Monday, May 24, 2010

WOTW Roundup

I'm such a freakin' geek. As I said in a previous post, I love H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds." It such a great story in all of its forms. This weekend I listened or watched almost all of them.

Friday night I watched the new version by Spielberg, then I subjected Greta to the amazingly geeky prog-rock opera by Jeff Wayne which I have on vinyl narrated by none other than Sir Richard Burton. On Saturday we watched the original film version by George Pal, then we watched a documentary I own which plays almost all of Orson Welles' original radio broadcast supplemented by interviews with people who were alive in 1939 and thought the earth was actually being invaded by Martians.

Interesting side-note: in 1940 in Ecuador some dude got the idea to imitate Orson Welles and he did a Spanish version of the "actual invasion" story. People in Ecuador freaked out so bad the military had to be called out. Before the night was through a mob had killed all the actors involved and burned down the radio station building.

In other movie news: Also this weekend I re-watched "The Exorcist: Beginning" which totally rules and I saw "Finding Neverland" which made me cry like a little girl.

Originally posted on July 5, 2005 on Myspace.

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