Now…normally there is no one in the blogosphere more enthusiastic than I in keeping a meme going—but I’m really working double-time on cobbling together a “Coming Distractions” post, so I am going to shamelessly violate some of the tenets of this award—I need to also explain that I don’t mean this as a slight to Dave, it’s just that the Distractions pieces do take up more than the usual amount of blog preparation time. (Those Margaret O’Brien jokes don’t write themselves, you know.) The rules applied to the Liebster are as follows:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the 11 questions the person who has given the award has set for you.
Oh, and I can answer the questions that Dave took the time to create…don’t want to be a total ingrate…
What's your favorite movie decade?
Probably the 1920s—when the great silent clowns of yesteryear were at the peak of their filmmaking powers, and when movies made the (some say unfortunate) decision that they needed to “talk.”.
Oh, Warren was all sorts of awesome sauce…though I don’t think I could ascribe to him the “awesomest” appellation because I think he knew he functioned best as the “glue” in each film he appeared in and rarely aspired to anything more. (Though he was robbed of an Oscar nomination for Two-Lane Blacktop.)
What is a movie you wish had a greater following?
I’ve mentioned it on the blog in the past, but I’m a huge fan of His Kind of Woman. Targets is another film with which I’d like to see people become more familiar.
2001: A Space Odyssey. Sorry, folks—it’s like watching paint dry. (I’d rather watch Quatermass and the Pit.)
What is the proper punishment for people who talk on their cell phones in a movie theater?
In the afterlife, they will live in a cramped studio apartment with a DVD player…and a library filled with nothing but Adam Sandler movies. (Maniacal laugh, strokes cat.)
Which deceased or retired director do you wish could make just one more movie?
I’d be up for something by Billy Wilder or Preston Sturges.
Are there any movies people are surprised you like?
I don’t think there’s enough bandwidth for a list of films people have commented: “You liked that?” (It’d be easier to drop by the house and have a chat with my father one afternoon.)
How often do you go to the theater?
The last time I saw a film in the theater was in 2008, as folks who read my submissions to Dennis Cozzalio’s exams know by now.
by Northwest is a close second, though, followed by Citizen Kane, The Glass Key
and Casablanca ’73. Winchester
What was your most awkward movie date? (Make one up if you've never had an awkward movie date)
I’m not sure if I’ve told this story before but my BFF The Duchess and I once went to a double feature of Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th 2 at a theater in
during our college days. She had seen
the first one but remembered nothing about it because her eyes were closed the
entire time—so she kept asking me when she could open her eyes. I foolishly assumed that the movie was over
(but wasn’t aware of the shock at the end—you know which one I mean) and told
her to open ‘em…whereupon she gave out an ear-piercing scream that rendered me
deaf for the next hour or so. (We never
did see the second feature—she ran out of the theater, swearing she’d never see
another horror film.) Huntington, WV
It wasn’t technically a date: I knew a woman (also during my
college days) from a sci-fi club I belonged to and I thought she was a bit of a
flake, to be honest. Anyway, I was
attending an afternoon showing of Key
Largo and before the picture started I looked up to see her standing over
me—she asked if she could sit in the seat next to me because she didn’t know
anybody else in the theater. We ended up
talking quite a bit before Key
Largo started and for about a half-hour afterward; it turned
out that we shared a lot of the same likes and dislikes, movie-wise. I’d like to say there was a happy ending
involved but we never “hooked up” or anything—it did teach me, however, that
you can’t always judge a book by its cover…and that cinema is a universal
Inner Sanctum (1948) yesterday—a noir that was definitely made on the cheap (hence its inclusion in the great reference book Death on the Cheap by Arthur Lyons) but actually wasn’t all that bad for a B-pic: the acting is better than usual (courtesy of Charles Russell, Mary Beth Hughes and a few really good character thesps) and there’s a nifty twist ending. You can read a little more about this neglected gem at my latest blog post at Radio Spirits if you’re so inclined.
TVShowsOnDVD.com (someone saw the item advertised at DVDEmpire.com) Shout! Factory was planning on releasing a DVD set entitled The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes in September…the eleventh, to be exact, which would work out splendidly for me, birthday-wise. An announcement a few days later then corrected that September date, stating that the release probably wouldn’t see the light of day until some time next year. So that kind of shot my birthday present plans to H-E-double hockey sticks, and necessitated a backup plan. I gave some serious consideration to investing in Shout! Factory’s Route 66 box set—but according to some Amazon.com reviewers and The Classic TV History Blog’s Stephen Bowie the company made no effort whatsoever to correct the technical messes made by Infinity Entertainment when they released the first three seasons to disc. (One reviewer made me laugh when he mentioned that a Shout! rep named Brian Ward “has an EXTENSIVE history of lying to Shout's consumers concerning various TV show releases,” and then followed this bulletin with the news that sugar is sweet.)
On a related note: Me-TV has been running a few promos of late announcing the arrival of Emergency! and Remington Steele to its fall lineup. I’ve a Han Solo-esque feeling about these developments, particularly since I’m concerned that some of my current favorites will be put out to pasture (I’m also worried Me-TV will start morphing into RTV, which did a similar thing when they couldn’t come to terms with Viacom).
TSOD has the official press release up for Shout! Factory’s upcoming Peter Gunn: The Complete Series collection due out October 23rd (they corrected the number of episodes, too)—I thought about acquiring this when shopping for presents but I think I’m going to wait for a sale for the simple reason that I have the first two seasons on Region 2. There’s also an announcement that Sony Pictures Entertainment will release a honkin’ big box set entitled Charlie’s Angels: The Complete Series on September 25th—a 27-disc collection containing all five seasons (110 episodes) of the iconic 1976-81 T&A crime drama. The fifth season of Angels has not been previously released, and the press release does say that it will be issued separately in the future for the benefit of those of you who’ve bought the previous four seasons…but you know me—I’d get it in writing. (This is a set that I won’t lose too much sleep over not having; I thought the show was inane and would cringe when my sister Debbie would watch it religiously during its heyday.)
Also on the schedule for a future release is the third season of TV’s Cannon…and like the old saying goes, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that CBS DVD Entertainment has finally wised up and will release William Conrad’s junior year in a single set—six discs containing all twenty-four episodes of the third season. The bad news?
Wait for it…
…it’s going to be one of those Amazon CreateSpace MOD affairs. There’s a listing already up for it at the giant bookselling behemoth, but still no news as to what date you can expect it. Poor Bill Conrad…he deserves better than this injustice.