etsylogoA little self promotion time! I started an Etsy shop! FUZZ JOY

Yup! It’s my little spot to share and sell my handmade creations! There’s felted things! I’ve got a Mini Baby Groot,  a shark who likes to dance on the left, little Nemo, a worry doll mermaid and some felted cigarettes in a vintage cigarette case. Just some random odds and ends that are made by me and one of a kind! Yup!

Thanks for checking it out! Yup! Craft and make things! It’s a lot of fun.

I do love talking about movies and my plan is to keep up with sharing all the movies I’m watching this year right here on my blog. I thought I was having a slow month here in January but it looks like I saw plenty of fun little flicks along the way.

NEW MOVIES:

  1. THE INTERVIEW (2014) | 01/01/15 | Google Play
  2. HERO AT LARGE (1980) | 01/01/15 | DVD
  3. MURDER SHE WROTE: SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST (1997) | 01/01/15 | YouTube
  4. APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH (1988) | 01/01/15 | YouTube
  5. THE BLACK CASTLE (1952) on Svengolie | 01/03/15 | MeTV
  6. THE AMAZING ADVENTURE (1936) | 01/06/15 | YouTube
  7. TAKEN 3 (2014) | 01/08/15 | AMC Burbank 6
  8. JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT (2014) | 01/11/15 | Amazon Instant
  9. THEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE (1947) | 01/12/15 | Amazon Instant
  10.  HIGHLY DANGEROUS (1950) | 1/13/15 | Amazon Instant
  11.  WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2013) | 1/15/15 | Netflix
  12.  REPEAT PERFORMANCE (1947) | 1/17/15 | Amazon Instant
  13.  WOLF OF NEW YORK (1940) | 1/17/15 | Amazon Instant
  14.  CHINESE ZODIAC (2012) | 1/18/15 | Netflix
  15.  FeardotCom (2002) | 1/19/15 | HBO GO
  16.  BIG HERO SIX (2014) | 1/20/15 | DVD
  17.  BEING AGAIN (2013) | 1/24/15 | DVD
  18.  THE PRINCE AND ME (2004) | 1/24/15 | Amazon Instant
  19.  RUNAWAY DAUGHTERS (1994) | 1/25/15 | Netflix
  20.  KISS THEM FOR ME (1957) | 1/25/15 | Netflix
  21.  EMERGENCY HOSPITAL (1956) | 1/25/15 | Netflix
  22.  BREAKFAST IN HOLLYWOOD (1946) | 1/25/15 | YouTube
  23.  CAGE OF EVIL (1960) | 1/26/15 | Netflix
  24.  CRIME AGAINST JOE (1956) |1/26/15
  25.  THE FUZZY PINK NIGHTGOWN (1957) | 1/26/15
  26.  THE GUN RUNNERS (1958) | 1/28/15 | Netflix
  27.  88 (2015) | 1/31/15 | Netflix

RE-SEE MOVIES:

  1. WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) | 01/04/15 | Netflix
  2. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014) | 01/10/15 | DVD
  3. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER (2008) | 1/17/15 | Xbox Video
  4. THE LOST BOYS (1987) | 1/22/15 | DVD
  5. HUDSON HAWK (1991) | 1/22/15 | DVD
  6. CLUELESS (1995) | 1/25/15 | Netflix

That’s 27 new movies and 6 re-sees for 33 movies in January. TAKEN 3 was the only movies I saw in theaters this month. Netflix and Amazon Instant have been supplying me with plenty of oldie classics. I have a good time following the web of watching one old movie and seeing what’s recommended and finding something I’ve never seen or heard of. The highlights of my month go like this:

Hero_at_largeHERO AT LARGE (1980) – John Ritter is aspiring actor Steve Nichols who takes a turn as a Super Hero when he does a heroic deed, stopping a robbery at a small liquor store. The chance to be a real life CAPTAIN AVENGER appeals to Steve, the kind of guy who’s happy-go-lucky and believes in the goodness of man. Steve quickly realizes how dangerous the super hero lifestyle is and is then cohered into further promoting the latest CAPTAIN AVENGER film with more deeds. Between it all he’s also pursuing this new neighbor J. Marsh (Anne Archer) finding some romance. This truly was a sweet and endearing film. A look at media and how people don’t always believe someone is in it for the good deeds and not the fame. John Ritter made a great CAPTAIN AVENGER.

 

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THE AMAZING ADVENTURE (1936) a little film with Cary Grant as a rich man who’s made a bet with a doctor who said he couldn’t leave his money behind and work for a living for a whole year. Cary takes the bet, works his way up, meets a gal and proves he’s not just a rich spoiled man.

 

 

fugitive made meTHEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE (1947) – An old noir with great visual cues starring Trevor Howard as Clem who joins a gang that’s involved in bootlegging. When Clem realizes big boss Narcy is passing along drugs too he wants out but gets framed for murder and sent to jail. Clem escapes and is set to clear his name but more misfortune seems to follow him every step of the way.

 

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RUNAWAY DAUGHTERS (1994) is from the “Rebel Highway” series of TV movies from the 90’s and this one was directed by Joe Dante. I am a sucker for a film like this, a throwback to old 50’s films. Runaway Daughters was well cast and full of Joe Dante regulars. The best thing though was Paul Rudd who is the leather jacket wearing hood who likes to say “Don’t crowd me.” In this film three girls go in pursuit of the boy who knocked one of them up. It was a fun girls on the road having run in’s with quirky characters.

 

 

EmergencyHospitalStillNetflixEMERGENCY HOSPITAL (1956) is a night at the ER of a city hospital. The on call woman doctor starts her shift after her speed racer boyfriend drops her off. She’s thinking of leaving him worrying that his speedy ways could get him tangled up and he wants her to leave the hospital for a fancier practice in Beverly Hills. (Ugh! She’s a good doctor, let her do her job!) At the hospital there’s the local detective on his shift too and he’s a good guy who cares. This is a soild capsule of 50’s life and some tropes in between. I caught myself arguing with screen once or twice, especially when it came to the father who didn’t want to prosecute the man who assaulted his daughter! Seriously! He was gonna make her move away to forget it all…but the head nurse and the detective made him see the light. Whew!

 

fuzzyTHE FUZZY PINK NIGHTGOWN (1957) Jane Russell is movie star Laurel Stevens and on the night of her movie premiere for THE KIDNAPPED BRIDE! she’s kidnapped by Mike Valla (Ralph Meeker) and Dandy (Keenan Wynn). Is the whole thing a publicity stunt? The studio head wants his leading lady back, the hollywood columnist is ready to tear her down if it’s all a sham. FUZZY is a good jab at the biz. Laurel is a star cashing in on her sex appeal, and she wants her career, but once she meets Mike something changes. Mike isn’t all bad, but he has a plan that he was going to stick too. He feels he’s owed big time after being stuck in jail for something he hadn’t done. Of course his rough exterior is soon broken down by Laurel. It’s a cute and funny film filled with a great cast including Aldolphe Menjou. I really enjoyed this little rom com adventure.

Here’s to more movies in February! Yup!

IMAG5085I take the subway in the mornings to downtown L.A. and since I’ve moved from riding the Red Line to the Purple line I have a much shorter trip. So, I’ve taken to reading short stories to pass my time.

I’ve been lugging around a little paperback in my purse and I finally finished it this month! The book was Harlan Ellison’s GENTLEMAN JUNKIE AND OTHER STORIES OF THE HUNG-UP GENERATION. I have the 1983 published edition which feature 22 stories. This book first came out in 1961 and is a collection of Harlan Ellison short stories which were first in other magazines like Rouge Magazine, The Saint Detective Magazine, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Murder Magazine to name a few.

This book gets cred for validating Harlan as a “master of short fiction” and it was also the only paperback to be reviewed by Dorothy Parker in ESQUIRE magazine.

IMAG5088I happened to pick up this little paperback a while back wandering around my favorite used book store in the valley. I do like Harlan Ellison, having read a few odd and ends and I figured I’d read some more. Yup.

There is an eloquence to Harlan’s writing, he’s very observant and often angry. Harlan pushes buttons and he’s pushing the reader to face biases and racism while showing just how easy it is for one person to hurt another with out a second thought. Humans are most selfish creatures.

Though these stories were first told in the 50’s-60’s they are still relevant now. Harlan finely paints the scene and thing just play out where some get their dues, or rather lay in the bed they made by their own choices. It’s not easy or comfortable to face even while reading but I was hooked, like a junkie, to seem them out.

Here are some bits on few of the stories in the book:

FREE WITH THIS BOX! starts with a kid, David Thomas Cooper. He’s obsessed with finding a complete set of buttons of comic characters from cereal boxes. There’s 24 in all! He’s gone so far as to take them from cereal boxes on the store shelf when he’s out with his mom. Will David get caught? What lesson is he gonna learn?

THIS IS JACKIE SPINNING follows a radio disc jockey who is way up on top pushing music talent and he thinks he can pull one over on the guys who really run the biz.

NO GAME FOR CHILDREN is Herbert Mestman the well to do married man versus juvenile delinquent neighbor Frenchie Murrow. Frenchie despises Herbert and has a rep to protect.

ENTER THE FANATIC, CENTER STAGE was one of my favorites. A small, close-knit town known as Prince is graced with a new resident, Gunther Duvoe. Gunther comes to open “The Duvoe Art Gallery” in the center of town and once the painting are unveiled the whole town comes apart.

RFD #2 was another of my favorites for it’s clever angel in the telling. A woman has acquired the assistance of a detective agency to find a man she fears is trying to kill her. The correspondence is done all through a series of letters over the postal service. Sure today it would be quick with calls and emails, but it’s a good cat and mouse game.

The last story; THE NIGHT OF DELICATE TERRORS was the punch to the gut and most stirring with recent events going on in the real world. A black man and his family are driving through the south towards Chicago, while there’s a bad snow storms. This is set during a time when there was still segregation. It was so infuriating, seeing that anger and hate and what it does to people. Today we are still struggling to get along, have true equality, find peace and to be better people.

It was well worth the time to read with all the ups and major downs. I also like sharing the stories I read and they helped start some good conversations. You know, a good part of reading is sharing the tales again.

Now it’s time for a new book! Yup.

IMAG5055_1TAKEN and Liam Neeson; a combo that I’m a big fan of! Liam Neeson is Bryan Mills,…”the man with a very special set of skills.” If you hurt his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), you’ll get a taste of those skills. Well, more than a taste, it would be a mouthful and an ass kicking/killing! Who’s Bad? Sho’Nuff? Nope, BRYAN MILLS!

Bryan Mills means business, when all he wants is to make Kim happy and have her love in return. It’s a happy, unusual family as his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) is around too.

I’ve been with the TAKEN series from the start. I saw the first one at a midnight show with my dad. We loved it! Sadly I missed TAKEN 2 in theaters, but caught it quick on video with my guy Dave. It was no TAKEN, but had it’s moments, and Kim got to be alongside her dad through the action. I was ready and anxious for more.

So,  that’s why I made my way to the theaters last night to see TAKEN 3 with Dave! (Our first big screen viewing of 2015! Starting things right with LIAM NEESON!) The theater wasn’t too full, we got nice seats in the middle middle and we were ready to be taken away to the land of action! Oddly, there were no trailers and the movie began!

This time around Bryan is anxious to celebrate Kim’s birthday earlier than usual! He brings her a big panda and champagne. I’d say more but hey it’s spoiler, plot, character stuff. (You know you’ll go watch it!) When things don’t go as planned Bryan heads home and gets a visit from Lenore who’s having marriage troubles. Bryan insists she figure out her marital plans before anything happens. Ah, forever the good guy! I like it!

Of course things go bad when Bryan finds Lenore dead at his home when he was expecting her to visit to talk and have bagels! He must then find the killer, clear his name and TAKE out the evil doers!

Ready, Set, Go! I loved it! Yup, I did. Liam Neeson is the man! He may be getting older and we get more quick cuts, but I still believe that he’s a man you don’t want to upset in any way! He’ll tell you how badass he is and then find you, stop you, kill you! Who wouldn’t want Liam/Bryan to come to the rescue when things go wrong?

One of the elements of TAKEN that I love is Bryan and his best buds who he works with, hangs with, vents to. I seriously want a movie of Bryan and his buds all working together to TAKE some bad dudes out! Jon Gries needs more screen time!!

In TAKEN 3 we get another awesome addition, Forest Whitaker as detective Franck Dotzler who wants to bring Bryan in solve the case. Franck is a good detective and he realizes that Bryan is not a man to take lightly.

Now, I may be biased when it comes to Liam Neeson movies, I won’t lie, as I am crazy for him and DARKMAN! But, I truly had fun with TAKEN 3. I got to watch good chases though Downtown L.A. (just like in DARKMAN), see bad, bad guys met their doom and once again Bryan showed how awesome a dad he is, yup. Good Times! Happy endings! All the things I need to just have a fun movie going experience. Yup! Thanks Liam for taking me to a happy movie watching place!

I love watching movies, so yes, I am a movie watcher! Yup!!

2014 was a big year, I got MARRIED and I still managed to squeeze in some extra movie watching time! So here’s my list of all the movies I watched; new, old and re-sees!

NEW MOVIES:

  1. RED WATER (2003) – 01/01/14 – Netflix
  2. GLOW: THE STORY OF THE GORGEOUS LADIES OF WRESTLING (2012) – 01/01/14  – Netflix
  3. CINEMATIC TITANIC: THE OOZING SKULL (2007/1997) – 1/3/14 – Amazon Instant
  4. THE CRIMINAL a.k.a. CONCRETE JUNGLE (1960) – 1/3/14 – Amazon Instant
  5. OLD DRACULA / OLD DRAC (1974) – 1/3/14 – Amazon Instant
  6. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (2014) – 1/4/14 – AMC 16 BURBANK
  7. DECEPTIVE PRACTICE: THE MYSTERIES & MENTORS OF RICKY JAY (2012) – 1/4/14 – Netflix
  8. KILLER’S MOON (1978) – 1/4/14 – Netflix
  9. BLACK FOREST (2012) – 1/5/14 – Netflix
  10. WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS (2013) – 1/6/14 – Netflix
  11. THE ELDRITCH INFLUENCE: THE LIFE, VISION AND PHENOMENON OF H.P. LOVECRAFT (2004) – 1/6/14 – Stream
  12. SEXY EVIL GENIUS (2011) – 1/8/14 – Netflix
  13. COP HATER (1958) – 1/9/14 – Netflix
  14. STOKER (2013) – 1/10/14 – HBO GO
  15. BURKE & HARE (2010) – 1/11/14 – Netflix
  16. GANTZ (2010) – 1/12/14 – Reel Grit
  17. IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953) – 1/13/14 – New Beverly
  18. ALIEN SPACE AVENGER (1988) – 1/16/14 – VHS
  19. GANTZ PERFECT ANSWERS (2011) – 1/19/14 – Reel Grit
  20. HER (2013) – 1/21/14 – Arclight Hollywood
  21. THE BLOOD OF HEROES (1989) – 1/22/14 – HBO GO
  22. VENUS (2006) – 1/23/14 – New Beverly
  23. LONE SURVIVOR (2014) – 1/24/14 – AMC Burbank Town Center 6
  24. ANY NUMBER CAN WIN (1963) – 1/26/14 – Reel Grit
  25. THE PUNISHER (2004) – 1/29/14 – DVD
  26. MAN OF TAI CHI (2013) – 1/29/14 – Netflix
  27. PUNISHER WAR ZONE (2008) – 1/30/14 – DVD
  28. ENDER’S GAME (2013) – 1/31/14 – DVD
  29. OPEN HOUSE (1987) – 2/1/14 – Stream
  30. COLD SWEAT (1970) – 2/6/14 – Amazon Instant
  31. CAPTAIN COMANCHE (1971) – 2/6/14 – Amazon Instant
  32. THE PURGE (2013) – 2/6/14 – DVD
  33. WHITE HOUSE DOWN (2013) – 2/6/14 – DVD
  34. THE LEGO MOVIE (2014) – 2/8/14 – AMC 16 Burbank
  35. ESCAPE PLAN  (1955) – 2/17/14 – DVD
  36. FAST AND THE FURIOUS 6 (2013) – 2/17/14 – DVD
  37. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (2013) – 2/22/14 – Cable
  38. MACHETE KILLS (2013) – 2/22/14 – On Demand
  39. ALI BABA & HIS FORTY THIEVES (1954) – 2/25/14 – New Beverly
  40. BAD MILO (2013) – 3/6/14 – Netflix
  41. RAZE (2013) – 3/8/14 – New Beverly
  42. CARPOOL (1983) – 3/9/14 –  Netflix
  43. THE RAID 2 (2014) – 3/13/14 – Harmony Gold Theater
  44. KEEPING TRACK (1986) – 3/14/14 – Amazon Instant
  45. VIOLET & DAISY (2011) – 3/15/14 – Netflix
  46. THE DEVIL’S 8 (1969) – 3/16/14 – Netflix – (maybe re-see)
  47. SCOOBY DOO WRESTLEMANIA (2014) – 3/20/14 – DVD
  48. COBRA THUNDER BOLT (1984) – 3/21/14 – VHS
  49. NO BLADE OF GRASS (1970) – 3/21/14 – Stream
  50. DRAGON LANCE (2008) – 3/22/14 – YouTube
  51. THE COUNSELOR (2013) – 3/22/14 – HBO
  52. RONIN 47 (2013) – 3/26/14 – DVD
  53. KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM (2013) – 3/27/14 – DVD
  54. SABOTAGE (2014) – 3/28/14 – Arclight Pasadena
  55. ROBOCOP (2014) – 3/28/14 – Regal Alhambra
  56. MISS GRANNY (2014) – 3/29/14 – CGV
  57. ALMOST HUMAN (2013) – 3/29/14 – Amazon Instant
  58. LOCKER 13 (2014) – 3/29/14 – NoHo7
  59. NON-STOP (2014) – 3/29/14 – Burbank 6
  60. DOM HEMINGWAY (2014) – 4/1/14 – LA Film School
  61. PIER 5, HAVANA (1959) – 4/2/14 – Amazon Instant
  62. THE DALTON GIRLS (1957) – 4/2/14 – Amazon Instant
  63. SPRING BREAKERS (2012) – 4/8/14 – Amazon Instant
  64. MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) – 4/8/14 – Amazon Instant
  65. AUSTEN LAND (2013) – 4/9/14 – DVD
  66. RUSH (2013) – 4/9/14 – DVD
  67. ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (2013) – 4/17/14 – Arclight –
  68. BLUE COLLAR (1978) – 4/18/14 – HBOgo
  69. ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS (1964) – 4/19/14 – Amazon Instant
  70. WOMAN ON TOP (2002) – 4/23/14 – HBOgo
  71. ALAN PARTRIDGE (2013) – 4/24/14 – Amazon Instant
  72. DEATH MACHINE (1994) – 4/25/14 – Amazon Instant
  73. SON OF BATMAN (2014) – 4/30/14 – DVD
  74. NIGHT FRIGHT (1967) – 4/30/14 – YouTube
  75. CHEF (2014) – 5/5/14 – LA Film School
  76. I’M SO EXCITED (2013) – 5/9/14 – DVD
  77. GODZILLA (2014) – 5/17/14 – Harkins Theater/Riverside
  78. BROKEN (2014) – 5/21/14 – CGV
  79. X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014) – 5/23/14 – Arclight/Dome
  80. DO THE RIGHT THING (1989) – 5/24/14 – Rosemead High School
  81. RED 2 (2013) – 5/27/14 – HBOgo
  82. ALIEN ABDUCTION (2013) – 5/29/14 – DVD
  83. GANGSTER STORY (1959) – 5/30/14 – Amazon Instant
  84. THE SACRAMENT (2013) – 5/30/14 – Amazon Instant
  85. GALLIPOLI (1981) – 6/1/14 – Amazon Instant
  86. THE DEADLY SPAWN (1983) – 6/2/14 – VHS
  87. THE HOST (2013) – 6/2/14 – Netflix
  88. WILLOW CREEK (2013) – 6/5/14 – DVD
  89. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (2013) – 6/6/14 – Netflix
  90. HOME FRONT (2013) – 6/7/14 – DVD
  91. PORT OF NEW YORK (1949) – 6/7/14 – Amazon Instant
  92. ODD THOMAS (2013) – 6/8/14 – Netflix
  93. EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014) – 6/11/14 – Vista
  94. TiMER (2009) – 6/15/14 – Netflix
  95. IN THE BLOOD (2013) – 6/20/14 – DVD
  96. ART OF THE STEAL (2013) – 6/20/14 – Netflix
  97. WALK OF SHAME (2014) – 6/20/14 – DVD
  98. INSIDIOUS 2 (2013) – 6/21/14 – Netflix
  99. DOC OF THE DEAD (2014) – 6/24/14 – Netflix
  100. SNOWPIERCER (2013) – 6/26/14 – CGV
  101.  GRABBERS (2012) – 6/29/14 – Netflix
  102.  KING OF THE MOUNTAIN (1981) – 7/2/14
  103.  FRECKLES (1960) – 7/5/14 – DVR
  104.  THE EAST (2013) – 7/6/14 – Netflix
  105.  DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2014) – 7/11/14 – Burbank AMC 16
  106.  SHOCK TREATMENT (1972) – 7/20/14 – REEL GRIT
  107.  BATMAN ASSAULT ON ARKHAM (2014) – 7/25/14 – SDCC
  108.  SIRENS (1993) – 7/29/14 – Netflix
  109.  UNDER THE SKIN (2013) – 7/30/14 – New Beverly
  110.  GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014) – 7/31/14 – Arclight
  111.  MERLIN THE RETURN (2000) – 8/10/14 – Netflix
  112.  SEPTEMBER STORM (1960) – 8/10/14 – Amazon Instant
  113.  THE ROVER (2014) – 8/10/14 – New Beverly
  114.  SWASHBUCKLER (1976) – 8/11/14 – Netflix
  115.  THE CORSICAN BROTHERS (1941) – 8/11/14
  116.  MURDER BY THE BOOK (1987) – 8/19/14 – Netflix
  117.  HAMMETT (1982) – 8/19/14 – Netflix
  118.  SUNSHINE (2007) – 8/23/14 – Netflix
  119.  MY GUN IS QUICK (1957) – 8/25/14 – Netflix
  120.  CLOUD BURST (1952) – 8/25/14 – Netflix
  121.  DEADLY HERO (1975) – 8/27/14 – New Beverly
  122.  ALPHAVILLE (1965) – 8/30/14 – New Beverly
  123.  BAND OF OUTSIDERS (1964) – New Beverly
  124.  THE WOMAN IN BLACK (2012) – 9/1/14 – Amazon Instant
  125.  STAGE COACH TO FURY (1956) – 9/2/14 – Amazon Instant
  126.  I KNOW THAT VOICE (2013) – 9/3/14 – Netflix
  127.  SHADOW CHASER (1992) – 9/4/14 – YouTube
  128.  BLUE RUIN (2013) – 9/5/14 – Netflix
  129.  SCHIZO (1976) – 9/12/14 – Amazon Instant
  130.  TICKS (1993) – 9/14/14 – DVD – 9/14/14
  131.  GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014) – 9/15/14 – On Demand
  132.  THE TRIP TO ITALY (2014) – 9/23/14 – Sundance
  133.  (SECRET SCREENING) (2014) – 9/28/14 – REEL GRIT
  134.  HALLOWEEN 2 (2009) – 10/5/14 – DVD
  135.  FORCE MAJEURE (2014) – 10/5/14 – REEL GRIT
  136.  THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY (2014) – 10/7/14 – SUNDANCE
  137.  TOPAZ (1969) – 10/19/14 – YouTube
  138.  IN A WORLD (2013) – 10/19/14 – Amazon Instant
  139.  HAUNTER (2013) – 10/21/14 – Netflix
  140.  CUBAN FURY (2014) – 10/22/14 – Netflix
  141.  JOHN WICK (2014) – 10/23/14 – Arclight/Dome
  142.  GALAXY INVADER (1985) – 10/25/14 – YouTube
  143.  INVADERS FROM MARS (1953) – 10/25/14 – YouTube
  144.  IN THE YEAR 2889 (1967) – 10/25/14 – YouTube
  145.  RETURN OF THE KILLER TOMATOES (1988) – 10/27/14 – Netflix
  146.  BRINGING UP BABY (1938) – 10/27/14 – YouTube
  147.  HELLBOUND (1957) – 10/27/14 – Netflix
  148.  AWAKE THE STORY OF YUGANDA (2014) – 10/28/14 – SUNDANCE
  149.  THEY (2002) – 10/31/14 – Amazon Instant
  150. THE LADY SAYS NO (1951) – 11/1/14 – Amazon Instant
  151.  BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (2012) – 11/5/14 – Netflix
  152.  WITCHING & BITCHING (2013) – 11/6/14 – Netflix
  153.  SPANISH CAPE MYSTERY (1935) – 11/8/14 – YouTube
  154.  BEWARE OF LADIES (1936) – 11/8/14 – YouTube
  155.  FOOLS RUSH IN (1949) – 11/8/14 – YouTube
  156.  ALL OVER THE TOWN (1949) – 11/8/14 – YouTube
  157.  AUTOMATA (2014) – 11/9/14 – XBOX
  158.  THE DOUBLE (2013) – 11/10/14 – Amazon Instant
  159.  CAMPFIRE TALES (1991) – 11/11/14 – YouTube
  160.  BOY (2010) – 11/15/14 – Netflix
  161.  METAMORPHOSIS THE ALIEN FACTOR (1990) – 11/21/14 – YouTube
  162.  22 JUMP STREET (2014) – 11/27/14 – DVD
  163.  EXPENDABLES 3 (2014) – 11/27/14 – DVD
  164.  THE MYSTERY OF THE 13th GUEST (1943) – 11/29/14 – Netflix
  165.  TOP SECRET / a.k.a MR. POTTS GOES TO MOSCOW (1952) – 11/29/14 – Netflix
  166.  MY LIFE SO FAR (1999) – 11/29/14 – Netflix
  167.  ISN’T LIFE WONDERFUL (1954) – 11/29/14 – Netflix
  168.  STIFF UPPER LIPS (1998) – 11/29/14 – Netflix
  169.  DRACULA UNTOLD (2014) – 11/30/14 – Regency Valley Plaza 6
  170.  CAMP TAKOTA (2014) – 12/1/14 – Netflix
  171.  THE AFFAIRS OF CAPPY RICKS (1937) – 12/2/14 – Amazon Instant
  172.  CHATO’S LAND (1972) – 12/2/14 – Amazon Instant
  173.  THE CRIMSON CULT (1968) – 12/3/14 – Netflix
  174. THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR (1967) – 12/3/14 – Netflix
  175.  NOT SAFE FOR WORK (2014) – 12/3/14 – Netflix
  176.  LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF (2003) – 12/4/14 – Netflix
  177.  BIO ZOMBIE (1998) – 12/5/14 – YouTube
  178.  MEL BROOKS: MAKE A NOISE (2013) – 12/6/14 – Netflix
  179.  THE LIVING GHOST (1942) – 12/6/14 – Netflix
  180.  OCULUS (2013) – 12/7/14 – Netflix
  181.  NOMADS (1986) – 12/8/14 – Netflix
  182.  THE SPELL (1977) – 12/8/14 – Netflix
  183.  CAMPUS RHYTHM (1943) – 12/8/14 – Netflix
  184.  TOP OF THE WORLD (1955) – 12/8/14 – Netflix
  185.  SHARKNADO THE SECOND ONE (2014) – 12/8/14 – Netflix
  186.  THREE GUYS NAMED MIKE (1951) – 12/12/14 – Amazon Instant
  187.  OMEGA DOOM (1996) – 12/13/14 – Crackle
  188.  MERCENARIES (2014) – 12/20/14 – Netflix
  189.  STRETCH (2014) – 12/20/14 – Netflix
  190.  PARKER (2013) – 12/20/14 – Netflix
  191. AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (1945) – 12/26/14 – YouTube
  192.  DEAD MAN’S FOLLY (1984) – 12/27/14 – YouTube
  193.  PYGMALION (1938) – 12/27/14 – YouTube
  194.  ROYAL WEDDING (1951) – 12/28/14 – YouTube
  195.  THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (2014) – 12/29/14 – AMC Burbank 8
  196.  RAGNAROK (2013) – 12/29/14 – Netflix
  197.  THE MAN FROM PLANET X (1951) – 12/30/14 – Netflix
  198.  THE HOTEL SAHARA (1951) – 12/30/14 – YouTube
  199.  FROZEN (2013) – 12/31/14 – DVD
  200. HORNS (2014) –12/31/14 – DVD

Of all the movies listed above, I didn’t catch too many 2014 releases, but of what I did see these are my TOP 10:

1. MISS GRANNY

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2. ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

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3. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

poster GoG

4. JOHN WICK

5. BLUE RUIN

6. THE ROVER

7. FORCE MAJEURE

8. GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

9. BROKEN

10. SNOWPIERCER

 

RE-SEE MOVIES:

  1. CONGO (1995) – 01/01/14 – Netflix
  2. TOP SECRET (1984) – 01/02/14 – Amazon Instant
  3. NEVER ON TUESDAY (1989) – 1/5/14 – Netflix never on tuesday
  4. JACK REACHER (2013) – 1/8/14 – Netflix
  5. DAGON (2001) – 1/10/14 – DVD
  6. THIS ISLAND EARTH (1955) – 1/13/14 – New Beverly
  7. NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1987) – 1/16/15  – VHS DUB of USA TV Version COMMANDER USA’S Groovie Movies
  8. THE PUNISHER (1989) – 1/17/14 – DVD
  9. I SELL THE DEAD (2008) – 1/17/14 – Netflix
  10. THE GOONIES (1985) – 1/18/14 – Electric Dusk Drive-In
  11. DARKMAN (1990) – 1/19/14 – FLIX
  12. CREATOR (1985) – 1/23/14 – New Beverly
  13. RIDDICK (2013) – 1/31/14 – HBOgo
  14. TILL DEATH DO WE SCARE (1982) – 2/04/14 – New Beverly
  15. FIRST BLOOD (1982) – 2/9/14 – REEL GRIT
  16. THE LADY AND THE TRAMP (1955) – 2/14/14 – El Capitan
  17. WITCHES OF EASTWICK (1987) – 2/17/14 – Amazon Instant
  18. BLAST FROM THE PAST (1999) – 3/2/14 – Cable TV
  19. HARVEY (1950) – 3/5/14 – DVD
  20. THE STATION AGENT (2004) –3/7/14 – Amazon Instant
  21. TIME AFTER TIME (1979) –  3/12/14 – Landmark Pico
  22. ROBIN HOOD MEN IN TIGHTS (1991) – 3/14/14 – Amazon Instant
  23. SPACEBALLS (1987) – 3/16/14 – Amazon Instant
  24. THE FRIGHTENERS (1996) – 3/16/14 – Amazon Instant
  25. HAIRSPRAY (1988) – 3/16/14 – New Beverly
  26. THREE AMIGOS (1986) – 3/22/14 – YouTube
  27. SUPERNOVA (1996) – 3/22/14 – HBOgo
  28. STRANGE BEHAVIOR / a.k.a. DEAD KIDS (1981) – 3/25/14 – New Beverly
  29. BATMAN MASK OF THE PHANTASM (1993) – 3/11/14 – Nuart
  30. SCOOBY DOO: WRESTLEMANIA MYSTERY (2014) – 3/13/14 – DVD
  31. PACIFIC RIM (2013) – 3/14/14 – HBOgo
  32. ACES GO PLACES IV (1996) – 3/22/14 – New Beverly
  33. A TALE FROM THE EAST (1990) – 3/22/14 – New Beverly
  34. BOWFINGER (1999) – 3/27/14 – HBOgo
  35. FRONT PAGE (1974) – 3/27/14 – HBOgo
  36. SLITHER (2006) – 5/1/14 – Egyptian
  37. EXPLORERS (1985) – 5/3/14 – New Beverly
  38. DREDD (2012) – 5/17/14 – On Demand
  39. RESERVOIR DOGS (1992) – 5/24/14 – Rosemead High School
  40. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) – 5/24/14 – Rosemead High School
  41. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) – 5/24/14 – Rosemead High School
  42. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) – 5/24/14 – Rosemead High School
  43. ROCKY (1976) – 5/24/14 – Rosemead High School
  44. TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) – 5/24/14 – Rosemead High School
  45. BAMBI (1942) – 5/24/14 – Rosemead High School
  46. COMIC BOOK VILLAINS (2002) – 5/29/14 – Amazon Instant
  47. FIELD OF DREAMS (1989) – 6/1/14 – New Beverly
  48. MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE (1986) – 6/5/14 – Netflix
  49. ALIEN (1979) – 6/10/14 – New Beverly
  50. JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (2013) – 6/10/14 – New Beverly
  51. DARKMAN III: DIE DARKMAN DIE (1996) – 6/14/14 – Cable TV
  52. HEATHERS (1986) – 6/16/14 – Netflix
  53. STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME (1986) – Netflix
  54. REMOTE CONTROL (1988) – 3/17/14 – Netflix
  55. WORLD WAR Z (2013) – 3/20/14 – Netflix
  56. SHAKMA (1990) – 3/22/14 – Netflix
  57. THE KARATE KID (1984) – 3/23/14 – New Beverly
  58. SERENITY (2005) – 3/26/14 – Netflix
  59. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986) – 6/28/14 – Netflix
  60. SORCERER (1977) – 7/1/14 – New Beverly
  61. RUNAWAY TRAIN (1985) – 7/1/14 – New Beverly
  62. 1941 (1979) – 7/4/14 – Netflix
  63. CONEHEADS (1993) – 7/6/14 – Netflix
  64. ROCK ‘n’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL (1979) – 7/12/14 – Netflix
  65. CABIN IN THE WOOD (2012) – 7/12/14 – New Beverly
  66. THE MUMMY (1932) – 7/13/14 – Netflix
  67. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977) – 7/19/14 – DVD
  68. EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY (1988) – 7/28/14 – DVD
  69. BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA (1974) – 8/3/14 – REEL GRIT
  70. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) – 8/7/14 – Amazon Instant
  71. STARGATE (1994) – 8/10/14 – Netflix
  72. MC HALE’S NAVY (1997) – 8/10/14 – Netflix
  73. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014) – 8/11/14 – Vista
  74. ACE IN THE HOLE (1951) – 8/16/14 – REEL GRIT/SIX SHOOTER
  75. THE SWIMMER (1968) – 8/16/14 – REEL GRIT/SIX SHOOTER
  76. TOUCH OF EVIL (1998) – 8/16/14 – REEL GRIT/SIX SHOOTER
  77. PREDATOR (1987) – 8/16/14 – REEL GRIT/SIX SHOOTER
  78. NEVERENDING STORY (1984) – 8/16/14 – Cinespia
  79. LEGEND (1985) – 8/16/14 – Cinespia
  80. LABYRINTH (1986) – 8/16/14 – Cinespia
  81. THE PIRATE MOVIE (1982) – 8/28/14 – DVD
  82. DOOM (2005) – 8/28/14 – HBOgo
  83. eXistenZ (1999) – 8/29/14
  84. THE WIZARD (1989) – 8/30/14 – New Beverly
  85. SECRET SCREENING (1977) – 9/7/14 – REEL GRIT
  86. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) – 9/9/14 – ACADEMY
  87. MOONSTRUCK (1987) – 9/11/14 – Amazon Instant
  88. DARK PASSAGE (1947) – 9/11/14 – Amazon Instant
  89. CONSTANTINE (2005) – 9/13/14 – HBOgo
  90. MYSTERY MEN (1999) – 9/13/14 – HBOgo
  91. INVADERS FROM MARS (1986) – 9/14/14 – Netflix
  92. STRANGE INVADERS (1983) – 9/15/14 – VHS
  93. NEXT OF KIN (1989) – 9/29/14 – HBOgo
  94. INVASIONS OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978) – Netflix
  95. GALAXY QUEST (1999) – 10/5/14 – Netflix
  96. EVIL DEAD (1981) – 10/25/14 – Netflix
  97. PIER 5, HAVANA (1959) – 10/29/14 – Netflix
  98. ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) – 10/30/14 – DVD
  99. THE CRAFT (1996) – 10/30/14 – Netflix
  100. HOUSE (1986) – 10/31/14 – Netflix
  101. HOUSE 2: THE SECOND STORY (1987) – 10/31/14 – Netflix
  102. BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY (1991) – 11/1/14 – VHS
  103. THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (1976) – 11/5/14 – Netflix
  104. TOTAL RECALL (1992) – 11/6/14 – Netflix
  105. CAMPFIRE TALES (1998) – 11/11/14 – YouTube
  106. THE LEGO MOVIE (2014) – 11/16/14 – HBOgo
  107. WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) – 11/18/14 – Netflix
  108. LOTR: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS (2001) – 11/24/4 – HBOgo
  109. LOTR: THE TWO TOWERS (2002) – 11/24/14 – HBOgo
  110. LOTR: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003) – 11/24/14 – HBOgo
  111. BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (1992) – 12/7/14 – Netflix
  112. MORTAL KOMBAT (1995) – 12/12/14 – HBOgo
  113. THE LIFE OF BRIAN (1997) – 12/13/14 – Aero
  114. ERIK THE VIKING (1989) – 12/13/14 – Aero
  115. WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988) – 12/19/14 – Netflix
  116. SCROOGED (1988) – 12/20/14 – Netflix
  117. HERCULES (1997) – 12/20/14 – Netflix
  118. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) – 12/22/14 – Netflix
  119. THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE (2000) – 12/22/14 – Netflix
  120. CLUE (1985) – 12/16/14 – Amazon Instant
  121. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014) 12/31/14 – DVD

My 2014 movie totals are 200 New Movies (movies I’d never seen before) and 121 re-sees for a grand total of 321 movies. If you’re interested in some of my re-sees one of my most favorites to revisit was NEVER ON TUESDAY. Yup!

Here’s to more movie watching in 2015! I’m off to a good start and am on my third flick! It’s nice to have a day off to just watch movies at home! YUP YUP YUP! Let’s all keep watching movies.

This past Tuesday night I got to attend a screening of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at the Academy in Beverly Hills. The theater was packed and sold out!

IMG_20140909_182916 (1)It’s was a special 40th Anniversary screening with Mel Brooks, Terri Garr,  and Cloris Leachman in attendance along with producer Michael Gruskoff. The whole Q&A was moderated by critic/historian Leonard Maltin.  He began with a little history of the movie, reminding us how timeless the film truly is and shared some correspondences from Gene Wilder and Gene Hackman. (Gene Hackman said how he got involved with the movie by asking Gene about his latest project over a game of tennis.)

The Q&A was full of laughs and memories for all to share in. Mel and Cloris had more than a few back and forth jabs at each other. Everyone was very quick witted for sure.

Cloris complained that Mel didn’t stop Gene when he would continue to laugh and ruin takes. The scene walking along the stairs when they first arrive at the castle took like 15 takes. Mel says he couldn’t yell at his star. Terri admitted her mother worked on the film on the costumes and Mel never knew that they were related.

Everyone shared their favorite scenes on down the line. Mel said how the first cut was over 2 hours and after his test screening he cut it down to 91 minutes and delivered the film we all know and love and laugh along with.

One of the most enjoyable moments was when Cloris picked out her grand-daughter who was in the audience and explained to her the “knockers” joke. Cloris stood up, and made it clear that “knockers” had two meanings.

It had been a while since I last saw YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. It was a lot of fun and the theater was full of laughter. No matter how many times I’ve seen it the jokes get me every time. Oh, Mel and Cloris stuck around to watch too. I could peek over and see Mel chuckling along, and his son Max Brooks was there too.

I’m so happy the Academy put on screenings like this and that I was fortunate enough to attend. For $5.00 it’s a great deal! I know there’s a new Blu-Ray out of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, so do yourself a favor and get it, watch, and laugh. (I have to go get myself a copy too!)

I love groot 1GROOT, but then again who doesn’t? And, what about BABY GROOT? Well he’s just plain adorable!

After watching GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY I decided to get crafty and do some felting. I happened to have the right wool colors at my disposal and so I began my work.

Felting is shaping wool by poking it with a special needle to tighten all the fibers together. I first got into felting it thanks to discovering Wool Buddy at a Comic Con. (I highly recommend their patterns/boxes with all you need to start felting!) Since that moment I’ve gone and felted other things and right now felting BABY GROOTS is my obsession.

I can’t wait to get more supplies and make even more! Now that I’ve seen GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY twice now I’m even more inspired! Yup.

me and groots

WE ARE GROOT!!!

groot and chairy groot and comic

comic-con-logoI was just at Comic-Con this past weekend. I am working on a write up of my entire adventure to share pictures and panel reports.

As I get all that fun stuff typed up here’s a few links of some sights that I saw; mostly cosplay outfits from the first few days. I posted them over on my tumblr pages:

Cahcat Tumblr 

Shempcat Tumblr 

I also tweeted a lot of photos too, you can take a look and follow me here:  https://twitter.com/cahcat

Please check them all out and stay tuned for more Comic-Con going stories!

Remember: Comic Books Kick Ass!

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A Comic-Con Selfie

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Formerly shempcat.geckobrothers.com…now at a brand new home all my own! 

Stay tuned, please, more movie going ramblings and fun adventures here at my little place on the web coming soon.

In the mean time, here’s some other places to find shempcat adventures:
You may notice I’ve been bit behind in sharing all the fun, but I’m coming back, better than ever! Yup Yup Yup! It’s long overdue!