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Still Watching the Skies: Episode 48 “X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes”

Posted on Aug 10, 2018 by | 0 comments

X: The Man With the X-Ray Guys

“And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.” – Matthew 18:9

This episode, Cody, Robert, and Nat enter the wild world of Roger Corman with X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES. X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES is a mix of hubris, psychedelic visuals, Ray Milland, Don Rickles, and a surprising amount of thoughtfulness.

X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes

Perhaps most surprising about the movie is how it walks right up to the line of being a schlocky exploitation film, perhaps to satisfy those who came just for that, and chooses to take another path. It’s a case of having your cake and eating it too.

X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes

 

The second most surprising thing is just how good Don Rickles is. You’d expect a comedy cameo and instead he delivers an actual performance. Again, the film goes beyond the call of duty at each turn.

But, it’s Milland’s committed performance that lends the film real power. It couldn’t have been easy at times, but we have a strong, thoughtful performance of a man alienated and brought down by hubris. It’s a remarkable performance for a Corman film in its sensitivity and commitment. It gives X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES real power.

You don’t have to watch, you just have to listen. You can give us a play below or Download the episode. Also, feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below or Email Us at [email protected] as we appreciate feedback.

 

Time tracks:

X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES: 0:00 to 45:15

Year Four Recap: 45:15 to 1:06:24

Next Films and Outro: 1:06:24 to End

Next month, we take a look at two wannabe franchise starters from the 1980s with DREAMSCAPE and THE HIDDEN. We hope you’ll join us.


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