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« Reply #50 on: June 07, 2008, 07:53:57 pm »

That reminds me, I've been meaning to see The Road to Wellville, the rather satirical representation of Dr. J.H. Kellogg, "surgeon, inventor, author, and crusader for biological liberty" (not to mention complete cornflake), and the sanitarium he ran at the turn of the century:



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« Reply #51 on: June 07, 2008, 09:06:50 pm »

That reminds me, I've been meaning to see The Road to Wellville, the rather satirical representation of Dr. J.H. Kellogg, "surgeon, inventor, author, and crusader for biological liberty" (not to mention complete cornflake), and the sanitarium he ran at the turn of the century:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=PY0RP0c2l0s


A most delightful film, and chock full of ludicrous contraptions designed to promote health, especially through electroshock!
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« Reply #52 on: June 07, 2008, 09:56:06 pm »

(Re: The Road to Wellville)

A most delightful film, and chock full of ludicrous contraptions designed to promote health, especially through electroshock!


I shall definitely have to see the film, then, Prof. Auerbach!

I'm particularly interested because there was actually a similar sanitarium in my neighbourhood:



This institution used the "Battle Creek" treatments and philosophy devised by Kellog:

http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/161/2/174/F230

There was a wonderful article about the sanitorium in the newsletter of my local historical association a few years ago, complete with pictures of some of the apparatus used for "electro-therapy".  Alas, I cannot find my copy in my filing cabinet.  Drat!

In any case, the mansion on the hill that housed the sanitarium (appropriately enough on "Gothic" Avenue) has now been converted into luxury condos (however the restoration was done under the regulations of the Ontario Heritage Act, and the result is quite respectful to the Victorian origins of the building):

http://www.gothic-estates.com/overview.html

Sadly, the mineral baths were closed and drained to make way for the subway line in the 1960s.  Double drat!  I love bathing in mineral springs!
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« Reply #53 on: June 07, 2008, 11:34:44 pm »


 Windaria:
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« Reply #54 on: June 08, 2008, 12:57:46 am »

It seems to me everyone missed Sleapy Hollow. Johnny Depp has an assortment of interesting gadgets.
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« Reply #55 on: June 08, 2008, 01:15:46 am »

OVERLOAD! Oh ye Chaps & Gals! My Dear Atair, as far as Norton's Orange tree in "Illusionist" [which has a technically flimsy, if chic, explanation at the end] trumphing over Telsas CLONING TRANSPORTER in "Prestige". My Ball Ligtning Generator says NAY! My Madam Hester, May I thank you for reminding me of the title of The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morell. I recall I saw it last Yule, rather late, after a lot of Claret & thought I had Dreamt it after reading Lovecraft's "Dream of Unknown Kadith". As for "20000 Leagues Under The Sea", I'm afraid my memory of the classic is blighted by the Michael Caine version. My appalling lack of taste actually thinks it was'nt bad. Cherry Rayne has a good point with "Bro of Wolf", but the magic braclet was not an inexhaustible bunker & the best friend had after all just attended Fight Club...
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« Reply #56 on: June 08, 2008, 01:41:26 am »

Last night, I watched a fabulous Australian animated short, called The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello.  The film uses "silhouette" animation to create a world of wrought-iron airships.



For those of you who've yet to see this you can watch what I belive to be the entire film <a href=http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9037500575588843788&q=The+Mysterious+Geographical+Explorations+of+Jasper+Morello&ei=7eEPSIKnCZqgrAKSnvm7BA> here</a>.
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« Reply #57 on: June 08, 2008, 03:01:32 am »

Egad! How did I forget A Series of Unfortunate Events... how did everyone?
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« Reply #58 on: June 08, 2008, 03:30:34 pm »

Last night, I watched a fabulous Australian animated short, called The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello.  The film uses "silhouette" animation to create a world of wrought-iron airships.



For those of you who've yet to see this you can watch what I belive to be the entire film <a href=http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9037500575588843788&q=The+Mysterious+Geographical+Explorations+of+Jasper+Morello&ei=7eEPSIKnCZqgrAKSnvm7BA> here</a>.


seems there's 4

    * The First Voyage - Jasper Morello and the Lost Airship
    * The Second Voyage - Jasper Morello and the Return of Claude Belgon
    * The Third Voyage - Jasper Morello and the Ghosts of Alto Mea
    * The Fourth Voyage - Jasper Morello and the Ebenezer of Gothia

we have a link to the Lost Airship....
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« Reply #59 on: June 08, 2008, 06:00:34 pm »

Egad! How did I forget A Series of Unfortunate Events... how did everyone?
Mr J Carey tends to do that to people. Its a natural defense mechanisim.
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« Reply #60 on: June 09, 2008, 04:40:49 am »

"First Men in the Moon" (despite Tinkergirl's opinions), etc.

I just finished watching that on Turner Classic Movie channel tonight!

It was deliciously camp, veering from near slapstick to utter melodrama. 

The scenes set on earth in 1899 reminded me strongly of Chitty-chitty Bang-bang!   In one scene, the heroine is gardening in an improbable bright pink satin gown!

And you have to love the fact that, when she discovers that her fiance is going to take a trip to the moon, she packs him some essential supplies -- gin & bitters, an elephant gun, and a cage of chickens to lay fresh eggs!

Better yet, the "sphere", the anti-gravity spacecraft, is constructed using railway bumpers and roller blinds!  How DIY Steampunk is that?!
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« Reply #61 on: June 09, 2008, 09:54:58 am »

I mentioned series of unfortunate events of page three. I liked the movie a lot but Jim Carrey can be a bit much.
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« Reply #62 on: June 09, 2008, 10:20:00 pm »

I'm not sure if anyone's mentioned it or not but Startdust touched on steampunk. There were lightning pirates in an airship. In the Tin Man (the sci fi miniseries) a lot of the background machinery rubbed up against steam punk. All my other good titled have been mentioned (loved The City of Lost Children).
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« Reply #63 on: June 09, 2008, 11:21:44 pm »

A film I found extraordinarily bad from a steampunk perspective (as in, forgetting the steamy roots of the original story entirely) was the recent version of War of the Worlds.  The older versions are much better.

A movie that isn't much for plot or quality, but has some action in it that's reminiscent of SP, is 13 Ghosts.  It opens with a scene that looks straight out of a cheesy Lovecraft and it features the most fantastic glass house.  It'll never win any drama prizes, however; it's a cheap B quality horror flick.

Another cheapy horror flick that has some steampunky scenes in it is the recent version of The Fog.  Again, the film itself is really, really bad.  (You'll notice a pattern with my view of movies).  But the "flashback" scenes to a clipper ship from the 1880's crewed by, um, persons living with Hansen's Disease (and all in period clothing) are somewhat SPish.  If you rent, just skip through and look at those.
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« Reply #64 on: June 10, 2008, 03:22:48 am »

Well...I don't know if it counts as "Steampunk" but I like the Agatha Christie movie adaptations of Evil Under the Sun, Orient Express, and Death on the Nile...particularly the versions with Peter Ustinov as Poirot. The period is a little late (1910's to 1920's ish) but it has steamships, trains, and that sort of gentlemanly, polite Victorian style society. I guess it counts as Late Victorian? Wink
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« Reply #65 on: June 10, 2008, 02:23:51 pm »

Well...I don't know if it counts as "Steampunk" but I like the Agatha Christie movie adaptations of Evil Under the Sun, Orient Express, and Death on the Nile...particularly the versions with Peter Ustinov as Poirot. The period is a little late (1910's to 1920's ish) but it has steamships, trains, and that sort of gentlemanly, polite Victorian style society. I guess it counts as Late Victorian? Wink

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« Reply #66 on: June 10, 2008, 02:48:02 pm »

Decopunk! I'm a massive Agatha Christie fan Smiley

I'm going to go for the Wallace and Gromit films Smiley
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« Reply #67 on: June 10, 2008, 02:51:52 pm »

I'm going to go for the Wallace and Gromit films Smiley
How could I forget! Especially the episodes A Close Shave, and the one where they go to the moon (my favourite by far!). No cheese Gromit!
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« Reply #68 on: June 10, 2008, 02:53:44 pm »

Decopunk!


Oooo... nice neologism!  I shall borrow that!
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« Reply #69 on: June 10, 2008, 03:06:54 pm »

My favourite has to be 'The Wrong Trousers'. Never has a train been used to greater effect Smiley

I see myself as decopunk stylistically, mainly because I like the transitionary period between steam and diesel but liking both. And I'm a 1920s fanatic Cheesy
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« Reply #70 on: June 10, 2008, 05:57:11 pm »

My goodness, how can we all have omitted to mention The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Retro-SciFi aliens take over a Victorian mansion, complete with Sonic Transducer and Rayguns!





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« Reply #71 on: June 11, 2008, 02:35:05 am »

Egads, you people have excellent taste. Poirot is wonderful and how could we have forgotten Rocky Horror. (Oh the shame!)

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Decopunk is a super term and I shall be stealing it too  : Grin
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« Reply #72 on: June 11, 2008, 02:45:32 am »

Well...I don't know if it counts as "Steampunk" but I like the Agatha Christie movie adaptations of Evil Under the Sun, Orient Express, and Death on the Nile...particularly the versions with Peter Ustinov as Poirot. The period is a little late (1910's to 1920's ish) but it has steamships, trains, and that sort of gentlemanly, polite Victorian style society. I guess it counts as Late Victorian? Wink


Peter Ustinov was a great man, a great actor, and a totally terrible Poirot.  I am a huge fan of both Poirot and Peter Ustinov but the marriage of the two was made in very poor judgement.  David Suchet, on the other hand, is perfect.  The Ustinov:Suchet ratio is approximately equal to the Rutherford:Hickson ratio.

Speaking of Peter Ustinov, how could I have forgotten

One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing

Good old-fashioned English nannies steal a Diplodocus skeleton on the back of a steam lorry whilst on the run from a sinister chinese criminal organisation.

Edit: Here are the opening credits:
They don't do the action of the movie any justice but the theme tune is awesome!
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« Reply #73 on: June 11, 2008, 03:03:00 am »

What about Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines?

Duel! Duel!
Balloons and Blunderbusses Wink

Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines
They go uptiddilyupup
They go downtiddilydowndown
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« Reply #74 on: June 11, 2008, 02:17:39 pm »

It's not a very good movie, but The Ice Pirates from 1984 has some slight Steampunky nuances.  For instance, Angelica Huston's shoulderpads seem to be made of brass!  Grin

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