Saturday, November 09, 2019

New Video Game Featuring B-Movie Characters

Super Inconvenience Mart

There's only three days left in this Kickstarter campaign that is raising funds to create a video game featuring many B-movie characters, including Torgo and The Master from Manos: The Hands of Fate.

A point and click adventure game for the PC, inspired by the likes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Lucasfilm Games, and Sierra. - Hard as Cheese (game creator)

This is not the first time a video game features Manos characters.  Also visible in the campaign's page are Trumpy from The Pod People and the cast of Eegah!

If you want to receive any of the campaign's rewards, be sure to donate to the campaign before it ends.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

20 Movies You Probably Could Have Rented at Rose Video (if it really existed)
Schitt's Creek is one of my favourite TV shows so I was sad to learn that its 6th season would be the final one, in 2020. It isn't because it was cancelled. It's only because the show's creators decided to end it on their own terms, the way they saw fit. As much as I'd like to see a couple more seasons, I respect the decision they've made.

In case you don't know, Schitt's Creek is a comedy series that depicts the riches-to-rags story of the Rose family, whose amassed fortune has been embezzled by a crooked business manager, who also neglected to pay their taxes. As a result, the government seizes all but one of their assets and they are evicted from their mansion. The lone, worthless asset that the Roses are allowed to keep is a town called Schitt's Creek, which the family's patriarch (Johnny, played by Eugene Levy) bought for his son David (Dan Levy) years earlier, as a joke.

Friday, July 26, 2019

The B Stooges: Torgo, Torg, and Tor

Bad B-Movie Bad Guys

A caretaker, a robot and a zombie walk into a bar.

What do you call a trio of bumbling, B-movie henchman who are as iconic as they are incompetent? When the threesome is comprised of Torgo, Torg, and Tor, I would call them The B Stooges because these second bananas are a joke.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (Documentary)

Marion Stokes
Marion Stokes

Woman Records TV Programs 24 Hours Daily for 33 Consecutive Years, Archived on 70,000 VHS and Betamax Tapes

Marion Stokes (1929-2012) was a librarian and access television producer who began recording television programs around the clock, beginning in 1979, ending in 2012 upon her death. The recorded TV shows consisted mainly of news broadcasts from stations such as CNN, C-SPAN, CNBC, etc. She had as many as eight VCR machines recording at once, throughout her home. Each videotape had a 6 hour recording limit, so Stokes and her husband arranged their daily routines and schedules so at least one of them was around to switch the tapes when needed.

The result of this was that, after 33 years, she amassed a collection of  71,716 videotapes with a total of 840,000 hours of recorded television programs.

Wow! This makes even Weird Paul look like a slacker archivist .

She also collected newspapers, magazines and computers. All of these were stored in numerous apartments and storage units.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

B.C. Butcher Screening June 28th at Odyssey Records with Director Kansas Bowling

Bowling Night


This is not your usual night of bowling.

Kansas Bowling, director and co-writer of B.C. Butcher, will be visiting Canada for the first time when she appears at Odyssey Records in London, Ontario to screen the movie, along with several music videos she directed. She will also show exclusive scenes of her upcoming, title-yet-to-be-revealed, feature film.

NEW YORK AND ONTARIO, CANADA!! Hi!!! I have two events coming up!! Please join me!! June 22nd in Brooklyn I will be on a Tromadance panel at @3dollarbillbk!!! I’ll be on the panel with @dylanmarsgreenberg and Frank Henenlotter and @boiledmikediana WOW!! Then on June 28th @odyssey.records in London, Ontario is hosting a night with me where I’m screening a bunch of music videos I’ve directed + exclusive scenes from my new feature + B.C. Butcher!! (+ maybe a short if I finish it in time!) I hope to see everyone there!! I will also be selling some cool stuff like Primitiva DVDs that aren’t even out yet!! 😱 (@danieljtrujillo) very cool 😎 All pictures by @beyond_imagemaker!!! Styling @kittens_not_bombs makeup @lynntaylorbeauty (P.S. I might also have an event coming up in Detroit I’ll keep everyone posted!)
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Banana Splits Horror Movie Coming to SYFY

Be careful what you wish for, because you may just get it.

Almost three years ago, in my review of The Pit, I jokingly mentioned that I would watch a horror movie of The Banana Splits, since a character in that film calls the creatures "tra-la-logs", reminding me of the Tra-La-La theme song from the kids TV show. It's the same song that can be heard at the beginning and middle of the trailer.

Friday, November 16, 2018

The B-Movie Part and Watercolour Art of Jan Hart (Interview Part 2)

movie poster design
poster design by Movie Vigilante
Part 1 of this interview was published Feb. 2, 2015. I had always wanted to do a follow-up and fill in some of the gaps. To help out, I asked Jan if she could get in contact with her friend and co-star in Teenagers Battle the Thing (TBTT), Ruth Ann Mannella, who played "Linda". Jan provided a copy of the questions to Ruth Ann, who was able to provide some additional information.

In reply to Jan, Ruth Ann had this to say:

"So glad you shared this latest experience with me. The movie now seems to have a little life of its own, interesting... I would like to share some of my memories as well."

While I was at it, I decided to design a new poster for TBTT to dress up this post. It's a portrait version of the "Orange Pop" landscape version I designed a few years ago with a few alterations. Of course, I had to include the prayer stick.

Part 2: Jan Hart Interview

Some of these questions are some that were asked and answered by Jan in Part 1. I am repeating them here, this time including Ruth Ann's responses with her own memories of filming TBTT, for context.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Can BitTube Lure Content Creators and Viewers Away from YouTube?

BitTube With more and more YouTuber's channels being demonetized in recent months for unspecified reasons, many video content creators are searching for alternatives to the video platform. I've mentioned previously that DTube is a good option but now a new platform called BitTube may end up being the one that challenges YouTube for the throne.

There are several reasons why I think this might happen, which I'll explain. First though, what is BitTube and how is it different?

What is BitTube?

BitTube is a fast-growing network designed to empower video creators and live streamers, entertaining far-reaching audiences through a seamless user experience — ad-free and always monetized.
BitTube is a video platform similar to YouTube where contentent creators can upload their videos and be paid for it. There are some differences, however. Unlike YouTube, BitTube is decentralized. Also, in addition to creators getting paid, viewers also earn currency. That currency is called TUBE.

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