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  1. THis movie also changed me. Running out immediately and renting this the day it became available and running home and watching it and in the first half hour a little voice in my head beginning to grow louder whispering: "wait...but...maybe...okay...so movies can sometimes be...bad...and sometimes bad people can take something that is beautiful and destroy it...but why?" By minute 57 it is louder... "so...either incompetence or carelessness or they had bad intentions to start with. What if most people most of the time are like this instead of the good way..." By the closing credits I was running back to the store to buy the Repo Man soundtrack and was screaming out loud; "HOW CAN YOU SAY WHAT MY BEST INTEREST IS? HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT MY BEST INTEREST IS????"
  2. When I first tentatively lurked here and even more shakily posted my first question about Megumi Kudo back in late '99 I was juuuuust getting back into wrestling after having "grown out of it" around '89 or so and missed most of everything in the nineties. I had recently seen a clip of Foley promos and another of the infamous "chopee your peepee" bit on like real player and thought "I think there might be something here speaking profoundly to my dramatic sensibilities...." I had a lot of catching up to do. I literally knew nothing not just about recent WWE history, or about Japan, Mexico, ECW, WCW or anything else. Hell, since my initial childhood fandom had ended while still in late childhood, and well before the internet, I still had no idea about what "wrestling" was other than the same basic "It's fake" maybe with a qualifying "but hey a 300 pound guy jumping off a turnbuckle onto another 300 pound guy and somehow not hurting each other is still impressive, right?" that I had when I was 11 (along with a stubborn instinctive understanding that it was always Piper and Macho who really mattered). As I was being pulled into this miraculous modern comedia dell'arte/improvised stunt show/soap opera/concert/geek show that is wrestling and peeling the layers of things about it that are astounding, disgusting, fascinating, and still mysterious, it was crazy how quickly DVDVR board jumped out as the only place in that era of IWC that captured the depth and breadth of all that mystery and history and somehow managed not to be snobby (or at least not for too long on any one idea before a corrective streak of shame and contrarianism kicked in), not to be gross and un-inclusive, to always be sneakily intellectually challenging while playing charmingly dumb, and to be a place where even I felt I could occasionally post with my next-to-nothing actual knowledge of wrestling and my tendency to favor the drama and schtick of it over the w*rkr%te without getting blasted for it. Shit I don't think I can name many other things in my life I've stuck with without getting bored of or disillusioned about for 21 months let alone 21 years. Maybe the movie MEATBALLS and the t.v. show COLUMBO. DVDVR, MEATBALLS, and COLUMBO are the things we should have sent up in Voyager.
  3. I can't do it. I have the old tin box and I just can't pull the trigger on $120 or $160 for a few (albeit neat) new extras and new scans. But if I didn't have the old box this would be the easiest decision to pre-order something I've ever run across. At least since the Scream Factory Halloween set.
  4. wow...it's too many layers...it's too much at once...I'm having trouble fitting it all...PULL UP...PULLLLLL UPPPPPPPPBATISTAFASHIONWWWWEEEEEEIIIIIIIIAAAAAAACCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
  5. If Vince does nothing this year but poach any of the costume designers for Kpop boyband videos, 2020 will be redeemed for the whole world and wrestling will be saved.
  6. There is no better line of dialog to bump into when watching a movie than this: Guy: "We'll never catch them this way. We'll have to cut through the Forbidden Zone." Other Guy: "The Forbidden Zone?" Me: oH, shit... alternate version: Guy: "We'll never catch them this way. We'll have to cut through the Forbidden Zone." Other Guy: "The Forbidden Zone? You seriously named it the Forbidden Zone? Like, you couldn't be more helpful like "he don't go here because there are giant spiders zone or the If you touch the water here you will turn into a blob of flesh"zone?? Note; The particular movie in question tonight where this line was spoken was the Roger Corman/Cirio Santiago post-apocalypse movie THE SISTERHOOD and in this particular case the Forbidden zone was forbidden because of and Does anyone know of a comprehensive list of movies where there is an explicitly named Forbidden Zone? Also note: Watch The Sisterhood. It's really fun. Yes, there's a lot of "We have no money so drive these shitty cars around in this rock quarry." But there's also a neat feminist (for 1988) plot and some fairly complicated (for a Mad Max ripoff) characters and that ice skating lady from FOR YOUR EYES ONLY who talks to a hawk. Plus witches, swords, grenade launchers, Robert Patrick's wife, a bad guy with a conscience who is driven by a somewhat sympathetic back story but is still pretty bad, 100s of Filipino extras pretending to be mercenaries, zombies, cultists, and various other factions, the guy from Automan: The Lady from Knight Rider, a tank (and other various military equipment rented from the Filipino army for $40/day), a great synth score, driving, horseback riding, more driving, rocks....lots and lots of rocks, one badass um...dune trike???? (I don't know motorcycle stuff), various other jalopy "war wagons", a Forbidden Zone, A Hall of the Sisterhood, A High Priestess, gratuitous boobs, the hunters becoming the hunted, a guy named "Lord Crack" (I think??? doing a Dennis Hopper impression), a dungeon full of sexy witches (which is really just a problem waiting to happen), literally a full platoon of the Filipino army in their uniforms moonlighting as Lord Crack's guys, a giant lady force ghost-ex-machina, and cetera. The baddies: The Goodies: A talking hawk: I give it: All hail, Lord Crack.
  7. I mean, if the rule book allows Air Bud to play, I bet it allows the St. Louis Terriers and the Buffalo Blues to sign whoever they want and declare the return of the Federal Leauge.
  8. Almost all the problems with Exorcist III would be solved by having a lead who wasn't so sluggish and phoning it in as George C. Scott was. I know he was a big name and the character he was playing wasn't exactly spry in the 1st movie. But if they didn't insist on keeping that personal connection in that character, they could have heightened the stakes so much just by having a little motion and emotion from their lead in the same way that the stationary villain in the first movie was counterbalanced by the whirlwind of energy from Ellen Burstyn.
  9. The fight choreography and stunt work in that final scene was astounding given that no one involved was a trained stunt person and they had like hours to film most of it. It makes you wonder how well even a Jackie Chan fight would look if he didn't have an army of personally trained brilliant athletes working with him and dozens to hundreds of takes for each single shot to make it work. It was legit one of the best things I've ever seen when you measure in the degree of difficulty.
  10. At this point I see the Vinegar syndrome sales as a twice yearly spiritual tithing. It's like once during Spring planting season and once during harvest season you have to cough up your sacrifice to appease the Grindhouse Gods so that the next season will be a fertile one. I just wish they would accept humans burned up in a big wicker statue of Lucio Fulci instead of just U.S. currency. It would be cheaper and easier to hide the evidence from my wife.
  11. i hate to tell all of you but Grindhouse Video is also running a really good sale on Blue Underground editions. They are very tempting because they have a lot of the 3 disc editions (1 blu for the movie, 1 for just special features, and 1 CD soundtrack) for $17-21). And I figure if I randomly found a CD of the soundtrack for Zombie or something like that at a store for like $10 I would pounce on it. So it's like I'm getting the actual movie and special features for like $7-$10. At least that's what I told myself when I blew up my paypal on them at the same time Vinegar Syndrome was going live.
  12. There's a few good things buried in there. Bird with the Crystal Plumage for $8. Blood & Black Lace on Bl for $5!! But much of the stuff is soul-deadening and there's a lot to look through. To make it worse a lot of this straight to dvd junk has amazing 70s or 80s looking cover art. The slugs are getting smart. Here's some of what i found that looked good (keeping in mind my odd standards) and at a good price if you want to cut through the bullshit: Blood and Black Lace Bird with the Crystal Plumage Black Shampoo Twilight People Funeral Home Night Visitor The Aftermath Sisters of Death/Scream Bloody Murder The Unnamable Nightwish The Leg Fighters Mommy/Mommy 2 25th anniversary Night of Bloody Horror Satan's Cheerleaders Even the Wind is Afraid The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales What the Peeper saw and if you want to watch Vanity make out with a tropical sasquatch: Tanya's Island
  13. But don’t we also always here that the best way to make Vince want to hire you back is to stand up for yourself, tell him to go fuck himself and that you don’t need him?
  14. This reminds me of the scene in every James Bond movie where the head of the evil people group is like “anyone who disagrees with this plan feel free to speak up now” and then that person is eaten by an octopus.
  15. I want to go bowling now only so I can drop the phrase “using house balls” over and over.
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