Tuesday, January 29, 2013

TV (Mis)Guide

The Dystopian Nightmare of Oz

Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first woman she meets and then teams up with three complete strangers to kill again.” 

—TV listing for the 1938 movie The Wizard of Oz, (yes, its a real TV listing, by Rick Polito in Marin Independent Journal), 1998

 • Editorial Comment: As unnatural weather batters America’s heartland, a disingenuous child kills within moments of the film’s beginning, traveling on a murderous, opium-addled vendetta with a nightmare trio of sidekicks—techno ax-man, geneticized all-organic experiment gone awry, and ferocious mutant feline . . . And a little dog, too.

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News from USU’s award-winning student news site, The Hard News Café
Review: A glimpse inside the ultra-private Orthodox Jewish world, by Dani Hayes
Quadside concert series will continue this semester with local talent, by Manda Perkins 
Cough! County to impose emissions testing, but inversion will remain, by Curtis Lundstrom
Providence Council says unanimous no to school district’s plans, by Paul Christiansen
No decision yet by Hyde Park on request to build ‘green home,’ by Zack Dau
Paradise Valley Orchards will offer vegetables this season, by Dawn Otterby

Aggie TV News for Jan. 23: Gun control, worst air in the nation, therapy dogs & more, anchored by Katrina Warburton & Courtney Robinson 
Review: More like the unnecessary death of a good cast in a bad movie, by Katie Swain
North Logan parents give school board an earful on new high school, by Jonathan Larson
The Eagles land at Sundance with new documentary of 41-year run, by Ben Hansen

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1 comment:

  1. Alert WORDster Jamie McGrath thought this quote was an urban myth. As if the WORD would let itself be duped! Turns out it's real: http://jimromenesko.com/2012/10/26/wizard-of-oz-synopsis-is-going-to-follow-writer-to-the-grave/

    This *real* TV listing was written by Rick Polito in 1998, when he was a Marin Independent Journal TV columnist.