Glen Larson, RIP
At any rate, I did finally pick up the original Battlestar Galactica DVD set, and watch some of the other programs like Knight Rider and Six Million Dollar Man on retro TV like the Me Network or the Cozy Channel etc. Those channels provide a lot of nostalgia for some of us that grew up in those decades, and also introduce a new audience to some of that programming. I wonder at times what the current young people will look back on in the same way once they get old. Will they want to see Dancing With The Stars or old Big Brother episodes, or maybe hillbillies wrestling with alligators? Hard to say....
There are a couple of nice write-ups and obituaries on the man and his career around the web, I suspect there will be a few more. Here's one that I chuckled at a bit, wherein Harlan Ellison referred to him as Glen Larceny for taking hit movies, and turning them into hit TV series. Though some, like Harlan, may view that as stealing, I guess others view that as a good idea, it seems a natural and good idea to me. If a movie had many fans, why not capitalize off that topic or trend when you already have a fan base? The same thing is more or less still happening today with the zombie hit series, The Walking Dead, and others that mirror popular culture and movie franchises. Here's a nice overall obit on Larson, with the Harlan Ellison quip:
Here's an hour plus interview I found with Larson talking about some of his television career over on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2WHTAMyYDA#t=811
Still a bit under the weather here. I figure one of these days, my allergies will clear up. Boy it's taking it's time for sure, and I'm more than ready to have a clear head. I did watch a couple of movies lately, as wtih the cold weather, and the allergies, I haven't felt much like getting out.
Edge of Tomorrow--with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt was way better than I was expecting. It was a SF action film that at the time of release was compared to the movie Groundhogs Day, which really doesn't do it justice or any favors (although I enjoyed Groundhogs Day--it's sort of comparing apples to oranges), but I guess the recurring time vortex thing is what they are using as the comparison. I really thought the action and battle scenes were constructed really well on this one, at times right up there with some of the action scenes on Aliens and other great SF action film. The story was engaging and funny at times too. Whoever thought up this story seemed to have played their share of video games, and thought up a good concept. I actually enjoyed this one more than the X-Men movie.
Cheap Thrills-- didn't now much about this movie, but it was sort of edgy and suspenseful. It did keep my interest pretty much all the way through, and it didn't take long to ramp up the storyline. It's a movie that I don't recommend unless you enjoy this sort of story, however. Hard to think of a movie that's comparable, but maybe something along the line of a Tarantino movie, or Fight Club, or Seven, something along that line. It's one of those films that's about what people will do for money and the power of money.
American: The Bill Hicks Story--I wasn't real familiar with this Houston, Texas comedian, but after seeing one of his stand up routines on YouTube, I quickly became a fan. He works blue, although didn't start out that way, but he's one of those comedians that gets you to laugh, but make you think at the same time. The film starts out talking about him growing up in high school and wanting to become a comedian before there was really any venue to do that sort of thing.
Joni Mitchell: Refuge of the Roads--is a concert video with Joni performing with the 80's version of a band she put together following her Wild Things Run Fast CD and that era. The band is top notch too. It took me a few songs to get into the concert, not because I wasn't engages from the get-go, but I initial thought it was going to be a biography rather than a concert performance. Once I realized it was a concert, well, I just relaxed to the performance, and it's a good one--rather powerful and fiery in fact. The band that's performing is terrific and embellishes and punctuates her songs with all that right flourishes that are needed for each song. I've always been a Joni Mitchell fan going back to the first album I bought by her, Ladies of the Canyon. After that album I drifted back and picked up her earlier albums with are more folk and acoustic in nature, but still very good, and then just followed her musical path ever since. Like many of the great artist, she was always progressing and changing her sounds, but the albums always showcased her artistic leanings. Being both a visual artist, poet, writer, and song writer, it all melds together in her songs.