Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Episode 57: Drinking and Drive-In's- The Happening

podcastMichael Parks Tribute

This week we sideline Faults in the Vaults in order to celebrate, praise, and pay tribute to one if the greatest actors to ever grace the planet, Mr. Michael Parks. Last Wednesday we lost Michael and Mitch and I were lucky enough to work with the man on several projects.

In Drinking and Drive-In's, we cover one of the rare, over-the-top comedic roles that Parks ever took, the 1967 screwball comedy The Happening. Part old Hollywood, part new, this oddly touching movie is one of the rare examples of the changing of the guard that took place in late 60's cinema. If you're having trouble finding a copy of the film, look no further than this link.

Also in the episode we have the unique privilege of interviewing his son James Parks, a man who is an amazing actor in his own right and can currently be seen in AMC's The Son. We talk Parks' family history, inspirations, and James performs the Dylan Thomas poem that Michael made him memorize before he would sign off on his joining the acting world, "In My Craft or Sullen Art". Thanks for coming on sir.

In Slippin' Through the Tracks, we spotlight Long Lonesome Highway, the kinda-sorta soundtrack (and brilliant album) to the amazing 1969 show, Then Came Bronson. In Diggin' up the Doc's, we cover the Parks documentary that never was (but might still be) also titled, Long Lonesome Highway. For those interested in seeing the pitch-video we cover in the episode, here is the video.


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