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This listing is in error
This episode is actually a rerun of the episode titled "Jonah", which was broadcast on the date listed here but originally shown on May 26, 1962. There were only 32 episodes in Season Six of Have Gun -- Will Travel. This listing has caused some problems for collectors who believed the listing and thought the DVD was incomplete. I've tried in the past correcting errors on IMDb, but that does not seem to be possible. The episode itself is quite good, which is why I have given it a rating of 10. But it would be ideal if this listing could be removed. Are any IMDb gods listening? For more information, you can consult the book "The Have Gun -- Will Travel Companion".
At last the great song from this movie is out on CD. Buy Newley Discovered if only for the song "Once Upon a Time".
As for the film itself, uneven is the best word for it, but memorable also comes to mind. I only saw it once, when it first came out, and I still think about it often. There is no DVD -- there was one in a non-US format years ago, but it is long out of print.
Is it a "good" movie? No. If there were a vote for movies in bad taste, it might come in #1. Is it worth seeing. Oh, yes!
The self-indulgent life story of a self-indulgent singer, songwriter, actor clearly based on Newley himself. You could make the case the Newley never wrote about anyone else, and his most famous song, "What Kind of Fool Am I?", says it all. But he had great talent, and the misfortune to obtain fame as a small child, and then lose it.
Inki and the Minah Bird (1943)
Some people just don't get it.
If a joke doesn't offend anybody, it isn't funny.
The Inki cartoons are offensive, no doubt about it. So is rap music. Get over it. I suspect that any sane Black person will find the Inki cartoons hilarious, and that the people who are offended by them White people who still think Black's need their patronizing protection against racist humor.
Seriously, the Inki cartoons are funny. It saddens me that, not because anybody is really offended, but because somebody might, just might, be offended, I can't buy Inki cartoons or The African Queen or Song of the South on DVD.
The Lieutenant: To Set It Right (1964)
Never shown on the air
This episode is about race relations, a taboo subject in entertainment TV at the time, and so was never aired. It featured Nichelle Nichols as the fiancé of a Black Marine, Ernest Cameron, who encounters a White Marine guilty of racial bullying while they were in the same High School. Ernest Cameron is still angry, to the point of starting fights. The Gary Lockwood character, Lt. Bill White, tries to make peace between the two men. Lt. White's superior officer points out that he is attempting to accomplish in a few weeks what better men have been unable to accomplish in a lifetime, to overcome racial prejudice. The episode can be viewed at The Paley Center for Media in New York City.
I will not see the Hobbit unless Peter Jackson directs. Sign here.
I, the undersigned, will not buy a ticket for the 2009 film of The Hobbit unless Peter Jackson directs.
There is a long tradition in Hollywood of biting the hand that feeds them, of cheating the creators that fill their pockets. For more than ten years Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, the most popular syndicated series of the time, was told by Paramount that "Star Trek isn't making any money in syndication." Similarly, Peter Jackson has been accused of being greedy for wanting the money guaranteed him under his contract for The Lord of the Rings. Because he asked Hollywood to pay him the money they owe him, Halo has been canceled and he has been told that his services as director of The Hobbit are "no longer required". In other words, allow us to cheat you or you'll never work in this town again.
The only thing these people will listen to is the almighty buck. If enough people click on "reply" and add their names to this list, maybe Hollywood will listen. Please click "reply" and sign below.
Earth: Final Conflict (1997)
The pilot episode written by Gene Roddenberry is excellent, but the show goes nowhere, all hugger mugger and no real story. Roddenberry's basic idea, that contact between humans and superior aliens will not be all black and white but will be filled with ambiguities, is a good one. Later writers, however, think in terms of good aliens and bad aliens. The use of female actors to play androgynous aliens was a good idea, but in later seasons everybody except Da'an overdoes it. In the third season, there are a number of scripts by Howard Cheykin, who is an excellent writer, and who wrote some memorable episodes of The Flash TV series, as well as some great graphic novels. However, he is unable to do anything here, because he is locked in to what is really not a workable story line. I have not watched the fifth season, but I have read that it throws out most of what was established in the first four. For scifi completists only.
Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)
Stagy and ridiculous.
I had heard about this play all my life, and so when it finally came out on DVD, I bought it. I wish I'd saved my money. This tale of incestuous longing, patterned after the Orestia Trilogy, must have been shocking in its day. But today the dialog seems ridiculous, the acting overblown, and the plot preposterous. Whether the Eugene O'Neill play is as bad, I can't say. There are a lot of ways the movie fails as a movie. Chapter titles. Highlighted close-ups like those in a silent film. Static camera. But the plot also doesn't work, because the murder and incest are motivated by an old man unable to satisfy a young wife -- a far cry from Agamemnon's sacrifice of his daughter that motivates Clytemnestra's revenge. It's soap opera, and not very good soap.
It really isn't fair to judge a 225 minute film from a butchered cut, but I was able to detect a delightful movie hidden behind incomprehensible cuts and muddy dubbing. I hope that someday the entire film is made available on DVD, and my rating is based not on the film I saw, but the film I imagine. It is hard to say exactly what makes this film so much better than the Hollywood versions of this famous tale. I suppose the most important thing is that the kids act like kids, not like movie stars trying to project "cute". Of course, it is nice that the story, or as much as we get to see of it, is true to the book. But a film is not designed, after all, to replace a book, but to be entertaining in its own right. Needless to say, this cut has preserved our morals by removing the skinny dipping, except for a one second scene that seems deliberately out of focus.
V for Vendetta (2005)
All the negative reviews of V for Vendetta say that it is anti-American. Actually, the problem with V for Vendetta is that it is not anti-American enough. America, out of willing stupidity and short-sighted greed, has replaced morality with prudishness, courage with pigheadedness, education with memorization, and prosperity with nine trillion dollars in debt debt owed to the country formerly known as "Red China". And in return, the Chinese fill the shelves of Wal-Mart with sufficient junk to keep the sheep content with being shorn. Does anyone really think killing a few Leaders and blowing up a few buildings is going to change that?
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Much better than you've heard.
People who go into a movie wanting to know exactly what to expect hate this film. Sometimes it is hard to tell the heroes from the villains, and you have to pay attention to understand what is going on. On the other hand, its got a lot of 10 votes, from people who don't mind the kind of mumbled dialog that got Robert Altman fired from his first job and who do like to see things in movies that they've never seen before. Not as good as Time Bandits or Brazil, it is a whole lot better than Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. So, stay away from it or go depending on whether you prefer the predictable or the unusual, the slick or the slightly lumpy but with chocolate chips. Rick Norwood, sfsite