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Monday, January 16, 2017

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #247!

Theme Week! Let's look at three weekly posters that accompanied the release of a cool old movie serial back in the day - in this case the first ever live-action cinematic appearance of the Man of Steel!








Superman  (Columbia Pictures, 1948)






























Everybody seems to complain about this serial because whenever star Kirk Alyn takes off flying as Superman he turns into an animated cartoon. I think it's cool. But then I love Bela Lugosi's animated transformation into a bat in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

It's a fun old serial and I love these posters.










Until next post - you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday Night at the Movies 1/14/17!

Who cares what picture we see?


Avery Schreiber might if you bring him soup - while I whip some up this will be tonight's choice...











In the late 80's anything could get a sequel - as name recognition on a VHS video shelf apparently helped move rentals out the door. So during my weird two months in Florida in late 1988 (you remember - the 60 days where I watched 125 movies?) I saw this "sequel" to the silly 1980 original playing at the local drive-in in Winter Haven Florida. I don't remember what the second feature was.

It's just a completely goofy pretty much in-name-only follow up - and it now resides in the video vault on a fine VHS cassette - and we could be watching this highly appropriate for today flick at any time - even this very evening - if you'd like to strike back at coming over and joining me.











Until next post - you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday 1/12/17!

It's another link to the past - and since it's Thursday the 12th - in honor of tomorrow, we'll go with this older post...





















Until next post - you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #246!

Running behind - no (or few) words - let's get to the three posters...













































Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Saturday Night at the Movies 1/7/17!

Who cares what picture we see?


Kristi Somers most certainly would, if someone can get ahold of her and let her know. While we're checking on that - this will be tonight's choice...













Cyndi Lauper's hit song got the cinematic treatment for this flick, which graced theaters in the Spring of 1985. It's been given a story about two girls (Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt) trying to get on a televised dance competition. Simple as that - but then, it is based on a pop song.

The cast includes Lee Montgomery (who once sang to a rat in Ben), Jonathan Silverman, Ed Lauter, Shannen Doherty, Holly Gagnier, and most importantly - but sadly only briefly - Kristi Somers - who made such an impression on me in Hardbodies.

Here's what I'm talking about:









So - yeah - I'll watch anything with this young lady in it - even a silly girls' dance movie like this one. I get to keep my man card, right?

In any case, the movie resides in the video vault in a fine 80's flick box set, and we could be marveling over Ms. Somers at any time - even this very evening - if you'd like to dance over to my place and check it out with me...









Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Throwback Thursday 1/5/17!



Legends of the Superheroes!










Ah, that incredible year 1979. It was a wondrous year - for me, anyway - and it certainly got off to some kind of start on January 18th and again a week later on January 25th. This Batman '66 fan (and no, we didn't call it that back then but it's a really convenient identifier now) was glued to the tiny black and white 13 inch TV I'd inherited when my older brother moved out - because NBC was airing the first part of a two part special trying to cash in on the success of The Incredible Hulk over on CBS.


The Legends of the Superheroes brought back Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin, and scored Frank Gorshin as the Riddler. There are several other heroes as can be seen in the picture above - but no one too famous is among those actors. But on the bad guy side hanging out with Gorshin you have actors like Charlie Callas, Howard Morris, and Jeff Altman.


The show aired in two hour long segments. The first was called "The Challenge" and was a story based episode pitting the heroes against the villains. Unfortunately, even at that tender age I could see that these shows went beyond the original Batman series's camp into just plain childishness. This wasn't made any better the next week when that episode was called "The Roast" and was indeed a super goofy takeoff of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts that had been hugely popular on NBC a few years earlier. I kept that second hour on my TV, but I think I only sporadically paid attention to it while I sent my Star Wars guys on a new adventure.








By the way - feeling that way about the shows during their initial airing did not prevent me from having Warner Archive whip me up a DVD of the two shows when they became available. I haven't watched them yet - I wonder how I'll feel about them now?










Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #245!

Let's do it for the first time in 2017!




Phenomena  (New Line Cinema, 1985)




I finally got to see this 116 minute Dario Argento flick - famously brought over here in the mid-80's and released in a chopped up 86 minute version titles Creepers. Argento apparently cites it as his favorite of his works - I enjoyed it but I think he might have done better.










Ant-Man  (Marvel Studios,2015)




Still haven't managed to see this one, though I did see the character in his subsequent appearance in Captain America: Civil War. I do want to see this soon.









Trading Places  (Paramount, 1983)




Ah. Jamie Lee's.

But I digress.

Actually, hell I do!

Jamie Lee's!










Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!