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If you dig movie soundtracks, you’ll want to read my review of GARDEN OF EVIL today on Cinema Retro.This fifties western in Cinemascope and Stereophonic sound comes with an audio commentary by experts who explain why some of these older flicks outperform some movies today, and why so many soundtracks by today’s film composers sound so much alike.

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In memory of Debbie Reynolds, here’s a review of one of her seldom-mentioned films from 1960, THE SECOND TIME AROUND an entertaining comedy-western.

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Some of you may remember I posted the article below on facebook back on Nov. 29. I identified Saturn as the potential cause of Trump’s possible downfall. Well, obviously he is going to be inaugurated on Jan. 20, But you have to admit in the time period under discussion–Dec. 29 to Jan. 14– the President Elect has faced the most serious challenges to his Presidency yet. Problems regarding conflict of interest, and the recent Russian dossier, claiming the Russians have some dirt on him. Now the Inspector General is opening an investigation of the FBI and the way it handled the Clinton Email situation.The good news for Donald is that period of trial is about to pass. Saturn moves on its orbit and he’ll feel the pressure let up

Saturn, after all is the Truth Planet. He’s the one who hands you your report card and tells you how you’ve been doing. If you been doing good, you get an A. But if you’ve broken the rules, you’re going to get an F. And if you’ve been lying, the truth will come out. There is no escaping it.

So after this weekend and going into the Inauguration, the President Elect is going to feel as though he’s got the situation under control. But guess what? Due to the apparent retrograde motion of Saturn, the Truth Planet will be back, making the same aspects to his Sun and Moon that it is making now. All of his current problems will be back in the spotlight, intensified and probably with a whole lot more added! Starting in July he’ll start to feel the heat again. It will intensify during the summer and reach a peak by October 2017. Stay tuned. 

John Whalen

FWIW

Astrologically Speaking

I’m starting to wonder if Donald Trump actually will be sworn in as President, and if he is, how long he’ll be in office before being ejected from the White House. The majority of Astrologers were convinced that Clinton had a victory in the bag (along with just about every expert, talking head, and political commentator). Astrologers based their predictions on the fact that while Clinton’s horoscope, presented no sure fire significators of a victory, Trump’s chart was full of negative aspects from Saturn, the planet of reality, set backs and limitations. Under Saturn transiting aspects, a defeat seemed imminent.

Trump’s highly successful campaign, however WAS predicted, because all during late Spring and early Summer he was enjoying highly favorable aspects from Jupiter, the planet of good luck, popularity and success. He rode the Jupiter tide into a surprise win.But the accepted wisdom in the astro community was that that despite a popular campaign by the time the election arrived, Saturn would deny him the oval office.

Theoretically that sounds like a logical conclusion. However, the astrologers didn’t seem to care that the negative Saturn transits would not arrive until the end of December and early January. They were not in effect on Nov. 8. The transits involve aspects to Trump’s natal SUN and MOON. Extremely negative quality to this period time in Trump’s personal lifeclock. Astrologers may have jumped the gun. It is interesting that now a recount is being called for by Stein and Clinton. It would be even more interesting if Trump loses the recount, (or does some other asinine thing around that time) that costs him the election. I wouldn’t go so far as to make a definite prediction that it will happen, in fact, it’s highly unlikely that it will. But it will be interesting to watch what happens between Dec.29 and Jan. 14.

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You can read my review of THE GLORY GUYS on Cinema Retro today. The script for this film was written by the legendary Sam Peckinpah. I take exception to some of the comments made on the audio commentary by the “Peckinpah Posse,” who dismissed it as nothing more than a made-for-TV movie.

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When the last vampire has been staked
When the wolves howl no more
When the devil dogs cease to run
And the screaming vultures no longer fly

Then will Mordecai take his rest
Then will he lay his rifle down
And no more his shadowy countenance
Be seen on this forsaken Earth.

Far off though that day may be
For him as for all who draw human breath
That day surely comes
As sure as the rising of the moon in the twinkling sky.

But until then
The rifle is loaded, the pistols too
A lonesome figure rides
On
this
Christmas Eve.

220px-donald_trump_august_19_2015_croppedI posted this on Facebook Nov. 29. Since then there has been the revelation that the CIA believes Russia hacked the election to favor Donald Trump. Obama has called for an investigation and some Republicans are voicing concerns. Some officials are calling for a new vote or at least postponement of the electoral college vote until the investigation is completed. Interesting to watch. As Saturn approaches critical transits to Trump’s Sun and Moon, problems could intensify. Watch this space.

FWIW

Astrologically Speaking

I’m starting to wonder if Donald Trump actually will be sworn in as President, and if he is, how long he’ll be in office before being ejected from the White House. The majority of Astrologers were convinced that Clinton had a victory in the bag (along with just about every expert, talking head, and political commentator). Astrologers based their predictions on the fact that while Clinton’s horoscope, presented no sure fire significators of a victory, Trump’s chart was full of negative aspects from Saturn, the planet of reality, set backs and limitations. Under Saturn transiting aspects, a defeat seemed imminent.

Trump’s highly successful campaign, however WAS predicted, because all during late Spring and early Summer he was enjoying highly favorable aspects from Jupiter, the planet of good luck, popularity and success. He rode the Jupiter tide into a surprise win.But the accepted wisdom in the astro community was that that despite a popular campaign by the time the election arrived, Saturn would deny him the oval office.

Theoretically that sounds like a logical conclusion. However, the astrologers didn’t seem to care that the negative Saturn transits would not arrive until the end of December and early January. They were not in effect on Nov. 8. The transits involve aspects to Trump’s natal SUN and MOON. Extremely negative quality to this period time in Trump’s personal lifeclock. Astrologers may have jumped the gun. It is interesting that now a recount is being called for by Stein and Clinton. It would be even more interesting if Trump loses the recount, (or does some other asinine thing around that time) that costs him the election. I wouldn’t go so far as to make a definite prediction that it will happen, in fact, it’s highly unlikely that it will. But it will be interesting to watch what happens between Dec.29 and Jan. 14.

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Remember DEATH VALLEY DAYS? I review the first season of the old TV western series on DVD today on Cinema Retro. 

The rich treasures of autumn,
The ruby red, the gold, the sunset orange and burnt sienna,
Waved so bravely in the high branches,
Stirred by the chill breezes of November
Shaken loose and floating to the ground
Now
Racked, stacked and packed
Waiting for the trucks to come
To haul them away
While we wait for winter.

Today over on Cinema Retro I review SEVEN MILES FROM ALCATRAZ, a peculiar little b movie from RKO Radio Pictures. It’s the day after Pearl Harbor and a couple of convicts doing time on the Rock want to escape because they’re afraid the Japanese might bomb the west coast next, including the prison. Two things worth mentioning about it. It’s the first film Edward Dmytryk directed for RKO, and one of the cast members is Cliff Edwards, better known as the voice of Jiminy Cricket.

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The wind blows east, the wind blows west
The leaves fly accordingly
The big black rock in my garden
Is moved in neither direction.

 

 

A writer sits late at night
Struggling for the right phrase, the right word
A spider waits in a dark corner of his web
The writer pounces just as quickly when the auspicious moment arrives.