A Ghost Story (of sorts)

Now that I have enough published stories out to make recording them for podcast worthwhile, I’ve begun. (Of course, “Stanny Couldn’t Make It” is already available, to your left. I’ll be re-releasing that on the podcast feed sometime down the line.) The first one is well suited for Halloween. It is “The Curious Legend of… Continue reading A Ghost Story (of sorts)

Why I Love Reading Reviews of Bad Movies

It has a lot to do with passages like this one, taken from the Village Voice’s Allen Scherstuhl’s review of Altas Shrugged III: Your Rail, My Steel. One of the workers, the sexy un-impoverished-looking one, catches her eye. It’s John Galt (Kristoffer Polaha), the Harlequin Romance hunk who runs that VIP colony in the Rockies and… Continue reading Why I Love Reading Reviews of Bad Movies

Can Amityville 2: The Possession Be Saved?

The Amityville franchise is a rancid body of work. From the first feature in 1979 to the Michael Bay produced remake in 2005, the series has served up all the ooze, breasts, dog abuse-Fu and questionable real estate purchases that…well…there must have been someone who wanted them. The second film, supposedly a prequel to 1979’s Amityville… Continue reading Can Amityville 2: The Possession Be Saved?

Could One of the Worst Movies of the 1980s Be Salvaged?

 Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like? Part two of our little parlor game takes us to a movie that traumatized me when I was but a mere slip of a lad: 1983’s abomination, The Lonely Lady. The Lonely Lady tells a simple story.… Continue reading Could One of the Worst Movies of the 1980s Be Salvaged?

The Ten Essential MST3K Episodes

Last week, the AVClub came up with their list of the ten essential episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. And while I liked the episodes they listed, my list differs enough that I felt compelled to share. My picks had to meet three criteria: they’re funny on their own, accessible to newcomers, and bring us to… Continue reading The Ten Essential MST3K Episodes

Quaint and Best Forgotten Volumes Part 2: Amityville II: The Possession

Once upon a time, during a real estate crisis not wholly dissimilar from our own, a couple that found itself unable to afford the house they’d just bought got together with their attorney and, over a bottle of wine, seized upon a way to spin their straw into gold: a hoax. That hoax begat a… Continue reading Quaint and Best Forgotten Volumes Part 2: Amityville II: The Possession