Television

“Goodbyee…”

Kaleidoscope is a Birmingham, England-based company dedicated to the restoration of British TV programs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s that are "missing believed wiped" (networks like the BBC and ITV often recorded over videotaped telecasts as an economy measure before the advent of home video).  They're responsible for bringing back to life installments of… Continue reading “Goodbyee…”

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Movies · Television

Adventures in Blu-ray: Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God… Be Back by Five (1998)

From their first childhood encounter, Daniel (Jon Cryer) and Stan (Rick Stear) have enjoyed an inseparable friendship.  While attending school, Stan—whose left leg is shorter than his right, and who will acquire a lifelong limp after a surgical procedure goes awry—would institute a day of hooky by communicating to his pal "We're on a mission… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God… Be Back by Five (1998)

Movies

“I’m just mad…cause I suck.”

Sherry Swanson (Maggie Gyllenhaal) has just been paroled.  A heroin addict since the age of 16 (she reminisces at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting that horse was “the love of my life”), she was sent up on theft charges (gotta support that habit) two-and-a-half years ago and now that she’s out, very much wants to pick… Continue reading “I’m just mad…cause I suck.”

Classic Movies

“The appalling thing about fascism is that you’ve got to use fascist methods to get rid of it.”

After the retreat of the British armed forces from Dunkirk, Britain was invaded by Germany in July of 1940…and though the Brits initially put up a stiff struggle, the Hun eventually stymied The Resistance and restored law and order to Old Blighty.  In 1944, World War II is still in progress but with German troops… Continue reading “The appalling thing about fascism is that you’ve got to use fascist methods to get rid of it.”

Movies

Buried Treasures: French Quarter (1978)

You’ll no doubt recall that in my Hopalong Cassidy post from last week I mentioned that the quality of the movies I downloaded from Epix’s “Vault on Demand” were a crapshoot at best.  Several of the Hoppy westerns, though watchable, were from prints beaten up for their lunch money (two of them in truncated 54-minute versions), and… Continue reading Buried Treasures: French Quarter (1978)