No, not a hallucination. Not an alternate reality. It’s the 33rd day of 32 Days of Halloween, because it’s Thanksgiving, which I celebrate as 2nd Halloween. Trust me, it’s therapeutic. For our opening salvo of goodness, we have an episode of the anthology series Telephone Time from 1958. It stars Boris Karloff and if Wikipedia is right (which it always is) then this was a back door pilot for the never-broadcast Karloff-hosted The Veil. This is “The Vestris.”
Yes, yes. I know I said I don’t like to send you places for things–I much prefer embeddable content. But Desert Island Discs is one of my favorite radio programs. Over the course of an episode, a guest is presented with a fictional situation: they’re going to be marooned on a desert island. They get to pick eight songs to bring with them, as well as a luxury item and a book. And they do this while in the middle of a fantastic and candid interview. You’d be amazed at some of the songs people pick.
Desert Island Discs also did one of the best Stephen King interviews I’ve ever encountered. So you owe it to yourself to go check that out.
There’s a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly…your coin. But, you know, it’s your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.
Episode #73 for Hobo With a Shotgun, in which our protagonist takes a trip down not memory lane but memory aisle-of-a-video-store, explains how you probably shouldn’t try to rate this one along the same lines as Remains of the Day (or the like) and holds up Rutger Hauer as an acting god.
I like to consider myself a movie buff. My birthday parties are movie marathons. I spend a great deal of money seeing movies in theatres. I watch bad movies just for fun. I analyze movies quite thoroughly. I like to look at every angle of their production and think about they way the filmmakers went about realizing the world. I like to go on long diatribes and rants about how film could be improved–I’ve even done so, in print, on this site. Heck, I even want to write such things for a living someday.
However, it shames me to admit that there a great deal of movies I should have seen. Not just any movies–I’m talking classic movies: movies that define genres and are generally considered some of the greatest of all time. Why haven’t I seen these movies when I have seen the Star Wars Holiday Special? To be perfectly honest: I have no freaking idea. Every time I hear one of these movies mentioned and go to talk about it, all I have to contribute is, “Oh yeah…I, uh…really should see that.” Which as a movie nerd I find ABYSMAL. There are certain movies I despise not having seen, mainly because I have no idea if anyone else knows what they’re talking about.