Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Visions... (1972) TV Movie

A professor who has visions of the future informs the police that someone is about to plant a bomb.

Visions... (1972) TV Movie
Cast: Barbara Anderson, Jim Antonio, Joseph Sirola, Lonny Chapman, Monte Markham, Robert DoQui, Telly Savalas, Tim O'Connor

Monday, January 24, 2011

Grammy's Greatest Performances (1999) (TV)

Opening Narration: For 29 years it's been music's biggest night. Careers have been made, achievements celebrated and through it all there have been the greatest performances. Tonight at the end of the century, Grammy looks back on it's highest and most memorable moments. From number 10 to number 1, we'll track the all time highlights of Grammy's past and look at it's future. Tonight, the recording academy proudly presents; Grammy's Greatest Performances, hosted by Natalie Cole and Whitney Houston. 

This is excellent front to back and another great example of a buried treasure. No listings or information anywhere short of the Library of Congress and it's an incredible record. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has 2 entries on the final list, including the top spot. She's #8 for 'Nessum Dorma' in 1998 and #1 for a stellar 1990 performance of her signature hit, "Respect", and it is THE definitive live version. Long live the Queen!

Grammy's Greatest Performances (1999) (TV)
Hosts: Natalie Cole, Whitney Houston

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bobby Darin: Beyond the Song (1998) (TV)

Documentary on the life and career of 1950s/'60s pop singer Bobby Darin, including photos from his childhood, clips from his concerts and TV appearances, and interviews with friends, family and colleagues.

Bobby Darin: Beyond the Song (1998) (TV)
Host: Keith Olberman

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Woodstock: Return to the Planet of the 60's (1989) (TV)

This is absolutely great and completely forgotten. From the original hour-long CBS primetime broadcast, this selection has no listing info anywhere, it's not even in Mr. Hesseman's bio. Weird, man. Hosted by Howard Hesseman and featuring lost performances by; Joan Baez, The Band, Country Joe McDonald, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Arlo Guthrie, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John Sebastian, Sly & The Family Stone, and Johnny Winter and special Woodstock-times remembrances from Penn Jilette, Robert Klein, Martin Mull, Susan St. James, Judy Tenuta, Steven Wright and the legendary Henny Youngman. There's also a funny segment with Mr. Vassmer of Vassmer's market, he was still there as of '89. Personal favorite is Johnny Winter strangulizing a bitchin' electric 12-string guitar. Awesome!

Woodstock: Return to the Planet of the 60's (1989) (TV) 
Host: Howard Hesseman

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Women of Country, The (1993) (TV)

Special on the history of women in country music, featuring music performances, interviews, and vintage footage.

This is fantastic and apparently pretty rare since I couldn't find but scant info. Lots of history, lots of classic old faces, nameless to me but I'm sure emotional to others. Great music, great archival footage and best of all the words from the women themselves, many of whom have left us by now. If they were alive, female and singing country, they're here. Absolute must-see for country music fans.

The Women of Country (1993) (TV)
Cast: Emmylou Harris, The Judds, Patsy Montana, Linda Ronstadt, Kathy Mattea, Jeannie C. Reilly

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Flesh 'n' Blood (1991) TV Series

When the matriarch of a family passes away her surviving adult daughter has a chance to meet a half-brother. She's DC (as in Washington, D. C.) and he's from the sticks. Of course he has plans to live with the family for the sake of reunification, she has other plans. Keith is still rockin', his "Lone Star" was literally the first canceled show of the fall 2010 season. We love Lisa Darr, worked with her on "Popular" and Peri G. is one of the moms in "Make It or Break It", ABC Family's great new show. Mr. Nielsen died just days ago, a Hollywood giant and personal favorite.

The weekly opening title scene is classically great; it's the dashboard from the driver's POV with the garbage accumulating over the days long road trip from the boonies to the destination capital city. There's even a LIVE mouse rambling freely, just hilarious.

Season 1, Episode 1
Blood is Thicker Than Arlo
19 September 1991

Flesh 'n' Blood (1991) TV Series
Cast: David Keith, Lisa Darr, Peri Gilpin, Leslie Nielsen

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Barbara Walters - The 12 Most Fascinating People of 1993 (1993) (TV)

In reverse order; K D Lang, Rush Limbaugh, Stan Winston, Connie Chung, Clint Eastwood, Jack Kevorkian, Shaq, Barry Diller, James Freed, David Letterman, Maya Angelou, and the most fascinating of all..., Hillary Rodham Clinton. Believe it or don't.

Barbara Walters - The 12 Most Fascinating People of 1993 (1993) (TV)
Host: Barbara Walters