The Bluebonnets at SXSW

I can't be at SXSW, but I'm thrilled to help spread the word about The Bluebonnets, a straight-up rock and roll band with a bluesy foundation. The Bluebonnets feature Kathy Valentine on lead guitar, with amazing vocals and bass by Dominique Davalos. Eve Monsees is rhythm guitarist. Update: The new lineup includes Michelle Schreiber on drums. KV describes her as "freakin fantastic." "Rumor" … [Read more...]

The Cybernauts

Someone is knocking off the competition. Someone who can walk through walls, break down doors, fend off bullets, and break necks with a single "swoooosh." Someone who, perhaps, is an expert in Karate. The futuristic sci-fi episode The Cybernauts is featured in the third week of our 52 weeks of The Avengers series.  This one is quite a classic, in part because it introduces the audience to Dr. … [Read more...]

The Gravediggers

The Gravediggers is the second episode of The Avengers that aired in the U.S. Although it features a number of quirky characters, a typical plot, and a classic scene that plays off the "damsel in distress" silent film classics, it's not one of my favorite episodes. Whenever I'm perusing titles and trying to decide what to watch, I seem to always pass over The Gravediggers. I tend to forget, … [Read more...]

The King Lives On

This week's Sunday Sign pays homage to Elvis:   I bought this Speedway one-sheet on ebay back in 2000 and had it archive-mounted and framed. It cost me an arm-and-a-leg and it's been a burden to move around the country, but I can't bring myself to get rid of it. One of the first Sunday Sign posts, the historical marker at Elvis Presley's Tupelo birthplace, commemorated the … [Read more...]

The Town of No Return

The Town of No Return is the first episode of The Avengers to air in the U.S. The episode opens with a closeup shot of fisherman on a beach, fiddling with his basket and nets, then cuts to a long shot of a blob emerging from the sea. The camera pulls in closer and we learn that the blob is actually a man encased in what looks like an oversized black-plastic garbage bag. Homage to the opening … [Read more...]

52 Weeks of The Avengers

The Avengers, a British television series, made its American debut on March 30, 1966 on the ABC network. The early response of the American audience (and American TV critics) was mixed but, within 6 weeks, ABC renewed its option for more episodes.* It was probably 1967-68 before I discovered The Avengers. I was 5 or 6 years old at the time, but my parents would let me stay up and watch it. I'm … [Read more...]

Lessons From David Copperfield

Last night I watched MGM's 1935 version of David Copperfield on Turner Classic Movies. We can glean more than a few "life lessons" from the characters, as is typical of Dickens and much literature that stands the test of time. Here a few quotes from the film and book for today's Monday Motivator post: "Never be mean in anything, never be false, never be cruel." David's aunt, Miss Betsey … [Read more...]

Wild & Scenic Film Festival (Preview)

I'm excited that I'll finally be able to attend the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, an annual event of the Alabama Rivers Alliance and the Alabama Environmental Council. I'm thinking my favorites will be Water Loving Doggies, Rosa & A GASP for Clean Air. You can see a complete list of films here and buy tickets here. Trailer for A GASP for Clean Air:   … [Read more...]

Words Without Deeds

Last Friday I drove down to Tuscaloosa for a concert by My Morning Jacket, Neko Case and Phosphorescent. Proceeds from the show went to the United Way Tuscaloosa tornado relief fund. Before the show, the musicians toured the path of the tornado and saw the destruction first hand. Neko Case posted this photo via Twitter. It's a scrap of writing she found amidst the … [Read more...]

Sunday Sign: Roxy Theatre, Russellville, Alabama

This week's Sunday Sign celebrates the Roxy Theatre in Russellville, Alabama: The earliest movies I can remember seeing in a theatre are Georgy Girl and Bonnie & Clyde. My parents took me with them to see those movies when I was about 4 or 5 years old. Neither film is what you'd call a "kids flick." I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who can say they saw both of those films at a theatre as … [Read more...]