Sep 18, 2020
Hi! My name is Terry J. Aman and this installment marks my 68th episode of "VideoFuzzy," reporting the progress I've made in cataloging more than 2,900 VHS transfers and digital recordings. In this installment, titled "Pretty Good Year," I took some time to do some home improvements, cleanup and reorganization around here and the impact this had on my cataloging efforts, along with a few observations on our social and political landscape.
For my Friday Night Feature, I explore a very special fifth-season episode of "Desperate Housewives," celebrating their 100th episode, built around the impact of a good man on his neighbors and his neighborhood. It featured Beau Bridges as handyman Eli Scruggs. In Cross Connections, I trace him as a Golden Thread in my collection. Also, fond reflections on Regis Philbin and Chadwick Boseman.
In What I've Been Watching, I took in the North Dakota Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare in the Parking Lot production of "Hamlet" -- a drive-in production in a parking lot with four people.
In my Classic VHS-to-DVD Collection, I talk about slow-walking my cataloging of "The West Wing," as well as episodes from the seventh season of "24," "Monk," President George W. Bush's farewell speech, and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" send-off for him, and President Barack Obama's inauguration.
In my Current, direct-to-DVD Collection, comments on "The Alienist: Angel of Darkness," homeburns of the third season of "Legion" and "The Book of Eli," "Assassin's Creed," "The Shape of Water," "Inglourious Basterds," "The Family Fang," "Juno," "Game Night," "Wakefield," "The Commuter," "The Accountant," "Downsizing," "The Town," "The Circle," "Kagemusha," "The Fury," "The Phantom of the Paradise," "Across the Universe," "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" with Adam Samberg and Sarah Silverman, "What We Do in the Shadows," "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," "Solo: A Star Wars Story," "Ant-Man and The Wasp," "X2: X-Men United," "Keep Watching," "Toast of London" and "The November Man," which needed a lot more razzing than I was ultimately able to give it here.
Finally, in my Off The Shelf segment, I pulled up my VHS copy of "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie" and commercial disc sets of "Arrested Development: Season Four," "Fargo: Season Two," "The Crazy Ones," and this fantastic DVD I found called "Dave Made a Maze" -- track it down, you won't be sorry.