You may have missed the news, but this is the 50th anniversary of a cheap, scrappy British science fiction series called Doctor Who. Like a fair number of folk my age, I first stumbled across Doctor Who one Saturday afternoon on PBS, back when PBS was able to air things like Doctor Who, The Avengers, The Prisoner, and it being cultural and all, Benny Hill. Unlike many, however, I seem to be one of the few people who came into the show not during an airing of the iconic Tom Baker years, but rather during the tenure of the man with the velvet smoking jackets and Venusian aikido. The Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, was my introduction to Doctor Who, and he remains my favorite. Continue reading…
At Atlas Obscura, Al Ridenour writes about the Krampus, Krampusse, Perchten and LA’s upcoming Krampusfest.
At The LA Review of Books, Sarah Weinman writes about fine, subtle and underappreciated noir writer, Dorothy B. Hughes. “In a Lonely Place…blasted my mind open to new ways of reading. I wasn’t only enjoying the story and getting creeped out by the wholly unreliable narrator, Dix Steele, but marveling at the way Hughes let […]
At Pulp Curry, Andrew Nette looks at In A Lonely Place, both Nicholas Ray’s cinematic adaptation and Dorothy B. Hughes’ original novel.
I watched Xanadu on HBO dozens of times in the early 1980s. My obsession also included the soundtrack, which I listened to on a Walkman while attired in scarves, leotards, ruffled skirts, and legwarmers. Sadly, my skills at ballet, tap, and jazz did not translate into roller skating, so I pretended I was Olivia Newton-John […]
The High Tower Apartments and Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye and Raymond Chandler’s The High Window.
The Projection Booth Podcast has an excellent two-part series exploring Scientology on film. The first part focuses on Craig Baldwin’s Mock Up On Mu, with discussion of L. Ron Hubbard and rocket scientist/occultist Jack Parsons, and a comparison of Peter Alexander’s The Profit with Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. The second part is a Battlefield […]
“What the breach of generations shows is that there’s more than one way to be feminist.” Lizzie Goodman interviews musician and artist, Kim Gordon.
Gates McFadden‘s Dr. Beverly Crusher action figure is having many non-Starfleet-related adventures and they’re being recorded on the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Tumblr page. (via Tor.com)
At Vanity Fair, Ned Zeman explores the history of The Blues Brothers. “It is October 1979, and The Numbers are not to [Lew] Wasserman’s satisfaction. The culprit is Universal’s big-ticket production The Blues Brothers, a movie that pretty much defies logic and description. Some call it a musical; others, a comedy; others, a buddy movie; […]
It seems like when people think of comics, they think of superheroes, but there was a long time when crime and comics were synonymous. And now it seems like some of the best comics around are crime books. There’s a new golden age, a new crimewave in comics. I’ve been meaning to write about it, […]
Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius has died. The LA Times has an obituary and YouTube has many, many Soul Train clips.
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Illustrator Claire Hummel reinterprets Disney princess costumes to make them more historically accurate. (via The Bookshelves of Lesser Doom)
Responsible newsmen, expert psychiatrists, concerned parents. Learn about the dangers of horror comic books with this complete edition of the 1950s television series, “Confidential File: Horror Comic Books.” (via @PeterGutierrez)
Actress and Playboy Playmate Yvette Vickers has died. She was discovered by director Billy Wilder and acted in Sunset Boulevard and such atomic era classics such as Attack of the 50-Foot Woman and Attack of the Giant Leeches. Sadly, her body was discovered after a curious neighbor noticed her mail untouched.
The New Yorker tours Guillermo del Toro’s Los Angeles mansion and gets a look at Smaug and The Mountains of Madness. (via @Propnomicon)
Watch the first 3 episodes of Camera Obscura, a webseries about a woman who captures demons with her grandfather’s specially-altered camera. (Also, the grandfather? Played by Jack Klugman).
“Photos from the Uglyverse” capture Uglydolls as they go about their day to day business.
It’s been years since I’ve read any straight-up science-fiction. You know, the classic stuff by authors like Arthur C. Clarke or Robert Heinlein or Isaac Asimov. But I got back into it recently through A.E. Van Vogt, having picked-up a used copy of Empire of the Atom.
In its awesomeness, The Curated Object also has pieces from “Blade Runner: Designing the Future,” including Syd Mead’s conceptual paintings and a promotional, luminescent umbrella.keep looking »