pop culture

Rankin Bass’s “The Thing”

by meanlouise December 22, 2013 holiday cheer

This may be one of the all-time great re-cut trailers of…well, all time. Rankin Bass’s “The Thing”:

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Solstice + the Bechdel Test Post

by meanlouise December 21, 2013 pop culture

Happy Solstice, everyone! Are you here because of one of the kind tweets about my recent post, Thinking about the Bechdel Test? Thank you to to everyone who has commented or (re)tweeted or dropped me an email. The response has been amazing and overwhelming and I appreciate all (well, most) of the feedback. I forgot […]

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Haunted Mansion Fan Art & the costume that wins the Internet

by meanlouise October 29, 2013 culture

It never occurred to me that there would be a world of Haunted Mansion fan art out there! Jill Harness on neatorama: 13 Great Pieces of Haunted Mansion Fan Art. Mind you, I’m posting this while sitting beneath several framed Shag Haunted Mansion 40th anniversary postcards. Meanwhile, over at Reddit you can see a photo […]

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Breaking Bad: A retrospective (no spoilers)

by meanlouise October 7, 2013 pop culture

There aren’t any spoilers because we’re about 3 seasons behind on our Breaking Bad viewing. Nevertheless, I’m posting my show-concluding thoughts and feelings because it’s the law. Here’s what I thought was the funniest thing about Breaking Bad: we couldn’t get any of our friends to watch it during the first season. The people we […]

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Dinocroc vs. Supergator & My High School Reunion

by meanlouise July 28, 2013 horror & scifi

Dinocroc vs. Supergator is predicated on the idea that “alligators and crocodiles are mortal enemies.” I called bullshit since the 2 species co-exist in South Florida, but Husband reminded me we aren’t dealing with a regular gator and croc, we’re talking about Supergator and Dinocroc. Sure. Whatever. The movie opens with a scene wherein David […]

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Human cannonballs

by meanlouise July 25, 2013 florida files

(Ringling Brothers promotional poster for the Zacchini Brothers Human Cannonball Act) Sometimes I forget what a bunch of weirdos you all are. When I mentioned human cannonballs on facebook yesterday, that wasn’t a euphemism. Mario, the last of the original Zacchini Brothers, passed away in 1999. I found a trailer for a possible documentary on […]

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Powdered Donuts, redux

by meanlouise July 6, 2013 horror & scifi

Thanks to Crazed Fan Boy I can now definitively state that my phobia about powdered donuts (doughnuts?) began on April 17, 1976. I’m sure we will all sleep better knowing this. You will most assuredly sleep better than I, because we’re about to watch Battledogs. On purpose.

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Godzilla, King of Monsters! (1956)

by meanlouise July 3, 2013 horror & scifi

In honor of Godzilla Wednesday, we’re watching Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) tonight. Godzilla Wednesday: Godzilla, King of the Monsters! trailer:

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Homemade Movies: Death Star Trench Run

by meanlouise July 2, 2013 cyberculture

Have you watched the Cinefix Homemade Movies of the the Death Star Trench Run scene from Star Wars: Episode IV? Trust me, even if you think this idea is dumb, stick with it until about the 2nd minute and the genius of it will slowly be revealed to you. [embedded video:

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I’m trapped in 1979. Please send help. And bananas.

by meanlouise June 29, 2013 cyberculture

Earlier today, curator of cool Todd Mason sent a link to the horror list for Richard Littler’s Scarfolk Council, a brilliant, disturbing, hysterically funny blog concerning a fictional town in the UK. Scarfolk is a town in North West England that did not progress beyond 1979. Instead, the entire decade of the 1970s loops ad […]

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