Friday, March 30, 2018
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Sunday, March 25, 2018
I work from home these days (yes, you are right, it is freakin' weird, man) and I generally take about 50 minutes for lunch each day. That's, it turns out, enough time to catch part of two episodes of The Nanny* or the 12:00 news/ ambulance chaser commercials.
Over the years, few shows have been as consistently recommended to me by trusted sources as much as Freaks and Geeks. The show was a primetime hour-long dramedy that aired for eighteen episodes around 99' - 00', which is why I didn't watch it at the time. I was just very busy and not watching much primetime TV during that era.
Well, I have now spent my lunch hour and a few evenings watching it, so stop telling me what to do.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Friday, March 23, 2018
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
|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
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.