Obscurity Knocks: Episode 7 – John Heard

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Yes, it’s been ages since we last posted an episode – we discuss our absence a bit in a very special intro that’s all apologies – but we’re back with an episode that was actually reocrded a year ago today. The sound quality varies wildly throughout, but the stories are great, so here’s hoping you can endure the sonic shortcomings to enjoy the tales that our guest spins.

You probably recognize his face, but if you don’t remember his name, it’s John Heard, and he’s been a working actor since the ’70s, and he’s never stopped working, spending time on the stage, on TV, and in films. He’s a man who isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and you’ll have proof of that almost as soon as you hit “play.” Here’s hoping you enjoy the proceedings, and we promise you this: we’re going to get better at this.

No, seriously, we really are.

And with that, here are the projects that we presented to Mr. Heard in his interview, giving him the option to bail on discussing three of them:

warpedit1. Warp (1973): David Carson, an everyday bank teller, learns that he is Lord Cumulus, “avenger of the universe.” Suddenly transported from an annual employee-awards dinner to the mystical realm Fen-Ra, he finds himself battling for the destiny of the universe against antagonist Prince Chaos. In this world, he encounters the sage Lugulbanda who sends him on his quest aided by the leather-clad Amazon warrior Sargon. They battle Valaria the insect sorceress and Chaos’ henchman, the purple ape Symax.

rush-it-amor-sobre-rodas-tom-berenger-raro-437201-MLB20288506443_042015-F2. Rush It (1978): A young woman moves to New York to make a career, becomes a bike messenger, and also becomes involved with two very different men. Co-starring Jill Eikenberry and Tom Berenger.

dvd5.jpeg3. Heart Beat (1980): The life and friendship between the icons of the Beat Generation – Neal Cassady, Carloyn Cassady and Jack Kerouac. Co-starring Nick Nolte and Sissy Spacek.

zDi1mNxzCmYELsILWkhoCoXcUox4. Will There Really Be a Morning? (1983): The story of Frances Farmer, with Susan Blakley as Frances and Lee Grant and Royal Dano as her parents.

5. Best Revenge (1984): An American tourist in Spain is forced to take part in a $4 million drug deal, because his best friend has been kidnapped and is being tortured by the drug kingpin who set up the operation. Co-starring Levon Helm.

6. Aunt Dan and Lemon (1985): Written by Wallace Shawn, the play focuses on Lemon, a reclusive young woman with an unspecified chronic illness, sits in her apartment reading books about Nazism and reliving her life story.

auntdanBut as she tells the audience, that life story consists mostly of stories she was told in childhood by “Aunt Dan,” a family friend. In flashback we see the miserable marriage of Lemon’s parents and the child’s eagerness for escape through Dan’s stories.

7. Mindwalk (1990): A US politician visits his poet friend in Mont. St. Michael, France. While walking through the medieval island discussing their philosophies of life they happen upon Sonja, a scientist in recluse, who joins in their conversation. The two men listen to the ideas of this brilliant woman and discuss how her ideas can work in their own politician and poet lives. Co-starring Liv Ullmann and Sam Waterston.

8. Me and Veronica (1993): A woman must get the kids of her estranged dead beat irresponsible jailed sister back from sister’s latest trailer park boyfriend and also try to cope with the fact that her sister may have serious self-destructive mental issues. Co-starring Elizabeth McGovern, Patricia Wettig, and Michael O’Keefe.

9. Dying on the Edge (2001): An ex cop turned insurance investigator tries to hold his life together as he investigates the death of a music producer who may have been murdered. Co-starring Jasmine Guy.

10. Skip Tracer (2008): A charming skip tracer – played by Stephen Dorff – finds missing people for his Los Angeles clients. Co-starring Beverly D’Angelo and Diedrich Bader. Directed by Stephen Frears. It’s a pilot that wasn’t picked up.

11. Little Hercules in 3D (2009): Little Hercules travels from Mt. Olympus to live life as a mortal in Los Angeles. Zeus was played by Hulk Hogan. Sold yet/

12. Witches Blood (2014): Mary Horror is back! She has her spell book and is ready to wreck havoc on the small town of Bernardsville. She needs the Witches blood of the four witches who created the spell book to make it her own once again. Sheriff Tom will do anything to stop her from destroying everything in her path and to get the book back in his hands. Third times a charm in the ultimate showdown between Sheriff Tom and Mary Horror. Heard apparently plays himself, as does Robert Englund.

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