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.
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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?
LARRY BLAMIRE: INTERVIEW – Phoef Sutton
A CHRISTMAS CAROL… WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE? It’s that time of year. You can’t away from it. Ebenezer Scrooge is on every channel. I watched two version of the Dickens tale just last night. Which is your favorite? I don’t imagine you’ve seen this one. It’s one of many silent versions, this one starring… Continue Reading A CHRISTMAS CAROL… WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE? »
The Coen Brothers new film INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS is a moody portrait of Greenwich Village in 1961. Beautifully art directed, it re-creates the world of the Folk Revival with such vividness you can practically smell the sweat and cigarette smoke. The music (produced by the great T-Bone Burnett) is captured in such loving, simple way…. Continue Reading INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS & “THE SHOALS OF HERRING” »