Anno Kolchakis, the Year of Our Hat. It's that time again, cappers and cappettes, time to see what's going on this weekend.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2008
10:00 THE X-FILES
#720 "Fight Club" - Original Airdate -- 5/7/2000
The Director Paul Shapiro (Heads)
The Stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Kathy Griffin, Jack McGee
The Plot Two strikingly similar women (Guest star Kathy Griffin), who do not know one another, cause people to erupt into violence upon each other, whenever these two women come in contact. Mulder and Scully set out to solve the mystery of this unexplained violence involving the two women.
11:00 JESUS CAMP (2006)
The Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (The Boys of Baraka)
The Plot Jesus Camp follows Levi, Rachael, and Tory to Pastor Becky Fischer's "Kids on Fire" summer camp in devil's Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as 6 years-old are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in "God's army." The film follows these children at camp as they hone their "prophetic gifts" and are schooled in how to "take back America for Christ."
You Didn't Ask But... Over the past ten years or so, I've developed into a full blown horror junkie. So, naturally everyone asks my opinions on the truly terrifying films out there. Around the time this was released, people would ask me "What's the scariest thing you've seen all year?" Without hesitation, I would always respond, "Jesus Camp."
12:30 THE TWILIGHT ZONE
#304 - "The Passerby" -- Original Airdate 10/6/1961
The Director Elliot Silverstein (Cat Ballou, A Man Called Horse, The Car)
The Stars James Gregory, Joanne Linville, Rex Holman, David Garcia, Warren J. Kemmerling, Austin Green
The Plot Near the end of the Civil War, a Confederate sergeant stops at the remains of the home of Lavinia Godwin who has been watching hundreds of wounded soldiers parade by.
1:00 MISC. TRAILERS BLOCK 2
2:00 SUPERVIXENS (1975)
The Director Russ Meyer (Vixen!, Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls)
The Stars Shari Eubank (Chesty Anderson USN), Charles Napier (Philadelphia, Rambo: First Blood Part II, The Critic), Uschi Digard, Charles Pitts, Henry Rowland (Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls), Christy Hartburg, Colleen Brennan (The Dirty Mind of Young Sally, Playing with Fire, The Animal In Me), John Lazar (Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Deathstalker II: Duel of the Titans), Deborah Maguire, Haji (Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!, Ilsa Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks, The Double-D Avenger), Garth Pillsbury (Vixen!)
The Plot Clint Ramsey has to leave his job working at Martin Bormann's gas station and flee after his wife is murdered by psycho cop Harry Sledge, who tries to pin the murder on Clint. Crossing America, Clint gets sexually harassed on all sides by various voluptuous nymphomaniacs, and it all ends in a literally explosive climax.
Fun Fact 1: The first draft of the script was written during an eight day writing session at the Mauna Kea Hotel in Hawaii by Russ Meyer. It was the first feature script he wrote himself.
Fun Fact 2: The actual budget of the film was just under $100,000.
Fun Fact 3: As you can probably tell from some of her other credits, Colleen Brennan was a popular adult star of the 1970s and 1980s. With unusual longevity in the industry, she was featured in more than 100 adult films throughout a 17 year career. She was often credited as Sharon Kelly, as she is here.
3:30 THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR
#305 "Mama's Baby, Carlton's Maybe" - Original Airdate -- 10/12/1992
The Director Shelley Jensen
The Stars Will Smith, James Avery, Janet Hubert, Alfonso Ribero, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana Ali, Joseph Marcell, Roxanne Bedford, Lark Voorhies (Saved By the Bell)
The Plot The love of Carlton's life (Voorhies) surprises him with a bundle of joy---a son.
4:00 FAMILY GUY
#201 "Peter Peter Caviar Eater" - Original Airdate -- 9/23/1999
The Director Jeff Myers
The Plot Peter changes for the worse after he and Lois inherit a mansion in Newport.
Fun Fact: Peter's "Now I feel kind of bad for doing that thing with her toothbrush", is a reference to an urban legend about an abused toothbrush. Later, he tells the Mexican pet legend and the stolen kidney legend.
#101 "Murder By the Book" - Original Airdate -- 9/15/1971
The Director Steven Speilberg
The Stars Peter Falk, Jack Cassidy, Rosemary Forsyth, Martin Milner, Barbara Colby
The Plot Ken Franklin and James Ferris have become rich as the writing duo of the popular Mrs. Melville mystery novels. In reality, James Ferris writes the novels, while Ken Franklin handles all the publicity. When Jim wants to try serious writing on his own, Ken comes up with what he believes is a foolproof scheme to kill his partner and collect on the insurance policy they have on each other. What Ken Franklin doesn't count on is a rumpled police lieutenant who won't be led astray...and a witness.
Fun Fact: Filmed after Columbo: Death Lends a Hand, but aired first. "Murder by the Book" was the first televised episode of both the "Columbo" series and the NBC Mystery Movie of which it was one of three rotating shows. The other two shows being rotated as part of the NBC Mystery Movie were McCloud and McMillan & Wife.
Fun Fact 2: The first feature directing assignment for Steven Speilberg. He had directed student films and episodes for television shows. Even in the original TV movie, Night Gallery, he only directed one of the installments.
#115 "The One with the Stoned Guy" - Original Airdate -- 2/16/1995
The Director Alan Myerson
The Stars Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Melora Hardin, Jon Lovitz
The Plot Phoebe's friend Steve is looking for a new chef for his restaurant. Phoebe takes Steve over to Monica's place so she can impress him with her culinary skills. But there is a problem: Steve is behaving in a peculiar manner.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2008
10:00 STAR TREK: GENERATIONS (1994)
The Director David Carson (Unstoppable)
The Stars Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Whoopi Goldberg, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Alan Ruck, Jeanette Goldstein
The Plot Stardate: the 23rd Century: Retired Starfleet officers James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Montgomery Scott (James Doohan) and Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig) are guests of honor aboard the newly christened Enterprise-B. A test run takes an unexpected turn, however, when the starship encounters two vessels trapped inside the Nexus, a mysterious energy ribbon. During a perilous rescue attempt, Kirk is swept out into space. Seven decades later, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew of Enterprise-D rescue an El Aurain physicist named Soran (Malcolm McDowell). Unbeknownst to Picard, Soran harbors a deadly plan that includes the destruction of the Enterprise and millions of lives. Now Picard's only hope for a future rests within the Nexus....and a legendary captain from the past.
Fun Fact 1: William Shatner has stated that his line "Who am I to argue with the Captain of the Enterprise?" was the hardest line he ever had to deliver.
Fun Fact 2: The horse that William Shatner rides is his, as are the home and farm where the sequence takes place.
Fun Fact 3: Patrick Stewart was aided in his portrayal of Picard's grief by the script for Jeffrey, which he was reading on the set. It touched him so deeply he cried reading it.
Fun Fact 4: The model of the Enterprise-B is simply the Excelsior with a few new front details. These hull additions were made so that the "damage" caused by the Nexus ribbon would not require cutting into the actual model. This miniature was seen first in Star Trek III: the Search for Spock and was used in several episodes of Star Trek: the Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Fun Fact 5: Malcolm McDowell was so taken with the line "Time is the fire in which we burn" he had it engraved on the pocket watch he uses in the film.
Fun Fact 6: Original versions of the script called for Kirk to take command of the battle bridge of the Enterprise and lead it into combat against the Klingons, thus dying onboard the Enterprise.
Fun Fact 7: DeForest Kelly was set to appear in this movie as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, but due to his declining health, he could not get on-set insurance (a union requirement for anyone on a film set). His lines were then given to Walter Koenig as Chekov.
Fun Fact 8: Despite the events of Star Trek: Generations, William Shatner wrote a series of well-recieved Star Trek novels that pick up directly where the film left off and feature James T. Kirk as a main character. Shatner said his initial pitch for the book Star Trek: the Return was that it should be the next film after Generations, but producer Rick Berman declined.
Fun Fact 9: This movie contains a lot of Fun Facts.
11:30 BORIS KARLOFF'S THRILLER
#115 "The Cheaters - Original Airdate -- 12/27/1960
The Director John Brahm (The Lodger, Hangover Square, The Undying Monster, Tonight We Raid Calais)
The Stars Boris Karloff, Alan Carney, Ralph Clanton, Henry Daniell, Mildred Dunnock, Barbara Eiler, Mollie Glessing
The Plot A man invents a pair of glasses that can see the truth in others and oneself. They lead to a series of suicides, murders, and tragedies for the wearers.
Fun Fact: Based on a story by Robert Bloch
#102 "Pit of Peril" - Original Airdate -- 10/7/1965
The Director Desmond Saunders
The Plot The Army's new Sidewinder falls down a burning pit. Can International Rescue haul the machine out of the pit before it breaks up?
Fun Fact: Near the end of "Pit of Peril", when the Mole returns to the surface with Scott and Virgil aboard, dust and sand can be seen pouring up from the ground on to the Mole's tracks - footage of the Mole tunnelling into the ground has simply been reversed.
12:30 WATCH MR. WIZARD
#5712 "Musical Instruments"
The Plot Mr. Wizard performs interesting scientific experiments for a young audience using materials found around the home.
Fun Fact: This show ran for 21 years, from 1951 to 1972. It was revived in the 1980s on the then-new Nickelodeon channel as Mr. Wizard's World.
1:00 Infomercial: DENT OUT
1:10 Infomercial: PIXOS
1:20 Infomercial: DEBBIE MEYER GREEN BAGS
1:30 Infomercial: DONALD TRUMP'S WAYS TO SUCCESS
2:00 Commercial: MALL MADNESS
2:10 Commercial: BUBBLE YUM FLAVOR FIEND
2:20 Commercial: CAP'N CRUNCH
2:30 SHORT CIRCUIT 2
The Director Kenneth Johnson
The Stars Fisher Stevens (My Science Project, Reversal of Fortune, Hackers), Michael KcKean, Cynthia Gibb (Youngblood, Jack's Back, Christie's Revenge), Jack Weston (1968's The Thomas Crown Affair, Cactus Flower, Wait Until Dark), Tim Blaney, Dee McCafferty, David Hemblen, Don Lake
The Plot Number Five, aka Johnny Five, that incredible, lovable robot form the smash hit Short Circuit, is back and taking the big city by storm in this action-packed comedy adventure. Upbeat Johnny's out for some "urban input," but some street hoods, a greedy banker and a gang of crooks see his naiveté as their high-tech ticket to easy street. Will Johnny survive the big bad city and its big, bad city slickers? Keep your wires crossed when you switch on this high voltage film.
Fun Fact 1: Kenneth Johnson is better known as the man behind V and Alien Nation: the Television Series.
Fun Fact 2: The character of Stephanie Speck from the first movie, played by Ally Sheedy, has a short audio role but on a cassette tape, and she makes a quick reference to Newton Crosby. Another heavy reference is made about Ben Jahrvi and Newton's working relationship and background during Fred Ritter's attempted sale of Johnny 5 to a corporation.
Fun Fact 3: Jack Weston's final film.
Fun Fact 4: Fisher Stevens has stayed very active over the years, appearing usually in supporting roles in both big productions and independent films. He has also stepped behind the camera. A film he directed, Just a Kiss, won a number of awards at film festivals.
4:00 SUPERBOOK BIBLE STORIES
#109 "Those Amazing Trumpets" - Original Airdate -- 1982
The Plot This episode takes the kids on an adventure where they witness the story of Joseph and the Fall of Jericho.
Fun Fact: Superbook was the brainchild of Pat Robertson. He contacted animators in Japan to produce a show that he would show in the U.S. on his Christian Broadcasting Network. All of this and more can be learned in Cracked.com's list of 7 Classic TV Kids Shows Clearly Conceived on (Bad) Acid. Superbook is #4. You may see other HCC items on there too, meaning Jazz's site is working wonders for bringing back only the most traumatic memories of childhood.
4:30 THE CARE BEARS
#101 "Birthday" - Original Airdate -- 9/14/1985
The Director James Simon
The Plot The first Care Bears episode, in which the title characters help a boy who feels left out on his birthday after a new baby has arrived in his family.
Fun Fact: The first ever Care Bears television episode, it was produced by DiC Entertainment and premiered in syndication half a year after The Care Bears Movie came out. The following September, Nelvana took over production of the series as a follow-up to Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation. What soon followed became part of the most-remembered and recognised era of the animated franchise.
5:00 THE RUBY EYE OF THE MONKEY GOD (1969)
The Director Fred Calvert
The Plot Uh yeah, the plot. It's uh... well, it's about this ruby and... and a monkey, and... Oh who am I kidding? I have no idea what this is. You know Jazzsoda and Hippie know damn well what this is and it's probably something that is horrible in the most wonderful ways imaginaable. I think its on YouTube, but my connection is too slow to get those things to run right. Anyone else have any ideas as to what this is? Anyone? Kind of scared. Can I get a hug? Please note that the Evil Monkey Who Lives In Your Closet does not appear in this film. Or maybe he does, who knows?
5:15 YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON TELEVISION
#602 "Identity Crisis"
The Director Brenda Mason
The Stars Justin Cammy, Alasdair Gillis, Abby Hagyard, Les Lye, Christine McGlade, Lisa Ruddy, Marjorie Silcoff
You Didn't Ask But... I wanted to find out whatever happened to Alasdair. Mainly, I wanted to know how life was post-television for anyuone named Alasdair. Somehow, he appears as himself in the documentary Joe Strummer: the Future Is Unwritten. Alasdair and the mighty Joe Strummer? Did The Clash appear on You Can't Do That On Television at one point or did Alasdair defy expectations and become really cool? Anyone see this doc yet that could maybe inform me? Me, I'm Netflix-ing this mother.