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She’s a Hoo-, Um, Looker

We had another cheeseball ’80s movie night recently with Michael Chricton’s 1981 thriller Looker. It’s always interesting to watch this futuristic stuff and analyze what they got right or wrong. The story opens with the mysterious deaths of several beautiful young models who are clients of plastic surgeon Albert Finney. The police are on Finney’s tail, but it’s after getting together with the stressed yet strangely poised Susan Dey that the truth is uncovered — the deaths are part of a shady plan hatched by James Coburn’s media conglomerate to replace live actors with sophisticated computerized counterparts. Chricton’s script took a hard look at advertising, image manipulation and the prevalence of computers at a time when all three were just starting to converge. It’s meant to be thought provoking, but the combination of quaint technology and gaping plot holes make the film more of a curio than anything else. At climax, the weirdly miscast Finney gets chased around various TV commercial sets by a gun slinging meanie who looks like the twin of Will Farrell in Anchorman. Now that’s entertainment.

Ladies and Gents, Miss March

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My first run of Jo March Lit Kids screen prints was completed this week. The pages come from an lovely old edition of Little Women. I did a lot of preliminary drawings for Jo, and I’m still not sure if this one captures her spunky spirit, but they came out pretty nice all the same. And the color palette of mauve, purple and gold on yellowing paper looks absolutely gorgeous.

I was so busy with printing that I forgot about our Wednesday video. How about a scene from the historically inaccurate 1978 TV movie version of Little Women? I mean how “1978 TV movie” is the casting of Susan Dey as Jo and Meredith Baxter Birney as Jo’s sister Meg? Eve Plumb was in this as well (being a Brady Bunch fan, that was the only thing about this production I remember).