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LYSIPPUS: THREE ANCIENT GREEK COMEDIES

ancient-greece-mapBalladeer’s Blog once again focuses on one of the ancient Greek comedians whose entire corpus is very, very fragmentary, touching briefly on all of their known works. For background info on ancient Greek comedy plus my previous reviews click here: https://glitternight.com/ancient-greek-comedies/ 

LYSIPPUS – This writer of Attic Old Comedy redefines the expression “fragmentary” because even less is known about his life than about shadowy figures like Susarion and Epicharmus. Lysippus came in 1st place with an unknown comedy at a Dionysia around 440 BCE. Fragmentary evidence survives from just three of his comedies out of an unknown total body of work so this will be my shortest blog post on ancient Greek comedy. 

We’ll start with my favorite random quote from Lysippus’ fragments. It displays his pride in Athens and reflects the city-state’s status as the combined New York, Rome and Tokyo of its era:  “If you have never come to Athens you are a fool. If you have come to Athens and not been captivated by her charms you are  ignorant. If you have been captivated by the charms of Athens and ever left her you are but a beast.” 

I. BACCHAE – Not to be confused with the various tragedies of the same title or the comedy by Diocles. Too little survives to tell if the play presented a comedic version of the tragic events depicted in other works titled Bacchae. The parabasis included the type of segment that would later be frequently repeated in Attic Old Comedy as Lysippus took shots at his competitors. That segment featured joking insults that break the fourth wall and Continue reading

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THE ARCTIC DEATH (1927) & ON A FAR WORLD (1928): VINTAGE SCI-FI

frozen bodiesTHE ARCTIC DEATH (1927) – Written by Wilford Allen, On A Far World, covered below, was a prequel to this same tale. The Arctic Death is set in the 1930s, which was “the near future” when the story was first published.

A mysterious epidemic called the Arctic Death is spreading southward from the North Pole, leaving countless frozen bodies in its wake. Professor Charles Breinbar, the greatest scientific mind of the decade, uses high-tech “Q-Rays” to determine that the victims did not just die of cold but were snuffed out by malign disembodied entities of some sort.

Breinbar devises special insulation which allows him and his assistant to enter the region currently being affected by the spreading wave of fatalities. Investigating the area our heroes witness people dropping dead in the streets after being affected by energy emanating from floating balls of light.    Continue reading

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BIGFOOT (1970): BAD MOVIE REVIEW

Bigfoot 1970BIGFOOT (1970) – Bikers battle Sasquatch!This neglected landmark in Golden Turkey history unites nearly all the bad movie Mafia from the American Southwest in the 1960s and 70s and throws in Haji, Doodles Weaver and a few Mitchums for good measure.

Hell, I could swear one of the planes from Skydivers and Red Zone Cuba shows up as well. (Look at the FAA registration number)

This movie’s crowning choice in casting finds Balladeer’s Blog’s old buddy John “He’s probably even in the Zapruder Film if you look hard enough” Carradine along for the ride. Continue reading

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INXS: THE ONE THING

Reaction to Balladeer’s Blog’s musical shoutout to INXS the other day has been through the roof! As a followup here’s Michael Hutchence at his Jim Morrison-y best as the strangest dining companion in history: it’s The One Thing

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BOP GIRL GOES CALYPSO (1957): BAD MOVIE

Bop Girl Goes CalypsoSome of my e-mailers requested that I review this movie, but I already did years ago. Here it is again for those folks who requested it, along with a reminder that you could have instant gratification for your bad movie fix if you check my Bad Movie page first and see if I’ve already reviewed the film you have in mind. Here is the link: https://glitternight.com/bad-movies/

BOP GIRL GOES CALYPSO (1957) – Category: Bad, youth-oriented 1950s movie that is incredibly campy.      In the late 1950s there was a brief flurry of films implying that Rock and Roll was a dying fad. Some producers of those films were backing a musical style they felt would become “the next hot trend” in popular music, in this movie’s case, Calypso. My favorite line: “Rock and Roll is yesterday! Calypso is where the money’s at now!”

Most of the action takes place at a Continue reading

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INXS: MYSTIFY

Well, instead of Give Them A Shoutout Before They’re Dead, this time it’s Give Them A Shoutout Even Though They’re Dead. Get your Michael Hutchence fix with the INXS song Mystify.

 

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: BALLADEER’S BLOG’S RANKINGS

Indiana East Red WolvesNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) DIVISION TWO – 1. INDIANA UNIVERSITY-EAST RED WOLVES    ###    2. CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY GOLDEN EAGLES    ###    3. SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE MOUNDBUILDERS    ###    4. COLLEGE OF IDAHO COYOTES    ###    5. INDIANA TECH WARRIORS    ###   

bethel pilots NEW6. BETHEL (IN) COLLEGE PILOTS    ###    7. NORTHWESTERN (IA) COLLEGE RED RAIDERS    ###    8. INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST GRENADIERS    ###    9. SAINT THOMAS UNIVERSITY (FL) BOBCATS    ###    10. SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FIRE    ###    Continue reading

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