunted house he has rented. All that stay the entire night will get ten thousand dollars each. He says that his wife Annabelle, who stays up in her room, wanted the party. William Castle both produced and directed while Robb White (an American writer of screenplays, television scripts, and adventure novels) wrote and co-produced this horror film.

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A Good Man (2014)

B-movie, but a good plot, good martial arts

I watched this 2014 Grindstone Entertainment, Voltage Pictures, Steamroller Productions action/crime film, “A Good Man”, fifth collaboration between Steven Seagal (co-producer) and director Keoni Waxman, on Netflix DVD. Alexander was the leader of a covert operation on the border of Dagestan (Russia). His team has two targets, Islamic terrorist Abu Alwaki and Mr. Chen, an Islamic fundamentalist arms dealer who is financing terrorism. The mission fails and Mr. Chen gets away.

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Classic Albums: Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (2001)

The story behind one of the most popular double-albums of all-time

I watched this Eagle Rock Entertainment 2001 documentary “Classic Albums: Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” on Netflix DVD. It aired on television November, 6, 2001 on season 3 of an ongoing series of these films. The only missing member, of the original album recording, was Dee Murray, background vocals and bass guitar. This is a great album. one of my favorites, and a great documentary. The only negative for me was the omission of speaking about some of the album tracks, like my favorite, Grey Seal.

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Black Friday (1940)

A man-made monster is on the loose!

I watched the 1940 Universal Pictures, gangster – film noir -horror, movie “Black Friday” on Svengoolie. Dr. Ernest Sovac is being executed and gives his notebook to a reporter on the way. The notebook recounts the story of how he ended up in prison. College professor George Kingsley is run down by gangsters having a vehicle to vehicle gun fight. For the doctor to save his friend, Kingsley, he implants him with parts from the gangsters brain. Now Kingsley turns, with the suggestions from the doctor, into a sort of Jekyll and Hyde. Now the doctor just needs to get a hold of the dead gangsters $500,000.

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The Creation of the Humanoids (1962)

I watched this 1962 Genie Productions Science Fiction movie “The Creation of the Humanoids” on Svengoolie. After the nuclear war the remaining humans begin to rely on robots to get the Earth going. A human organization, Order of Flesh and Blood, fear that the robots are planning a takeover. The robots, which some humans disparagingly call “Clickers”, have a scientist experimenting with creating human replicas that have genuine emotions and memories.

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The Black Cat (1934)

I watched the 1934 the Universal Pictures psychological horror movie “The Black Cat” on Svengoolie. It stars two of the greatest in horror, Béla Lugosi as Dr. Vitus Werdegast and Boris Karloff as Hjalmar Poelzig. This was the first of this pairing with seven more movies to come. Black Cat was the number one movie for Universal in 1934. They hyped the move as an Edgar Allan Poe story but actually had little, more like nothing, to do with the famous writer. The name on the posters and other promotion certainly helped the movies appeal.

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