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Thursday, June 20, 2013

My New Favorite TV Channel

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Like you, probably, I've pretty much switched over to Netflix and Hulu and iTunes and other streaming methods to watch the shows I want to watch—waiting around for a network to air something I can see on-demand, at a time of my choosing, is increasingly pointless. HOWEVER, there is one network that I have recently fallen in love with, and I'm compelled to stop at whatever they have on whenever I'm flicking through the channels.

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It is the This network and you probably get it even if you don't know it. On my TV it's channel 32-3; I don't know what it is on yours, and I also don't really know how televisions work, and also you probably watch enough TV that you already know all about this wonderful oasis of entertainment. I didn't, until recently. Anyway, it's a subsidiary of KCRW KRCW out of Salem Beaverton, but it gets its programming from This, which is nationally syndicated.

Here are some wonderful things I happened to come across on the This network while channel surfing in the past couple weeks:

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad: The 1973 Ray Harryhausen followup to the classic The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. This one's decidedly less classic, starring John Philip Law as a handsome wooden post with pecs and piercing blue eyes, Caroline Munro as a walking, talking bosom, and Tom fucking Baker as the villainous Koura. It's so great, and the Harryhausen sequences are as mesmerizing as anything he ever did. Trailer here.

Blind Rage: A 1978 grindhouse flick from the Philippines about five blind men who team up to rob a bank, only to be stopped by Fred Williamson, who drops into the movie for the final 10 minutes. Oh my god, this movie is so amazing. I showed the trailer to Erik Henriksen and he immediately bought the DVD from Amazon five seconds later.

The Hunting Party: A 1971 western that I didn't know existed, starring Oliver Reed and a young Candice Bergen. (Oliver Reed + western = :D :D :D <3.) I guess Gene Hackman's in this thing, too (here's the trailer), but I only caught a few minutes of it—during which I also witnessed...

The Greatest Commercial Ever Made. This came on close to midnight last night and took my breath away. It is amazing, wonderful, just perfect in every way:

Thank you, This Network. Please never stop doing the things you do.

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