Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Memory is an amazing thing

When my grandmother (my mother's mother) came to Australia as a kid during 1935 or so, there was a pianist on the ship named Keith Desmond. She would walk past the room he was performing in, looking at him via a mirror that was part of the boat or something like that (and he smiled at her, realizing she was looking at him via the mirror).

It's odd that she can remember this nearly 80 years later, but then again memory is a very strange thing, isn't it? I looked up his name, wondering if was notable enough to be mentioned on 21st century internet. The answer is yes: His name appears in several old radio listings that have been digitised, and according to Wikipedia there were several short films with him made in the early 1930s.

Cool. Memory is an incredible thing.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Films I watched last week (6 July to 12 July 2014)

Teaserama (1955) - 7/10 (oddly enough I enjoyed watching this trash. The comedy acts aren't funny, but the ladies are delightful. I viewed this via a copy downloaded from the Internet Archive)

I also watched a short film called "Gift of Green", downloaded from the Prelinger section of the Internet Archive.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Last Monday, I had an idea for a TV episode

On Monday I had a daydream featuring a depiction of an idea I had for a TV series, a 15-minute anthology series to be aired on non-commercial television (14 minutes, 13 minutes excluding titles). In the episode depicted, "Phantom" from the "Mar" manga was in the afterlife. He had no memory of his prior life (in which he was a truly awful villian). A friendly man (who had been a pagan swordsman in his life) comes up to Phantom, and thrusts his sword through Phantom's back, before taking it out. Phantom does not understand he is in the afterlife, and the swordsman has to explain to Phantom his situation. After showing Phantom scenes from his life (Phantom vomits off-camera in reaction), the swordsman offers him two choices: Stay in the afterlife, or be re-born. Phantom decides to be re-born, and the swordsman informs him that he shall be re-born as a great businessman. The final scene depicts a woman holding her newly-born son.

Would anybody watch my idea? There had in fact been a 15-minute anthology series in the past called "Playhouse 15", does the idea still have merit? Each episode could be like a short film for television.


Films I watched last week (18 May to 24 May 2014)

Love Is a Four Letter Word (1966) - 7.5/10 (a nudie film. Lots of breasts and sexual images, but no actual sex. Some of the sequences are entertaining, and some of them are dull. There is some good photography in some of the sequences)

That's all I watched last week in terms of films. I also watched a number of television programs, see list:

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Films I watched last week (27 April to 3 May 2014)

Behind Green Lights (1946) - 7.5/10 (not a great film, but for a b-movie crime drama, this is very good).

Stormy Weather (1943) - 7.5/10 (the "story" is worthless, but the musical numbers are excellent. Plus, Lena was hot)

The Contender (1944) - 6/10 (a moderately OK, moderately watchable film. Decent but not much else)

Three Hats for Lisa (1966) - 7.5/10 (dated, but fun musical set in London)

Prairie Pals (1942) - 4/10 (very poor attempt at a western. I normally like those PRC b-westerns, but this is just poor)

I'll Name the Murderer (1936) - 4/10 (I knew who did it pretty quickly, which spoiled my enjoyment of the film)

This list excludes the television movies I watched during the week. If you really want to know, they were: "Sherlok Kholms i doktor Vatson: Znakomstvo" (1979) and "Sherlok Kholms i doktor Vatson: Krovavaya nadpis" (1979).

Here is a list of television "one-offs" in my DVD collection: