Saturday, October 6, 2012

UT craters at home v. West Virginia

As amazing as the Oklahoma win was over Texas Tech (I thought OU was doomed), and the unexpected win for Florida topping LSU....

UT lost to WV 48-45.  And I died a little inside.

Texas' loss to West Virginia, who managed to exploit UT's weaknesses by playing fairly solid football, was terribly frustrating.  I will say that this is the first time UT's defense has come to life this season, but it was in bits and spurts and it wasn't enough against the nigh-flawless Geno Smith.

David Ash, who has been on such an upward curve this year, fell back into old, bad habits when the pressure was on and failed to connect with his center during the turning point in the game, handed to him on a  silver platter.

Bergeron and others had a strong night (this Hills fellow was pretty terrific), and Jeffcoat really lit up, but it was a long, long night.


Can you tell I'm venting?

There's always next week.

Octoberama! See the 1910 "Frankenstein" from Edison Studios!

I'll be honest with you cats. I thought this film was lost until I stumbled across it this week while doing something completely unrelated. Apparently, totally not lost.

So, spend 12 minutes with a movies made 110 years ago, why don't you?

So, Friday Marshall and I went to see David Byrne and St. Vincent

It is not a secret that I am a fan of the work of musician/ artist David Byrne.  I think I've written before about becoming a Talking Heads fan, and I have a hard time believing that over the years I haven't mentioned that I have avidly followed Byrne's career since the band dissolved and continue to be a fan.

I missed Byrne when he came through and played ACL Fest about two years ago with Brian Eno, but I've seen Byrne play a few times over the years, and I have a couple of concerts on DVD.  The man puts on a good show (ie: we recommend).

However, I knew far less about St. Vincent other than that in 2009, when I posted on Amanda Palmer, Marshall suggested I check her out.  Unfortunately, when I attempted to learn more about St. Vincent, I accidentally bought an album by someone else who also goes by the name of St. Vincent, and I never circled back to buying the St. Vincent I intended to listen to in the first place.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Octoberama! Fridays with Elvira!

Who better than to take us into the first weekend of Ocotober than Elvira, Mistress of the Dark?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

October Watch: Clue (1985)

I totally cheated and am calling Clue (1985) a Halloween movie because of the big, spooky mansion.  Really, I have no other excuse.  I mean, there are murders a-plenty, but it's not exactly even a spoof on movies like House on Haunted Hill.

But it is a great cast, with one of the funniest humans to ever walk the earth, Ms. Madeline Kahn.  She doesn't get a lot to do in this ensemble piece, and she's competing with Colleen Camp squeezed into a maid's uniform and Lesley Ann Warren given a bigger piece of the plot.  Of course, the movie stars Tim Curry, Martin Mull, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Eileen Brennan and FEAR frontman Lee Ving.

Anyway, Clue is still Clue, and it still has one of my favorite Madeline Kahn moments.

So, you got that going for you.

Octoberama! Ava Gardner!

Ms. Ava Gardner is swooping in to provide you with a little Halloween excitement!

Happy 117th to Buster Keaton

Happy Birthday to the great genius of cinema.

October Watch: Lake Mungo (2008)

Remember when I said "hey, give me some ideas for spooky movies to watch during October?"  Well, some of you humans did so.

One of those humans was Nathaniel Capp, who recommended the 2008 documentary Lake Mungo to me.  I knew it was Australian and creepy, and that's all he'd told me.  "Go in without knowing anything" he said, and so I did.  To discuss the movie is to spoil the movie, so...  anything you read below is your problem.

But I will say, it is definitely some decent October Halloween viewing.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Octoberama! Audrey Totter!

Audrey Totter looks sweet enough, but she might also know how to use that knife.

Getting Your Hands on Louise Brooks

Despite my more than occasional posting of images of silent-era actress Louise Brooks, I haven't seen that many movies in which she appears or stars.  The DVD and Blu-Ray market never found the conversion of silent films profitable, and the legal streaming market hasn't caught up with the massive backlog of what has been preserved (Netflix currently has four Brooks films, one of them is streaming - and that fifth one is a doc, not a Brooks movie).

Why this is, I don't know.  I don't know how Netflix and other companies make the decision to stream films, but I am familiar with the incurred cost that comes with taking up bandwidth, at least when it comes to AWS.   I assume the math is complex.

TV.  Why you no stream this at me?