Thursday, June 22, 2017

RELAXING, RAMBLINGS & GUILT-TRIPS.....


Screengrab from a music video for the song COLOURS SO FINE by MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS

RECHARGING MY BATTERIES......

Most of us have enough bullshit to deal with on a daily basis, but in these incredibly intense and surreal times, it seems more important than ever, to take a mental vacation.

I used to visit local lakes, rivers, and streams to recharge my batteries. Unfortunately, a lot of others had the same idea. Then, assholes started showing-up. They'd proceed to assault everyone around them with heinous glass-shattering vibrations being vomited from their vehicle's stereo systems - that are usually worth more than their cars! Many of these ass-tards also throw their trash into the river. Threats get traded - with and without weapons - and it usually ends-up with the police appearing. It's a little difficult to enjoy nature under those circumstances.

If it wasn't for humor and entertainment, I truly believe most of us would go insane or have nervous breakdowns, or both.

One of the things that helps me calm my nerves is listening to a couple of radio programs that air on my local NPR station on Saturday and Sunday nights.

The shows are called ECHOES and HEARTS OF SPACE. Listening to these shows is like medicine to me. I put my headphones on and escape to another place. It doesn't always work, but more often than not, it does.


Screengrabs from a music video for the song COLOURS SO FINE by MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS

If you're familiar with TANGERINE DREAM, Klaus Schulze, and Patrick O'Hearn, then you know the type of music these shows play.

I almost always discover someone I've never heard of before. Alu and Miranda Lee Richards, are two examples, and now I can't get enough of them.

ECHOES WEBSITE

HEARTS OF SPACE WEBSITE

MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS WEBSITE

ALU WEBSITE


Screengrab from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW... I can't believe how many times marijuana was misspelled on 1930s and 1940s movie posters... It's ridiculous.

I WONDER HOW MUCH I'M WORTH....

Here's another thing that relaxes me, the PBS program ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

I've been watching this program ever since the domestic edition first aired.



Some of my favorite roadshow subjects are, movie memorabilia, art, automotive memorabilia, posters, books, magazines, and other assorted items.

I really love this show. It makes me want to visit every flea-market, garage sale, and thrift store I can find.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW WEBSITE



MOVIES AND SHOWS ON HOME VIDEO.....

One of the most popular ways for most people to unwind, is to watch DVDs, BLU-RAYs, or even VHS tapes.


Screengrabs of Darlene Bennett... From the film OLGA'S GIRLS... She looks really relaxed with that joint in her mouth, doesn't she?


Screengrabs of Darlene Bennett... From the film OLGA'S GIRLS.

I love flicks from the twenties to the present.



I guess my favorite time frame is from 1965 to 1995.



I love almost all genres, especially, exploitation, noir/crime, action, and westerns from the sixties and seventies.


Screengrabs from the movie HARPER.

I also like some tv shows.

I usually get my videos from DOLLAR TREE, HAMILTON BOOK, WALMART, and hand-me-downs from family members. The lower the price the better!



"READING IS FUNDAMENTAL".....

Anyone remember RIF?... Anyway, reading is definitely a popular way to relax.

Novels really take me to another place, and I can't get enough of them, and yes, I also like non-fiction.

Magazines are also fun, but hardly ever as involving as books.



AMERICAN PASSENGER TRAINS AND LOCOMOTIVES ILLUSTRATED by Mark Wegman ( ISBN - 9780785831273 )

I found this hardcover at a store called OLLIE'S for only $6.99, it's got beautiful artwork and photos.

I got the UD TRUCKS book for free. It was sent all the way from Japan - along with some brochures and other items. I had written to them about six months earlier, and didn't think I was going to get a reply, let alone get all the things they sent me. I've been a gearhead most of my life, so I really love receiving things like this.


Screengrab of Kaley Cuoco being interviewed.

GUILT-TRIPS DON'T NEED RESERVATIONS.....

A while ago, I captured a screengrab of Ms. Cuoco, in which she's showing off her cleavage. I then proceeded to add the following caption, "the two most beautiful things about the big bang theory". I also added my blog's address.


Screengrab of Kaley Cuoco in the BIG BANG THEORY.

Well, I deleted that screengrab soon after. Why?... Because I felt, I had done something stupid and disrespectful. Was I overreacting?... Maybe. All I know, is that I felt bad for doing it.


Screengrabs of Kaley Cuoco in the BIG BANG THEORY.

I'm going to take a break from this website for a while. I'll check-in as often as I can.....

Monday, June 19, 2017

YET ANOTHER NEW FREE MOVIE CHANNEL


Screengrab of the COMET TV website homepage.

Here's the list so far, MOVIES TV NETWORK, THIS TV, H&I, GRIT TV, ESCAPE TV, GET TV, and now you can add COMET TV.

COMET TV focuses on sci-fi and horror.

Like most of the other channels, COMET TV appears to be a combination of movies and shows. I'm NOT fond of most of the shows they have listed, but I do like most of the movies they're airing.

As I write this, there are NO affiliates in my viewing area, and that pisses me off.

As of June 2017, some of the films they're airing are....


Photo sources WRONG SIDE OF THE ART and IMPAWARDS

MOTEL HELL ( Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons )
BLACK SABBATH ( Mario Bava and Boris Karloff )
GHOST TOWN ( Franc Luz and Catherine Hickland )
ROCKULA ( Dean Cameron and Toni Basil )


Photo sources EBAY, IMDB, and WRONG SIDE OF THE ART

SCREAMTIME ( Robin Bailey )
SPELLCASTER ( Gail O'Grady and Adam Ant )
ANGRY RED PLANET ( Gerald Mohr and Nora Hayden )
WITCHBOARD ( Tawny Kitaen )


X-RAY aka HOSPITAL MASSACRE ( Barbi Benton - YEAH BABY! ) Photo source IMDB

Their website lets you watch for free, so I recommend you visit it.

Also, check your local channels every so often, to see if COMET TV has been added to your area.

See links below.....

COMET TV

COMET TV - ONLINE VIEWING

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

RANDOMNESS.....


Newspaper ad for WATCH THE BIRDIE... from Toledo Ohio 1965.

MOVIE ADS: WATCH THE BIRDIE

Think about all the times you've probably seen Richard B. Shull in a movie, or tv show.

Most people knew his face, but not his name.

I always got a kick out of watching him perform.


Screengrabs from WATCH THE BIRDIE

In my opinion, WATCH THE BIRDIE is a really fun flick.

Mr. Shull was also in a tv show called HOLMES AND YO-YO. The show didn't last long. He played a cop, and his partner was a robot ( yes, it was a comedy ). It was goofy fun, and I liked it.


Screengrabs from HOLMES AND YO-YO

VHS? - I don't know.
DVD? - Yes..... WATCH THE BIRDIE was released on DVD-R by SOMETHING WEIRD VIDEO.
BLU-RAY? - Not that I know of.
ONLINE? - Yes.


Newspaper ad for THE LOVE CULT... from Youngstown Ohio 1966.

MOVIE ADS: THE LOVE CULT

This movie doesn't seem to get a lot of affection, but I like THE LOVE CULT.


Screengrabs from THE LOVE CULT

VHS? - I don't know.
DVD? - Yes..... It was released on pressed and DVD-R by SOMETHING WEIRD VIDEO.
BLU-RAY? - Not that I know of.
ONLINE? - Yes.


Newspaper ad for PINOCCHIO IN OUTER SPACE... from Rome Georgia 1965.

MOVIE ADS: PINOCCHIO IN OUTER SPACE

I love this animated movie. I saw it on tv many times when I was young.

In my opinion, it's one of the most creative versions of PINOCCHIO ever made. I also remember the EROTIC ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO, but it was obviously aimed at a older crowd.


Screengrabs from PINOCCHIO IN OUTER SPACE

VHS? - I don't know.
DVD? - I don't know.
BLU-RAY? - Not that I know of.
ONLINE? - Yes.


Newspaper ad for CHEERING SECTION and THE LOVE TRUCK... from Toledo Ohio 1977.

MOVIE ADS: CHEERING SECTION & THE LOVE TRUCK

I've seen THE LOVE TRUCK aka BLUE SUMMER more than a few times at drive-in theaters and on DVD. It's one of Chuck Vincent's films, and I like it.

As for CHEERING SECTION, I don't remember ever watching it. After you've watched countless films and shows, you can't possibly remember everything, right?



VHS? - I don't know.
DVD? - Yes... CHEERING SECTION was released by SATURN ( aka CODE RED - part of a double feature ).
BLU-RAY? - Not as I write this.
ONLINE? - Yes.


Newspaper ad for WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST and ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE... from Toledo Ohio 1958.

MOVIE ADS: WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST & ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE

I've seen ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE many times, and still like it.

I like WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST far more than PUPPET PEOPLE.

I loved watching it on tv as a kid. I also liked the first film called THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN.


Screengrabs from WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST

VHS? - I don't know.
DVD? - Yes..... WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST was released by LIONSGATE ( part of a double feature )
BLU-RAY? - Not that I know of.
ONLINE? - Yes.



DOLLAR TREE BOOKS.....

I went to one of my local DOLLAR TREE locations, and the book section had been 'picked-through'. However, I did manage to find a hardcover novel called THE DOUBLE. I have NOT had time to read it yet.

THE DOUBLE
WRITER - George Pelecanos
COMPANY - LITTLE BROWN
ISBN - 9780316078399
HARDcover
PRICE - $1.00



"HATE BEGETS HATE".....

Nobody should claim they're shocked by what happened.

TRUMP and the GOP have just as much BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS as the attacker... Maybe even more.

THEY planted the SEEDS OF HATE in our nation, and now THEIR CROP is being harvested in the ugliest way imaginable.

If they want to point fingers and blame someone, they should look into the mirror.....

Sunday, June 4, 2017

THIS AND THAT - JUNE 2017



DOLLAR TREE DVDS......

I found some more DVDs at one of my local DOLLAR TREE stores. Unfortunately, they only had a handful of discs left. As a consolation, I found some small tool boxes. Anyway, the titles are...



STRETCH - Kevin ( Patrick Wilson ) is a depressed limo driver and gambler. He owes six thousand dollars, and has until midnight to cough up the bucks or else.

He's also bummed-out about his girlfriend dumping him for a rich athlete.

Charlie ( Jessica Alba ) is one of his co-workers and current best friend. He doesn't know it yet, but she's going to play a much bigger role in his life.

Did I mention his conversations with a dead co-worker?

After picking up an eccentric millionaire, things take a really bizarre turn. The rich guy promises to give Kevin the money he needs to pay the gangster, but only if Kevin does what he wants.

At one point during the film, Kevin experiences a series of unfortunate events, and those scenes made me laugh a lot.

STRETCH stars, Patrick Wilson, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, James Badge Dale, Ed Helms, and many others.

FYI - Ray Liotta, David Hasselhoff, and Norman Reedus also make appearances in this film.



Quote by Kevin - "I don't believe in fate, destiny. To me, life's nothing but timing"

Jessica Alba is cute, but that's the only thing that I find appealing about her. I do NOT dislike her, but I've also never been impressed by her acting skills. I will say this, she does a good job in this film.

STRETCH is a wild ride. This movie put a genuine smile on my face, and the ending actually made me feel good.

I'm happy I found this flick.

COMPANY - Universal
RATING - R
WIDEscreen
EXTRAS - No... It doesn't even have a disc menu!... It just plays.
INSERTS - No
PRICE - $1.00
OBTAINED AT - DOLLAR TREE



BUNRAKU - I'll get right to the point, and say I did NOT like this movie. I know a lot of hard work went into this film, but I'm not going to lie about my feelings. I just could NOT get into this flick.

I liked the camera work and Visual Effects. But, I had NO emotional connection to the characters or the story. At times, it felt like I was watching a video game.

Plus, I can't stand Dummy Moore, excuse me, I meant to write Demi Moore. I should have read the credits before I purchased this disc - I could have purchased a big pack of cookies instead.

COMPANY - Arcentertainment
RATING - R
WIDEscreen
EXTRAS - Yes, audio commentary with the director and actor Kevin McKidd. Plus, four trailers.
INSERTS - No
PRICE - $1.00
OBTAINED AT - DOLLAR TREE

LOCKER 13 - I liked this film much more than I thought I would.

It's an anthology involving a special locker. As usual, I liked some stories more than others. That's just the way anthologies are.

Many familiar faces appear in LOCKER 13... Jon Polito, Jon Gries, Curtis Armstrong, and David Huddleston, to name just a few.

COMPANY - Arcentertainment
RATING - R
WIDEscreen
EXTRAS - Just four trailers.
INSERTS - No
PRICE - $1.00
OBTAINED AT - DOLLAR TREE



NOONER.....

It's been a long time since I last saw this goofy XXX flick. It's about a nerd named Hermie. He works for a high tech contraceptive company called PLATONIC INDUSTRIES.



The company has a mysterious boss that's never at the office - you'll find out why at the end of the movie.

Hermie's best friend is his computer. Al - Hermie's computer - gives him advice. But, the most amazing thing Al does, is allow Hermie to travel back in time. Yes, his computer is also a TIME MACHINE!



When Hermie goes back in time, he watches other employees engage in hanky-panky, which results in career advancements for some of them.

Is there a happy ending?... Kinda-sorta...

NOONER is harmless fun, and that's all that should matter.

NOONER stars, Scott Irish as Hermmie, Keisha as Veronica Gash, Tom Byron as Freddie, Sheena Horne as Belinda, Nina Hartley as Ms. Hill, and a few other familiar faces.

NOONER was released on VHS, but I don't remember the name of the company that sold it.

I'm almost positive this movie never had a legit DVD release ( at least not in the U.S.A. ). I've seen bootlegs, but I do NOT pay more than one dollar for most videos, and especially NOT for a DVD-R!

It's available online ( with and withOUT the sex ). I saw it on a few questionable websites ( as I write this, one of those websties is gone ).



MAD MEN.....

For those that don't know, MAD MEN is a tv series that aired on a cable channel called AMC.

I was given the season one set by a family member.

Season one has four discs ( 13 episodes ). The DVDs are housed in an illustrated cardboard foldout divided into five sections. Four sections have transparent plastic trays glued onto them. When you fold it back up, it fits into a clear plastic sleeve.



This set was released by LIONSGATE ( region one ).

Special features are...
DISC ONE - audio commentaries, scoring MAD MEN, music sampler, season 2 preview.
DISC TWO - audio commentaries, advertising the American dream, pictures of elegance
DISC THREE - audio commentaries, establishing MAD MEN
DISC FOUR - Nothing



When I was done watching the entire first season, I felt as if I had just finished reading a really great book.



I absolutely love this show. The writing, acting, camera work, costumes, and period props, are as close to perfect as you can possibly get. Truly amazing work.



BOOKS.....

I'm thinking about getting a hardcover called THE ART OF MAD MAX: FURY ROAD ( Abbie Bernstein - ISBN 9781783298167 ).

As I write this, the lowest price for a NEW copy of this book seems to be from HAMILTON BOOK.COM ( $12.95 ). I'm not sure when, or if, I'll get a chance to order it... Should I wait for the price to drop even more?

If anyone reading this owns a copy, please let me know about the quality of the binding, and photos.

During the past week, I've searched a couple of my local DOLLAR TREE stores for more books, but I had no luck finding anything that appealed to me.



BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS.....

I've wanted to express my feelings on everything that's been going on in regards to NAZI TRUMP and his JUNTA. However, I do NOT want to turn this blog into a political website. Having said that, NAZI TRUMP was a reality star, and his behavior - and the actions of his DELUSIONAL followers - AFFECT ALL OF US.

In regards to the BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION reaction to Kathy Griffin holding NAZI TRUMP'S FAKE HEAD, apparently, FREEDOM OF SPEECH only applies to NAZI TRUMP and the GOP.

Ms. Griffin's photo was NOT a threat, it was a statement. She expressed how countless MILLIONS of people are feeling. It may be ugly, but it's the TRUTH. Remember that word?... It's something TRUMP and the GOP are NOT familiar with!

If the roles were reversed, you know damn well, the GOP would be screaming "FREEDOM OF SPEECH" at the top of their lungs, and they would NEVER have apologized!

NAZI TRUMP and the GOP created this ULTRA VILE HATE FILLED atmosphere we are living in, and now it's coming back to haunt them!... And big surprise, they can't take, what they dish out!

NAZI TRUMP and his DELUSIONAL DEPLORABLES handout REAL THREATS on a DAILY BASIS!



I want the democrats to GROW A BACKBONE and FIGHT BACK!... STOP taking the HIGH ROAD! Get DOWN AND DIRTY!

HATE CRIMES have risen beyond belief, and that REAL BLOOD is on the HANDS of NAZI TRUMP AND THE GOP!

That train attack in Oregon by one of TRUMP'S LOYAL FOLLOWERS was a great example. Think about this, if that ULTRA-RIGHT-WING-NAZI-TRUMP-LOVER had been a person of another race, or ethnicity, or religion, TRUMP and the GOP would have exploited the tragedy to their full advantage!

NAZI TRUMP, the GOP, and THEIR FOLLOWERS, are ABOVE THE LAW!... Last year, when a GOP politician threatened Obama, the GOP did NOT care, and NOTHING happened to that politician.

Recently, a FUCKING LOWLIFE REPUBLICAN POLITICIAN from Montana, PHYSICALLY assaulted a reporter! Once again, NOTHING HAPPENED to the POLITICIAN. He was NOT arrested!

Yet another AFTERBIRTH GOP POLITICIAN, from Texas, threatened to SHOOT a fellow politician, and he also did NOT get in trouble for it!

NAZI TRUMP and most of the GOP, are leaving a LEGACY OF HATE, INCOMPETENCE, CORRUPTION, and STUPIDITY, that has never been seen in this nation before.

THE BAD GUYS WIN!... at least for now.....

P.S. - Since before the 2016 election, I've been receiving unusual amounts of visits from Russia. I've also been getting visits from some countries that are NOT known for their love of pop-culture. This has me WORRIED. Those visitors could be regular folks with NO malice in mind, but you know as well as I do, that given recent events, those visits are probably NOT from friendly folks.....

Monday, May 22, 2017

LOST IN TWIN PEAKS


Screengrabs from TWIN PEAKS 1990/1991.

Quote from TWIN PEAKS 1990/1991 - by Donna Hayward - "It's like I'm having the most beautiful dream, and the most terrible nightmare all at once"... In my opinion, that sums up David Lynch's work in a nutshell.

The wilder the better... That has always been my attitude towards TWIN PEAKS the original series, and TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME the movie prequel.

Most folks hated season two, but I didn't. I saw good things during that season.


Screengrabs from FIRE WALK WITH ME.

I also loved the movie.

FIRE WALK WITH ME wasn't held back by network censors. It was in-your-face, and that was the way it should have been.


Screengrabs from FIRE WALK WITH ME.

After all this time, what Leland Palmer did to his daughter is still a subject most tv shows and films refuse to deal with. That attitude speaks volumes, and none of it is good.


Screengrabs from a SHOWTIME promotional video for TWIN PEAKS 2017.

As I write this, I have NOT seen any of the SEASON THREE episodes. Why?... Because it airs on a pay channel ( SHOWTIME ), and I don't have cable.

I was against TWIN PEAKS returning, for the same reason I didn't want the X-FILES to return. Well, I ended-up liking the 2016 version of the X-FILES. I hope I'll feel the same way about the 2017 version of TWIN PEAKS.

I've always loved watching the dreamy/nightmarish world of TWIN PEAKS. Unfortunately, for most of my life I've felt as if I've been trapped in a real life version of a David Lynch film.

One thing is for certain, TWIN PEAKS has come back during one of the most surreal times in history, and that time is now.....