Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday's Overlooked Films And/Or Other A/V: with a few more links

Thanks as always to all the contributors and all you readers of the reviews and citations at the links below...a few more are likely to join these as the day progresses (including my own contributions, if the crick don't rise). And if I've missed your contribution, please let me know in comments...thanks again!

Bill Crider: The Alligator People (almost inevitably) (the trailer)

Brian Arnold: The Regular Show and its prequels; Heartbeeps

Cullen Gallagher: Christa Faust: Tough Dames

Dan Stumpf: The Big Knife

Ed Gorman: Kliph Nesteroff on Roulette Records and the Other Affairs of Morris Levy

Evan Lewis: The Plainsman

George Kelley: The Girl [sic] With the Dragon Tattoo (2011) special edition home video package

Iba Dawson: In the Loop

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr.: "The Farmer Exchange Project" (Mayberry, RFD)

John Charles: Albino (1976)

James Reasoner: "G" Men

Juri Nummelin: Himmelskibert (taken in full)

Michael Shonk: Probe (1972)

Patti Abbott: Irma La Douce

Prashant Trikannad: Irreconcilable Differences

Randy Johnson: A Boy and His Dog

Rod Lott: Prince of Darkness (1987); Orca

Ron Scheer: In Old Arizona

Scott Cupp: The Devil Bat

Sergio Angelini: Plunder of the Sun

Stacia Jones: El Brendel and TCM highlights: Kes, Petulia, Darling

Steve Lewis: Smooth as Silk

Todd Mason: Without You I'm Nothing; Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic; Short Notice (MNet); Eric Solstein's documentaries

Walter Albert: The Ghost Goes West

"WutheringWillow": Night of the Generals; Tammy and the Bachelor

Yvette Banek: Character Actors

Related matters:

Juri Nummelin: John Carter; Scott Parker, likewise; Walker Martin, as well

Prashant Trikannad: Cary Grant


Phillyradiogeek said...

Thanks for posting my Regular Show article. My new post is on the notorious Andy Kaufman vehicle Heartbeeps. Here you go!

Todd Mason said...

I think you'll find HEARTBEEPS Not-Bad but watered-down in the manner of most of Richard Pryor's (or Gene Wilder's) films, when compared to what Kaufman, at least, was capable of...

Yvette said...

No film from me today, Todd. Not feeling up to par. Apologies.

Todd Mason said...

Not at all, Yvette. I hope you feel better soon.

George said...

I love that snarky "sic" in your listing of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Lisbeth Salander is a force of nature in both film versions whether it's Noomi Rapace or Rooney Mara.

Scott Cupp said...

My film is finally up, Todd. nice to see things at Missions Unknown are back to normal

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Todd, I have just posted a review of IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES on my blog but I hope I'm not late. Thanks very much for including the Cary Grant trivia.

Todd Mason said...

Thanks, folks! Yes, George, I still don't buy the "necessity" of changing Larsson's title, which no other language found.

Scott...ah, well...consistency is...something., it's tough to be Too Late...

George said...

The American and British publishers thought that Larsson's original title, MEN WHO HATE WOMEN, wasn't commercial. So THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO was born. It's all marketing.

Todd Mason said...

Yes, and they were wrong. And they apparently couldn't be bothered to have the books properly translated.

wutheringwillow @ A Life in Movies said...

Hello! My post has been up since yesterday but I couldn't comment on your blog as my home computer is acting up. My Tuesday’s Overlooked (or Forgotten) Films post is here,

Juri said...

Todd, I did a belated post, hope you can snatch it!

Todd Mason said...

Thanks, folks...and you are more prompt than I, Juri. Meanwhile, WW, I understand Patti Abbott is having the reverse problem with WordPress...annoying all 'round (happily?, most of my problems are between Firefox and Blogger).

SteveHL said...


I'm trying to catch up with the last few weeks of FFB and Overlooked Films. I can't access your comments on Without You I'm Nothing and Jesus is Magic at all and although I can see Short Notice and the Solstein documentaries, I don't see any commentary from you about these.

One note on the small part of the Solstein that I've watched so far -Malzberg is wrong about the cover of That Sweet Little Old Lady showing Kenneth Malone; it is his partner, Thomas Boyd. I doubt that the Mark Phillips books have many fans now but I am [the only?] one.

Todd Mason said...

Thanks, Steve, for taking the look. Sadly, I haven't yet written the Sandra Bernhardt or Sara Silverman film reviews, or at least not the versions for here, nor have I added my commentary on the Solstein or SHORT NOTICE...intentions don't always pan out (it took months for the laboring mountain to produce the mouse that was my squib on NOBODY WAVED GOODBYE...with luck, it won't be that long here).

Thanks for hipping us to Barry Malzberg's error on that cover-artist ID...I'll pass this along to him directly. You might be among the few in the world who might have the straight dope on this, indeed...I caught Barry in another small error, myself, in mistaking Asimov's story in the 1939 ASTOUNDING he highlights as IA's first...actually, Asimov's first published story was "Marooned off Vesta" in the March 1939 had been an ASTOUNDING reject, and Asimov suspected, in his autobio, that Ray Palmer bought it mostly because it fit a word-length hole in the issue as it was being prepared...Asimov went on to note that Robert Bloch's story was nonetheless the only other that was better than his, as IA was careful to have the Bloch included in the retrospective best-of series he was putting together for DAW Books. Ed Earl Repp not produce top-drawer sf (or anything)? Perhaps Edmond Hamilton was having a bad few days while writing his.

Contents: AMAZING, March 1939
7 • The Observatory (Amazing Stories, March 1939) • essay by Raymond A. Palmer
8 • The Raid from Mars • shortstory by Miles J. Breuer, M.D.
22 • Valley of Invisible Men • novella by Edmond Hamilton
66 • Marooned Off Vesta • [Brandon, Shea & Moore • 1] • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
78 • The Strange Flight of Richard Clayton • shortstory by Robert Bloch
86 • Vengeance from the Void • shortstory by Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr.
100 • Trapped by Telepathy • shortstory by Otto Binder [as by Eando Binder ]
112 • The City That Walked • shortstory by Ed Earl Repp
121 • Science Quiz (Amazing Stories, March 1939) • essay by uncredited
123 • Questions and Answers (Amazing Stories, March 1939) • essay by uncredited
124 • Meet the Authors: Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr. • essay by Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr.
124 • Meet the Authors (Amazing Stories, March 1939) • essay by Isaac Asimov and Ed Earl Repp and Miles J. Breuer, M.D. and Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr. and Robert Bloch and Eando Binder
128 • Discussions (Amazing Stories, April 1931) • essay by The Editor
129 • Letter (Amazing Stories, April 1931) • essay by D. B. Thompson
130 • Letter (Amazing Stories, April 1931) • essay by Donn Brazier
133 • Letter (Amazing Stories, April 1931) • essay by Willy Ley
137 • Letter (Amazing Stories, April 1931) • essay by Leslie A. Croutch
138 • Letter (Amazing Stories, April 1931) • essay by Robert A. Madle
140 • Letter (Amazing Stories, April 1931) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
142 • Letter (Amazing Stories, April 1931) • essay by Ralph Milne Farley
145 • Undersea Salvager • essay by H. W. McCauley

Todd Mason said...

...and perhaps I can learn to reliably spell Sandra Bernhard and Sarah Silverman's names first...

Todd Mason said...

And I plead the hour (it's early, still) in referring to cover artist when the error your caught in Barry's reference was to the character portrayed. Barry graciously (via email) thanks us both for pointing out the two small lapses...and recalls his pleasure in your throwing in with him in banging drums for Mark Clifton and his legacy.