Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Show: The Secret History of Hollywood
Where You Can Stream It: The podcasting app of your choice.
The Pitch: The Secret History of Hollywood is the most compelling, immersive, and emotional podcast I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Each season consists of deep dives into a major Hollywood figure, tracing its subject’s rise to prominence and giving incredible insight into their home lives, painting a portrait so captivating and well-rounded that biographies or books on the subjects could only dream to achieve.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Listening: I’ve been thinking about this podcast a lot since I first stumbled across it several years ago, but I think it’s especially appropriate to recommend it right now because some of its episodes are incredibly lengthy – many clock in around an hour and a half, but some of them stretch to four, six, or even nine hours long. Yes, really. Some of you may scoff, but isn’t being in quarantine the perfect time to give a long-form podcast a chance?
Adam Roche, the voice behind the show, had no background in sound editing or sound production when he got started, but he could have fooled me: the series reminds me of an old-time radio show, complete with sound effects and Roche doing voices as he plays the people in a given scene. I realize that may sound cheesy, and it absolutely would be in less-capable hands. But trust me: Roche’s mellifluous voice and incredibly researched accounts are perfect for this type of storytelling.
The show has brought me to tears multiple times over the years, and I think a huge part of the reason for that is because of the long episode lengths. Like a great TV series you never want to end, you get to spend hours and hours with the subjects of these episodes and build emotional connections to them, so when they they experience hardships, a project goes wrong, or they lose a loved one, the results can be unexpectedly powerful.
The show has earned the attention of Hollywood vets like Peter Ramsey Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Mark Gatiss Sherlock, Game of Thrones, the latter of whom lends his own terrific voice to introductions of the most recent season, which covers the prolific producer Val Lewton Cat People, The Body Snatcher, The Ghost Ship. I knew nothing about Lewton or his work before I listened to the eleven episode season, but by the end, I feel like not only do I know all about him, but I feel I’ve experienced his highs and lows right alongside him. It’s truly spellbinding stuff, and it comes with my absolute highest recommendation.
I’ve talked about the show a couple...
Welcome to The Clock Tower, where we’ll break down the goings on of the The CW network’s Arrowverse. We’ll touch on things like themes, cultural impact, lead-ins to major events, ships, and more every week! Warning: this Clock Tower is filled with spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.
So the world’s falling apart and you’ve turned to your superhero stories for comfort! Welcome! This week tackled a bunch of “fun” topics like murder, transphobia, and prematurely saying goodbye to longtime friends because contracts were about to expire and networks felt the need to write them off. Fun stuff! By and large, everyone did a solid job. The Flash is the only series that’s currently struggling a bit in the narrative department, but I think they ultimately have a point. Let’s dive in!The Farewell
One of my first pieces here at /Film was an article lamenting what Legends of Tomorrow would lose by saying goodbye to Ray Palmer and Nora Darhk. One is a constant beacon of hope and optimism, even in the darkest of times, the other a symbol insisting that your trauma doesn’t get to define you. The idea of losing them has been heart-wrenching since it was announced.
While the writers did their best to give a good reason for the departure and a solid farewell episode, it did little to make the farewell any easier. Obviously, the most difficult part of this story was always going to be seeing Ray say goodbye to Nate.
The SteelAtom friendship is, to this day, one of the best on-screen depictions of male friendship I’ve ever seen. There’s not an ounce of toxicity to it. It’s just bros being bros doing bro stuff all the while loving each other as fiercely as all men should be allowed to.
We all watched the same show, I’m not going to recap their goodbye. We all saw it, most of us ugly cried. It sucked. I will miss Ray and Nora forever.Dream on Dreamer
No I’m not sorry for getting Cascada stuck in your head. This week’s episode of Supergirl finally buckled down and gave us some Dreamer content. While it was worth the wait, let’s not go another half season without giving the gal something to do, yeah?
Nia decides to take things into her own hands after a transphobic creep starts targeting trans women to get to Dreamer. He doesn’t think that she’s the right kind of symbol for his “good” and “right” community. When you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes, and Mr. “Good” – no, his character name wasn’t even worth remembering – played a real, real stupid game.
We fittingly see Dreamer angrier than we’ve ever seen her in the past. There is a plague trying to wipe out her community, and she’s going to eradicate that plague no matter how hard Kara pleads with her to let a system that’s consistently failed her and her trans brothers and...
Sad news today as it is being reported that James Bond and Superman actor Vincent Marzello has passed away at the age of 68. The tragic announcement came from Marzello's wife, Lorelei King, who broke the news of the actor's passing on Tuesday morning.'The love of my life, my darling husband Vincent Marzello, died this morning. To those who knew him, I'm sorry to post this news rather than contact you personally, but I am overwhelmed. My heart is broken.'
Though she did not share any details surrounding the death of her husband, she let friends and supporters know that he had passed on via a post on social media. Despite an official cause of death not being given, it has been reported that Marzello was being treated for cancer in 2009. Following his successful treatment, he was diagnosed with early-onset dementia.
Vincent Marzello was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, back in 1951, and began his acting career in the mid-1970s, first appearing in the TV series The Brothers, a British television series, produced and shown on the BBC between 1972 and 1976. He then followed that up with a number of fairly minor roles on the small screen before he decided to make the leap to the big screen and motion pictures.
Marzello appeared twice in the James Bond franchise, the first time as an unnamed crewman in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me which starred Roger Moore as the iconic secret agent. His second appearance in the hugely popular Bond series was in the role of Culpepper in 1983's 'unofficial' Bond flick Never Say Never Again starring Sean Connery.
Marzello then bounced back and forth between movies and television, alternating guest roles with bit parts in several high-profile releases including Richard Donner's comic book outing Superman starring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel.
In addition to his work in the James Bond franchise, Marzello also appeared as Luke's Father in director Nicolas Roeg's dark fantasy comedy The Witches, the 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1983 novel of the same name. During the 90s, Marzello also appeared in movies such as A Kid in King Arthur's Court, The Fragile Heart and the ode to 1970's glam rock, Velvet Goldmine starring Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
More recently, Marzello has lent his voice to several different animations and video game projects, with the most prominent being that of the U.S. version of beloved children's show Bob the Builder, in which he voiced the characters Robert and Farmer Pickles. Sadly, Marzello isn't the only name behind Bob the Builder to pass away in recent weeks. William Dufris, who voiced the titular construction worker in the series, died earlier this month at the age of 62. Dufris passed away on March 24 from complications of cancer which was announced by Pocket Universe Productions, the company he co-founded.
Marzello's last credited role was in the family fantasy series The Magical Music Box. He is...