Jay Allen Sanford

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Scott Marks March 20, 2012 @ 6:08 p.m.

This is a subject on which we will forever disagree, but I loved reading your article.

I have only seen 2 of the indiana jones films (#1 and #4) and from where I sat, they were Saturday morning serials only in color and with more thudding climaxes. You don't know it, but e.t. started me on the path to hatred and "Raiders" cemented it. It's not my least favorite spielbug film, but that's only because my disdain for hook and oskar schindler and the temple of doom outweigh it. One thing we can agree on is that no matter what, Burton is bound to botch it. Look what he did to "Planet of the Apes" (a film that was brilliantly re-re-booted last year) and "Willie Wonka." How can anyone make a version of WW that is even uglier to look at than its predecessor? In "Mars Attacks," Burton was still using Slim Whitman as a punchline 20 years after Johnny Carson goofed on him! I'll see DS -- I've seen them all -- but this one more than any Burton film in recent memory looks like a recipe for camp. Early John Waters and the wretched excess that is "Sextette" are the only acceptable camp titles that immediately spring to mind. And the "Batman" TV show, which I devoured at such a young age as to render it beyond criticism. Camp is not made, it's born. Anyone who intentionally sets out to camp it up is automatically wasting my time.


Mindy Ross March 23, 2012 @ 4:47 p.m.

I suppose it was from his webmaster but close enough. I is starstruck for sure! I had such a major crush on David Selby when I was ten it was ridiculous! I bought every Tiger Beat magazine he was in!


Ken Leighton June 4, 2012 @ 9:59 p.m.

Speaking only for myself, there are 2 big take-aways from this. 1/ Bar owners now 86 someone for what that person writes on their own private Facebook page. 2/ When you experience defective doorman behavior you should contact the bar owner directly first and get satisfaction before you take the issue public. Bullies should never be tolerated. But there are better ways to deal with a problem like this. And maybe this last one. If the bar owner feels the need to eject someone over what they wrote on their private Facebook page, they should maybe wait until the end of the night (i.e. not during a fundraiser where the person in question was contributing to the cause). It is interesting to note from all the above comments that Kelly did not exhibit any "unglued" behavior the night she was ejected. Her expulsion was Facebook driven. You heard "Use a gun, go to jail," it's now "Post a bitch, get 86'ed."


sscrompton May 11, 2012 @ 8:05 a.m.

I've been obsessively following this new version of the Dark Shadows since I first heard about it several years ago. When I first saw Burton's Sleeply Hollow, I immediately thought of Dark Shadows and what he might do with that.
Thanks for the heads up on what a DS Fan actually thinks of the film! I think I'll enjoy the humor more than Jay does as I think the vampire brushing his teeth and the dother nits are hilarious. I'm so glad they set this in the 1970's! It connects this DS all the more to the vibe of the original. I'm going to find out this weekend! Can't wait to see this!


Mattressspecialist May 11, 2012 @ 6:28 a.m.

Look good, carn't wait to see it. For me, anything with Johnny Depp in it has to be worth watching - love him.


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JamieRalphGardner May 11, 2012 @ 9:07 a.m.

On the internet, there are Dark Shadows fans criticizing the movie based on the trailer. People that are part of the facebook group called Dark Shadows Should NEVER Have Been a Comedy! are boycotting the movie. This reminds of the fans of the 1970s Land of the Lost who were bothered by it being turned in to a comedy. I think both these groups want a movie that has the strengths of the originals but without the weaknesses.

In a conversation with Steve Crompton, he said both shows are bad shows that have good ideas. Steve said both shows have flaws with the special effects and the acting. People would forget their lines on Dark Shadows. It was not like a movie in which the director would do a bunch of takes to get the dialogue just right. Dark Shadows was a 5 day a week show. The show needed to be done quickly.

Over a year ago, I talked to a customer at Blockbuster Video who watched Dark Shadows when it was originally on. She still likes the show but she now views it in a campy way. She did not preceive it that way when it was originally broadcast. Her daughter likes the show. I have talked to people who negatively compare the 1970s Battlestar Galactica to the new version. Someone I talked to said he now perceives the original show as cheezy. He didn't notice the cheeziness as a kid. I have noticed that many young people do not have much interest in the 1960s Star Trek.

This is in contrast to the Star Wars movies from the 1970s and early 1980s. There is much less of a perception of them being dated. I first started watching Star Trek when I was 6 years old or younger. I was not alive when they were originally broadcast but I have been a huge fan since I was a child.

I have talked to a woman teacher who showed the "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" episode of Star Trek to a class she teaches. She told me that the students understood the point of the episode but they were not enthusiastic about it. When it comes to people that are teenagers or in their early 20's, I have noticed more exposure and interest in the original The Twilight Zone (which pre-dates 1960s Star Trek).


Mary Beth Abate May 11, 2012 @ 3:29 p.m.

"I’ll even go so far as to admit that I was the little weirdo who showed up for the first day of fifth grade wearing a full Barnabas Collins cape. AND a Barnabas ring that I bought from an ad in Tiger Beat..."

I think I just fell in love with you a little bit.


JamieRalphGardner May 11, 2012 @ 8:03 a.m.

Lu Lu, my current Basset Hound, is also in the habbit of attacking things. On a shelf, I have dozens of porn DVDs lined up. One day Lu Lu pulled out Discovering Alexis Texas (distributed by Evil Angel and produced by Belladonna Entertainment). I got the DVD away from her and put it back on the shelf. Days later, Lu Lu grabbed the exact same DVD off the shelf and put bite marks on the cover of the DVD. The DVD was not damaged.


Mindy Ross May 11, 2012 @ 9:11 p.m.

I haven't had an unchewed book or shoe since 1995. You get used to it--but never my JAS comic books! I've got those socked away in a metal filing cabinet. They'd better not dare!


MandyK May 12, 2012 @ 7:28 p.m.

I just saw Dark Shadows and while I did enjoy it, I was very disappointed that the "cameo" featuring original cast members was so brief you could blink and miss it. There were many other scenes that could have been cut or shortened to allow the original cast members at least a minute or two of screen time.


Mindy Ross May 12, 2012 @ 11:56 p.m.

I'm proud of you guys.

Do you know I was the first Shakira? I used to be a belly dancer. My stage name was Muna, giving to me by a professor at UCSD where I took classes to learn arabic. When I started singing, I kept the same moves that I used in belly dancing which caught the attention of my ex-husband and his friend, a music arranger. If you ask me, I put Shakira to shame. She doesn't bend over backwards and touch her head to the floor, or shake her upper half separately from her bottom half. Tsk, tsk.

I also sang California Girls in gay bars in the 1970s.


figbash June 4, 2012 @ 12:04 a.m.

La Paloma is a gem. And how arrogant to assume that since you don't have the knowledge no one outside the 760 does either. When I mention LP elsewhere I seldom have to explain it's specs; it is well-known. The Rocky print is one of the most intact, least damaged films still in regular use. Even more impressive is that it has been in constant weekly use for years, a true testament to the art and preservation of this dying medium. In recent years there have been many live shows including The Peter Pupping Band, George Winston, Switchfoot, and Sara and Sean Watkins of Nicklecreek. There are regular viewings of surf and skate films, beat poetry and up-and-coming bands exposing new generations to the history of this building while staying relevant to the times. If you want to see a CGI-laden movie you will shell out the big bucks for IMAX or 3D, but if you want a sincere movie-going experience La Paloma is one of a very few. When Flower Hill closed last June and Del Mar and La Costa were being remodeled there were NO other movie houses between La Jolla and Oceanside. For those of us in between it was awesome to have a reprieve from the hipster refresh button spreading through North County, including downtown Encinitas. Sure, the building has limitations and damages due to aging but it's also a nice change of pace from the tear-it-down and rebuild mentality that we've come to expect. If you were one of the fortunate masses (very full houses, especially during awards season) to have seen The Artist at La Paloma then there wouldn't be an explanation necessary. To see a silent film where hundreds had played before was an amazing experience. It was a chance to slow down and feel like you were back in time. Instead of looking for it's faults and lack of status you can take a minute and breathe in and enjoy the beauty that is the ceiling, original 1928 tile and art-deco accents. No, it isn't mainstream; they carry movies that fly under the radar and attract fans of the obscure. I'm proud to be a part of that club, aspect ratio be damned.


Mindy Ross June 27, 2012 @ 2:48 p.m.

Thanks again, Jay. Because of your review, Valley Market on West Valley Parkway is stocking my book, Glamour Ghost.


Jeff Smith Sept. 18, 2012 @ 9:40 a.m.

Jayallen, just the two parts. The books and articles listed in the "Sources" section are a place to go. Esp. Joanne Oppenheim's Dear Miss Breed. And the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego has much to offer, including a current exhibit at the Museum of Man( that has the nameplate Tets carved for Clara Breed). I'm probably not supposed to say this - authorial distance and whatever - but I really connected with Tets. His intelligence, his humor, his love of books, and most of all how he faced adversity head-on.


dwbat Sept. 28, 2012 @ 4:42 p.m.

I got to see Janis at Newport '69 at Devonshire Downs, Northridge in June of that year. It's a bit of a blur, though. And Hendrix was there.



alex Julian Nov. 1, 2012 @ 9:42 p.m.

I believe strongly that the success of a civilization can best be repusinted by its art through murals and architecture. If you look back throughout history you will take note that this is true. I am relived that the graph police deemed my art non-graffiti though I do see some beautiful painted pieces around town and it would only be ignorant of me not to appreciate them as art. They are beautiful and inspiring. When I painted Cut's Vision of the mural I was inspired by live music. You can see the inspiration in warm colors and fluent lines. If the mater of this topic knowing now that the city has approved it, is a mater of taste, then it is time for a new mural and let a new artist shine. To paint the mural gray would be like painting its environment depressing. A) Keep the mural B) Paint new mural that property owner likes. This is the average response.


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