Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret - 2009 - pilot


Got turned on to this pilot episode of the UK Channel 4’s twisted comedy The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret at the Scene Kids in Pain blog. The loopy show is written by a favorite controversial funnyman David Cross (who also portrays the title character) and Shaun Pye. Will Arnett portrays the asshole executive who sets Todd Margaret on his way to a sales job and further misadventures in London. According to broadcastnow.co.uk talks are underway for the show to air in the US.

The 6 episode series is produced by RDF and their website gives this description:
American Todd Margaret (David Cross) bluffs his way into an apparently great job opportunity, heading up the sales team in his employer’s London office. All he has to do is sell several thousand energy drinks before his boss visits him in a week. Simple. Apart from the fact that he knows nothing about British culture and nothing about sales. This is further complicated when he lies continuously to cover his ignorance and spectacularly fails to impress Alice the first beautiful girl he meets. Dave his British co-worker, soon takes full advantage of Todd’s situation and chaos ensues.

Here are the first few minutes of the pilot...



Friday, February 19, 2010

The Mascot (1934) Wladyslaw Starewicz


Wladyslaw Starewicz (1882 – 1965)
created this visually stunning, near silent film in the 1930s
and he incorporated many then cutting edge special effects
into the imaginative production.

Known as Fétiche in France and Duffy in the UK and the US,
the toy stuffed dog title character proved successful
enough for several sequels.


First saw any of this when Night Flight ran the portion where Duffy
meets up with the devil and his pals.




Monday, February 15, 2010

Blue Sunshine (1976) Elvira's Movie Macabre


Presented here by horror hostess Elvira is 1976s Blue Sunshine, which is written and directed by Jeff Lieberman. Mr. Lieberman also directed these unconventional horror film standouts: an invasion of angry worms in Squirm (1976) and Just Before Dawn (1981) a kids menaced by a slasher in the woods film that transcends the genre.

Blue Sunshine takes an mid 70s look at the horrific consequences of acid gobbling in the 60s. Those who enjoyed the "blue sunshine" lsd years ago are revisited by homicidal, hair losing flash backs throughout the double knit, deep shag and Earth toned surroundings. Softcore/exploitation favorite Zalman King has a lead role with Mark Goddard from Lost in Space and Robert Walden from Lou Grant also appearing. According to the trivia listings at IMDb.com "the street that was used for the O'Malley's neighborhood would later be the same street used for A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)."

the trailer


the feature








Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Story Time (1968) Terry Gilliam


Here's a rarely seen
1968 animated short from Terry Gilliam

Story Time





plus the trailer for his newest motion picture


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Spacemen 3 - 1989 - Holland


Never got a chance to see the Spacemen 3 live as the scheduled 1989 U.S. tour commemorated in the poster above was scuttled at the last minute due to difficulties in obtaining visas/passports for all the band members. Thanks to djrenetwee posting these 1989 clips on Youtube for a glimpse of what these psychedelic sonic wisecrackers would have brought to U.S. clubs.



Live at the Willem 1 Arnhem Holland
13 April 1989

BO DIDDLEY JAM + MARY ANNE


ROLLERCOASTER


THINGS'LL NEVER BE THE SAME + TAKE ME TO THE OTHER SIDE


STARSHIP + REVOLUTION


CHE


SUICIDE


TRANSPARENT RADIATION


JAM (REPRISE)



Spacemen 3 Interview - Sonic Boom and Jason Pierce

Friday, February 5, 2010

Happy Birthday to Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger


H.R. Giger
born 5 February 1940

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safari




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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Jane's Addiction - 1988 - Detroit


Heard Jane's Addiction for the first time while in a car,
motoring around the northern Chicago suburbs sometime during
the Fall of 1988. Their sound worked the crossroads of
metal and the nascent world of "alternative" rock.
Here's some of their trippy, heavy rock n roll
from a 1988 tour stop in Detroit.

Pigs in Zen


Stop


Kettle Whistle


plus

Ocean Size
from 11 October 1988
from elsewhere


Mountain Song video