Author - Widge

Henry Rollins Slideshow: Smile, He’s Traveling

Henry Rollins smiling

Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, 7 January 2018

It’s a fire sale at a Books-a-Million that led me to Henry Rollins. I found an audiobook of Get in the Van, his stories from his time with Black Flag. It was on cassette, even. (Kids, ask your parents.) I discovered that Rollins had what would later be used to describe John Wick–“sheer fuckin’ will”–and I have admired that ever since. From there, it only made sense to see him live on stage with a microphone, talking instead of shouting.

If you have never seen Rollins give one of his spoken word shows, I advise you: I’ve never seen anything quite like it. It’s part storytelling, part stand up comedy, part travelogue and part “meeting down at the docks.” If you only knew Rollins from his time in Black Flag or Rollins Band, you might not ever know that the guy is funny as hell. Not to mention inquisitive, well-read and owner of a well-used passport.

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Things I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You

There are many questions I have pondered during my sojourn. Some of them are new, such as “Why was there never a Scooby-Doo Movie where they teamed up with P-Funk?” Some of them are as old as time. Okay, maybe not that old. But this one dates back to the time of Heraclitus.

“When is a Twinkie not a Twinkie?”

Limited edition Twinkies

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32 Days of Halloween X, Day 33: Voodoo Man!

Boris Karloff in Voodoo Man

No, not a hallucination. Not an alternate reality. It’s the 33rd day of 32 Days of Halloween, because it’s Thanksgiving, which I celebrate as 2nd Halloween. Trust me, it’s therapeutic. For our opening salvo of goodness, we have an episode of the anthology series Telephone Time from 1958. It stars Boris Karloff and if Wikipedia is right (which it always is) then this was a back door pilot for the never-broadcast Karloff-hosted The Veil. This is “The Vestris.”

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Happy 2nd Halloween Everyone!

Happy 2nd Halloween
So today marks an American tradition. Not only is it the day that we celebrate everything that we’re thankful for by stuffing ourselves with ridiculous amounts of food but it’s the official start of a holiday season filled with family, family discord and other sources of unnecessary stress. (Please note: I realize you probably started seeing Xmas directions back in July, but I’m talking about the official start.)

Three Halloweens is my own particular way of dealing with this mayhem. Thanks to this brilliant suggestion by The Oatmeal, instead of being said that Halloween disappears November 1st, I have two more Halloweens to look forward to! It has saved my sanity. I hope it helps you as well.

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32 Days of Halloween X, Day 32: Night of the Living Dead!

Duane Jones from Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Well, sorry to be so predictable. But there’s no better film to watch on Halloween and our traditional way of ending 32 Days: Night of the Living Dead. The original. You know, the good one. I finally saw it on the big screen just a week or so ago–and it was the 4K restoration. Seeing it in a cinema with an audience was kind of amazing. Here’s a brief Q&A held at the Museum of Modern Art after a screening there. You’ve got left to right: Papa George Romero, producer and “Johnny” Russell Streiner, and sound engineer Gary Streiner.

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32 Days of Halloween X, Day 31: Tentacles!

Tentacles (1977)

For the 31st day of our madness, we’ve decided to go out with the potential for some seriously lethal hugs. It’s the 1977 flick Tentacles, and the notion of a killer octopus reminds me of course of It Came from Beneath the Sea. And of course that film makes me think Harryhausen. So let’s start off with a short bit of Harryhausen lore, from his work on Mysterious Island.

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32 Days of Halloween X, Day 30: Raw Meat!

Raw Meat (1972)

So as we draw towards the final stretch of 32 Days of Halloween–our tenth year, Gods help us–it becomes a struggle to find the good stuff that we want to make sure we include. It sort of shifts–at the beginning, you wonder if you’re going to have enough stuff. At the end, you realize there’s too damn much. Sort of like life, really. So that’s why after the selection of our feature film, it was easy to post this episode of This Is Your Life, featuring Christopher Lee and a ridiculous amount of talent coming out to talk about him. Priceless stuff.

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