14 July 2006
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola's daft one-off "The Amazing Screw-On Head" has been adapted for television and it's previewing now on SciFi.com. It's too bad the animation doesn't always keep pace with Mignola's singular style —something aggravated further by limitations of online viewing. I suspect the washed-out hues are actually more saturated. Never-the-less, these deficiencies are amply redeemed by some witty writing and terrific voice work by Paul Giamatti as Screw-On, David Hyde Pierce as his arch nemesis and a droll Molly Shannon playing Mr. Head's once and former lady love. The twenty-four minute cartoon opens with a muddled and fitful start —the music doesn't help—but quickly finds it's feet, um, head. The loopy, shaggy dog story manages to incorporate President Abraham Lincoln, a zombie emperor, a parallel universe in the heart of a turnip and even the Homestead Act of 1862 —to name but a few. It's pretty much like the comic and that's says alot. America is a better place for it. And by America, I mean the world.
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12 July 2006
Everything's Better With A Go-Go Dancer Month continues on fLOG. This time it's the indefatigable Otis Redding performing live on Ready Steady Go. Which is to say: no lip syncing on this clip. Peter Croft's direction rises well above de rigueur 1960's TV. Dig those crazy cross-cuts. Eric Burdon and Chris Farlowe join Redding on "Shake". If you aren't up and dancing before this one ends, brother, sister, I can't help you. Have I mentioned already the Go-Go dancers?
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