Vintage geek content from the archives of the geek, comic, and entertainment collections.
"Living Room Violence"
Comic book reviews seem pointless, as you'll most likely never get right out to gobble up the issue I'm writing about (graphic novels, on the other hand, are a pretty popular commodity). Regardless, even though my comic book videos get so few views comparatively, I still feel compelled to write about comics. Mainly because they appeal to me, and they are there. (I mean, in abundance.)
- Top Story - February 2024
Storm Warning (1951)
*Spoiler Alert* It is rare to talk about Doris Day coupled with threat and menace. Storm Warning is a dark melodrama from 1951 which features the story of sisters Marsha (Ginger Rogers) and Lucy (Doris Day).
Teacher’s Pet (1958)
I am a big Doris Day fan. When I went away to university I had a poster of her in my student halls room (alongside one of Billie Holiday, because I’m nothing if not quirky and eclectic). I wrote my undergraduate dissertation on Day, despite her making her last movie before I was born. I had seen Calamity Jane as a young girl and it left a lasting impression on me. I was entranced by the feisty young woman who had to mould herself into the ideal of womanhood. I loved her energy, her physical comedy and her sweet singing.
Mickey Mouse became public domain
British spelling --- Most people on this planet know Mickey Mouse. Somehow, it gives me great joy to know that one of the most iconic characters created in the history of comic books, cartoons, and film is now free from the Walt Disney Company realm.
Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.
Troma Studios has been turning out micro-budgeted shlock toilet bowl movies since the early Seventies, concentrating heavily on gore and sex and violence and camp, and most assuredly not turning out anything that is ever going to be winning any Critic's Choice Awards or any accolades whatsoever. These are garbage pail movies for the comic book and horror video crowd--which, of course, is just fine, and is often a helluva lot more entertaining than anything the more highbrow provenders of cinematic fare might have to offer up.
Fire and Ice
Frank Frazetta is widely regarded as the "Father of Fantasy Illustration," at least in the modern sense, and Ralph Bakshi is an all-around genius in his own right, having put out a succession of wildly divergent animated films, from the X-rated blue humor of Fritz the Cat (1972) to the rumble-in-the-jungle drama of American Pop (1981) and Heavy Traffic (1973). He also was the first to plumb the depths of the immortal Tolkien "Rings" saga, with his admittedly incomplete adaptation of the first third of the famous trilogy (the sequels, regrettably, were never made), The Lord of the Rings (1978). A confessed long-time lover of fantasy epics, Bakshi also made the cult favorite Wizards (1977), which had voices provided by Mark Hamill of Star Wars legendry, among others.
“I couldn’t have dreamed it. No, I couldn’t. I couldn’t have dreamed it. No, I couldn’t have dreamed it. I couldn’t have dreamed it. Did I dream? Did I really, really, dream? Dream, dream.” (Paula Alquist-Anton)
CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD. The Creator is what every good movie ought to be. Thought-provoking, grounded, visually stunning, and heartfelt. This is especially important when it comes to science fiction movies in the twentieth century, where the film industry has become hyper-focused on creating things that can be turned into franchises, AKA cash cows they can milk until the cow collapses.
Play On Podcast: Shakespeare Reimagined
Friends can fill many important roles in people's lives, such as support, companionship, enjoyment, and sharing feelings. One contribution a friend can make is to guide you to TV shows, movies, books, and podcasts that are worth your time. I'm still upset at my buddy Gene for recommending Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
The story of my one, and only acting role as the wicked witch of the west in a production of the Wizard of Oz
when I was in Girl Scouts for a little bit, we did a makeshift production of the Wizard of Oz. Yours truly meaning me was cast as the wicked witch of the west. It was my one and only acting role. I enjoyed it immensely. It was very very very very fun.
"King of the Living Dead!"
Note: This story was adapted from the comic magazine Eerie Issue #1, 1952. Public domain. NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT.
Unlocking the Magic
The enchanting world of Disney has captivated hearts and minds for generations, and collectors worldwide have found a unique way to commemorate this magic through Disney collectible keys. These keys, more than mere souvenirs, represent a fusion of nostalgia, craftsmanship, and storytelling. This essay explores the captivating universe of Disney collectible keys, tracing their evolution, significance, and the enchanting stories they unlock for fans and collectors alike.