Still Alive

Sure, Teleport City has been moribund for years. And it’s replacement sites have not fared better. However, I’ve not been totally inactive during these long months. So here’s a bit of what’s going on:

  • Did I mention I wrote a book? And associated with that, there’s a new(ish) website that occasionally even gets new articles. Like this one, about a box set of obscure exotica music.
  • I’ve been writing regularly for Diabolique. Most recently, it’s been about Jean Harlow’s Red-Headed Woman and the goofball “old dark house” comedy The Crooked Circle. The bulk of my film writing these days will be there or is being held in reserve for a future book project. Or until such time as I get impatient and post it.
  • Teleport City is getting a refresh and reorg. Most content is currently offline for reformatting, but it will all be back as the summer progresses. Some content will disappear, but only because it has been improved, rewritten, and has a new home. But we’ll always point when pointin’ is needed.
  • And finally, as a personal quest this summer, I intend to go back and fill in the many…many…many Roundtables I’ve no-showed over the years. We’ll see how that goes.

Anyway, irons in the fire and all that.



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    Not high spirited enough

    Charlie's Ghost

    I guess unlike the other B-Masters, I specialize in family films. Anyway… despite a few good things, Charlie’s Ghost: The Secret Of Coronado is too downbeat of a family movie for both adults and their children.

    Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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      From one extreme to the other…

       

      The year 1960 gave us a pair of disaster movies that could hardly be more different; yet each in its own way is ridiculously enjoyable:

       

       

       

      I have copied over The Last Voyage, a shipboard disaster movie with the highest disaster-to-running-time ratio I’ve yet encountered, plus the most realistic special effects, to boot…as they should be, inasmuch as a real ocean liner was destroyed for our edification.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      And I have reviewed The Crowded Sky, an airborne disaster movie which has one of the lowest disaster-to-running-time ratios I’ve yet encountered, plus some of the dodgiest model-work ever to emanate from a major studio.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!


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        It just doesn’t fly

        A Breed Apart

        While A Breed Apart tries to be an action movie with something important to say, it ultimately doesn’t succeed at either of those things.

        Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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          No, I’m not posting for the new roundtable yet…

          I do, however, have the other half of my entries for the previous one:

          Evil Dead II (1987), in which surviving the night in a demon-haunted cabin doesn’t actually improve one’s situation much…

          Goodbye, Emmanuelle (1977), in which our heroine starts to wonder whether this “free love” thing is all it’s cracked up to be…

          and…

          Martin (1977), in which George Romero gives us a much more satisfying answer to the riddle, “When is a vampire movie not a vampire movie?” than Val Lewton managed to.

          I also reviewed some stuff which I somewhat arbitrarily deemed not to make the cut for the roundtable:

          American Rickshaw (1989), in which Donald Pleasence predictably makes a quite serviceable sleazoid preacher, but Mitch Gaylord is somehow no Kurt Thomas…

          The Flesh and Blood Show (1972), in which experimental theater proves every bit as dangerous as any summer camp…

          Frightmare (1974), in which Jackie’s old mum gets into something even more troublesome than Fox News…

          Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), in which Moustapha Akkad can’t be faulted for not understanding what his audience wants…

          and…

          She (1983), in which it’s hard to tell what poor H. Rider Haggard is going to need more– a couple aspirin or a tumbler of Scotch.

          El Santo rules the wasteland-- and also 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting.


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            The china anniversary syndrome: Part 2

            It’s that time again…

            For the first part of our year-long celebration of our 20th anniversary, we tackled what we called our “core competencies”, that is, those topic areas we had in mind when founding our sites in the first place.

            In this, not surprisingly, we dealt with material where there could well be overlap between our sites. For instance, El Santo reviewed From Hell It Came, a wacky walking-tree opus with plenty of mad science; so you would wouldn’t be surprised to find it over at AYCYAS! Likewise, Will tackled the first four parts of Shake Rattle and Roll, horror anthologies out of the Philippines, a country whose genre films Santo has examined on a fairly regular basis.

            This time around, though, we’ll each be tackling what we’re calling our “special subjects”: those subgenres that each of us has pretty much entirely to themselves.

            Please join us throughout May for Part 2 of our 20th anniversary celebration!


            Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!


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              Not the ordinary kind

              Joe

              The drama Joe remains a compelling exercise even more than 40 years later.

              Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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                Not much here to purse-ue

                The Gun In Betty Lou's Handbag

                Supposedly a comedy, The Gun In Betty Lou’s Handbag often forgets to be funny, and isn’t funny when it remembers it’s supposed to be a comedy.

                Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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                  I defend this movie

                  My BodyguardSometimes funny, sometimes touching, My Bodyguard is a family movie that will entertain both kids and adults.
                  Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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                    Slithers and burrows right into your horror loving heart

                    SquirmThe horror thriller Squirm takes a very unlikely horror premise and makes it surprisingly entertaining.
                    Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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