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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 168: The Cassandra Crossing

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On the new episode of the Forgotten Filmcast, Todd is joined by David Anderson from Free Kittens Movie Guide to discuss the 1976 disaster epic The Cassandra Crossing. The all-star cast features Sophia Loren, Richard Harris, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Martin Sheen, and OJ Simpson.

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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 167: The Night the World Exploded

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It’s the end of the world as we know it on the latest episode of the Forgotten Filmcast. Todd is joined by Toby Roan from the new podcast, The Carbon Arc, to discuss a 1957 offering from producer Sam Katzman…The Night the World Exploded.

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Movie Cereal: Superman – Chapter 12: Blast from the Depths

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If you recall, the last time we visited Metropolis, Jimmy Olsen had decided to hide in a crate that the Spider-lady’s goons believe contains a precious substance known as mono-chromite. The goons are on to Jimmy, though, so we were left with a scene of them shooting the crate, with Jimmy inside, full of holes. Let’s see if Jimmy is actually bulletproof in chapter 12 of Superman, Blast from the Depths.

As this episode begins, we see a considerable amount of footage that was conveniently left out last time. It involves Superman swooping in and landing in the truck. He then has Jimmy duck in the front of the truck while he takes Jimmy’s place inside the crate. So, when the crooks open fire on the crate, it has no effect on the mighty Superman. The blue boy then grabs the two baddies and questions them. However, they are just a pair of hired goons and have no knowledge of the Spider-lady’s plan. Superman then zooms back to the prison (remember, Clark Kent was locked up) and then changes back into his reporter clothes. Clark’s legal release then conveniently happens a few seconds later.

Back at the Spider-lady’s lair, she is fuming because she has no mon-chromite. Luckily, the evil Dr. Hackett realizes he has a “contact” who can get him some of the ore mono-chromite comes from. So, another set of goons is sent off to visit Fred Collier – mining engineer (as proclaimed by the sign on his office door) to get some mono-chromite. So, basically, it’s the last chapter all over again. Collier refuses to sell any to bad guys, after all, it’s on the restricted list. A fight then breaks out, complete with Collier brandishing a gun he has tucked in his desk drawer. When news of the incident gets out, Perry White dispatches Lois to investigate.

Lois just lets herself in and starts snooping around Collier’s office. Of course, the two goons return while she’s there. She stupidly goes out the window and hides on the ledge while crooks start snooping around. When they notice a Daily Planet matchbook lying on the floor, they get suspicious and quickly find Lois on the ledge. They then find the piece of paper Lois snagged from Collier’s desk, which says something about a mine. They then roll Lois up in a rug and smuggle her out to their car.

When Lois fails to check in, Perry White sends Clark and Jimmy to Collier’s office. While there, they see the signs of a struggle. Clark also notices something that Lois scratched onto the window with her ring while the crooks weren’t looking…a question mark and a cross. Clark quickly locates a Mining Engineer’s Guide which mentions a mine at Question Crossing. Assuming that’s where the crooks are headed, Clark and Jimmy go into hot pursuit mode.

At the mine, our heroes spot the villains loading their woody up with mono-chromite, but there is no sign of Lois. So, Clark and Jimmy split up to find her. Sadly, the bad guys get the jump on Clark, knocking him unconscious. Really now? To make matters worse, they rig some explosives to blow the mine, since they’ve got all the mono-chromite they need. The crooks also knock out Jimmy on the way out. We then see a massive explosion and are told we have to wait until next week to see who survives.

This chapter is a bit odd since it pretty much repeats the premise of the last one. The crooks need mono-chromite, they go to visit someone who has it, he refuses cuz it’s restricted, etc, etc. I mean, these serials often repeat certain concepts as they go on, but you usually don’t see it happen in consecutive chapters!  Also, it’s a bit strange that Metropolis seems to have quite a few people that have easy access to this supposedly restricted substance. I’m beginning to think that mono-chromite might as well be available in every corner drugstore in Metropolis.

The big thing about this chapter, though, is that it continues the theme we are seeing in this serial that the staff of the Daily Planet are not that interested in actually writing stories and printing a newspaper. They are all a bunch of wannabe cops and detectives. Let’s break this down. There is a shooting incident at the office of Fred Collier – Mining Engineer. Is the building locked down? Nope. Lois Lane just lets herself in and starts poking around. In fact, there is no police presence at the building at all! When a shooting happens do the Metropolis police just sit back and say, “Eh, let the folks at the Daily Planet deal with it?” Then, when Lois goes missing, does Perry White call the cops at this point? Of course not! He sends more reporters to look for her. Then when they realize she’s been kidnapped, they don’t call the cops either. They try to go after the crooks themselves. Now, I get it, one of these reporters is actually Superman, but it’s not like Perry White knows this. Plus, the fact that Clark is really a powerful superhuman from another planet doesn’t seem to matter that much. After all, three hired goons manage to get the drop on him and knock him out later in the mine.

All this to say, this chapter is a big eye-roller. Even the opening resolution to the cliffhanger is nutty, with a large amount of footage showing Superman taking Jimmy’s place in the crate re-inserted after being left on the cutting room floor last time. Is there more we aren’t seeing this time? It’s very likely, since it sure seems like all three of our heroes got blown to smithereens. We’ll see if they make it out alive next time, and who else in Metropolis has mono-chromite for sale, in chapter 13 – Hurled to Destruction.

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Gadgets, Gizmos and Gimmicks by Peter Leigh

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As someone who grew up in the 80s, some of my favourite memories are of playing with 70s and 80s tech.  My introduction to the world of computing, as an example, started with the Sinclair ZX81.  I could spend hours playing blocky black and white games in complete silence.  And Toy Day at school in the early 80s was full of beepy electronic games, and it was heaven!  Nowadays just seeing a photo of a ZX81 or a Game and Watch evokes that warm feeling of nostalgia that we all get when thinking back to a favourite memory.

Over the last few years I’ve really wanted to find a good reference book which shows off the techy things I adored while growing up.   Nostalgia Nerds Gargets, Gizmos and Gimmicks absolutely does this for me.  It’s a book which, as the name suggests, showcases some of the gorgeous gadgets from history.  It covers so many electronic items ranging from the Teasmade from 1938 right up to the Oculus Quest 2 from 2021, a huge span of 80s years.  It is by no means a definitive list of every gadget over this time, and it isn’t claiming to be, but a book which talks about the items most commonly remembered.

My favourite parts of this book are, quite obviously, the 70s and 80s gadgets and gizmos.  Remember the Tomytronic 3D games, the ones you had to hold up to your eyes like binoculars?  And the Casio C-80 Calculator watch?  If you didn’t own one of these yourself then no doubt you would have known someone who did.

If you want to reminisce about extraordinary gadgets, gizmos and gimmicks , or even find out more about some tech you may have missed, you do need to buy this book.

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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 166: Destiny Turns on the Radio

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It’s time for another episode of the Forgotten Filmcast. This time, Todd is joined by Jason Soto from Whatever with Jason Soto to discuss 1995’s Destiny Turns on the Radio, featuring Dylan McDermott, Nancy Travis, and Quentin Tarantino in the title role.

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Movie Cereal: Superman – Chapter 11: Superman’s Dilemma

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When we last left Metropolis, Lois Lane had been lured into a trap by the Spider Lady’s goons. Having followed the trail of the electrical disturbance plaguing the city’s phone lines, she finds herself trapped in the abandoned hideout with flames all around her. Will Superman come to the rescue? Let’s find out in Chapter 11 – Superman’s Dilemma.

When Lois doesn’t respond to his calls over the radio, Clark realizes that something is wrong. He ducks behind some rocks and changes to Superman. Then, strangely knowing exactly where Lois is, he zooms off and rescues her from a fiery death. Meanwhile, Dr. Graham has been brought back to the Spider Lady’s lair where she reveals her copy of the reducer ray machine. However, there are a few final ingredients needed which only Graham knows. After a beating by one of the Spider Lady’s goons, Graham reluctantly agrees to do what he can. However, he needs a supply of an element called mono-chromite to complete the job. Graham writes down the formula and a few of the baddies are dispatched to find a chemical engineer to process it.

The goons pay a visit to Frederick Larkin – Chemical Engineer (as proclaimed by the sign outside his office door) to get the mono-chromite. When Larkin checks his supply index, the card tells him that this is a restricted chemical and that the authorities should be called if anyone comes looking for it. So, of course, he doesn’t call the authorites…he calls Perry White at the Daily Planet!?! 

White dispatches Clark Kent to go look into things, but when Lois overhears this, she plots to delay Clark and get the scoop herself. Clark gets a random phone call as he starts to leave, so while he’s distracted Lois hides Clark’s hat and then grabs Jimmy and hurries out while Clark is stuck on the phone. On the way out the door, she tells the secretary to report to the cops that her car has been stolen. She then proceeds to take the company car that Clark needs. Clark, after getting off the phone and finding his hat, sees them speeding off. He shouts that he needs that car and Lois then tosses him the keys to her car. So, a few miles down the road, the cops see a “stolen” car driving by and, of course, pull over poor Clark. The poor sap even gets hauled off to prison while the matter is straightened out. Long story short…Lois sucks.

When Lois and Jimmy show up at Larkin’s office, they hatch a plan to nab the bad guys. They have Jimmy hide in the container that supposedly holds the mono-chromite. When the crooks show up, Lois hides in the closet while Jimmy is tucked away in the trunk. But silly Lois left her purse on Larkin’s desk, so the goons quickly find her hiding. They then lock her in Larkin’s chemical vault. Meanwhile, at the prison, Clark changes to Superman and busts out. He zooms off to rescue Lois, just as she is running out of air. She then tells Superman about Jimmy and the truck. Good thing, too, since the crooks have noticed Jimmy’s presence. Will Superman rescue Jimmy before the crooks pump him full of lead? You’ll have to wait until next time to find out.

You’ve heard about logic being thrown out the window, right? Well in this chapter forget about the window, logic has been tied to a 50-ton weight and dropped into the ocean! The big problem here is this chemical engineer, Frederick Larkin. This guy displays a level of intelligence that indicates he shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a box of LEGOs, let alone dangerous chemicals! When his little recipe card indicates that he should call the authorities when anyone asks for mono-chromite what does he do? He calls the press! Dude, call the FBI or the Metropolis PD…even calling the dog catcher would make more sense than calling Perry fricking White! Then, this so-called chemical engineer goes right along with Lois and Jimmy’s lame-brained scheme of hiding Jimmy in the trunk. Jimmy explains that this is a good plan because the crooks won’t be able to give them the slip. He will be able to see exactly where they are going. Except that you’re inside a trunk with no way to see out!?!

While Jimmy and Larkin have their share of head-scratching moments in this chapter, it’s Lois who takes the taco when it comes to stupid decisions. I mean, it’s well established that she is a bit of a whinny schemer. Heck, there’s a scene in this chapter where she practically stomps her feet and cries at Perry White for giving a story to Clark and not her. That’s kind of pathetic, but it’s downright criminal what she does next. She has a hapless secretary file a false police report about her car being stolen, knowing that it could land her co-worker in prison. Not only is that illegal, but I think a meeting with the Daily Planet’s HR department is in order.

On the bright side, we do get some nice Superman moments in this one. The opening resolution to the last chapter’s cliffhanger is solid. Like we said before, the flames raging all around Lois look dangerous. It’s also fun to see Superman bending bars to escape from prison. I do wish the prison escape was a bit more dramatic, but I realize there wasn’t a whole lot of time for it in this over-stuffed chapter. We also get to see x-ray vision put to use again when Supes saves Lois from the chemical vault.

The cliffhanger we get is pretty decent. The goons start blasting their guns at the crate in which Jimmy is hiding. We’re led to believe the poor guy’s been turned to swiss cheese! Will the next chapter begin with Jimmy’s bullet-ridden corpse flopping out of the trunk? I think you know better than that. Find out for sure next time as we look at chapter 12 – Blast in the Depths!

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