Monday, December 30, 2013

It's The Doughnuts, RUN!!!!!!

Your Grandparents' Music!

Excerpts from The Now Explosion from Bob Whitney on Vimeo.

Original Video of The Now Explosion produced in Atlanta, GA, in 1970, has been recovered by video archivists at the University of Georgia at Athens, GA. The marathon music-TV concept was launched in Atlanta ten years before MTV or VH1. Video segments originally broadcast in 1970 and stored in a south Florida garage for 3 1/2 decades have been remastered by the UGA archives to contemporary technical standards and obtained by the original producer, Robert Whitney. It's a bit of a miracle - but now - we've actually got some of the historic Now Explosion video, short samples of which are shown in this Fair Use archival presentation. For more information, see

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Friday, December 27, 2013

Brothers Quay

Yes, I admit it. I post some crazy-long videos here on the blog. I do that because we can't show these things when we do the show live.

On that note, here's some Brothers Quay I found while looking for cigar-box-guitar Christmas songs. Enjoy!


Oooooooh Ahhhhhhh. I'm an absolute sucker for this kind of thing.

I actually had this on VHS for a while until some guy who slept on my couch for a month took it. In revenge, I got it on DVD when it came out.

I have no idea whose couch he's sleeping on now.

And here is the famous "The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer". You may ask who Jan Svankmajer is, but that's another post.

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary!

Hat tip to Chris!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

R.I.P. Frédéric Back

Frédéric Back, 89, who won two Oscars for his poignant animated short films, died Tuesday morning at home in Montreal, said his daughter, Suzel Back-Drapeau. The cause was cancer.

Here's "Crac", which won the Oscar in 1982. After the cut is "The Man Who Planted Trees", which won in '87.

Merry Christmas.

Here's a bonus: the first part of "The Mighty River", nominated in '94. You can watch the whole thing in French here.

VHS Hell: Hanna Barbara The Greatest Adventure Stories From The Bible The Miracles of Jesus

Christmas Dream (1950)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Godspeed Peter O'Toole

I was going to post the trailer for The Ruling Class, but it's not on YouTube for some reason. However the unrated version of that whole movie is online if you search for it.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

To The Moon!

While America toils in it's decreasing space program, another country takes up the lead.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Highway Hearing (1956)

I was looking for the Tex Avery cartoon The House of Tomorrow, because I wanted to listen to the kitchen sequence (narrated by Don Messick). Don't ask me why. I was actually reading about Ghostbusters and wound up here.

Anyway, the roomie came home and told me about how the "winter storm" was keeping all the cars off the road, as there was zero traffic during his drive. Then I found this short, so there it is. The universe is funny.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Owl Johnson

It was a comment about a douche fedora that put me on the path that found this.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

25 years ago today, Tukey Day

25 years ago on a UHF channel in Minnesota, it began.

It's my favorite puppet show, next to Sesame Street.

Enjoy every turkey leftover over at Club MST3K for free! And keep circulating the tapes.

Friday, November 22, 2013

A Really Big Dealey

Strangely, this twenty-years-old, ten-minute video is an introduction for another film, The Parallax View and maybe someday we'll show the montage or something like it at one of the shows. The fellow doing the introducing is Alex Cox and you should respect him.

As a Dallas girl, I've heard all the theories. Trust me, everyone in this town has one. In junior-high, my best friend's parents were working on a book (and sued Oliver Stone for lifting some of their material). I'm not kidding; everyone has a theory.

Buddies of mine were extras in that Oliver Stone film, by the way. They said it was an awful experience.

While I was going to summer-school downtown, the bus that took me home went through the triple-underpass. A buddy of mine, riding home with me one day, grabbed his head and threw himself from his seat yelling, "Oh god! The Birchers got me!" as we rode through the hollow-hallowed spot. I remember the driver telling him to get back into his god-damned seat.

For a while, back in the 90s, I used to park behind the Grassy Knoll ($2 all day! What a deal!) and had to walk past the gawker-hawkers and their commemorative papers. It was usually just a wave of the hand and a muttered, "I live here. I live here...."

And then, on the way back to the car, some foreign guy was asking me where the "suspicious bush" was.

Kennedy was just one of those things that was always there, so I don't really think about it that much. I know it's a big deal today. A really BIG DEAL. I'll be at work, so I'll miss standing out in the rain and cold with no umbrella (they've been banned from the location for some reason).

But, maybe next year, when the anniversary will be on a Saturday, I might be bothered to get up early and go downtown. Not that we want to make a habit out of it or anything.

Fifty years ago

Doctor Who first appeared on BBC television at 17:16:20 GMT on 23 November 1963.

You know, looking at that famous quote in context, the Doctor was kind of a dick.

Twenty-Six Years Ago, Today

Something very important happened on this day. Learn more about this fascinating incident.

Breakfast of Infamy

I'm probably not the person who should be writing about this. But, I feel I need to say something about it.

By now they're getting ready to have a memorial over in Dallas. Maybe some folks will head over to the Historic Texas Theater to watch Oliver Stone's version of events. My friend Red was thinking of driving by Rose Hill Cemetery to see how many people were visiting Oswald's grave, which isn't too far away from where I'm writing this.

On my first trip to Dallas my friends and soon to be friends were amusing themselves by reenacting the events of Dealey Plaza. Before moving to Texas I even went to the 6th Floor Museum.

I guess what I'm trying to get at is how strange it is to me that an event that happened before I was born seems to have such a hold over this place. It has such a terrible gravity that it affects everybody's orbits, pulling at us whether we give a damn or not.

The one who should be writing about this is Dr. Mila. Her father was there.

Me? I think I want to celebrate my birthday by complaining about my eggs and using BAAAD language

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

VHS Hell: Ninja III: The Domination

It doesn't get more 80s then this. An evil ninja possesses an aerobics instructor and Sho Kosugi has to save the day! And yeah, this is the end of the Ninja Trilogy of which there is nothing that connects this movie with Enter the Ninja or Revenge of the Ninja except there are ninjas and Sho Kosugi is in all of them. Not to be confused with Golan Glubus's other 80s ninjafest: American Ninja.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Rabbi's Cat

An animated feature about a talking cat. How the heck did I miss this when It came out?

Monday, November 18, 2013

VHS Hell: Revenge of the Ninja

Let's face it. Sho Kosugi was no Bruce Lee, but he was good enough for Golan Globus who upgraded him from bad guy in Enter the Ninja (1981) to leading man in Revenge of the Ninja (1983). And while Kosugi can dish out the Ninjitsu his acting is the cheesy filling in 80s cheese log. It's like a Chuck Norris film without Chuck Norris.