The Phoenix Film Festival


Hello everyone,

I have been awfully busy as of late. Between my podcasts, prepping for the premiere of Death By VHS, and trying to get my next short moving forward after some speed bumps slowed me down I have not had much time to blog. Sorry for that. But, if it’s any consolation, I do miss you.

Here’s what’s going on with me right now. Starting today I am going to be spending some time at the Phoenix Film Festival. We were able to score some press passes to the event thanks in part to the wonderful Andrea Beesly. This festival also includes the annual International Horror and SciFi Festival. This year they have Meg Foster coming by to screen They Live, the John Carpenter classic starring Roddy Piper. I’m hoping I get a chance to interview her for you all. If I do it will be up on the Abnormal Entertainment page soon.

Among other guests I am hoping to chat with are DB Sweeney, Teller, Natalie Imbruglia and one of the producers of the Saw franchise. I will try and update you as soon as I can on what we were able to score from our time at the fest.

Also, we are going to be at Phoenix Comicon next month, C4 (a first year comic convention in Ventura, California) in September and the Rapture Horror Expo in October in Tempe. If you are planning to come to any of those shows make sure you come by and say hello. We always love to meet people who listen to either The Gorram Nerd Hour or From The Underground.

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More Podcasting Is More Better


Hello everyone,

 

Sorry it’s been a few days since I posted anything. It’s been a busy time. I have been working like crazy. As some may or may not know I’m a cab driver and you can hear a story about that on the latest episode of The Gorram Nerd Hour. Besides working I have been trying to find time to sleep. That hasn’t been happening so instead I’m just throwing myself head first into more podcasts. Besides The Gorram Nerd Hour I have been doing a limited series under the Gorram banner called Holodeck Malfunction with my good friend Isaac Hulke. It’s a show about Star Trek if you couldn’t guess that from the title. 

In each episode of Holodeck Malfunction we pick a series or movie and talk about it for an hour, sometimes two topics. It just depends. We have recorded eight episodes so far and just started putting them up. So, you will be able to hear me twice a week on the Gorram page. You can also hear me and some free music on a new show I’ve started with my friend Ryan Ford. It’s called From The Underground and it will focus on indie bands of all genres. You can read more about it by following the hyperlink above. 

Lastly, I want to talk about the Abnormal Entertainment crew as a whole. These folks are awesome. I love each and every one of them…even Taylor Made from Bank On Action. He may not realize it since I do nothing but make fun of him all the time but I do appreciate him. David Hayes, one of the hosts of Cinema Head Cheese has a new book out. Follow the link on the other pages I’ve already hyperlinked and you’ll find it. It’s called American Guiginol. 

Thanks to everyone at Abnormal Entertainment. I’ve had a blast working with you all and can’t wait to see nearly everyone in one place for Phoenix Comicon.

The Bloody Hero Film Festival


I know I had mentioned it before but the Bloody Hero film festival is coming February 8th, 9th, and 10th. It will be held at the Phoenix Center For The Arts. We are looking forward to it. We would have liked to have something in competition but we promised to premiere our short film at Phoenix Comicon. What we will be doing is our podcast, The Gorram Nerd Hour, from the festival. We will also be doing at least one panel or more and we were just asked to sit on the jury form the film festival. It is certainly an exciting time for us.

We don’t have all the details yet on how everything will be set up at the film fest but anyone who is local should try and come out for it. It’s really exciting to see more stuff like this popping up. I can’t wait to go check it out. 

 

Skewed Perspective – Puss In Boots


My roommate and I were discussing the idea of the golden eggs in Puss In Boots last night. The goose that laid them was actually just a gosling. Gosling’s don’t lay eggs. They’re just children themselves.

I had mentioned to Brian that it would have made more sense for the giant mother goose to lay the eggs. He agreed. Then I asked if the gosling came from a golden egg itself. If so was this the end of the line as there was no male goose to fertilize the eggs? He suggested that perhaps the creatures were asexual and that they were like a phoenix, grow up, burn up and be reborn. Of course I argued that if that was the case then why would there be a need for egg laying? If the creatures were asexual there were be no need for them to have eggs in the first place. Then he reminded me that this was a movie about a talking cat.

Still, it makes no logical sense. If the goose laid the eggs I could buy it. But to have a gosling too young to have fully formed reproductive organs makes even less sense than a talking cat to me. After all, I had a cat once that could say hello clear as day.

My roommate later suggested that the golden egg laying was a dominant gene and that any male goose could fertilize the eggs and create another goose to continue the line. That seems like a better argument to me even if dominant genes can still be diluted by breeding outside their specific gene pool.

Then there’s the idea of Humpty Dumpty. If you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want it spoiled then stop reading now.

Humpty Dumpty dies at the end. He is cracked to reveal that inside he is a golden egg. If that is the case then the geese actually produce eggs that become walking, talking eggs and not more geese. That makes even less sense. I know this is just a kids movie but I just want a little thought put into the process. Is that really too much to ask?

80’s Movie Review – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure


Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure came out just as I was hitting my teenage years. I loved hard rock music and wanted to grow out my hair and be in a band. I had no idea how to play an instrument but I didn’t care. Then Bill & Ted came along. It was like the movie spoke to me. They were me, just dumber.

The movie opens with Rufus, played by the great George Carlin, explaining what we are about to see. The movie wastes no time giving us the lovable stupid characters that have, so far, stood the test of time. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter were perfect as the goofball slackers in the film.

As the story goes Bill and Ted have an oral history report due in order to pass their class. If Ted fails his dad is going to ship him off to military school in Alaska, thus ending their dreams of starting their band. This, of course, would change future history and the world would be a less excellent place.

The movie is filled with historical figures from Abraham Lincoln to Ghangis Khan. Sigmund Freud also appears, most of the time dealing with something phallic like a vacuum cleaner hose or a corn dog.

One of the things I love about this movie is playing “spot the location”. Most of this movie was shot in and around the Phoenix area. Sunsplash is the most recognizable but the bowling ally, the mall, and the Circle K are all places I have frequented numerous times in my life. In fact, when George Carlin died I tried to convince my roommate to dress like Bill and I would dress like Ted, we could go down to Circle K and act out the scenes from the movie starting with “Excuse me. Do you know when the Mongols ruled China?”

This movie is dumb on its surface but there is definitely more underneath. That is why this movie has been so popular for so many years. And the writers knew it when they made Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.

Overall, this is a flawed but beautiful piece of nostalgic history and deserves a special place in my heart. Even Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter talk about wanting to revisit these characters and make a third film. There’s something there for everyone to love.

4 out of 5 stars on this film.