SimonUK takes Jamie and Ryan to the darkest depths of late 90's sci-fi horror action so they can all take a bite out of a film that's a little fishy. Join us as we flap our jaws discussing sharks with engineering degrees, sea bases of dubious design, that old chestnut of imitating better films, and neat-o puppets.
Jerry Springer was probably not a good man, but in 2011, I did meet him in the sportsbook at the Planet Hollywood hotel in Las Vegas where he was very nice to me and posed for drunken blurry pictures that have since been lost to bad asset management on the interwebs. He was there hosting the Vegas nightly show of America's Got Talent. He smoked a giant cigar and looked bored.
Like many talk-shows, Springer started off trying to do reasonable interviews that went in-depth on important issues, but when cancellation seemed imminent, he and his producers transformed his show into the chair-hurling, fist-tossing, hair-pulling bonanza it was. Which made Springer rich, ultimately ran for roughly 25 years and spun off a few other shows, including a behind-the-scenes that made no one look good. But when your set is designed to look like a sewer with a stripper pole, I guess no one cares?
Belafonte appeared in innumerable films, on television and was a popular recording artist. Because I grew up in the shadow of his peak era as a performer, I knew him as a curious mix of "the guy who sang the Banana Boat song" and who would appear on television to weigh in on important topical issues - and be taken seriously. Which is not something then or now that I or the culture give many celebrities leeway. But as a player in the civil rights movement, Belafonte carried the torch forward for his entire life.
It was in college I came to understand his role as a Black man in film, and his broad appeal as a performer that helped him speak to everyone. Of course, my first exposure to Belafonte was probably his appearance on The Muppet Show, which is a curiously moving episode.
Here's to Mr. Belafonte, who fought the good fight.
I won't get into why we did this, but we did do it as a watch party, and I think folks enjoyed the experience if not the film.
But here at The Signal Watch we also recently podcasted the film, so if you didn't listen to the episode then (and it's pretty good, if I say so myself), now is a great opportunity to hear three dudes who know a lot about Superman stuff talk about the movie.