Wednesday, October 29, 2008

See the CT

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown coming to Television in Color!

Watch It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Halloween episode special!

First up...

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
They couldn't believe their eyes! They couldn't escape the terror!

And neither will you!

Directed by Eugène Lourié
Story by Ray Bradbury, Fred Freiberger
Special Animation Effects by Ray Harryhausen
Music by David Buttolph

And we've cleaned up the print a bit. Also a kind viewer let us know that the audio went out of synch toward the end (must have been the bazooka blasts). We've fixed that, too!

It's all part o


Suspense That Claws at Every Fibre of Body and Soul!

Directed by Freddie Francis
Story by Milton Subotsky
Special Effects by Ted Samuels
Make-up by Roy Ashton
Music by Elizabeth Lutyens
Songs by Kenny Lynch
Jazz Music by Tubby Hayes Quintet

After an atomic war, seven survivors gather together in a radioactive valley!

The movie that inspired Zager and Evans' classic song, In the Year 2525!

Directed by Larry Buchanan
Story by Harold Hoffman
Special Effects by Jack Bennett
Music by Ronald Stein

Stay tuned!! More monsters coming your way!!

The BBC Television Serial in Six Episodes
Created by Nigel Kneale
Directed by Rudolph Cartier

You think this is THE END?
Guess again! More MONSTERS coming your way!

And we weren't kidding!

The Mummy
Nerve Shattering Shock!

Directed by Terence Fischer
Story by Jimmy Sangster


We recommend Veoh viewing. Here's why:

You get the same file we upload. That's right. You watch the same quality video that is uploaded, not a grubby washed out and pixilated third generation Flash file that you see on other sites. 

It's easy. Just download and install their very nice player, and then you can watch movies, like any of the great classics featured this month on MONSTERMONTH! right on your desktop in beautiful high quality full screen. Give it a try. For movies over 30 minutes, they only let you view a Preview online. So, don't waste another minutes. Get their player, and download all the movies on MONSTERMONTH! right now! We don't know how long they can keep providing this high level of quality, so start downloading without haste! 

We will still try to keep uploading movies to Google, but we're not very satisfied with the quality, as well as their uploading system not working well for videos over 60 minutes, we recommend Veoh and

Sunday, October 19, 2008

MONSTERMONTH! The Cinemated Man talks movies

Saturday, October 11, 2008

For the Love of Nature

You know, my favorite season is Autumn, and it's also one of the most frustrating in Japan. Because it's at this time of year that the Japanese love to prune their trees down to nubs, and sweep up every single fallen leaf as soon as it falls. 

There's something very odd about that. They never sweep up sakura petals, which are far more slippery than wet leaves. The leaves? They're rounded up religiously. It's horrible. It's a rare sight to see nice golden brown autumn leaves on a street or sidewalk. You have to go to a park to see them, like a zoo. The hilarious thing, well, not funny sad, is that they put up these plastic fake Fall leave bundles along main streets in most city centers. The real trees are gone, chopped, mutilated, amputated and incapacitated, only to be replaced by the synthetic, waaaay too orangey plastic versions. Mind boggling. 

Forget about walking down a suburban or city street and seeing Fall leaves. Nope. Ain't gonna happen. And trees are either chopped down or pruned so drastically that no leaves will fall for years to come. Many trees around my house were cut to stumps because, as the city worker said, "They are bothersome",  "They have to be cleaned up often", "They get in the gutters". 

I could say that about some people I know, but no one cuts their limbs off. 

But seriously, I've asked very well educated Japanese why they do this, why they are so anal about fallen leaves, and I'm never given a satisfactory answer. I don't think Japanese know either. It's just following blindly things that were done in the past, that now are still done for reasons unknown. I even saw a man near where I work down on his hands and knees picking up leaves with chopsticks. Simply mystifying. 

And when I look at old photos of Japan, the trees are all fine. No chomping to stumps. So, what happened? When did this practice start, and for what reason? Even taking away the aesthetic value, which is uncountable, trees serve so many purposes that are utilitarian and just plain good for towns and cities. 

Bridge over Tuba'd Waters

It must be the acoustics that draws this guy to practice under the bridge. Either that, or he's part Troll. 

Pray Tell

Caught this fellow on the back stairs railing. Or maybe it's that he caught me on the back stairs. 


Monday, October 06, 2008

MONSTERMONTH! hosted by The Cinemated Man