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A Preview of Coming Attractions

A Preview of Coming Attractions

Apr 20, 2015

I had a different column in mind for today, however I have changed my mind. This week people everywhere have been very excited by the premier of the new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. I am not one of those people. It did get me thinking about trips to the movies and the trailers for upcoming films being one of the most exciting parts of any trip to the local theater. If I missed any of the previews that trip to the movies was a less satisfying experience. Sometimes the previews are dead on and the sense of anticipation started by the trailer will continue to build until you get to see the actual film. At other times the trailer is far better than the film that is being advertised. I have gathered some of my favorite movie previews from over the years to share. Sometimes I got everything and more when I saw the actual movies and at other times they should have just released the 2 minutes preview instead of the terrible film they actually got you to go spend your hard earned money on. So sit back, relax and enjoy a preview of coming attractions. “The Blue Lagoon” (1980) When I saw the trailer for this it was at that age when hormones are kicking in as we develop into our teenage years. I really wanted to see this movie because Christopher Atkins was nearly naked in the preview and I really wanted to be allowed at the time (in a fairly innocent way) to admire his body. Being the movie was “R” rated I needed an adult to take me and I got my wish. Imagine my surprise (and to be frankly honest) delight that he went full frontal in the movie and I got to see his privates. I think he was my first big celebrity crush. The movie was a beautiful love story and is still a great movie today. Seeing Chris Atkins full frontal now is not very exciting now like it was when I was 13. Sometimes becoming a grown up sucks…lol.   “Bug” (1975) This creepy little gem was the last film by...

Movies that are so bad they’re awesome!

Movies that are so bad they’re awesome!

Apr 14, 2015

Someone on Facebook yesterday put up a post asking everyone to list their favorite bad movie and that got me thinking: Ever sit down to watch a movie and it was so bad that it was great? I love a good/bad movie. These movies become our guilty pleasures and we might even be a little embarrassed if someone found out that we liked one of them. I actually don’t hide it. I love bad films along with the good. It is one of my joys in life to share these movies with others and hope they see the charm in them that I do.  These are the movies that filmmakers were very serious about when they made them and somehow they ended up campy, over the top and at times the acting in them was less than stellar. I have selected 4 of these films for my column this week. Although the movies might only win the Razzie Awards they do have one thing in common: Kick ass women characters that I cherish watching. Now grab some popcorn and a soda and sit back and relax, this is going to be bad….really bad, and you’re going to love it. This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week: The Great Ladies of Bad Cinema Edition.  First up is one of my favorite bad sci-fi films. Shot in 1959 on a shoe string budget and not released until 1962 I gladly give you: Virginia Leith as Jan Compton in “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” Dr. Bill Cortner (Herb Evers) is a brilliant surgeon although his methods are a bit unorthodox. He has been experimenting with keeping human tissue alive for transplants. He is determined to make a name for himself. He has been working by trial and error and midway through the film we will meet one of his mistakes. On a night like any other Bill and his fiancee’ Jan are out on a drive when they have a terrible accident and poor Jan is decapitated. Bill who has been working with keeping human tissue alive collects her head and using all his skill manages to revive it. Now Jan’s head sits in a tray in...

“My Role Models Growing Up” or “A Look at Some Retro Bad Girls”

“My Role Models Growing Up” or “A Look at Some Retro Bad Girls”

Apr 7, 2015

When we are growing up we watch television, movies and sports. As children we sometimes like what we see in a person and want to grow up to be just like them. It was no different in my day except we only had about 5 channels to choose from. We did not have cable or movies at our fingertips (there weren’t even VCR’s when most of these programs originally aired) but we had our heroes and we wanted to be like them. Who did you want to be when you grew up? We all had someone that we wanted to be just like. For people my age this will be a pleasant walk down memory lane. For my younger readers, you may not even be aware of who some of these ladies are. You would probably find the shows lame by today’s standards. I assure you, in my day, these ladies kicked ass! This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week: Television Edition: Retro Ladies Who Were Beautiful and Tough First up on our Retro Bad Girl Countdown: Sgt. “Pepper” Anderson  “Police Woman” (1974-1978) Once upon a time the only women you saw on TV were mothers, wives, maids, secretaries,school teachers and maybe waitresses. “Police Woman” was groundbreaking television because the lead was a cop. She was beautiful and she was tough. This was practically unheard of. A strong woman and the show was about her. This gave little girls dreams that they didn’t just have to stand in a kitchen and bake cakes and I am sure more than one boy’s heart fluttered at this sexy lady. Pepper had an exciting career. She was a member of the L.A.P.D., C.C.U division. (Criminal Conspiracy Unit). She was part of an undercover team and many times went undercover in dangerous situations as a hooker, prison inmate or nurse just to name a few. They investigated all kinds of crimes from murder, to theft and blackmail to rape and drugs. The guest stars on the show were also top caliber including Sandra Dee, Patty Duke, William Shatner and Ruby Dee just to name a few. There was even a doll produced where young girls could create their own...

Mind-Blowing Talent: A list of underrated actresses.

Mind-Blowing Talent: A list of underrated actresses.

Mar 31, 2015

We watch movies and television for enjoyment, education and entertainment. We get lost in the worlds that we see on the screen. It is up to the actors to breathe life into the characters we are going on the journey with. You know the stars’ names, for example: Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, Julianne Moore and Sandra Bullock just to name a few. When you watch these movies there are always supporting characters (and sometimes a lead that is not well known) played by very talented women. Certain ones you may know the names of, others you may recognize as that woman from (insert title here). This column is about that breed of  lady. Actresses that are at the top of their game although you may only recognize them by sight. You may not know their names but you should. This is a small list of some of the best actresses in Hollywood in my opinion and they take us on wonderful adventures. This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week: Underrated Actress Edition!  Missi Pyle is probably one of the busiest women in Hollywood today. You’ve seen her in dozens of films and/or TV shows. She is well versed in acting and can tackle dramatic or comedy roles and I must admit her comedic timing is impeccable. You may not have been familiar with her name although this tall and beautiful woman is one you recognize on sight. Her first appearance was in 1996 in a film titled “The Cottonwood” and she hasn’t stopped acting since.  If you want to become familiar with Missi and some of the incredible characters she has played here are a few selections out of her filmography: Television: Mad About You: 2 episodes:The Final Frontier Part 1 (1999) The Final Frontier Part 2 (1999) The Drew Carey Show: 1 episode: Drew’s Reunion (1999) My Name is Earl: 1 episode: Broke Joy’s Fancy Figurine (2005) Heroes: 2 episodes: Chapter Fifteen ‘Run!’ (2007) Chapter Sixteen ‘Unexpected’ (2007) Movies: “Galaxy Quest” (1999) Laliari “Josie and the Pussycats” (2001) Alexandra Cabot “Bringing Down the House” (2003) Ashley “50 First Dates” (2004) Noreen “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005) Mrs. Beauregarde “Gone Girl” (2014) Ellen Abbott Here...

Musing #43: The Prince George Method (A Coping Strategy)

Musing #43: The Prince George Method (A Coping Strategy)

Mar 27, 2015

What you’re about to read, however ridiculous, is 100% true. I am, if nothing else, an escapist. I shamelessly prefer the worlds of cinema, literature, music and history to that of living, breathing humans any day of the week and thrice on Sunday. Not saying that’s a good thing, just saying it’s an actual thing about me. Movies, books, songs and true stories don’t “flake” — a nasty, insidious term that really means “fail to give a flying fuck” — and they don’t hurt feelings. Unrelentingly dependable, they always enjoy your esteemed company. They don’t give a shit what you look like. You needn’t even bathe to hang out with them. And the more of them with which you’re familiar, the larger the pool of human beings to whom you can relate in the hideous realm of real life. When else fails, there’s always STAR WARS to discuss, wheresoever one may roam. Today, we’ll be roaming transatlantically…to the site of EPISODE 7‘s recent film shoot. And by “film,” I do mean “film.” For it was, triumphantly, shot on “old-school” 35mm…complete with Guru Carrie Fisher! I have, for months, intended to share the silliness that follows this verbose introduction. The right time for said silliness is clearly now, given yesterday’s fascinating reburial of King Richard III. That’s right, we’re talkin’ British monarchy! If you’ve read the Musing about my literary gurus (#17), you know that “Princess Leia” is (in her writerly capacity) the lone American among the four invoked. The other three — Charles Dickens, Christopher Hitchens and Dame Agatha Christie — all hail from Britannia. I’m a hardcore, unabashed, lifelong Anglophile. I devote far more time than any non-diplomat American should to pondering the UK, even proudly writing as occasional “NYC Correspondent” for British satire magazine THE INCONSEQUENTIAL.* Moreover, I harbor an until-now-secret dream of one day becoming United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James. I’m dead serious, absurd though the notion may be. Far more absurd, of course, is the entire notion of primogeniture (great word, though it be). This is the point at which I address crotchety Americans who begrudge their countrymen an insatiable interest in the English royal goings-on. Coveting Kate’s clothes isn’t tantamount to sanctioning political primogeniture, assholes! Arguably, it’s far less controversial for us to dig the Windsors than...

Donna Reed would be horrified!

Donna Reed would be horrified!

Mar 24, 2015

We watch television pretty much everyday of our lives where we can be entertained, educated and informed. Some of you may even watch the racy channels to spice up your life a bit. When we love a show we invest in the characters and want to watch their exploits, adventures and dramas on a weekly basis. Watch a show enough and you actually feel like you know the characters and it is like visiting with cherished friends. The family dynamic is always a great subject for a show. This week we are visiting with some TV moms. Who do you think of when I say TV mom? Carol Brady? June Cleaver? Florida Evans?                   We think of these wonderful and delightfully loving mothers when we hear the term TV mom and the list goes on and on. This week we are pushing these ladies aside and doing a count-down on terrible TV moms. Don’t get me wrong. Each character I have selected does love her family (even if it is in her own strange way) but her parenting skills leave much to be desired. This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week: Television Edition: Terrible TV Mom Awards. So without further hesitation we begin and I am saving who I believe is the worst mom in television history for last. This is going to be fun!   The Award for the mom who needs a lesson in not spoiling her kids and learning how to be a decent human being goes to:  Harriet Oleson: “Little House on the Prairie” Katherine MacGregor is so deliciously bitchy as Harriet Oleson. She is the wealthiest woman in town and has decided that because of this she is better than everyone and treats them as such. Harriet care about one thing…Harriet.  She is also the town gossip loving nothing more than sticking her nose into other people’s business and spreading rumors. She wears the pants in the family and why her husband (it must be love) puts up with it is beyond me. The problem is she spoils her kids and teaches them to be snobs and they walk around treating...

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