The Lake Kezia Monster s5e19
Eccentric Walnut Grove resident Kezia has her lakeside property auctioned off for non-payment of taxes and who else but Mrs. Oleson buys it, keeping Kezia around as an indentured servant. Albert comes up with one of his schemes and enlists Laura and Andy to help scare off Mrs. Oleson…
Hitchcock/PSYCHO, Hitchcock= PSYCHO, Hitchcock is PSYCHO, even more than Tony Perkins’ Norman Bates.
Fuck Hitchcock. Forget Hitchcock. It’s old, he’s old, you’re a poseur to talk Hitchcock, Hitchock this, Hitchcock that. Dude, whatever.
I’m more impressed if you champion the lesser-known, the hardly-known-at-all things: Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, Vietnamese iced coffee over anything at Starbucks, xerox printed fanzines from the late 1980s / early ’90s over digital musings of the faceless internet, Spider-Man as drawn by artist Ross Andru throughout the 1970s over Spider-Man as drawn by artist Steve Ditko in the 1960s, PSYCHO II over PSYCHO.
I can count on the fingers of one hand how many times I have watched the original PSYCHO but PSYCHO II, on the other hand, is, like, well, double digits. Lots of double digits. #polydactylism
This is one of the greatest sequels ever made, its ROAD WARRIOR great, 1978’s DAWN OF THE DEAD great (I hate how I actually have to qualify which one I mean because of the abominable remakes/reboots/reruns that are a daily part of our lives nowadays, already deadened by rampant shootings and Donald-Trump-for-president-for-real), STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN ferchrissakes.
This week, VHS Rewind hosts Chris and Mark will have you doubting your sanity with their black-is-white, white-is-black, through-the-looking-glass, PSYCHO II-over-the-original-PSYCHO babble.
On this week’s episode, VHS Rewind visits with the dark (and darkly humorous) side of humanity when we review the documentary I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW. Join us as we meet Jeff Turner and Kelly McCormick, the subjects of this documentary: two super obsessive (like, really, really super obsessive) fans of pop singer Tiffany.
Right there, that should tell you these guys are not OK in the head: does Tiffany really merit any obsessive fans? I was never a fan of her music (even her titular hit song) but, more, she hasn’t aged well and based on some brief concert footage we see of Tiffany, she doesn’t come across as an electrifying performer. (Mark: I feel her performance was fine for a onehit wonder level star and she looks great for a 50 year old woman, I think Chris has an issue with her.)
It is more understandable when one of these guys switches allegiance to Alyssa Milano. (Mark: I don’t see the mass appeal of Milano but this falls into the category of individual preference)
This documentary is an extraordinary look into the personal life (such as it is) of each of Jeff Turner and Kelly McCormick that is by turns sad, funny, creepy and always, always riveting.
We hope you take some time to be alone with this episode of VHS Rewind and discover this fascinating film.
This should have worked: placing Marie Osmond into a sitcom. Even if the obvious progression did not come to pass (why not take Donny AND Marie out of the musical variety format and put them both into a sitcom?), this sitcom idea still should have worked with just Marie. Marie, while no great comedienne, had at least proven she could handle banter and comic patter. She had a pretty good grasp of comic timing in terms of delivering a punch line, even if the material wasn’t always that strong. Certainly, she always maintained an engaging, charming personality.
As it turned out, it didn’t work. That may be why you never heard of this show before.
The fault isn’t Marie’s exactly, not completely anyway: given this attempt at a sitcom is an Osmond Production, one must assume she had some say in the material, she must have had some input into the basic premise of the show.
But, wow, choices were made and not one of them was a good one. It’s all sitcom cliches: Marie is a 20-year old aspiring dancer(?) (why not have her simply be an aspiring singer?) who comes to New York City to make it big.
Wait till you meet Marie’s roommates. Wait till you meet Marie’s tough-but-with-a-heart-of-gold (and a nice rack) dance instructor. Wait till you meet Marie’s racist landlord (this kind of humor was un-PC even in 979). Wait till you meet how the writer of this show writes for a 7 year Puerto Rican boy who is Marie’s neighbor.
Join More Bad Apples for this special episode as we examine this rare Osmond relic and dissect what went wrong with what should have been a sure thing.
VHS Rewind! discussed another controversial reboot from the 1980’s! Starring Ron Glass and Demon Wilson is the forgettable The NEW Odd Couple. Taking a seemingly random episode from the 1970’s classic and redoing it shot for shot and word for word may have seemed like a good idea to someone, but he was alone – oh yeah – they made the main characters African American. Even for 30+ years ago this was a stale idea. Lasting for an impressive 18 episode season it never made it to Season 2.