Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday's Overlooked A/V: films, television, radio and more: the links to reviews, interviews and more...

The weekly round up of reviews, interviews, and more about A/V materials, usually those that have been undeservedly overlooked (some deservedly, some not overlooked at all in some cases, but those write-ups need  to have some larger interest to make this not exactly exclusive list...usually!).  More to come in this week's list, sometime tomorrow...thanks to all!

Adam Ferenz: The Fly (1986 film); The Matrix

A. J. Wright: Cathy O'Donnell

Anne Billson: David Lynch; posters as art 

Bhob Stewart: Vic and Sade; Trouble the Water; Jazz on Summer's Day; game show scandals

The Big Broadcast 21 August 2016:
  • 7 p.m. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar
    “The Chesapeake Fraud Matter” Parts 4 + 5 (CBS, Original airdates October 20 and 21, 1955)
  • 7:30 p.m. Burns and Allen
    “George's Allergy Problem” (NBC, Original Airdate September 5, 1946) 
  • 8 p.m. Gunsmoke
    “Kitty’s Killing”, episode 285 (CBS, Original airdate February 2, 1958)
  • 8:20 p.m. The Adventures of Superman
    “Airplane Disasters at Bridger Field” Part #6 (Mutual/MBS, Original airdate May 9, 1940) 
  • 8:30 p.m. Dragnet
    “Sullivan Kidnapping” (NBC, Original airdate September 10, 1949) *
  • 9 p.m. The Whistler
    “Murder at Twin Pines” (CBS, Original airdate April 10, 1949) *
  • 9:30 p.m. Dimension X
    “With Folded Hands” (NBC, Original airdate April 15, 1950) 
  • 10 p.m. Suspense
    “The Man Who Knew How” (CBS, Original airdate August 10, 1944)
  • 10:30 p.m. Inner Sanctum
    “Birdsong For a Murderer” (CBS, Original airdate June 22, 1952)

Bill Crider: So Fine [trailer]

Bob Clark: Akira

B. V. Lawson: Media Murder

Classic Movie Salon: A Hatful of Rain; this week's Sunday discussion: 
Mister 880 

Colin McGuigan: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939 film)

Cult TV: The Prisoner: "Living in Harmony"; "The Girl Who Was Death"

Cynthia Fuchs: The Host (2013 film)

David Alexander: House of Secrets (1936 film)

Elizabeth Foxwell: The 20th Century-Fox Hour: "Deception"; heist films featuring women thieves

Eric Hillis: Conversation Piece (1974 film)

Faculty of Horror: The Babadook; Goodnight Mommy

George Kelley: Muscle Shoals; Indignation

"Gilligan Newton-John": Carry On Christmas

How Did This Get Made?: Gods of Egypt

Iba Dawson: Mae West; Noir in color

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr.: Chicago Confidential

Jack Seabrook: Alfred Hitchcock Presents: "The Woman Who Wanted to Live"

Jackie Kashian: Karen Rontowski on tarot, comedians, etc.

Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin: The Jackie and Laurie Show

Jacqueline T. Lynch: Seven Days in May

James Reasoner: Guns in the Dark

Janet Varney: Jessica St. Clair

Jason Abbey: Female Prisoner Scorpion 

Jason Bailey: The Island of Doctor Moreau (1996 trainwreck film) 

--courtesy Bill Crider

Jerry House: The Patchwork Girl of Oz; X Minus One: "Skulking Permit"

John Grant: The Ninth Guest

John Scoleri: Dark Shadows Before I Die: the episodes reviewed

John Varley: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Jonathan Lewis: Sabata

Karen Hannsberry: The Strange Love of Molly Louvain

Kate Laity: Tutti Frutti

Ken Levine: The Night Before; lost and found scripts

Kliph Nesteroff: The Frances Langford Special

Kristina Dijan: Naked City (tv series)

Marilyn Ferdinand: The Incredible Shrinking Man

Movie Sign with the Mads: Suicide Squad

Patti Abbott: Sabrina (1954 film); wait staff in A/V drama

Robert Hornak: E. T.: The Extraterrestrial

"Rupert Pupkin": Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon; Wild in the Streets

Sarah Jane: Underrated films of 1976

Sergio Angelini: The Pearl of Death

Vienna: Hitchcock's left turn with Psycho; Ingrid Bergman

Walter Albert: The Kiss Before the Mirror

7 daily songs from the 1980s: Saturday Music Club all week

From FaceBook:

A 1980s song each day for seven days? Not too tough! As to whom to tag...well, three people who could do so at least as easily are Kate LaityPaul David Brazill and Brian Arnold, even if Brian might be best with the latter '80s. If you choose to accept this chain letter, untold Likes might befall you. Or even 3-6. Mark Hand tagged me with his initial offering. This Joan Armatrading song has been liked by essentially everyone I've played it for,..including one young hiphop fan whose mind was blown by his first experience of her on my Philadelphia radio show. It's not Too obscure, but not well-enough known either.

1980s songs, day 2 of 7: The first song I heard from Jawbox, their first released recording aside from a demo cassette (and a very good one), iinm...on the MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL anthology album pictured, 1989. A somewhat milder, if better-recorded, version appeared on their first album, GRIPPE (Dischord 1991). I don't think I ever got around to ask them how much John Cheever's novel had to do with the song's title...a literate bunch, even if their first drummer found folks such as myself as making them out as greater sophisticates than he thought they were...or at least he was. The song "Motorist" (on their first Atlantic album FOR YOUR OWN SPECIAL SWEETHEART) was definitely inspired by J. G. Ballard's novel CRASH.

Playback without surface noise, from the Jawbox rare and scattered tracks collection MY SCRAPBOOK OF FATAL ACCIDENTS (DeSoto 2004): 

The album version, released 1991--on this link cued up to "Bullet Park":

Keiko Hassler turned me onto the Bangles in 1982, I think it was, with the first five-song EP on Faulty Products...recorded when Annette Zilinskas was still the bassist (and harmonica player). By the time they signed to CBS, Michael Steele (formerly, briefly one of the Runaways, as Micki) had joined the band and their first album, ALL OVER THE PLACE (1984), was more than fine. Since I put up "Bullet Park" yesterday, here's another song that shares a title with a literary work, albeit it was only the title, plucked from an academic anthology (an OXFORD BOOK OF, iirc), that the song shared with the Matthew Arnold poem. I've half-wondered ever since if the debut of the atrocious (Scholastic Productions!) tv series CHARLES IN CHARGE, with a theme in its original form that has a similar arrangement as well as melody to "Dover Beach," was leveraged against CBS to get them to put more support behind the second album...though I wonder also if CBS's hostility to the band as a band (choosing to emphasize the clothing, putting out singles that featured non-band compositions) also might've resulted from any seeking of redress there. I'd just moved to the DC area in April 1984, and went to the 9:30 Club for the first time that summer to see the band. 

At one point, after a song, some jackass shouted "Play some REAL music!" Susanna Hoffs's rejoinder, "That's not fair. We're from L.A." was better than the audience response it got.

...to be continued...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

1946: some jazz: Saturday Music Club on Sunday: expanded with the Count Basie Orchestra on his birthday

The Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra and others: Jivin' in Be-Bop

The Dave Brubeck Octet: "How High the Moon"

The Gene Krupa Orchestra: "How High the Moon"

The Claude Thornhill Orchestra: "Arab Dance"

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm: "She's Crazy With The Heat"; "Do You Wanna Jump Children?"; "How'Bout That Jive?"; "Round & Brown Blues"

The Coleman Hawkins Orchestra: "I Mean You"

Charlie Parker Septet: "A Night in Tunisia"

I knew I should've had some Basie in here:
The Count Basie Orchestra: "The Mad Boogie"

Duke Ellington and Django Reinhardt: "A Blues Riff"

Luckeyeth Roberts: "Ripples of the Nile"

Art Tatum: "Poor Butterfly"

Nat King Cole Trio: "Route 66"

1956 bonus track:
Johnny Mathis (orchestra under the direction of Teo Macero): "Caravan"

  • March 23, 1956 – "Babalu", "Caravan"
  • Teo Macero – arranger, conductor
  • Nick Travis – trumpet
  • Eddie Bert – trombone
  • Hal McKusick – clarinet and alto sax
  • Danny Bank – flute and baritone sax
  • Gerry Citron – piano
  • Teddy Kotick – bass
  • Joe Harris – drums
  • Bob Prince – bongo drums and percussion

Friday, August 19, 2016

FFM: FANTASTIC STORIES, December 1971, edited by Ted White; THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, November 1971, edited by Edward Ferman

The Magazines:
The first issue of F&SF I read, five years and some months after it was published (in latest 1977 or earliest 1978), and the Fantastic that came out at the same time (a bimonthly v. monthly for the slightly older magazine), which I've never gotten around to reading till now. Let's see if nostalgia has much of an effect, or the lack of same leads to less sentimental grade inflation...

And two special issues...the anniversary issue for F&SF, which has usually been careful to note its anniversaries (and often offer All-Star specials to soften the blow of price rises--this the first 75c issue), and the first issue from a (happily short-term) new printer, apparently the same one printing the similarly ugly and gray-ink issues of former stablemate Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine of this period. Their previous printer suddenly inflated prices by some Large chunk at the last minute, and apparently Joseph and Edward Ferman, father and son and publisher and editor, expected a less distressing product with the new discount printers; presumably the EQMM folks at Davis Publications recommended their contractors as capable of doing the job in a pinch. As it happens, F&SF dumped the printers of this and the next several issues in favor of the printers used by Fantastic and Amazing, after Ted White put them in touch with each other.  Hence, both magazines in the early '70s and throughout the decade, like many paperbacks from the same era, had stiff/heavy stock, full-color cigaret ads bound into the middle of the issues...presumably, this bit of business helped defray printing costs. The Fantastic is also a special issue, albeit apparently one of lowest-selling of the magazine in that period, featuring as it did several up and coming writers who were participants in the DC-area "Guilford Writers Workshop"...which took its name in honor of, and jest regarding, the well-established Milford Writers retreat Damon Knight and Kate Wilhelm would host annually in those years. Despite all of them going on to have at least sustained careers, none of the Guilford writers were names to conjure with in 1971, except among those Deeply into fantastic fiction. White himself was the first and most widely-published among the group including George Alec Effinger, Gardner Dozois, Jack Dann and Jack Haldeman (elder brother of Joe Haldeman). 

The Contents: the stories, visual art and nonfiction features:
I find it interesting that despite both contributing a fair amount of covers to various fantastic-fiction publications, both magazine issues and books, both Chesley Bonestell and Douglas Chaffee would gain their greatest renown and daily bread in related fields...Bonestell in astronomical art for nonfictional publication, Chaffee in game-related art (though early in his career, Chaffee worked for IBM, and US government agencies; both artists were engaged by NASA). Not that there were enough fiction magazines in this era to support any artist by themselves, even if Stephen Fabian and Vincent Di Fate were coming closest to doing so in the 1970s. Good, even if not the best, examples of both men's work.



For more of today's books (and magazines) please see Patti Abbott's blog.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Overlooked A/V: links to reviews, interviews and more: Films, Television, Radio, Stage and more...Many new links!

The Company directed by Robert Altman
The (usually) weekly round up of reviews, interviews, and more about A/V materials, usually those that have been undeservedly overlooked (some deservedly, some not overlooked at all in some cases, but those write-ups need  to have some larger interest to make this not exactly exclusive list...usually!)

Adam Ferenz: Ex Machina

Allan Fish: Dark City  

Anne Billson: Robert Altman

Bhob Stewart: Laurent Nicholas animation; Del Close; NPR Jazz Profiles; etc.

The Big Broadcast 14 Aug 2016
  • 7 p.m. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
    “The Chesapeake Fraud Matter” Parts 2 + 3 (CBS, Original airdates October 18 and 19, 1955)
  • 7:30 p.m. Our Miss Brooks
    “Weekend at Crystal Lake” (CBS, Original airdate August 21, 1950)
  • 8 p.m. Gunsmoke
    “One For Lee”, episode 284 (CBS, Original airdate January 26, 1958)
  • 8:20 p.m. The Adventures of Superman
    “Airplane Disasters at Bridger Field” Part #5 (Mutual/MBS, Original airdate May 8, 1940) 
  • 8:30 p.m. Dimension X
    “The Martian Chronicles” (NBC, Original airdate August 18, 1950)
  • 9 p.m. Dragnet
    ”Eric Kelby" aka “Body Buried in Nursery” (NBC, Original airdate September 3rd, 1949)
  • 9:30 p.m. Gang Busters
    “Four Feathers” (CBS, Original airdate January 21, 1950)
  • 10 p.m. The MGM Theatre Of The Air
    "Stamboul Quest" (MGM syndication, Original airdate July 14, 1950)

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr.: Chicago Confidential; A Woman's FaceHeaven with a Barbed Wire Fence; HDNet Movies, FXM and MGM HD channels

Jack Seabrook: Alfred Hitchcock Presents: "Cell 227"

Jackie Kashian: Ashley Esqueda on late night television; Amy Dallen on Hamilton and more;  with Maria Bamford in Montreal

Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin: The Jackie and Laurie Show

Jacqueline T. Lynch: Keeper of the Flame

Jake Hinkson: Noir City Chicago 8 festival

James Clark: Stranger Than Paradise; Knight of Cups 

James Reasoner: Fugitive of the Plains; Captains of the Clouds

Janet Varney: Justin Kirk; Andrew Burlinson; Mark Gagliardi

Jerry House: The First World Fantasy Convention, 1975 (audio); Mr. I. A. Moto (NBC Radio); Son of Ingagi; "Bug Vaudeville"

Joel Bocko: Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

John Grant: The Fleischer Animations; Država (aka The State); Return from the AshesPhoenix (2014 film); Nausicaa1984 (1984 film)

John Scoleri: Dark Shadows Before I Die: the episodes reviewed

John Varley: Eight-Legged Freaks

Jonathan Lewis: Power of the Press; Shotgun (1955 film); The Ultimate Warrior (1973 film)

Karen Hannsberry: The Damned Don't Cry

Kate Laity: Boom!

Ken Levine: Trapped in elevators; notes; new commercial broadcast series

Kliph Nesterhoff: The Mike Stokey Show; Gary Mule Deer

Kristina Dijan: August Film Diary; Things I Learned from the Movies Blogathon

Laura G.: The Maverick (1952 film); The Mouthpiece (1932 film); Ridin' for Justice; Stop, You're Killing Me; The Navajo Trail; Fixer Dugan; Winter Carnival (1939 film); Flame of the West

Lesley Gaspar: Safe in Hell

Lindsay D.: Big Leaguer

Lucy Brown: Dancing on the Edge

Maltin on Movies: Phil Proctor of The Firesign Theatre

Martin Edwards: The Reeds; Joy Swift's Original Murder Mystery Weekends

Marty McKee: Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow

Mildred Perkins: The Crazies (1973 & 2010 films)

Mitchell Hadley: NBN Television restoration; 21 August 1968 M-SP tv listings; TV Guide, 17 August 1968

Movie Sign with the Mads: Valley of the Dolls

Noel Vera: Batman: The Killing Joke; Super

Patricia Nolan-Hall: New York Confidential

Patti Abbott: Laura (1944 film); film comedy; Roc; Don't Think Twice

Paul Brazill: The Weekenders: The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E. Smith

Pierre de Plume: Sleeper

Pop My Culture: Epic Lloyd and Mary Doodles

Raquel Stecher: Holiday Affair

Rick: The Big Clock; swimming pools in film; Plimpton! (tv series featuring George Plimpton)

Steve Lewis: The Killing; Treasury Men in Action: "The Case of the Deadly Dilemma"

TV Obscurities: Kyle MacDonnell

Tynan: High and Low; Love in the Afternoon; In the Mood for Love;  The Set-Up; Living is Easy with Eyes Closed

Victoria Loomes: Terence Fisher, Christopher Lee and Dracula

Vienna: The Enforcer (1951 film); Cary Grant

Walter Albert: She (1935 film); Lady on a Train

Yvette Banek: The Three Musketeers (1948 film)

Mildly Not Safe for Work...so play it elsewhere, and perhaps not for kids: