Friday, April 29, 2016

The Legacy Begins...

Retro Puppet Master
1999 | Color | 1hr 20min | Horror | PG-13 | Full Moon Features


Director: 
David DeCoteau (as Joseph Tennent)

Writers: 
Neal Marshall Stevens

Stars: 
Greg Sestero
Brigitta Dau
Stephen Blackehart

It's 1892 and Sutekh is hopping mad. It seems a 3,000-year-old Egyptian sorcerer has stolen one of the God's secrets of life - that of instilling the souls of the dying into inanimate things. Sutekh raises three mummified former high priests, led by the villainous "First Servant", and charges them with recovering both the Sorceror and his secret. There is no lack of victims for the 3 highfaluting, stylish villains as they pursue their prey to 19th century Paris, and the very young puppeteer, Andre Toulon. Toulon runs a puppet theater in the heart of Paris and meets the sorcerer (the mysterious Afzal) when he is found by the lovely Swiss Ambassador's daughter Ilsa, after being nearly killed. It is there and then that we find the seed of things to come, and the origin of the Puppetmaster series of tales.

DisOrDat: You Don't Know Jack

Back in 1995, this was one of the first games my wife and I bought for our new computer. We would play for hours on end!

You Don't Know Jack is a series of computer games developed by known as Jellyvision Games and Berkeley Systems, as well as the title of the first game in the series. YDKJ, framed as a game show "where high culture and pop culture collide", combines trivia with comedy. While primarily a PC and Mac-based franchise with over two dozen releases and compilations for those platforms, there have been a few entries released for consoles.


Such ridiculous questions and yet so very addicting! You don't know Jack was a fun game to play with friends and the whole family. 


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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Evil Bong High-5!

Evil Bong High-5
2016 | Color | 1hr 10min |Comedy, Horror | R | Full Moon Features

Director:
Charles Band

Writer:
Kent Roudebush

Stars:
Mindy Robinson
Robin Sydney
John Patrick Jordan
Amy Paffrath
Sonny Carl Davis

EeBee the Evil Bong is back. And she's stoner - er - stronger than ever. With Larnell, Sarah Leigh, Rabbit, Velicity and a lobotomized Gingerdead Man trapped in The Bong World for good, she once more sets about her plan for world domination.




There back! Evil Bong is still one of my favorite series by Full Moon and it looks like we will get a part 6 next April. This time around the gang is stuck in the bong world that has the look and feel of the last movie. After Eebee hatches her plan to send the guys back to the real world selling her fine weed the movie kicks itself off. Now I really liked them shooting 90% of part 4 in a bowling alley if felt right so going back to a head shop exterior for the movie kind of scared me. Good news it works just fine with a fast enough paced story cut in with the bong world gives it a nice look. 

Warrior Princess


After Evil Dead, Sam Rami could do no wrong in my book. Case in point Xena Warrior Princess and her hot sidekick Gabrielle. I did not like Hercules but would stay up late to watch this one. I honestly did not discover this show until I read about Bruce Campbell doing a guest appearance and Ted Rami being a character.

On July 20, 2015, it was reported that NBC is developing a Xena reboot series, with Raimi and Tapert returning as executive producers, with the show's debut sometime in 2016. Insiders are also requesting that Lawless also return to the series as Xena, as well as take up a role in the show's production. A day later, Lawless tweeted that the reboot is a rumor. On August 13, 2015, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed the reboot is in development. It was announced from Entertainment Weekly thatJavier Grillo-Marxuach will serve as writer and producer for the reboot.

In a post on Tumblr Grillo-Marxuach made the statement that they will be "fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s," which several websites such as the guardian and Newsweek have taken it to mean "Xena will be an out and proud lesbian." These articles have resulted in frustration from fans regarding the apparent erasure of Xena's bisexuality, but Grillo-Marxuach has answered "it feels like - from a few sentences - everyone has already made up their mind about what it is i am doing. i would prefer people be surprised by the story."

I guess only time will tell if we get a new version.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Walkman! How you changed life!


Wait I can now bring my brand new cassette tape with me where ever I go?? Mind blown! Ok, so the walkman came around in 1979 and by 1980 I was shoveling snow and cutting grass at a fever pitch just to buy one of these! And I did by the end of the summer I could cut the grass while jamming to Michael Jackson's "Thiller" or Lionel Richie's "Can't Slow Down"! And of course, who did not make mixtapes just to carry your favorite new tunes with you. I mean come on Sunday was reserved for taping the Weekly Top 40 to enjoy over and over again! In fact, I was so good I taped MTV on to cassette. Music was life and now I could take it everywhere.

And this one time at band camp....

So I went on two very long road trip band tours one to Canada and the other to Walt Disney World. One of the best parts of the trip was sharing music with everybody around you. We all had stacks of batteries and those brown Cassette carrying cases full of tunes just to get us down the road. Sad really that kid's today can watch tv everywhere they go! But I'm jealous of the fact that they can carry 1,000's of song on a little iPhone!


I bet that I went through one walkman a year and I know that I bought the auto-reverse version for taking to camp and those band trips. I also miss those god awful foam-covered headphones and who had the model with auto skip mode, you know the mode that let you skip to the next song. Sure I upgraded later in life to a CD version but life would not have been the same without the walkman!

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A to Z Challenge

Oh man did I fall behind fast! Thanks to everyone that post kind words about finishing the Challenge. My youngest has her first communion this week so our weekends have been pretty full. Sorry about that so this post it going to be short and to the point to catch me up.

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Not many books have changed my life like Shadowrun has. The Shadowrun world is cross-genre, incorporating elements of both cyberpunk and urban fantasy. Unlike in a pure cyberpunk game, in the Shadowrun world, magic exists and has "worked" since 2011. Among other things, this split humankind into subtypes, also known as meta types/metahumans. Some of these meta types take the form of common fantasy races. Likewise, some animals have turned into familiar monsters of past fantasy and lore and both monsters and human magicians have regained magical powers. By the second half of the 21st century, in the time the game is set, these events are accepted as commonplace. Man, machine and magic exist in a world where the amazing is among the most common and technology has entered into every facet of human (and metahuman) life. I started this in 1989 and still love to read them today. I'm not sure about anything new but I'm always looking for the books that I missed.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

RC Cola and Grandma.


Mmmm RC Cola was the soft drink I turned to growing up and here is why. It was what my grandmother had in the house or at the studio all the time. It was that sweet treat after cutting her grass in the summer. Nothing tasted better than an ice cold bottle of cola!

RC is still a pretty big deal in the Chicago land area and found in many pizza joints everywhere. You can still get a fountain drink here in town at a local taco joint.

Just seeing the logo brings back fond memories and not just the drink but of grandma.

Sure my wife and kids do not like it but I have no problem giving it a go still to this day.

Have you ever tried RC Cola? Let me know in the comments below. Also, stop by the A to Z Challenge page and check out the other bloggers today.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Questron!

Going back to the Commodore 64 one more time. Ever since I started planning the A to Z challenge I wanted to write about a game that the name eluded me for years. Thanks to researching I finally came up with its title "Questron"!

Dungeons and Dragons was all the rage in the early 80's so when Role Playing Games started coming out they consumed my life. When I was looking for it all I could remember that made this game different was the option to "Loot" or Run from enemies just like the dice game that was based on chance.

Another aspect of the game is that various monsters and foes are immune or more vulnerable to different weapons. The player would occasionally have to switch weapons depending on which enemy they faced in order to defeat them. Magic spells can also be cast, but only in the dungeon levels.

The game also had various casinos about the towns allow the player to gamble for gold pieces in games of blackjack, roulette, and double or nothing.


Even with its simple graphics and story line that was very deep for a game in 1984. Questron 2 game out four years later but really it was just a better looking game. I still prefer the original. But now that I found the title of this game I'm going to dig around for it just to play one more time. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The RAUNCHIEST Movie about growing up ever made!


 Will I never forget about  the shower scene in Porky's?  Probably not because I was so jealous of the other brothers to my friends and hearing all about this cool movie I just could not wait to see it. When it finally hit VHS my buddy and I walked to the video store mind you at the age of 12 and rented it. That night all I could think about is this how cool high school is going to be?? Sadly that was not true but this is a fun piece of movie history. And the late great Christmas Story director was responsible for this one. Thanks, Bob Clark!

1954. The sexual hijinks of a group of mid-teen male students of Angel Beach High School in Florida are presented. Their main goal is to lose their collective virginity. In the process, they embark on games of sexual innuendo with their female classmates, as witnessed by the activities of Billy, Tommy, and Pee Wee in their secret surveillance. Pee Wee is the most desperate, that desperation which gets him into one predicament after another, especially as he is the butt of many a prank. A side issue for Tim, basically a good guy, is dealing with his learned racism, which comes to the surface with the arrival to their school of a new student, Jewish Brian Schwartz. The sexual pursuits at the school are not limited to the student body as new boys Phys Ed coach, Roy Brackett, has a mutual attraction with cheer-leading coach, Miss Lynn Honeywell, who doesn't want to go all the way; Coach Brackett's goal is to find out why Coach Warren has nicknamed Miss Honeywell "Lassie". All these goings-on...

Fun fact about A Christmas Story the studio did not want to make that movie but allowed it just so Clark would do the sequel Porky's 2 The Next Day. In 1982, Porky's was the top movie in the USA for eight weeks and was second only to the sixteen weeks that Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial held the No. #1 box-office spot.

Man, I loved growing up in the 80's!

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Monday, April 18, 2016

It's an almighty laugh!

If you want to look back at movies from  the 70's and 80's you think of Jaws, Star Wars, and The Incredible Shrinking Women. But there was one movie that briefly ended Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope ( 15-week reign at the #1 spot at the box office in October of 1977, before Star Wars returned to the top spot the following week.

That was Oh, God! starring George Burns. As kids, we watched this movie all the time. I really believed that this was what god looked like no really I did! Come on to a seven-year-old catholic boy this god rocked! And hell he smoked to because that was still cool still. Heck, when we saw this a the theater people could still smoke inside.
 Anyway...

The crazy story goes like this: Jerry Landers (John Denver), a supermarket assistant manager, and a good yet non-religious person, suddenly finds a note in the mail one day that grants him an "interview" with God. Thinking it to be a hoax he tosses it away, but when it keeps reappearing he finally gives in. Skeptical at first, he ends up carrying His personal message - that the world can work with what God's given us.

I was lucky enough to pick this up on DVD not too long ago and plan to revisit the movie soon just to see if it holds up to this day. So have you seen this movie or any of the two sequels? Let me know below and please check out the other bloggers during the #AtoZChallenge