“Ever director has at least 10 bad films in them.”

Jose has found a home. It is sitting right over Cape Cod and bringing rain and intermittent winds. This is day three of the rain. It is also day three of gusts up to 65 MPH. Out my window, I can see my backyard trees bending and swaying and the top branches of the oak trees are whipping back and forth. Jose, now a tropical storm, will hang around for a few days more.

The winds don’t bother the birds. Five gold finches were sharing a thistle feeder and a chickadee was waiting in the wings. I had filled all the feeders a couple of days ago so I’m hoping they’ll last just a bit longer, until the rain stops.

Yesterday was thick with humidity. I turned on the AC for a while just to clear the house. This morning, even with the windows and doors closed, the house is a bit chilly. It is 64˚ out but with the rain and the dampness, it feels colder.

I have to go out later to pick up two refills of Gracie’s medications, and I’m going to get my flu shot. These are the least thrilling errands ever.

The only problem with subtitled movies is I have to pay attention. When I watch TV, I like to be doing something else as well. Right now The Brainiac is on, a 1962 old B&W movie about Baron Vitelius. The movie is from Mexico and is in Spanish with subtitles so I can’t write Coffee and watch at the same time. Vitelius is burned at the stake by the Mexican Inquisition. Before he dies, he vows to return with the next passage of the comet seen as he is burning and slay the descendants of his accusers. Vitelius returns and takes advantage of his abilities as a sorcerer to carry out his threat: he is able to change at will into the hairy monster of the title in order to suck out the brains of his victims with a long forked tongue. He is also able to render his enemies motionless or force them to act against their wills. The special effects are awful at best. The comet is a blurry picture as are the rest of the backgrounds. The telescope looks like a skinny old muffler. The comet lands with a thud and then turns into the creature, Brainiac. The monster’s clothes have burn marks. It did after all arrive in a meteor. I keep getting drawn to this awful movie.

When Gracie was young, she was a runner. She’d take every opportunity to get loose, and when she did, I could never catch her. She played keep away. She’d stop and wait, and when I got close, she’d run. My neighbors, friends and even complete strangers easily caught her. She went right to them, even to climbing into my friend’s car. Now that Gracie is so much older and has unsteady back legs, she doesn’t even need a leash. She walks ahead of me into the backyard and right to the stairs when she’s done. This morning I took Gracie in and out by the driveway as I was afraid the back steps would be slippery. She walked ahead of me and waited by the door for me to catch up. She and I are both too old to run.

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12 Comments on ““Ever director has at least 10 bad films in them.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    And so, as is the way at this time of year, the new Bob has been announced. As expected Number 13 in the Bob Dylan Bootleg series is the Born Again Music. So if you liked Slow Train Coming and that whole period, you will be excited for the arrival of the 8 disc and 1 DVD box set which releases on November 3 under the title of “Trouble No More” . Right now its sliding in at a rather cumbersome $175. If you buy it at that price from Bob direct, you get a couple of extra CDs of a San Diego show.

    Nearly a year has gone by and I have not made to the end of Bob 1966 tour. I have listened to 26 of the 36 discs and every now and again play another one.

    I am sure im6 knows that yesterday Steven Wilson’s North American tour was announced and I grabbed a couple of tickets in Toronto at the end of April. His new album “To the Bone” gets a lot of recommendation as did “Hand.Cannot.Erase” I have not seen Wilson so I am looking forward to a weekend in Toronto and a show from the 5th row. Oh, im6 and the presale sold out the entire tour.

    Bob is dropping in to Detroit for a show on November 1 at The Fox Theatre in Detroit. It is fair to say that the arena is seriously undersold. Mrs MDH and I have probably seen enough Bob and certainly would not part with the $380 a ticket he is asking for the first 3 rows

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I do like that whole period, but I don’t like the price. This is starting to get into my Christmas shopping season when any extra money goes to completing my list tho0ugh I think I’d still pass on it if I had the money.

      That you have listened to 26 is a reason for her getting a medal for endurance.

      You and Mrs. MDH will have a bit of a holiday in Toronto, between seeing the show and enjoying the city. The fifth row too!!

      I wouldn’t plunk down all that money even if I had it.

      • Bob Says:

        Toronto is one of my favorite cities in North America. The others are: NYC, San Francisco, New Orleans and San Antonio. Vancouver BC and Montreal are runner ups. Enjoy Toronto, it’s close enough for you to drive.

      • Hedley Says:

        Bob – Thanks, it’s actually closer for us that Chicago and we are not adverse to stopping off at Niagara on the Lake.

        We also have a “date” with Springsteen on Broadway in New York in January, but that’s another story.

  2. Birgit Says:

    I better don’t write that we’ll have four nice sunny days in a row including today. Stay safe!

    Most TV movies are dubbed here, pros and cons, you learn not to look at the mouths of actors. Sometimes it’s funny when for instance the distinctive dubbed voice of Mr. Monk is also an Asian martial arts fighter in another movie.

    This evening I saw an interesting concert. I had to see it though I’m still sick because whenever Eugene Chadbourne is around I try to attend his concerts, meanwhile for about 30 years now. He’s a musical genius and also kind of music clown and you never really know what you’ll get. Tonight he quite unusually played as part of a local Jazz Big Band and this combination was excellent. Great Jazz and noise 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Sure, rub in all that sun where there is none!

      The worst dubbed movies here are the Japanese creature movies. The voices are strange sounding and often lips and words don’t match at all. In Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a fun scene with a Japanese doctor dubbed into English. Go forward to around the 2 minute mark here:


  3. Bob Says:

    This has been a year of weird weather and natural disasters. Maybe the it’s karma for the outcome of our national election. 🙂

    Here we are having our last hot temperatures of the summer. It was 98 degrees yesterday and 95 today. The State Fair begins it’s two week run next weekend. Usually the weather cools off for the fair.

    I’m not a fan of old ‘B’ movies but that’s one way to fill a rain soaked day. Keep dry.

    • katry Says:

      I am amazed at all the hurricanes one after another. It has actually been a fairly quiet weather year here until this storm. The coast and the islands are getting hammered. I feel sorry for what is happening there.

      We never even reached 90 the whole summer. Boston did, but the ocean saved us.

      I love old B movies and find them entertaining and sometimes funny.

      Still raining!

  4. olof1 Says:

    Alkl our films in foreign languages are subtitled so we’re use of having one eye on the screen and one on what ever else we want to do 🙂 no one read the subtiles if the film is in English though, almost all of us know English that well so we donb’t have to.

    Very foggy here this morning and the rain started to falol as soon as we went out for our walk after work, It more or less stopped raining as soon as we came inbside again 🙂

    Sune and Nova always stay close and Albin too as long as there isn’t a cat or wild animal near, then he can’t resist of trying to get it 🙂 So he’s only allowed to be unleashed in teh garden or in two special fields where I can see if anything comes too close 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      The funniest movie situation was when I saw a movie in Ascuncion Paraguay. It was a midnight movie, a Kung Fu movie dubber in English with Spanish subtitles. The crowd was boisterous and fun.

      Still raining here.

      Gracie is aware of her limitations so she chooses to follow me or even lead me to the door. I would never have let her be off leash when she was a wild, young dog.

      Have a great evening.

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