Things We Like: “Gargoyles,” RDJ Pinup and Saturday Night!
“Gargoyles” was a favorite of mine as a kid for a couple of reasons: The monsters make a lot of appearances in the film, and it was regularly shown on TV. It was kind of scary then, and it’s good for some nostalgic fun now. An anthropologist (Cornel Wilde) and his daughter (Jennifer Salt) find a weird skeleton in the Arizona desert. When they move it for further study, they are attacked by a bunch of flying lizard-like gargoyle monsters lead by Bernie Casey under a bunch of makeup.
The first half is pretty good as the creatures are kept in the shadows and briefly glimpsed in the sky. But the latter half, which features more of the gargoyles, is damned silly stuff. It’s a made-for-TV movie so the action fades for commercial breaks. “Gargoyles” was also the inspiration for the Disney cartoon series of the same name. – Spenser Hoyt
Monkey Goggles Klassics: “Just Another Saturday Night” by Mark Shaffer
From August 17, 2009: “The house lights dim, and a voice counts down. Something happens off to the right on one of the smaller stages we can’t really see, and somebody yells ‘Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!’ The raggedy Tin Pan Alley band recruited right off the street during a musicians’ strike blasts away, and we’re officially part of broadcast history.” Read the rest here!
“Vintage pinups are the pinnacle of art. Robert Downey Jr is the pinnacle of sexy. It’s not rocket science,” declares the Pinup RDJ blog. That may be true, but it doesn’t change the fact that this Tumblr blog, which eagerly combines the two pop icons by placing Downey’s head on the bodies of classic 1940s and 1950s pinup girls, is perhaps the scariest and most awe-inspiring invention since nuclear fusion. Remember to stand well back and to shield your eyes from the flash. – Geoff Carter