Sunday, February 5, 2012

Walt Panorama has moved

Time to consolidate - so you'll find Walt now over at http://waltpanorama.wordpress.com/ and there won't be any more posts here. It's worth the mouse click for the snazzy new header image.

While you're there be sure to also visit http://toytownmusic.wordpress.com/

Walt

Sunday, December 4, 2011

They Might Be Giants (Film - 1971)

   

We watched this superb movie last night. They Might Be Giants is about a delusional paranoid called Justin Playfair who thinks he is Sherlock Holmes - or is he? You certainly want him to be. It's just this type fantasy that propels the film and it's easy to understand why many of the other characters get swept up in the fun charade.


Released in 1971 and way ahead of its time TMBG has an excellent quotable script, great use of New York City locations and cast of oddballs just the right side of crazy; apart from the core players, look out for Munster Al Lewis and Golden Girl Rue McClanahan.

Dr Mildred Watson: You're just like Don Quixote. You think that everything is always something else. 

Justin Playfair (Holmes?): Well, he had a point. 'Course he carried it a bit too far. He thought that every windmill was a giant. That's insane. But, thinking that they might be, well... All the best minds used to think the world was flat. But what if it isn't? It might be round. And bread mold might be medicine. If we never looked at things and thought of what might be, why we'd all still be out there in the tall grass with the apes. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Corridor People


Another one from Network DVD, this is super-odd. Filmed on video in 1966. It's a high-concept and super-stylish Detective series starring Elizabeth Shepherd (the almost-Emma Peel).

On the back cover of the DVD it's described as "the Twin Peaks of its day" which is a reasonable comparison, despite the obvious budgetary differences. The Corridor People appears to have been filmed on the cheap, it certainly looks like it, and possibly all done in one take, maybe even live - but these limitations are also a great asset, as what results is very creative. Boom microphones often appear in shot and even if they're not visible, their shadow often is. However, it doesn't really detract from the goings-on as the production is already so bizarre, in a strange way it just fits in. The actors perform in a way that's part interpretive dance, part acting and about 75% camp. It's great.

Anyway - this blogger has already written about it in great depth, enjoy.