Friday Video: David Plunkert

Visit to a David Plunkert

Whenever I get too hung up on nostalgic yearnings for the good ol’ days when I was a young pup, and balance it against all the artistry and culture that’s readily available for free in these days of miracles and wonders.

For example, here’s eight minutes plus of artist David Plunkert on the Criterion Collection’s YouTube channel giving us a tour of his process.

Truly there is no good excuse for being bored.

Friday Video: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Erogenous Explorer

The Thin Line Between Juicy Details and TMI

“Show, don’t tell” is a bit of writing advice that is oft repeated. There’s plenty of validity to that rule, but sometimes just putting some characters together and having them talk to each other is more rewarding than the most elaborate big budge action set piece. This scene from Letterkenny is a good case in point.

Friday Video: A White Suit, a Banjo, & an Arrow Through His Head

A Night of Peak Wild and Crazy

It’s difficult to convey decades later what a phenomenon Steve Martin was in the late seventies before he traded stand-up comedy for a career as film actor. Comedy just exploded around this period and a large part of that was due to the comic as superstar success of Steve Martin. I don’t mean to diminish the work of other comedians at the time, but Martin just kicked the doors wide open for everyone who came after him.

So here is Steve Martin at the peak of his self-involved seventies absurdist persona before a massive audience in the Universal Amphitheatre in September 1978. This is not too long before he stepped away from stand up. I’m somewhere in that crowd with my mother and father as a gift for my birthday. A bonus chunk of trivia is that the first Blues Brothers album was recorded over the three nights they were the opening act for Martin in this venue.

Note: the video title lists this as being in 1979, but that’s when the concert aired on television, not the year of the actual performance.

Friday Video: Mad Oscilloscopic Skills

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop lays down some cool beats.

The British science and technology tv series, TOMORROW’S WORLD takes a 1965 video visit to the state-of-the-art BBC Radiophonic Workshop where sound engineers Delia Derbyshire and Dick Mills demonstrate how to they create sound effects and electronic music like the famous DOCTOR WHO theme by Ron Grainer.

Friday Video: Daddy Started Out in San Francisco…

Bogie’s Bride’s Boffo at Bernstein Birthday Bash

Sammy Davis Jr. testifies for the Church of the Rhythm of Life with a little help from Shirley MacLaine, George Peppard, Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Dorothy Fields, Bob Fosse in SWEET CHARITY (1969). Special nod on the beat to Frederico Fellini and Giullietta Masina and the cast of NIGHTS OF CABIRIA (1957).