Saturday, August 27, 2011

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Summer movies

I don't know why, but I kept track of all the movies I watched this summer. I think I wanted to keep track of movies I watched through Roku, and the list got a little out of hand. I think I also wanted to list out my proclivity for shit.

The Magic Sword (Basil Rathbone)
A Study in Scarlet (with Reginald Owen)
Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983, with Richard Hatch)
Planet Outlaws (Buck Rogers re-edited serial)
Battlestar Galactica (the three-part pilot in movie form)
Texas Legionnaires (Roy Rogers and I have NO idea why it was called this)
The Last Starfighter
Spellbound (Hitchcock)
Casino Royale (1967)
Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave
Bulldog Drummond Comes Back
Bulldog Drummond's Peril
Bulldog Drummond's Revenge
Bulldog Drummond in Africa
Bulldog Drummond Escapes
The Fatal Hour (Mr. Wong)
Danger on the Air
The Beast with a Million Eyes
Cosmos War of the Planets
Assignment: Outer Space
Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet
Warning from Space
Terror By Night (Sherlock Holmes)
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
Dick Tracy (1946?)
Dressed to Kill (Sherlock Holmes)
Mr. Moto's Last Warning
Kung Fu--The Invisible Fist
Goliath and the Sins of Babylon
The Avenger (1962)
Kung Fu Fever
Casino Royale (1954)
Man from Planet X
From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga
The Rocketeer
Rage of the Master
Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women
Rebirth of Mothra
Rebirth of Mothra II
Africa Screams
Beyond the Barrier
The Real Bruce Lee
Two Wondrous Tigers
Dirty Work
Donovan's Brain
2010: Moby Dick
Zontar: The Thing from Venus
Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster
Kennel Murder Case
The Dawn Rider (John Wayne)
Blue Steel (John Wayne)
The Lucky Texan (John Wayne)
The Man from Utah (John Wayne)
Mystery of Wentworth Castle (aka Doomed to Die--Mr. Wong)
Managed Money, Pardon my Pups, and Glad Rags to Riches (Shirley Temple)
Brideless Groom (Three Stooges)
All 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers
All 6 episodes of Black Adder II

Monday, August 08, 2011

Buster Crabbe

This summer, with my Roku and my Netflix, I watched a lot of old Flash Gordon. Apparently, a lot of Hollywood did because they are iconic. As you watch, I swear, you can see these old serials and movies in current movies. Most definitely with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and they admit it too. Buster Crabbe was perfect. He even did a Buck Rogers serial.

With Netflix, I just started watching the 1970s Buck Rogers starring Gil Gerard and Erin Gray. I don't know why I am watching these again--I remember loving them in my teens on Saturday afternoon TV. Special effects still hold up today, even if the disco dancing doesn't. All that aside, they are ok. Gotta put them in perspective. Even with Twiki and Dr. Theopolis being blatant ripoffs of R2-D2 and C-3PO, this is good TV. And funny, it lasted TWICE as long in number of episodes as the original Battlestar Galactica.

I just put two and two together watching the second episode, "Planet of the Slave Girls." Buster Crabbe's name showed up in the credits as a special guest star. He plays a pilot and what's his name? Yep, Gordon!

They treated it really well. He even got to say how he had been doing this since before Buck Rogers was born. Yes, Buck is supposed to be 500 years old, but when Crabbe says, "I know so," I think the whole audience really did know so too.

Buster Crabbe died in 1983, just a few years after this appearance. Since I just discovered it, Mr. Crabbe, I need to salute you for a job well done all those years. You inspired a lot of imagination. Quite literally, movies would not have been the same without you.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica commentaries

Sea Monkeys are nothing! Get a miniature dog!

From an old comic book ad:

This is a premium for handing out twenty "Get-acquainted" coupons. Apparently, although the ad is not clear, they have to get 20 new customers under your name and you get the dog.

Was this legal?

I love how scared the dog looks, especially with the words, "PLEASE, give me a home!"

How did they ship it? More importantly, did Mom or Dad have to sign anything? I knew enterprising enough kids where they would get the new customers.

I wonder if there is any way to research if this company actually gave out any of these dogs?

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Kids! Carry a rifle and stop gorillas!

From an old comic book ad:

Just in case of emergency, kids should be carrying their own rifles. You never know when a gorilla is going to escape and you are going to have to save the day!

I know it is just an air rifle, but you have to strain to see that. Plus, the cartoon really makes you think it is real--the gorilla did! Note the girl carrying a bow and arrow. Note also that the two kids simply carried these into the zoo!

Also, I find it fascinating that the zookeepers don't have anything--or are they hiding rifles? Is that why the gorilla knew what a rifle looked like?? Animal Cruelty?

Friday, August 05, 2011

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Superhero could have been MORE super

A page from Showcase #35 starring the diminutive Atom, written by the excellent Gardner Fox (who DC basically based their entire existence on).

Anyway, I just noticed this. The Atom can travel by phone. He can go so small he can literally ride the current to the other end.

Fine--I can take that premise. It is science fiction, after all.

But the imaginative leap I am thinking about is the idea that the Atom could have revolutionized the entire world and even saved it for the environmentalists with this idea.

He could save the world from the tyranny of fossil fuels and gasoline. What if he could set up some stations to shrink cargo and shipments all over the world? I know he may only have a limited amount of the white dwarf star material that he uses to shrink stuff, but even doing this from one end of the US to another would be incredible.

I always wondered why Marvel's Ant Man also did not do something like this--imagine revolutionizing the cargo industry. Hundreds of shipments could be reduced into one load, saving all sorts of time and gas.

Well, I guess they don't do this because they are superheroes and it would make a really boring comic to watch the wheels of industry ship a few loads of coal across the nation.

Just another aspect that if there are ever superheroes or villains of any kind like this, they would probably really be selling stuff. Maybe Billy Mays was really a superhero--Super Spokesman! Can even sell products after he is dead!