more by M. Faust
RIP Dick Miller, one of the last of the great character actors: you may not know the name, but you know the face from nearly 200 movies, including just about every movie Roger Corman ever made. Media obituaries will tell you his best known role was as Murray Futterman in Gremlins.
In India, they were known as “Jaadya Aani Radya” (“Stout and Worrywart”). The Danes called them “Gøg og Gokke” (“Wacky and Pompous”). They were equally beloved in Poland as “Flip and Flap” and in Germany as “Dick und Doof” (“Chubby and Dumb”).
If you go to the movies on a regular basis, your likely reaction to the first reel of Ben is Back is likely to be déjà vu: it’s like a scene from the recent Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell as a father trying to deal with the seemingly terminal drug addiction of his...