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    • May 23, 2014 2:33 AM CDT
    • Not so quick reply: To a degree , maybe , but it seem like Tokusatsu refers largely to Kaiju (Giant Monsters) than some of the more serious Horror / Sci Fi myself , and other people discussed.

      Of course, several of these movies DO feature giant monsters , but they're usually presented on a different scale than say , Godzilla , Rodan or Ghidorah.   Maijin is , technically , a giant monster, but he's a resurrected ancient Japanese warrior , a statue , I believe , making him more like a Golem than a reptilian or insectoid creature. But , Lake of Dracula ( Recommended.) , The Human Vapor , The H man , GOKE , The Body Snatcher From Hell , The Manster , and others , broke away from the Kaiju formula , even when said movies did feature giant monsters.   GOJIRA , OF COURSE , WAS AIMED AT ADULTS AND TEENS , But ,the Godzila we know and still love became more of a children's attraction (Which is cool.), but , more movies came out of Japan , aimed primarily at adults and teenagers. Even the recent Godzila films are a far cry from the Saturday matinees and Sunday Afternoon mini - marathons I enjoyed in my childhood and early teens. But , you know what? There's room for everything. Kids need to get turned on to Horror films in an inviting , not overly scary , manner. Thta's where the Big "G" COMES IN..........   

    • May 17, 2014 4:45 AM CDT
    • Yeah , it's very good , before the movies got more kiddie - oriented  ( I like those , too...) . They could'nt get permission to use the "Godzilla " name in America , so they called him "Gigantis" , instead. Later, the ban was lifted. iN IT , HE FIGHTS Angorus (Sometimes called Angilius , or even Anzilla , but , to my knowledge , Angorus is the correct , English name.) , the giant Stegosaurus - like monster who became his ally in later films . The new Godzilla is BADASS. I WAS'NT AS CRAZY ABOUT THE OTHER MONSTERS , and it's a LONG wait for the real action , but , the payoff is big. It mostly takes place on teh West Coast , but the Eastern and Western themes come together  seamlessly.

    • May 16, 2014 3:22 PM CDT
    • I've seen all of the Godzilla movies from the original series except for the second one, so I'll have to check it out one of these days.  

    • May 12, 2014 7:54 PM CDT
    • YEAH , I'm going. People seem pretty excited about this one. That American made giant iguana - meets the monster from "Alien", I could'nt hang with. The ads do look pretty good. I liked "Godzilla 2000" , that was the last Godzilla movie imported to the states , in English.  There was a cool sorta - remake of "Destroy All Monsters" several years ago , too.... I just started watching Godzilla movies again , recently. Finally got a good copy of "Godzilla Raids Again" (aka "Gigantis The Fire Monster") , the second "G" picture. It was unavailable in the states for decades. I'd never even seem it until about a year ago.

    • May 12, 2014 2:51 PM CDT
    • Anyone here going to see the new movie?  It's getting an 85% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and I've really enjoyed all of the teasers and trailers for this movie.  

    • May 7, 2014 8:13 AM CDT
    • What are your favorites? Think INTERNET K-HOLE as the perfect example (I could look at that site for hours)... a fascinating, seemingly unceasing time capsule of random, caption-less snapshots and Polaroids from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

      The lack of context that makes this collection far creepier than it would otherwise be.

      (NSFW, the good ol' days.)

      http://internetkhole.blogspot.com/

       

      Any other good ones out there? List 'em!

    • April 25, 2014 8:11 AM CDT
    • Great list!

      20 Best Neo-Noir Films of the 1980s:

      http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2014/the-20-best-neo-noir-films-of-the-1980s/

      Got any others to add? Post 'em here!

    • April 19, 2014 3:05 PM CDT
    • Hmmm....  I like the Artist formerly known as Exene and certainly support anyone's right to think for themselves, draw their own conclusions, and having the right to express themselves regardless . .  .  

      (Christine Notmyrealname), I happen to like her, not fame-wise, but for the person I've met.  She's always been a warm, humane individual each time I ran into her.

      My feeling about the 1st video is there's some very black & white thinking going on here, i.e., slut shaming.  So, she's talking about the onset of a dystopian society where we all run out of resources and have to fend for ourselves, and how certain kinds of women just won't be able to make it.  Well hey! We all saw Tank Girl ;-p.  Seriously! It disturbed me that she said, "when the shit hits the fan" society decay-wise, if you live in a rural area and have a man to hunt and skin animals, you're okay.  .  .  . That just sounds like something my mother would say.  EXCUSE ME!?!  As a woman, I'm perfectly capable of all those things should it ever come to that (tho' the idea of having to turns my vegatarian stomach), I've gotten and continue to get my hands dirty when I need to and don't think twice about it or feel that based on my gender I'm limited in some area of getting my needs met.  So, she's upholding feminism, talking about Camille Paglia & um, Madonna, on the one-hand, but slut-shaming, trashtalking the so-called Material Girls (hi Madonna!) on the other....

      I say Christine (ex-Exene) start by volunteering at a community garden.  If you live in fear of societal decay, take the initiative and do something!  Campaign and work to get a community garden started in your hood.  Surely they have these in LA.  They're everywhere in New York, San Francisco, and even freakin' Detroit right smack in the middle of the ghettos!  Think in terms of solutions, not fearmongering and hatin' on people. 

      Anyhoo, all in all I found the whole thing damn funny & thoroughly entertaining!!!

    • April 4, 2014 12:01 AM CDT
    • OK , I've only watched the first and second clips . The first I found particularly amusing.....But, CRA-A-ZEE ? I dunno. None of this is any crazier than 15 minutes with her friend , Lydia Lunch , or ten seconds with Jim Dandy , OR just about any typical day on a CTA train. What's funny is , my best friend is a Trucker , and he says all Truck Drivers HATE "Convoy" , though , it's cool that she's trying , in her way , to drum up support for The Truckers. aLMOST 25 Years ago , I remember The Gibson Bros. show of support for The American Trucker , finding it improbable , even then , that they'd want Punk Rockers supporting them , much less that a significant number of them even listen to Punk Rock. But , I find I was mistaken.

    • April 3, 2014 1:07 AM CDT
    • Well....Some are like Dale on "King of The Hill" , but , anyone with a conspiracy theory had better have something VERY credible to back up their claims......I would'nt say that I really KNOW Exene. At least , not well . I  corresponded with her for a while , and talked to her at her shows , and , once , at a poetry reading , whenever I could. She just seemed like this cool older lady (Though she was'nt much older when I first met she and John in 1983.). She knows who I am , anyway , and I don't come on like a crazed fan. I'd say she's a tower of strength , to still be playing out , and blowing Blondie , and anyone else you could probably bring into the ring ,  off the stage. I think she's got a lot of balls , or estrogen , if you will , to still rock like fuck with a debilitating illness.

      YOu know , I thought about it , and if she wants to move to Austin , I say , whatever. It's just as easy to get harrassed by a cop for walking down a public street in Texas as it is in L.A. It's nearly impossible to get a cab in Austin , and I'm sure they have the same problems with gangs as they did when I first went there in the 80's. Except , they did'nt have guns , yet.  Everyone I know that's still in Austin says it , and $X$W , ARE HORRIBLE , NOW. I only ever went to SXSW once , in '93. I saw all the shows I wanted to and spent a total of $8 , and that included Roky Erickson's first comeback show. I used to really like Austin , but , I've found a lot of the people to be really aggressive and rude , like DALLAS !  

      I  DON'T BLAME ANYONE FOR WANTING TO GET OUT OF L.A.  I have'nt been there since about 1990 , though.     Exene may not have much time left (Though I doubt that.) ,maybe SHE FEELS LIKE SHE CAN RELAX , BETTER, SOMEWHERE LIKE Austin , a place I truly loved , back in the 80's , and even then , I was too late.

      "She had to leave.....Los Angeles !".

    • March 28, 2014 9:59 AM CDT
    • I'm kookoo for Cocoa Puffs, too!

       

      See: 

      http://dangerousminds.net/comments/x_marks_the_conspiracy_theory_exene_cervenka_the_new_alex_jones

       

      "Conspiracy Therapist"


      In other words, I'll help you understand how all of these fuckin' batshit crazy conspiracy theorists are actually really nice people who are just trying to help you.

       

      Uh-huh.

    • April 12, 2014 12:07 PM CDT
    • That was pretty cool, but yeah, rocks and Bourbon please, the only original American spirit. I have an old set of "Hula Honeys" coasters similar to those cards too.

      ChazDaddy

    • April 11, 2014 2:56 PM CDT
    • BTW - I meant it's unfortunate that Tony Valentino is the EX Guitarist for The Standells.

    • April 10, 2014 6:58 PM CDT
    • Watching "Fearless Frank" , an obscure superhero parody made in Chicago , with Jon Voigt (Pre - Midnight Cowboy.) , Monique Van Vooren and David Steinberg (Wearing a bad fake moustache and  eyebrows that make him resemble Tony Valentino , (unfortunately ) ex- Standells' Guitarist.). The  story line is similar to Andy Griffith's "No Time For Seargents" but with a twist. Voigt plays a good ole' boy from the country who decides to walk to Chicago AND MAKE HIS FORTUNE.  Along the way , he gets murdered by gangsters for trying to rescue reluctant moll , Van Vooren . Next thing he knows , he's been literally brought back to life , Frankenstein-  like (But still looking exactly as he did in his first life.),by a Doctor sworn to combat evil. Instead of becoming a monster , though , he becomes a superhero , with strength to equal that of Superman , plus , he discovers he can fly , too...Soon , his ego gets the better of him , and in that , maybe he Is the deceptively handsome monster (Like Van Vooren and Udo Kier's somehow beautiful , though incestuously concieved , children in " Paul Morrissey's Flesh For Frankenstein", who prove to be the real monsters of that film.). Meanwhile , the Doctor's villainous Brother creates an evil, superhuman  lookalike to Voigt's character . THE TWO FIGHT OF COURSE , AND EACH ONE LEANS MORE TOWARD THE OPPOSITE OF THEIR ORIGINAL INTENDED PURPOSE.

      It IS a comedy. IT IS'NT HILARIOUS , BUT IT'S INTERESTING AND FUN .  A NARRATION is done over comic book illustrations (With word balloons , natch.)....YOU EXPECT TO HEAR THE WORD "*SIGH*".

      Lots of good location shots of 1960's Chicago . Voigt wears a badass sharkskin suit , and Van Vooren wears a plethora (Her name in the picture) of classy ,  moderately revealing gowns. THE MOVIE WAS RE- RELEASED AFTER THE SUCCESS OF "Midnight Cowboy" , surpisingly , with a "G" RATING. iT MAY HAVE been cut , somewhat , somehow......It is , surely , one of the first Second City - related projects to become a full - length feature. Despite the Frankenstein/Gangster overtone , it seems to be more influenced by THE "BATMAN" TV show (There's even some "BIFF ! BANG ! POW!" FIGHT SCENES.). The movie was released in 1967 , when "Batman" was still on Television. it could be argued it tried to hard to attain camp , but , so did Lady Gaga , and she could BUY  Chicago , now. 

    • February 12, 2014 9:44 PM CST
    • Yeah man, a few people have told me about the David Lee Roth book. I'm definitely into checking that out. I'm a big Van Halen fan anyway. There were actually some DLR stories in the Motely Crue book—as expected he's a total dim wit, but that's no soooprize. 

      Speaking of music books—I just saw a copy of Etta James: Rage To Survive today for the low price of $20! Unfortunately I did not have 20 dollars on me. That book is so hard to come by, at least for me it is. I read it several years ago and have been trying to find a personal copy ever since. One of the better music books you will ever encounter if you wanna read about hard fast living. Good stories about Bo Diddley, Larry Williams, Sam Cooke...etc. Not that I didn't respect the woman before, but her bio brought it to a whole new level. Going back tomorrow to try and snag that book, hopefully it is still there.

    • February 8, 2014 7:51 PM CST
    • If you want to read something fascinating by someone you've possibly found to be a bore (OR , AT LEAST , IF YOU'RE UP TO THE CHALLENGE...) , scour the cheapie bins for "Crazy From The Heat" by David Lee Roth. He does'nt want to own up to copping his act from Jim Dandy , does'nt want to talk much about being Jewish (Tho' his manner of putting off people who seem interested in his background for the wrong reasons is admirable.)......But , on the other hand , he downplays his known support of the early LA Punk scene (He handed The Masque a blank check when they were going under.). He's had some amazing adventures , and I'm not even talking about the sexual variety (Tho' he claimed he did all The Go - Go's in one session. Okaaaaay.), and his way with a story is remarkable. Someone just gave me this book. I was going to flip thru it for laffs , then , I could'nt put it down.

    • February 8, 2014 4:30 PM CST
    • Just read Motely Crue The Dirt for my local book club. Facinating book wreather you like the band or not. For the record, I like the first two albums and then a few songs here and there afterward. The book is full of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. I discovered Mick Mars is boring, Vince Neil is actually a bit cooler that I had thought, Tommy Lee is a bit of a douche, and Nikki Sixx though at time a bit annoying, for the most part is a bad ass who has better taste in music than I would have thought to give him credit for. All of these guys are total assholes, sexist, irresponsible selfish jerks...but nevertheless they made a couple good records and had enough debautry in their career to comprise a good book. 

       

      Next in the book club is Scar Tissue by Anthony Kedis. Never really been a big RHCP fan, at all, but I heard the book was decent, Flea once played bass for FEAR, and I am in school full time and the only non-school stuff I have time for is mindless garbage like this. 

      Currently reading: Hazzards Of New Fortunes by William Dean Howells. This is for school - I wouldn't normally disuss what I'm reading for school, but this book happens to be really good. Published in 1890, it is allegedly the first book to descibe New York City. Deals a lot with a self-made millionaire, the working class, and interactions between different ethnic groups. Highly enjoyable and a real pager-turner. Howells style of writing seems to have a New York feel to it. I don't know what that means exactly, but I've read from enough NYC authors that I feel there is a certain element of the city that comes through in the writing. The book is one of those cannonized American classics, which I had never had a chance to read before. I would guess people like Hemmingway and Fitzgerald were influenced by Howells. 

    • February 9, 2014 11:55 PM CST

    • NEVER , except my friend up the block owns a pretty badass Late 60'S Muscle Car (SORRY . DON'T REMEMBER THE MAKE.) . In Chicago , they put all that salt in the roads , so a lot of  people with classic cars seldom take them out. There are a few Car Clubs , tho'.

    • February 9, 2014 9:48 AM CST
    • Here is what I am working on 1932 Ford 5 window coupe.

    • February 2, 2014 10:25 AM CST
    • The last link was my favorite

    • February 1, 2014 4:54 PM CST
    • But wait, there's more!

      http://www.sadanduseless.com/2013/02/russian-facebook/

      and

      http://www.sadanduseless.com/2013/11/russian-dating-sites/

    • February 1, 2014 4:51 PM CST
    • http://www.sadanduseless.com/2014/01/life-in-russia/

      and

      http://www.sadanduseless.com/2014/01/slavs-squatting/

      WTF?

    • January 27, 2014 2:18 PM CST
    • Really Great Film!!!......Don't be put off by it being in a foreign language.

       

      There is an English language remake....but I can't see it being as good...

      and yeah, the music is great.....

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • January 27, 2014 2:10 PM CST
    • Really love the show!!!......but I am only up to series three......so I won't join in any discussions yet!!....I really DONT want to know what happens!!!

    • January 27, 2014 11:03 AM CST
    • … of Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors. I forgot to add the pictures.