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Ray Bradbury’s short-story “Tyrannosaurus Rex” was also adapted for television in 1988 as the tenth episode of the third season of The Ray Bradbury Theater; an anthology series based on Bradbury’s short-story work that ran for two seasons on HBO, from 1985 to 1986, and then another four additional seasons on USA Network from 1988 to 1992.

Filmed in France, the episode relocates the story there. Cris Campion plays Terwilliger and Jim Dunk is Joe Clarence. Apparently it was felt that Clarence needed to be monstrous not only in behavior but in appearance and so is portrayed as bald and overweight with a grotesque (and poorly done) growth on his brow as well being a paraplegic - the later a disappointing example of anapirophobia in action.

For a story about the power of stop-motion animation, it is both surprising and disappointing how sub-par the stop-motion dinosaurs, done by one Jean Manuel Costa, in this episode are. Still its commendable that the filmmakers chose to create original stop-motion for the show rather then use stock-footage.                                    

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San Junipero seems to be many peoples’ favorite episode from acclaimed UK series Black Mirror, a show I can’t help but love, having grown up on a steady diet of dark contemplative shows like Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Ray Bradbury Theater. It certainly was my favorite despite the fact that it was the most sanguine lifting chapter of the series. It’s also Nashville artist Harrison Wheeler’s favorite, and he took full advantage of San Junipero’s misty romance and retro nostalgia when he let it inspire the creation of new single Dream. Dream, which can also be streamed via Spotify here, is a plush throbbing, florescent glowing synthpop ballad with an irresistible electro funk groove. Dream is like The Weeknd’s collaborations with Daft Punk blended with the sleek creamy sunset radiance of LANY. 

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MARS IS HEAVEN (1990)

I’m starting in on my backlog of Paul Gross DVD watching, and this gem, I’m surprised to find, has never ever shown up in my online cap searches. This is an episode of the long-running Ray Bradbury Theater, in which Paul plays Skip (Skip. Seriously? I can’t with Americans sometimes), the brother of an astronaut who was killed in a house fire years before - and who appears to be now, along with an entire American Midwestern town and the relatives of two other astronauts, on the surface of Mars. It’s just 23 minutes long but Paul’s adorkableness is not to be missed :3

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I welcome you to the Ray Bradbury theater production of “The Wind”. A fun little mini story and probably my favorite, I welcome you to pull up a chair, maybe pour yourself some coffee, tea or whatever have you to your liking. It’s a bit of a long story but enjoyable. I hope you all enjoy.