Friday, November 30, 2012

SLY and the FAMILY STONE: Greatest Hits!

Sitting here at McDonalds, listening to headphones.  People probably wonder why I'm acting so crazy, bopping and weaving in my booth .  Here is why.

Monday, August 6, 2012

It Came From Hollywood (1982)

A comedy documentary?  It's pretty shlocky, but before video stores, the internet, and Mystery Science Theater 3000, this was where I got my first look at the films of Ed Wood, and a ton of the classic bad movies that would become hipster touchstones in the nineties and beyond.

Directed by Malcolm Leo and Andrew Solt.  Written by Dana Olsen

Starring John Candy, Dan Ackroyd, Gilda Radner, Cheech and Chong.

With scenes from Plan Nine from Outer Space, Glen or Glenda, Blackbelt Jones, Maniac Reefer Madness, The Hideous Sun Demon, The Violent Years, some unbelievably racist piece of shit with Al Jolson, and so much more!  See the wikipedia article linked below for the complete list of films.


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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Homicide: Life On the Street S1 E2 Ghost of a Chance

Directed by Martin Campbell Written by Paul Attanasio, Story by Tom Fontana.
Starring Kyle Secor, Yaphet Koto, Daniel Baldwin, Ned Beatty, and Richard Belzer
Originally broadcast Feb 3, 1993

 Rookie Homicide Detective Tim Bayliss feels the awesome responsibility of solving his first real case as primary detective: the brutal murder of 14 year old Adina Watson.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

MST3K: The Sinister Urge (1960)

From now on, Saturday is Mystery Science Theater 3000 day, and I'm starting with an Ed Wood masterfece.

Written and Directed by Ed Wood
 with a short, Keeping Clean and Neat (1956)
 Originally broadcast on Comedy Central November 5, 1994


Friday, August 3, 2012

Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (1971)

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A series of surreal vignettes about how "Touring can make you crazy".

Written and directed by Frank Zappa and Tony Palmer.  Starring The Mothers of Invention, Theodore Bikel, and Ringo Starr.

A generous sampling:

Monday, July 30, 2012

Charles Chaplin in MONSIEUR VERDOUX (1947)

Charlie plays a serial killer?  65 years later, the idea is still shocking.  Yes, it's a comedy; a dark comedy for a postwar world that had seen horrible things.
Directed by Charles Chaplin, Written by Charles Chaplin from an idea by Orson Welles
Starring Charles Chaplin and Martha Raye.


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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Homicide: Life on the Street, Season 1, Episode 1: "Gone For Goode"

The first episode of a classic cop show.  Originally broadcast after the Superbowl, January 31, 1993
Directed by Barry Levinson.  Written by Paul Attanasio
Starring Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Ned Beatty, Kyle Secor, Yaphet Kotto, Melissa Leo, Andre Braugher, Jon Polito, Daniel Baldwin.
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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Batman: The Movie (1966)

Adapted from the TV show, and completely entertaining.
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson, Written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. from characters created by Bob Kane
Starring Adam West, Burt Ward, Cesar Romero, Lee Meriwether, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin

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Check this out!   Who knows what's "rare" in the age of the internet, but this is sure interesting!  See Cesar Romero in full Joker makeup, smoke a cigarette in his undershirt!

George Barris, the designer of the original car, tells some stories

by annoying English kid in a blazer.  Correction:  EXTREMELY annoying Australian kid in a blazer.   You know the type: he makes fun of the jokes as if they were supposed to be serious, and seems to be continually mocking Batman: The Movie for its lack of realism.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Frankenstein Meets The Space Monster (1965)

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Mary Shelly had nothing to do with it.    Aliens come to earth to snatch women in bikinis for breeding stock.   

Directed by Robert Gaffney.  Starring James Karen and Marilyn Hanold

(I couldn"t manage to create an embed for this page.  This is actually a link to another site.)

Marilyn Hanold (Princess Marcuzan) as an earthling.  Playboy, June 1959

Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! (1965)

Ladies and gentlemen... welcome to violence!

Directed by Russ Meyer, with Tura Satana, Lori Williams, Stuart Lancaster

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012



All six Boxxy videos to date compressed into two and a minutes, with music from the New York Dolls.  Made with KDENLive on Kanotix Linux. Music by the New York Dolls

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Magnus Pyke: All about the old guy from "She Blinded Me with Science"

This is one of those things I've always been curious about for years, and finally googled.  Who WAS the old actor from Thomas Dolby's 1982 Classic, "She Blinded Me With Science"?

Well, he wasn't an actor.  Dr Magnus Pyke was a real scientist who happened to be great on TV,  and that made him a familiar face on British information programs.    Americans probably know him (and probably not by name) only because of Thomas Dolby, but he was easily better known to Brits than Dolby at the time, and his lengthy 1992 obituary in the British Newspaper, the Independent, doesn't mention Thomas Dolby or his song at all, not that surprising, because the song was not a hit in Britain.
Magnus Alfred Pyke, food scientist and broadcaster, born London 29 December 1908, OBE 1978, Principal Scientific Officer (Nutrition) Ministry of Food 1946-48, Deputy Manager Distillers Co Yeast Research Outstation 1949-55, Manager Glenochil Research Station 1955-73, Secretary and Chairman of Council British Association for the Advancement of Science 1973- 77, books include Manual of Nutrition 1945, Six Lives of Pyke 1981, married 1937 Dorothea Vaughan (died 1986; one son, one daughter), died London 19 October 1992. 

"Good Heavens, Miss Akimoto... You're beautiful!"

On a British game show in the seventies.

Here's Thomas Dolby telling funny stories  about Dr. Pike at a 2011 concert

Monday, February 20, 2012

John Gielgud as Tieresias in "Oedipus the King"

Time for a link of quality: one of the really, really great scenes of Western Literature.   King Oedipus confronts the terrible truth about who he is, embodied in the person of the blind prophet Tieresias, played beautifully here by an 81 year old John Gielgud.

 From a 1985 BBC production of Sophocles with Michael Pennington in the title role. You can watch the whole play in 12 parts here:

 part 1.
 part 2.
 part 3.
 part 4.
 part 5.
 part 6.
 part 7.
 part 8.
 part 9.
 part 10.
 part 11.
 part 12.

This post isn't quite finished.  I'll be back to fill in some information, fix the hiccup in the playback,  and make the links more linky.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hogan's Heroes orgy fantasy from "Autofocus"

Valentines Day is over!
"Autofocus" is the 2002 movie about the murder of 1960s Sitcom Star and and sex addict Bob Crane. Ebert and Roeper liked it, but I always think about the great documentary they could have made for a tenth of the money, and it irks me. This silly (but awesomely silly) fantasy scene, right out of an old episode of thirtysomething, is a great example of why docudramas are generally a pile of shit.
The ending is lame, by the way. John Carpenter (played by Willem Dafoe) was acquitted of Crane's murder, so the film can't really finger him, but it does anyway, in a candyass way, since if Carpenter isn't the perp, the last two hours have been completely irrelevant. Plus Crane sort of suggests that Carpenter was the guy in one of those beyond-the-grave voiceovers that seemed pretty edgy when William Holden did it sixty years ago in Sunset Boulevard.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Charlie Chaplin in "City Lights" (1931)

Since I don't have a date for Valentine's Day, I was going to post something stupid and cynical like "Psychos in Love" or The J. Geil's Band's "Love Stinks", but instead I relented and posted the most romantic movie I could think of.

Chaplin actually shot this movie as a silent film during the sound era, and released it with music he wrote hmself. A tramp falls in love with a blind girl and sacrifices everything to bring her... vision! You have to watch it to the end. It's considered one of the best endings in movie history.

A great restored version. With Russian subtitles, so you can watch it with your mail-order bride.

The Black Belles "What Can I Do?"

I love these ladies so much, it makes me want to cry 96 tears.

Elvira, mistress of the night, had the good taste to make this her theme music.

Finally, the time has come for the Daily Embed to be daily for real. More or less.