Friday, July 4, 2014

The Twilight Zone Marathon July 4th 2014

Hello TWZ fans! How are you guys doing? I'm doing alright.

SyFy will be marathoning The Twilight Zone on July 4th again this year!

The marathon will start at 8am EST on July 4th with Five Characters in Search of an Exit. There will be a break at 8pm to 12:10am for WWE Smackdown from 8pm to 10pm. At 10pm to 12:05am two episodes of Spartacus will be showing. The marathon finally continues at 12:05am with The Midnight Sun. It will conclude with Long Distance Call on July 5th at 3:40am. Below is a link to the TWZ Marathon's schedule on the SyFy Channel.

The Twilight Zone Marathon July 4th 2013 schedule on SyFy: schedule July 4, 2014

It is a much shorter marathon this year. If you can call it a marathon with a four hour break in between. The SyFy Channel just down right sucks. If you can I recommend getting the Twilight Zone on DVD or Blu Ray. I highly recommend Blu Ray. You might think, "it's just a black and white show. How much clearer can it get?" My friend, I thought the same too but, the blacks are true blacks on Blu Ray with many shades in between which makes the dimension of sight, the dimension of sound and the dimension of mind much more clearer and crisper. Once you experience it in true high def, you'll understand. Plus, there's a bunch of cool extras that comes with the Blu Ray set. If you're not able to get the set shipped to your place of residence by tomorrow, you can find some of the Twilight Zone episodes on Youtube.

Now, for approval, I submitted a bit of trivia on one of my favorite TWZ episode after the "JUMP!"
Anthony Wilson's Come Wander With Me

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983): The Best and The Worst

Happy New Year!
Last year I did the Best and Worst of the 2002 UPN version of The Twilight Zone and I realized that I ran out of Twilight Zones to write about. Or did I?

Twilight Zone: The Movie was released in 1983. Two years before the 1985 revival on TV. The same year as Return of the Jedi and Scarface. Yes, Twilight Zone: The Movie was on the big screen. It was produced by Steven Spielberg and John Landis. Can you imagine hearing about this in the early 80's? That they are bringing back the Twilight Zone but, not only that. Spielberg and Landis are both producing and directing! One is a great story teller and the other is a master of horror! The movie turned out to be a disappointment. To begin with it went through a bunch of production problems which culminated in the death of three actors: Vic Morrow and two child actors: Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen. It was terrible and tragic. The three actors died on set during a staged helicopter stunt gone wrong. You can search for the story on the internet and there are clips on youtube as well. The production team ignored the safety of the actors and violated a bunch of child actors laws. The part being filmed was part of the Vietnam scene in the first segment, Time Out. It's a very over the top story about racism. I'll talk more about it in the Best/Worst section.

Twilight Zone: The Movie was split into five segments. An introduction and an epilogue to book end the movie. Then four separate segments. Out of the four segments there is an original story and three remakes. The initial idea was to have a character from the introduction appearing in each of the segments. That idea did not ban out but, they got Burgess Meredith, who acted in a couple of episodes in the classic Twilight Zone, to narrate the introduction and for the individual segments. Just like how Rod Serling narrated the introduction and sometimes the ending for the classic series. You might remember Burgess Meredith in Time Enough At Least as a man who survives a nuclear bomb and finally has all the time in the world to do what he loves most. Unlike, Serling, Merdith did not appear on screen.

Twilight Zone: The Movie had a budget of $10 Million which might have been a lot in 1983. I'm not sure but, the movie had a feel of "just throw money into it and it'll be good" quality. It feels over produced and under written. Even as a child, back in the 80's I thought the movie was crap. Everything was so over the top. No subtlety what so ever. I am very critical of this movie but I do revisit it once in a while. Sometimes, I do find myself enjoying it from a different perspective. During my last viewing, I had a great time watching Nancy Cartwright's (Bart Simpson) performance as Ethel, Anthony's sister, in the third segment.

Since there are only five segments, I'll just rate them in the order of appearance instead of having separate sections for Best and Worst. The Intro and the Epilogue is technically one segment but, I'll split them according to chronological order. The list is right after the "JUMP!".

A list of The Best and The Worst after the "JUMP!":

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Thank You Eleventh Doctor!

Thank you for all the adventures! Thank you for all the good times. Thank you for all the hope. Thank you for making tough times easier to bear. Thank you for all the bow ties! All the fezzes! And the mop! We'll miss you Raggedy Man!


The Twilight Zone Marathon New Year's Eve 2013

Happy New Year Twilight Zone Fans!

This year's Twilight Zone marathon will start at 8am EST on December 31st with One For The Angels. It will conclude with Nothing In The Dark on December 2nd at 8:30am. Below is a link to the TWZ Marathon's schedule on the SyFy Channel.

The Twilight Zone New Year's Eve 2013 Marathon schedule on SyFy: schedule December 31, 2013 schedule January 1, 2014 schedule January 2, 2014

The site still has those annoying auto-play ads. I am in no way promoting the SyFy Channel but, it's nice to have a Twilight Zone marathon broadcasted on TV. SyFy will air the marathon with many commercial breaks and some scenes will be cut out. So, if you have another way to marathon The Twilight Zone, I suggest the alternative. I highly recommend getting the Definitive Set on DVD or blu-ray. Netflix still have the first two seasons on instant. Still! It's been a year Netflix! Let's have the entire series on streaming next year!

Now, for approval, I submitted a bit of trivia on one of my favorite TWZ episode after the "JUMP!"
Rod Serling's The Changing of the Guard

AMC's Breaking Dead Marathon 2013

Planning on heading out to town to celebrate New Year's Eve with a lot drinking this year? But you're worried about getting into trouble while drunk? Your worries are over! Just call Saul after you're sober enough to understand how F$$$ed you are. He knows a guy who knows a guy who can clean up for you. For a fee of course. OR you can stay in, drink all you want, marathon Breaking Bad by yourself and worry about nothing.

This year AMC is not just marathoning the Walking Dead during New Year's Eve. They are kicking off with Breaking Bad this Friday, December 27th at noon (12pm EST) and ends on Tuesday, December 31st at 2:03am. Below are links to the schedule of the Breaking Bad marathon. Be sure to click on "show earlier listings" to get the full schedule:

AMC Fri Dec 27 2013

AMC Sat Dec 28 2013

AMC Sun Dec 29 2013

AMC Mon Dec 30 2013

AMC Tue Dec 31 2013

Then at 9am EST (Tuesday, December 31st) the apocalypse is here with the Walking Dead marathon. The marathon will run through Thursday, January 2nd with Too Far Gone book ending the marathon at 4am EST. Good luck trudging through the wilderness of crap at the 2nd half of season 2 and the entire season 3. Actually, I did like one episode of season 3, Clear which will be airing on January 1st at 4pm EST. Below are links to the schedule of the Walking Dead marathon. Be sure to click on "show earlier listings" to get the full schedule:

AMC Tue Dec 31 2013

AMC Wed Jan 1 2014 (Happy New Year!)

AMC Thu Jan 2 2014

You didn't think I'll leave you with just scheduling information?

Here are some goodies I found on the net:

An awesome Breaking Bad tribute video edited to "The Ecstasy of Gold" by Ennio Morricone (Bandini remix and original).

And here's a link to a pretty good the Walking Dead webisode the Oath starring the Last Exorcism's Ashley Bell.

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor - Christmas Special 2013

Christmas! Happy Christmas? Have a Doctor Who Christmas? I don't know if I should be happy about this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special. This will be Matt Smith's last episode. The 11th Doctor being my favorite, I really don't want to see him go. At the same time, I'm excited to see what Peter Capaldi will bring to the role. The Time of the Doctor will be on BBC America tonight at 9pm EST.

In the mean time, Strax has something to share:

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry X-Mas Bub!

Wolverine vs. X-Mas. Wolvie hates everything. He hates fun and he especially hates X-Mas shopping on X-Mas eve.

The other half of this episode has been taken down but, this first half is worth watching just to see Wolverine and Jean Grey going crazy over the stupidest things.

That is the worst "Deck the Halls" I'd ever heard.
Where were the mutants with special singing powers?!

Best Comment:
"Sing in the key of x. They ruined Deck the!" - Kevin Anderson