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Weird Scenes 5/2/19: Disreputable: the cult cinema of David Hemmings

Weird Scenes 5/2/19: Disreputable: the cult cinema of David Hemmings

May 2, 2019

With his sleepy eyed look and tousled blond locks, he came across as some amalgamation of Robert and Chris Mitchum...with more than a touch of Paul McCartney as a finisher. Generally strolling through films as oddly passive, even disinterested, he could flip to a crazed enervation unexpectedly, leading him to serve as the ultimate outsider figure: either failing to react or overreacting to the events onscreen, in turn.

Seldom a lead but always a presence, he effortlessly shifted from star boy soprano under famed modernist composer Benjamin Britten to child actor to that rarest of transitions: a popular adult career in cinema, as both actor and eventually director of film and television.

Having starred in a handful of the most celebrated films of our time (Blow Up, Deep Red, even the strangely popular Barbarella), he’d wind down his career working through increasingly obscure parts in nearly forgotten films across the UK and Italy, before making a long and successful end run in American television throughout the 80’s and 90’s, where most of his directorial work took place.

Join us as we discuss the genre oddities and decidedly quirky career of David Hemmings, only here on Weird Scenes!

Week 64: Disreputable: the cult cinema of David Hemmings (@weirdscenes1)

Weird Scenes 4/18/19: He Always Comes Back - the films of Arnold Schwarzenegger

Weird Scenes 4/18/19: He Always Comes Back - the films of Arnold Schwarzenegger

April 18, 2019

Born into a stiff, lower middle class Austrian background just after the war, Arnold Schwarzenegger rebelled from his rigid father and proscribed life at an early age, eschewing the family plans for his life and career to pursue a rocky road in the dubious world of bodybuilding.

Idolizing the likes of up and coming cinematic pepla stars like Steve Reeves and especially Reg Park, the young Arnold followed his dreams from breaking into local gyms to work out on off hours to participating in international contests and a solo move to America, without even possessing a proper command of the English language.

Catching the attention of big names in the physical fitness field like Britain's Wag Bennett and America's Joe Wieder, the young up and comer became the face of Wieder's supplement and equipment empire for many a year, his association with the famed Muscle and Fitness magazine running well into recent years.

Taking major titles like Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe multiple times apiece, by the time the documentary Pumping Iron popularized what had been seen as something of a mockable geek sideshow into the exercise craze of the past 40 years, he'd already starred in two feature films as lead or top billed costar to big names like Jeff Bridges, Sally Field and even ubiquitous comedian/voice actor Arnold Stang...and the best was yet to come.

For with the dawn of the 1980s came a starring role in a grim, philosophical take on Robert E. Howard's famed barbarian warrior and king...and a long career in quip-heavy, surprisingly light hearted action cinema began.

Parlaying his successes in both bodybuilding and cinema into a political career, he's become not only a two term state governor, but expanding his ostensible party politik to become one of the more outspoken voices both for green initiatives and against perhaps the most corrupt administration ever to sit in office...

Always surprising, never stagnating, tonight we celebrate the life and films of the Austrian Oak and Governator himself, the inimitable Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Week 63: He Always Comes Back: the life and films of Arnold Schwarzenegger (@weirdscenes1)

Weird Scenes 4/4/19: Sean Connery - Beyond Bond

Weird Scenes 4/4/19: Sean Connery - Beyond Bond

April 4, 2019

Our late in the run At Eye Level correspondent from Scotland regularly brought up, as a sort of bemused reality check, the fact that his grandmother's milkman was none other than Sean Connery. A prophet has no honor in his own country...

Supposedly an amateur bodybuilder (though you'd probably never know it from what we see on celluloid) and ex-Royal Navy man, Connery was a milkman both as a youth and an adult, a truck driver, a grave digger, an artist's model and a laborer. But that all changed.

Turning down all manner of blue collar jobs and manual labor (supposedly even a shot at being a pro footballer), he made a crucial right turn into acting...and give or take ten years working his way through inconsequential bit parts in westerns, Disney pictures and such, the rest is history.

Because in 1962, he took on the role of Ian Fleming's superspy James Bond, one rejiggered to the fantasies and hopes of its day, all tech gadgets and Cold War gravitas kneaded into a pulp action adventure series unlike any other...but which spawned literal hundreds of imitators globally, most notably the krimis, Edgar Wallace and Mabuse films and Jerry Cotton series out of Germany and ridiculous numbers of Italian, French, British and Spanish Eurospy pictures. Hell, even washed up crooners like Dean Martin and tongue in cheek types like Tony Randall and the James Coburn In Like Flint series got in on the act, domestically...

Tonight, we're going to tackle some of the notable films he's been front and center for, from poorly sung Irishmen chasing leprechauns to taut thrillers, from bizarre Eurowesterns and gritty, soul searching 70's cop dramas to weird allegories about sex and society, lousy disaster films, midgets, monks, evil knights, badly Russian accented sub commanders, awkward Alan Moore adaptations...even Indiana Jones' father!

We've taken on his more famous series twice over, but this is virgin territory...

So stay tuned as we tackle the (non-Bond) films of Sean Connery, only here on Weird Scenes!

Week 62: Sean Connery - Beyond Bond (@weirdscenes1)

Weird Scenes 3/21/19: Roddy McDowall - a true character

Weird Scenes 3/21/19: Roddy McDowall - a true character

March 21, 2019

A British character actor, who made precious few films outside the US.

A former child actor who made his fortunes more on his adult career than what came before.

A man who’s starred in well over a hundred films and dozens of
television shows, many falling well inside the realm of cult, SF and
horror, but seldom as more than a minor role, even a cameo.

And yet, he’s the one you’ll remember when the credits roll…

Join us tonight as we wend our way through some highlights of a
significantly lengthy career of one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved character actors, the inimitable Roddy McDowall!

Week 61: Roddy McDowall - a true character (@weirdscenes1)

Weird Scenes 3/7/19: The Italian Stallion: the Films of Sylvester Stallone

Weird Scenes 3/7/19: The Italian Stallion: the Films of Sylvester Stallone

March 7, 2019

Hells Kitchen brought the world two rather formidable things: my grandfather and the Sylvester Stallone.

The son of...of all things, a beautician and an astrologer (!), Stallone survived a difficult birth and life on the mean streets of what had already become something of an ethnic ghetto to star in a notorious off Broadway play soon to wind up as a Radley Metzger film: Score.

Following theatrical work with a number of walk ons and bit parts (including the infamous Italian Stallion aka Party at Kitty and Studs, Woody Allen's Bananas, Death Race 2000 and episodes of Police Story and Kojak), Stallone rose to sudden and unexpected fame when he scripted...and demanded the leading role in, despite studio pressure to use established marquee names...the story of a washed up never-was who made a surprise bid at the big time...namely, Rocky.

Going on to star in several films in this franchise, he'd strike gold for a second time when he starred in a film adaptation of a hicksploitation novel about Vietnam veterans suffering from PTSD in a nation that looked down on their efforts...First Blood, the first of the Rambo pictures.

Alternating ongoing box office successes in those two series with a number of interesting, but critically much maligned box office flop attempts at stretching as an actor, his work throughout the 80's and 90's would veer wildly between weird fish out of water comedies like Rhinestone and bottom of the barrel efforts like Stop or my Mom Will Shoot! and Judge Dredd the Top cop films as different in tone as Cobra and Tango and Cash, before once again hitting box office success with Cliffhanger, Demolition Man and the recent Expendables series.

So join us as we put on our paisano, to take on the inimitable Sylvester Stallone!

Week 57: The Italian Stallion: the Films of Sylvester Stallone (@weirdscenes1)