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…
Speaking from recent experience, I don’t recommend getting a cold/cough/(something virulent and archaic, like consumption?) that sticks around for 4-5 weeks. It kinda sucks. With reduced brainpower, I’ve been watching a lot of Rifftrax (“There can be only one?? You should have mentioned that earlier!”). Fun, but not much to say, except that, yup, Highlander […]
Tales from R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet told by actor Michael K. Williams and drawn by Kagan McLeod.
Joe Lansdale writes about the last minstrel show in East Texas. “I never saw any African-American minstrel shows, but I heard about them from those who had. I certainly saw a white minstrel show. I saw it in a time when public places sported ‘white’ and ‘colored’ water fountains and restrooms, and when restaurants that […]
At Funny Or Die, John Carpenter presents, “John Carpenter’s Halloween!”
Animator of Sita Sings The Blues, Nina Paley, has a new short, “This Land Is Mine,” concerning, “a brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant” set to, “This Land Is Mine” sung by Andy Williams. (Via Cartoon Brew)
Nicolas Cage performs John Cage’s, “4’33″.”
John Seabrook, aka, “Uncle Pervy,” created an overview of K-Pop video for all your booty-shaking, synchronized dance needs. Make sure to click through to his article on Korean pop music for The New Yorker. (via @sammy2lighters)
At Sparks in Electrical Jelly, Jez Winship writes about Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio, Peter Cargill and the late Trish Keenan of Broadcast, who provide the film’s soundtrack, and the film’s namesake, the great experimental vocalist and composer, Cathy Berberian. It includes fascinating experimental scores for Berberian’s comic-strip derived and cartoon-influenced, “Stripsody,” as well as […]
The cast of Mad Men is never gonna give you up. (Thanks, Mark!)
Carrie Brownstein talks about Portlandia, Wild Flag, and nostalgia. “[A]s we went into the second season and now the third, the analogy we used was a record. Your first album can be a series of singles – like “here’s our opening thesis” – and you have a couple of hits. It might not be cohesive […]
Kill List director and suspected Pirate Captain Ben Wheatley has been secretly making commercial videos for years. Siân Elizabeth-Anne just happens to have gathered all Wheatley’s booty in one place, The Vanguard programme blog. Or most of it. Meanwhile, at the Midnight Madness blog, Chad Eberle has collected evidence of Rob Zombie’s secret life as […]
Muppet performer and puppeteer Jerry Nelson has died. Nelson performed Count Von Count, Snuffleupagus, Sherlock Hemlock, Fat Blue/Mr. Johnson, the female Koozbanian and Herry Monster on Sesame Street. He also performed Floyd Pepper, Camilla the Chicken, Lew Zealand and Dr. Julius Strangepork on The Muppet Show and movies and Gobo on Fraggle Rock. The LA […]
“PSY does something in his video that few other artists, Korean or otherwise, do: He parodies the wealthiest, most powerful neighborhood in South Korea. Sure, he uses physical humor to make it seemingly about him, a man who wants to project glamour but keeps falling short…But ultimately, by declaring ‘Oppa is Gangnam Style,’ he turns […]
“Depth, light, sound, music: Stephen and Timothy Quay speak on the many dimensions of film,” both animated and live-action, at Keyframe.
Sherman Hemsley has died. Hemsley was most famous as George Jefferson on the tv show, The Jeffersons and Deacon Ernest Frye in Amen. “Years after [The Jeffersons] ended, Hemsley frequently encountered fans who asked him to reenact George’s famous strut from the show’s opening credits. Hemsley said it was inspired by the Philly Slop, a […]
“I used a descending chromatic scale throughout the score,” explains Marc Wilkinson, who was director of music at the National Theatre when Haggard approached him to write the score for Blood On Satan’s Claw. “To make it scary, I omitted the perfect fifth, which is the one true consonant in the chromatic scale, and highlighted […]
Actor and comedian Andy Griffith has died. Boston.com has an overview of his career. The Hollywood Reporter has memorials from Jim Nabors and Ron Howard. And here is a Griffith stand-up bit from 1953 with images drawn by George Woodbridge.
Taylor Davis plays 6 parts of Alan Silvestri’s “Avengers Theme” on her violin.
Singer and actress Emi Ito has died. Ito was a member of the singing duo, The Peanuts, with her twin sister, Yumi. And both were probably most famous as the Shobijin/twin fairies who were mystically connected to Mothra in the Mothra and Godzilla films of the 1960s and 1970s. More about The Peanuts here and […]
“Ah shit, man, being a Juggalo is a hard thing. But at the same time, it’s the closest love you’re ever gonna have.” More from Jason Webber’s interview with Insane Clown Posse’s Shaggy 2 Dope here. (via Matt Staggs)« go back — keep looking »