A guy working on his home in the desert, with only his dog for company, begins to experience strange phenomena. When he blacks out, all he has is 9 minutes of cell phone video.
This is some serious old time internet right here.
Give it a try: from any command line, type
telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl and sit back to watch the show. This is the least productive thing you’ll do all day, but you know what they say about all work and no play.
Selma Hayek was introducing Sacha Baron Cohen as the recipient of BAFTA’s Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy. She wheeled out “Grace Cullington” and introduced her as the oldest surviving actress to have worked with Chaplin. The audience was told that as a little girl, Cullington had appeared in 1931’s “City Lights” alongside Chaplin. She then gives Cohen Chaplin’s cane from the movie. And then….
Yeah, it looks cheesy now. It wasn’t back then. This was the most anticipated thing in my life. I was 6.
Remember, we knew nothing about Star Wars.This was pre-pre-pre internet. There were only rumblings about a cool new space movie.
This trailer fed the beast. It was all that was talked about in 1st grade. It’s also surprisingly creepy.
In the 1975 film Jaws, the great Irish actor Robert Shaw plays Quint, the grizzled shark hunting sea captain.
The highlight of the film is Shaw’s monologue about why his character won’t wear a life jacket. He tells the story of being on the USS Indianapolis in 1945, returning from a trip to Tinian*, delivering the Little Boy atomic bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima. On its way back, it was struck by Japanese torpedoes.
900 men went into the water and 317 came out four days later. Why? Drowning, injuries, saltwater poisoning, but the real reason was sharks. The men were eaten alive by sharks.
Smithsonian magazine has a wonderful piece about the true story of the Indianapolis. It’s well worth your time to read. And then watch the great Robert Shaw below. He takes some artistic liberties with the story, but it’s one of the great performances in the history of cinema. That he wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar is a travesty.
In real life, Shaw was one of the great actors of his generation, but he’d die 3 years later at age 51 of alcoholism. Discovery did a documentary of the making of the film, which was an epically dysfunctional shoot that became the highest-grossing film of all time until Star Wars came along.. It’s also well worth your time.
* My grandfather Ted Wade was stationed on Tinian. He saw the Enola Gay take off; he was told to watch by an officer. But the enlisted men didn’t understand the significance until they saw the faint echoes of the bomb’s mushroom cloud. It was the first atomic weapon ever used against people.