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A Tale Of Two Dojos!

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This blog is closing up shop for the time being. It was created when its big brother Rip Jagger's Dojo was for a time out of commission, but things have changed and the original Dojo is up and running. So there's no immediate need for this "Other Dojo". I will close it from comments in a few days (to scare off the scavengers) , but it will still be up to serve as a potential life boat if there is trouble in the future. I want to thank everyone who has supported this site with their comments and their patience in plowing through the daily posts. To keep enjoying that same dash of bewildering enlightenment please feel free to join the discussions at Rip Jagger's Dojo.

Thanks again one and all, and as always
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One!

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Capricorn One comes from a time when we got our conspiracy theories from the likes of the Weekly World News and not the Oval Office. One of the most prevalent conspiracy theories I've run across is the crusty notion that the United States did not put men onto the surface of the Moon, and that the whole shebang was just a product of the "Industrial Military Complex" and it's need to keep a tight tether on the fickle public. Sometimes aliens get mixed into this rhubarb, but the essential element is that government of the people and for the people spends most of its time lying to the people. Now I'm not going to say that governments don't lie, they do with regularity, but the dopey and preposterous notion that we didn't go the Moon ain't some of them. This lack of trust in public offices and the conjoined notion that science ain't all it's cracked up to be has no small part in the current debacle the United States lays claim to as a public health…

Two!

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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is a magnificent epic fantasy and after the peculiar cartoon adaptations by first Ralph Bakshi and later the Rankin/Bass finale to that version, I rather despaired ever seeing it brought properly to the big screen. But Peter Jackson's trilogy did so magnificently. The Two Towers of course is the title of the second book and the second movie installment. LotR as adapted by the Kiwis was to my mind the pinnacle of this kind of movie making. The ability to do even more digitally and the financial standing to go at that approach with nigh unlimited vigor created in The Hobbit a wasted opportunity, a movie that asked only if it could do a effect and not if it should do a effect. 
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I don't' exactly remember when I first ran across 3 Days of the Condor but it was a hit with me immediately. Max Von Sydow is a cold assassin and Robert Redford is totally credible as a sometimes hapless espionage agent who just wants to live another day. This ain't super spies by any means and that's fresh in and of itself in the matter-of-fact cold-blooded nature of murdering for one's country.  I like that I rarely see it, long enough between times for the small touches to fade from memory and let me enjoy all over again. 
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I have really grown to appreciate Fantastic 4 more and more as I've seen now several times on TV and elsewhere. It's a hard movie to love for a comic book fan as it's not really on model all that much. What it does do exceedingly well is evoke the spirit of discovery which informed the earliest issues of the Fab 4 when they super-scientific explorers as much as superheroes. It's one of those movies that demands the watcher discard preconceptions and for me as a longtime FF fan that was hard to do, but now I've shuffled off those expectations and I can take this movie as is -- a pretty decent adventure. 
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Five Million Years to Earth is in my pantheon of all-time fave films. It always delivers when I see it and I've seen many many times. Getting hold of a copy of his Hammer offering has proven difficult over the years for some reason but I recently got hold of the Blu-Ray and am positively chuffed to have it at my beck and call. Andrew Keir is outstanding as the always-grumpy Professor Quatermass and Barbara Shelley makes me tingle, she's so sexy. It's a great scary story well told and a movie fan can ask no more. 
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Deep Star Six was along with Leviathan and The Abyss one of those instances when several movies with every similar themes hit the screens about the same time in the late 80's. The classic model was established by The Thing in which a group of capable folks are stranded in a remote location and must deal with a deadly monstrous enemy on their own. In The Thing the heroes are isolated in the Arctic, but in these movies the depths of the ocean are the settings. Deep Star Six was the least of the three with The Abyss being the most compelling and Leviathan the most frightening. But Deep Star Six still offers some nifty shocks -- great B-movie offering. 
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