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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week ...



Yoinked from 1000misspenthours.com and the almighty Wikipedia ...


"The Amazing Transparent Man is a 1960 science fiction film starring Marguerite Chapman. Based on the 1956 novel The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson, it is an American B-movie which follows the story of an insane ex U.S. Army major who uses an escaped criminal to steal materials to improve the invisibility machine his scientist prisoner made. But things go awry though when the safe-cracking criminal develops his own plans.


It was one of two sci-fi films shot back to back by director Edgar G. Ulmer (the other being Beyond the Time Barrier). The combined filming schedule for both films was only two weeks.




It’s always seemed to me that there was something fundamentally unrealistic about the old Universal Studios Invisible Man films— I mean, you know, apart from the whole 'people turning invisible' business. See, I really don’t think most people, if given the power of invisibility, would use it quite the way the various protagonists of those old movies did. I seriously doubt I’d immediately set out to conquer the world or try to clear my name of a crime I didn’t commit if I ever woke up invisible one day, and I’m absolutely certain that 'spying on the Axis' would be very low on my list of priorities. I suppose I might use my invisibility to get back at those who have wronged me but even then I doubt that’s the first thing I’d do. No, I’m betting most of us would follow the lead of The Amazing Transparent Man’s Joey Faust, and just go around committing crimes.


The film was later featured in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.




The film has received very poor reviews and suffered in popularity as a result of its low budget. Leading science fiction author David Wingrove commented in his Science Fiction Source Book that 'Its cheap-budget origins show throughout. Amazing claims too much for what is essentially a thriller involving an escaped criminal...'


The most AMAZING part of this film is the warning label on the film's posters: 'WARNING! Joey Faust, escaped convict, THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN, has vowed to 'appear' invisibly IN PERSON at every performance of this picture!' So watch out because the amazing transparent man will be appearing IN YOUR HOUSE!!!


AAAAAGH!!!




Amazing Transparent Man was ALSO the name of a pop punk band on the Springman Records label from 1997 to 2004. They hailed from DeKalb, Illinois. The original members were Rick Muermann (guitar & vocals), Tony D'Amato (guitar & vocals), Brad Riverdahl (drums) and Casey Sons (bass guitar). Casey left the band shortly after their first album and bass guitar duties were subsequently shared by Rick and Tony as ATM became a 3 piece for the rest of their career.


Their signature style for quite a while included pink shorts and white tank tops. The band once served milk and cookies to all audience members in attendance at their CD release show for their 2nd full length album 'The Measure of All Things' at the popular Cabaret Metro in Chicago.


They underwent a couple of member changes throughout the years and eventually released 4 full length albums, an e.p. of cover songs by popular female artists and appeared on countless compilation cd's from the late 90's through 2004.


Aamazing Transparent Man: Bitch

Fast Car


All in all, however, the film The Amazing Transparent Man makes for a fairly enjoyable change of pace from the run of the invisible-man mill, and it really deserves to be better known than it is today."




Steve's Snacks Of The Week:



Coffee

Pills

Super Chocolate Ice Cream

Teddy's Old Fashioned Root Beer

A Few Lingering Chips

Trident Layers Gum

Breathing Treatment Medicine

The Screams Of Seven Kids




... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety FOR FREE! And today you can either choose to watch the original OR the MST3K version because that's how awesome I am!


But lets go over a few rules first. There's no talking in Steve's Theater during our feature presentation and talkers WILL be raped, although RAPE IS NOT A JOKE nor can it ever be used in a manner of jest or else the FBI will come to your house and shoot you on sight!


Also, no cell phones or African-American berries in the theater. Please dispose of all trash in its proper receptacle. And NO TEXTING! I am so VERY serious about that one.


And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).


ENJOY THE SHOW, Y'ALL!







Wind clan out.

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