Time: 8:30 Central
Amazon Watch Party link coming Friday
|Lupino ponders how Edmond O'Brien of all guys landed two women at once|
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.
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.