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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Guilty pleasure

I was tickled to hear my six-year-old granddaughter Leanna is going to be Supergirl this Halloween.

I remember taking Lea's then seven-year-old mom to Supergirl when it was released at Thanksgiving in 1984. Sara says she doesn't remember seeing it in the theater, but the movie made a big impression on me. The plot and direction were wincingly bad, but Helen Slater was perfectly cast in the title role, it's one of Jerry Goldsmith's best scores, and the flying sequences were simply phenomenal.

Remember, this is pre-cgi stuff. Flying was done with wires, with the Zoptic front projection system, and with some surprisingly primitive tricks. For example, the effects crew resorted to using a full-size photographic poster cutout for the scene when Supergirl flies out of the ocean. They couldn't think of any other way of doing the shot without Ms. Slater getting thoroughly and un-photographically drenched.

I remember seeing Christopher Reeve on The Tonight Show shortly after the film's original release. At the time, his relations with the producers of the Superman films were strained, and he had refused to appear in Supergirl, even in a brief cameo. Despite the bad feelings, Reeve praised Slater's performance and said the flying sequences were superior to those in Superman and Superman II, especially the wire work in Supergirl's "aerial ballet." There are a number of flawed shots in the film, and scenes where the wires from the flying rig are visible, but the two segments below were flawless and, while slightly two-dimensional, can hold their own with modern cgi efforts. In particular, watch the shots with the wild horses near the end of the first clip. It features beautiful sun and lens flare effects and represents the best flying effects shot in the entire Superman series.

 

 

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Friday, October 02, 2009

And you thought dogs were bad...

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Democrats could switch to Geico and lose money....

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Happy birthday, Madeline...

 

Madeline Kahn's most memorable role, the teutonic- uh- bombshell Lili von Shtupp.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

It's starting...

My daughter Sara snapped these shots of changing foliage a few days ago during her family's mini-vacation to Mt. Davis and the surrounding countryside. (Trivia: Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania at 3,213 feet, is still lower than the lowest point in Colorado: the Arikaree River, at 3,315 feet.)

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Meat Loaf is 62 today

It has an entirely different flavor when presented by persons older than 17. The original version is here.

According to Wikipedia, Meat Loaf's 1977 Bat out of Hell has sold more than 40 million copies. 32 years later, it still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually. The album stayed on the charts for over 9 years.

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