Oh Turner Classic Movies, you complete me. I just watched the classic 1955 feature - IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA.
This black and white gem was one of the first films that legendary effects man Ray Harryhausen worked on. What makes it such a classic? The villain of the piece is a HUGE RADIOACTIVE OCTOPUS!! or 'Sexopus'. Due to budget restrictions Ray could only give his beast six arms instead of the customary eight? How tight is a movie budget when you gotta cut two arms from your octopus just to come in under budget?
This movie has everything I love...
The brave citizen's running for their lives (which they do for most of the movie).
The brave soldiers and sailors who give their lives to protect the city.
A 'modern' woman with her own crazy ideas about living in a man's world.
That one lone tentacle that seems to be the only working arm to reach and probe and destroy the dockside buildings.
Guys stripping in the tight confines of a submarine's control room before going out of the escape hatch (located ON TOP of the sub mind you) to put harpoons into the eye and body of the great and terrible beast.
The destruction of the Golden Gate Bridge and a general freaking out of San Francisco.
Tickle fights! (I made that one up - but wouldn't it have been cool if they did have a scene like that?)
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.