The Phantom Creeps #9: “I Got Conked On The Head, That’s All I Know.”

Chapter 9: Speeding Doom The Phantom Creeps was filmed more than three decades before I was born, yet I feel somehow responsible for the frank, unabashed boredom in the slower episodes of the serial. There’s some guilt for subjecting you fine people to these terrible things, is what I’m saying, yet not enough guilt to…

Announcing The Camp & Cult Blogathon, Sept. 17-28

Everyone please join me for The Camp & Cult Blogathon here at She Blogged By Night, from September 17th through the 28th! The Camp & Cult Blogathon is just as it sounds, a blogathon featuring campy films and cult movies. These don’t have to be universally-recognized camp or cult films; if you want to make…

Life With a Gun to Your Face

This week on Spectrum Culture, my reviews of Inside Man (2006) and Dreams of a Life (2012): Denzel Washington plays the charismatic, group-hopping Detective Frazier to near perfection. Yet the quirky detective is not as easy to categorize as he first seems. Personable and eccentric, Frazier is also prone to non-sequiturs about his girlfriend and…

Fashions of 1934

As you know, I am in the long, boring, tedious, and also boring process of moving the photos on my old blog archives to a new server. This means that dozens of posts in the archives are pictureless, which is slightly hilarious in the case of photo galleries like the gallery I posted for Fashions…

The State of the Blog: August 2012 Edition

This picture has no bearing on anything (probably) (maybe) (I make no promises), I just thought it was hilarious. It’s Oliver Reed circa 1975, after he was banned from a pub for being a little too Oliver Reed-ey. (ETA: I originally said this was Alan Bates, and if you want to know why — and…

My First Movie Blogathon: The Boatniks (1970)

Summer came too soon that year. The early Missouri June was crunchy and still, a solid heat pressing down until movement slowed, and slowed, then stopped. There wasn’t much to do in Lebanon, Missouri on a pleasant day, truth be told; on a day when all anyone could do was hide from the sun, the…