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Cavebabble Episode 129: John Carter Lives at the Davis Theatre

Many historic movie theaters across America are struggling to transition to digital projection, and face closure as a result. Join us for a look at the classic Davis Theatre 4, in Higginsville, Missouri. This episode features audio recorded on our trip, as well as a review of the film we watched there, John Carter. Join us! This episode is brought to you by The Smell of Wood.

Episode 129

For more information on the Davis Theatre, visit: davistheatre.com

For more information on the Save Our Screens movement, visit: saveourscreens.org

On the Road in Higginsville

The babblers went on the road today, in order to visit the Davis Theatre 4 in Higginsville, MO. This theater currently is one of three featured on TC Kirkham’s Save Our Screens (SOS) site. When we learned it was only two hours from home, we knew we had to take the trip. If you’ve listened to our Palaces, Drive-Ins and Multiplexes episode (#102), you’ve heard my story of the two palace-style theaters in the town I grew up in. Both were an integral part of my childhood, and any chance to visit similar venues is something I can’t miss.

The details of our adventure can wait until I’ve had a chance to edit the audio. But I wanted to post this special message tonight, just to thank the handful of people we briefly met today at the Davis 4:

Thank you, Darrin, Sara and Taylor Jensen (if I’m correctly spelling your names). We hope you enjoyed watching The Lorax today, and greatly appreciate your advice to visit the Confederate cemetery just north of town. We spent some time there taking photos and video, and enjoyed every second of it.

Thank you, Jackie, Blake, and Matt- the staff at the Davis Theatre 4. We buzzed into town without much of a plan, and you were nice enough to allow us to wander around a bit. I may not remember names to save my life, but I certainly won’t forget our visit. If it all seems a little strange, I hope you’ll give the show a listen, and like what you hear.

Visit the Davis 4 Theater’s page, and see how you can help save their screens:  http://davistheatre.com/

For more information, visit TC’s Save Our Screens page: http://sos.pnrnetworks.com 

Cavebabble Episode 125: Crossing Netflix Streams

When Netflix infamously split its disk and streaming services, we decided to stick with streaming only. The final movie to arrive at our home was The American, and the ladies weren’t very happy about it. They assumed it was a typical action film, and not worthy of our final rental spot. The film ended up not being exactly what they thought it would be, but was close enough to make their point.

How predictable are the plots of movies I like to watch?

To answer this question, we devised a game. I would share titles of several films I recently watched via Netflix streaming. Based solely on these titles, the rest of the Babblers would have to guess what the films were about. Finally, I would share the actual plots, and review each film.

Cross Netflix streams with us, and dream up your own plot for these films! Also included is the latest Cavebabble Eats Odd Things. This episode is brought to you by Every Action Movie Ever.

Episode 125

Cavebabble Episode 100: Time Machine 1911

Cavebabble turns 100, and to celebrate, we set the controls on our time machine to a century past, the year 1911. We compare life then to ours today, including a focus on two 1911 films which would continue to be remade, The Last of the Mohicans, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. We also take a look at film stars and directors born in 1911, and introduce a new segment, Cavebabble Theater. This episode is brought to you by The Past is Now.

Episode 100

(Short) Movie Review: Star Warp’d (2002)

Teeny Tiny Film:
Star Warp’d (2002)
Stars: Various ugly clay versions of famous science fiction characters
Director: Pete Schuermann

Oh, Netflix, purveyor of bad streaming science fiction, how did I ever live without you? Proving that not all claymation is beautiful, Star Warp’d is twenty-five minutes of science fiction references and characters gone wrong. How can so many of my favorite icons be in one place, and yet have barely a shred of coolness or humor? What plot there is involves clay versions of Kirk and Spock running from a flatulent parody of Darth Vader. Along the way, everyone from the Terminator to RoboCop to a certain xenomorph make an appearance, but it’s really not worth the effort. Make your own movie instead, using stop-motion marshmallows. I have to admit that I kind of liked the little storm trooper guys, though. Grade: D+ (plus gas)

Movie Review: Hunter Prey (2010)

Hunter Prey (2010)
Stars: Isaac C. Singleton Jr, Clark Bartram, Damion Poitier, Simon Potter, Erin Grey, Sandy Collora
Director: Sandy Collora

The listing above is the entire cast of this low budget science fiction film, shot in the Mexican desert with high-def digital cameras. Crash-landed on a desert planet, the surviving members of the Prometheus crew are tasked with tracking down an escaped prisoner. This standard science fiction plot is bolstered by the natural desolate beauty of the desert and sky- wonderfully brought to life in high definition. This is a step up from other B-grade fare, but suffers from pacing problems. There are a few nice plot twists, but I spent most the film wondering what Spartans from the HALO universe were doing in the movie. There’s even a perky A.I., with a voice similar to Cortana’s in those games. I still enjoyed the ride, though, more than I thought I would. B-Movie Grade: B-