A big Happy B-Day to #2 son Butch!
KISS ME DEADLY (1955) Robert Aldrich
Ralph Meeker is the best Mike Hammer ever put to film— the fact that we bear a passing resemblance is beside the point. This is the kind of movie you like if you like movies like TAKEN— i.e. no nonsense tough guy action where the bad guys get what’s coming to them in spades. I dig this one, so to does Criterion, the upscale DVD company that releases only the best and this is on their list.
Aired: October 4, 1974
Directed by Don Weis, Written by David Chase and Bill Stratton. Usual Cast: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage, Ruth McDevitt
Guest Cast: Suzanne Charny, William Daniels, John Doucette, Jan Murray, Larry Storch, Kathleen Nolan.
From IMDB: Sent to L.A. to interview a controversial guru, Carl instead tries to track down and stop an extremely vicious female vampire, unknowingly unearthed near Vegas by a road construction crew, who may be connected to his first case.
After the mis-step of the previous episode the fourth episode comes charging back with a vengeance as a direct sequel to the first NIGHT STALKER MOVIE from 1972. You see it turns out some of that vampires victims have themselves become vampires and this one is unearthed by an unsuspecting construction crew.
Kolchak is in good form in this one, and we’ve got a tight story thanks to David Chase along with some side characters who are interesting in there own right including pimp Ichabod Grace who runs “Grace’s Catering Service”. Kathleen Nolan is great as Kolchak’s gal Friday Faye Kruger who hopes to resume her career as a journalist and whom Carl is not against taking advantage of to have her help him write his column while he hunts down the new vampire.
HOW’S THE MONSTER: Lady Vampire— she’s great.
HOW’S THE SEASONED COP WHO HATES KOLCHAK: William Daniels was on BOY MEETS WORLD as Mr Feeney. He’s suitably aggravated by Kolchak here.
WHO ARE THE ODDBALL GUEST STARS: There are a few good ones here.
NEXT: The Werewolf!
For Winter 2018-19 we got a pretty good snowstorm back in early or mid November, then another one that was slightly less significant and then a light dusting and then one that melted almost right away. In other words it’s been an extremely mild winter— snow wise. It’s been cold as ever with temps sometimes in the upper single digits but the few times we’ve had precipitation we’ve lucked out and the weather gave us temps in the upper 40s so we got a lot of rain.
Now, January 17th we approach a Winter Storm Warning which calls for something like 15-30” of snow— and I’m not exaggerating those predictive numbers— that’s what it’s calling for— to hit us between Friday and Sunday.
Normally I don’t care. We work from home. We have plenty of food and DVDs to entertain us. But this weekend #2 son and I were planning a trip to our favorite gun shop out on the North Shore and then continue on up to another gun shop in Kittery Maine so I’ve been watching this one pretty closely. Throughout the week it’s been all over the place.
A week out and they had 1-2” for the weekend. A few days later it was 5-8” and now on the eve of the whole thing started we’ve got the aforementioned Snowmeggedon. I hope it’s the light and fluffy variety because shoveling the heavy stuff is brutal, but we’re overdue for a whalloping. Hopefully this doesn’t mean we’re on a new weather track to get hit every few days but that’s also happened often in the past.
We’re as ready as we can be, and hopefully we’ll get through this one unscathed, but I can almost promise you we’ll be here Monday back to work with business as usual.
Discovered a home remedy recently that seems to actually work; GARLIC.
Let me digress a minute. For many years I have been a strong proponent that the second you feel a cold coming on you should instantly grab some saltine crackers, a tube of wasabi and go to town. You can actually feel the wasabi burn whatever it is that’s making you sick almost right away. It’s tough and it really burns the hell out of your tongue but it works like a charm.
Veronica recently discovered Garlic works too. Buy you have to eat it raw and you have to eat a whole clove of it. She was coming down with something and went to the garlic route, she put some honey on it to make it more palatable and after repeating the same thing for three days she felt better.
Who am I to argue with that?
The downside is that the whole house smelled like garlic, and worse, it was actually coming through her pores. I guess if you’re looking for an anti aphrodisiac this is a perfect solution. I put up with it even though I personally hate the stuff because it was making her feel better.
She did say at one point the garlic was making her feel nausea and that might be enough incentive to get me to steer clear but I’ll stick with the wasabi and she’ll stick with the garlic.
These home remedies really do work.
This one hits all the points— I love Black Covers, I’ve loved The Shadow since I read the Jove Paperback reprints in the 1970s and listened to his old time radio shows, Frank Robbins is one of my favorite cartoonists of all time and I have an affection for Mummy’s. I can’t explain the Mummy love but I do.
This is a great cover— great Mummy too— love the red eyes.
Great modern toy— it’s Wacky but I love it— Funko did these as an homage to the great vintage Japanese Tin Toys that didn’t always follow the right color schemes.
VERTIGO (1958) Alfred Hitchcock
VERTIGO is an oddity— it was a commercial flop when it was first released, many felt Jimmy Stewart played too old. Ironic that Hitch would go to Cary Grant for his next film (he wanted Grant for this one) and that one was a hit but Grant was OLDER than Stewart.
Then the movie fell out of circulation as the rights reverted back to Hitch so it wasn’t seen for many many years building its reputation, when it was finally re-released it became heralded as Hithcock’s masterpiece. It’s not.
It’s beautiful, it’s stylish, it’s also convoluted and overly long, but you’ll have a good time with it so it’s recommended.