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Wednesday, December 25, 2013


My family loves me. They got me this. Two hundred movies. All old school cult flicks and drive in exploitation films. 
I am going to watch them all.
I thought it would be fun to set goals and do this with my ever faithful readers so, here's the plan;

I will watch all of these starting January 1st until December 31st 2014. Three hundred Sixty-Five days to watch 200 movies. Yes, I have seen some of these. Yes, I am going to watch them again. I will do a write up of each film and after that is over and all of them have been viewed I will compile the reviews into a book that you can buy for your very own.

This should be a lot of fun. 

And the fun starts in 7 days.

Be here.

Monday, December 16, 2013


So, Peter O'Toole died. The media has managed to jump all over that.
While I am sorry that he passed away, I am a little angry that an exploitation legend has also left this mortal coil with much less fanfare.
Tom Laughlin, who is associated with the Billy Jack movies has gone to be with his ancestors.
To an exploitation film junkie, Billy Jack is one of those perfect storms of a movie. It has a social redeeming message and an insane human being at it's core. Tom knew his Hapkido and used it throughout the film.
Tom was kind of like our Bruce Lee.
And now he's gone.
I can honestly say I do not remember the last time I watched one of his movies so, I think I might be going back to that cinematic well in the very near future.
In the meantime, I give you this video. It always makes me think of how much I loved these movies. I am glad they are still here with us and we can visit Tom Laughlin anytime we want.

Seeya Billy.

We will meet again.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Last night was my first visit to the newly opened Alamo Drafthouse here in Kalamazoo. I was there to watch the 1979 film The Visitor. The movie is such a wild, weird flick that defies description so I don;t know if I want to try that here. I'm reviewing the theater, not the movie. The Drafthouse used to be The Rave. I went once when it was opened. Overpriced and the same as other theatres nearby that had their own parking lots. There was no good reason to go.
Now, a theatre that shows things like The Visitor or MS. 45. There's a reason to go.
With that said, lets run down the bad before the good. That way we get a pleasant finish to the entire experience.
They serve food and drink in the theater. That's not bad, but I really wanted coffee. I looked at the menu. No coffee. I asked and they said yes they had it. But it wasn't on the menu and I am not a fan of not knowing what something costs when I order it. The served it in this tiny French press that gave about two, small cups of coffee. Later, when I finally got a refill, they charged me for the second thing of coffee. No where in the galaxy should that cost ten bucks. It was good coffee, but no free refills on coffee. Really?
They said if you need anything just write it down and put it on this little rack device in front of the table in front of you. Yeah, when my daughter ran out of soda and I coffee it seemed to take a long time to get refills and that became a distraction in my enjoyment of the movie.
My solution to the problem in the future will be to just go and watch the movie. That leads to all the good.
The seats have huge gaps between them. No person directly in front of you and no one directly in back of you. They have a no talking no cell phone policy that is like paradise. The seats have headrests on them so it is probably the most comfortable viewing experience that I have ever had. The half hour of clips before the movie were fun to watch and I had a great time overall.
So, in the end, would I go again?
The Drafthouse is famed for doing interesting things with film and I am a huge fan of a lot of movies so, I can see myself going to see more things there.
I just won;t be ordering anything there.
I think I like to keep my dinner/lunch separate from my movie watching.
The popcorn was delicious, however.   
And they do validate your parking, which is nice.

Monday, December 2, 2013


It is here.

Order it here;

That is all.

Thanks for reading.

Note: This cover was done by the amazing Ron Merchant. Through the magnificence of the magical interwebs he has found me. He is doing new art for me and I could not be happier. Hurray!


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