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Options July 24, 2012: Quadrophenia & Aurora

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  Tue. 7/24/12 6:07pm Mike East:

Quadrophenia is #1 on my netflix queue...but there is a "very long wait" - is there a reason for sudden interest in it? If you just mentioned why, I'm sorry, I was on the phone.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:08pm the glowing one:

hmmm, I always thought Quadrophenia was about Quadrophonics...
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:09pm Philo Gristle:

@Mike It just came out from Criterion and those tend to be in demand. Great film, not much to do with the band or the album tho.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:11pm Mike East:

@Philo Gristle -that would make sense. Someone mentioned it on the Evan Funk Davies show last week and occurred to me that I've never seen it.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:16pm Philo Gristle:

It's worth the wait (though it's been close to 20 years since I've seen it!), a realistic look at the mods & rockers scene -- totally opposite end of Ken Russell's version of TOMMY.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:20pm Mike East:

I just watched Tommy a few months ago. It kinda made no goddamn sense to me. I liked the music though, and some of the imagery.

I've been hunting a copy of The Who Sellout for a long time now.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:24pm Philo Gristle:

I was never a huge fan of Who, but I keep going back to them... I'm with you on Tommy (even though the director is one of my all time faves).
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:28pm dale:

there is a documentary on quadrophenia on crackle (on my roku box). really good. then i watched tommy, which was a huge turd.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:30pm Mike Sin:

Pete Townsend's long works are really way too conceptual for film interpretation without the director taking some liberties...

That said, the 1979 Quadrophenia is actually a strong interpretation with a good amount of depth.

But, the themes explored in Quadrophenia are well-worn and timeless. Comapre the English "Quadrophenia" to the US "Saturday Night Fever."
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:30pm Philo Gristle:

Hey, we've got a roku box with crackle. Just search Quadrophenia?
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:33pm Philo Gristle:

I'm all for reinterpreting music, books, comics in profoundly different ways. The original always remains, and if you can capture the core of the work in question, I tend to prefer it to a slavish attempt at being literal...
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:37pm Fredericks:

Ellison then Marsh? Am I wrong or is ChrisT stepping it up?
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:38pm Mike East:

In honor of last week's guest, I watched the City on the Edge of Forever episode of Star Trek.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:39pm Danne D:

yep, Zappa later on designed music that was intentionally impossible to play

This part of the interview is taking me back to the days when I was writing book reports on the PMRC
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:40pm Philo Gristle:

Can't wait for next week. Expectations are high.

@Mike Did you like it? He also wrote two good episodes of Outer Limits, too. One which was ripped off by James Cameron for Terminator.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:42pm Philo Gristle:

PMRC... immediate aural image of a Jello Biafra rant.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:44pm dale:

philo: or the who. i think it's just in featured film section. explores the whole mods vs rockers and how pete always missed that era, the resurgence which leads into punk......
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:44pm Mike East:

@PG - yes I did. I guess I've been on a time travel kick. I've been burning through Dr. Who, too. The best scene is when Kirk is explaining to the cop in 1930 that Spock is Chinese and his ears are like that because of an accident when he was a kid.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:45pm kat330:

@Mike: In honor of last week's guest's mentor, check out Theodore Sturgeon's "Star Trek" offerings whenever you have the chance. "Amok Time" was the one with the Vulcan mating ritual, and he also wrote "Shore Leave."
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:47pm Mike East:

@kat330 - I will! I think I've actually seen the Vulcan mating ritual episode. Its pretty great that our modern culture gives us access to all this stuff so readily.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:49pm Philo Gristle:

Thanks Dale -- I'll check it out, sounds very interesting.
Best time travel flick I've seen in recent years was a small Spanish film called TIMECRIMES. Creepy and odd with a very unlikeable protagonist. If you read science fiction, you can't beat Barrington Bayley's FALL OF CHRONOPOLIS for pulpy time travel excess...
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:50pm Fredericks:

Vulcan mating ritual-- is that the one where Spock gets emotional, Kat?
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:50pm kat330:

@Mike: Ya know, we truly are. The magic of finding something instantly when I want to know something has not lost its luster for me yet. People born after 1990 take it for granted, like my generation did TV.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:51pm dale:

  Tue. 7/24/12 6:51pm kat330:

@Fredericks: He gets super hormonal, yes. :)
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:52pm Mike East:

@PG - Timecrimes available instant streaming. Noted and added. Thanks, as always, for the tip!
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:53pm Philo Gristle:

I'm not a fan of it. When after years of searching I'd get my hands on that one movie (book, LP) I'd been searching for it was a BIG deal. Now it's too easy! I'm only half joking.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:55pm Fredericks:

Hardly ever watched the show, but, that episode stuck.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:56pm kat330:

Considering all that bookstore and record store browsing time would now take you away from me, well, surely *that* is reason enough to be a big fan of the big easy in websurfing?! :)
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:56pm Mike East:

@Philo - I know exactly what you mean, something has been lost, but for me, as I get older, I have less and less time to go seek this stuff out. We are lucky though - we can still romanticize "the way it used to be"
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:56pm Philo Gristle:

Thanks Dale! Mike -- approach with caution. Not necessarily an easy movie to like. Now if I could only find the new Dr. Who on hulu.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:57pm kat330:

Thanks, Chris T! Bye folks!
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:57pm Mike East:

my daughter is really into the new Dr. Who. I'm so proud.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:57pm Fredericks:

@kat (see above).
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:58pm Philo Gristle:

Absolutely, Kat! Of course I could just look to my left and say it out loud.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:58pm Fredericks:

Great show, Chis.
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:59pm Philo Gristle:

Yep, two great shows in a row Chris! Much appreciated!
  Tue. 7/24/12 6:59pm kat330:

F., um, sorry if I missed something?? It was a memorable episode of ST. But read More Than Human and/or A Touch of Strange to get a real idea of Sturgeon.
  Tue. 7/24/12 7:00pm Fredericks:

Oops, spelled it wrong. ChrisT.
  Tue. 7/24/12 7:01pm Fredericks:

Oops, spelled it wrong. ChrisT.
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