Friday, October 10, 2008

Reasons To Be Cheerful: week of 10/10/08

(This is a compiled repost of items culled from my soon-to-be-extinct subsidiary blog, 'Brief Window')

1. Prepare for a feast of amazing visuals at
Wrong side of the art.

"...Specializing in cult/horror/exploitation/B/sci-fi movie posters, and basically any other genre to which one may refer as 'shit'."

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(Found via DTYBYWL)

2. Follow link to a stack of compelling visuals: 'I Got Millions of Images' at
WFMU's Beware of the Blog (via NOW STYLE POP CROSSOVER).

3. 'Sitting in the Dark with Patton Oswalt' (and at a high school graduation ceremony, too)

This film series is already half over as of this writing, and it's only really available to folks in Los Angeles (not me), but still it's an interesting peek into the current happenings of Actor / Stand-Up Comedian
Patton Oswalt and his passion for cinema.

- Click over to Patton's website for details and program notes on the series of double-bills he's programmed at
The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles (ending later this week).

At left, a lovely poster for the series by cartoonist
Ivan Brunetti!

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You can also check out
a nice interview with
Patton Oswalt at The Onion's A.V. Club
, in which he elaborates further on the movies he's chosen, his history with the New Beverly and with film in general.

- - And as long as you're skirting the edges of Planet Oswalt, head back to his website and read the funny and truly inspiring commencement speech he delivered this past June at his old high school in Ashburn, Virginia.

4. Spin the dial over to The Outland Institute for Eight Theme Tunes No TV Show Could Live Up To.

The question is posed: "Is it possible for a theme tune to promise something so exciting, so spooky, so newsy or so scantily-clad that the television show simply cannot live up to it?"

The institute is located in Melbourne, Australia, which (for me) enhances the exotic qualities of the TV themes chosen (in a series of video clips), even when the shows are somewhat pedestrian.

- - And while I agree whole-heartedly with their inclusion and opinions regarding 'Space: 1999', I personally disagree with the stance they've taken on 'Lost In Space', as I much prefer the theme music to the first two seasons, as opposed to the theme used in the third.

- - However, the Outland Institute post has also introduced me to 'Chopper Squad' and
'K-9 and Company', so for that I am indebted...

- Some further info has come from the Institute- -
"Curiously, the "K9 & Company" theme was written by Ian Levine who also wrote and produced "So Many Men, So Little Time" by Miquel Brown (two million copies sold), and "High Energy" by Evelyn Thomas (seven million copies sold).

"And they were both terrible too."

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