Thursday, December 8, 2011

Killing Time with Old Movies (and Such)

Games (1967) - ** ½. I had just finished reading Hal (Duke, Tomboy) Ellson’s novelization of this Curtis Harrington thriller when it popped up on cable. It’s minor Harrington but still worth seeing Katherine Ross & James Caan in early pre-stardom roles.

Way Out West (1930) - ** ½. One of the better William Haines talkies I’ve seen about a carny huckster forced to work off a debt on a ranch. Lovely Leila Hyams co-stars with fine support from Charles Middleton, Cliff Edwards and Francis X Bushman Jr. Hyams is fondly remembered for roles in Freaks, Island of Lost Souls, & Ruggles of Red Gap, but this is the largest role I’ve seen for her. She retired in 1936 to everyone’s loss.

James Cagney was my favorite actor when I was growing up when his films played constantly on local television. So it was great to see a few of his early films that I’d only read about.

Sinner’s Holiday (1930) ** 1/ 2 is both Cagney and Joan Blondell’s film debuts and they clearly outshine stars (the doomed Grant Withers & obscure Evalyn Knapp). Cagney’s tearful confession scene with his mother is especially jarring and shows the talent to come.

Taxi! (1932) ** ½ is also a mixed bag but hotheaded Cagney keeps the contrived plot moving. Best scene: Cagney( & Loretta Young) lose a dance-off to George Raft so he slugs Raft creating a riot.

Much better is Picture Snatcher (1933) *** 1/2 , prime Cagney and a must for any Warner Bros. fan. The fast-paced plot is very loosely based on the newspaper reporter who snuck into an electrocution of husband murderer Ruth Snyder to take a picture.

The American (2010) - ****. Slow, meditative film set in Italy stars George Clooney as a hitman looking to connect. Reminds me of a cryptic 70s foreign film (Antonioni's The Passenger comes to mind). Costar Violante Placido is too stunningly beautiful for words.

The Smart Set (1928) - **. This trivial silent was William Haines’ most popular film and if you couldn’t figure out his sexual orientation from this, oy vey! His outrageously effeminate prancing and preening and mugging (as a spoiled rich polo player in pursuit of plain Alice Day) is hard to take and makes it extremely difficult to like his boorish, prissy, obnoxious character. He may have been instructed to overact (to add some needed life to lame story?), because he is much more subdued in Vidor’s Show People (1928) opposite Marion Davies.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

DRY RUN with KRIS & KEN 8/29/11

WMSC 90.3FM

DRY RUN with Kris & Ken

13th Show. 8/29/11 (final show)

Flesh – Ken Nordine

Pithecanthropus Erectus – Charles Mingus

I Am What I Am – Adrian Belew/The Prophet Omega

If You Gotta Go, Go Now – Manfred Mann

Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – Bryan ferry

Everything Is Broken – R. L. Burnside

Highway 61 – Johnny Winter

We All Gotta Go Sometime – Joe Hill Louis

Dixie Fried – Carl Perkins

Hydramatic Woman – Joe Hill Louis

Her Love Rubbed Off – Carl Perkins

She May Be Yours – Joe Hill Louis

Greasy Chicken – Andre Williams

Bacon Fat - Andre Williams

Jail Bait - Andre Williams

Sweet Lil Pussycat - Andre Williams

Lost Highway – Hank Williams

Take the Highway – Marshall Tucker Band

Train In Vain – Dwight Yoakum

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Somewhere in Central Florida

DRY RUN with KRIS & KEN 8/22/11

WMSC 90.3FM

DRY RUN with Kris & Ken

12th Show. 8/22/11 (All Covers Show)

Colorado Cool-Aid – Johnny Paycheck

Watermelon Man – King Curtis

Cover Me – Eddie Hinton

Farmer John – Neil Young

Are You Ready for the Country? – Waylon Jennings

Chokin’ Kind – Joe Simon

Stand By Your Man – Candi Staton

To Love Somebody – James Carr

Golden Rocket – Warren Smith

Big Legged Woman – Jerry Lee Lewis

Folsom Prison Blues – Charlie Feathers

Shake Around – Tommy Blake

Sunday Morning Coming Down – Johnny Cash

Help Me Make It Through the Night – Sammi Smith

Loving Her Was Easier – Waylon Jennings

Me and Bobby McGee – Jerry lee Lewis

Bacon Fat – Sir Douglas Quintet

He’s About a Mover – Dottie Campbell

Mercy Mercy – The Remains

Knock on Wood – Albert King/Steve Cropper/Pops Staples

Ticket to Ride – Vanilla Fudge

I Want to Hold Your Hand – Moving Sidewalks

I Should Have Known Better – The Skatallites

Good Golly Miss Molly – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

DRY RUN with KRIS & KEN 8/15/11

WMSC 90.3FM

DRY RUN with Kris & Ken

11th Show. 8/15/11

Pot Party – Teenage Rebellion

The Other Side of the Record - Sounds Like Us

The Golden Road (to Unlimited Devotion) – Grateful Dead

Alabama Bound – The Charlatans

Omaha – Moby Grape

Pushin Too Hard – The Seeds

Savage Lost – Kollection

From the Womb to the Tomb – Orange Wedge

Right Behind You Baby – Ray Smith

You Made a Hit - Ray Smith

Rockin Bandit - Ray Smith

Shake Around - Ray Smith

Do the Chicken – Rosco Gordon

Just a Little Bit – Rosco Gordon

Lucy Mae Blues – Frankie Lee Sims

Married Woman - Frankie Lee Sims

No More Doggin’ – Steve Miller

You Left the Water Runnin’ – Maurice & Mac

Snatchin It Back – Clarence Carter

River’s Invitation – Ted Taylor

Pouring Water on a Drowning Man – James Carr

Hound Dog – Big Mama Thornton

Big Legged Woman – Freddie King

Water Song – Hot Tuna