Continuing my efforts to get people copies of things that they are unable to, I'm in the midst of capturing the movie High Strung from the only VHS copy in existence1 to my laptop, using my mini-dv camcorder as an analog-to-digital passthrough. You should see the tangle of firewire cables and A/V cables and all sorts of crazy contraptions hooked together to make this happen. I have no idea how well this will turn out, but if it does I'll have it up later tonight.
The basic idea of the movie is that Steve Oedekerk -- who you may remember as the guy from Kung Pow: Enter the Fist or the guy who wore out the Thumb Wars concept -- plays Thane Furrows, a man who is extremely worked up over every little thing and rants and raves about them nonstop. Long time readers may say "wait a minute, you get really worked up over every little thing, ranting and raving about them" but I assure you, I've got nothing on Thane Furrows. I really can't describe it any better than that, but if you were to do some cursory searches on the internet, you'll find many people who've seen this movie and are desperate to see it again. If that's not enough to make you want to watch it, I don't know what else to say. Oh yeh, it also has Fred Willard, Jim Carrey, and the guy who played Biff in the Back to the Future movies. I just grabbed this user synopsis from imdb and figure I'll share that as well:
Plot Summary for
High Strung (1991)
Thane Furrows, an extremely cynical but unintentionally hilarious children's book writer, wakes up one morning, and, since pretty much everyone and everything annoys him, begins another day of complaining to himself. However, the day proves to be much different than normal when Thane begins to recieve strange phone calls, letters, and voices in his head, all indicating that something will happen at 8 o'clock. As the day goes on, Thane rants and raves about the things that annoy him, as the clock slowly ticks closer and closer to his destiny
The past couple years I've heard rumblings of a self-produced DVD to come out of O Productions, but there's still no actual release date that I can find. With that in mind, I'm going to put this movie up and insist that you watch it. Then when you love it and have to show your friends, you and they will be aware of it, and can help bump a cult-classic that hardly anyone has ever heard of into being a major seller on the DVD market.
1: Ok, so there are other copies in existence, but not that are readily available for under $30 for a shitty 2nd generation VHS copy. This copy has been tucked away in a Hollywood video for years now, and is in fact the only copy I've ever viewed the movie on. All the rest of the copies in town have been stolen, and I must say, the idea of stealing this one has crossed my mind on more than one occasion, but in the end my honesty always prevails.
Anyway, check back later tonight to finally see this movie you've been hearing about for years, or if that doesn't apply, you can finally see this movie that you just heard about right now.
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