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Weird Scenes Week Zero Plus One: Coronavirus Update

Weird Scenes Week Zero Plus One: Coronavirus Update

May 16, 2020

Geez, a month and a half and still no word from the Weird Scenes front?

Well, you know us, we can't just leave our faithful fans and fearless followers hanging like that!

So driving at high speed on ice and flying by the seat of our pants without a harness, here we come again, without even the slightest of background notes, structure or plan, pulling an old school At Eye Level style podcast, 100% improv!

Of course, we'll be talking the State of the (Dis)Union and the lay of the land as we see, live and experience it, what our latest music obsessions are, and what we've been up to in (more or less) solitary confinement, as you wait with baited breath for that damn Burt Reynolds show (it's coming, Jimmy!  The Bus is Coming!)

Join us for an ongoing apocalypse chat, when we're all yearning for that cool postapocalyptic world all those cheesy 80's SF films from Italy and late night cable promised us...hell, I'd settle for the zombie apocalypse!  Head shot, motherfucker! Time to pull out the axe...

...oh, well.  I guess we'll have to settle for wearing uncomfortable masks and not being able to hang with your friends or shop like a normal human being.  Kinda lame for an apocalypse, ain't it?

Week Zero Plus One: Yet another missive from behind enemy lines from the battle hardened mercenary elite at Weird Scenes inside the Goldmine!

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Weird Scenes 3/31/20 Week Zero Corona Special

Weird Scenes 3/31/20 Week Zero Corona Special

March 30, 2020

And now for something completely different...

With the ever worsening community spread and resulting hibernation lockdown were all facing globally, business as usual is proving to be decidedly unusual...if not pretty much impossible.  

Don't worry, though, we're not going anywhere...and in the meantime, we've pulled together this missive from the bunker, a transmission from our underground cavern fortress at the end of the world as we knew it.  And because it's us, you know we can't take all of this shit too seriously: or as Valeria said to Conan, "two fools who laugh at death."

After a chat about our respective experiences in the year of cholera...er, corona, we get into the status on our Season 10 opener, what we've been viewing and immersing ourselves in musically during the siege, and chat about recent podcast appearances and what's been going on over at Third Eye...with plenty of laughs and nuggets of wisdom scattered throughout like jewels in Smaug's mountain cavern.

We'll leave the last word to Sandahl Bergman, in her defining film role:

"Do you know what horrors await within?  Then you go first!"

Week Zero: Report from the survivalists at Weird Scenes inside the Goldmine!

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Weird Scenes 3/12/20: Calling All Browncoats!

Weird Scenes 3/12/20: Calling All Browncoats!

March 12, 2020

Back at the dawn of the millenium, still riding high and flush with the runaway success of Buffy (and to a lesser extent, its weird spinoff Angel) and not long before his foray into comics as writer of one of the bigger X-Men titles, Joss Whedon struck gold of a sort with perhaps the most viral and notable of his fan favorites: Firefly.

While having a decidedly troubled history with the network (who aired episodes out of order and with long breaks, before taking the series off air without even showing all the material filmed (!), Whedon's quirky take on a self-made 'family' of misfits in a postapocalyptic feeling sci-fi/western struck all the right notes, from excellent casting to strong writing and memorable performances, even managing to pull in a few notable cult guest stars during its brief run.

With a vocal fanbase chomping at the bit for the series' return and strong sales of the DVD releases, Whedon was able to convince an unrelated major studio to fund what should have brought proper closure to the abbreviated TV series and its many hanging plotlines...but which failed miserably at that very task, pulling off into some very odd, dark directions and suffering from worse looking CG than the series that preceded it.

Some of the cast would continue on in Whedon's other works (from a still ongoing Buffy and Angel to Dr. Horrible) and either hail from or move on to sporadic work in other cult series (The Guild, Doom Patrol, Alias, Cleopatra 2025, V, Stargate Atlantis, Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Magicians, Gotham). One would even memorably grace a major comic book film (Deadpool). But most would wind up in the comparative oblivion of cartoon voice over work, leaving this one series as their collective high point of creativity and notability.

So all you Browncoats, dust off your battle jackets and join us, as we delve as deeply as we dare into the dusty, lawless frontiers of the outer galaxy, with the fractious family...er, crew of the Firefly class Sirenity, only here on Weird Scenes!

Week 77: Calling All Browncoats!

 

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Week 94 (Sun. Feb. 9) - Doro Pesch of Warlock and Doro

Week 94 (Sun. Feb. 9) - Doro Pesch of Warlock and Doro

February 9, 2020

This Sunday, February 9, join us for Week 94 of Third Eye Cinema with the living legend herself, Doro Pesch!

Surviving a near fatal bout with illness, she decided at the ripe old age of 16 that she would devote her remaining years to music...a choice she never relented on, even in the darkest days of grunge.

Releasing four classic albums with the band Warlock and steering that ship through label shifts, lineup changes and demands to lighten the sound and image to a more 'pop' 'radio friendly' approach, she kept things rolling through an enforced band name change, the infamously heavy producer's hand of none other than Gene Simmons and a decade or more where her albums were both unreleased and unavailable here in the States, still releasing quality records and touring Europe.

As a result, she weathered the storms that took down nearly an entire genre of bands and careers, to find herself a much sought after guest vocalist and noted as an inspiration to hard rock and metal frontwomen across many subgenres and around the globe, garnering much acclaim and still working a busy recording and touring schedule after all these years!

So join us as we squeeze as much friendly chat and amusing anecdotes as we can out of her busy schedule, when we welcome the loveliest of valkyries and most diehard of metallers, the inimitable Doro Pesch of Warlock and Doro, only here on Third Eye Cinema!

Week 94 (Sun. Feb. 9) - Doro Pesch of Warlock and Doro

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Weird Scenes 2/6/20: Coffy is the Colour - the Films of Pam Grier

Weird Scenes 2/6/20: Coffy is the Colour - the Films of Pam Grier

February 6, 2020

One of the most recognizable names in blaxploitation, and we’re not even talking about one of the guys.

Starting off as a receptionist and switchboard operator, she was quickly snapped up to feature roles in five of the earliest Women in Prison films for Roger Corman, where she impressed enough in a series of soundalike roles to work her way into commanding full marquee value and headliner status all her own, just inside of 3 years!

One of the first and certainly the most important female action stars, this former army brat became the queen of blaxploitation throughout the 1970’s, shifting into stranger waters with the changing decade – Disney, socially minded policier and even costarring in the first Stephen Seagal film, before taking a few roles for a faltering John Carpenter, doing a Bill & Ted film and winding up in one of the worst Eddie Murphy vehicles ever committed to celluloid…and starring in a Quentin Tarantino homage to her earlier work that revitalized her cachet to a new generation.

Join us as we talk the First Lady of Blaxploitation, the one and only Pam Grier, here on Weird Scenes!

Week 76: Coffy is the Colour - the Films of Pam Grier

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