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Marathon Memorabilia: Bunnyman Files (Read 138844 times)
Reply #150 - Mar 11th, 2013 at 8:43pm

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Jon wrote on Mar 11th, 2013 at 10:13am:
SF27 program remains a fave re; text. I recall that the repeating of that phrase, "...and then things go terribly wrong," just tickled my funny bone at the time. In retrospect, it's still amusing. Thanks for the memory!


And I still grimace when reading This Island Earth being called "The Star Trekiest" in the SF1 program.
 

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Reply #151 - Mar 11th, 2013 at 9:27pm

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da_Bunnyman wrote on Mar 11th, 2013 at 8:43pm:
Jon wrote on Mar 11th, 2013 at 10:13am:
SF27 program remains a fave re; text. I recall that the repeating of that phrase, "...and then things go terribly wrong," just tickled my funny bone at the time. In retrospect, it's still amusing. Thanks for the memory!


And I still grimace when reading This Island Earth being called "The Star Trekiest" in the SF1 program.



Of course!  If anything, we all know that Star Trek is really Forbidden Planetiest.
 

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Reply #152 - Mar 12th, 2013 at 2:43pm

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[/quote] And I still grimace when reading This Island Earth being called "The Star Trekiest" in the SF1 program. [/quote]

I wouldn't recall that (I started at SF2 - a.k.a. 1977), but I don't doubt you.  I'll look it up....
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Reply #153 - Mar 12th, 2013 at 6:11pm

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Jon wrote on Mar 12th, 2013 at 2:43pm:
And I still grimace when reading This Island Earth being called "The Star Trekiest" in the SF1 program. [/quote]

I wouldn't recall that (I started at SF2 - a.k.a. 1977), but I don't doubt you. I'll look it up....
Smiley [/quote]


Yep, it's right there on page 1 of this thread in (faded) black and yellow.
But I should correct myself it actually was called "One of the STARTREKIEST!".
 

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Reply #154 - Mar 12th, 2013 at 9:25pm

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A small marathon mention in Boston Metro
 

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Reply #155 - Mar 13th, 2013 at 1:51pm

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Well, the Metro is a smaller paper than the Phoenix was, so that seems fair.  At least they mentioned....  BTW, scary photo - very unsettling....
 
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Reply #156 - Mar 13th, 2013 at 6:19pm

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SF28, no theme (or was there one?) Seemed to be a lot of films I'd never seen this year. Invisible Boy, silly but fun, nice seeing Robby the Robot's followup at last. Invaders From Mars, you really need to have seen this as a kid to really appreciate it. Planet of the Vampires, always welcome so we can shout MARK and explain it to newbies. Sh! the Octopus that one makeup effect at the end shows what could be done WITHOUT CGI, rest of the movie was pretty strange too. Donnie Darko, pretty cool film. Equilibrium, sure you can call it a Matrix ripoff but I really liked it, some great fights and all in all a fun film.

 

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Reply #157 - Mar 13th, 2013 at 6:47pm

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What I most remember most about this line-up is that this was probably the last one before Festival type flicks, kiddie matinee/animation and "Premieres" hogged much of the prime-time hours of the event. After MINORITY REPORT, you had a TWELVE HOUR stretch of METROPOLIS, INVISIBLE BOY, SECONDS, GWANGI, INVADERS FROM MARS, PLANET OF VAMPIRES and SH! OCTOPUS - all old school Pre-70s flicks IN A ROW!! I did sense of tad of restlessness amongst some of the younger Marathoners in the crowd - but #$#$ 'em! Hard to believe we'll see ever that kind of stretch again!
INVISIBLE BOY had more politically incorrect child punishment in it than I had remembered!
Love the line in the program Re: METROPOLIS - "The Definitive 2002 Restoration" - of course, just a couple of years later there was a new "definitive" restoration!
GROUNDHOG DAY worked as a 4am flick.
I've still never seen the Director's cut of DONNIE DARKO that supposedly ruins the small-scale charms of the original cut.
Very very very saddened by the snarky reaction by a loud minority of the crowd to INVADERS FROM MARS. It was a discgrace to a fine film. It remains a marathon lowpoint for me personally.

Here's that mind-blowing pre-CGI scene from SH! THE OCTOPUS:

da_Bunnyman wrote on Mar 13th, 2013 at 6:19pm:

SF28, no theme (or was there one?) Seemed to be a lot of films I'd never seen this year. Invisible Boy, silly but fun, nice seeing Robby the Robot's followup at last. Invaders From Mars, you really need to have seen this as a kid to really appreciate it. Planet of the Vampires, always welcome so we can shout MARK and explain it to newbies. Sh! the Octopus that one makeup effect at the end shows what could be done WITHOUT CGI, rest of the movie was pretty strange too. Donnie Darko, pretty cool film. Equilibrium, sure you can call it a Matrix ripoff but I really liked it, some great fights and all in all a fun film.


 
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Reply #158 - Mar 15th, 2013 at 6:15pm

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The buttons from the marathon's time at the Coolidge Corner. The generic looking SF27 one was made by someone because no official button was made that year. Something about them not selling well.
 

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Reply #159 - Mar 15th, 2013 at 6:23pm

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And just like that the marathon was homeless again. I've never really heard an explanation for us losing the Coolidge Corner as a venue but it happened.
 

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Reply #160 - Mar 16th, 2013 at 12:28pm

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da_Bunnyman wrote on Mar 15th, 2013 at 6:23pm:
And just like that the marathon was homeless again. I've never really heard an explanation for us losing the Coolidge Corner as a venue but it happened.


It was sad leaving the Coolidge after so long (more years than at the Orson Welles!). A lot of things apparently went into that happening. The Coolidge started hosting bigger exclusive run films. It was "Academy Awards" season with Oscar nominees playing there. The Coolidge started hosting other film festivals. There were some changes on the Coolidge Board. The Marathon and the theater started having different priorities. Etc. Etc..

It was a divorce, plain and simple.

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Reply #161 - Mar 16th, 2013 at 5:47pm

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Loved the Coolidge, still do.  I like LA's approach.  Both parents moved on and the kids get to visit both and neither parent tries to get the upper hand.
 

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Reply #162 - Mar 18th, 2013 at 10:53pm

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It was an amicable divorce as divorces go. Still sad. But, with all the upgrades at the Somerville, I think it all worked out for the best. Having the balcony is cool, too. Of course, the Coolidge had a balcony before the Marathon moved there.
 
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Reply #163 - Mar 19th, 2013 at 10:59am

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L.A. Connection wrote on Mar 18th, 2013 at 10:53pm:
It was an amicable divorce as divorces go. Still sad. But, with all the upgrades at the Somerville, I think it all worked out for the best. Having the balcony is cool, too. Of course, the Coolidge had a balcony before the Marathon moved there.


Don't know about all that.  I prefer the Somerville because I know the people but I frequent the Coolidge and I can't say I like one theater over the other.  It's not as if the Coolidge has sat on its' hands since we left.   
 

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Reply #164 - Mar 19th, 2013 at 9:29pm

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[/quote] Don't know about all that. I prefer the Somerville because I know the people but I frequent the Coolidge and I can't say I like one theater over the other. It's not as if the Coolidge has sat on its' hands since we left.
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I think I prefer the Somerville too. It's got a better atmosphere with the balcony and all the historical stuff from the theater in the lobby. The main lobby is kinda small but the second floor one is great for sleeping.
I've only been to the Coolidge once since SF38 and it seemed kind of sterile.
 

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