Author - Widge

32 Days of Halloween XI, Day 7: The Black Sleep!

Black Sleep

Tonight it’s a smorgasbord of horror icons in The Black Sleep, but first let’s enjoy some outtakes from the absolutely mental set of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. I highly recommend the audio commentary that comes on (at least this is where I found it) the Universal Legacy Collection Blu-Ray for The Wolfman. That’s where you can learn about how the film had a substantial pie budget, a “court jester” and so forth.

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32 Days of Halloween XI, Day 6: Les Diaboliques!

Les Diaboliques

Tonight we’re in 1955 with the French classic thriller Les Diaboliques, but first…we stop in with our old friend Boris Karloff. His series, Tales of the Frightened, we’ve touched on before. Short creepy stories read with that awesome voice. Perfect for October. We have a twofer for you: “The Man in the Raincoat” and “Mirror of Death”.

And so we come to our feature presentation: it was remade in 1996 as Diabolique to a lesser effect. And it has been an influence on many films that came after. So watch the original and enjoy. (Note: you may need to hit the CC button below on the YouTube embed to see the subtitles.)

Dear Beer Companies

Black Hole stout by MikkellerHello. Thank you for giving me lots of tasty things to drink in the time since I returned to your products. Thank you also for having more than just Killian’s Red to offer me when I returned. There is something a lot of you are doing these days that I find a little baffling, so hear me out.

You’re making the information about you, what the beer’s called, what it tastes like, etc. very hard to read on your beer labels. Take for instance the very strong stout Black Hole by Mikkeller. What is that on there, 5 point type?

Look. I get it. You want the beer label equivalent of bands that make their names un-Googleable. You also want me to pause and really take in the bottle I’m looking at. But. I am an old man now. My eyes are crap. It takes me five times as long to peruse a beer shelf if all the labels are trying to pull this stunt. And a lot of you are.

Your beers are probably tasty. (Black Hole certainly is. Although it’s so sweet and somewhat chocolately I should have bought a large brownie to soak in it.) But sometimes I just want a tasty beer and not a tasty beer that reminds me of my own mortality and encroaching decrepitude. So please, help a guy out.

Love,
Widge

32 Days of Halloween XI, Day 1: Just When You Thought It Was Safe…

Halloween Eyes

Holy crap, we’ve done so many of these we’ve actually run out of the regular Friday the 13th films to grab titles from. So I guess that makes this…32 Days of Halloween vs. Jason. Halloween is just like honey badger, it takes your September 30th because October is not big enough to contain this madness. We kick off with some Oingo Boingo, which I honestly had forgotten was tied to the Rodney Dangerfield film Back to School.

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Things: An Uncharacteristic Plea for Ice Cream Sanity

Tower of ice cream

This is going to be strange. I am someone who makes desserts and tries to use every possible dessert ingredient in the pantry. My last batch of brownies was titled The Rise and Fall of Western Civilization as Expressed in Brownie Form. (Yes, that’s italicized. That batch was truly a work of art.) I believe that nothing exceeds like excess.

And yet.

Ben & Jerry’s needs to calm the hell down. There is a time to lump ingredients (turn turn turn) and there is a time to just let one thing speak for itself. For example: there is a new line of “Truffles” flavors. It appears to be exclusive to Wal-Mart. At least, that’s the only place I’ve found it locally. (Update since my first draft of this: I found the Milkshake flavor at a Kroger.)

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Your Weekend Justice #275: The Power of Coconuts, Man

Wax cylinders

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck…and here’s the latest of the new(ish) batch.

Agenda:

  • Premature Rock Lobstering
  • Dodging the Dire Straits conversation
  • Sound Board spring cleaning
  • Jon is still homeless, mostly
  • Evil research companies
  • Facebook is evil but RTFM
  • Remembering the Gabfest
  • Rox hipping people up
  • Movies based on video games
  • Congrats to Scott
  • Three Little Pigs brought to you by Wendy’s
  • Target vs. Wal-Mart
  • Not watching The Walking Dead
  • Being prophetic about Rick leaving
  • Lost in Space: Oh, the pain
  • Bass Protopia
  • Isle of Dogs and the Wes Anderson Players
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising
  • The truth about Froggy
  • Thoroughbreds
  • Wax cylinders
  • David Byrne biking
  • 1980s coming around again again
  • Printing press accuracy
  • Widge’s nipples vs. Infinity War
  • Bad country music about Texas
  • Mister Rogers
  • Soundbreaking
  • Bing Crosby
  • ODB is The Beyonder
  • Concert ticket prices
  • The many faces of Donald Sutherland
  • You got your Whedon in my Snyder
  • Life with a mustache
  • AquaDudeBro
  • Johnny Cash vs. James Bond
  • The Ballad of Indy Jones
  • New Mutants
  • Toys Were Us
  • Kansas City
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