Saturday, March 24, 2018
Sci-Fi Watch: The Black Hole (1979)
Format: Amazon Streaming
Viewing: 2 and 1/6th
(saving this one for a podcast)
Friday, March 23, 2018
Today is Joan Crawford's Birthday
I noticed a lot of chatter online today about Joan Crawford and then that TCM was running some of her movies (I didn't watch them, I was doing other things). Today marks the 113th birthday of Joan Crawford, born in San Antonio in 1905 but mostly raised in Jamie's hometown of Lawton, Oklahoma.
I am happy to do what I can to be one of the folks who would like folks to remember Crawford for her long career, ever-transforming screen persona, and - frankly - stunning screen presence before she wound up in some campy movie in her final working years and was badly memorialized by Dunaway.
Even in not-great movies, Crawford is a force. All that is apparently a shadow of what she was like in person, and I am sure she would have terrified me if I'd met her, but since seeing Mildred Pierce during college, still one of my favorite films, I've been a fan. But there are still a ton of her movies I've yet to see.
Anyway, happy birthday, Ms. Crawford. I hope you're having a Pepsi somewhere among your fans and friends.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
So, yeah, those bombs in Austin
|photo from Daily Beast by Brendan Buress|
When the first bomb went off, I assumed something was up in the victim's personal life - that some crazy story would come out about the person killed. It's not just that it occurred in Austin - where we have a low crime rate, our organized crime is low key, and our murder rate very low for a city of this size - it's that it occurred out in the 'burbs up north.
Really, the bombing felt like a freak incident. The local press had nothing to go on, so no one paid much attention. What do you even say when this happens and then... nothing?
Fast forward a week and bombs two and three went off on the same day.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
PODCAST: Simon and I talk "Big Trouble in Little China", "Buckaroo Banzai" and "War Games"
Viewing: Fifth or Sixth
Format: Alamo Drafthouse/ Village
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
Viewing: Seventh or Eighth
Format: Shout Factory BluRay
Join SimonUK and I as we ponder some cult favorites of the 1980's! And, boy howdy, do we go all over the map on this one. But, mostly, we stay on task.
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