Bela Lugosi is Dr. Alex Zorka

Jeff KelleyDo you ever hope for rain so you don’t have to cut the grass? I do. Even though my lawn is in desperate need of a good trimming, I would still rather not. And with all the rain we have been getting in Chicagoland, we really don’t need any more for a long while.

I got the first bad comment (I think) of my podcast. Someone named “Josh Donoho” wrote on the Coffee With Jeff Facebook page, “Moving on.” I assume he was letting me know that he didn’t appreciate my show and was moving on to something else…I guess. You know, you cannot please everyone.

ON FILM NIOR

So I was watching the wonderful Noir Alley on Turner Classic Movies, which in hosted by the fantastic Eddie Muller. Last Sunday they showed a 1946 film called Deadline at Dawn. A delightful, nonsensical movie starting the gorgeous Susan Hayward! Anyway this was a line from the film I couldn’t help laugh at. The character of Val Bartelli, played by Joseph Calleia, in talking about his dead sister, said, “She was no lullaby but she had the brains like a man.” How times have changed.

ON DEPRESSION

I think everyone gets depressed now a then. I know I do, sometimes for no reason. I am sure what I go through is nothing compared to those that have real problems with depression. There is something I do to get myself out one of these funks. Whether I’ve done something to bring me down, or if it is work, family or nothing at all, I just keep moving forward. I wake without the usual excitement of the new day like I usually do, and instead feel like just sitting on the sofa and rot. Nothing seems worth doing. It is at these moments it is, at least to me, important to do something that will give me a sense of accomplishment.

It might be something like cleaning the basement, or writing a few pages of my latest script. Once I get something done, I begin to feel better about myself.

Hey, why don’t you ever seem to find a depressed farmer? It’s because farmers don’t have time to be depressed. I could be wrong, but depression is a result of having too much time on one’s hands.

Of course, I am not an expert; I can only say what works for me. If you have a serious problem with depression, you should think about getting professional help. PLEASE DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE!

SOMETHING TO WATCH

Can a make a suggestion for something to watch, something that you can view for FREE! Everyone likes free, right? The Phantom Creeps from 1939 starring Bela Lugosi as Dr. Alex Zorka, This was original 12 episode serial that as been edited into a film. It’s fantastic! It has one of the best robots! Check it out. It’s that one film that Lugosi plays a made scientist! Ha.

The Phantom Creeps

ON FILM

My wonderful wife bought be the deluxe Blu-Ray addition of The Big Lebowski. I never get tired of watching this film. And there is a lot of bonus material as well, and I love bonus material. No commentary track, and that’s a bit of a bummer, but you can’t have everything.

ON MONSANTO

Do I dare say it? I’ve got no problem with Monsanto. I’ve got no problem with genetically modified food. GMOs are going to save the work. People who think Monsanto is evil don’t understand the science. And if you use the term Frankenfood around me, I will get the urge to punch you in the face. I won’t, because I am not a person who resorts to violence, but just know that deep inside that is the way I feel.

Got to go. I got better things to do than talk to you!

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