This morning, as I was putting the finishing touches on my Hoosiers post, I thought briefly about mentioning how disappernted I was not to see the late Dennis Hopper feted with a major tribute (more than just the one film, I mean) courtesy of The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™. (Incidentally, if you’re wondering why you hear a cash register ring every time I write that phrase, it’s just Rick Brooks cashing another royalty check.) Thank goodness I reserved comment because TCM will honor Mr. H with a mini-marathon of five films to be shown Thursday, June 8th: The Sons of Katie Elder (1965, 8:00pm), True Grit (1969, 10:15pm), Rebel Without a Cause (1955, 12:30am), Easy Rider (1969—natch; 2:30am) and Night Tide (1961, 4:15am). I’ve seen all of these except the last, which I am going to make an effort to record (by the way, this special presentation is going to pre-empt the Saint movies they planned to show that evening) after reading about it in Danny Peary’s Guide For the Film Fanatic.
Memorial Day found me ensconced at the old Double K Ranch (aka sister Kat’s) and I brought along the Criterion edition of Stagecoach (1939) that TDOY pal Stacia was gracious enough to send me. I had quite the degree of difficulty in starting the presentation because my parents had no idea where the remote to the DVD player was and being unfamiliar with the device, I sort of just punched buttons until the movie came on. We watched a good bit of it up until the time my sister-in-law brought my nephew downstairs to visit…and of course, Nephew Time always takes precedent over an appointment with the Duke. So I still haven’t had an opportunity to check out all the bells and whistles on this two-disc set but hope to have a further gander at it later on in the week. In the meantime, Jen Chaney has a swell review of this new edition over at The Washington Post.
Facebook compadre Scott Marks at the San Diego Uptown News wrote a first-rate piece about the reconstruction efforts taking place on the silent classic Metropolis (1927)…and another one of my chums on the ‘book, Marilyn Ferdinand, hits one out of the park with an incisive look at a particular TDOY favorite in the film noir pantheon, Brute Force (1947).Both are well worth the time investment.
This article at Salon.com was an interesting read, talking about “the unhealthiest restaurant chain in America.” I could have sworn it was going to be KFC (“the crack cocaine of fast food”), particularly with their new Double Down menu item (or as my Mom and I have dubbed it, “the sandwich of the Red Death”) but the answer was generally surprising.
RGJ at Television Obscurities observes that RTN (or RTV or whatever they’re calling themselves now) affiliate KVHC in Kerrville, Texas (channel 15) streams its broadcasts online via Justin.tv—and that means that if the Retro Television Network isn’t available in your neck of the swamp you can satisfy your Rifleman or Peter Gunn jones while seated in front of your computer. In fact, he specifically states: “Because the stream is live, you can’t jump around to specific programs. So if you want to watch Run For Your Life you’ll have to be in front of your computer at 3PM Eastern/2PM Central on Saturday or Sunday. But if you don’t get RTN in your area and really want to see Run For Your Life, the KVHC stream is for you.”
Finally, from the “You-like-me-you-really-like-me” department, I was pleased as punch to see this ‘umble scrap of the blogosphere make a list of “600 Movie Blogs You Might Have Missed” at TotalFilm.com…though if I may say with only a slight trace of cynicism that if they tallied up six hundred blogs TDOY was bound to be in there somewhere. No, all seriousness aside, I’m just tickled to be included among such notables as…well, here’s where the classic film blogs start (I’m down at the bottom), you can see for yourself.