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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Elia Kazan's Boomerang



Elia Kazan was one of Hollywood's greatest directors and also known as a bit a rat for giving out names in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee. One of the names he mentioned was John Garfield, whose career took a dive after the hearings. Oddly enough, Garfield stars in a movie called They Made Me a Criminal.

But enough of the dark side, there's a ton to admire about Elia Kazan, including s2 amazing Marlon Brando movies - On the Waterfront and A Streetcar Named Desire. But a few years before that, He made this gem about political corruption, money and the legal system titled Boomerang. It stars Dana Andrews, Lee J. Cobb, and Jane Wyatt. Also look closely for the writer Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible) who appears in the line-up of suspects for a few seconds. He was also married to Marilyn Monroe, after Marilyn and Jolting Joe DiMaggio broke up.

If drama doesn't do it for you, try some comedy. Check out a new arrival from The Addams Family called Lurch's Grand Romance, where Lurch (Ted Cassidy) falls in love with Morticia's old school chum, Tina Trivia. Morticia, played by Carolyn Jones speaks a lot of French in this episode.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Alien Technology Video Game Repair



Long before he got the creampuff role as Edward R. Murrow, David Strathairn shined in his role as the alien dog bounty hunter in Brother From Another Planet. Directed by John Sayles, who also plays alien dog bounty hunter (2) - these whacked out knuckleheads chase the runaway alien Joe Morton all over New York City. I mean really - that is enough to want to go watch it, but there are a bunch of very memorable scenes that make it even better. A few favorites include - the part where he fixes he ton of old video game machines with alien technology. And i just loved the crazy card trick story on the subway.

Check out Frank Random's funky preview or watch the whole movie. Now available as Flash video - and Realplayer as well.

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