2) Angela Lansbury was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Manchurian Candidate, she did not win.
3) The Discovery Channel did not air the fake documentary about mermaids. That was Animal Planet that was responsible for that misleading program.
Never Found In The 80s: The Suburbs
Having been absent on the Stuck in the 80s blog for a couple weeks, my blog series about musical artists that never made it with the general America listening public in the 1980s returned. The latest finds me profiling another Minneapolis band. The band is The Suburbs. Kinda funk, kinda punk and always very danceable and fun, The Suburbs was big in the Twin Cities.
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It’s a category of movie that I’ve come up with: good, interesting, entertaining movies that are paced in such a way or the music has a certain tone or for some other reason I can’t point my finger on, can’t help but put you to sleep. Blade Runner (1982) is just such a movie. As is Dark City (1998). Both have interesting stories and are visually intriguing, but they tend to make me sleepy.
Cracked.com is a fun site that has lots of funny and thought-provoking observations of popular culture. One such list was on actors improving their characters or lines by not going by what the writers called for. One example was from Blade Runner in which Rutger Hauer greatly improved his final speech.
I talked a bit more about the unpleasantness taking place in the skeptic/atheist community and how PZ Myers has opened himself up to a lawsuit. He is, in fact, being instructed by the lawyer of the prominent skeptic/atheist to remove the accusatory blog piece and issue an apology. I guess we’ll see what happens.
I also mentioned Brian Keith Dalton’s take on this rumor-mongering. Dalton plays the character Mr. Deity (God) on the popular YouTube video series. The latest video in which Joseph Smith, inventor of the Mormon faith, is lampooned is followed by a couple minute address by Mr. Dalton to his audience about rumors and accusations from anonymous sources. It’s very clever, without directly speaking about the current events.
Check it out here.
There are several versions of this classic (I admit having a soft spot for the original with the Harrison Ford voice-over and the happy ending), but The Final Cut is probably most readily available. It’s a really good example of thoughtful sci-fi. Be sure to drink a lot of coffee, drop some speed, or snort some meth, so that you stay awake for this excellent lullaby movie.
(Dimland Radio does not endorse illegal drug use. That was just a joke.).
Second ad break bumpers: ‘Love Vigilantes‘ by New Order & ‘Love On A Farmboy’s Wages‘ by XTC
Closing song: ‘Angler’s Treble Hook’ by $5 Fiddle