cat fangirlI know things aren’t easy out there right now. A lot of people are scared and frustrated and dwelling in the fear and frustration.

It seems like a dark cloud looms, I’m seeing my pessimistic friends be even more so, and a lot of complaining is going around. That doesn’t change things, actions and attitudes change things. We have to speak up, show we’re serious. I don’t want to think that violence will be the next step. I’m not someone who wants violence. I don’t want to see people I love get hurt. I don’t want to see any person get hurt!

I am a generally happy person, I love sharing a smile and seeing others be happy. It feels like it’s going to be harder to smile, to be happy. But that’s why we, I, have to try even harder.

We all should be able to have good and happy lives!

It’s time for Happiness, to do what you love, to share what you love and put out what you want to see. It’s not easy and again just saying and typing this seems naive. But, I’m not going to be silent about what’s going on, and I feel we have to show it with our passions, put our passion into the fight.

Be good to others, help people who are hurt, and remind others we can get through it together, working together, sharing together and standing up together.

No Retreat, No Surrender! Be happy! Be good! Be Excellent! Together we can move forward and not take steps back.

on-the-road-to-conComikazie, now known as Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, was just last weekend. Yup, one week ago! Zooom!

I hadn’t been able to attend last year, but this year I had a free Sunday and my niece Celia was able to come along too with me and my dad! As a trio, we three eagerly made our way through traffic, to the Los Angeles Convention center! Yup! VROOM VROOM down the 110 freeway! (Yeah it was not VROOM VROOM, but slow slow!)

We got inside just about 11AM and began our big adventure to walk up and down all the aisles, browsing all there was to see and buying things that said “buy me!” The floor was pretty busy for a Sunday! Lots of people all happy and having fun! It was packed but never overwhelming to get through the crowd.

WE MADE IT!!

WE MADE IT!!

 

WHICH WAY SHOULD WE GO????

                  WHICH WAY SHOULD WE GO????

 

BADGES, WE HAVE BADGES! (oldie but goodie!)

BADGES, WE HAVE BADGES! (oldie but goodie!)

One of my favorite things about conventions is the cosplay! There’s lots of cosplay too at this convention! I loved it! I’m like “OOOH! LOOK AT THAT!” I am giddy seeing the detail people put into their outfits!! I do ask cosplayers if I may take their pictures first and remember it’s the polite thing to do! (Manners, people!)

One of the first and best cosplay we saw was a couple dressed as Hawkgirl and Hawkman! Their wings were fully retractable and flapped! It was amazing!

Their Wings Move!!

             Their Wings Move!!

 

STRANGER THINGS was super popular too!!

Blurry But Still AMAZING! Winona Forever!

Blurry But Still AMAZING! Winona Forever!

WHAT IS COMING OUT OF HER CHEST?

WHAT IS COMING OUT OF HER CHEST?

And now just a one more favorite!

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SAMURAI JACK!!!! JACK IS BACK!

Besides the cosplay there’s so much to see, so many talented artists sharing their work! Toys that I dream of having, Comic Books I need for my collection. Buttons, Pins, bows, wallets, handmade goods! I just LOVE going to conventions! Yup!

PLUSH! SUPER PLUSH!

PLUSH! SUPER PLUSH!

THE LOVE BUG!

THE LOVE BUG! HERBIE!!!

SUPERNATURAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SUPERNATURAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UH OH!!!!!!!!!!!

UH OH!!!!!!!!!!!

My dad had our comic book need list, though a much more condensed version than what we usually venture out with, so near the end when we found the 50 cent comic book bins we didn’t go as crazy as we could have! Celia was awesome and helped me dig through the boxes! We filled in some good comic book gaps!

WALL-E!

WALL-E!

BB-8

BB-8

SUPERNATURAL boys!

SUPERNATURAL boys!

We walked and walked all morning and into the afternoon! Celia got some cool stuff, and a few gifts for her siblings! I scored a new bow, my dad and I got comic books! It was a success!

BYE CON!

BYE CON!

TILL NEXT YEAR!! YUP!

TILL NEXT YEAR!! YUP!

CONVENTION GOODIES!!!!!

CONVENTION GOODIES!!!!!

Yup, I had fun at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, whew, that’s a lot to say! (type!) Celia had fun and so did my dad! We delighted in our nerdom and are looking forward to doing so again real soon! It’s nice to share my geeky ways with my family! You got to pass on the things you love and that’s what going to Conventions is about! Wearing your fandom on your sleeve! YUP!

So, I didn’t watch a horror movie a day during October..but I did watch SOME movies! That’s just life, being life and movies getting watched when I can watch them! Yup!

NEW MOVIES: 

  • THE  KINDRED (1987) | 10/4/16 | VHS 
  • RETURN OF DRACULA (1958) | 10/5/16 | YouTube
  • ZOOTOPIA (2016) | 10/6/16 | Netflix 
  • ISLAND OF TERROR (1966) | 10/8/16 | Svengoolie 
  • DEAR HEART (1964) | 10/8/16 | TCM 
A Love Story! Let's All Go To A Postmasters Convention!

Let’s All Go To A Postmasters Convention!

  • THE FROZEN GHOST (1945) | 10/14/16 | Svengoolie 
  • BELOW THE SEA (1933) | 10/14/16 | TCM / DV-R 
  • MASTERMINDS (1949) | 10/15/16 | TCM 
Eat Candy! See The Future! Beware of Mad Scientists!

Eat Candy! Get a Toothache! See The Future! Beware of Mad Scientists!

  • HILLBILLYS IN A HAUNTED HOUSE (1967) | 10/15/16 | TCM / DV-R 
  • THE BOOGIE MAN WILL GET YOU (1942) | 10/21/15 | YouTube
Peter Lorre carries a CAT in his coat pocket!!!!

Peter Lorre carries a CAT in his coat pocket!!!!

  • RETURN OF THE CREATURE (1955) | 10/23/16 | Svengoolie 
  • JACK REACHER NEVER GO BACK (2016) | 10/25/16 | Alhambra Edwards
JACK IS BACK! Yup!

JACK IS BACK! Yup!

  • MACABRE (1958) | 10/27/16 | TCM / DV-R 
  • LONDON HAS FALLEN (2016) | 11/1/16 | Netflix 
  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE ZOMBIES | 11/2/16 | Starz 

RE-SEE MOVIES: 

  • HEAVY METAL (1981) | 10/2/16 | DVD
  • LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960) | 10/14/16 | TCM
Little Shop! No Music! Just a hungry plant!

Little Shop! No Music! Just a hungry plant! FEED ME!

  • MURDER BY CONTRACT (1958) | 10/24/16 | YouTube
  • THE ‘BURBS (1989) | 10/26/16 | Netflix

I am now at 128 new movies and 55 re-see movies. Slow and steady, but ever watching!

My highlight of the month was just finding DEAR HEART on TCM and watching it! It had been a while since I caught a movie at it’s start to watch to the end.

DEAR HEART; Geraldine Page, a postmaster at a Postmasters’ convention, in a big city. She wants to feel special and have a good time! She’s longing for love, but won’t just settle for a convention affair. Glenn Ford, he’s a traveling salesman, ready to settle down, but has he “settled” for the woman with a kid because it’s the thing to do? These two meet and there’s some kismet, but is it meant to be? Ahhh, LOVE! Movie love!

TRIVIA: Geraldine Page is Madame Medusa in THE RESCUERS!!!! WOOT!

MASTER MINDS was another movie I found on TCM, it features the Bowery Boys. One of them boys has an incredible sweet tooth, he eats so much candy, he gets a toothache and it gives him the power to see the future! Becoming a sideshow act the boys think they’ve scored the big time! But of course there’s an evil scientist, Alan Napier, on the loose who needs a brain for his STRONG, HAIRY MONSTER MAN ARMY. A mix up, fortune telling and lots of sugar made this a sweet, cute flick.

My guy Dave found me THE BOOGIE MAN WILL GET YOU on YouTube. It was a real delight. Boris Karloff has an old home that houses his experiments. He’s trying to creature a super army race too, but seems to be killing the traveling salesman that come to his door, though it is all in the name of science!! A young woman offers to buy the house to turn it into a hotel and as she tries to fix it up, a mix of characters stop by, including her ex-husband. Are people really dying? Who’s the killer? Is it the boogie man? Peter Lorre is the town’s doctor, sheriff, tax collector and he carries a cat in his pocket. It’s completely silly, and it made me laugh!

Then last but not least, I’m just going to stick with highlighting the oldies, I re-watched the 1960 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS!  Thanks again TCM for this one! I watched it with my niece and it’s very nice that I can get them to watch old Black & White flicks! I just love Roger Corman movies! My nieces dug it too, though Effie didn’t like the ending.

Alas, only a handful of movies viewed in October, but some fun discoveries for sure! I’ll get around to more of the new releases sooner or later! Yup! HAPPY MOVIE watching one and all! May November be filled with more movies! Yup!

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Could you use a break? Do you need a drink to go with that break? Well, you’re in luck! I’ve got some beverages to wet your whistle.

Now go grab your chilled glasses, a shaker, buckets of ice and be ready to go and have a drink with me and the movies!

million dollarMILLION DOLLAR PURSUIT (1951) – Who doesn’t want an easy score? That one big break?! Well, if you’re a guy full of potential, but everyone thinks you’re just some small-time crook not amounting to much you can show ’em what’s what. That’s just how things are for Monte. He’s got plans! “One of these days…pull something really big!” Just wait, he’ll show you just what he means! Yup.

Monte gets his hands on a fancy key from an apartment store cashier safe! And like a guy of his nature he can’t help but do some bragging about the potential for a big score! Monte’s drink choice was a Scotch and Soda, with a twist, but heavy on the scotch.

Scotch & Soda, with a twist

You’ll need 1.5 oz of Scotch Whisky and 6 oz of Club Soda. Take a glass filled with ice, add the Scotch Whisky first and top it off with the Club Soda. Garnish the glass with a lemon twist.

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THE SECRET OF THE INCAS (1954) – Are you ready for an adventure? Are you interested in archeology and old artifacts? Want to see a strong, suave hombre in action? Well take a little trip to Peru with this this movie and see Charlton Heston in his leather jacket and hat as he sweet talks his way into a geological dig for some Incan Gold! This movie absolutely inspired Indiana Jones, just watch and see what I mean!

But, let me tell you, Mr. Heston is a real rough around the edges kinda man, and I didn’t like him all that much. I know I was supposed to though, because he is playing a man’s man! Bah!…Heston is just a selfish scammer and he sort of treats a lady to a Whisky Sour.

Whisky Sour

This fine libation is made with whisky, lemon juice, sugar, and a dash of egg white (egg white is optional, depending on who makes it.) Take 2 oz of whisky, 2/3 oz of lemon juice, a teaspoon of superfine sugar and pour it into a shaker along with some ice. Give it a good shake and then strain the drink into a glass filled with ice.


drinkCLUE
(1985) – The movie based on a board game. Re-watched this one a while back with some pals and we all laughed at the fun. No matter how many times I’ve seen this movie I still find myself giggling at the same jokes.

How can you not love this little murder mystery movie with the pale and tragic Mrs. White, Klutzy Mr. Green, Sexy Miss Scarlet, and the Butler Wadsworth? Well the alcoholic beverage of choice in CLUE was Cognac.

Cognac: Distilled Brandy from Cognac, France. Pour the old aged Cognac into a glass and sip away!

 

deadly spellCAST OF DEADLY SPELL (1991) – It’s 1940’s Los Angeles. The streets at night are wet and shiny. Every classy dame is dressed in a gown and you can light your cigarettes without matches because you’ve got magic hands! This detective film is filled with gore and stars Fred Ward as a detective who doesn’t delve into the Supernatural. He believes in real work and making an honest living. There’s two drinks from this flick! Clink, Clink!

Burbon & Water

Grab an old-fashioned glass. Add 2 oz of bourbon whiskey and 4 oz of water and stir. Tah-da! Bourbon and Water, whicn you can garnish with a twist of lemon peel to be fancy!

Scotch Sour (Back once again! Them classy folks love this libation.)

You need blended scotch whisky and lemon juice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then pour in 1 and 1/2 oz of blended scotch whisky and 3/4 oz of lemon juice. Shake it up well. Strain it all into an old fashioned glass filled with ice.

I would recommend checking out CAST A DEADLY SPELL if you’re looking for a horror movie this Halloween season! The gore will satisfy! So have a drink, relax and be safe with each sippy sip! Yup!

MOVIE TALLY! I am a slacker! But what else is new? Let’s share movies!!! I love movies! Yup!

As I continue to watch movies (slow and slow and steady) my total is 163 movies, with 113 new movies and 51 re-sees! Here’s my list from mid July to now!

NEW MOVIES: 

  • MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (2016) | 7/12/16 | DVD 
  • CULT OF THE COBRA (1955) | 7/16/16 | Svengoolie 
  • CELL (2016) | 7/17/16 | Cable Rental 
  • GHOSTBUSTERS (2016) | 7/19/16 | Edwards Alhambra 
  • THE KILLING JOKE (2016) | 7/22/16 | Comic-Con Ballroom 20 
  • STAR TREK: BEYOND (2016) | 7/26/16 | NOHO 7
  • TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016) | 7/28/16 | CGV 
Take the train! Zombies, Train, OH MY!

Take the train and Run! Beware of Zombies! ZOMBIES!

  • SATAN MET A LADY (1936) | 8/4/16 | DVD 
  • THE MALTESE FALCON (1931) | 8/4/16 | DVD 
  • THUNDERBOLT (1929) | 8/4/16 | TCM 
  • ALL FALL DOWN (1962) | 8/5/16 | TCM 
  • CURUCU, BEAST OF THE AMAZON (1956) | 8/7/16 | Svengoolie
  • JASON BOURNE (2016) | 8/9/16 | Alhambra Edwards
  • MI-5 (2015) | 8/10/16 | HBO GO 
  • THUNDER & LIGHTNING (1977) | 8/14/16 | YouTube
Moonshine, Gator Preachers, Highjinks!

Moonshine, Gator Preachers, Carradine, Cars! Vroom!

  • EYE OF THE STRANGER (1981) | 8/14/15 | YouTube
  • ONE BY ONE aka MAJORETTES (1987) | 8/15/16 | YouTube 
  • SUICIDE SQUAD (2016) | 8/23/16 | Alhambra Edwards
  • REALITY (2015) | 8/25/16 | DVD
  • RANCHO DELUXE (1974) | 8/25/16 | DVD
  • LURED (1947) | 8/26/16 | TCM DV-R | Rating: 5
  • MIKE YOKOHAMA: THE FOREST WITH NO NAME (2002) | 8/30/16 | DVD
Mike is a detective and he's pretty dang cool!

Mike is a detective and he’s pretty dang cool!

  • VIRTUAL ASSASSINS aka CYBERJACK (1995) | 9/1/16 | STARZ App
  • JANE GOT A GUN (2016) | 9/2/16 | Netflix
  • THE FOREST (2016) | 9/6/16 | HBO Go
  • MAN FROM RIO (1964) | 9/11/16 | Reel Grit 
  • MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016) | 9/22/16 | Edwards Alhambra 
Magnificent Seven gang! Take the Ride! Western Fun!

Magnificent Seven gang! Take the Ride! Western Fun!

  • GHOST TEAM (2016) | 9/29/16 | Stream 
Ghost Team! Justin Long is my hero! Ghost Beware!

Ghost Team! Justin Long is my hero! Ghost Beware!

  • MAN MADE MONSTER (1941) | 10/1/16 | Svengoolie 
  • THE FALLING (2014) | 10/1/16 | Netflix 

RE-SEE MOVIES: 

  • GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) | 7/27/16 | Cable Rental
  • WILLOW (1988) | 7/31/16 | DVD
Willow, Madmartigan! High Adventure!

Willow, Madmartigan! High Adventure!

  • NIGHT MONSTER (1942) | 8/14/16 | Svengoolie
  • DELIRIOUS (1991) | 8/14/16 | YouTube
  • LUCY (2014) | 8/16/16 | Cable
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014) | 8/21/16 | DVR
  • NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986) | 8/22/16 | DVD
  • HACKERS (1993) | 8/30/16 | Cable
  • FINAL DESTINATION 3 (2006) | 9/2/16 | Netflix
  • THE PHANTOM (1996) | 9/4/16 | Netflix
SLAM EVIL! The Phantom SLAMS EVIL!

SLAM EVIL! The Phantom SLAMS EVIL!

 

Yup, my guy Dave got me to watch HACKERS, yet again, I don’t know how he does that!!! Oh, AND Dave and I did rent WILLOW on DVD just for my nieces! It was a hit!  And, I got see THE PHANTOM yet again this time with both of my nieces! They liked it, yup yup yup! Movie sharing fun that is what it is all about! Yup!

Now that October is here, I’m going to aim for a movie a day, just like some other movie watching folks out there! Wish me luck!!! Happy Movie Watching one and all! Yup!

COMIC-CON!!!!!!!!! COMIC-CON!!!!!!!!! COMIC-CON!!!!!!!!! Yup Yup Yup! I had a super duper time there! I already shared my Friday adventures and that was now almost 2 months ago! Geez, I’ve been distracted and I never wrapped up sharing my Saturday Comic-Con going adventures!

So as I am fond of saying, better late than never!!  Yup! Yup! Yup! (Be prepared to lots of photos! I love photos!)

My Comic-Con Saturday started off with some wandering of the aisles, I really tried for an up and down route to see it all, but then again I’m always distracted when something just catches my eye. Oooooh, SHINY!

DOLLS! I WANT!

DOLLS! I WANT!

It was a fun filled Saturday with so much to see! My guy Dave and I saw some cool stuff and hit up some panels! Then we wandered out an about for a while too!

POWERPUFF GIRLS to the rescue!! Woooosh!

POWERPUFF GIRLS to the rescue!! Woooosh!

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Be A SuperHero Girl!!

SOUTH PARK!!! WOOT!

SOUTH PARK!!! WOOT!

More Toys I Want! Gimmie Gimmie!

More Toys I Want! Gimmie Gimmie!

 

Next up here’s some cool cosplayers we ran into while wandering around! So many cool people and costumes!

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And when we came around another aisle who did we spot? Well Danny Trejo of course! He was by the My Little Pony chair and was taking photos with lots of people! He is so awesome! Yup!

Look! It's Danny Trejo!!!!! Awesome! Yup!

Look! It’s Danny Trejo!!!!! Awesome! Yup!

We tried for some panels, the Wonder Woman panel was full so we caught a little bit of one about the latest SCOOBY DOO animated movie crossing over with the WWE universe! And then after that some Max Landis talking about Dirk Gently.

Sit back, relax! Panel time!

Sit back, relax! Panel time!

Ahhhh, relaxing!

Ahhhh, relaxing!

Dirk Gently, is coming soon!

Dirk Gently, is coming soon!

 

I do have a little panel recap to share, one of my most favorite things at Comic-Con but there’s still more photos to pass along! All the things I wish I could have brought home with me! I do love those SUPERHEROES!

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DC Cuties!

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Bombshell Beauties

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Meeples of DC!

It’s always fun to come across a booth sporting memorabilia from my favorite shows and movies! Yup!

Classic Wonder Woman duds!

Classic Wonder Woman duds!

Ahhhh! It's Sloth! HEY YOU GUYS!

Ahhhh! It’s Sloth! HEY YOU GUYS!

FLASH!!!!!!! AHHHH!!!!

FLASH!!!!!!! AHHHH!!!!

I got Dave to pose for pictures!!!! MARS, Baby!

I got Dave to pose for pictures!!

Oh Hi There Harley!

Oh Hi There Harley!

BARF!

BARF!

There was a lot to do and see on Saturday but I couldn’t stay the whole night and there was some cool stuff I know I’d be missing, but in the end it was ok! I ended up finding one of those panels online, thanks to some cool partnerships Comic-Con is doing nowadays! WOOT!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut I digress…My guy Dave and I did sit in on a panel about VALIANT COMICS and learned what they are up to with a few of their creators and writers; Jody Hauser, Robert Venditti, Joshua Dysart, Darick Robertson, Warren Simmons and Dinesh Shamdasani. It was a cool panel indeed and it made me want to flash back to some old Valiant Issues and get caught up on their new stuff. I really need to get into Jody Hauser’s run on FAITH! As always I have a lot more comic book reading to do! Yup!

After the VALIANT panel it was time for the HONG KONG CAVALIER reunion! The room filled up to max capacity and I was seated in front of New Jersey!

Follow me on twitter @cahcat yup!

    Follow me on twitter @cahcat yup!

 

The panel was for some of the gang from THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION! The Band was back together after 30 years, since this awesome movie came out!  Oh and a new DVD is out from the ever awesome SHOUT! FACTORY. Yup. This whole panel was an absolute pleasure! BUCKAROO BANZAI is one of my all time favorite movies!

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TEAM BANZAI!!!!

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THE BAND BACK TOGETHER!!!

Moderated by Joe Parington he introduced Gerald Peterson (a.k.a. Rug Sucker and bandmate of Billy Vera), Damon Hines (a.k.a. Scooter Lindley), Billy Vera (a.k.a. Pinkie Carruthers) and last but certainly not least Pepe Serna (a.k.a. Reno).

The gang all shared stories of working on the movie and the fun time that was had. They talked about working with Peter Weller and making sense of the unusual script. The film has stood the test of time as they all say fans still ask them about their roles in Buckaroo! Billy gets a lot of gifts in pink boxes!

Kevin Smith wants to make a TV show based on BUCKAROO and word is he wants the original cast joining in. Pepe told us all to make it known we want the original cast back too!

Can you imagine a world where there would have been 5 sequels to BUCKAROO BANZAI? Billy said they were signed for 5 sequels when they got the movie. Everyone was really proud of the movie and it was great to see them all together, happy, riffing and excited about the time spent as Hong Kong Cavaliers.

“NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO, THERE YOU ARE!”

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TEAM BANZAI FOREVER!! 

Soon after this my guy Dave and I made our way out of the convention center to say goodbye to Comic-Con until next year of course! 😉 (Hope Hope!!!!)

I of course found a few more fun things to photograph!

Hey Look! SUPERHEROES!

Hey Look! I see BOOSTER GOLD!!!! 

My Hero!!! BOOSTER GOLD!

My Hero!!! BOOSTER GOLD!

Once home after Comic-Con I get to sort through all my goodies!! It was a nice haul of comics, collectibles and free things!

COMIC-CON GOODIES!

COMIC-CON GOODIES!

SHEMPS!!! EVIL DEAD!

SHEMPS!!! EVIL DEAD!

My favorite freebie! Hee Hee!!

My favorite freebie! Hee Hee!!

My niece helped me make these guys!

My niece and Dave helped me make these guys!

Goodies I shared!

Goodies I shared!

My Guy Dave bought me this awesome awesomeness!

My Guy Dave bought me this awesome awesomeness!

Yup, that was my Comic-Con Saturday in a nutshell of pictures! And it’s finally on my blog for all to see! Time to get cracking on sharing more fun adventures! Keep the good times rolling! Yup Yup Yup!

 

comic-con-logoCOMIC-CON!!!!!!!!! SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON!!!!! #SDCC2016 It has come and gone! Yup!

Yup, I was there for some of it and had a fun, fun, fun, fun, fun time. This year I only had a pass for two of the five days that San Diego becomes the Pop Culture mecca! Comic Books, Movies, Toys, Pop Culture goodness, baby! I’ve been going for many, many, many years, I’m in the double digits here folks. (Yes, I have to brag, it’s COMIC-CON!) And, yes I wish I could have been there for every single day BUT I had two awesome super duper filled day and My Guy Dave was with me too. My dad also was down there digging through back issue comic book bins and between us all we snagged some pretty neat things. Yup! And there’s more details to share! Because Sharing it Grrrrreat!

This is Me before we got in the car to Drive to San Diego! I'm excited!

This is Me before we got in the car to Drive to San Diego I’m excited! YUP YUP YUP!

We drove on down on Thursday to get settled in San Diego and I had more than a few friends already down at the Con so I was following along from afar. Thursday gave me, my folks and Dave a chance to hang out in San Diego; we all ate and enjoyed a delicious CALIFORNIA BURRITO. Then the evening was spent looking for Pokémon and grabbing a drink at a dive bar! WOOT!

IN THE WILD! Catch 'em All!

IN THE WILD! Catch ’em All!

FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My Comic-Con day had arrived! With my badge in hand (before I got my lanyard) we got to downtown San Diego (thanks again mom for dropping us off!) and found the right door to get upstairs and get that lanyard! Pretty Easy peasy and no hassle having to wave your badge to check in and out! I got the WB bag for SUPERNATURAL! I LOVE SUPERNATURAL so thanks to my dad and My Guy Dave I now have 3 SUPERNATURAL BAGS! (Anyone want to trade for a TEEN TITANS GO! bag? Anyone?! email me!)

BADGED and Ready for Comic-Con! Yup! My dad! Me and Dave!

BADGED and Ready for Comic-Con! Yup!   My dad! Me and Dave!

So many people wandering around, waiting for doors to open to get to the fun that was in store for one and all. Excitement was in the air! I was happy! Yup!

I have passed on trying for HALL H panels. This year I was set on continuing my wandering ways through Comic-Con, looking at all there is to see and do some different stuff that I had not done before!  I’ve also taken to enjoying the off site goodies that are around town. So much Comic-Con fun! YEA!!!!

On the escalator! Up and Away!

On the escalator! Up and Away!

My dad was ready to hit the floor with his SUPERNATURAL bag in on his back and he went to the floor scouting out the comic book back issues. Dave wanted to check out the gaming room and since it was something I had not done at Comic-Con before I went too.Yup! NEW THINGS! Yea!

dandDplayWe checked out the Pathfinder room to play a D&D Adventures League campaign. We got to pick and name our characters and venture off for the “TREASURE OF THE BROKEN HOARD PART 1“. I was Miles a Human Fighter, Noble, he’s in it for the gold, glory and fame, kinda like BOOSTER GOLD (cheap pop! my hero!), while Dave was Dom also a Human Fighter, Folk Hero. Our DM, Vy, was super cool. She lead us and the rest of our party of a Wizard, Cleric, Rogue and I think Barbarian Dwarf into a cave in search of treasure. We fought Goblins, I tossed my Javelin and Dom almost died, yup he rolled for a Death Save! Oh there was a Giant! A shrunken Giant! And a hoard of shrunken goblins, 100’s of them!!

After the campaign we headed to the convention floor and immediately found HEX 11 booth. I discovered them at another con a while back and pick up their issues when I can. They had Issue #7 ready to go! It’s a fun indie comic I have to recommend! Yup!

With more wandering in mind, we went looking up and down the rows and soon were taking a stroll down artist’s alley! It’s really all about the wandering and browsing for me these days, as I love seeing what there is to see.Of course through the wandering we found cool cosplayers too! I adore seeing cosplayers showin’ off their duds! They are the characters, not just people in costumes! I try my best to keep my manners when asking for pictures and was able to jump in a few thanks to My Guy Dave!

GO TEAM VENTURE! Sorry Dr. Venture I was excited and you got covered!

GO TEAM VENTURE!                                                              Sorry Dr. Venture I was excited and you got blocked!

Princesses Kick Ass!

Princesses Kick Ass!

 

CabinEDWhile we were off wandering we left the cool convention aisles and went out into the heat! (It was one hot hot weekend in San Diego!) Over the bridge and towards the parking lot by Petco Park we went because that’s where the ASH VS. EVIL DEAD cabin was set! STARZ is my hero for helping to give the world more  Raimi, Tapert, Campbell, ASH, Lawless, Deadites, Blood, Guts and Gore! The line wasn’t so bad and so Dave and I jumped in it! Well, honestly, no matter how long the line was we were going to jump in and wait, wait wait, because well, DUH, EVIL DEAD, baby! The grooviest of the groovy!

ME IN LINE!!!!!

ME IN LINE!!!!!

Where's Ash and the Chainsaw?

Where’s Ash and the Chainsaw?

chainsaw

Chainsaw Sweet Chainsaw!

The cabin, Ash’s rustic abode, was awesome and cool with little interactive jumps and groovy details. At the end you got a chance to get some goodies and a try for the autograph session. Though I didn’t get an autograph ticket! UGH! I did get a swell tote bag and bottle open and SHEMPS beer coozie! WOOT WOOT! Totally some of the best goodies at the con and though I might be biased, dude, it is all awesome. I LOVE ASH VS. EVIL DEAD! YUP YUP YUP!!!!

GHOSTBUSTERS! Love it! It's all good!

Look Ma! GHOSTBUSTERS! Love it! It’s all good!

With more wandering in the hot hot sun we took a break! So did some heroes!

Comic Con Chillin'!

Comic Con Chillin’!

Before we went back to the convention floor we wandered the streets of the Gaslamp district and found a 50 Years of Star Trek Art Show and took a gander!

Woah! 50!

Woah! 50!

 Spock's Fly Ride!

Spock’s Fly Ride!

KHAN!

KHAN!

MIRROR MIRROR

MIRROR MIRROR

GENERATIONS!

GENERATIONS!

Then it was back to wander some more for the rest of the evening inside the convention hall! Yup!

Dave met William Gibson! Thanks for the cyberpunk stories!

Dave met William Gibson! Thanks for the cyberpunk stories!

My Favorite! DC fangirl forever!

My Favorite! DC fangirl forever!

SUPERMAN MEEPLES!

SUPERMAN MEEPLES!

THE FLINTSTONES!

THE FLINTSTONES!

SUPERLADIES! Yeah!

SUPER-LADIES! Yeah!

Though I didn’t catch all the panels I had on my agenda for my Friday I did get in a round of D&D, saw super cool stuff, snagged indie comics, got some books and met William Gibson, and got fake Facehugger tattoos, yup it was a freakin’ blast!

I have for the past many years seen the DC ANIMATED movies that have screened at the con and wanted to make sure I would see what was to play that night! So My Guy Dave and I headed upstairs to Ballroom 20 expecting a long line of waiting as we planned to arrive more than a few panels early, but lo and behold there was no line and into Ballroom 20 we went! WHEEEEE!!!!

PANEL TIME, BALLROOM 20!

PANEL TIME, inside BALLROOM 20!

The iZOMBIE panel was going on and so we listened in, yup. I have only watched an episode of the show and never kept up. Looks like a lot has happened since it started and it looks like it’s going to keep going.

iZombie Cast and Crew!

iZombie Cast and Crew!

Then there was the panel for SCREAM QUEENS which is a panel we were most interested in, so it worked out just nice! Yup. My Guy Dave and I watched ever episode of SCREAM QUEENS, and what kept me watching was really JAMIE LEE CURTIS. This show is absolutely ridiculous but in the end entertained me so, yup.

SCREAM QUEENS turned out to be a fun funny panel; learning of the new cast additions and tidbits about where they are going next, leaving behind the college campus for a mental hospital. So the cast hit the stage along with the creator and it was moderated by a writer for EW; Tim Stack.

Abigail Breslin was first, followed by Billie Lord, Keke Palmer, Lea Michele, a new addition to the cast Taylor Lautner, then Emma Roberts, and another newbie Mr. John Stamos (gosh what a smile!) and then the awesome and amazing Jamie Lee Curtis and lastly creator Ian Brennan.

What? John Stamos on SCREAM QUEENS?!

What? John Stamos on SCREAM QUEENS?!

JAMIE LEE CURTIS!!!

JAMIE LEE CURTIS!!! JAMIE LEE CURTIS!!!!!!!!!!

Ian, creator, shared how the show was set to address Mean Girl culture and be horror filled. Jamie talked about recreating her mom’s Psycho scene in season one, saying that her mom would have been a fan of the show. She’s also ready for some steamy hook ups in Season 2!

Jamie was hilarious the whole panel, I love her. She shared that when something is funny she laughs; back in the day when she did A FISH CALLED WANDA she said Kevin Kline would be mad because she’d blow his takes because she’d laugh. These days she has to hold something sharp in her hands to poke herself so she doesn’t laugh out-loud at the wrong time.

As the panel went the laughs continued; the next season sounds wacky with a whole new round of CRAZY. It is promised to be bloodier, funnier, and more gruesome!

SCREAM QUEENS are a Scream! Yup!

SCREAM QUEENS are a Scream! Yup!

The whole cast was fun to see live, Keke is one of my favorites and Abigail is so cute and grown up. They all seem to be in awe of John Stamos, as he has this glow and that charming smile. Billie talked about her earmuff’s and how her idea to braid over them was beautiful but painful idea. She was asked to get her mom on the show and Billie said to just ask her! Yup.

STAMOS shares his fun being on SCREAM QUEENS.

STAMOS shares his fun being on SCREAM QUEENS.

Now what else was interesting?…Chad will be back..cameos of celebs include Colton Haynes and Cecily Strong, the Q&A’s from the audience were good, and it was all ladies doing the asking!!!

So fans! We can all be excited for SCREAM QUEENS season 2 on September 20th! Yup.

Then we settled in and stayed in our seats at BALLROOM 20 because of the evening event, a movie screening from WB Animation and DC Comics!! Woot! (I go to these panels every year!!! WOOT!) Yup! THE KILLING JOKE exclusive premiere!!

Last year they announced this title was coming and now and here it was for all to see before it comes out on Video. But they also revealed that THE KILLING JOKE would have a two night screening event on Monday and Tuesday, July 25-26! Thanks Fathom Events!

So, the panel started at 9PM, but because THE KILLING JOKE is a rated R movie and they couldn’t screen it til almost 10PM. Based on the 1988 graphic novel, THE KILLING JOKE is one of the most popular stories in the BAT-Verse. Before the screening there was a Q&A and another would follow at the end of the movie (which I didn’t stick around for though I wish I had…).

The Rep from WB Home Video Gary Miereanu came on out to kick off the event! He gave shout outs to the DC peeps in the crowd and introduced all on the panel! Sam Liu (Director), Bruce Timm, Brian Azarello, Ray Wise, Tara Strong and Kevin Conroy! Oh and soon after we got a phone call from some “Joker” Mark Hamill. Mark said thanks for turning up, that THE KILLING JOKE was about to play in front of the “best movie audience the movie will ever have” and then the JOKER took over the phone for a bit and of course giggled. The crowd went crazy!!!! CRAZY!!!!! WOOOOOO!

TARA STRONG! BATGIRL! Barbra Gordon! WOOT!

TARA STRONG! BATGIRL! BARBRA GORDON! WOOT!

Kevin "Batman" Conroy! He is BATMAN!

Kevin “Batman” Conroy! He is BATMAN!

THE KILLING JOKE Team!

THE KILLING JOKE Team!

During the panel, Bruce Timm talked about giving Barbra Gordon more backstory, calling it a little mini movie for her, which Brian Azarello wrote. Tara Strong who’s voiced Batgirl/Barbra Gordon since 1996 was super excited to have the role and see her evolve. The team expressed how they wanted to add to the story, keeping it true and fresh. This was a story that they all wanted to be apart of for quite some time and it was finally here!

So just about 10PM the movie began to play! Now, I really enjoy these Animated movies and enjoy watching them in this setting. You can feel the anticipation in the room.

The additions to the story really is Barbara and she’s been BATGIRL for a few years, teaming up with BATMAN and feeling she can really handle the Superhero route her life has taken. She still admires BATMAN, but wants to be seen as more of an equal, and yet still strives for his approval.

The crux of the story though really is about JOKER, where we get deets on his origin. A bad day, a really bad day, the most horrible, awful, no good day made him who he is now. The JOKER wants to prove that someone else can be turned to evil after a bad, awful day and so he shoots Barbra Gordon, so she’ll never walk again in front of Commissioner Gordon, then kidnaps Gordon. Joker taunts and torments Gordon, showing off what happened to Barbra expecting him to go all villainous and revenge seeking.

BATMAN is also dealing with his JOKER relationship and how they balance each other as hero and villain.

It’s been a LONG LONG LONG time since I’ve read the graphic novel. I’m admittedly a bit biased when it comes to DC animated movies. I overall enjoyed this film and am glad they are moving towards edging them up. I think it is sometimes still hard for many to accept animated movies as for adults only. It’s about the stories, and getting those story told, reaching a new audience. I say check it out when it’s out! Yup!

WHOOOO! FRIDAY! My Comic Con day came and went!  (Ahhh over too fast!) But, there is more fun to share! And I’m going to share it! So here’s part one and stay tuned for part two which will include my Saturday journey and more and more pictures! Yeah! Comic-Con!!!!!!

david and jeff

cat fangirlLet’s just watch movies!!!! ! Yup! I’m watching movies and I’m here to share what I’ve seen! I haven’t done that since April, and now we’re into July!!!!!!?!! Woah 2016, WOAH!?!?!

Though it seems my cinematic input is going slow and steady…slow and steady is better than no movies at all!

First up my list of movies I’ve seen and re-seen since the start of May:

NEW MOVIES: 

  • THE NICE GUYS (2016) | 5/8/16 | Reel Grit 
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016) | 5/13/16 | Regal Alhambra 
  • AVA’S POSSESSION (2015) | 5/17/16 | Netflix 
  • ZOOMBIES (2016) | 5/17/16 | Netflix 
  • THAT GAL…WHO WAS IN THAT THING: THAT GUY 2 (2015) | 5/18/16 | Netflix 
  • THE HALLOW (2015) | 5/18/16 | Netflix 
  • THREE IN THE ATTIC (1968) | 5/20/16 | TCM 
  • CALL NORTHSIDE 777 (1948) | 5/23/16 | Netflix 
  • HUSH (2016) | 5/2916 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon  
  • RED SUN (1971) | 5/29/16 | Reel Grit / AFI 
  • PAIN & GAIN (2013) | 5/30/16 | DVD
  • FRANK (2014) | 6/2/16 | Netflix
  • THE WAILING (2016) | 6/4/16 | AMC Atlantic Times Square 14 
  • HOUSE OF HORRORS (1946) 6/5/16 | Svengoolie/DVR 
  • BEYOND THE GATES (2015) | 6/6/16 | LA Film Festival/Culver City Arclight
  • NEON DEMON (2016) | 6/12/16 | Los Feliz 3 (Reel Grit)
  • PILLOW OF DEATH (1945) | 6/13/16 | Svengoolie / Me TV
  • THE LEECH WOMAN (1960) 6/18/16 | Svengoolie / Me TV 
  • THE SNIPER (1952) | 6/19/16 | TCM / DVR
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (2016) | 6/23/16 | Edwards Alhambra 
  • BLOODY BIRTHDAY (1981) | 6/30/16 | TCM (DVR) 
  • THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (2016) | 7/3/16 | AMC Atlantic Times Square 14
  • STUNTS (1978) | 7/10/16 | TCM (DVR) 

Bonus June outingAlamo’s Guide to Virtual Reality | 6/5/16 | Regent DTLA (clips & panel) from Alamo Drafthouse LA. This was a lot of fun because after the Q&A with the VR panel I went and introduced myself to Brett Leonard, director of THE LAWNMOWER MAN & VIRUTOSITY! We shook hands! Yup! Go me! (Back in the day, I actually named a pet bird Jobe after watching LAWNMOWER MAN!)

JOBE likes VR!

JOBE likes VR!

RE-SEE MOVIES: 

  • CLUE (1985) | 5/1/16 | DVD (outside)
  • ROMANCING THE STONE (1984) | 5/1/16 | DVD (outside)
  • LETHAL WEAPON (1987) | 5/8/16 | 35mm Reel Grit
  • THE LAST BOY SCOUT (1991) | 5/8/16 | 35mm Reel Grit
  • KISS KISS BANG BANG (20050 | 5/8/16 | 35mm Reel Grit
  • WILD IN THE STREETS (1968) | 5/19/16 | TCM
  • HUDSON HAWK (1991) | 5/24/16 | STARZ
  • THE HATEFUL 8 (2016) | 5/2816 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  • SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (1941/1942) | 5/2816 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  • BAD NEWS BEARS (1976) | 5/2816 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  • UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964) | 5/2816 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  • ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948) | 5/2816 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  • THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (1998) | 5/2816 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  • EVIL DEAD 2 (1987) | 5/29/16 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  • SUPERBAD (2007) | 5/29/16 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  • SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (1977) | 5/29/16 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  • THE MATRIX (1999) | 5/29/16 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  • CAST A DEADLY SPELL (1991) | 6/3/16 | Amazon Instant
  • SHE-WOLF OF LONDON (1946) | 6/5/17 | Sevengoolie/DVR
  • THE PHANTOM (1996) | 6/11/16 | Netflix
  • DRIVE (2011) | 6/12/16 | Los Feliz 3 (Reel Grit)
  • ID4 (1996) | 6/16/16 | DVD
  • DREAMSCAPE (1984) | 6/16/16 | DVR
  • HUDSON HAWK (1991) | 6/17/16 | DVR
  • MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) | 07/05/16 | CABLE
  • WILD BUNCH (1969) | 7/6/16 | TCM
  • GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES (1984) | 7/9/16 | Google Play

This brings me to 124 movies in all for 2016, so yea!!!!! Here’s to Happy Movie watching times for everyone! (Yes I need to see more!)

For me, when it comes to watching movies I still think it’s nice to share what was a good movie view! So here’s some of my favorite flick picks!

If you want a further flash back I offer you a recap of some movies I saw in May which can be found here: http://shempcat.com/movie-marathon-24-hours-of-cinema/ please read and enjoy! Yup!

Now here’s 10 Films I would recommend that were new sees for me:

red sun rojoRED SUN: A western with the greats Charles Bronson, Alain Delon and Toshirô Mifune. When a train with Japanese delegates is robbed by Link (Bronson) and Gauche (Delon) there’s a double cross. Gauche takes a Japanese sword and the train loot all for himself ditching his partner Link. A Japanese Samurai guard, Kuroda (Mifune), wrangles Link into teaming up to track Gauche and this mismatched pair have quite a Western trek. I love Westerns! I love this cast! It is all pretty badass from beginning to end. The west is so much cooler now with these three fellows.

3 in atticTHREE IN THE ATTIC: This film stars Christopher Jones, whom I love because of WILD IN THE STREETS. Jones is Paxton Quigley. Paxton Quigley is in college and is known for bedding more than a few collegiate women. The tale is based on a book called Paxton Quigley’s Had the Course and they even have a song of the same title in the film. Now you’re probably wondering what’s the deal with the attic? So…Paxton finds himself entangled with three lovely ladies, all quite intriguing in their own ways. First up there’s Tobey who may just be his perfect match, next is Eulice a smart woman who’s a painter and she knows what she wants, their sexual attraction is on fire; lastly there’s hippie chick Jan who he tricked into bedding (not cool Paxton, not cool!) but they then dig their mutual hippie vibes. So Paxton goes about juggling his love life between classes and TV shows. When the ladies find out they trap him in an attic and torture him with round the clock sexual encounters. Oh Paxton, baby, you got what you gave…yup.

The-WailingTHE WAILING: This Korean horror, thriller really creeped me out and stuck with me days after I saw it. Unusual murders strike a small village and as more occur there seems to be a strange evil connection. A local policeman finds himself entangled in the gruesome horror as his daughter is soon possessed. There’s a lot going on as it’s a look at another culture dealing with possession, small town fears and prejudices. It never eases up either as things only become more horrific. I actually felt scared, jumped not because of a cheap trick and was left feeling WTF and that was all a good thing. Does everything make sense? Perhaps not but damn if my eyes weren’t glued to the screen.

BeyoneTheGates_posterBEYOND THE GATES: I ventured off to Culver City and the LA FILM FEST to see this movie. Two estranged brothers are packing up their dad’s video store after his strange disappearance and they find a VHS Board Game. Once they being to play they find the consequences have an impact on their real world and may lead them to their dad. One of my favorite actresses Barbara Crampton is the beauty of the VHS game nudging the brothers along. It’s a throw back to 80’s horror movies but feels pretty fresh. There’s blood and gore aplenty and I dug the character development between the bros. BEYOND is a fun horror movie that’s making it rounds through some festivals so keep an eye out and check it out. Yup.

 

demonNEON DEMON: Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film reveals his inner 16 year old female side. (So he admitted at a Q&A I was fortunate to attend when I saw this movie.)  It’s a horror movie set in the fashion world where Jesse (Elle Fanning) is fresh on the scene and making other models jealous. Jesse has a natural beauty and she’s absolutely self aware of her power as she is ready to move on up. It’s surreal, dreamy and raw commenting on what is beauty; is it natural, is it made, can it be faked? Jena Malone is a make-up artist Ruby and she was just as entrancing throughout the film. Keanu Reeves was in this film too, and I had no idea he was until I saw his name in the credits. He’s Hank and he’s not so nice. You’ll likely love this movie or hate it. My guy Dave and I have had many a talks about how you could perceive the film and being a Refn fan I was on board through it all. Loved It.

the sniper

THE SNIPER: I found this movie sitting on my dad’s DVR recorded from TCM. It’s a sad movie that deals with some serious issues; mental health, sex crimes, the prejudice of the police force and politics which are all stuck in a broken system. Eddie Miller is a troubled man, he’s got some bad thoughts plaguing his brain. He doesn’t like women, and it seems the world is against him. When Eddie can no longer resist the urge to shoot at women from a rooftop we see just how the world reacts to such events. Society calls for justice, people choose to live in fear, a psychologist urges for support and changes to the system all while more killings continue. This film should be required viewing. It gets you angry and thinking. Things should be better by now, but from 1952 to today, this movie feels just as real now as it was then.

 

ResurgencePosterINDEPENDENCE DAY RESURGENCE: I won’t lie, I was excited to see this movie. I remember back in 1996 when ID4 came out…I always think about the teaser trailer, just seeing a blast of a big sky scraper. BOOM, destruction. They don’t make trailers like that anymore. What in the world were we getting into? An alien invasion?! What? Well it was 1996 and ID4 was a ridiculous movie, but it was fun and I know how to have a good old popcorn grubbin’ fun time with a movie.

I loved the build up to ID: RESURGENCE with Jeff GoldBlum as David Levinson explaining how the world has changed since that 4th of July oh so long ago. What I loved most about RESURGENCE was the idea that the world actually came together, rebuilt together and got along after such a worldwide disaster. It’s a beautiful dream and damnit I like it. So RESURGENCE is purely fluffy fun. The aliens return to try again and overtake the Earth and though we’re better prepared it’s still no easy fight!

david and jeffMy favorite things included DAVID LEVINSON, his Dad Julius, the ex president Bill Pullman, I mean President Whitmore and Dr. Brackish Okun (Brent Spiner). The movie makes the right nods for my 1996 self and it had fun action bits that kept me chuckling. Some of the action moments payoff could have used a little more oomph but I had the good old time, Yup. Oh the poor landmarks! I’m ready for more! 

 

bloody bday kidsBLOODY BIRTHDAY: What happens when three kids are all born at the same time, under a bad astrological sign? Well they become apathetic killers at a young tender age. It’s like three bad seeds all working together to knock off people they just don’t like. This movie was it was actually filmed in my hometown and it has Julie Brown. Yea! Julie Brown, so cute and bouncy! The killer kids are pretty bad kids, don’t mess with their killing plans. The best friend of Julie Brown might know why the kids are killers but she could use a bit more smarts. She wants to be a journalist but doesn’t think she has to go off to college!? It’s a quirky horror movie and just entertaining enough. Fun 80’s cast. 

tarzanTHE LEGEND OF TARZAN: I love TARZAN. I watched old Tarzan movies with my dad. I love pulpy heroes. So this movie was perfect for me! The Lord of Greystoke, aka John Clayton III, aka TARZAN (Alexander Skarsgård) has taken his place amongst Victorian England. His lovely wife Jane (Margot Robbie) is by his side. John is being wrangled to return to the African jungle to validate King Leopold’s claims on the Congo, but it’s really a ploy by the King’s envoy Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) to get diamonds and be rid of Tarzan.

George Washington Williams, who’s actually based on a real life person and played by Samuel L. Jackson, shows up to warn Tarzan of a potential trap! George knows King Leopold is up to no good and he wants Tarzan’s help to expose the truth. Heroes one and all!

legend-of-tarzan-2Now Tarzan is set to go to the jungle and Jane is ready to return too to stay at his side. Though Jane ultimately is used as a pawn in the “let’s get Tarzan game” she’s no wispy damsel in distress. She knows her way around the jungle. This is a Tarzan movie people, it’s got action, it’s got fun, it’s got jungle heat! I learned about African bird mating calls!

There’s lots of vine swinging (oh CGI!) but, Skarsgård is a fantastic Tarzan while Robbie is his awesome Jane. (TRUE LOVE)

I admittedly am a sucker for pulpy films and I had a super duper blast! I watched this fun flick with my family and they all enjoyed it too. What more could a girl like me want? AHHHhhhhhh!!!!! TARZAN YELL

stuntsSTUNTS: I love finding movies on cable! My dad recorded this one from TCM Underground. It seemed vaguely familiar and I may have seen it before but it felt pretty new…so it’s on my new list! It stars Robert Forster as a stuntman! His brother, fellow stuntman, recently died performing a stunt and so there’s a mystery of who killed him and why!? Could it be the stunt coordinator who’s had some on set deaths hurt his career? Could it be an upcoming stuntman? Nah, that guy is a dork! (Hee hee) The cast is super cool! Ray Sharkey with a sleezy stashe and the lovely Joanna Cassidy and her adorable laugh! Both are stuntmen! This is a movie about making movies and you see the producers who want the big action to make big blockbusters. It was neat to see the old film cameras and a production in the little town of San Luis Obispo and the Madonna Inn. Robert Forster is so young and a perfect stuntman. He’s got the ‘tude and know how. He’s an awesome leading man! SPOILER WARNING!!!!!!! Things I learned from STUNTS, stuntmen ride motorcycles, if they die you have to throw their bike into the ocean. They like vans or trucks that fit waterbeds. And they’re all FAST & FURIOUS. 😉

The Hell With Dialogue, Let's Wreck Something!

The Hell With Dialogue, Let’s Wreck Something!

Next up, a quick run through of some favorite recent re-sees.

5 re-sees:

romancing_the_stoneROMANCING THE STONE: Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner together! Turner is romance writer Joan Wilder, she’s off to the jungle to find her sister. Joan meets hero Jack T. Colton (Douglas) in the jungle and many hijinks ensue. Joan finds her hero but realizes she can take care of herself too. What’s not to love and laugh about when you find drug runners who read romance novels and Danny DeVito is hot on their trails? ROMANCING is still as funny as it was when I watched it on cable and VHS! We had a blast kicking off the summer vibe watching this at our friends house outside in the backyard! Yeah movies outdoors!

 

WILD IN THE STREETS: Christopher Jones is Max Frost and he wants to change America. He gets the voting age dropped to 14, gets a hippie elected into the house of representatives, becomes President of the United States and puts everyone over the age of 30 into LSD camps, it’s the “SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME”, you dig it baby? Thanks to TCM for airing this one! It was playing and I watched from beginning to end. Bonus cheers to Shelley Winters, Richard Pryor and Hal Holbrook for being groovy peeps in this movie.

Let The Revolution Begin!

Let The Revolution Begin!

CAST A DEADLY SPELL: An HBO TV movie that I watched back in the day and have to say that it still holds up pretty well now. I found it Amazon Instant and just settled in for a re-watch. Set in 1940’s Los Angeles where magic is used willy nilly, we meet detective Harry Lovecraft (Fred Ward) who doesn’t use the stuff. He stays on the straight and narrow and gets caught up in stopping an end of the world plot. The film has a cool cast and I have to highlight Clancy Brown! There’s cool monsters and gorey effects. It’s a fun magic noir world. Would you use magic?

GOT MAGIC?

GOT MAGIC?

THE PHANTOM: “For those who came in late…” Ok we’re back to pulpy heroes and this movie was one of my favorites in 1996 and still one of my tops all in all. Oh how I love Billy Zane! My niece Effie was over and I actually got her to watch this movie with me! She dug it, of course she had tons of questions but enjoyed the guy in the purple suit, swinging through the jungle and the city to keep the world safe from evil tycoons! I really wish THE PHANTOM series continued. Le Sigh. I still have that Phantom milk poster on a bedroom wall! (I’ll never grow up!)

phantom milk

GOT MILK? The Phantom Does!

 

tarzanlambertGREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES: Being on a Tarzan kick after THE LEGEND OF TARZAN my dad found this article online: The Secrets Behind That Other Tarzan Movie — The One That Earned a Dog a Screenwriting Oscar Nomination  and if you have a moment it is a great article to read. And then like me you can go and watch GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES.

I actually watched GREYSTOKE back in my cable TV watching days as a kid. It probably started my love of Christopher Lambert! So, this is a TARZAN origin story! It starts with a musical Overture! What was most shocking to remember was the very start, the apes fighting and the mama gorilla (Tarzan’s mama to be) lost her little baby! That baby death was like WOAH! Then we travel to England and meet the Lord of Greystoke, John Clayton II (Paul Geoffrey who’s also Perceval in Excalibur!!). He is about to go off and away with his wife and on their journey. Then they are shipwrecked and trying to survive the wilds of the jungles in Africa. Though they have a lovely treehouse it’s not meant to be because jungle life is too harsh and those apes aren’t so nice.

Baby John, Tarzan, is then adopted by the apes, and lives among them, swinging from trees, growing strong and becoming a superb mimic. Tarzan develops more of a roar then that traditional yell.

Ian Holm shows up as an explorer, Capitaine Phillippe D’Arnot, and he is saved by Tarzan when the rest of his party is killed by a local tribe. In this version it’s Phillippe who does the teaching to help Tarzan realize he’s more than just an APE. Phillippe and John are soon in England and grandpa Lord of Greystoke couldn’t be happier to have his Clayton home.

I seriously could go on and on about this movie! It’s beautiful, the actors in the ape suits are grand, the music fits perfectly. I loved seeing England and Tarzan amongst the fancy folks. Even pretty Andie MacDowell was a nice Jane but did you know she was dubbed over by Glen Close? So it goes in the movie biz! Yup. It was a great re-watch. Yeah, TARZAN!!!! Oh and if you Lambert fans might be wondering about that laugh, yea, he laughs! It made me squeeee!

And there you have it, my take on some movies, my recommendations and some rambling fun. I hope you go out and watch more movies and I will too! Let’s all find the fun in movies and share that fun. Yup!

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film club picLast month I went back to School to join a High School film club at their 24 hour film festival. Yup, that’s right, 24 hours of movie watch, and it include 11 movies from 10 a.m. Saturday Morning to 10 a.m. Sunday morning!

The show is put on by two amazing teacher friends whom I met at BNAT (Butt-Numb-A-Thon); the ultimate 24 hour movie marathon. Yup.

These two fine fellows run the Film Club of their high school and they put together one hell of a line up for the students. This is actually their 5th Annual 24 hour movie marathon and I’m honored to have attended the last three!  Yup. I am a lucky movie watcher!

Now these are films that MOST of these kids have NEVER ever seen. Yup. It’s 24 hours of film exposure as a way to introduce a new generation to movies beyond what’s hitting theaters each weekend. When you think about it, kids these days don’t watch movies they way we did as a young film watchers. Who stays up late watching cable television? There’s the internet, smartphones and tablets at their fingertips and YouTube!

I will just say that It’s awesome that there’s a High School with cool teachers teachers who have a place to bring movies of all sorts to young minds! Yup!!

The show started with a video, 3 minutes of film history, and trailers: THE DIRTY DOZEN and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.

hateful 8THE HATEFUL 8, from Quentin Tarantino rolled on screen! This is the longest movie they’ve ever shown at one of the marathons! I was glad to give HATEFUL another view. The last time I saw it was at the New Bev and it was the Roadshow version. Now, it’s not my favorite Tarantino movie, but oh how I love Kurt Russell!  It seemed like the young kids dug the movie, so QT has the power of appeal for all ages. 😉

Next up it was time for a Black and White movie dealing with social issues! But of course we got a preview first and it was for OH BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?

SullivanThe second movie screened was SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (1942) directed by Preston Sturges and starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake. Here we have a big time director (played by Joel McCrea) who’s made some successful films and wants his next feature to be a commentary on life’s social issues but then realizes he knows nothing about what your average joe is dealing with day to day. So, the thing to do is dress like a hobo, ride the rails and experience the other side of life. Along the way he meets Veronica Lake, an aspiring actress who doesn’t want to leave his side. If you’ve never seen SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS, then you should! It holds up and you realize Hollywood politics haven’t changed, people want to make movies and there’s something to be said about movies that make people laugh and feel happy.

The thematic trailers before the next movie were MAJOR LEAGUE and A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, so it was time to step up to the plate for more BASEBALL! BAD NEWS BEARS (1976). I like this movie. I remember just watching parts as a kid, never from beginning to end. When I did finally see it all I realized then just how offensive a little film it is, yup. But hey, it’s got heart! That makes it ok? Yes? Hmmm…

So much drinking from Walter Matthau who’s the underdog baseball coach Buttermaker. He’s got to pull a rag tag team of rejects together, between racist remarks, swear words and more alcohol, so there’s just a ton of SPIRIT. I love Tatum O’Neal as Amanda, the girl who can pitch and of course the bad boy Kelly who is Jackie Earle Haley! Man was he so gawky but tough. 😉 Only in the 70’s could you get away with no helmets for kids who road motorbikes. GO BEARS!

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GO BEARS GO! Can I have a beer too?

Before the next film we had trailers for MOONRISE KINGDOM and MOULIN ROUGE! 

UmbrellasUMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964) was next.The musical and foreign film portion of the show! UMBRELLAS is one of my favorite favorite movies which I’ve been fortunate to see on a big screen a few times. It’s beautiful, dreamy, colorful, heartbreaking and again just so beautiful. The film is all done with sung dialogue.

Geneviève, played by Catherine Deneuve, works at an umbrella shop. She’s in love with Guy (Nino Castelnuovo), a mechanic. Geneviève is so young, but she and Guy are so in love and have plans of marriage, children, a living a love filled life together. Guy is drafted and must go away! Once he is gone, Geneviève finds herself pregnant. This sort of drama-rama really got a rise out of the teenage crowd watching the screen. There were so many oooh’s and ahhh’s and cheers and claps between acts/songs. It was quite a movie going experience. I just couldn’t wait to see how the kids responded to the end of the film, especially knowing what was coming. I’d say the film was a hit. Maybe some teens were actually feeling emotional?!?

Now it was time for some Comedy and a dash of horror! The kids were about to get some insight to classic comedies! To set the tone, as we watched the DUDE/SWEET scenes from DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR? 

And the classic “Who’s on First?” by Abbott & Costello!

AbbottandCostelloABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948) hit the screen. How can one not enjoy this movie? Abbott and Costello as Chick and Wilbur, respectively are a pair of baggage handlers who get mixed up in a delivery of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein to a house of horrors. There’s also the Wolf-Man (Lon Chaney Jr.) who’s wolfing out over the many full moon nights. The mission, between gags and mishaps and laughs, is to try and stop Dracula from resurrecting Frankenstein with a new mindless mind a.k.a. Wilbur’s brain! I think this film does it what it does best, bringing the gags and laughs. Yup.

The next film was THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (1998) (after a trailer for DUMB & DUMBER). I haven’t seen MARY from beginning to end the whole way through since I last saw it in theaters. That was in 1998! Geez, 1998 and I realize I can thank MARY for the “I’m just fucking with you” line (right?), and gross-out humor that these days has gone way beyond what MARY did. I will admit I get picky when it comes to comedies, but I had fun with MARY then and it made me laugh again now! There’s charm and heart deep down in this movie, and those bits shine through. The kids laughed along, got grossed out and so a good comedy is timeless.

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What About Mary?

Now it was midnight! Time for a scary horror movie. We got a trailer to THE CONJURING 2 and watched a short called THE SMILING MAN. 

ED2EVIL DEAD 2 (1987) played! I couldn’t have been happier. Anyone reading this knows that EVIL DEAD 2 movie is among my absolute faves! Ash (Bruce Campbell) takes his girlfriend, Linda, to a cabin in the woods. After some flirting he finds and plays a tape that has some magic words from the Necronomicon and when spoken (played) aloud evil is let loose. His girlfriend is taken, the blood bath begins. Then you have more people coming to the cabin, for more blood and gore. What’s not to love!!?!?!? I could watch this movie again and again. Yea Raimi and Campbell! Pretty sure this movie kept the kids awake and scared some others. They cheered at “GROOVY”.

Then to lighten the mood the during the early morning hours we went back to comedy, and we got a trailer for JUNO.

SUPERBAD (2007) was next and it was likely a movie some of the kids had already seen.

superbadI saw SUPERBAD in theaters when it first came out. Weird to think this movie is already 9 years old! Where does the time go?! So it’s a dude bro movie of two best buds who are about to leave high school and go off to college, going different places. On this night they’re finally getting the chance to attend a big party! They must venture out in search of some alcohol and just get into trouble. Oh so many mishaps and foul language! Oh, I can’t forget McLovin, what a scamp. It’s a funny movie, the kids laughed along. I like seeing GLENDALE in the movie. I say it is fun seeing places you grew up around in movies. But hey, that’s just me. I don’t really have much more to say on this one, just that it was funny then and funny now.

And then once again it was time for more horror! This time it was a movie I had never seen! Yea! A new movie for me! But first! Trailer time! LIGHTS OUT and DON’T BREATH.

hushThe horror movie, currently on Netflix, HUSH (2016) hit the screen. I’d been hearing some about this one but hadn’t thought to watch it, so here was my chance. A deaf, mute woman, Maddie, is isolated in a cabin in the woods. She’s got a neighbor friend, and talks to friends on her computer with face time. She’s feeling a little broken hearted and she’s trying to write a new book, but then it’s just wrong place, wrong time. A masked man kills Maddie’s neighbor on her porch but being deaf she didn’t notice. The masked man begins to toy with Maddie and once she’s aware of him she’s not going to go down without a fight. It’s a suspenseful thriller.

smokeyAfter trailers for CANNONBALL RUN and HOOPER we hit the back roads and highway with SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (1977). Burt Reynolds is Bandit! He’s taken on a big bet that he can transport some Coors Beer from Texas to Georgia, because that sort of thing was illegal in 1977! Can you hear the song EAST BOUND AND DOWN playing in your head?

Along the way Bandit is joined by runaway bride Sally Field and of course the sparks fly! They were a cute couple, I mean Sally Field is incredibly adorable! The spurned groom and his daddy, Sheriff Buford T. Justice is played by Jackie Gleason, are they are in hot pursuit of Bandit and Bride! Poor Sheriff Justice, he’s constantly duped and his car gets so damaged, but it’s all for the laughs! Yup!

And then as we were reaching the morning hours it was time for the last and 11th movie of the marathon! Whew! Good thing there were donuts!

What was the last movie going to be? My teacher pals, who did intros between all the movies (d’oh I forgot to mention that earlier) said how they’d each often make references to this next movie in their classes and couldn’t believe it hadn’t been seen. So indeed it was a good finale pick! The trailer before it was INCEPTION.

matrixTHE MATRIX (1999) began to play. I love THE MATRIX. To date myself, because WHATEVER, I was lucky to see an early screening of it while in College at San Francisco. All my friends and I knew about it was the teaser trailer that was out and the tagline of “WHAT IS THE MATRIX?” Having those kinds of moments in cinema have gotten more rare. What did we expect from the Wachowski’s? Well the movie was amazing!

THE MATRIX still stands up just as strong now! Neo is a hacker trying to find out what the Matrix is and of course once he does there’s no turning back. THE MATRIX is a great film and it was a great ending to an amazing marathon!

I did’t stick around much longer to get some feedback from the kids I had chatted with throughout the night. I was TIRED! It was time for bed! I was ready to close my eyes!

Yes, I survived! 11 movies! 24 Hours! I'm ready for next year!

Yes, I survived! 11 movies! 24 Hours! I’m ready for next year! Yup Yup Yup!!!

11 Movies! 24 Hours! One Awesome Movie Marathon Adventure! Movies shared, old and new and it’s good to experience movies with new viewers, see how these films hold up, or maybe don’t! There’s so much movie history and I just gotta keep watching movies when and where I can! I’m glad I stayed awake for 24 hours, but thinking about it is making me tired again! 😉 Yup! Let’s Watch Movies! Yup!

FCBD16 15yrsFree Comic Book Day has come and gone! Wooosh! Like a daydream.

15 years of Free Comic Book Day and I don’t think I’ve ever missed one since it’s been going on! 15 years visiting my favorite comic book shops out in Los Angeles! (15 years since Spider-Man came to theaters!) Wow!!!!

I love Comic Books and this day is a fun one. Comic Books for all ages! For the past 5, maybe 6, years I’ve taken my nieces out along for the comic book ride and it is a special day for us all! Yup!

IMAG8201This year my nieces, Celia and Effie, and my Guy Dave were ready for FCBD 2016 and at 9:30 a.m. we hit the road! We didn’t start at Golden Apple as usual, but made our way to North Hollywood for Blastoff’s ComicsFest by the Federal Bar. There were comic book writers/artist signing books, some vendors selling comic themed goodies, the Laemmle NoHo7 gave out free popcorn, and popcorn coupons, there were food trucks with delicious ice cream and even a beer garden!  But there were Free Comic Books! We all got a random grab bag that had old random back issues and a mix of the free comics available that day! After having some Thai Tea ice cream as our appetizer and grabbing our comics we all took quick break to flip through our goodies! Then we drove on down to Blastoff Comics store just down a ways and grabbed a few more Free Comic Books! They had a 50% off trades sale going on and though we didn’t buy any we had fun browsing. There was a good crowd inside and there’s nothing like seeing a full comic book shop, it makes me happy!

     We Are Ready For FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!!!!!!

Ice Cream For Breakfast!!!!! Feed Me! Feed Me!!

Ice Cream For Breakfast!!!!! Feed Me! Feed Me!!

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We Love Reading Comic Books!

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BLAST OFF!

After that it was time for real food and we got a quick breakfast break to energize us up for the rest of our day! So it was more VROOM VROOM-ing around town!

NextIMAG8207 up on our Comic Book route was the newly opened shop The Perky Nerd, in Burbank! This fine new shop was ready to go on FCBD! Yup! Here they had some signings going on, Free Comics (OF COURSE!) and I finally got a chance to browse around a bit!

The Perky Nerd has new Comics, Toys, Original Artwork, Board Games (especially Star Wars X-WING) and COFFEE! They sell Cold Brew coffee at the shop and you can take a seat on their nice couch or table to read a book and sip your drink.

Celia browsing the inventory!

Celia browsing the inventory!

Awesome Artwork! The Perky Nerd herself in Super-Hero action mode!

Awesome Artwork!

READING BREAK!!!! COMIC BOOKS!!!!!

READING BREAK!!!!                COMIC BOOKS!!!!!

The store was buzzing with kids and parents exploring the world of Comic Books! Trash Panda was signing and giving away little tote bags, writer Bryan Hill and artist Isaac Goodhart of POSTAL were signing POSTAL #1.

Isaac Sketching Booster Gold for ME!!! Wheeee!!!

Isaac Sketching Booster Gold for ME!!! Wheeee!!!

Artist Isaac and I got to chatting, he drew a Spider-Man for my nephew (who wasn’t on the ride but couldn’t be forgotten about!) and in our chatting I mentioned my love of BOOSTER GOLD so Isaac was awesome and drew me a BOOSTER GOLD! Yes I will always admit my undying love and devotion of BOOSTER GOLD to anyone who will listen! Thanks again Isaac!

Booster Gold is my hero!!! Stay Golden Booster!

Booster Gold is my hero!!!                    Stay Golden Booster!

And with that we gathered our Comics and said bye bye to The Perky Nerd to venture off to the next shop on our list!

HOUSE OF SECRETS was busy! There were tons of cosplayers outside the shop posing for photos with kids and it was of course adorable and awesome! The shop was packed too and we all got to add another three Free Comics to our collections.

Green Lantern teaching the Green Lantern Oath!

Green Lantern teaching the Green Lantern Oath!

We had time to browse and we bought the last MUNCHKIN trade paperback (Celia, Effie, Dave and I love playing Munchkin together! Yup!) and the latest MY LITTLE PONY comic book!

Inside House of Secrets!

Inside House of Secrets!

In line at House of Secrets!

In line at House of Secrets!

Then, last but never least we were on our way to one more store! GOLDEN APPLE!

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I’ve been going to Golden Apple FOREVER, it’s been my go to shop since I began buying weekly comics oh so many, many, many, many moons ago. I remember those first FREE COMIC BOOK DAYS at Golden Apple when they were still further down Melrose. So many people, comics and good times! Golden Apple has always puts together a big event for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! They do not disappoint! Celia and Effie agree that we can’t ever miss out on visiting them! Yup!

So we were there later in the day and the line to get Free Comics wasn’t so bad, we didn’t wait long before we were snagging our books. I was actually able to find some that I didn’t see at the other shops! SCORE! 

One of the fun things that GOLDEN APPLE does is having a prize raffle game and this year it was buying dum dum lollipops for a chance at more free comics or other big prizes. We went for the big 12 dum dums for $10 deal and the four of us got to pick 3 dum dums each. Celia and Dave were the big winners! They got a hello kitty eraser puzzle and the Funko Frozen Pocket Pop Set! SCORE!

UNDEROOS!

UNDEROOS!

Whew!! What a day of FREE COMIC BOOKS! It really was an excellent adventure! I had a fun filled day with my nieces and my guy Dave! We got comic books a plenty, ate lots of sugary treats and had a super, duper, golden, perky, happy, fun filled blastoff blast!!! I can’t wait for another FREE COMIC BOOK DAY but have plenty to read until then. 😉

Remember: COMIC BOOKS KICK ASS! Yup!