Well, the lights have been off on this site for quite some time. But that doesn’t mean that we’re not still watching movies! While I continue to be a parent (did just one baby stop me from blogging about movies obsessively-it seems so quaint now that there are TWO lil Mortises!) I am, in fact, always watching movies. If you want to read some mini-reviews, I highly recommend checking out my Letterboxd stream. Recently League member Sean Frost started up a podcast with the inestimable Tim Lehnerer-The Fiasco Brothers Watch a Movie. Sean and Tim, the titular Fiasco Brothers, discuss a new movie every other week, chosen randomly from their own list of possible titles.
Not having a podcast of my own and not genetically blessed with the ability to shut up, I of course wanted to join the pair to talk about a movie. Sean asked me about a few titles. Thanks to a scheduling mishap you missed my tale of how I first saw Live and Let Die in French during a family vacation to Quebec as part of a general discussion of Blaxploitation attached to their episode on Truck Tuner. Instead they booked me to discuss Death Wish 3,, one of our former Movies of the Day. I had an absolute blast recording with these guys and I highly recommend subscribing to their entertaining podcast. Without further ado, here is Episode 9 of The Fiasco Brothers Watch a Movie: My Roscoe Goes Ka-Chee.
Cast and Crew: William Alland (Producer); Henry Mancini (Score); Henry Brandon
What It’s About: A naval helicopter on an exploration mission crashes in the mouth of an Antarctic volcano that houses a lost world of prehistoric dinosaurs and plants. Can the survivors find a way to repair their helicopter before the expedition gives up searching for them? What or who is it that the dinosaurs fear?
Why Watch it Today?: Although not directly named, Operation Highjump, the 1946 mission to explore Antarctica, especially the crash of one plane on today’s date, partly inspired today’s film. While not a classic by any means, the film features some wonderfully goofy dinosaur effects and a lot of great 1950s “can do” scientist action, and it does feature one clever twist that I won’t spoil here.