Sunday, October 31, 2010

"Misfits" returns to E4 November 11th

The surprise hit series that follows five outsiders on community service who get struck by a flash storm and lumbered with special powers, "Misfits," returns to E4 November 11th at 10 pm. Here's the trailer for Series 2.

Sunday Night at the Movies - Halloween Edition - "Plan 9 from Outer Space"

What's Halloween without a little Ed Wood? This 1959 film (originally entitled "Grave Robbers from Outer Space") is widely known as the worst movie ever made. That's a little harsh. True, "Plan 9 from Outer Space" is awful, but its still fun to watch.

Featuring Vampira, Tor Johnson, and Bela Lugosi in footage shot prior to his death.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Adventures of Captain Marvel - Chapter 8: Boomerang

As this week's chapter opens Betty and Billy Batson are trapped in a cabin on an active bombing range. Billy is gagged and unable to speak the magic word, "Shazam!" which will change him into the might Captain Marvel. How can they survive? See for yourself in The Adventures of Captain Marvel -- Chapter 8: Boomerang.



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Places - Aboard the Zeppelin Eureka, Long Beach CA

Aboard the Eureka --








Places - Aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach CA

The Queen Mary --






100 Essential E-Books (Halloween Edition) #17 Dracula by Bram Stoker

Published in 1897 Dracula by Bram Stoker was not an immediate success. Reviewers praised the book, but sales were merely average. Arthur Conan Doyle was among those who recognized the quality of the novel, and wrote Stoker a letter praising the book. Today the story of the vampiric Count Dracula is one of the world's most famous works of fantasy fiction.

Here it is in multiple formats from ManyBooks.net













The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies - Halloween Edition - "The Giant Gila Monster"

As a Halloween offering here is 1959's Giant Gila Monster directed by Ray Kellogg. Many of you have probably seen the MST3K version of this one, but its worth a look on its own. This is one of two films produced by Ken "Gunsmoke" Curtis, the other being, "The Killer Shrews."

Stars Don Sullivan, Lisa Simone, and Shug Fisher.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Adventures of Captain Marvel - Chapter 7: Human Targets

The Scorpion has tricked Bentley and Fisher into revealing the hiding places of their lenses. Captain Marvel has saved Bentley's lens, and, as we rejoin the action, he is flying at top speed to Fisher's estate. What will happen next? Find out in Chapter Seven of The Adventures of Captain Marvel, "Human Targets."

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Old Time Radio Thursdays - Bob and Ray Present the CBS Radio Network - "Sports-a-phone"

Here's a show from the wonderful Bob & Ray first presented back in 1959. It features an episode of the brilliant "Johnny Braddock's Sports-a-Phone," a quiz show that no one can win.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

100 Essential E-Books #16 The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Written in 1903, Jack London's The Call of the Wild is considered the best of his early works. Buck, a pampered dog from Santa Clara, is sold to pay a gambling debt, and becomes a sled dog in Alaska. During his adventures Buck discovers his primal side, and a powerful bond with his master, Thornton.

Here it is in multiple formats from ManyBooks.net.












The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies - "And Then There Were None"

Directed by Rene Clair, this 1945 film is an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name. Invited guests on remote island find themselves accused of murder by a psychopathic judge named Owens. Unable to leave the guests are executed one by one in accordance with the rhyme, "Ten Little Indians."




Friday, October 15, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Adventures of Captain Marvel - Chapter 6: Lens of Death

The Scorpion has lured Captain Marvel into the Harrison Mine Tunnels, only to flood them with molten lava. How will the Captain escape? See for yourself in The Adventures of Captain Marvel, Chapter 6: Lens of Death.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Old Time Radio Thursdays - "The Henry Morgan Show" - The First Show

Not many people remember Henry Morgan these days, and if they do, it's usually as a panelist on the game show "I've Got a Secret." Morgan was a great comedian, with a dry wit and a bemused delivery. He was also known for his battles with networks, producers, and sponsors. For example, during the run of "The Henry Morgan Show" Morgan's relationship with his sponsor, Eversharp/Shick grew combative, culminating in Morgan telling his audience that Eversharp didn't like them.

"I know they don't like me," he said.

Also features Arnold Stang.

"Hello Everybody. Here's Morgan."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

100 Essential Ebooks # 15 Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

Written by Mary Shelley in 1818 when she was only eighteen years old, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, is one of the earliest and greatest science fiction novels. The tragic tale of Victor Frankenstein's search for the secret of life has become part of world culture. It was first published anonymously, and it wasn't until the second edition that the book bore Shelley's name.

Here it is in multiple formats from ManyBooks.net












The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies - "The Gaunt Stranger"

This 1938 adaptation of an Edgar Wallace play ("The Ringer") is written by the great Sidney Gilliat and directed by Walter Forde. A mastermind known as "The Ringer" targets a criminal lawyer for revenge after the suicide of his sister. But who is the Ringer? Stars Sam Hackett. Made at Ealing Studios.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Adventures of Captain Marvel - Chapter 5: The Scorpion Strikes

As this week's adventure begins, Betty is being held by the Scorpion's men as Captain Marvel races to her rescue. Will he be on time? Find out in Chapter Five - The Scorpion Strikes!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

100 Essential E-Books #14 Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Written in 1866 Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky tells the story of the mentally unstable former student, Rodion Rasknolnikov, who plans and executes the murder of a pawnbroker. Rasknolnikov is tormented by the murder and oscillates between guilt and arguing that he is possessed of a moral right to murder.

Here it is in mulitple formats from ManyBooks.net











The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies: "Crash of the Moons"

Okay, this time I'm cheating -- but it's in a good cause. Crash of the Moons (1954) is not a real film, but a compilation of three episodes of the TV series, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger. I first saw this on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and despite the the great job they did riffing the series, I was still charmed by it.

For the comic fans out there -- it seems like Rocky Jones was a big influence on the early days of DC's Legion of Superheroes. A lot of design elements are similar, and Saturn Girl resembled Sally Mansfield (Vena) in the early days. Crash of the Moon stars Richard Crane, Scotty Beckett, Sally Mansfield, and John Banner.



Saturday, October 2, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Adventures of Captain Marvel - Chapter 4: Death takes the Wheel

As our adventure begins, the mysterious Scorpion has sent his men to retrieve Carlyle's lens, but Billy Batson intends to reach it first by airplane. Billy is unaware that a time-bomb aboard the plane is about to explode in Chapter Four of The Adventures of Captain Marvel, "Death takes the Wheel."