The greatest film of the silent era is without a doubt the German expressionist sci/fi drama METROPOLIS by director Fritz Lang. Its a bitting endictment of the industrial age and the way that machines dehumanize us all. Most people are familiar with the robot Maria who is an iconic movie image. Her transformation from robot to human is an amazing special effect in a movie filled with effects - some which would not be equaled for decades after the film's release. If not for the coming of WWII I am convinced that the Germans would be leading the world in film production. Many of the earliest experimental and truly groundbreaking films came out of that European country in the years before sound. These are some cool posters for the movie. If you have an interest in the history of film you have to check it out on 'You Tube' or various other sites. A modern techno score was added to the restored version of the movie in the 80s and its that print that I myself own and enjoy the most.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.