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Much to my surprise I'm doing this again. In my current circumstances I don't have much else to do. I just had to move hurriedly. This house is only a fifteen minute drive from my previous one but it feels like the other side of the moon. There are very few stores within walkng distance and the only bus route that passes by does not operate on weekends. Plus a taxi ride to the nearest Metro station would cost in the $30-40 range. I can't get to any music or video stores with any ease. And to top it off I can only get basic cable with no uncut movie channels. Thank God for Netflix. Otherwise I would be going crazy by now. I'll probably buy a car again a few months from now but for the time being this sucks.
I've watched a few things in my diminished conditions but not much. "Carlton Brown Of The F.O." was a lesser Boulting Brothers satire about British foreign policy in the 50's that hasn't worn well and basically wastes the talents of Terry-Thomas and Peter Sellers. "Stand Up And Cheer" was Shirley Temple's debut feature which I had first seen many years ago. It was a lot shorter and lighter on plot than I realized before. The musical numbers were OK but you could see this was a pretty cheap affair compared to other 30's musicals. Happly it was uncut so Stepin Fetchit's scenes were left in but so was a amazing bit by two comics named Mitchell and Durant literally throwing themselves around an office which I didn't remember at all.
Currently I'm making my way through a bunch of TV shows. There's the third season of "The Simpsons" which I own and which finally has made me see how good that series has been at its peak. In lesser animation, there's "The Milton The Monster Show", a forgotten cartoon show from the 60's with passable animation and the kind of humor that relies mostly on funny voices like a cowboy who talks like Buddy Hackett and an Indian with an Irish accent. It's nowhere neat the quality of Roger Ramjet, Beany And Cecil, Rocky And Bullwinkle or any of the other classics but it's passable and has the occasional good joke.
Then there's "The Hitchhiker" which was HBO's try at a thriller anthology a decade before "Tales From The Crypt". It was produced by the same company that did "Tales From The Darkside" and so far looks predicatably cheap although one episode "Homebodies" had a bit of style. I was stunned though to see Geraldine Page turn up in one episode.
Hopefully I'll keep this up for a while this time and not pussy out in a few weeks...