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Workin’ for the (freeview) weekend

Good news, everyone!  DISH has bestowed upon us a "freeview" weekend of the Epix movie channel...and that's always most welcome here in the House of Yesteryear because while I'll admit their film offerings may suffer from a mild case of same-ol'-same-ol' (we're only getting the free weekend because Epix is promoting a new series entitled… Continue reading Workin’ for the (freeview) weekend

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From the DVR: The 6th Day (2000)

After the first successful cloning of an animal in 1996—shout out to Dolly the sheep!—the race is on to try the technology out on humans...but almost immediately, there are issues addressing the ethics of such a practice (did we learn nothing from Frankenstein?).  In a credits prologue featured in the 2000 film The 6th Day,… Continue reading From the DVR: The 6th Day (2000)

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Grey Market Cinema: Casbah (1948)

Jewel thief Pépé Le Moko (Tony Martin) is wanted by the French police...for obvious reasons.  Pépé is the mastermind of a gang of no-accounts that operates out of The Casbah in Algiers (Casbah translates as "fortress" or "citadel"), an area where he can apparently move freely without being molested by the gendarmes.  Algiers' police commissioner… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Casbah (1948)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: The Addiction (1995)

Kathleen Conklin (Lili Taylor), an NYU student preparing for her doctorate in philosophy, is attacked one night by a mysterious woman (Annabelle Sciorra as "Casanova"), who insists that Kathleen forcefully tell her to go away and leave her alone.  Kathleen is unable to do this, and so Casanova does a number on her neck, calling… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Addiction (1995)

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Grey Market Cinema: All the Way Home (1963)

Upon his death in 1955, author and film critic James Agee did not leave his wife Mia with much money to keep their family going, and so editor David McDowell decided to publish an unfinished work of Agee's (which Jim had been working on since 1948) entitled A Death in the Family.  An autobiographical novel… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: All the Way Home (1963)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: The Noose Hangs High (1948)

In Kevin Brownlow and David Gill's documentary Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987), there's footage of Buster reminiscing about his days as a gag writer at MGM...and in describing working with Bud Abbott & Lou Costello (who made three films at the studio while on loan from Universal) he had this to say… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Noose Hangs High (1948)

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“I hate women even when I’m on vacation.”

I know this is going to be hard to believe...but during the early portion of my childhood, I was not the same kidlet who vegetated in front of a TV set that you all know and love today.  (Whoa...talk about an awkward pause.)  I enthusiastically participated in outside activities, particularly those of the variety that… Continue reading “I hate women even when I’m on vacation.”