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Unless otherwise noted in the post title, these are not
reviews, per se. They are articles for people who have already seen the film or read the book in question--meaning that there will be spoilers. If you're already familiar with the material being covered, or don't mind the plot being spoiled, please read on and leave a comment.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Moon Memories: Telephone Armageddon

I have a distinct memory from my early childhood of watching a portion of a movie on television. I only recall one scene and a few extraneous details:

The film took place in a large city, and everyone was on edge, as they were being terrorized by a madman. The scene that I recall occurred within a highrise apartment complex. There was a lengthy silence, interrupted by the loud and shrill sound of the telephone. The woman who lived in this apartment hesitated to answer it, because...and this is where it gets weird...the madman has declared that he will blow up the world if anybody answers their telephone.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Short Film: The Hole (1962)

This short animated film from 1962 features a pair of well-acquainted construction workers whose idle chit-chat grows serious when the subject of the nuclear threat is breached.  Could Armageddon be brought on by nothing more than a minor accident, now that so many nations possess doomsday devices?  And since we have willingly brought ourselves to this point, could even an accident be considered blameless?  That's what THE HOLE wants you to consider.

This is not your standard animation.  It's somewhat limited (an artistic choice, I'm sure), and feels grittier and more urban than your typical cartoon, which is perfectly fitting with every aspect of the film.  It was a bit difficult to tell what was going on at times, but the effect created with the newspaper (where the headlines were frequently shifting) was very cool.  This is an attempt at art, and wasn't intended for mass consumption, and so it's not going to be as easily digested by everyone as a Disney or Warner Brothers cartoon.

THE HOLE - Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie in The Hole

Sunday, September 21, 2014

You Asked For It: Bela Lugosi (1953)

YOU ASKED FOR IT was an odd spin on the variety show format that originally aired on the defunct DuMont Network beginning in 1950.  Viewers would write in to the show and request segments covering subjects that they were interested in, and host Art Baker would read their letters and postcards, and introduce the segments.

In this episode from 1953, Mrs. Harriet Frasier from Springfield, Massachussets wrote: "Ever since seing DRACULA, I have been an ardent admirer of that fine character actor Bela Lugosi.  I have missed his unusual roles on the screen recently.  Could you arrange for me to see him on your show?"

Bela Lugosi on YOU ASKED FOR IT (1953)
Bela Lugosi, Master Illusionist

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Goodies In The Mail!

This was actually delivered to my apartment's office a few days ago, but I wasn't able to collect it until today.  I didn't even know that it was coming (Thanks, Hazmat Media!), so it was a pleasant little surprise.  I had wanted to see THE GUEST even before this arrived, but now I have to see it. 

Adam Wingard's THE GUEST - Goodie Pack
The Guest Goodie Pack

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Opening Shot

To the few people who know me from my old blog, Midnite Media, and the fewer people who actually followed me over here to my new digs, I just want to give a heartfelt thank you. I posted at Midnite Media for years, though lately you may have noticed that things have slowed down quite a bit over there. My interest in what I had been doing—standard, run-of-the-mill reviews—has waned considerably, and I've been dedicating most of my free time as of late developing content for my new home here at Flag on the Moon.

The name comes from a random piece of bad narration from the infamously un-classic film BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS, which I believe belongs in a rare class of film that isn't so-bad-it's-good, but rather so-bad-it's-fascinating. The goal here will not be your standard film review (though there surely will be some of those from time to time, as well), but rather to discuss these films more in-depth and in longer form—to cut them open and really see what their insides look like. Basically, I'll be thinking about these movies waaaay too hard, but in order to do so, I can't live in fear of the dreaded spoiler, so if you haven't seen the movie in question and don't want it ruined for you, then don't read the post. Simple as that. If you have seen the movie, then please, get out your scalpels and meet me in the comment section. Let's dissect this little bugger.