THE ROCKFORD FILES is streaming free with ads on the Roku channel, if you need some old-school TV that just settles over you like a warm blanket
I watch THE ROCKFORD FILES with an eye for what makes a show of its era different from a show today

especially with regard to questions like “how did they not kill James Garner, who is in literally every scene, from overwork”
Things I have noticed about THE ROCKFORD FILES, from a production standpoint compared to today:
* more varied pacing of cuts
* shots go on longer
* fewer variations in angles
* a lot of the times their location shoots use sublocations at one main location — 3 or 4 little scenes
More observations:
* more location shooting and sets than an episode of TV today
* the sets they do have are less elaborate
* comparatively little use of standing sets
I really want to find shooting schedules for THE ROCKFORD FILES. There have to be some in some library in LA somewhere.

Maybe James Garner just didn’t sleep for like six years.
It’s taken a couple of acts, but now the TV is showing — more scenes clearly shot in the studio, stock footage of freeways to pad time and show Jim Rockford had to travel a bit

then it’s into a car chase
(“on a 70s TV budget? eh”)
…through a golf course

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6 Dec
The thing about rolling with a broad range of tweeps is that you see a broad range of takes on stuff

like Patriot Front‘s little parade
a) “They’re all feds and it’s an op”
b) “I shall ostentatiously refuse to denounce peacefully protesting Nazis”
c) “Surprisingly they prevented a big countermobilization”
d) “Who?”

a) “OMG NAZIS!!!!”
b) “meh, these guys again”
c) “Who?”
FWIW, my take:
a) yes, they are indeed a real thing; antifa keeps infiltrating them successfully and doxxing their guys
b) despite fedjacketing rumors, they’re probably not any more undercover cops and snitches than any other white nationalist group (say, one-third, tops)
Read 6 tweets
5 Dec
This is an interesting thread for its view into journoworld
Here is the offensive op-ed; it is kinda cringe and boomerish in its tone and style but it is also not offensive in the slightest…
if you read between the lines of one of the articles there it’s pretty clear that he was either a jerk or an obstacle to black women in the workplace, at least some of whom know their way around the activist toolkit Image
Read 8 tweets
24 Nov
We are now at the phase where journos and authorities know goddamn well if the Waukesha parade was an ideological attack or not.

It is also the phase where, thanks to the Pulse Nightclub shooting, we know they will lie if there definitely is one.
Many looking to hang Waukesha on BLM for political reasons, but while the perp posted about it and his support for “knokkin white ppl TF out,” the really notable thing from his social media for me was a Black Israelite-style Hitler meme about how black people are the *real* Jews.
It may come out in law enforcement investigations, but the big question that journos are running from as fast as possible is

so uh is this guy a Black Israelite

because they have committed ideologically motivated murder targeting other ethnicities before…
Read 6 tweets
24 Nov
THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY (1978) is free on Prime, and if you’ve never seen it you should treat yourself, because it is a joy.

Michael Crichton, a clunky filmmaker, is downright sprightly writing and directing this period caper flick with a delightful Jerry Goldsmith score.
Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, and Lesley-Anne Down are all marvelous, and every dollar of the budget is up on the screen — great costuming, sets, an antique train, tons of extras when they’re called for.
One challenge the film rises to: making its very simple action sequence visually exciting.

The sequence: Sean Connery has to make his way over the length of several cars of a moving train.

Something we have seen people do many, many, many times before.
Read 8 tweets
22 Nov
This rumor was flying around Twitter yesterday; while all options are open, I have to say desperate flight strikes me as very unlikely. There’s video of the guy entering the parade at low speed, swerving around the blocker at rear, and speeding up to hit people.
Sped up, slowed down, hit people, sped up, hit more people. Graphic videos included, so be cautioned, but this really doesn’t look like a guy in desperate flight.
Bunch of black radical and BLM stuff on circulating screenshots of suspect’s purported social media, but from a posturing more than activist perspective, if that makes sense

ie, not so much “here’s me at this protest,” more “Fred Hampton was awesome”

also stoned ramblings
Read 5 tweets
20 Aug
Tactical mistake on JEOPARDY!’s and Richards’s part
The cool kids’ table has been deferred to in one particular and now it is easier to defer to them in others

radical idea: a few years back, Alex Trebek himself floated a couple of names he thought could do the job as his successor

why not, I don’t know

give them a call
the cool kids’ table is out in force

they’ve tasted blood and they want more, more, more, more
Read 11 tweets

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