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1  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Evil Dead: The TV Series on: July 29, 2014, 01:34:49 PM

If done right it could be awesome. Some  recent TV series have been better than a lot of recent Hollywood movies. Breaking bad, Game of Thrones, etc, etc.

I agree that over the past ten years or so TV has surpassed movies in quality of storytelling, and in a lot of cases acting. I love Bruce Campbell, so I'm sure to give the TV show a shot.

2  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Indiana Jones on: July 25, 2014, 10:29:57 AM
He's a pulp hero, much like Doc Samson. I never thought his world was ours, but one where fantastical stuff like 1000 year old Knights and hearts beating after being ripped out of the chest was possible.
As for Short Round, perfect character to get kids into a film about an archeologist. I love him and so does everyone my age and younger, usually.

Good point, since Indy was based on the old movie serial heroes, which were based on pulp characters like Doc Savage. Although, I still think the lead lined refrigerator scene was way over the top even for a pulp style character. But all the pulp style of Temple of Doom never bothered me a bit. And I too love Short Round. "No time for love, Dr. Jones!"


3  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Leslie Charteris's The Saint ebooks on sale for $1.99 on: July 23, 2014, 11:17:52 AM

I've always wanted to dip my feet into The Saint books by Leslie Charteris. If anyone else ever thought about giving this old series a try there are currently a slew of Saint ebooks on sale for $1.99 at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I0I02YS/ref=s9_hps_ft_g351_i19?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-4&pf_rd_r=1Z5A468S13YEC4JBKH2W&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_p=1865423382&pf_rd_i=1000677541

4  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Indiana Jones on: July 22, 2014, 08:09:36 AM
I'm a big Indiana Jones fan. I even watched The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103586/ )when it first aired on TV, and back in the day I even read several of the paperback original adventures (http://indianajones.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Novels).

Raiders of the Lost Ark: I think Raiders of the Lost Ark is a masterpiece. I was 8 years old when it came out, and I can still remember being truly scared by the scene where Marion is surrounded by the skeletons in the crypt, and they're closing in all around her. It was an adventure film that the 8 year old me loved so much, and the 41 year old me still does.

Temple of Doom: I seem to be in the minority when it comes to Temple of Doom. I never understood how much some people disliked this one. It's my second favorite, and I still think it's a rollicking good time. Much darker in tone than Raiders, but with some great humor peppered throughout. And even though Kate Capshaw's character of Willie Scott was quite annoying at times, it wasn't enough to tarnish the film in my eyes.

The Last Crusade: I must have seen The Last Crusade 10 times in the theater when it was released back in 1989. I was 16, had my first car (a 1970 Mustang that I helped my dad rebuild the engine on) and was drunk on the freedom a car allowed. I saw the film on those multiple times with different friends and family members. 1989 was a great summer for movies, and a a great summer for me, The Last Crusade will always be imbued with my nostalgic feelings for that time in my life.

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Ugh, my least favorite of the franchise, and worst title of the lot. I knew this movie wasn't going to be of the same quality once Indy walked away from a nuclear blast unharmed, because he was inside a lead lined refrigerator! WTF. And I hate Shia LaBeouf, so his presence in the film left a bad taste in my mouth. Especially his scene of swinging with the monkeys. They should have went with Frank Darabont's script. It was nice to see Karen Allen again though, I've had a crush on her since Raiders and Starman.

Apparently there's a chance for a fifth Indiana Jones film starring Harrison Ford. I wouldn't mind seeing him reprise the role one last time, and try to redeem the franchise from that disappointing last installment, before it inevitably gets rebooted by Disney.

- AJ
5  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Mr. Mercedes Spoiler Conversation on: July 14, 2014, 12:12:19 AM

I really enjoyed Mr. Mercedes. I wouldn't necessarily label it top tier Stephen King, but it was very good.

I had also heard it was the first in a projected trilogy, but that info didn't hamper my enjoyment or perception of the book. And I'm actually quite looking forward to following the main trio in further adventures. I found them quite likeable.

6  Horror Drive-In / Intermission / Re: Engaged on: July 12, 2014, 08:14:20 AM

Congrats to you and your new fiance, Mark! That's awesome!

7  Horror Drive-In / Intermission / Re: My mother passed away... on: July 12, 2014, 08:07:48 AM

Very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, Ron.

Time really is a bastard that just keeps marching on, obliterating everything we love in it's wake.

8  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Terrifying Phone Call on: July 01, 2014, 07:59:31 PM
Just came back from  the followup.

For one, I have bronchitis. Like a damned idiot I drove hundreds of miles and attended a con with it. I got some medication.

As for the scare, it is not a cancerous mass. Just some odd shadowing on the X-Ray. They told me not to be concerned about it.

Mark, I'm glad to hear it was a false alarm, and that you made it to the con. Sorry to hear about the bronchitis though.


9  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: New Doc Savage film? on: June 26, 2014, 08:46:17 PM

I actually enjoyed Iron Man 3. I know people hated the whole Mandarin switch-up, but I think that was more of a Marvel dictated thing(I'm sure it was all about them being politically correct) , than anything having to do with Shane Black. And Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is more than decent, it's an awesome movie, because of the writing, and the great performances across the board. And as much as I can't wait for a Doc Savage film helmed by Black, (he's been attached for some time now) I'm more excited for Shane Black's next film, a 1970s-set film noir titled The Nice Guys. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=119503


10  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Terrifying Phone Call on: June 20, 2014, 07:47:36 PM

Mark, let's all hope it's nothing, but no sense in making yourself crazy about it until you have all the facts. I went through something several years ago not quite the same, but scary all the same. I was pissing blood, and having kidney pains, and vomiting. I had to get a Cat Scan or one of the other scans and the technicians seemed really freaked out by something they saw, but couldn't tell me anything about it. I had to wait a week to talk to a specialist. A day or two after the scan, I told myself that there was nothing I could do about it either way, so I chose not to dwell on negative thoughts as best I could. It turns out I had really bad kidney stones, and something else I hadn't known until I talked to the specialist. I have one malformed kidney. A birth defect. That kidney only works at 5% capacity, and the doc said it may die someday and have to be removed. Now, it wasn't exactly good news, but there for a week I thought I might have something life threateningly wrong with me. So, do your best to keep yourself in a positive frame of mind, it helped me.


11  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: ROGUES anthology on: June 17, 2014, 08:14:23 AM
This antho is out today.  My copy downloaded earlier this morning.  I probably won't get to it until I finish King's MR. MERCEDES and Lynch's REPUBLIC OF THIEVES, but it'll be moving to the top once they're done.


Andy, I plan on picking this up this week as well, but I'll be getting a HC copy from a local bookseller. I haven't read any Scott Lynch yet, but I have the first two books on one of my bookshelves.


12  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: THE TOP OF THE VOLCANO: THE AWARD-WINNING STORIES OF HARLAN ELLISON on: June 16, 2014, 12:45:53 PM

It sounds wonderful, and I'd love to have it in my collection, but I fear my book-buying days are coming to a close.

Mark, I'd love to have it in my collection as well, but money is tight these days, and getting tighter I fear. And as PV mentioned all these stories are available in other cheaper editions, most of which I already have. And besides it doesn't include your favorite Ellison story, All The Lies That Are My Life.


13  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: RIP: Casey Kasem on: June 15, 2014, 10:05:08 AM

Another part of childhood passes into the either. I loved listening to his Top 40 radio show. It wasn't something I listened to consistently, but always enjoyed it when I caught it. Although Mark, as you touched on, it will be his cartoon voice over work for which I remember him the best. Especially for his portrayal of Robin The Boy Wonder on the Super Friends.


14  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Dumb and Dumber To on: June 11, 2014, 11:49:34 PM
I generally can't stand Farrelly Brothers movies, with the exception of Kingpin and Outside Providence (which they wrote but didn't direct). I just don't think they're funny. And their Three Stooges flick was an insult to the legacy of the slapstick pioneers.

Jim Carrey I've never much cared for either, at least in his straight-out comedy roles. And while I love Jeff Daniels' serious work, I found Dumb and Dumber just painful. Part of the problem, I suppose, is that embarrassment humor just doesn't do anything for me, particularly when it's basically the only thing on offer. A show like Fawlty Towers put embarrassment together with wit, sarcasm, and slapstick, so you weren't just constantly squirming or feeling bad for the people on the screen. It's why I've never been able to stomach The Office. Clearly, lots of people love this stuff, but I can't fathom its appeal.

Mark brought up Napoleon Dynamite--jesus, that's about the least funny "comedy" I've ever tried to watch. I'm glad to see Jared Hess' career is in the shitter now and that John Heder is struggling to find a starring role; they both deserve obscurity after foisting that pile of crap on the world. The worst thing, though, was having to suffer through about 18 months of people quoting that drivel during the height of its popularity.

Blazing Saddles, now, that's fucking genius.

I found the first Dumb and Dumber to be a funny flick, but the trailer for the sequel isn't that great. I'll probably see it with the wife (she loves the first one) if the reviews don't paint it as terrible. We saw One Million And One Ways To Die In The West, and that was a complete stinker.

I have to differ with you on The Office, Jack. Both my wife and I love the American version of The Office (I love the UK original version too) and thought it was a great show for most of it's run, and was still a good show when it ended. How do you feel about Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jack? That's one of my favorite comedies ever, but we have a friend who can't watch it or The Office for the same reason you cited.

I'm with you guys on Napoleon Dynamite. I hated that movie, and could not understand all the love it received.


15  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Nightmare Carnival, new original horror anthology edited by Ellen Datlow. on: June 11, 2014, 10:49:48 AM

I hadn't heard about this new horror anthology from editor Ellen Datlow before. It looks like it's coming out in October of this year, and may be a great book to delve into around Halloween time. I'm most excited for the new Laird Barron, Jeffrey Ford, Glen Hishberg, and Terrry Dowling stories, and that cover is pretty awesome as well. http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2014/06/table-of-contents-nightmare-carnival-edited-by-ellen-datlow/#more-94864


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