Do they still have TV Guides? I haven’t looked at one since the 90s. The cable people I know all use the on-screen guides, and the rest of us out here in the wilderness are lucky if we can get two channels, so what’s the point of a guide?
But I liked the TV Guide remix assignment anyway. It might be fun to try to put a different spin on things.
The Postman Always Rings Twice – A kindly gentleman takes in a wild animal, with disastrous results.
I’m not sure if that feels drastically different, but bringing the predatory cat metaphor into the synopsis makes for a little verbal sleight-of-hand.
Chinatown – A private detective leads an eye-opening expose on corruption in the Los Angeles Water Dept.
OK, that was bad. I read a commentary on Chinatown many years ago which pointed out all the foreshadowing of the final scene that goes on throughout the movie, and that’s all I can see when I watch it now.
The Wild Party – White queen takes black pawn. Black pawn takes white king. It’s all in the game.
After Wire106, that couldn’t be helped, sorry. I don’t think any of these lives up to the Wizard of Oz example given in the assignment, but there the best I could do in the time frame I gave myself. In each case I looked for a less than obvious angle to take on the stories.
The Chinatown one is pretty damn good. Commercial for nasal surgeons sponsored by Gillette?
My memory of TV Guide is that my mom told me I learned my numbers from it. Luckily, in Baltimore at the time, the local stations, listed in order, were channels 2, 11, and 13, so I learned addition as well.