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  • Sci-Fi Movie Monday: It Came From Outer Space, 1953

    Posted on January 7th, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

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    We have Mod Movie Monday and Noir Movie Monday…it’s time to add in Sci-Fi Movie Monday at the Tiki Lounge!

    Some the best Sci-fi movies of the 1950s and ’60s were based on books or short stories by the masters: Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, etc. This movie was based on Bradbury’s story “The Meteor”. To make it more commercially successful, the name was changed to much more sinister

    It Came from Outer Space

    from 1953, starring Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, and co-starring the soon-to-be Professor from Gilligan’s Island, Russell Johnson.

    (Note: no spoilers here!)it-came-from-outer-space-car

    The story is set in present day 1953, in the Arizona desert. Carlson, an “amateur stargazer” as he is called, spots a large meteor crashing into the desert floor. But when he goes to inspect it, he finds that it’s actually some kind of space ship.

    it-came-from-outer-space-bubbleHis colleagues of course don’t believe him, until the aliens make their presence known…

    This is science fiction literature adapted to screen in the true, mid-century vein, where humanity is examined under the stress of dealing with the unknown. This flick has some fantastic writing, and the special effects are well done for the era, or for any era. Black and white film only adds to the feel. There is mystery, emotion, even some gun-play to keep the kiddies interested, and a kick-ass Theramin score by a very young Henry Mancini.

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    It Came from Outer Space was also Universal Studio’s first 3-D movie, and if you can find a copy of it in 3-D, it’s worth it. But it stands great as 2-D just as well.

    Food & Booze:alien-brain-hemerroage

    For the drinks, how about an Alien Brain Hemorrhage?
    Fill a shot glass half way with peach schnapps. Gently pour Bailey’s Irish Cream on top. After the shot is almost full, carefully add a small amount of blue curacao. After it settles, add a small splash (or a few drops) of grenadine syrup, and watch it turn into something pretty icky looking.

    As for dinner, how about a little Arizona Tex Mex Meatloaf, Betty Crocker style?

    1 1/2 lb extra-lean ground beef
    1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
    2 medium eggs
    1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
    1 teaspoon garlic-and-herb seasoning
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    Shredded Cheddar, Monterey Jack or similar cheese (mixing is great too!)
    Salsa
    Tortilla Chips

    Kathleen Hughs got into the main credits, even though she only had like one line in the movie. Gee, I wonder why? I can think of two points that might have done it...

    Kathleen Hughs got into the main credits, even though she only had like one line in the movie. Gee, I wonder why? I can think of two points that might have done it...

    •    1 Heat oven to 375ºF. In large bowl, mix all ingredients except salsa. Spoon mixture into 11×7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish; pat into 9×5-inch loaf.
    •    2 Bake uncovered about 1 hour or until meat thermometer inserted in center reads just below 160ºF. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top (as much as you want) and continue backing until cheese is melted and internal temp is 160° Drain any liquid before slicing. Serve with ships and salsa. Olé!

    Below is the original trailer:

    Happy Watching, and don’t forget your tinfoil hat.

    – Tiki Chris, reporting from the screening room at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Lounge

  • Retro Lovers: Futurama is Back, Baby!

    Posted on June 23rd, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

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    Finally after almost seven years off the air as a series, FUTURAMA is back on Comedy Central.

    futurama-returnsIf you dig Futurama you probably already know that the new series will premier with a one-hour special on Thursday, June 24 at 10:00 p.m. From the Official Futurama Site: “After a devastating spaceship crash, the Professor attempts to resuscitate the crew with his birth machine. Later, Leela and Zapp Brannigan find themselves stranded on an Eden-like planet.”

    For you retro kats & kitties who aren’t hip to this fantabulous show, knock your peepers to this: Futurama (The name taken from the General Motors exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair) is a krazy mix of mid-20th century sci-fi, current-day tech and the world of tomorrow, tomorrow being the year 3000 (or so). The plot is simple: Fry, a bumbling but sort of lovable (most of the time) pizza delivery boy (man) accidentally (sort of) gets cryogenically frozen on New Year’s Eve as the world is about to turn the date to 2000. After 1000 years he’s thawed, welcomed by a goofy scientist who yells “Welcome to the world of tomorrow!” (sound familiar?) He meets a sexy cyclops, a partying robot and eventually his great great (etc.) grand nephew Professor Farnsworth, (who is a mad scientist six or seven times Fry’s age), who just happens to own an inter-planetary delivery company. There’s a lot more, but you’ll have to watch the show for that.futurama-charlies-angles

    What’s really groovy is that Mat Groening’s (Yes, The Simpsons guy) idea of the far-out future is far-out indeed, filled with 1950s-style sci-fi monsters, aliens, spaceships, and educational films. The hovercars all have fins and chrome, most of the sound effects are made with a Theremin or are lifted from Star Trek TOS, and the TV sets look like floor-model Zeniths that would have been in your grandmother’s pad.

    amy-wongs-futurama-hovercaSo check it out. It’s as clever as The Simpsons with the added value of that retro flair.

    AIRS: Thursday, June 24, 10pm on Comedy Central

    -Tiki Chris reporting from in front of the 65″ RetroVision,  with an Atomic Cocktail in hand.