The Professor’s Fall Journal: October Week 3

 

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Fiasco Brothers Watch a Movie (with Professor Mortis): Death Wish 3

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.

December 31, 2014: Strange Days (1995)

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December 30th, 2014: The Land Unknown (1957)

The Land Unknown

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

December 28th, 2014: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

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December 27th, 2014: Touch of Evil

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