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Living Masters. Bob Newhart, Richard Thompson, Rick Baker, Vin Scully, Ralph Stanley, Ennio Morricone.
My film freak Friday entry is FANTOMAS (1913). The first costumed villain/hero?
When the AFI scheduled a screening of DOUBLE INDEMNITY and said that Cain would be there in person, I had to go. I’d seen INDEMNITY before, of course, but never in a theater. And certainly never in the presence of the Master himself.
We start each night with some cartoons. It’s the law. We’ve been exploring the Hanna-Barbera TV shows lately. Some of them are very weak. THE SPACE KIDETTES was one. The other was YOUNG SAMSON AND GOLIATH, about a teen-ager and his dog who, with the help of magic bracelets turn into, well Young Samson (a muscle bound Sword and Sandal type) and his pet Lion. Who can also shoot laser out of his cat eyes.
I watch a lot of old movies. If you check my DVR, you’ll find it full of Turner Classic Movies and not much else. But I have an even stranger quirk. I pay attention to the screenwriters of these films. That’s right, I actually pay attention to who wrote the movie.
Turner Classic Movies is showing a new CARRY ON movie every Saturday. As there are over thirty of them, the festival could go on for many, many months. I know these films are an acquired taste, but I love them dearly. Full of low-brow, music-hall-style humor, they’re sort of the British equivalent to Abbott and Costello movies. The stories are loosely structured to allow a variety of English comedians a chance to do their bits.
BATMAN dresses up like a bat to fight crime. Isn’t that just a little absurd? Not if you ask Christopher Nolan. His Batman is deadly serious. Just listen to his voice.
But if you ask Lorenzo Semple Jr? Then you end up with the Adam West BATMAN TV series of the ‘60s. Now, I ask you, which is more true to life?
Los Angeles has been destroyed and laid to waste in more movies than any city other that Tokyo. But unlike New York and Rome and London, when L.A. gets wrecked, nobody feels that twinge in the heart that comes with losing a beloved landmark. When Los Angeles gets the post-apocalyptic treatment, it usually gets better. Why is that?
Where did the trope of Crazed Vietnam War Vet come from? What was the first instance of it to penetrate popular consciousness? What was the Patient Zero of the CVWV?