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The radiation department is spooky with WARNING and DO NOT ENTER signs everywhere, strange buzzing sounds, rotating red lights in hallways, and weird-lookin’ staff walking around with heavy rubber gloves (just kiddin’ about weird-lookin’).
You lie on a gurney facing a gigantic machine with a huge lens that looks right out of the Twilight Zone. It rotates around the room, makes scary, loud knocking sounds, and it looks like…well, it looks like Robby the Robot in the 1956 cult classic Forbidden Planet! Remember the robot with the bubble head?
It gets worse. The techs put goggles on you and tell you to keep your eyes shut tight no matter what! NO MATTER WHAT? And they assure you that if you have any problems, you can just yell (YELL?) in the direction of the microphone and they’ll hear you from where they’ll be, which is 10 MILES AWAY! Behind very thick lead walls! That’s how it goes down, ask anyone who’s done full-body radiation. The process feels like bad sci-fi from the ’50s.
And one last thing: When you’re done with your 20-minute zap, you turn over so they can zap your other side, just like steak on a grill. Medium well-done, please!
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Every Month is Cancer Awareness Month
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The Honor of a President’s Moral Grace
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Spielberg’s AMBLIN’ to Cameron’s XENOGENESIS: The Promise of Short Films
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Cinematic Magic: IRIS
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Cowboys & Aliens & Smurfs?
When I heard about the Cowboys & Aliens project, my first thought was “Wow, what a pitch that must have been!” Talk about a high concept title and certainly an unusually daring idea. So imagine being a fly on the … Continue reading
Film Scams and Aroma-Scope!
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Save Our Great Resource: TEACHERS!
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Kismet: Spielberg & JJ & SUPER-8
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Welcome All Visitors
Hello and welcome to my blog. This memoir – Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot – is unconventional because it deals with diverse topics from the wild and crazy behind-the-scenes stories of a Hollywood filmmaking career to finding and celebrating true … Continue reading