Sunday, November 23, 2014

TV episodes I watched last week (16 November to 22 November 2014)

16-November-2014
TV film: Neighbors. Originally broadcast 18 November 1971. Drama. Unusual to say the least. At times tough to watch, but very entertaining nevertheless. (running time: approx 53 minutes, USA)

17-November-2014
"The Squirrels" - Leap Frog. Episode originally broadcast 2 December 1976. Sitcom. Amusing episode, which I watched while eating that instant "just add boiling water" powdered soup. Made an interesting combination. (running time: approx 25 minutes, UK)


"The Squirrels" - The Cruise. Episode originally broadcast 9 December 1976. Sitcom. Amusing episode of this once-popular but now forgotten TV series. (running time: approx 24 minutes, UK)


22-November-2014
"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 16 February 1950. Game show. I viewed this episode via YouTube. This is very rough and primitive television, with botched camera angles and such, but it has a charm to it. The show did improve as time went on. Oddly enough, the episode aired without commercials. (running time: approx 28 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 2 March 1950. Game show. I viewed this episode via YouTube. Less rough, less primitive than the previous episode, but still a bit awkward. Still fun though. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 12 April 1950. Game show. I viewed this via YouTube. This episode is a MAJOR improvement from the previous episodes (note: the previous episode, aired 16 March, is missing, believed lost). There's still some awkward elements, but even so, the resulting changes make for a much more entertaining show. (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 15 October 1950. Game show. I viewed this via YouTube. Very entertaining episode. I like it. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA) (also, I'd like to note that the episodes between the 12 April episode and the 15 October episode are lost. The exception is the 2 August 1950 episode, which is not available for viewing).

Sunday, November 16, 2014

TV episodes I watched last week (9 November to 15 November 2014)

TV programming:
9-November-2014

"Modern Marvels" - Engineering Disasters 5. Episode originally broadcast 30 December 2003. Documentary. (running time: approx 44 minutes, USA)


"Modern Marvels" - Engineering Disasters 6. Episode originally broadcast 28 April 2004. Documentary.  (running time: approx 45 minutes, USA)


(re-watch) "Mayday" aka "Air Emergency" aka "Air Crash Investigations" - Helicopter Down. No idea when broadcast. Entertaining episode, but I spotted some goofs. (running time: approx 50 minutes, Canada)


"Telephone Time" - Man with a Beard - Episode originally broadcast 15 April 1956. Anthology/drama. Very entertaining episode, but the direction is lacking, unusual since the director Roy Kellino also directed some of my favourite episodes of "Four Star Playhouse", which was a superior series. (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)


"Homicide" - Self Defense. Episode originally broadcast. Crime drama. I normally like this series very much, but this episode is poorly-written and poorly-acted. (running time: approx 47 minutes, Australia)


10-November-2014
(re-watch) "Mayday" aka "Air Emergency" aka "Air Crash Investigations" - Death and Denial. Episode originally broadcast 2005. Documentary. What...the....hell? (running time: approx 50 minutes, Canada)


11-November-2014
"Telephone Time" - Recipe for Success. Episode originally broadcast 11 February 1958. Drama/anthology. I like the production style of this episode, with its sentimental background music. Quite enjoyable. (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)


(re-watch) "Mayday" aka "Air Emergency" aka "Air Crash Investigations" - Kid in the Cockpit. Episode originally broadcast 2005. Documentary. What...the....hell? Could someone please explain this? I mean...really....a kid in the cockpit? Really.....? A faulty auto-pilot does not help matters either. No comment. (running time: approx 50 minutes, Canada)


(re-watch) "Mayday" aka "Air Emergency" aka "Air Crash Investigations" - Head-on Collision. Episode originally broadcast 16 August 2006. Documentary. (running time approx 50 minutes, Canada)


"The Squirrels" - The Renaissance. Episode originally broadcast 13 August 1976. Sitcom. Amusing episode. (running time: approx 25 minutes, UK)


"The Rag Trade" - Fixing the Rate. Episode originally broadcast 25 September 1977. Sitcom. Dated but entertaining. (running time: approx 26 minutes, UK)


"The Squirrels" - The X Factor. Episode originally broadcast 20 August 1976. Sitcom. Amusing, unusual episode with a novel storyline. (running time: approx 24 minutes, UK)


12-November-2014
(re-watch) "Mayday" aka "Air Emergency" aka "Air Crash Investigations" - [i]Collision Course [/i]. Episode originally broadcast 17 March 2006. Documentary. (running time: approx 50 minutes, Canada)


TV film: When Hell Freezes Over, I'll Skate. Originally broadcast 30 July 1979. Music. This presentation is a mix of music, poetry and dancing. It is unusual, and quite entertaining. (running time: approx 58 minutes, USA)


"Armchair Theatre" - Poor Cherry. Episode originally broadcast 9 September 1967. Anthology/drama. Very entertaining drama with some interesting ideas. (running time: approx 54 minutes, UK)


13-November-2014
"Telephone Time" - The Mountain That Moved. Episode originally broadcast 30 December 1956. Anthology/drama. Interesting story, but the script doesn't quite work. (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)


TV film: The California Kid. Originally broadcast 25 September 1974. Drama. Interesting TV movie, though the 1950s setting is somewhat unconvincing. (running time: approx 73 minutes, USA)


14-November-2014
"The Squirrels" - The Weaker Sex. Episode originally broadcast 27 August 1976. Sitcom. Not a good episode. (running time: approx 25 minutes, UK)


"Van Dyke & Company" - Episode originally broadcast 18 November 1976. Variety. Good episode, very lively. (running time: approx 49 minutes, USA)


"The Rag Trade" - The Lunch Problem. Episode originally broadcast 2 October 1977. Sitcom. (running time: approx 26 minutes, UK)


15-November-2014
"The Squirrels" - The Snatch. Episode originally broadcast 25 November 1976. Sitcom. Amusing episode of this comedy series. (running time: approx 24 minutes, UK)


"It's Dark Outside" - The Grim World of the Brothers Tulk. Episode originally broadcast 3 January 1964. Crime drama. This is the first time I've seen this series. Not bad. Also interesting that they used the words "hell" and "bitch", two words you wouldn't hear in a U.S. series from the same period. (running time: approx 45 minutes, UK)

Films:
14-November-2014

The Steamroller and the Violin (1961) - 8/10. Interesting film, and I love the look of the colour film-stock.

During the week I made IMDb pages for a number of series, including early Australian TV series "Gaslight Music Hall" (1959-1960) and "Young Seven" (1957-1960), as well as early U.K. series "Josephine Terry's Kitchen" (1946-1947). I also made a page for a 1949 U.K. series titled "Authors in Focus", a 1947-1948 UK series titled "Viewers' Viewpoint", and a 1946-1947 U.K. series called "Quiz with Hale", among others. I hope I didn't mess up the submissions...my sources for info are of poor quality.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

TV episodes I watched last week (2 November to 8 November 2014)

Starting this week, I will post a list of television episodes I watched during a given week. Each week I watch at least some TV episodes, but even so I don't know if this will be a regular part of my blog.

2-November-2014
"Naruto Shippuden" - The Konoichi of Nadeshiko Village. Anime. While I like this series very much, this episode is poorly-written and poorly-directed. (note: version viewed was English dub) (running time: approx 23 minutes, Japan)

"Naruto Shippuden" - Friends You Can Count On. Anime. Decent episode, but it is nothing but filler. (note: version viewed was English dub) (running time: approx 23 minutes, Japan)

"Naruto Shippuden" - Ah, My Hero Lady Tsunade. Anime. Meh filler. (note: version viewed was English dub) (running time: approx 23 minutes, Japan)

3-November-2014
"Naruto Shippuden" - Sai's Day Off. Anime. An episode using Sai as the main character could have potential....but this is lame. Not a good episode...these filler episodes are getting tiresome (note: version viewed was English dub) (running time: approx 23 minutes, Japan)

"The Rag Trade" - Stay in Strike. Episode originally broadcast 11 September 1977. Sitcom. Very very dated, but somehow still amusing. (running time: approx 26 minutes, UK)

"Homicide" - Big Time Operator. Episode originally broadcast 18 July 1967. Crime drama. Nice episode. (running time: approx 44 minutes, Australia)

"Bandstand" - Episode originally broadcast 2 July 1966. Music. Acts who appear in this episode include The Searchers, Tom Jones, Herman's Hermits, and The Rolling Stones. (running time: approx 51 minutes, Australia)

TV Special: Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 3 - Brahms: Double Concerto, Hungarian Dance No. 1, Liebeslieder Waltzes. Originally broadcast 13 November 1948. Music. Yes, this was broadcast in 1948. Yes, really. Trust me on this. This is a presentation of classical music which aired in the early days of television. I don't know much about classical music, but I found it entertaining to listen to and watch despite the primitive production values. (running time: approx 54 minutes, USA)

4 November 2014
TV Special: Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 4 - Music of Mozart, Dvorak and Wagner. Originally broadcast 4 December 1948. Music. A pleasant presentation of classical music which originally aired on NBC. Very good. Production is primitive by today's standards but still quite watchable (running time: approx 58 minutes, USA)

"Naruto Shippuden" - The Legendary Ino-Shika-Cho. Anime. These filler episodes, which do not advance the main story, are entertaining but useless. Could be worse though. (note: version viewed was English dub) (running time: approx 23 minutes, Japan)

"Naruto Shippuden" - Kiba's Determination. Anime. More filler which does not advance the story....and not very good filler either. (note: version viewed was English dub) (running time: approx 23 minutes, Japan)

"Naruto Shippuden" - Kakashi, My Eternal Rival!. Anime. Oh great, the series is resorting to jokes about small penises. Damn. But it's an entertaining episode! (note: version viewed was English dub) (running time: approx 23 minutes, Japan)

6-November-2014
"Naruto Shippuden" - Naruto's Vow. Anime. I was quite tired when I watched it....and I started to conceive a new idea for a sitcom. But that said, this episode isn't so bad...it could be worse. I enjoyed watching it. (note: version viewed was English dub) (running time: approx 23 minutes, Japan)

"Naruto Shippuden" - Land Ahoy! Is this the Island of Paradise?. Anime. Finally, an episode which isn't filler. (note: version viewed was English dub) (running time: approx 23 minutes, Japan)

"Naruto Shippuden" - Killer Bee and Motoi. Anime. Very entertaining. (note: version viewed was English dub) (running time: approx 23 minutes, Japan)

"Bless this House" - It Comes to Us All in the End. Episode originally broadcast 22 January 1972. Sitcom. (running time: approx 26 minutes, UK)

"The Rag Trade" - The Sample. Episode originally broadcast 18 September 1977. Sitcom. Amusing, but some of the jokes are painfully dated. Catchy theme music though. (running time: approx 25 minutes, UK)

7-November-2014
"Telephone Time" - I Am Not Alone. Episode originally broadcast 23 September 1956. Anthology/drama. I recently acquired a DVD containing four episodes of this series. This episode is not great....the script is very dated...but it is still entertaining. (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Films I watched last week (19 October to 25 October 2014)

24-October-2014
Vesna na Zarechnoy ulitse (1956) - 7.5/10 (an entertaining film and a pleasant surprise)

25-October-2014
Just for You (1964) - 5/10 (a series of pop music videos that does not amount to a film. That said, It'd be nice if they released some pop music TV shows from this period).

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Strange dream I had during the night

During the night I had a strange dream in which I was trying to watch "Married with Children", whose characters kept winning absurd prizes. Later, I was in the 1930s at the beach, trying to watch a BBC TV show. Then it was the early 1940s, and I was at an island, acting in a play, when the island got invaded (it is not mentioned who invaded the island). Then it was the late-1940s and I was back at the beach, again trying to watch BBC TV. Then it was the present day and I was trying to watch a DVD with a 1955 ITV show on it.

Elsewhere in the dream, some people were training to be the captain of a navy battleship, I was trying to prove my intelligence by running a race while half-asleep, I read a book, and there was a game at the shopping centre in which I used water pressure to force fish (which looked like balloons) onto spikes.