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Saturday, July 2, 2016
Shameless Self-Promotion: TV--Uh, I mean, a REVIEW at ClassicFlix!
Please head on over to the good folks at ClassicFlix and check out my look at "It Happened in Flatbush," an entertaining movie combining baseball, Brooklyn, and Bub (the great William Frawley in a supporting role). Lloyd Nolan is top notch as always, and this is an underrated Fox picture that doesn't get mentioned in baseball movie lists (and stay tuned because I should have one of those coming to ClassicFlix as well).
I'm a pushover for old movies that romanticize baseball, and It Happened to Flatbush certainly does that. However, this 1942 Fox film is not as much a love letter to the national pastime as much as it is one to Brooklyn. After credits roll over a shot of the Brooklyn Bridge, the whimsical opening titles inform us that the following fictional story occurs "on a strange island just off the eastern coast of the United States"...
Enjoy, and don't you dare miss it! Tell 'em Cultureshark sent ya!
*Well, much to no one's surprise, the arrival of ESPN+ on Roku means a lot of the "free" content on Watch ESPN is gone. It's not enough ESPN has to get 8 bucks from every cable subscriber. Now it has to take away the content it was giving those subscribers and charge an extra 5 bucks per for it.
*Can we talk about how Magic Bullet replacement mugs are way too expensive? Uh...they really are way too expensive. That's pretty much all I had to say.
*I was excited to watch The Little Hours until I realized Dave Franco was in it, and I don't know even why I feel this way. Does he have to be in every damn movie Alison Brie is in, though? I have Dave Franco fatigue despite not knowing for sure if I have actually seen him in a movie.
*3 "Pitch Perfect" movies already, yet 30 years later, no "Megaforce" sequel.
*You ever fire up a DVD of a movie, check the running time, and just laugh when you see how short it is?
*Hyped for people pretending to like "Roseanne" because the main character is apparently a Trump voter.
*Saw a headline reading "'Small' Comeback" with a pic of Kathy Griffin and thought she was playing Vicki in some kind of "Small Wonder" reboot.
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