I don’t know what to say about this…
Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but think that this is the coolest thing ever:
Here’s one Norwegian tourist who has nothing to fear from the mean streets of London.
As a genuine fan of Columbo, the original ‘daddy’ of the detective tv series, I have seen every episode. As is widely known, Columbo established a narrative based not on the whodunnit model, but the howdunnit model. Each episode starts with a murder being plotted, or at least the build up to an impulsive killing and the subsequent well thought out cover-up.
As soon as our crumpled, cigar smoking hero appears, squinting in the California sunlight, the game of cat and mouse begins. Which clues will he pick up on, where did the killer get it wrong? It’s a format of repetition, and hence why it was so successful.
However, one episode stands out from all the rest, a curio in the vault, that is such an oddity, it has to be highlighted. Episode 6 of series 5 (1976) titled ‘Last Salute to the Commodore’ is a bizarre addition to the Columbo collection. Directed by long time collaborator on the series, and star of iconic 60s series The Prisoner, Patrick McGoohan, it is almost unwatchable. And yet, for Columbo enthusiasts it’s a must, if for no better reason than seeing their favourite detective appear as he doesn’t in any other episode.
From his opening swivel in a porch doorway, to his rowing off on the ocean in a small boat, Falk plays Columbo as a kind of raving madman. He shouts and gesticulates his way through the episode as if possessed by some demonic drunkard, standing in bizarre poses and spewing crazy lines. The narrative flings open a new approach by cutting to a dead body with no sign of murder and flips things on their heads by asking us to revert to the whodunnit formula.
Every role in this episode is a caricature, mostly mumbling incoherent drunken lines to one another or giggling, or yelling. You’re never quite sure what’s happening as minutes are spent talking about inane facts that have nothing to do with the plot. The whole thing, if played straight in traditional Columbo style, would be done in 20 mins. This lasts another 70.
It’s not that the episode has no redeeming features, it does. I’m just not sure what they are. I can only describe it as Columbo as if David Lynch had got involved.
So here’s to ‘Last Salute to the Commodore’ a genuinely glorious, odd and almost unwatchable piece of 70s television.
There are a few fans of Lego on this site and it’s worth checking out this brilliant vid of the launch of a Lego shuttle that literally makes it into orbit!
Built by Raul Oaida (from Romania), the launch took place from central Germany, reaching a maximum altitude of 35000m. A 1600g meteo balloon filled with helium was used alongside a GoPro Hero, Spot GPS and of course Lego Space Shuttle model 3367.
Launch took place on the 31st of December 2011, the equipment was recovered via GPS tracking 240 km S-E.
For those that don’t have your own website you may not be aware of the amount of spamming that a website can receive. Spammers try to add links to their scamming sites to yours in hope someone will follow the link. A small site like ours can’t afford to hire someone to sift through them all so we have to do it ourselves in the hope of finding some genuine comments to approve.
This is a recent attempt by a spammer to trick us into thinking theirs is a genuine comment.
We wish to thank you just as before for the beautiful ideas you offered Jeremy when preparing her post-graduate research and, most importantly, pertaining to providing all the ideas in one blog post. Provided we had been aware of your site a year ago, i’d have been rescued from the unnecessary measures we were implementing. Thanks to you.
They are tricky little tricksters aren’t they! Did you spot the one mistake the made?
No? Our site wasn’t created a year ago! So close to sneaking through.
I’m only messing around and I don’t really have the time or inclination to correct the whole paragraph. I will say though I do feel sorry for their poor daughter having to grow up with the name Jeremy. Oh and this was a comment on a piece about Star Wars posters.
Spammers please try harder! C –
What if we humans just upped and left one day? What if we were exterminated by some airborne virus and all that was left of us were the things we had built and the damage we had done? What if Mother Nature decided to respond in kind, and kick our a**se for a change? This link gives us an idea what that might look like:
Maybe I’ve read too much Richard Matheson or I’m obsessed with the apocalypse, but I (masochistically) like to imagine what the world would be like after the deterioration and destruction of society, and these pictures are a window into that. Check ’em out, and hey, try not to get too depressed, we gave it our best shot after all.
One of the big questions for you here: whatever happened to the kids from that film Hook? I know, we here at RBT really get to the heart of the BIG ISSUES. But seriously though, did they follow the traditional child-actor route of precocious childhood talent, followed by the inevitable spiral into self-destructive addiction? Or did they fade into obscurity, one disappointing film role at a time? Or, most disappointingly, did they do something in the middle?
This article at TheFW.com has ‘then and now’ shots of the Hook alumni, and a short blurb about what became of them. They run the gamut from the famous (Gwyneth Paltrow), to the respectable TV actor (Dante Basco, James Madio), to the academically-fulfilled (Charlie Korsmo) and, most bizarrely, to the career golf caddy (Jasen Fisher).
To anybody who was born in the mid-80s, it’s fair to say that this film probably hit at just the right time into your childhood for it to capture your imagination. Sure, it might be an uneven, relatively shoddy movie, with a cheesy, saccharine plot, and an exposition-heavy script (leaving 90s kids to scratch their heads at what all the fuss is about). But for people of a certain age, the nostalgia that this film elicits outweighs the film’s (many) flaws.
In the run-up to Halloween, here is a truly terrifying titbit to have you screaming yourself to sleep tonight:
Mrs Doubtfire, that saccherine and ubiquitous holiday TV ever-present has always been a disturbing film. Disturbing because it begs several questions: why would somebody think it was a the story was a good idea? Why would anyone pick up the script and say “yup, I want this crap to define my filmmaking career”? and why would Robin Williams… oh wait, I know.
But this time, Mrs Doubtfire‘s most disturbing qualities have been laid bare by ‘Javid Power‘ in a faux trailer that cuts together footage only taken from the movie, and makes a passable and disturbing horror movie trailer.
Check it out. If you dare.