Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What's My Line? - James Stewart


The Day After (1983)

A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas. The premiere of this TV movie was a major media event. No sponsors bought commercial time after the point in the movie where the nuclear war occurs, so the last half of the show was aired straight through, without commercials. ABC set up special 1-800 hotlines to calm people down during and after the original airing. The original air date (on ABC) was November 20, 1983. Over 100 million Americans were estimated to have viewed the program.

Director:

 Nicholas Meyer

Stars:

 Jason RobardsJoBeth WilliamsSteve Guttenberg\



Immediately after the film's original broadcast, it was followed by a special news program, featuring a live discussion. It was during this discussion, aired live on network television, where Dr. Sagan introduced the world to the concept of "nuclear winter" and made his famous analogy, "Imagine a room awash in gasoline, and there are two implacable enemies in that room. One of them has nine thousand matches, the other seven thousand matches. Each of them is concerned about who's ahead, who's stronger."



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

One Step Beyond - The Explorer

In Germany in 1911 Felix Borgner is visited by Dr Hansen, one of three explorers who got lost in the desert the previous year and were saved and guided back to safety by Borgner's son Eric. Of course Borgner is not amused as Eric was no longer alive by that time.

Director:

 John Newland

Stars:

 Gregory MortonEddie FirestoneJeremy Slate 

Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional stories with supernatural twists and turns, this program sought out 'real' stories of the supernatural, including ghosts, disappearances, monsters, etc., and re-creating them for each episode. No solutions to these mysteries were ever found, and viewers could only scratch their heads and wonder, "what if it's real?"

John Newland: [closing statement] Next week, and every week, we'll be bringing you the personal records of the rarest kind of human experience: man's adventure in the world of the unknown, that mysterious psychic world beyond our five senses. This is your invitation to take with us that astonishing... one step beyond. 

The People Across the Lake (1988)

A city-slicker family, tired of the urban grime and crime, moves to a quaint little lakeside village. All seems like paradise - until corpses start showing up in the water. Will the family be the new victims?

Director:

 Arthur Allan Seidelman

Stars:

 Valerie HarperGerald McRaneyBarry Corbin