Television

Woman of the Day – Jeri Ellsworth

Jeri Ellsworth is a self-taught computer chip designer an entrepreneur. She created the Commodore 30-in-1 Direct to TV.

Jeri’s website.

Jeri Ellsworth from WikiCommons

Jeri Ellsworth from WikiCommons

 

Flashback Film – Bad Ronald (1974) (TV)

Cover of "Bad Ronald"

Cover of Bad Ronald

OK, I have a confession to make. I have never seen the Made for TV horror movie Bad Ronald, the one with Scott Jacoby as a creepy guy who kills a mean girl so his mother locks him up in a closet so he doesn’t get arrested but she dies and he is still there when a new family moves in…

But I LOVE this music video made from it. And, anyway, I think you don’t need to see it after seeing this. Oh yeah, have patience, watch it on YouTube, thanks.

Flashback Film – Parents (1989)

Parents (film)

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How to describe this one? I think this link will take you to the full movie.

Woman of the Day – Linda Montano

Linda Montano at Wikipedia

http://www.ascentmagazine.com/articles.aspx?articleID=134&issueID=24#mce_temp_url#

http://www.communityarts.net/readingroom/archivefiles/2002/09/year_of_the_rop.php

Flashback Film – Re-Animator (1985)

Re-Animator

Re-Animator.

It has actually been years since I have seen this. But the scene with the bilaterally sliced dog coming back to life, I recall as being painfully funny.

Flashback Film – Daughters of Darkness (1971)

Cover of "Daughters of Darkness"

Cover of Daughters of Darkness

This is a weird. culty, erotic vampire thriller, in that slightly sleazy eurotrash tradition.

Daughters of Darkness – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067690/

Flashback Film – Vertigo (1958)

Vertigo (film)

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Did you ever think about how much Vertigo has in common with Hannah Montana? No? K its just me.

Thought Bubble – Joe Dea’s YouTube Channel

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Joe Dea was a music video director back before that was actually a job description. I don’t think I ever met him but I knew him tangentially through my VERY brief volunteer work at the late 70s/early 80s groundbreaking television newsmagazine/video production company VideoWest. Founded by Fabrice Florin (whom dad knew somehow) and staffed by a bunch of people who went on to work for MTV. Joe Dea made some of the best comedy sketches and also some of the best music videos. Joe Dea has a YouTube channel, now, and a lot of the old VideoWest segments are posted there. (I don’t know why this show is not better documented, overall.) What I do recall about the show is that each week had a theme like “sex” or “death” or “politics“. The show was also very aware of the video art scene. I think they would broadcast documentation from the then-still-active Ant Farm, for example.

And, Joe, if you read this, I would love to see “Beach Blanket Armageddon” again, if it still exists.

Flashback Film – Head (1968)

The Monkees Poster

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What I like so much about The Monkee’s Head is how it is largely a parody of their own show. It has amazing songs (“The Porpoise Song” especially) a cameo by Frank Zappa and what seems like the gags that were too weird or political to go on the air.

Comedy Short Friday – Ricky Gervais – Comic Relief