Doug Haslam: Gischeleman’s Blog

January 11, 2008

What the World Needs Now.. is More Crispin Glover

Filed under: Movies — Tags: — doughaslam @ 12:04 pm

Random Friday fun… one of my favorite members of the Legion of Creepy Actors is Crispin Glover. He had long secured his spot when he made this video of the old Michael Jackson hit “Ben” to go along with his remake of “Willard” a few years back

I thought of it randomly today and had to share.

And by request, Glover’s infamous appearance on Letterman– brilliant:

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July 31, 2007

Watching old movies with your kids; yah, I gotta do this more

Filed under: books, Movies — doughaslam @ 8:54 pm

As a lifelong movie fan, part-time art-film snob, and dad, I had a great time reading Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr’s new book”The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together.”

Ty BurrFirst, I should disclose that I know Ty– we live in the same school district, and my son is slightly younger than the younger daughter he references so frequently in this book.

I think it is a wonderful idea to watch old movies with your kids– to open up enjoyment that is not solely dependent on dull kids’ TV and video games.

Ty is exhaustive in explaining why you should–or should not– sow different movies to your kids, what might need explaining, and what companion movies you should seek out for further viewing.

When my son was a bit younger, I showed him Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin films– which he ate up, and still likes, and this may give me the excuse to explore a bit more with him, starting with my own library and perhaps rambling over the nearby Brattle Theater in Harvard Square, Cambridge, or the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, Massachusetts for a revival show.

Now that I have praised the book, it’s time to get snarky. I need a list of films not to watch with your kids– or Old Movies Guaranteed to Mess with Your Youngster’s Mind:

  • Blood of a Poet” — Ty Burr recommends Jean Cocteau’s “La Belle et La Bete,” and rightly so as it is fantastic. But Cocteau’s earlier, surreal mind-f**k of a short film should be good for a little bed-wetting and nightmares. (Also look for: “Un Chien Andalou” by Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali, especially if your child has been naughty)
  • Any film by Ingmar Bergman — I was a little surprised Ty could not find at least one Bergman film to include in his book, until Bergman died this week and I was reminded of his subject matter. Try the Seventh Seal, especially if your young genius is a budding chess champion.
  • Godzilla” — This is an old movie, from 1954, so it should qualify. No excuse for not including this in the book; I refuse to acknowledge this omission. It’s a classic, especially the American version with Raymond Burr inexplicably shoe-horned in.
  • Catherine Deneuve — Ty included the beautiful ribbon-candy of a film “Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” but could have dug deeper for follow-up films. I think “The Hunger” would be great. It’s not so old but it co-stars David Bowie; don’t kids still love Bowie?

Just a few helpful suggestions for the next edition of the book.

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July 25, 2007

Social Media is Not just on Your Computer — Boston TweetUp, 7/24/07

Filed under: Movies, social media, Twitter — doughaslam @ 9:28 am

Joe, CC, and Doug

Originally uploaded by stevegarfield
As much as I love conversing on Twitter, Facebook, blogs and the like, it is equally important to meet people in person– the same people, I mean. These kind of meetups make the online conversations more meaningful, and tightens the connections between us all.

I also try to meet people coming into town– would like to do more– and try to see online friends in other cities (sorry about the NYC missed connections a couple of weeks ago, Paull et al).

“No Reservations” Screening, Boston, 7/24
I attended the Boston TweetUp (meeting of Twitterers) last night, and was pleased to see some friends I had met before and meet several new ones.

So, hello to C.C. Chapman (pictured, center), Kroosh, Steve Garfield (who took this photo, the only one I know that I managed not to avoid being in) and John Wall (and great to meet the lovely Carin finally).

Pleased to meet you–in person–Joe Cascio (pictured, left), Josh Nichols, Laura “Pistachio” Fitton, Clarence Smith (whom I now know), Critt Jarvis, Amy Carpenter.

And of course, I met Kathy Maister of, who hosted us for the movie screening of “No Reservations,” starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Aaron Eckhart. the movie was ok– harmless, really, with a great performance by the young lady actor in it.

Seeing Catherine Zeta Jones from the second row was quite interesting, but did not have quite the same affect on me as seeing Daniel Craig from the same seat did on my wife a couple of months back.

I would especially like to thank the owners of the drool-worthy Nokia N95 and the iPhone for convincingly feigning interest in my slightly wacky but not nearly as special phone, my Samsung SCH-u740.

UPDATE: Joe Cascio posted a video via Blip.TV, which I am happy to share, especially if you are eager to see me fondling an iphone. Also, the bit where Amy is telling, rather animatedly, her “quitting” fantasy unfortunately did not get recorded in its entirety, but I hope she blogs it somewhere.

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April 25, 2007

The Legion of Creepy Actors

Filed under: Movies — doughaslam @ 9:04 pm

Walken 2008Some time ago, I decided that certain actors represented a certain level of, well, creepiness, and were worthy of their own legion (think “Legion of Doom,” Superfriends fans). Two years ago, I posted my original Legion of Creepy Actors in a blog read by approximately zero people, the Pop Culture Gems blog put up by Topaz Partners as a fun training blog to get all Topazers used to blogging. I decided it was time to dust off the list, update it a little, post it here so my mom can read it, and see if anyone has additional suggestions.

The members of the Legion of Creepy Actors are:

Founding Members:
John Malkovich— no explanation needed

Alan Rickman–Thin-lipped British representative of all things creepy

Gary Oldman— Even if he hadn’t played Dracula

Peter Weller— Not just Robo-Cop, but in particular, “Naked Lunch,” and even his recent appearances on “Enterprise” and “24”– I mean, that voice…

Willem Dafoe— no explanation needed

Christopher Walken— He’s even creepy on Saturday Night Live (“I pranked him to death with a tire iron”)

Crispin Glover— It takes talent to bring a creepy vibe to “Back to the Future,” and recent roles in “Charlie’s Angels” and “Willard” show he can still bring the creepy.

Eric Roberts— ah yes, the man who brought us “Star 80” is now slithering his way across the set of NBC’s “Heroes.”

Ralph Fiennes— not satisfied with playing a repugnant Nazi, he is now portraying Voldemort

Junior Members:
Jude Law— You can actually interpret a scene in “Existenz” as Willem DaFoe ‘initiating’ Law into the Legion. If you’ve seen the movie you know what I’m talking about.

Christian Bale— American Psycho, the Machinist

Cillian Murphy— His turn in “Batman Begins” alone gets him on the list– and “Red Eye” helped his resume a little

Adjunct members: (I’m kind of on the fence about these):
Steve Buscemi (way too likeable in some movies)

There could also be an ancient league, comprised of old timers such as Eduardo Cianelli, John Carradine, and Peter Lorre, but perhaps that’s a different post.
I may have left some out, and reserve the right to change the list. Feel free to add your nominations.

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