Tag: old stuff


2 very different movies: same genre, same storyline

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! 

 2h 6min | Comedy, War | 25 May 1966 (USA)  

This is a family-friendly, warm, and funny film. Director Norman Jewison depicts the chaos following the grounding of the Soviet submarine off a small New England island during the Cold War. The fear and rhetoric of the time fuel a rising panic in the locals as a small party of scared and timid Soviet sailors try to sneak in and steal a boat to tow the sub out to sea. Alan Arkin’s Academy-nominated performance is priceless (his best work). Carl Reiner, Jonathan Winters, Brian Keith, and Paul Ford provide the seesaw of panicked reaction and reasoned response. The film was a critical and commercial success

Preview: https://youtu.be/QGgJPmOUmDU
Where to stream it: AmazonGoogle PlayiTunes        Find out more: Wikipedia



PG | 1h 58min | Action, Comedy, War | 14 December 1979 (USA) 

This IS NOT family friendly or warm, but it is really funny. Director Steven Spielberg 13 years later tells the same story in a different place during a different War, depicting the panic in the Los Angeles area after the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The movie is action and comedy at 200 miles an hour. Its packed with parodies, slapstick, ironies, racy scenes, violence, and foul language. And it moves so fast you won’t catch half of the comedy on the first viewing.

Written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, the large and luminary cast includes Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Lee, Tim Matheson, Toshiro Mifune, Robert Stac, and others you'll recognize. Like after a monster roller coaster ride, you will not be sure exactly why you liked it when it's done, but it was fun.  Oddly, the film was a rare Spielberg critical and commercial flop.

Preview: https://youtu.be/CPnwlNvwBLI
Where to stream it: AmazonGoogle PlayiTunes        Find out more: Wikipedia


Micor’s Covid-19 “I’m stuck home” Alternative Guide to Cool…

Had your fill of Tiger King? Don't care about group singalongs from apartment balconies? Are you reading the book titles on shelves behind people on the news? Now for something completely different.


Micor's Covid-19 “I’m stuck home”

Alternative Guide to Cool and Forgotten Old Stuff

Every few days, we'll blog where to check out cool media from the 20th century on Pop culture, sports, music, cinema, and more. And it's all appropriate for friends, family and even unloved acquaintances.



Pop Culture

Fox MovieTone News 1934 (8:05)

Fashion, technology, religion, politics, travel, and a  natural disasterall in 8 minutes before the main cinematic feature with an opening theme that can’t miss and Lowell Thomas’ classic narration. See how things have changed or not over 60 years.

Where to Stream it:  YouTube   Find out moreWikipedia


Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald - The Lady Is A Tramp

The video quality is good, the sound is excellent, and both Frank and Ella are at their peak in this 4½ minute duet on a 1967 live television special. If you've never heard them, here's your chance to catch two jazz-pop culture icons in less than 5 minutes.

Where to Stream It:  YouTube           Find out more:  JazzTimes.com

Nat King Cole - An Evening With Nat King Cole HD

This live 1963 BBC special features Cole at his peak, brimming with “cool” and?with a full studio orchestra/big band.?While the video is passible, the audio is excellent, and it’s hard to find a spot you want stop so you end up watching the whole 47½ minutes of it. Even the kitschy "greatest hits" ending is so 60’s you can't resist it.

Where to Stream It:  YouTube                 Find out more: