Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday's Overlooked Film: Tales of Terror


Before I get to this week's Tuesday's Overlooked Film, I need to make an announcement--the Countdown to Halloween lives! For the sixth year in a row, I will be taking part in the multi-blog event that allows Halloween fans to raise our freak flag proudly in a month-long countdown to All Hallow's Eve. There were over 200 participating blogs last year, and I'm sure we will meet or exceed that number this year. To learn more about this event--or to get your own blog involved in the fun--click on the badge at the right adorned with the visage of the Creature From the Black Lagoon. Thanks to event curators John Rozum, Shawn Robare, and Jon K for allowing me and my fellow Halloween bloggers the opportunity to share our stuff with a great audience. The fun begins Wednesday, October 1st!

As a warm-up to the Countdown, here is a sample of what you can expect from me. This week's Tuesday's Overlooked Film is the 1962 horror film Tales of Terror!

Directed by Roger Corman and adapted for the screen by Richard Matheson, Terror stars Vincent Price in different roles in three stories loosely based on the work of Edgar Allen Poe. In the first tale, "Morella," Price meets his estranged daughter Lenora after many years as both face consequences due to the loss of the family matriarch in childbirth years before. In the second and most memorable part of the film, "The Black Cat," Price stars as a renowned wine taster in a battle with a drunken Peter Lorre over their love of both wine and Lorre's young wife. In the final tale, "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar,"  Price voluntarily surrenders himself to the control of an unscrupulous hypnotist (Basil Rathbone)--a decision both men come to regret.

This film is a step above the kind of b-movie fare that Corman is usually associated with. The production values, while certainly low budget, are higher than expected, and the performances of most of the cast are top-notch. "The Black Cat" is easily the most enjoyable of the stories, with a heavy dose of comedy to balance out the macabre aspects of the rest of the film. The wine tasting scene between Price and Lorre is alone worth the time spent viewing the film.

Despite the movie's title, Tales of Terror isn't exactly terrifying, but it's certainly creepy and entertaining, and is well worth your time. It's readily available on DVD and streaming services. The film's trailer is below. Thanks!


Friday, September 12, 2014

List O Links for Friday, September 12th, 2014

Hello everyone! Sorry for the radio silence this week, but being Back to School time as you know, I've been busy with both my kids starting their first full week (they started last Wednesday), plus my wife, a teacher, starting her first full week as well. And on top of all that, my kids returned to dance school this week as well. And Tuesday was my wife's birthday. I was busy, folks.

But enough about me, let's get to some links I've discovered lately!

Darwyne Cook is an awesome comic book artist. If you're not familiar with his work, check out these variant covers he's created for some upcoming DC Comics issues. Beautiful!

This week being the 13th anniversary of 9/11, here is a fine article on AOL on the subject.

This August and September marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first US tour. Here is some footage and audio of the boys from the tour's stop in my hometown, Philadelphia.

Astronomically, it's still summer for another 10 days or so, but in the minds of most people, it's already autumn. For many, it's their favorite time of year, and it's hard to argue against that. For you autumn lovers out there, I highly recommend the Tumblr site Cold Hands, Warm Hearts, featuring beautiful autumn photos of foliage, food, holidays, and other seasonal delights. Check it out!

Finally, is Raiders of the Lost Ark the most perfect film ever made? The Retroist reports, you decide!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 5, 2014

List O' Links for Friday, September 5th, 2014



For the first time in a long time, I'm posting a List O' Links to round out the week. I hope you find these links as entertaining as I do!

Sticking with the Back to School theme this week, the retro 70s site Plaid Stallions showcases a sampling of back to school attire from the polyester decade. As bad as 70s fashion often looks, I kind of wish people still dressed like this!

If you're a fan of animation like I am, you've no doubt heard of the legendary Don Bluth, the former Disney animator who broke out on his own. Learn more about his story here thanks to the Onion AV Club.

Now that it's September, General Mills is once again offering its Monster Cereals for the adoring public. This year, Frankenberry, Chocula, and Booberry get redesigns from top DC Comics artists Jim Lee, Terry and Rachel Dobson, and Dave Johnson. Take a look!

One of my favorite video games growing up in the 80s was the Activision classic Kaboom! Thanks to modern technology, I can play it again online (even though I have two Atari 2600s at home). You can play too!

Finally, this link is almost a good year old, but still worth checking out: amazing Jaws-themed alternative art. As is the shark movie Jaws. Not artwork about human jaws. Because unless you're a dentist, that would be boring. And even if you are a dentist, that might be boring.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Go Back to School---The Peanuts Way!


I love the comic strip Peanuts. You know it, I know it, your grandma knows it, and if you don't know it, you know it now. You also know I'm doing a Back to School theme this week, so without further comment, here are several fun Back to School-related Peanuts images I've amassed over time. 

No one knows the stress and anxiety school can generate for kids better than Good Ol' Charlie Brown and the gang, so who better to share our grief with? Enjoy!










Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back to School Hip Hop


Yo yo yo, whassup? Continuing Back to School Week, I offer a streetwise celebration today. I have two clips that embrace Back to School time with a hip hop flare. Let's get widit!

First, this commercial from Kmart sells the store's back to school wares hip hop style, courtesy of two musical cafeteria ladies. My school lunches were never this fly!



And here, a real life family prepares for the new school year to the tune of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back," renamed "Baby Got Class." They do a great job!



Today was my kids' first day of school. Have a great year guys! I love you!

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