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The last credit we see at the end of BAMBOOZLED is a dedication to Budd Schulberg. It’s a dedication that I found most appropriate because Budd Schulberg wrote the screenplay for “A Face In the Crowd”. A movie I’ve seen maybe eight or nine times and I still see new things in it every time I see it. There’s a lot of “A Face In The Crowd” as well as “Network” in BAMBOOZLED. All three movies should be watched together as thematically they’re the most scathing of indictments on the dangers of television ever committed to film. They’re all satires, they’re all comedies, they’re all dramas and they’re... (more)
I headed into the den with a 3 liter of Coca-Cola, a bag of potato chips the size of a Dickensian urchin and a dozen Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. My wife Patricia knows the signs well and asked me what movie I was going to watch. “JAWS” I reply. She shook her head slightly and said; “How many times have you seen that?” I really couldn’t answer her. I know that I saw it during its original theatrical run and I most recently saw it again the day after I heard Roy Scheider passed away. In between, I really couldn’t say. Maybe nine or ten. But... (more)
Science Fiction movies made today may be a lot of flash and spectacle, stuffed full of plastic characters with shallow motivations and even shallower personalities, backed up by a ton of CGI effects but give ‘em this: at least they’re optimistic. Science Fiction movies of the 50’s/60’s and 70’s were dour, apocalyptic, doom-laden eulogies predicting The Downfall of Mankind. More often than not these movies predicted the end of the world through Man’s Own Fault. Nuclear holocausts was practically a given. If you watch a movie made... (more)
It turns out that the reports of Uncle Derrick’s tragic demise were greatly exaggerated, and now he returns with a note book full of witty, pithy, and insightful movie reviews- mining the glorious and inglorious from the Hollywood archives, so that you can maximize your viewing pleasure.Praise for DERRICK FERGUSON'S MOVIE REVIEW NOTEBOOK"Derrick puts many critics to shame with his reviews. Not only are they well written and entertaining, but Derrick Ferguson understands what movies are about. In his reviews, he reflects a true love for the medium of film, a love that many critics... (more)
I don’t know about the rest of you reading this but I’ve come by my love of The Coen Brothers honestly. I’ve been a fan of theirs ever since I saw 1984’s “Blood Simple” during its original theatrical run. I had even seen 1985’s “Crimewave” in a 42end Street grindhouse. But most people didn’t notice them until 1987’s “Raising Arizona” which probably was their first major mainstream hit. And rightfully so. Even today in TV series like “My Name Is Earl” you can see the influence of “Raising Arizona”. They continued their amazing career with one of the best crime/gangster movies ever made: “Miller’s... (more)
The premise behind CLOVERFIELD is a simple one: what if a giant sized Godzilla or King Kong type monster attacked Manhattan one night and the story was told not through the eyes of the military or scientists but ordinary people just trying to live through that night? That’s the story in a nutshell and it’s related to us by means of a video camera found after the monster attack. A group of close friends have gotten together to throw a going away party for Rob (Michael Stahl-David) who has landed... (more)
Tom Hanks is an actor I've followed since he co-starred on the ABC television series "Bosom Buddies" along with Peter Scolari. In that show they played two men who masqueraded as women to get cheap housing in an all women's hotel. I watched the show because of two reasons: I was madly in love with the full figured Wendie Jo Sperber and I enjoyed the rapport between Hanks and Scolari.
Tom Hanks went on to be one of our most respected movie actors today. In fact, he's been called "The New Jimmy Stewart" and I don't think that's far wrong. He's portrayed a wide range of characters and... (more)
The novel â€œI Am Legendâ€ written by Richard Matheson and published in 1954 is deservedly a legend in its own right. It has influenced filmmakers such as George Romero and Danny Boyle. Stephen King admits that if it wasnâ€™t for Richard Matheson he wouldnâ€™t be around. I read â€œI Am Legendâ€ when I was in high school and I dreamt about it for three or four nights afterwards. Itâ€™s one of the most powerful science fiction/horror hybrids ever written and I ainâ€™t kiddinâ€™. If you call yourself a writer then you should have read â€œI Am Legendâ€ and if you havenâ€™t donâ€™t talk to... (more)
Episode Twenty-One: Die, The Lethal Trance Harder Goodnight, (or, The Joys of Christms Action!!) It's time to Deck the Halls...and the Rickmans, and the Buseys, and the Irons, as The Guys Outta Brooklyn talk about their favorite Christmas Action Movies. A number of action films take place on or around Christmas, and Tom and Derrick cover a number of them including Die Hard, Die Harder, Lethal Weapon, and Tom's personal favorite, Trancers! Plus there's a lot of love for our fellow podcasters, gifts are exchanged, and--thanks to the new BITD HQ computer--the return of the drops! It's only here,... (more)
Three men wait a remote train station. One man (Al Mulock) endlessly cracks his knuckles. The second man (Woody Strode) stands underneath a leak in the water tower. Eventually the water gathers in the crown of his hat and he drinks it with a really satisfied smile. The third man (Jack Elam) engages in an existential war with a fly that just wonâ€™t leave him alone. The train arrives and one man (Charles Bronson) disembarks. The three men have obviously been waiting to kill him. The lone man plays a sad dirge on an old battered harmonica and he asks the three men if they brought a horse... (more)