Movies

From the DVR: Mr. Saturday Night (1992)

During his stint as a “Not Ready for Prime Time Player” on NBC’s Saturday Night Live from 1984 to 1985, comedian Billy Crystal regularly convulsed audiences with his impressions of Muhammed Ali, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Herve Villechaize.  (How’s that for “comedy comes in threes?”)  Crystal also created original characters, like Lew Goldman (the elderly Jew constantly… Continue reading From the DVR: Mr. Saturday Night (1992)

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“You poor creatures…I wish I could help you…but you’re by yourselves now…”

Back in July of last year, when The House of Yesteryear was enmeshed in that (mercifully) brief thrall of madness I jokingly called The DISH Austerity Program, there was really one outlet on our system for uncut, commercial-free movies…and that was HDNet Movies, a channel that spun-off from HDNet (now signing all correspondence as AXS TV)… Continue reading “You poor creatures…I wish I could help you…but you’re by yourselves now…”

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Buried Treasures: Feel My Pulse (1928)

Pampered heiress Barbara Manning (Bebe Daniels) has spent her entire life cooped up indoors due to the dictates of her father’s will—Babs’ old man appears to have been a germophobe, and insisted his only daughter be brought up in the same fashion by her Uncle Edgar (George Irving) until she’s twenty-one.  With the arrival of… Continue reading Buried Treasures: Feel My Pulse (1928)

Classic Movies

Grey Market Cinema: Swiss Family Robinson (1940)

Pastor Johann David Wyss’ novel The Swiss Family Robinson (Der Schweizerische Robinson), first published in 1812, has served as inspiration for several motion pictures and television adaptations (the series Lost in Space, for example, functions essentially as a “Swiss Family Robinson in the cosmos”) with perhaps the best-known adaptation emanating from the Walt Disney Studios in 1960.  The… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Swiss Family Robinson (1940)