Iron Sky

imgres.jpgI enjoy watching subtle movies that make me smile (or cringe) just a little bit but when they sign-off I’m feeling satisfied but still thinking about them. Then what is it that made my watching of Iron Sky one of the cinematic highlights of 2015?

Forget the reboot of Star Wars and get a copy of Iron Sky.

The story behind the movie is a common space opera with real heroes, corrupt politicians, greedy corporations, race relations, and a secret colony on the dark side of the moon that is preparing to conquer the Earth … for the Fourth Reich! Yes, although never explained, a group of Nazis escaped in 1945 and built a new civilization on the dark side of the moon. Here they have constructed a swastika-shaped fortress and have been building the engines of war needed to return to earth and destroy all opposition.

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The World’s Foremost Authority

Irwin CoryIt’s no secret that I have my radios set on several “old-time radio” channels. This is the kind of riches the internet has brought us. Does anybody remember DXing? I have three radios around the house and two or three computers on at any time so there are lots of places to tune in to Yours Truly Johnny Dollar or Gang Busters or Our Miss Brooks or Jack Benny entertaining the troops or those thriller shows like The Whistler and The Shadow or Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade.

I grew up in the late forties through the mid fifties with only a radio. I’d like to say I never got hooked on television but the sixties and seventies were lost decades (as Reverend Jim said, I think I macramed a couch).

The other day I was listening to Milton Berle from before he moved to television. At one point he introduced a well-known expert to provide an explanation for a concept and who was it but Professor Irwin Cory under an assumed nom-de-comedy. Fifty seconds of Irwin Cory is bliss … confusing and brain rattling bliss, but bliss none the less.

The world’s foremost authority is 101 years old. What-a-guy!

Saint George and the Dragon

FrebergWhen I was in grade school—probably the fourth grade—the teacher brought a copy of Stan Freberg’s (soon to be) classic comedy routine, Saint George and the Dragon. Now back then Dragnet was big on the radio and even on television (we didn’t have one yet) and Jack Webb had perfected his snappy monotone delivery which was ideal for spoofing. Along came one of the comic geniuses of my time, Stan Freberg, and the result was this now nostalgic recording.

We talked that teacher into playing Saint George and the Dragon for us on several occasions and a few of us could reproduce the dialogue from memory. I guess you can think of Stan Freberg as being the Weird Al of the ’50s. Freberg died the other day. Beyond his skills in creating entertainment, Freberg can be easily considered the the father of humorous advertisements and commercials. Many of his efforts in this field are still memorable (and fun). In his later years he was reduced to doing sales pitches on the television for Encyclopedias, but he never lost the edge in his humor. Look him up: there’s a bunch of his stuff on YourTube.

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