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Mark Ellinger
Worked at Roxie Cinema
Attended San Francisco Art Institute
Lives in San Francisco, CA
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Very ill. Will probably be offline for awhile. Till later...
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Adelante. Jugar sucio. Engañar. Le superan en número. El Santo prevalecerá siempre, porque ... porque esto es ordenado! Él es El Santo, el número uno en nuestros corazones.
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In a 1955 issue of Spaceway Science Fiction, Criswell predicted that Mae West would be elected U.S. President in 1960 on a pro-space travel platform and fly to the moon five years later with Criswell and friend George Liberace. His predictions for "Plan 9" were equally accurate, but those predictions and his extended voiceover are the glue that binds Ed Wood's patchwork of disconnected scenes into a semi-coherent story. For connoisseurs of low-budget trash cinema, Ed Wood and Criswell were a match made in heaven.
Only somewhat unrelated: If you can find it, watch the clip of Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life" that features Tor Johnson as a contestant. On the surface, Groucho's ribbing of big, dumb Tor is funny, and to his credit Tor plays along. If you think about why Tor signed up to be on the show in the first place, it's actually rather sad. According to those who knew him, Tor in everyday life was a very sweet and kind-hearted man.
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If you're going to have your story slowly (sloooowly) unfold around the lives of two central characters, you really need to cast capable actors in those roles; you know, actors that are interesting, actors with whom a viewer can sympathize, actors that can actually ACT. Otherwise, no one is going to give a shit about what happens to them. Not only are the two main actors terrible, but the screenplay is also crap. As an added touch of excruciation, the synthesizer score is just godawful and the planetary destruction at the end is nothing but stock footage you've seen in a hundred other low-budget flicks. Sir Christopher Lee's talent is utterly wasted in this bomb. The first five minutes are fairly engaging, but the remaining hour and twenty minutes aren't worth the effort it takes to watch them.
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Killed and killed again, Detroit is the saddest of American cities. Despite its being utterly bankrupted and left to rot, the devastated city was reinvented by its remaining African-American residents with love, imagination, and true community spirit only to have the fruits of their labor stolen from them by the very Capitalists who destroyed, then deserted their city in the first place.
 
Land Of The Free,
Home Of The Brave.....
A rally and march in Hart Plaza and at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (City Hall) on July 21 exposed the false narrative emanating from the corporate media saying that Detroit is being revitalized. The city emerged from a contrived financial emergency and forced bankruptcy late in 2014 wit...
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Nadie actuado partes espeluznantes mejor que Carlos Ancira. Él también es grande en Misterios de la Magia Negra.
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Alice Neel’s unpublished illustrations for Dostoyevsky's "Brothers Karamazov" (via The Paris Review)
Alice Neel, Untitled (Karamazov, His Three Sons, and the Servant Gregory), ca. 1938, 14 ¼” x 10”. © The Estate of Alice Neel. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London. Alice Neel, who died in 1984, is remembered best as a portraitist—her paintings present friends, lovers, and other intimates with an astonishing, often forbidding guilelessness. Your average... <a href="http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2015/02/24/alice-neels-brothers-karamazov/">R...
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About the very expensive restoration of the Shaw Hotel, a contributing structure in the Market Street Theatre and Loft District...
 
But the program, known by its federal moniker of EB-5, is riddled with loopholes and lack of oversight. It has a history of creating few or no jobs, and the projects it funds can harm low-income communities. The immigrant investors aren’t safe, either. They put their fate in the hands of brokers ...
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IN PROGRESS. MORE TO FOLLOW SOON. Contained within the Mid-Market area is the Market Street Theatre and Loft District, a National Register district listed in 1986. 
IN PROGRESS. MORE TO FOLLOW SOON. Contained within the Mid-Market area is the Market Street Theater and Loft District, a National Register district listed in 1986. First identified in 1977 by Micha...
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I love these old Starman TV movies. Ken Utsui is absolutely grand in the role of a powerful yet humble superhero, and he did all his own stunt work, too. The over-exaggerated Marvel and DC superheroes of today's outrageously expensive Hollywood productions are all makeup, prosthetics and CGI. Ken Utsui outshines them all with physical grace and strength of character, despite his "low hanging fruit" costume (doing all that stunt work without a cup was pretty daring).
     The wide spectrum of villains is also wonderful. Those that aren't dangerous aliens, various mutants, or outright megalomaniacs and their minions are evil mad scientists motivated by deep-seated hatred of their fellow humans. The humanoid manifestation of a mutated germ cell is exceedingly creepy. There is also unintentional creepiness to be found in the little girl who wears eyeglasses, who never under any circumstances registers the slightest emotion. Seriously, the kid is a human cipher. Creepy!
     The art direction and set design for all Starman movies are just fantastic. The evil mad scientist laboratories and secret alien lairs in this film are reminiscent of the paranoia-inducing alien tunnels and habitats of "Invaders from Mars" that gave me nightmares when I was boy.
RIP Ken Utsui. You were the best.
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This is arguably the best movie Roger Corman ever made. Paul Birch and B-movie queen Beverly Garland are perfectly cast: he as the menacing yet strangely sympathetic alien, she as the smart and beautiful protagonist. I only wish the quality of the video file weren't so lousy. Damn shame.
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As much as I love this episode for its riffs and the skits with Mike and the 'bots, the show was at its low watermark in terms of its ongoing storyline. Thankfully, it eventually recovered -- mostly -- but never reacquired its former greatness. Frank and Dr. Forrester were simply irreplaceable.
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photographer, writer, local historian, misfit "Odi dicere, pessimus futurum."
Introduction
For nearly two decades, I was a pianist, composer, sound designer, electronics technician and recording engineer. I wrote music for motion pictures, records, theater and performance art, designed custom audio equipment, recorded and produced albums and twelve-inch 45s for various artists, and occasionally played the piano in live performances. These days, I take pictures and write about San Francisco history on my website Up From The Deep, and on Through Unsealed Eyes, a photo blog..
Education
  • San Francisco Art Institute
    1968 - 1971
  • Ohio State University
    1967 - 1968
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Gender
Male
Other names
tobymarx, tobiemarx, tobemarx
Work
Occupation
photographer, writer, local historian
Skills
Good at verbal communication (written word) and visual composition. Highly developed spatial awareness. Excellent mechanical and analytical skills. Fluent in a variety of symbolic languages, including musical notation and electronic circuit design both logical and analog.
Employment
  • Roxie Cinema
    weekend projectionist, sound engineer, 1985 - 1988
  • Snazelle Films
    post-production manager, recording engineer, 1985 - 1987
  • Truth & Beauty Audiolabs
    chief engineer, 1982 - 1985
  • Orban Electronics
    electronics technician, prototype fabrication & printed circuit design, 1980 - 1982
  • Leo Diner Films
    recording engineer, 1978 - 1980
  • San Francisco Art Institute
    teacher, film department, 1977 - 1979
  • Aquarius Electronics
    electronics technician, 1975 - 1977
  • Academy of Art College
    teacher, film department, 1973 - 1975
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Currently
San Francisco, CA
Previously
Columbus, OH - Quebec, Quebec - Caspar, CA - Berkeley, CA - Albion, CA - Ft. Bragg, CA - Little River, CA - Oak Run, CA