Saturday, May 19, 2018
Creators: Various/ Anthology Book
I believe this is our last Super-stop before Man of Steel #1 arrives. Tomasi and Gleason return to a story from what seemed very early in their run on Superman (issues 8 and 9) where Superman and Jon went to Dinosaur Island and ran into Captain Storm of The Losers. We get a Superman short-story from Mark Russell and Bryan Hitch, and a possible teaser for future Super-content with a few pages from Ian Flynn as Writer and Kaare Andrews on Art and Colors.
Format: Noir City Austin at Alamo Ritz
Viewing: Second/ First
It's Noir City Austin 2018 down at The Alamo Ritz! As in prior years, Eddie Muller - the Czar of Noir and host of TCM's Noir Alley series is in attendance. As he does so well for Noir Alley, Eddie introduces each film, providing Hollywood history and necessary context, as well as any anecdotes he's dug up over the years, often from first-hand interviews.
I can't make it to all the movies this year, but I am trying to make it out to see a few. Friday night SimonUK and I took in the first two films, I Wake Up Screaming (1941) and Quiet Please: Murder (1942).
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Format: Noir Alley on TCM (on DVR)
There are probably two ways to watch Caged (1950), either as a camp classic or through the lens of 1950. JimD taught me several valuable phrases, and in the top three I include "chronological snobbery". Basically - chronological snobbery is that thing you do when you watch a movie made from a time probably before your birth and nod sagely to yourself saying "oh, thank goodness we figured out how to make better movies, people sure were dumb as both filmmakers and as an audience back then."
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Not all movies are for all people. Sometimes a movie, despite a rip-roaring ad, when I see the movie, in practice, I am fifteen minutes in and realize "oh no..." but there you are.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Multiple news sources are reporting the passing of actor Margot Kidder.
Kidder was, to my generation, Lois Lane.
Arguably, Kidder's portrayal was the one that reset Lois as the Rosalind Russell-model news woman that she'd been in the Golden Age and that we simply expect in portrayals of Lois today.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Format: Rifftrax on Amazon Prime Streaming
It's possible that Cynthia Rothrock movies aren't as good as I remember finding them in high school.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
Format: Amazon Streaming
It will surprise you that a movie entitled Armored Car Robbery (1950) is, indeed, about the robbery of an armored car and the fallout of that same robbery.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Format: DVD sent by JimD
Decade: 1990's. So very early 1990's.
The trend so far for 2018 is me watching movies other people put in front of me. Whether it's watching whatever is served up on TCM's "Noir Alley" by Eddie Muller, what my collaborators want to watch for a podcast, or - in this case - The Hard Way from 1991.
A couple of weeks back I watched a movie from 1943 called The Hard Way, a backstage melodrama featuring Signal Watch favorite Ida Lupino. More than one of you asked me if I'd seen the 1991 Michael J Fox starring feature of the same name, and, no... I had not. I did look it up, and remembered the film from the posters and commercials and it wasn't too hard to pin down why I didn't see it back then. And before you ask - there is no connection whatsoever between the Lupino film and this thing.
Flashforward about a week and I get a package at my door, open it, and sure enough... once again Jim D has sent me a movie I had absolutely no intention of watching and told him several times I did not want to see. So, I'm now the proud owner of a copy of The Hard Way starring James Woods and Michael J. Fox.
So, let's talk about the movie, 1991, and why I didn't see it. Because I did watch this dumb movie and I have opinions.