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Author  Story Title  Issue Date  Type  Comments
Ellison, Harlan  Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 12: In Which Several Things Are Held Up to the Light ... Not a Brain in Sight  1985 OCT  mr  Rambo: First Blood Part II(1985), based on a David Morrell novel, screenplay by Stallone & dir. James Cameron, stars Sylvester Stallone; briefly, A View to a Kill(1985 UK); The Black Cauldron(1985); Silver Bullet(1985), based on a Stephen King novel
   Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 13: In Which Numerous Ends (Loose) Are Tied Up; Some in the Configuration of a Noose (Hangman's)  1985 NOV  mr  Ellison wrote teleplay of Stephen King's "Gramma" for The Twilight Zone(1985-89 TV ser.); Return to Oz(1985), Walt Disney movie, why it was "dumped," w. some flashbacks to Dune(1984); Disney studio heads Michael Eisner & Barry Diller; dir. Walter Murch
   Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 14: In Which We Sail to the Edge of the World and Confront the Abyss, Having Run Out of Steam  1986 JAN  mr  essay: sf/f time travel movies; Back to the Future(1985), dir. Robert Zemeckis, producer Steven Spielberg, stars Michael J. Fox; The Bride(1985), stars Jennifer Beals; Teen Wolf(1985); Fright Night(1985); Kiss of the Spider Woman(1985)
   Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 14: In Which the Unheard-Of Is Heard, Kind Of  1986 FEB  mr  essay: why critics, especially himself, can't keep their mouths shut; no movie reviews; see Ellison interview in Pulphouse: A Weekly Magazine, #1 1991 JUN 1
   Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 15: In Which a Gourmet Feast Is Prepared of Words a Mere Two Month' Old  1986 MAR  mr  Brazil(1985), "the greatest sf film ever made ... one of the ten greatest films of all time," dir. Terry Gilliam, written by Gilliam, Charles McKeown, & Tom Stoppard, stars Robert De Niro, Jonathan Pryce, Katherine Helmond, Michael Palin, Kim Greist
   Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 16: In Which a Forest Is Analyzed Without Recourse to Any Description of a Tree  1986 MAY  mr  Enemy Mine(1985), based on the Barry B. Longyear novella in ASI 1979 SEP, dir. Wolfgang Petersen, screenplay by Edward Khmara, stars Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr; brief update on Brazil(1985)
   Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 17: In Which We Unflinchingly Look a Gift Horse in the Choppers  1986 JUL  mr  Young Sherlock Holmes(1985), Part 1 of 2, dir. Barry Levinson, producer Steven Spielberg, script by Chris Columbus, stars Nicholas Rowe(as Holmes), Alan Cox(as Watson), Sophie Ward
   Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 18: In Which Youth Goeth Before a Fall  1986 AUG  mr  Young Sherlock Holmes(1985), Part 2 of 2, with digressions into the "auteur theory" in movies & comic books, & how hommage can "run amuck"; Ellison has anth. Medea: Harlan's World(1985; W-1986 LOC), set on a world that he conceived
   Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 19: In Which We Long for the Stillness of the Lake, the Smooth Swell of the Sea  1986 OCT  mr  essay: Ellison's definition of maturity, "observations about childish & adult visions of what to make as a motion picture in an era when studios check the growth rings of writers & directors before they commit ..."; Short Circuit(1986), stars Ally Sheedy
   Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 20: In Which Manifestations of Arrested Adolescence Are Shown to Be Symptoms of a Noncommunicable Dopiness, Thank Goodness  1986 DEC  mr  essay: films made by adults w. the sensibilities of adolescents; Legend(1985), dir. Ridley Scott, stars Tom Cruise; Labyrinth(1986), stars David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly; briefly, Big Trouble in Little China(1986); Lost Horizons(1937; rest. 1973); 1 more
   Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 21: In Which You and a Large Group of Total Strangers Are Flipped the Finger by the Mad Masters of Anthropomorphism  1987 FEB  mr  Flight of the Navigator(1986), from Disney, dir. Randal Kleiser, stars Joey Cramer; The Fly(1986), stars Jeff Goldblum, remake of 1953 movie which had 1959 & 1965 sequels; Peggy Sue Got Married(1986), stars Kathleen Turner
   Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 22: In Which the Land Echoes to the Sound of an Ox of a Different Color Being Gored  1987 APR  mr  no movies reviewed; essay: colorization from the Hollywood writer's viewpoint; 1st movie colorized, Topper(1937); 1st colorized movie on network TV, The Maltese Falcon(1941), on November 12, 1986
   Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 23: In Which Premonitions of the Future Lie in Wait to Swallow Shadows of the Past  1987 MAY  mr  Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home(1986), with much on Walter Koenig, who plays Chekov, & is a friend of Ellison, & is a writer of screenplays; essay: how Star Trek has grown since the TV series, & Ellison's part in its history
   Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 24: In Which Flora and Fauna Come to a Last Minute Rescue, Thereby Preventing the Forlorn From Handing It All Over to the Cockroaches  1987 JUL  mr  essay: Woody Allen's sf/f movies are overlooked for Hugo Awards; Radio Days(1987), stars Mia Farrow; Little Shop of Horrors(1986), stars Rick Moranis; updates on colorization, & dir. David Cronenberg; Bill Warren: Keep Watching the Skies, Vol. 1(1982)
   Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 25: In Which the Specter at the Banquet Takes a Healthy Swig From the Flagon With the Dragon, or Maybe the Chalice From the Palace  1987 SEP  mr  essay: guilty pleasures, in Ken Russell's films; violence in films & the crowds who love it; Gothic(1986 UK), dir. Ken Russell, about Percy Shelley, Mary Godwin & Lord Byron on the night of June 16, 1816, stars Natasha Richardson, Gabriel Byrne
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 26: In Which a Good Time Was Had by All and an Irrevelant Name-Dropping of Fritz Leiber Occurs for No Better Reason Than to Remind Him ...  1987 OCT  mr  ... How Much We Love Him and Admire Him; Witches of Eastwick(1987), loosely based on John Updike's 1984 fantasy novel, stars Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer; see Christopher Priest: The Book on the Edge of Forever(1988), on Ellison
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 27: In Which the Fur Is Picked Clean of Nits, Gnats, Nuts, Naggers and Nuhdzes  1988 JAN  mr  essay: replies to the 3 or 4 kinds of complaint letters on his column; Robocop(1987), dir. Paul Verhoeven, stars Peter Weller, Nancy Allen; Harry and the Hendersons(1987); 3 poetry books, Pablo Neruda: The Separate Rose, Still Another Day, Winter Garden
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 28: In Which, With Wiles and Winces, We Waft Words Warranting, to Wit, Wonderful Wit  1988 FEB  mr  essay: many sf fans & readers lack a sense of true wit, based on many letters of complaint on his stories & his column; Spaceballs(1987), dir. Mel Brooks, stars Brooks, John Candy, Bill Pullman, Rick Moranis, Daphne Zuniga
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 29: In Which Li'l White Lies Are Revealed to Be at Least Tattletale Gray  1988 MAY  mr  essay: answers question, why are you so angry?; cuz of lies from film industry, movies discussed: The Emerald Forest(1985); Hangar 18(1980); Frankenstein: The True Story(1973); Shark's Treasure(1975); Ladyhawke(1985); The Philadelphia Experiment(1984)
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 30: In Which 3 Cinematic Variations on "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs" Are Presented  1988 JUN  mr  story discussed was pub. in Thomas M. Disch(ed): Bad Moon Rising(1973), & W-1974 EDG, & is "a fantasy based on the real-life murder of ... Kitty Genovese in Queens in 1964"; 3 variations of a screenplay of a scene based on this story are given
   Eidolons (dedicated to the memory of Mike Hodel)  1988 JUL  ss  W-1989 LOC, short story; has used ps. Cordwainer Bird since 1957, but after 1964 has used it to designate material he partially disclaimed, esp. through conflicts with TV producers; for example the TV series The Starlost(1973-1974, 16 ep.)
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 30: In Which the Li'l White Lies Thesis (Part Two) Takes Us By the Snout and Drags Us Unwillingly Toward a Door We Fear to Open  1988 AUG  mr  Part 2 of film industry lies; white lies & plagiarism; film mentioned, Ladyhawke(1985), stars Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer; Part 1 in 1988 MAY(#5832), Part 3 in 1988 SEP(#5886); Ellison story "The Human Factor," 1995 Outer Limits ep.
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 31: In Which the Li'l White Lies (Part Three) Approaches a Nascent State, Approaches the Dreadful Door, and En Route Questions Meat ...  1988 SEP  mr  ... Industry; The Running Man(1987), supposedly based on Stephen King's(as Richard Bachman) 1982 novel, but is actually a rewrite of Robert Sheckley's story "The Prize of Peril" in F&SF 1958 MAY; The Hidden(1987), ripoff of Clement's novel Needle(1950)
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 31: In Which Mea Culpas Fall Like Gentle Rain Upon the Place Beneath  1988 DEC  mr  essay: an apology for not being able to have this column run regularly due to prior obligations & a busy schedule; Ellison's movie reviews coll. in Harlan Ellison's Watching(1989; W-1990 STO; N-1990 HUG, LOC, WFA); screenplay Harlan Ellison's Movie(1991)
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 32: In Which the Switch Is Thrown  1989 JAN  mr  essay: "Oh, fer chrissakes, gimme a break!," when filmmakers try to make us believe the impossible, & our "Common Sense Switch" gets thrown; Willow(1988), dir. Ron Howard; Who Framed Roger Rabbit(1988), dir. Robert Zemeckis
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 33: In Which the Canine of Vacuity Is Wagged by the Far More Interesting Tale of O'Bannon  1989 MAR  mr  essay: personal reminiscence of his 1st Big Break in Hollywood; the career of Rockne O'Bannon; Alien Nation(1988), written by O'Bannon, dir. Graham Baker, stars James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, followed by a TV series, & a series of made-for-TV movies
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 34: In Which We Praise Those Whose Pants're On Fire, Noses Long As a Telephone Wire  1989 MAY  mr  essay: the writer as "Paid Liar"; The Adventures of Baron Munchausen(1989), based on the 1785 book by Rudolf Erich Raspe, which was in turn based on the real life of Baron Karl Friedrich Hieronymous(1720-1797), remake of 1943 film, dir. by Terry Gilliam
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 35: In Which the Phantasmagorical Pales Before the Joys of the Mimetic  1989 JUL  mr  essay: the ghost story as done by Hollywood, the best; Topper(1937; colorized 1985); Kwaidan(1964); Here Comes Mr. Jordan(1941); The Haunting(1963); I Married a Witch(1942); The Ghost and Mrs. Muir(1947), etc; reviews High Spirits(1988)
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 36: In Which, Darkly and Deliciously, We Travel From Metropolis to Metropolis, Two Different Cities, Both Ominous  1989 OCT  mr  Batman(1989), based on characters created by Bob Kane & Bill Finger in 1939, dir. Tim Burton, stars Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger; to illus. that movie executives are stupid, says they considered Bill Murray as Batman, Eddie Murphy as Robin
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 37: In Which Not Only Is No Answer Given, But No One Seems to Know the Question to Ask  1989 NOV  mr  essay: why was 1988 the year of kid/grown-up swap movies?; Like Father, Like Son(1987); Dream a Little Dream(1989); Vice Versa(1988); 18 Again!(1988); why is anyone over-thirty usually unemployed in the film industry?
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching: Installment 38: In Which, Though Manipulated, We Acknowledge That Which All Men Seek  1990 JAN  mr  Field of Dreams(1989), based on W.P. Kinsella novel Shoeless Joe(1982), stars Kevin Costner; essay: on what this movie is about, an introspective review; book David Holland: From Out of the Past: A Pictorial History of the Lone Ranger
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 39: In Which We Hum a Merry Tune While Waiting for New Horrors, New Horrors  1990 MAR  mr  book reviews - Tim Powers: The Stress of Her Regard(1989); Floyd Gottfredson: Mickey Mouse in Color(1988); Tullio Pericoli: Woody, Freud and Others(1989); Peter Sutton: Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia; J.P. Telotte: Dreams of Darkness; 1 more
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 40: In Which We Scrutinize the Sedulousness to Their Hippocratic Oath of Troglodytic, Blue, Alien Proctologists  1990 MAY  mr  Communion(1989), based on the 1987 "true" book & screenplay by Whitley Streiber, dir. Philippe Mora, stars Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen; Ellison has short story chapbook Footsteps(Gallery 1980 DEC; 1989)
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 41: In Which an Extremely Nervous Fool With His Credentials Taped to His Forehead Tacks Trepidatiously Between Scylla and Charybdis, ...  1990 JUL  mr  ... Knowing That Angels and Wise Men Would Fear Even to Dog-Paddle This Route; The Handmaid's Tale(1990), based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, stars Robert Duvall, Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern; 2 books reviewed
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 42: In Which It Waddles Like a Duck, Sheds Water Like a Duck, and Goes Steady With Ducks, But Turns Out to Be a Tortoise  1990 SEP  mr  essay: "money is a cheap way to gauge success or ultimate value"; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles(1990), based on comic book characters created by Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird(from Sharon, CT), & how they came up with them, dir. by Steve Barron
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 43: In Which We Lament, "There Goes the Neighborhood!"  1990 OCT  mr  Robocop(1987), dir. Paul Verhoeven, scrnply by Ed Neumeier & Michael Miner; Robocop 2(1990), dir. Irvin Kershner, scrnply by Walon Green & comic book writer Frank Miller; both star Peter Weller & Nancy Allen; Ellison has nf coll. The H. E. Hornbook(1991)
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 44: In Which the Good Ship Coat-Tail-Ride Sinks, Abandoning Hundreds in Treacherous Waters  1991 JAN  mr  essay: predicts "the utter vanishment of the horror genre within two years"; Arachnophobia(1990), stars Jeff Daniels, Harley Jane Kozak; Darkman(1990); Martians Go Home!(1990), based on Fredric Brown's novel; Millenium(1989); Dick Tracy(1990)
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 45: In Which Tempus Fidgets, Fugits, and Inevitably Omnia Revelats  1991 MAR  mr  essay: responsibility, in our world "the villains may be us only & simply because we didn't think about tomorrow"; Back to the Future trilogy, I(1985), II(1989), III(1990); all dir. Robert Zemeckis, stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 46: In Which We Bend So Far Over Backwards to Be Unbiased That You Can See the Nose Hairs Quiver With Righteousness  1991 OCT/NOV  mr  essay: when your favorite unsung becomes popular, it's tough to stay unbiased; The Rocketeer(1991), based on graphic novel by Dave Stevens, stars Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly; he welcomes Kris Rusch(new F&SF editor) & Kathi Maio(new film reviewer)
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 47: In Which Artful Vamping Saves the Publisher $94.98  1992 JAN  mr  non-review of Edward Scissorhands(1990), dir. Tim Burton, stars Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder; up-date on Installment #44, that horror genre was dead; notice Ted Geiser, Dr. Seuss, died 1991 SEP; Freddy's Dead(1991); Bill & Ted's Bogus Adventure(1991)
   Isaac Asimov: 2 January 1920 - 6 April 1992  1992 AUG  obit  a tribute to Isaac Asimov; see long article "Isaac Asimov: 1920-1992" by Frank M. Robinson & Charles N. Brown; & "Isaac Asimov Appreciations," by many people in the sf/f field, in LOC 1992 MAY(#376), & 1992 JUN(#377); 1992 JUN has special photo section
   Susan  1993 DEC  vi  written as a tribute to his wife, Susan, story inspired by cover painting by Polish artist Jacek Jerka; Ellison writes 30 stories around 30 of Jerka's paintings, & pub. in Mind Fields(1994); Susan had 'Through the Lens' mr's in ABO beginning in 1989
   Sensible City  1994 OCT/NOV  ss  has colls. Deathbird Stories(1975; W-1979 BSF; N-1976 LOC, WFA), Strange Wine(1978; N-1979 BRG, LOC), Shatterday(1980; N-1991 LOC, WFA), Stalking the Nightmare(1982; N-1983 BRG, LOC), Angry Candy(1988; W-1989 LOC, WFA; N-1989 STO)
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 48: In Which the Wee Child's Icons Are Demeaned  1994 DEC  mr  essay: "Woof woof a goldfish, that which forms us, unconsciously, as children, informs our opinions ... thru the years to adulthood"; Part 1 of 2, The Shadow(1994), based on the character created by Walter B. Gibson, pulp mag. The Shadow 1931 APR-1949 SUM
   Keyboard  1995 JAN  ss  story written in the window of Booksmith in San Francisco, based on Robin William's idea, "Computer Vampire, or, the Byte that Bites"; Ellison uses a typewriter, hates computers; he's a conceptual consultant on Babylon 5, & sf commentator on Sci-Fi Buzz
   Films: Harlan Ellison's Watching, Installment 49: In Which the Old Man of the Sea Bites the Head Off Yet Another Chicken  1995 FEB  mr  Part 2 of 2, The Shadow(1994), also based on the old-time radio show(July 31, 1930-Dec. 26, 1954), also rvw. by Kathi Maio, 1995 JAN; The Mask(1994), inspired by the black & white comic book, followed by an animated TV series, movie stars Jim Carrey
   Pulling Hard Time  1995 OCT/NOV  ss  N-1996 HUG; has tv essay colls. The Glass Teat(1970), The Other Glass Teat(1975); essay colls. Sleepless Nights in the Procrustean Bed(1984; W-1985 LOC; N- HUG), An Edge in My Voice(1985; N-1986 HUG, LOC); see Preiss: The Illustrated Harlan Ellison(1979)
   Go Toward the Light  1996 JAN  ss  story orig. written, here heavily revised, for a National Public Radio ser., 1st aired in 1994 DEC; has coll. Lamont, Delap & Dowling(ed): The Essential Ellison(1987; W-1988 STO; N-1988 HUG, LOC); graphic novel Demon with a Glass Hand(1986, w. M. Rogers)
   Midnight in the Sunken Cathedral  1996 MAR  ss  1st pub. in Eidolon 1995 WIN; has composed much short fiction lately for his comic book series, Ellison's Dream Corridor, produced by Dark Horse Comics; has graphic novels Night and the Enemy(1987, w. Ken Steacy), Vic and Blood(1989, w. Richard Corben)
   Chatting With Anubis  1996 JUL  ss  W-1996 STO, ss; 1st pub. in Lore 1995 SUM; story was written around a pre-existing painting for the 5th issue of the Dark Horse comic, Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor; has comic book story adaptation coll. Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor Special(1995)

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