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High and Low (Brow) – Series 5 Ep 1 – I’m Not Myself Today

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 by | 1 comment

the crawling eye

And we’re back! That’s right, it’s the inevitable late return of your favorite second rate podcast, High and Low (Brow)! In all seriousness, we’ve had a busy and bitter January up here in Minneapolis, so we’re a bit behind in our posting schedule but we hope to rectify that for you in the coming weeks. But hopefully you’ll be more than pleased with the content of this show as it’s pretty jam packed.

The theme of this episode of High and Low (Brow) comes courtesy of listener Mark Stevens and James and I sit down to discuss two B-movies from the 50’s, the first being the well known 1953 film Invaders from Mars (the remake of which James and I watched for our Dan O’Bannon show) while the second is the far lesser known 1958 film The Crawling Eye (better known as The Trollenberg Terror for those of you across the pond). Both films have their moments, but is Invaders from Mars able to live up to its reputation, and is The Crawling Eye even worth our time?

Besides the films, James and I also discuss the tragic losses of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Harold Ramis, and Angela also helps us learn a bit more about the disease that inevitably took Ramis’ life. But before we get mired too much in misery, I drop a bit of a bomb on James and finally we discover which one of us really cares about this venture and our friendship, and which one of us is a heartless diva who totally forgot our 5 year anniversary.

If you have any recommendations for films we could watch for High and Low (Brow), or want to suggest a potential theme for us to use, or simply want to tell James how awesome he is, feel free to email us and tell us your ideas. If you enjoy the show make sure to subscribe through any of the feeds in the right hand column so you can catch every new episode. Also, please friend James on Facebook, Letterboxd and his second attempt at Twitter. Because it will frighten and confuse him. And while you’re there be sure to join our relatively new Facebook group devoted to Where the Long Tail Ends.

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And, as always, thanks for listening!

Opening Theme – Adonai by Ennio Morricone
Closing Music – Brandy by Looking Glass

High and Low (Brow) - I'm Not Myself Today [ 1:15:51 | 69.47 MB ] Download

 

Matt Gamble
I review movies. I run a movie theatre. I annoy people. I let my dogs lick my face whenever they want. Sometimes I'm even a halfway decent human.
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1 Comment

  1. To answer one of the questions from the podcast, from what I can tell American producer Robert Lippert is the guy that came up with the idea of casting an American lead in a British B movie. The idea was to get American capital into “English” productions that could take advantage of UK tax breaks and quotas. Lippert would hook up with an American actor who was once a star but was now on the way down, but would still look reasonable on a poster and might still have a little juice left at the box office. Brian Donlevy in the Quatermass films, Paul Heinreid in Stolen Face and Man in Hiding, Dean Jagger in X, the Unknown, Dana Andrews in Curse of the Demon, and Forrest Tucker in The Abominable Snowman and The Crawling Eye are examples. Lippert would distribute the films in America and the English studio, usually Hammer, would distribute the films in the UK. Apparently it worked out well for both sides and is one of the first cases where studios were eyeing the international market instead of merely the domestic market.

    At least until The Curse of Frankenstein hit and made stars out of Cushing and Lee. After that, who needed the American stars? Heck, Hollywood would bring over Barbara Steele and Hazel Court.

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