Sunday, November 11, 2012

The League - Pop Culture Jump the Shark

This weeks topic by the League of Extraordinary Bloggers. "At what point did a pop culture series “jump the shark” and lose your interest." Well my friends, what jumped the shark occurred in 1987… The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson Film Productions. That show in my personal opinion was a goddamn train wreck! If you are a fan of the original comics you'll know they weren't goofy wise cracking, surfer dude lingo using pizza fiends, that stuff was corny as hell to me, and still is. Their different colored bandanas/masks is another huge problem I have with the series. That is NOT in the original comic book series. The original comics were gritty and violent. There was some humor of course as they are teenagers, but not "Cowabunga dude, like, that pizza it totally rad!" ridiculous dialogue. It was all just so cornball and child friendly, which I guess was the direction it had to go in since Playmates was interested in selling toys that were, equally annoying. In fact the only figure that looked decent to me was Casey Jones and that's mostly because they got his mask sculpted pretty well. I'm amazed at how that colored mask, wise cracking side of the Turtles is what lives today and in so many incarnations and popularity. Those are not the real TMNT and never were. They are impostors I'll never accept. When I enjoy TMNT it's with the old original comics and never what came after the late 80s.

Now just in case you disagree with me... let me give you a visual.

I know... it's horrific isn't it. I could barely post this picture. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Short Film)
Countdown to Halloween

Well, due to many troubling issues this month, I have been away from the blog. Sorry I wasn't able to get up the Halloween themed posts like I wanted. I have some time today and thought I should get another one up for you guys and ghouls! As many of you may know by now, I'm not a fan of Disney's stuff. Never really have been, even when I was younger. However, there are a few gems that stand out to me. Their short film "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" based on the Washington Irving short story of the same name is pretty enjoyable also, especially the chase scene at the very end. If you are in the mood for some old nostalgia and have 30 minutes to kill check it out!

Friday, October 05, 2012

Tales from the Darkside intro
Countdown to Halloween

Well it's finally October and I'm going to make an attempt at posting on a more regular basis and get really Halloween/horror centric. The summer was busy and my posts were far and few between, but now that Fall has hit I'll get more up here. I thought what better way to get into the Halloween mood than post a video from the intro to one of my favorite shows when I was younger, "Tales from the Darkside". As many of you may know, this showwas actually supposed to be "Creepshow" the TV series, but the name was not something George Romero was able to use, so he called it "Tales from the Darkside" instead, but kept that "Creepshow" vibe.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Aliens: Colonial Marines "Escape" Mode

As some of you may know I'm a big "ALIENS" fan. In the age of high tech video games, making games that look like that movie as far as graphics, gameplay, sound effects and music go things are looking very cool lately. SEGA/Gearbox has recently released a video for their forthcoming "ALIENS: Colonial Marines" game and a new "Escape" mode that pits four multiplayer marines against an attack by four aliens/xenomorphs. I have to admit that this looks pretty cool. It's at least from what I can tell, very similar to the "Aliens vs Predator" game that SEGA/Rebellion put out. Now sadly I only have a Mac and Wii and these games aren't available for them (oh how I'd love to play them). Looking at videos like this, I have to believe for a die-hard Predator and Alien fan that I'd have great fun tearing the walls down!

"Aliens: Colonial Marines"

"Aliens Vs Predator" 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Wolfmen of Mars - Murder at the Lunar Motel (Album)

The blog has changed direction from focusing solely on soundtracks, but that's not to say there isn't great music to talk about. Today I wanted to let you know that the Wolfmen of Mars have recently put out a new album entitled "Murder at the Lunar Motel". I've had a chance to sit down and listen to the entire thing and I must say it's really damn good. Their albums are always a perfect addition to the my music collection and soundtrack scores I love listening to. As on previous albums, that old 70s and 80s synth soundtrack sound is there which sounds excellent. It's that sound that really gravitated to the previous albums.

My two favorite tracks off the album, right now, are "Down the Spiral Staricase" and "Murder at the Lunar Motel". Those really grabbed me my first time through and I can easily put them on constant loop. It's like a soundtrack to a crazy horror film. Check out all the song snippets on iTunes and buy this album! You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

GUEST POST: "My Top Ten TV Crushes" by Disco Hulk

Today I have a special treat for you fellow boys and ghouls. I have a guest post from my wife "DiscoHulk" as she's known on twitter. Enjoy! If you like it maybe she'll write more.

21 Jump Street crush: Officer Dennis Booker joined the Jump Street team during season three, and he stole my 13 year old heart at the same time. He was kind of like Tom Hanson, but a little more suave, a little hotter, and with bigger hair. At least in my mind.

Reality: Officer Tom Hanson was a lot like my crush, Dennis Booker. Just a little less suave, a little less hot, and with smaller hair.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The League - Kurt Russell

This week's League topic is two words "Kurt Russell"... nothing more. 

Kurt Russell and Brian Presley in a scene from "Touchback" courtesy Anchor Bay Films

Kurt Russell is one of my favorite actors, appearing in a great number of some of my favorite films largely based on the characters he plays so well. How fantastic and/or interesting would it be to be on a film set with him? I have an answer to that. In the summer of 2010 I found out in a nearby town in Michigan that a film company was shooting a film called "Touchback" starring Kurt Russell. It's a sports film and the production was doing an all-night shooting at a high school football stadium for portions of the film that had a football game being played. Kurt's role is that of a coach. There was a call for extras to show up to fill the stands and be the crowd for the home and opposing team's fans. I had to go there with the possibility of seeing Kurt Russell in action, if even from 500 ft away.

For a few hours Kurt didn't show up, but then when his scenes were ready to be filmed he came out onto the field and the crowd erupted in applause and cheering. He looked up to everyone and was waving. When there was down time and he wasn't on the sidelines acting he came up to the stands and talked with fans and that was all pretty cool. So in the end I'm in the film somewhere in the sea of extras in the stands. I've yet to see the movie and really try to pinpoint where I am, but knowing that I was there and I can say "I was in a film starring Kurt Russell" is fantastic. It was a fun experience getting to to see the film being made and being able to take part in it. Plus I got $75 so that was sort of nice too. I wish I would have had my phone with me to snap a couple of pictures, but alas I didn't have one then.

Here is a local news story about the night shooting that I was at. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Bishop of Battle - 1983

Here is the very memorable story "The Bishop of Battle" from the 1983 Nightmares anthology. I don't ever remember seeing the other stories when I was younger, just this one. I wonder if they were shown as one-off stories later after the initial release. The story stars Emilio Estevez as who is one of the best video game players in his area and is trying to beat the difficult "Bishop of Battle" game. His desire to win is so intense that he ends up breaking into the arcade after hours to do battle. It's a pretty fun watch if you have the time. Below is part 1 on Youtube. It appears its in 3 parts or so.

"Greetings, Earthling. I am the Bishop of Battle, master of all I survey. I have 13 progressively harder levels. Try me if you dare."

Friday, June 01, 2012

Alien 1979 - Dallas Air Shaft Scene

Ever since I was little I've always loved monsters. Monster movies, shows, toys and what-have-you. 99% of the time I'm never truly scared by them monsters, I just enjoy it for good. However, there are a few moments in film that did terrify me. One of the more memorable moments of fright was in Alien. I can't remember how young I was, but I was watching Alien for the very first time and I was frozen with fear when the Alien got Dallas in the air shaft. The quick reveal of the Alien, the music and that build up to that moment were scary as hell.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

E-40 "Zombie" feat. Brotha Lynch Hung & Tech N9ne

Those who follow me on Twitter may be aware that I'm a fan of West Coast gangsta rap, but if you are only a reader on this blog that may not be readily evident..., now what I have here is the brand new video from one of my favorite rappers E-40. Why post it on Sideshow you ask, well he did this new track called "Zombie" with Brotha Lynch Hung and the video is done in a old horror movie style, has zombies chasing around girls and it's set on a farm. It has a perfect mix of those things I love, rap music and horror.

The League: Geek Confessions

This is the League of Extraordinary Bloggers topic this week as assigned by the Cool and Collected blog.

"What is something you absolutely hate or love or just don’t get, or maybe it’s something you have never even seen or read. What is your deepest, darkest geek confession?"

Well, it seems most of the stuff I love is generally loved by most, but what I hate... well that's a different story. I'm taking a cue from the Claymation Werewolf and going to go into a rambling rant of sorts. Not to say he was ranting, but it just felt like it had that vibe of someone just going off on something. I'll have a link to his post at the end. Grammar and any kind of clear thought be damned!

1st victim The Simpsons. I can't stand the Simpsons tv show and the fact that people like it really I find annoying. I don't get it. I'll admit there was a time when I did like it, when I was in 8th grade in 1990. I had a couple of Simpsons t-shirts and related merchandise, but by the time 1991 rolled around I thought that show's idea sailed. I didn't find it entertaining or enjoyable to watch and the fact that it's still on in the 21st century baffles me. What more can they do with the story lines, just thinking about that bores me. Also that "Do the Bartman" song, wow that was cheesy then but now it's down right awful. I have to give a quick shout-out to Family Guy, that I thought was crappy the first time they tried to air it and it was canceled. There was a reason for that....

2nd victim is South Park, what the hell is with that show. Again I saw one strange episode/video of Jesus fighting Santa (I think) in 1998 and that had it's moments, but when I saw the show I couldn't believe how awful it was. The art style for one pretty much makes it unwatchable, and the voices, the characters, a little poo guy, ridiculous. Again this is another one I hear people say time and time again "it's soooo funny" and they proceded to tell me about it and it sounds about as fun as watching grass grow, but not quite that fun.

3rd victim. Pixar (and Disney as a whole), but really I stick to the Pixar movies. The CGI animated big budget children's movies make me sick. I can't stand seeing ads for them, trailers, toys, books, chewing tobacco and what have you. The movies look lifeless and sadly I've sat through a few of these movies and been underwhelmed, as I should because they're for kids first off and that is another thing that really annoys me. Why do people my age (35) a little younger and older get excited about this stuff. They're excited about a children's movie?!?!?! What the hell is wrong with you? I can understand watching some animated thing from your childhood, because you can ride that wave of nostalgia, but to be 35 and excited about CARS 3, I just don't get it. I'm name checking Pixar here, but you know as well as I there are more studios doing this type of "work". Speaking of CGI I can't stand full on CGI realized characters or environments for a near entire film or major "living" characters, which is why I'll go to my grave never having seen Avatar.

I think that's it for now... If I think if anything else I'll update this post.

Curious to see what my other fellow bloggers/geeks want to put on Front Street?

Claymation Werewolf pulls no punches and goes after modern horror films, popular television shows and $4 comics!

Michael May's Adventure Blog discusses Heros, Buffy, Tim Burton and  Transformers.

Memories of Toymorrow reveals gaming… meh. And the more astonishing truth "I liked the ending to LOST".

The Surfing Pizza talks Super Mario Bros and never saving the princess.

Monday, May 07, 2012

The League: Ultimate Crossover Event

This is the League of Extraordinary Bloggers topic this week as assigned by the Cool and Collected blog.

"What pop culture heroes or stories would make for the ultimate crossover–think along the lines of Han Solo meeting up with Firefly’s Mal on a smuggling run."

There is an immediate answer to this question when I read it. I know I'm not the first or probably last person to think of this idea, but I would love to see it done and done well...

PREDATOR vs BOBA FETT... if you haven't thought about that meeting let it sink in a minute. Oh to hell with you it's a cool idea!

The thing about this idea, is that I'd like to give it a little twist on the standard Predator story we've come to expect from comics and film. Normally the plots are about a Predator that set his sights on people and things to hunt. For example, Batman, Aliens, Superman, Magnus Robot Fighter, Tarzan, the JLA, and Judge Dredd. My thought is to have the Predator be the prey and have Boba Fett the hunter. Being that they are both characters from outer space, I thought maybe have a Predator that did some work for someone, maybe as a hired bounty hunter himself and failed in the job, stole money, or otherwise double crossed a client. That client decides to call upon Boba Fett one of the best in the hunting business to track down this Predator to make him answer for his "crimes" as it were. What locations the film takes place I haven't given it much thought. Most likely in the Star Wars universe as there are a good number of locations the story can take place that fans would like, but also the Predator doesn't have a distinctive location that would be appealing for the story.

I'd love to see this as a very well done film, but the more likely medium I could see it doing well and be created at all is in comic book form from Dark Horse Comics. The pieces are there... so close to being there. They have access, for now, to the licences of those two films and characters. Both characters are owned by 20th Century Fox. Seems like the powers that be could strike a deal and make this happen. Would it be profitable, I have no idea? It could be fantastic! I think Dark Horse knows there is a group that would go for this. In 2011 they did a VS post on their blog asking fans who would win in a fight. In my additional research on the idea it looks like in 2008 some folks were working on a fan film with a VS idea, it's a bit low budget looking, but it's something.

What are my other fellow bloggers thinking about as a sweet crossover, look no further.

Memories of Toymorrow imagines a crossover of suave men of pop culture future and past competing for the heart of… Penelope Pussycat!?!

Shawn Robare of Branded in the 80s would like to see Matthew Broderick, Christopher Collet and Henry Thomas come together reprising their rolls from "War Games", "The Manhattan Project" and "Cloack & Dagger".

Tupa's Treasures fantasizes about a "A-Team" and "The Fall Guy" crossover.

Dave Low Design has a far better idea than the realized "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull" film.

The Man Who Stares at Toys has has an idea that has me chest bursting with excitement.

That Figures would like to see a live action version of "Marvel Team-Up #27: Spider-Man & The Hulk".

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

JAWS 2: Marvel Comics Adaptation

A fellow blogging friend of mine has in recent months stopped posting to his blog, but left up any active links and related info for us all to pull from and share among others. Looking through his archive of great things I found this gem I never knew existed. Marvel comics Super Special "Jaws 2" comic book adaptation.  The comic shortens the original story a bit and changes some things up, but it's still essentially JAWS 2. The opening of the comic even features an interview with director Jeannot Szwarc. Sadly I don't have a PDF version for you guys, but I do have a link to view the comic in your browser. Enjoy!

Click here to view the comic!!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

IHOP Commercial: 1969

Here is one of the weirdest old school commercials I've seen in some time. It's a 1969 TV spot for the popular pancake restaurant IHOP. This one has all kinds of madness written on it and so many questions. Why are they running to the place with balloons? Where do they park their balloons? The music and singing is one of the most head scratching things about this commercial, yet it's the most alluring to me. It's like some little ghoulish imp is singing... possibly tipsy off a malt liquor/high fructose syrup mix. Watch and listen and see if you don't find yourself rewinding for a second viewing.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The League: Holy Grails & White Whales

This is the League of Extraordinary Bloggers topic this week as assigned by the Cool and Collected blog.

"We all collect something. What is a holy grail item you hope to find at a flea market, toy show, or comic convention? What else do you collect?"

This is an interesting question. I collect various things associated with horror and sci-fi films. However there isn't one particular type of thing I collect. I have have figures, posters, soundtracks and more. It's all over the board. Mostly items I can find and then afford. So, it's not nearly as big as my dream collection. However, the question at hand is asking to identify that one thing that you'd love to have in your collection. Speaking in terms of the types of things I collect I actually couldn't think of anything at first and the fact that most things if you have the money can be found and bought. Then after Brian (Cool & Collected) asked "there has to be a Predator item out there.." I thought about it and there is one thing that I'd love to find at a flea market or hell, even a thrift store. A place where this item would be super low cost. Not only would I like to own it because it looked cool as hell in an ad in Fangoria magazine, but I'd like to see if the real deal lived up to how well it was photographed. The item is a "Collector Predator Mask" put out in the early 90s by a company called Distortions. As you can see in the photo below it's of the unmasked Predator from 1987 film. It's his complete head and a bit of shoulders and partial chest. The photo makes it look fantastic.

Two things kept it from my hands as a wee kid. First was the $320 price tag, the other being even if you had this how would you wear it. Id think you have to have a kick ass Predator costume to wear with it, or it would looks ridiculous. You can't put on a black sweat shirt and jeans and call yourself the Predator. There are a couple of other notable things here in the ad that I don't necessarily want. The "standard" Predator mask and the "Child's Complete costume". The kids' costume idea on paper sounds cool, but look at it. No dreads, no gloves and no wrist blades… and apparently nothing covering the nether region… what in the hell is with that. It's stupefying!!

What other rare oddities are driving my fellow bloggers mad?!?!? Read on to find out.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The League: Zombie Apocalypse Sidekick

This is the League of Extraordinary Bloggers topic this week as assigned by the Cool and Collected blog.

"Which TV or movie hero do you want beside you when the zombie apocalypse arrives."

I thought who would be the most bad ass, take no prisoners, tough as nails sidekick that would make more zombie kills than anyone. That person/character would be a Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 Terminator, and more specifically the T-101 from Termaintor 2: Judgement Day. The first reason being is that he was "basically" a good guy. We'll ignore the fact that he was only that way to help John Connor. The reason I'd pick him is because he's nearly unstoppable, especially to zombies. He is super strong, has a wide knowledge of all kinds of weapons, doesn't need to eat or sleep. He could keep guard 24 hrs a day and best of all would have no fear of getting bitten. Sure the zombies might like to chew on his living tissue around the endoskeleton, but that wouldn't slow him down and if he had that protective directive to help me, he'll never give up and bail on me.

Here is a scene from the original Terminator showing the type of damage he can do to multiple attackers.

Who else would the League recruit for their sidekicks, read about them here:

Cool and Collected wants a guy who "ain't got time to bleed".

Revenge of the Cosmic Ark wants a girl who has a leg up on the competition with a machine gun.

AEIOU and Sometimes Why has not one, but a whole death squad.

Sexy Geek's House of Swag teams up with pro-wrestler the Undertaker.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Prometheus - Full Trailer
My Thoughts, Questions, Theories

Today I had a chance to watch the Prometheus full length trailer a dozen times. I thought I'd just free form write/blog about it. Basically, just random thoughts, ideas, and things I've taken from the film. Grammar and run-on sentences will abound much like a swarm of Alien warriors on LV-426. I've read interviews and such, but not a ton of news as to really keep the surprises to a minimum for me in the form of official stuff, like this trailer and the final film.

The first two huge things that I really enjoy about the trailer are that 1) it shows much more about the story than we saw in teasers previous to this. 2) Ridley Scott's numerous interviews saying there are very few ALIEN connections, was not him being entirely honest. Which I feel was to really hit fans with this trailer and sort of bring down expectations to a degree. At the 1:40 mark we are shown the discovery of the ship from the original ALIEN that let off the beacon, that had the dead "space jockey" and alien queen eggs.

I liked that when they are discussing the maps discovered, a woman corrects them and says "not a map, an invitation". Similar to how in ALIEN, they first think the beacon they are receiving is for help, but later Ripley says "it's a warning". This does raise the question that I wondered about in ALIEN, and now with Prometheus. If that space jockey had eggs on the ship, why would his beacon be giving off a warning? Wouldn't he be really wanting something to come to the ship, so that his bio-mechanical creations could infect others (if he created them at all).

Speaking of that alien ship. It appears from the trailer that they discover it being beneath the surface of the planet they are on, which I theorize is LV-426. The reason I suspect this is because it shows them on a planet investigating/searching for alien life based on some discoveries shown at the opening of the trailer. They show the ship on some digital display that it's clearly the ship from Alien. Then we get to see the "space jockey" walking around and sit in the chair that he's later discovered on in ALIEN. Also it shows the ship emerging from the ground and from what I can tell the human explorers running their ship into the alien ship to destroy or at least keep it from taking off into space. They show an explosion as if you are on the ground looking up and see the alien ship coming down. You hear someone say the ship is planning to go to Earth, and then a female character say "we were so wrong" and "if we don't stop it, there won't be a home to go back to". Which indicates they know the ships cargo is those eggs or at the very least he holds something that could destroy the Earth.

There is a quick scene of one of the women investigating something on the planet and saying "Oh the head, it's changing" and she's crying, but looks like she's crying maybe in awe and amazement rather than fear. I wonder what that is about. Is it that human face we've seen on the marketing material? Why would a human like face be on an alien planet? Good fun questions to think about. Well that's about all I have for now... although...

Ridley said we would not see a xenomorph in this film but man... this quick shot looks eerily like one to me, if only in some kind of work of art on a wall in some alien location.

Also, since we are talking ALIEN here, I thought I should post the original 1979 trailer, since that new Prometheus trailer uses that same haunting alarm music/sound effect and quick cuts. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

League of Extraordinary Bloggers
Things that make you go “Whoah.”

This weeks League topic from Cool & Collected is as follows.

"What media announcement had you throwing fist pumps and doing roundhouse kicks in the air? Did the final result live up to your dreams?"

An announcement that grabbed me was "Alien vs Predator" being made into a film. I am a huge fan of both the Predator and Alien franchises. One of my favorite things, at least up to that time, was when Dark Horse put out "Aliens vs Predator" first in "Dark Horse Presents 34-36, then as a 4 issue series. It was spectacular and really captured the flavor of both franchises with a solid story that I hoped would one day show up on the silver screen.

In 2004 that dream became a reality. A lot of people took issue with the director Paul W.S. Anderson, but I didn't know enough about him to feel one way or another. All I cared about was seeing two of my favorite monsters battle it out on screen wrapped in a good story, hopefully based on the original AVP comic series. One red flag that I see now was Anderson saying that his movie will be called "Alien vs Predator", not "Aliens vs Predator" as not to be confused or intentionally associated with the comic series. This seems really odd when you see the final product. There are huge story points and elements that are directly lifted from that original series, such as the Predator befriending a female human. I heard that a lot of people hated that, but in the comic it worked and I felt it was handled fairly well in the film.

I would say as far as monster vs. monster action goes it was pretty enjoyable, although the Predators got picked off far too quickly for my taste. The Predator vs. Queen fight was also enjoyable, but had a hint of T-Rex from Jurassic Park going on. I don't hate the movie like many did and wasn't totally let down, because the movie does succeed in many areas and its attempt at connecting the franchises with Charles Bishop Weyland was a nice touch. I think they tried to do their own idea but really aped a lot from the comic series, and that fans would have been much happier if they had just created a film version of the comic series. I also think the film would have been more successful as a hard R film, instead of PG-13. Nevertheless, seeing two of my favorite movie monsters battle on screen was quite thrilling and I'll still pop in the DVD just to watch the battle scenes.

If you want more, I did a movie review of this flick at my site Sideshow Cinema, where I go into more depth about the film.

Check out one of the fight scenes here between the Celtic Predator and an Alien, which was one of the more memorable scenes in the film.

Check out what the other League members found to be their own jaw dropping announcements and subsequent highs and lows.

Branded in the 80s falls limp in the toy isle with the announcement of 25th anniversary G.I. Joe figures from Hasbro.

AEIOU and Sometimes Why gets to watch with many other hard core Star Wars fans a Return of the Jedi deleted scene pulled from Lucas' vault and showing publicly for the first time.

Tupa's Treasures getting to see the first three Star Wars films in the theater thanks to special editions that were re-released.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Thrift Store: Storm Shadow, Barbie and Hip-Hop

Many years ago there was a blog, that is now abandoned, called "Thrift Store Adventures" and this guy would go out and browse thrift stores and take pictures of the cool, weird and just strange things he found. I really enjoyed looking at the pictures and got a new appreciation for those kinds of stores. Eventually my wife and I started going to some to hunt for cool items. I once saw two Stridor robo-horse He-Man vehicles and thought "wow this stuff must be here all the time".
Sadly, I was wrong and finding gems is far and few between, but very fun when you do. So when we are out we take pictures of the things we find and occasionally buy. I'll post pictures here of the stuff that turned out well photo wise or was just worth sharing on the blog. If you want to see more picts that don't make it to the blog you can follow me on Instagram @ FijiMermaid and my wife @DiscoHulk. Enjoy!

Friday, February 24, 2012

League of Extraordinary Bloggers
Where Are They Now?

This weeks League topic from Cool & Collected is as follows.

"The 80′s and 90′s were filled with kids and teens in the movies. Which movie would you like to see a sequel made in 2012 with the original cast members, who have aged the same as you and me."

I thought about this and in many cases they've done sequels for movies I love, and those sequels have not been good generally. There are some classics to me however, Aliens, Terminator 2 and Clerks 2. Nine times out of ten, sequels to great movies are a bad idea, so I thought, why not see a sequel to a movie that was disturbing from the start? One that wasn't necessarily a classic, but one that captured my imagination and sickened me at the same time. I propose a sequel to Larry Clarke/Harmony Korine's disturbing cult classic KIDS.

This is a movie I first saw back in 1995 in high school and I must say then I found aspects of it disturbing and bizarre to say the least, but being close to the age of these people I mentally let some stuff slide. However, as the years go by and I re-watch it, it becomes more and more disturbing as the characters and their ages are frozen in time and I have aged. This is one whacked out flick.

I think I would like to see just how absolutely disturbing these people's lives have become. They'd have to up the freakishness by 250% to really top the original flick and get me in the front row seat, but if they succeeded in that I'd watch it. The original is like a train wreck or a car crash you spot while driving down the road. It's awful, but you can't look away.

What do the other League members think? Look no further...

That Figures ponders the possibilities of Indiana Jones in 30 yrs... wait what?!?!

AEIOU wants to see a grown up Sarah battle Jereth in the Labyrinth 2: Electric Boogaloo.

Cool and Collected wants to see the Dinner Club with John Bender a ticking time bomb!

Michael May's Adventure Blog wants to see the ageless Tom Cruise, Mira Sara and Tim Curry create another Legend.

Double Dumbass On You would like to see Monster Squad 2: Monster harder and a presumably washed up bunch of monsters hunters.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

League of Extraordinary Bloggers
Unlimited Space & Budget

This weeks League of Extraordinary Bloggers theme, idea this week is one that really can give you some hard core thinking to do. Hell I've known what the topic was for 6 days and I finally arrived at an answer to this question...

"You have an unlimited budget and space is not a problem. What piece of Hollywood memorabilia would you want hanging around in your batcave?"

After much thought I settled on one thing... an original screen used DeLorean from any of the "Back to the Future" trilogy of films. I love cars with character from movies and to be able to have a street legal version of any of those cars from film and television would be cool, but the DeLorean would be the crown jewel to me.

It has a distinct head turner kind of look that I would certainly enjoy and a spectacular design that I really like. Sadly it's only a pipe dream... and the closest I can get to it is this.

Check out some other bloggers dream memorabilia:

If I had the money, I would go ape!

Tron lightcycle.

A contract signing over all intellectual property rights to the Universal Monsters.

A full-size replica of an AT-ST Scout walker as seen in the Star Wars films.

Full size One Eyed Willie's Pirate ship from "Goonies"… and of course the cave in which to house it.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The League of Extraordinary Bloggers
Saturday Matinee

Here is my first foray into the "League of Extraordinary Bloggers" headed up by the "Cool and Collected" blog, which I highly suggest you check out. Each week they will propose a blogging idea in the realm of pop culture, movies, toys, music, what have you. Here is this weeks topic. (I may refine how I post this with less explanatory stuff, but as this is the first of this kind I felt it necessary.)

"What movie is, or was, your “go to” Saturday matinee — the comfort movie you always popped into the VCR on a rainy Saturday afternoon, the movie you watched over and over again, driving your parents crazy while you recited the lines along with the characters on the screen?"

I would say that if there was one flick I've seen a million times and can pretty much watch anytime of the day now and then it's the original "Fright Night" from 1985. My dad originally rented it for a sleepover birthday party when I was 9 or 10 yrs old. The first time I saw it, it captured my imagination. It has a very re-watchable story, fantastic performances for the various roles the film calls for, great practical effects and a superb score by Brad Fiedel. It, basically, is to me a perfect movie. I'm a huge fan of the 80s era of films, that those who know me through Twitter and readers of this blog know, given my soundtrack selections. I must say one of the more memorable moments of the film is when Jerry Dandrige claims a female escort victim as seen through the eyes of his high school student neighbor, Charley Brewster. Charley sees Jerry disrobe the young woman and there were howls of excitement from my young friends. Real live breasts on screen! All guests' eyes were fixed to the screen, with the exception of my mother who was busy asking my dad "WHAT did you rent for the boys?!?!" Good times... good times.

I've written a full length review of the film on my companion site to this blog Sideshow Cinema that you can check out. (Ahh the pimp in me lives to promote my wares!)

Check out some other bloggers Saturday Matinee Favorites:
"Thundarr was my gateway drug, but then along came Dar and I was hopelessly hooked on the barbarian barbituate."

"I didn’t have a lot of VHS tapes growing up but the two I watched quite often were 'Star Wars' and 'The Goonies'. Actually, every summer I would watch 'The Goonies' on the last night before school would start or as close to it as I could get."

"Without a doubt the biggest cornerstone movie of my childhood would have to be Raiders of the Lost Ark."

"While you might expect me to take this question and set off on another Karate Kid or Ferris Bueller tangent, my go-to movie wasn't either of those... but 1985's "Poison Ivy".

Geek Chunks:
Since I didn’t really have any friends to actually go outside and play with it was all movies, movies, movies for me and Saturday was no exception. It was hard to pick just one movie so I picked the one that popped into my head first. Weird Science!

"It was something I watched countless times on HBO, and was one of four films (including Rad, The Monster Squad and Transformers the Movie) that I religiously rented from video stores every weekend.  Most importantly, it's a film that I never tire of and one that I've never discussed on Branded before. That film is Red Dawn."

Now I know, you're all out there expecting me to pull some monster movie out of my hat since that is what this blog is primarily about (my love of monsters, not hats or magic tricks involving hats) and I hate to disappoint you all. I mean I could say it's Destroy All Monsters, House of Frankenstein or Phantom of the Paradise...but it isn't.
It's Yellow Submarine.

Pendragon's Post:
"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was the first Indy flick I saw. Being an only child, I got to go to the movies with my parents fairly often, and even the PG-13 rating didn’t keep me from meeting what would become my crush and my hero."

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Blog's New Direction?

Hello all, I've been away for a bit and was preparing to come back to soundtrack blogging again. Due to some personal changes in my life, a new movie review site of mine, free time, and the crack down on the Megaupload file sharing site things have changed in how I want to move forward with the blog. Fellow friend and soundtrack blogger Long Island Ripper at the great "Inferno Music Crypt" has decided to lay low and stop posting soundtracks for the time being as are others in the OOP soundtrack community. Now the thing that I do want to make clear here is that he and I along with a section of soundtrack bloggers focused on the OOP (out-of-print) or never released soundtracks and songs that we had to hunt down and share amongst ourselves. I never would post anything that was commercially available through regular channels, as I want those artists and labels to get what they deserver for their hard work.

However, the powers that be I don't think will look at things in such a grey way, it will most likely be more black and white and I don't want to bring any trouble upon myself. So I'm not going to post any soundtracks for a bit and just hang back regarding those types of posts. I'm thinking perhaps still talk soundtracks, but also just expand the blog into a more jack of all trades when it comes to movies and music, toys, and such, but more in a discussion format and not making songs available this time. I can then branch out into other topics and make a bridge of sorts to my recently launched movie review site

I'm sure there will be many of you that will be sad to hear this news, but I do hope you stick around and see how it goes, and if it doesn't work for you oh well. Perhaps this is just the natural progression of things from my blog to the main site, which was my intention all along, but the blog did grow into something that connected with a lot of film buffs and music lovers.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sideshow Cinema Movie Reviews Website is LIVE

Hello all faithful readers and internet ghouls looking to satisfy your out-of-print soundtrack desires I have some news for you all. Today I launched my movie review website for movies my wife and I enjoy and in some cases are so bad they're bad that they demand a review. If it wasn't obvious by now I'm way into movies and so a site where I can review those movies I love was something I've wanted to do for some time. So far we have a decent number of reviews up, but will continue to add more content as time goes on. I will also use the blog to make updates to new/choice reviews.

SIDESHOW CINEMA: Movie Review Website

Originally this blog was started with the intent of being a precursor to a movie review site and 5 yrs later that precursor has become it's own little monster all grown up and feeding soundtrack fiends. Now I have more than the original seven visitors I was seeing back in the day. I hope that you can check out the site. If you like what you see, I would be super grateful to see you include a link to it on your blogs and websites, or just a bookmark in your browser.

If by chance you have linked to this blog and want to link to the review site you could say "Sideshow Cinema: Soundtrack Blog" and "Sideshow Cinema" to differentiate the links. Thanks!!