Episode 4…Oculus…bum-bum-baaaaa!

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Oculus

That’s supposed to be my terrified face. Seems to be more of a weepy one. Oh, well. I’m a writer, not an actor.

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The ORIGINAL Halloween movie is playing in a theater near me! And I’m going!

My oldest is in University. He’s going to school for film studies, so to say he has a love of films would be an understatement. And more importantly, he picks the right films to love. He introduced me to the CRITERION collection and if you don’t know what that is, you can check it out here:

Criterion Collection

Essentially, film industry experts pick films they believe to be smart, influential, and important in some way. My son had me watch a movie titled, ‘M’ from 1931. I could see how this one film influenced Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, Jonathan Demme’s film you might have heard of, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, and countless others. There was so much in this film, really, I was kind of shocked I hadn’t heard of it before my son told me about it. But yeah, getting back to HALLOWEEN.

Near the University my son is going to, there is a theater playing the ORIGINAL 1978 horror film, HALLOWEEN! Yes!

Other theaters are doing this too, but not the mainstream ones, and I wouldn’t even have known of it if my son didn’t tell me about it. I have never seen this movie in the theaters. I was a toddler when it came out. I am so excited to see it on the big screen with my son and co-host of our podcast, MOVIES OF THE DAMNED!! Kyle Grant.

And then the direct sequel is opening in the mainstream theatres this weekend and on Rotten Tomatoes, they are scoring it at…hold your breath…83%! What?!

Even though the original is still maintaining a 93%, generally, horror films rarely get such a score. To get a good score as a sequel to a horror movie is even rarer, so, yeah, I’ll be seeing that this weekend too. And expect our ruminations available for listening on our podcast soon.

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HALLOWEEN!!!!!!

 

Marathon jubilance, Mom and Dad movie discussion, Nicholas Cage being very Nicholas Cage-y.

Marathon Day!! Woot!

Marathon Day

Twelve weeks, four runs a week, mileage increasing by two percent a week culminating in a twenty-mile long run, and then decreasing for the last two weeks which, in running lingo, is called tapering. A marathon is 26.2 miles. I don’t know why, in training, they don’t have you run that, because I can tell you, those last six miles are hard! Like stupendously hard! Like I don’t know if there is an adjective to describe how hard.

My calves hurt, my quads hurt, and near the end there, I kind of hunched over, and had a rounded-back running stoop. I came out of the gate running and over the long miles, this deteriorated to a shuffle, to a walk-run-walk strategy to a why-am-I-doing-this-again? internal dialogue. But man, when I could see the finish line, once again, I’m at a loss for words. And I’m supposed to be a writer! It was like hearing a favorite song, one you hadn’t heard for years and maybe forgot how much it could move you until the first few bars played and the drums kicked in and it all came back in a roar. It was like that, only one hundred times more. And I still feel like I’m falling short on what it was like.

I’m happy I finished it. I want to laugh at the John from twelve weeks ago who thought he had a shot of posting a Boston Marathon qualifying time. That John was an idiot. An ambitious idiot, but an idiot nonetheless. Let’s just say, for my age group, I’d need to make up a whole hour to qualify. An hour! Just to qualify for the opportunity to request a spot on race day. Silly John from twelve weeks ago. What was that guy thinking?

Now, back to our show. The MOVIES OF THE DAMNED!! podcast show, that is. This week, we discuss Mom and Dad. A dark comedy starring Nicholas Cage and Selma Blair. Remember when Nicholas Cage did films in which he’d be an entertaining crazy man and not a soft-spoken action star who, in my opinion, couldn’t really pull it off? Well, in Mom and Dad, the crazy man is back and, boy, is he entertaining.

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Hey! You listening? Turns out, you are…so thanks!

The Movies of the Damned!! podcast seems to have found an audience. That’s cool. I thought, for the most part, family and friends would give it a listen and they did. So, thanks to them. I expected them to listen to one episode, the first, to see what we are about and once again, they did. What surprised me is that they listened to episode two, so, thanks again.

But what really surprised me was that people did contact us. They reached out to us through our Movies of the Damned email.  A listener even gave us a bit of history lesson on the origins of Art the Clown. I knew the history only I didn’t mention it in the podcast, and I should have, so thanks listener!

We are two episodes in and we have three recorded, kind of ready to go. Only kind of ready because I like to listen to them again before uploading them. I am sure what one I will be uploading this coming Monday, so stay tuned I’m-surprised-I-have-an-audience audience! It’s a different movie, one that maybe not a lot of people have seen, but it is a doozy!

I was going to upload on Sunday, but then I remembered, oh yeah, there’s that Marathon I’m running on Sunday and when I finish it, I plan on having a few beers with my legs encased in bags of ice and just, you know, relaxing. With that plan, Monday is the day I will be uploading.

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Episode 2- The Visit…it’s up!

The Visit

Yeah, that’s me in the poster. I have a beard now, but that’s me, alright.

Anyway, we discuss The Visit by M. Night Shyamalan, a director some critics have compared to Alfred Hitchcock, and in some instances, I tend to agree.

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My Marathon is next week…yeah.

Training for a marathon is a grind. There is nothing more to say about it. A rewarding grind, but one that tests you with every step on the long run day. I have one more long run to go before the big day. And it’s only a 12 miler. Not bad. And next week I have only a couple of maintenance runs. Light runs, not longer than forty minutes, followed by stretching and self-massage.

I should have known this earlier, but I will not make the Boston Marathon qualifying time for my age group. And you know what? I’m okay with that. I can only get better and with more training and technique building, I’m sure, one day, I’ll qualify for the Boston Marathon. And you know what? I may even get to the point where I’ll sign up to run an ultra-marathon. I am intrigued by them and I think they’d be a helluva fun race to run in. There is a 100km ultra race in Niagara. The course is flatter than most ultra trail races so a guy like me, a newbie, could potentially finish the race if enough time was spent training.

I am kind of nervous for this marathon. It is a long run and a multitude of things can go wrong on race day, but worrying about things I can’t control is as pointless as worrying about the weather, or water being wet because, well, I can’t change it no matter how much I wish I could. I’ll just do my best and have fun doing it. That’s all I can ask of myself, and I will deliver. In my mind, short of the race being canceled, I will cross the finish line. I can’t wait to cross the finish line!

Our podcast went well. The Movies of the Damned!! launch was pretty cool. Kind of weird hearing yourself on the radio, computer, whatever, on a podcast listed on Apple, Stitcher, Spotify and Google Play. Surreal, you know? Like, do I sound like that? Really?

Our next episode will be uploaded soon and I will, of course, let you know because I can’t wait to hear from you. Movies are, well, awesome, and I really enjoy discussing why that is for each movie we watch. What worked, what didn’t work, and why did that happen and they made how much? Yeah, fun. So, join the talk.

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Movies of the Damned! Mu-ha-ha-ha!

We did it! And, boy was it challenging, but worth it too because I’m having a great time doing it. I’m talking about Podcasting!

Just me and a fellow horror fan and friend discussing films we like and why we liked them in a (hopefully) intelligent manner. We talk mostly about horror films, but we are not restricting ourselves to just that genre. We’ll also discuss hugely influential movies that may not be horror related at all, not on the surface at least. And of course, we’ll take direction from our audience, too. If enough of them want us to discuss Disney’s FROZEN well, no, we won’t do that one, but say if they wanted us to talk about FIGHT CLUB or EX MACHINA, then, we will. So, join the talk. Get involved.

You can find us on Apple podcast, Google Play podcasts and very soon, Spotify podcast. We are MOVIES OF THE DAMNED! My son, Ethan, composed and recorded the intro music. It’s really good.

So, when posting the description of the episode, I called the movie THE TERRIFIER. It is just TERRIFIER. That was my error, and, sorry for that.

So, for the first episode, we discuss the under-the-radar horror film TERRIFIER. Here’s the poster:

Kyle-ifier

And yeah, that’s my co-host, Kyle Grant. I’m pretty sure my mug will appear on the next episodic poster.

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