Friday, September 18, 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Format: TCM on DVR
Viewing: First (all the way through)
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
PODCAST: "Fantasia" (1940) and "Fantasia 2000" (1999) - a Disney History PodCast w/ NathanC and Ryan
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Time: 8:30 Central
Amazon Watch Party link coming Friday
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Format: Watch Party
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Watched: The Bigamist 09/02 and ACAJ 09/09/2020
|Lupino ponders how Edmond O'Brien of all guys landed two women at once|
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Diana Rigg, actor and icon, has passed at the age of 82.
Rigg was a cult favorite in the U.S. and a bonafide star in the U.K., and would have been well remembered just from her work on the UK whack-a-doodle adventure show The Avengers as Emma Peel - which laid the foundation for about 10,000 imitators and arguably indirectly to the most popular iterations of Black Widow in the Marvel Universe. She also has the most solid of Bond-girl credits as Traci, the woman who Bond would marry in On her Majesty's Secret Service (and a favorite of the PodCast). Most recently she'd been on Game of Thrones (which I didn't watch, but I know she's a fan favorite).
She, of course, did so much more and was just one of those actors it seems everyone could agree upon.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
So, apparently there's a sequel that was never released, and it includes actors like Louise Fletcher, John Rhys Davies, George Clooney and.. most importantly.. Laura Dern. Shot in 1983, it's just NOW about to get a release. And I figured "well, I don't want to not know what happened in the first one...", and even though the original is 100% Laura Dern-free, Jamie and I fired it up.
Friends: what if Jaws, but bear?
That is the question posited by Grizzly, the highest earning independent movie ever when it was released in 1976. And I'm not exaggerating - someone went to see Jaws and wrote down the events of that movie, and tried to map their own script onto the story of Jaws. But instead of a 25 foot shark, we have a 15' grizzly bear. Instead of a Sheriff, we have a Captain of the Park Rangers.
They even include scenes like the Captain getting drunk when someone gets killed, and a spooky monologue about a herd of grizzlies eating people. There are three main characters, but one of them (played by "that guy" actor Richard Jaeckel) is a mix of Hooper and Quint (he even wears Hooper's little hat).
There's a Park Manager who doesn't want to shut the park down, invites in hunters... you're maybe familiar with the plot.
Anyway - it's also kind of plodding and gives you an idea what Spielberg and his editors did so well that this movie did not. But, again, wildly successful!
Anyhoo... I want to podcast this with Simon at some point. So, more to come.
Monday, September 7, 2020
Watched: I dunno. A couple of months ago.
- Chuck Berry
- Gerry and the Pacemakers
- Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
- Marvin Gaye
- The Blossoms (group featuring Signal Watch patron saint Darlene Love)
- Lesley Gore
- Jan and Dean
- The Beach Boys
- Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas
- The Supremes
- The Barbarians
- James Brown and the Famous Flames
- The Rolling Stones
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Director: Joe Wright
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It's not all-genre-all-the-time at The Signal Watch! We jump on a literary classic translated to a very well received film from 15 years ago. We uncover Jamie's secret passion for this film, Ryan gets out of character discussing Jane Austen, and it's time to talk 19th-Century norms, fantasies that don't include being Batman, and much, much more!
Dawn - Dario Marianelli, Pride & Prejudice OST
Mrs. Darcy - Dario Marianelli Pride & Prejudice OST
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Format: Amazon Watch Party
Director: Delmer Daves
In a lot of ways, I'd categorize The Red House as "American Gothic". The story has DNA in Jane Eyre and other books about recluses living with a mystery.
The film stars Edward G. Robinson as a a farmer who keeps mostly to himself (he cohabitates with a niece and his sister, played by Judith Anderson of Rebecca fame). His niece brings a classmate over to see if he can work the farm to assist Robinson, who is aging and can't do what he used to, especially as he has an artificial leg. The teen is warned to stay away from some woods near the house, and not cut through them for an obvious shortcut.
In general - I liked the film. It's got a sort of twisty mystery, and at least the female heroine was likable (jury is out on the male lead). Robinson and Anderson are terrific, and Rory Calhoun is a lot of fun as a dick-swinging country boy after the male lead's girl (played by chanteuse Julie London, who seems like 10x too much woman for the male lead).
Glad Jenifer chose it because I might have easily missed this one.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Day: Friday 09/04
Time: 8:30 Central
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So. I've never seen this. It stars a very young Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt and Shannon Doherty.
I don't know what it's about.
What I do know is that girls around my age apparently loved this movie in secret, because I'd never heard of it until I was dating Jamie and somehow it came up (I think I saw it for sale at Suncoast Video) and Jamie was all, like, "oh, wow! Yeah! That's fun and not something for you AT ALL."
So, easy enough. I did not watch it. But it's been probably 23 years or so since that conversation, and so... it is time.
Let's find out why the girls want to have fun, and who is causing the dramatic tension by preventing them from having said fun and what kind of fun they'll have!
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Format: Amazon Watch Party (Texas Public Radio)
Director: Norman Jewison
What a phenomenal film, and so shockingly, depressingly timely for something 53 years old.
The energy between Poitier and Steiger is famously some of the best on screen. The entire cast is on fire in this one, which uses the Buddy-Cop formula to highlight people from different worlds and show how they clash. Of course, this story is that of an African-American, Philadelphia-based homicide detective who happens to stumble into murder in a hick town in Mississippi, who partners with the local Sheriff who, while totally out of his depth, has the intelligence to be *aware* he's out of his depth.
Anyway - this is a terribly famous film, and - I'd argue - well worth a watch.
I happened to have the delight of watching the film with the Texas Public Radio film fan community via Amazon Watch Party. Hosted by our own NathanC, the chatter during the movie was lively, Nathan brought the trivia, and after the movie we met up in a GoToMeeting to chat about it. Good times! A+ Would do again.
Monday, August 31, 2020
Format: Amazon Streaming
Viewing: First, as it turns out
Director: Mark L. Lester
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SimonUK and Ryan explore the 1991 film that brought Dolph Lundgren to the mean streets of LA's Little Tokyo as the ultimate Japanese man. It's action, mayhem, adventure and lots of nudity as Lundgren teams with the son of Bruce to take down the Yakuza before they something something protection racket/ sell pills in beer bottles. It's hard to say, but Tia Carrere is wrapped up in this mess, so you do have that going for you.
Showdown in Little Tokyo - David Michael Frank
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