Vids I Dig 118: The Attic Dwellers: ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ – Book Collection

From The Attic Dwellers’ YouTube description: Choose Your Own Adventure, the original and best selling interactive book series where YOU decide the outcome of the story. Choose Your Own Adventure, as published by Bantam Books, was one of the most popular children’s series during the 1980s and 1990s, selling more than 250 million copies between 1979 and 1998.

Vids I Dig 117: Whang!: Who Did Glass Joe Beat? – Gaming Mysteries

Taken from Justin Whang’s YouTube description: Glass Joe is famous for being a terrible boxer and the first opponent in Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! for NES. One of the biggest mysteries around Glass Joe is that despite being an awful boxer, he has one victory on his record. Who could he have possibly beaten?

Documentary Review: Shadowing the Third Man (2004)

Release Date: October 11th, 2004
Directed by: Frederick Baker
Written by: Frederick Baker
Cast: John Hurt (narrator)

Media Europe, NHK, BBC, 95 Minutes

Review:

The Third Man is a movie that I discovered fairly recently but it instantly became one of my favorites. I couldn’t get enough of it, honestly, and I watched it three times over the course of a month.

So when I came across this documentary about the film, I had to check it out. This is streaming on the Criterion Channel for those of you interested in watching it.

This goes into great depth about the film, looking at how it was made, as well as being a love letter to Vienna and the iconic locations where the film was shot.

What’s really cool about this, is that it shows you the same locations in Vienna now, in modern times. Not much has changed in these locations but it’s really neat seeing them in full color, compared to the shots of the film.

This documentary is narrated by the great John Hurt and he adds a certain bit of eloquence to the presentation, as he guides the viewer through this film’s genesis, it’s execution and the impact it had after its release.

Another great thing about this film is that it shows interviews with most of the key people involved in the film. The stuff featuring Orson Welles is compelling stuff.

Rating: 7/10
Pairs well with: The Third Man and any Carol Reed or Orson Welles film.

Book Review: ‘Film Noir: A Critical Guide to 1940s & 1950s Hollywood Noir’ by Eddie Robson

I’ve read and reviewed a lot of books about film-noir. But what I really liked about this one was how it was organized and presented.

The author picked out some of the absolute best noir pictures and really goes into great detail on them. At the end of each big chapter, he adds in a few other noir movies that one can pair or compare with the movie he just spent a lot of time talking about at length.

This is a big, meaty book and while I’ve read close to a dozen books on noir cinema, there is a ton of information and details here that I hadn’t heard elsewhere. A lot of these books feel like more of the same but this one doesn’t. It’s rich and it comes from a place of real appreciation and love for these movies.

Additionally, once the book gets to the end of what’s considered the classic film-noir era (the 1940s and 1950s), it spends some time going over a lot of the neo-noir films that came after.

All in all, this was a refreshing read with a lot of unique insight that I hadn’t found anywhere else.

Rating: 8.5/10
Pairs well with: other books on film-noir: Into the Dark, Film Noir FAQ and The Dark Side of the Screen.