This is a 35 minute conversation with Patrick McGoohan, talking about The Prisoner for Canadian television on the tenth anniversary of the program. He gets a bit fired up in response to a couple of questions, and his explanation of who Number One was (and the reaction of the audience) is quite amusing. If you are a fan of the show, it’s worth a watch.
Yesterday brought the news that Bob Casale, guitarist and founding member of DEVO, had passed away from a heart attack. Casale, who I had the pleasures to meet at #SXSW some years ago, was a great guy and a fine artist. He will be missed.
Here’s Casale and the rest of his band performing with (of all people) Neal Young in Young’s cult film Human Highway:
“Writing Holden was a mistake.” J.D. Salinger
Recently watched the documentary Salinger, about the famed reclusive writer of Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger. while it has received mixed reviews with critics, I found it to be an interesting work… especially when it recounted how he shunned both fame and his family. The movie tries, through interviews and reenactments, to explain this behavior but eventually fails because… well, the man never explained it himself.
I guess I don’t mind not knowing, because I’m a firm believer in the individual and his or her right to do whatever the heck he wants to do in life, as long as they do not harm another human being. Of course, Salinger DID harm other human beings – mostly family. He was never a good father, and felt more comfortable fighting his demons in front of a typewriter than confronting parenthood or love.
I can sympathize – one of my favorite quotes from the film is from a letter he wrote one of his many romances, and it explains a lot. “I’m up to my ears in unwritten words.” He had to get those words OUT, and that need was everything. His family, his lovers… they came second.
Again, as a writer… I understand.
Here’s the trailer, which will give you a taste of the approach the filmmakers took to dramatize his life. It’s available streaming on Netflix – do check it out.
I’m not a big fan of Fleetwood Mac.
However, I AM a fan of Lindsey Buckingham… and his best album is his first. That album is his long out-of-print debut album with Stevie Nicks, Buckingham Nicks… Which was made before Fleetwood Mac even existed. There are rumors that it will (finally) be rereleased sometime in the next few months, but until then someone has ripped the vinyl and posted the songs on Youtube.
“My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done, such as drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!” – Goldfinger
My second favorite:
“No, I like sake! Especially when it’s served at the proper temperature… 98.4 degrees Fahrenheit, like this is.” – You Only Live Twice
I’d start with the movie that (I think) is the most accessible movie to kids: The Spy Who Loved Me. It has a very simple plot, has some great BIG “Bond moments”, it doesn’t have many really “scary” moments (though Jaws may frighten them), and still has a little of the harsh edge we see in some of the best Bonds (Roger Moore is really channeling Connery’s take in a couple of scenes).
Then… well, things get tricky. I’d personally follow up with You Only Live Twice, but that might confuse the kids because a “different guy” is playing Bond. If you don’t want to do that, I’d show them with Moonraker.
Yep, the movie that many Bond fans hate, Moonraker. Again, it has some great big cinematic moments, it’s not too scary, and it’s Bond. In. SPAAACE! The kids should dig it.
Then… Well, I’d skip the rest of the Roger Moore films as well as the Dalton, Craig AND Brosnan films (I think all of them have moments that are inappropriate for kids). I’d jump straight to You Only Live Twice and then Thunderball, for the same reasons stated above.
Finally, I’d actually skip Goldfinger until they get older. It moves at a slower pace than the others and they may get bored. Yes, I know. SACRILEGE! But it’s true.