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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

ScreamFest 07 - Horror Blowout!

Once again - it is that time of year again, October. And that means we have to blow off the doors again for the annual ScreamFest, a.k.a. LikeTelevision's Streaming Screaming Halloween. The library of horror films has grown like crazy - and we try to put together for you with our suggestions, plus - your suggestions of what's best... and the obvious categories like witches, vampires, and zombies. Plus a bunch more TV classic Halloween Specials from back in the day.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

More Movie Downloads

Just in time for the weekend, we've added a bunch of movie downloads. For a Halloween treat, get ready for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring the legendary actor John Barrymore. (John would be Drew Barrymore 's grandfather). One of the original great silent horror films, I suspect you will be impressed with Barrymore's performance. He really does a great job of portraying the dual sides of the same man.

And speaking of complex great men, check out the incomparable Buster Keaton in The General. This wonderful film is in the IMDB top 250 movies of all time and for good reason. Made in 1927 - in its day, this was perhaps the greatest film ever made. Buster Keaton's comedy genius shines as always. He is hilarious as the lead character Johnny Gray.

Also - another Halloween gem for all you fans of One Step Beyond. Check out another new episode added to the LikeTelevision Media Library, The Trap starring Mike Kellin, about the psychic link between identical twins. An excellent episode!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Moving to California

On Tuesday October 16th, we'll be loading up the truck with some older servers and moving to a new swankier location with lots of perks. No, we're not really moving to California (we already have 7 servers there already) - we are just moving the core part of the site, and all the many servers on subdomains to a data center 20 miles away from the one we were in for the last 12 years. As you might guess, this is not a walk in the park... but we are getting all the ducks in a row to do the move on Tuesday. We thought we should give you a heads up. We don't expect the users to ever notice, since the files are mirrored on a bunch of shiny new servers with new levels of speed and storage. Gotta get back to editing room. More in a bit.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Che Guevara Killed Oct 8, 1967

It was 40 years ago today that Che Guevara was killed in Bolivia. This short newsreel from the ealy 1990s features a bunch of video clips of Che Guevara, speaking at the United Nations, speaking at a rally in Cuba, and other news snippets from long ago. The newsreel states he was killed in guerrilla action by the Bolivian government, but rumors remain that the C.I.A. had a hand in it. Or maybe it was the Soviets? In any event, Che Guevara was killed 40 years ago today. I do not expext to be wearing any Che T-shirts for some time to come, but indeed I do hope God has mercy on poor Che's soul. It is nice to want good things for the people (and it can also be annoying), but when you need a gun to encourage people to go along, perhaps it is time to reconsider your plan.

Che Guevara -10/08/1967

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Top 5 Silent Horror Movies

Everybody likes a good Top 10 list, but we'll go one better - yes, a Top 5 list, in this case, The Best 5 Silent Horror Movies. Not only do we provide a list, we also have the entire films to watch online for free. Let them drum roll begin, or better still how about an a J.S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Okay, here goes.

5) Hunchback of Notre Dame(1923). The Victor Hugo classic was released in 1923 and starred Lon Chaney as Quasimodo. Plus, a killer preview by LikeTelevision's own, Frank Random.

4) Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde(1920). Based on another classic literary work, in this case Robert Louis Stevenson's story called The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Plus - this could be John Barrymore's greatest performance. Really amazing acting, a must for all wanna be thesbians.

3) Nosferatu(1922) - Okay folks, this 1922 F.W. Murnau film is really creepy. Based on Bram Stoker's epic novel Dracula, Max Schrek is amazingly frightening as the Vampire Nosferatu. In a fit of insanity, Frank Random worked like a maniac to put a new soundtrack on it. Have fun.

2) The Phantom of the Opera (1925). Lon Chaney is brilliant in his role as the music genius named Erik, who gets disfigured and becomes the Phantom of the Opera.

1) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari(1921) starring Werner Krauss as Dr. Caligari. Nothing is more frightening than one's mind - wondering what is real and fantasy, and wandering between the lines of sanity and madness. The Mother of all horror films - Check out Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari. Or watch Frank Random's preview for a taste.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

LikeTelevision Baseball Videos

Since it's that time of year again, Baseball time, also known as October, we thought we'd offer our top picks in the search for baseball videos. The favorite seems to be The Clampetts meet the Dodgers with Leo Durocher of the LA Dodgers, followed closely by the Jackie Robinson movie. Not to be missed, an early live tv performance by Paul Newman in Bang the Drum slowly. Plus - Max Patkin the clown prince of baseball, and an old shaving commercial with Pee Wee Reese, Don Zimmer and Roy Campenella. Want more baseball video? Try here.