Right now I’m enjoying a cable comma. And one of my favorite parts of cable is looking at how they are programming channels. To me HBO is shot right now, nothing interesting whatsoever, given I hate Curb Your Enthusiasm, and find Larry David about as unfunny as they come.. The channel I constantly find myself coming back to is Retroplex. The constantly have classics from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. Check out tonight’s line-up:
Sunday, November 29th
Fast Times At Ridgemont High 8:00 pm
National Lampoon’s Animal House 9:35 pm
And looking ahead they have Kiss Me Deadly (1958), On the Beach (1955), and Beat Street (1984). What more could you want out of a channel? Last night I stumbled across High Anxiety (1977) on Retroplex, and it is definitely one of the most underrated Mel Brooks film. His spoofs on Hitchcock are fun, and what I like about Brooks is he is willing to throw out as much schlock as he can think up, knowing at least some of it will stick—and it does. But my favorite scene from High Anxiety (a film I haven’t seen since we first got cable back in the late 70s) is Mel Brooks cum lounge singer. “ZZZiety!”
Brilliant, cable saved my life.