Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ken Coffman's Fairhaven

Too many people abuse the term "homage" as a euphemism of "rip off" (I know I'm guilty of this myself, though I use it facetiously). When I use "homage" in this review, its intended use is the proper definition; "respect or reverence paid or rendered."

Ken Coffman's Fairhaven (ISBN: 978-0982773420) is a loving homage to the works of Charles Willeford, specifically the Hoke Mosely series (Miami Blues, Sideswipe, et cetera). The title plays off "The Grimhaven Manuscript" which I described in "Madness in the 20th Century" as:

An early draft for the second book in the Moseley series, New Hope for the Dead, is commonly known as "The Grimhaven Manuscript." Herein we witness Hoke burnt-out from his job as a homicide detective. He begins a quest for "absolutely nothing" and determines that this may best be attained through killing off his ex-wife and two daughters. Needless to say, Willeford's publisher refused the draft. The second (and successful) stab at the sequel, stands as not only the best of the Moseley books but of Willeford's oeuvre.

The Fairhaven of Coffman's title is Charlie Fairhaven, a rest home nursing assistant who finds too much pleasure in euthanizing patients around the Pacific Northwest. Curmudgeonly retired cop Jake Mosby (not to be confused with Hoke Mosely) gets reluctantly involved in the case when one of the customers at his decrepit bookstore dumps it in his lap.

Initially I was afraid that Mosby's grandson, Nort, would become a precocious source of comic relief a la Grandma Mazur from the Stephanie Plum books. Fortunately, Coffman handles Nort and all of the other oddball characters of Fairhaven well. Likewise, Coffman could have made Fairhaven more of a jokey send-up of Willeford. Instead, his references to Willeford's work are brief, appropriate, and appreciated.

Coffman excels at taught, compelling storytelling and has crafted a must-read for mystery enthusiasts, especially Willeford fans.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Scripts Wanted

I'm looking for some scripts for projects that are either completely dead in the water or that underwent significant changes from inception to production (or even thereafter).

Any help would be greatly appreciated:

  • Isobar by Jim Uhls
  • Giraffes on Horseback Salads by Salvador Dali
  • DUNE by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • INSECT CITY by Frank Henenlotter
  • Robocop 2: Corporate Wars by Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner
  • Eyes by John Carpenter (original version of The Eyes of Laura Mars)
  • Elric by Chris & Paul Weitz
  • A Confederate General from Big Sur by Brandon French
  • A Confederate General from Big Sur by Anthony Lucero
  • The Abortion by Anthony Lucero

Outside the Cinema: Best of 2011 TONIGHT

I've been invited to be a part of the Outside the Cinema podcast's "Best of 2011" show. It's going to be broadcast LIVE on 12/29 around 6:30 PM EST.

Watch below or visit

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Please Rate The Projection Booth!

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That's it! Thanks! Oh, and if you want to write a review, that's cool too.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Year in Review

2011 ended up being a busy year.

Though I took a few months off between touring Impossibly Funky around after 2010, I kept trying to work that publicity angle throughout the early part of 2011. I completed my second book tour in late May/early June and, in effect, I completed book touring altogether unless I suddenly find myself with some kind of lucrative publishing deal some day. I met a lot of great people but I sure didn't sell enough books to make the trip worthwhile.

A lot of the folks I met on my travels with Impossibly Funky in 2010 and 2011 ended up writing for me in the "Revenge of Print" issue of Cashiers du Cinemart. This came out a month early in August though I have yet to get all of the old school photocopied and stapled issues out to my distributor (and, thus, out to stores). In the meantime, CdC 16 is available via a print-on-demand service.

In March I co-founded a podcast, The Projection Booth. Since then there has been a new episode (or two) available each week. Nearly all of them feature interviews with the filmmakers behind the movies covered. It's been great connecting and/or re-connecting with folks and sharing my love of some terrific films.

Doing all of the research for the show has really helped bolster my confidence and led to benefits for other work that I've done in 2011 including the piece I wrote for the new Paracinema magazine all about horror parodies of the '80s and the chapter I wrote on Airplane II: The Sequel for an upcoming book from BearManor Media.

I had a blast hanging out with Greydon Clark in April at Horror Hound and in September. I'm still hoping to work with him on his autobiography (fingers crossed). I also had a lot of fun with the fine folks at the Blue Water Film Festival. BWFF marked the fist time that Chris Gore and I ever officially met (though we were both in The People Vs. George Lucas).

Along with Horror Hound and Blue Water, I also attended the CIMMFest in Chicago in April where I got to see the premiere of Freaks in Love, the Alice Donut documentary.

If you know me, you know how much I love to travel. 2011 marked the first year I'd been to Europe since 1991, and my first time on the Iberian peninsula. Andrea and I had a blast in Barcelona. I miss it just about every day.

Please feel free to go through the archives of this blog for more fun or check out the links below. Stay tuned in 2012 for more good stuff.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays from Robocop

As a special holiday gift from me to you, I put together the songs that I used in the Robocop episode of The Projection Booth podcast into a music mix. It's a .zip file for easy download.

Here are some of the songs:

Robocop Theme - Basil Poledouris
Robocop Theme - Nintendo 8-bit version
Robocop (Who R U?) - B.O.S.E
OCP - Gama Bomb
Robocop - Sleaze Boyz
Murphy's Law - Priestess
Robocop: Streets of Detroit - Shiryu
Murphy, It's You - Al & Jon Kaplan

Download the Robocop Music Mix.

It seems that Robocop is in the air at the moment. Be sure to check out the deluxe cover story of Paracinema Magazine all about the film. Go Robo!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Paracinema 14

I'm really happy to see that my upcoming article on horror parodies of the 1980s has made the front cover of Paracinema 14. Being OCD, I went a little nuts doing the research on this one, talking to Jeff Begun of Saturday the 14th, Alfred Sole of Pandemonium, Greydon Clark of Wacko, Chris Bearde of Hysterical, and more. Stop by to pre-order a copy now!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Take 5ive! - Episode #1

Dion Conflict interviews author Mike White (Cashiers du Cinemart) on his book entitled "Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers Du Cinemart Collection" in the rest room of a rep cinema in Detroit, Michigan.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

CineKink Announces Dates for Ninth Annual Kinky Film Festival

NEW YORK, NY; December 1, 2011 - Scheduled for February 7-12, 2012, the ninth annual CineKink NYC will feature a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. In addition to screenings, plans for the festival also include a short film competition, audience choice awards, a special adult entertainment showcase, presentations, parties and a gala kick-off, all to be followed by a national tour.

Billing itself as "the kinky film festival," the event is presented by CineKink, an organization dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television. With offerings drawn from both the independent cinema world and the adult, works presented at CineKink NYC will range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, slightly spicy to quite explicit--and everything in between.

"We're once again looking to blur some boundaries and spice things up with our programming," said Lisa Vandever, Co-Founder and Director of CineKink. "Our audience has come to expect a quality selection of smart and sexy works and, judging from the films that have come in so far, the 2012 season will not disappoint!"

CineKink recently completed its 2011 national tour in Chicago, concluding a season that also saw the festival visiting Austin, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland and Washington, DC.

A call for entries to submit works for CineKink/2012 runs until December 12, 2011, and the festival line-up and schedule for CineKink NYC will be announced in early January.

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More Evidence....

The People vs. George Lucas came out recently on DVD. If they ever do a sequel, the clip below needs to be in it. I'm reminded of my rant about how the prequels were originally supposed to roll out and which characters were supposed to be in them. Watch it before George suppresses it.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cinema's Top Human Villains - Revised

I like the work done on the supercut "Cinema's Top Human Villains" but didn't like the song. I added Zwan's "Number of the Beast" and a handful of extra clips at the end to hopefully sate the requests from hh1edits's comments.

Here's the original:

Here's my version:

Additional villains:
Salieri from Amadeus
Henry from Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Amon Goeth from Schindler's List
Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds (sic)
Pauline from Heavenly Creatures
Layne from River's Edge

Sunday, November 20, 2011


I knew that things were going to be good when we rounded the corner to our hotel (The Riviera) and saw that the Village People were playing there. That kind of made up for the Elvis show at the Aria being dark for the week.

Andrea and I went to Las Vegas from November 9-13 ostensibly to get re-re-marries on 11/11/2011. Fittingly, this is our 11th anniversary year and we had originally planned on getting married on 11/11/2001 until the date was changed on us. Long story. Let's just say that family politics were involved and we still shake our fists and gnash our teeth in anger over this one. Regardless, we were there to set the record straight and take advantage of the date. As it turned out, a lot of other couples were in Vegas with similar plans.

Our wedding was one of three that were performed within the twenty minutes we were at A Hollywood Chapel on Las Vegas Blvd. The place had it down to a science, including adding in all of the extra perks to charge people more money. "With the package you get a roll of film. If you'd like, we can give you digital pictures for $20 more..." "No, that's fine, we'll take the film." "With the package, you get the ceremony on VHS. For $30 more, we'll give you a DVD." "That's fine, we'll take the VHS."

There's no VCR in the building and the photographer was obviously using a digital camera. When we were getting ready to leave the same saleswoman told us that the officiant/minister was so nice that he bought us the upgrade. I think we were supposed to then tip him for his generosity but I think he would have been fairly surprised to hear that he'd paid $50 out of his own pocket for us. We laughed about this all day.

Weddings were in the air; one couple even got married on stage at the Village People concert that night as part of the encore. Alas, they were a hetero couple. I had hoped that the Village People might be a little more progressive than that. Maybe the boys were being on good behavior since Felipe's father was in the audience but they were posturing as very straight all evening.

I had figured that the guys going under the name "The Village People" these days would be six twentysomething dudes who might have seen Can't Stop the Music a couple times and knew the lyrics to "Macho Man" as a qualification. Surprisingly, apart from The Leather Man, all of the guys in the Village People had been in the band since 1980 or earlier.

Apart from a couple of teenagers, I think I was the youngest person there. The show was good though they didn't do as many of their original songs as I'd have liked. I had really hoped for more of a Live and Sleazy playlist with some Can't Stop the Music tunes in there too. They did some of their hits and a couple covers but I could have done for a few more hours of Village People music.

Most of our time was spent reading, walking, eating and gambling; in that order. On Thursday and Saturday I was in my glory as we got to hang out with Greydon Clark and Marly a bit.

The other high point of our weekend came just as we were leaving. We took a taxi from the hotel to the airport. The driver did the usual patter, asking us where we were from, asking about the weather and the politics happening in Michigan, and giving us a dismal forecast of the future. He seemed very down on the state of things as he and Andrea talked state funding. I almost said, "It's too early to talk politics," to try and shut him up but I'm so glad I didn't. As we went along we went past the Occupy Las Vegas camp the driver started telling us that the whole Occupy movement is actually a government-created plot to keep people busy, all headed up by a good friend of President Obama.

And then he went off the deep end.

"I'm going to tell you something that's going to blow your mind," he told us. I wished that I had started recording him because what he laid on us was an incredibly dense web of conspiracy theory nuttiness that just couldn't be topped. He told us that Barak Obama's real name was Barry Soetoro and that he had been to Mars as part of the colonization of our sister planet (via Tesla-based teleportation technology, 'natch). He spun this wild tale of Martians, the Rothchilds, and Queen Elizabeth II. When he was at a breaking point, with a straight face, I told him, "That's funny because I had heard something very similar but about Gerald Ford..." I went on to tell him a little bit of the plot outline of Mondo Ford. I hope like hell that he looked it up when he got home and believed every word of this Ricardo Fratelli classic:

The scariest thing about what this guy was spewing is that I just googled "Obama Mars Barry" and came up with two million hits.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Podcasting on a Budget - The Book

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Publication Date: November 15, 2011

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Faerie Tale Theater

Just to help folks (including me) keep things straight:

ABC - Once Upon a Time - Official Blurb: Centers on a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic and mystery of Fairy Tales just may be real. Series Premiere October 23rd Sundays 8/7c

NBC - Grimm - Official Blurb: "Grimm" is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm's Fairy Tales.Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, "Turn The Beat Around") discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms," charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world. Series Premiere October 28th Fridays 9/8c


Universal - Snow White and The Huntsman - Official Blurb: In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. This is the one with Charlize Theron and directed by Rupert Sanders. Watch the trailer at

Relativity Media - Mirror! Mirror! - This is the one with Julia Roberts (wearing a false nose... I hope) as the Evil Queen and directed by Tarsem Singh. Oh, yeah, and it seems to be some kind of Bollywood musical.

All of these seem to be taking nods from the comic book series Fables by Bill Willingham.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Fetisch Filmfestival 2011 Awards

Here are the winners for this year's Fetisch Filmfestival

Best long clip:

Best Female-Performer in a long clip:
Ariel Anderssen in ARIEL'S JOB INTERVIEW

Best Male Performer in a long clip:

Best Trans-Performance in a long clip:
Kallista Rene Eisha

Best short clip:
(Restrained Elegance)

Best Female Performers in short clips:
Christina Carter in EROTIC DAYDREAMS (Restrained Elegance)
Janey in LADETTE TO LADY (Restrained Elegance)
Katey Cee in LADETTE TO LADY (Restrained Elegance)

Best Male Performer in a short clip 2011:
(Sadoladies/Madame Charlotte)

Best Trans-Performer in a short clip:

Best Membership-Websites:

Best long narrative film:
by Sebastiano Montresor

Best Actress in a long narrative film:
Emily Browning in SLEEPING BEAUTY

Best Actor in a long narrative film:
William Van Noland in INDIETRO

Best Trans-Performance in a long narrative film:

Best Shortfilm:

Best Actresses in a short film:
Anna Linng and Venus O'Hara

Best Actor in a short film:

Best Trans-Performance in a short film:

Best long Documentary:
Directed by Gerhard Stahl

Best short Documentary:
Directed by Mrs G.

Best Website of a filmproducer:

Best Musicvideo:
FETISH by Faith Michaels
Directed by Gaetano Guido

Best Concert Clip:
S&M by Rihanna featuring Britney Spears

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mondo Justin Leaves The Projection Booth

Co-host of The Projection Booth podcast moving on to bigger, better things. Podcast re-tooling with more guest hosts, same hard-hitting movie discussions.


October 30, 2011 - Detroit, MI - It's with a heavy heart that I invite listeners and fans of The Projection Booth to bid a fond adieu to podcast co-founder Mondo Justin as he moves on to bigger and better things.

Mondo Justin brought a unique perspective to The Projection Booth, exploring a vast array of films from Stripteaser to The Warriors to the works of Kenneth Anger and much more. His admirable dedication to all things cinema made for some heated and satisfying discussions.

Some of Mondo Justin's future projects include two books: Naked Noir, a look at the late night erotic thrillers of the mid/late '80s and '90s. Also, Mondo Justin will be collaborating with legendary tough guy actor Wings Hauser on a biography tentatively titled, Tough Guys Do Dance: The Life & Films Of Wings Hauser. Keep up with Mondo Justin and all of his exciting future projects at his website -

Stay tuned to The Projection Booth podcast for more movie adventures including discussions of Hickey & Boggs with The Maltese Touch of Evil co-author Richard Edwards and scribe Joe Robin, High & Low with VCinema's Coffin Jon, The World's Greatest Sinner with Timothy Carey expert Marisa Young, The Italian Connection with Eurocrime documentarian Mike Malloy, Straight Time with author Andrew Rausch, Frankenhooker with nerdlebrity Chris Gore.

Watch our website and Facebook group for more exciting announcements:


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

People Vs. George Lucas arrives on DVD on 10/25

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Learn the history behind the immortal phrase and the fans that worship it as Lionsgate debuts The People Vs. George Lucas on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand this fall. Fans of the Star Wars series take their love of the original trilogy – and its creator, George Lucas – seriously, and this hilarious and heart-felt documentary explores the deep conflict surrounding the release of the prequel series. A film festival favorite, the documentary delves into geek culture, but proves “You don't have to be a Star Wars nut to enjoy this fast-paced film” (Los Angeles Times). The DVD is packed with bonus material, including poetry slam selections, a music video for “GL Raped Our Childhood,” and the featurette, “The People vs. Star Wars 3D” (which interviews Comic-Con attendees). The People Vs. George Lucas will bring The Force home when Video on Demand premieres on September 27 th, and DVD and Digital Download arrive on October 25th.

Few films have had the same influence on pop culture as Star Wars. Even fewer have the same devoted fan base as the original trilogy. But since the release of George Lucas’s Star Wars prequels – more than 20 years after the original release – some fans have found their ardor cooled into a complicated love-hate relationship with Luke and Leia’s creator. The People Vs. George Lucas is a hilarious, heartfelt documentary that delves deep into Lucas’s cultural legacy and explores the issues of filmmaking and fanaticism around one of the industry's most famous franchises. The innovative documentary calls on filmmaker and celebrity interviews taken from more than 600 hours of footage to create the world's first digitally democratic feature documentary. Peppered with extraordinary Star Wars and Indiana Jones recreations lovingly immortalized in song, needlepoint, Claymation and more, the film explores the roles of the fan and the creator in making a worldwide cultural phenomenon.

DVD Special Features

(Subject to change)
  • Poetry slam selects
  • Gary Kurtz (Producer, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back) interview selects
  • “GL Raped Our Childhood” song and music video
  • “The People vs. Star Wars 3D” featurette


Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Closed Captioned: English
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Format: Widescreen
Feature Running Time: 97 minutes
DVD Audio Status: 5.1 Dolby Digital
On Demand: 9/27/11
DVD Street Date: 10/25/11
DVD SRP: $27.98

For more information visit

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Monster Mash for Literacy Bash

The Fourth Annual Monster Mash for Literacy Bash
Charity Fundraiser for the Dominican and Siena Literacy Organizations
presented by the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers

Dick O'Dow's Irish Pub
160 W. Maple Rd, Birmingham, MI

Saturday October 29, 2011
8:00pm - 1:00am

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Mimesis (Douglas Schulze, 2011, USA)

It's refreshing to see a film that knows the true meaning of the word "homage" -- something done or given in acknowledgment or consideration of the worth of another -- rather than "rip off," which is something we see far too often in films, especially horror movies.

Douglas Schulze's Mimesis is a clever homage to George Romero's Night of the Living Dead on one hand and a modern "thrill killer" movie on the other. After an opening scare starring Courtney Gaines, the audience is taken to a horror convention where Alphonze Betz (Sid Haig) rails against the media blaming horror movies for real life horrors. In the audience are Russell (Taylor Piedmonte) and his unlikely pal Duane (Allen Maldonado).

Russell is a horror fan while Duane is more keen on meeting some of the hotties at the con including Judith (Lauren Mae Shafer), a goth girl who invites the boys to a party later that night. Thinking he'll get some, Duane convinces Russell to drive out to the spooky farmhouse where they encounter some out-of-place regular people and a number of silent, spooky dudes all made up in makeup. Before the party gets too "dick in the mashed potatoes" crazy, Russell and Duane are down for the count, waking up dressed in different clothes and hanging out in some eerily familiar settings.

There's no "They're coming to get you, Barbara!" line in Mimesis but much of the rest of Night of the Living Dead is there as our protagonists find themselves cast in a living remake of the film, complete with flesh-tearing zombies.

Thus, Mimesis becomes a film with disparate characters trapped in a farmhouse with a menacing presence outside but the presence isn't supernatural, it's psychotic. Additionally, the script by Schulze and Joshua Wagner is incredibly self-aware, playing with and against the plot of NOTLD along with more current films where strangers toy with innocents (Them, Inside, High Tension, etc.).

Everyone involved brings a strong presence to the screen. If I had to pick on anything in the film it wouldn't be the performances, thank goodness. The one problem I had with the film -- and I don't think it was a projection gaffe -- was the audio mix. I don't think it was foley work but wild sound. Footsteps in the film, especially as characters would go up and down stairs at the farmhouse, were distractingly loud. They boomed through the packed theater where I was lucky enough to see the U.S. Premiere of the film. Maybe this will be fixed in the mix down the line and, fortunately, it wasn't enough to detract from my enjoyment of this clever film overall.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Blue Water Weekend

Port Huron, a big little town at the tip of Michigan's thumb, played host to the third annual Blue Water Film Festival from October 6-8, 2011. One couldn't have asked for a better weekend. The sun shone, the breeze blew, and the clouds stayed away.

Things kicked on on Thursday night with a laugh. Comedian Dave Coulier did some stand-up at the McMorran Place Sports & Entertainment Center, the main location of the festival activities. I've never been a big Full House fan so some of the mullet jokes went over my head but I still had a good time.

The audience at the McMorran Place on opening night

Afterward, I headed over to The Vintage Tavern with festival organizers Jeremy Stemen and Kelly Kennedy along with Detroit Windsor International Film Festival bigwig Suzanne Janik. There I finally met Chris Gore. Yes, after twenty-some years, Gore and I were finally in the same room at the same time. Remarkably, the earth stayed in its orbit and sunspots failed to obliterate the moon. As evidenced by the introduction Gore penned for Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection, we've managed to bury the hatchet over the years -- and not between our shoulder blades.

Festival Organizers Jeremy Stemen and Kelly Kennedy

At one point during the night Jeremy asked me if I'd like to be on the radio for an interview the next morning. "Sure!" I said, before he told me that he'd pick me up at 7AM. I quickly excused myself but still didn't find myself in bed until 2AM. Within moments of walking into the station I was sporting headphones and pontificating in front of the mic.

That became par for the course that day as I relied heavily on my ability to chat at the drop of a hat later on at the "Icons & Idols" panel discussion at The Alley Room that afternoon and later at The Vintage where I interviewed several of the filmmakers from and supporters of the Blue Water Film Festival. Fortunately, I had gotten warmed up earlier in the day with Sid Haig. In town for the big premiere of Douglas Schultz's Mimesis, Haig sat down with me for about an hour-long interview. Both the review of Mimesis and interview transcription are to come.

Mimesis cast members Gavin Grazer, Allen Maldonado, and Sid Haig at The Alley Room

That Friday evening was the big Mimesis screening. Some members of the cast showed up at McMorran in a limo to walk down the red carpet. My friend Gina--a huge Sid Haig fan--joined me and was stunned to get her picture taken with Haig before the show started. She even wore her Captain Spaulding t-shirt.

Mimesis speaks to Romero's Night of the Living Dead in some very clever ways. It's truly homage (as opposed to a rip off) and it was a blast seeing the film with such a large, enthusiastic audience. The Blue Water Film Festival went all out for the screening, too, with dozens of people dressed up as zombies who shambled around the theater lobby before and after the show.

Cute Zombie Couple at McMorran Place

Also, BWFF had a room next to the theater where, after the show, folks could meet the cast and get their Mimesis posters signed. This garnered a tremendous response with the last of the zombies being swept away after 1AM. Jeremy, Kelly and I headed back to The Alley Room for one last drink before turning in.

Saturday morning I went downstairs at the Thomas Edison Inn for a little breakfast where I was soon joined by Chris Gore and his girlfriend, Mary Forrest. Despite all of the fun things that I did at the BWFF, this was definitely one of the highlights of the weekend. We geeked out for hours, talking about movies, books, television, the web, and more. Gore shared some of the projects he's been cooking up including FetishVIL, a web series that sounds right up my alley. It's currently in the financing stages over at I threw in a couple bucks as I'd love to see this come to fruition.

The majority of the films at the BWFF played on Saturday in three blocks at the McMorran Place. I had seen everything that played beforehand with the exception of one movie, Clean Break. I made sure to catch this one and, of course, found that it was right up my alley. The story of a struggling writer who also happens to be a skeleton, Ryan Lieske's Clean Break reminded me of the great, goofy stuff I used to enjoy every fall at Baltimore's MicroCineFest.

After the screenings it was time to give away some awards. I was glad that Kelly Kennedy went after me to present The Golden Mitten award to actor/director Timothy Busfield. She was wonderfully eloquent compared to my mush-mouthed stammering as I got up behind the lectern to present Chris Gore with the BWFF Golden Thumb award for his contributions to film. Here's the speech I tried to give before he came up to accept his award:

First off, I want to thank the Blue Water Film Festival for the honor of presenting this award. I've had a wonderful time this weekend and feel that I should be presenting the festival organizers and volunteers with an award for the great job they've done in putting together such a fine, fun festival.

But, I'm here to present an award to an esteemed peer -- a fellow film fan and movie nerd, Chris Gore.

It's funny but I think that I've known Chris for about twenty years but only finally met him this weekend. I was a fan of his invaluable movie magazine, Film Threat, since I was but a wee little geek, picking up copies at Thomas Video or Tower Records.

I'd pepper Film Threat with letter and, eventually, Chris and I began communicating via this new method: email. I can't say that Chris and I always saw eye to eye but we definitely were passionate about film in our own way.

Chris has given a lot to the movie community, sometimes to their chagrin. He's helped turn a lot of people on to films and filmmakers that flew under the radar in the pre-internet age. He provided feedback both directly through reviews and via parody. Chris's disarming and oft-alarming humor is legendary. He's also provided great insight to his fellow filmmakers and film fans with his many books including the Film Festival Survival Guide which, I hope, sits dog-eared on all of your shelves.

Films, books, television, the web -- Chris is vying for the title of King of All Media. Well, Chris, I can't give that to you, tonight, but I can give you the finger, er, oh, sorry, thumb. Thumb.

Yes, for all of Chris's achievements, it's my honor to award him with the first Golden Thumb award. Let's hear it for Chris!

Chris Gore accepting The Golden Thumb award

Me and Chris back stage at the McMorran Place

When the dust settled, here are all the filmmakers who received awards at this year's Blue Water Film Festival:

Best Actor
Mike Kopera from "My Friend Peter"

Best Actress
Lauren Mae Shafer from "Certain Essential Elements"

Best Screenplay
Mike Kopera from "My Friend Peter"

Best Cinematography
Benjamin Dell from "Senses & Nonsense"

Best Soundtrack
Daniel Galeski Jr. from "Protangeline"

Best Director
Jeremy Olstyn from "Strong From Detroit"

The Film Selection Committee Viewer's Choice
My Friend Peter

Silver Award
World of Art Submitted by Mike Allore

Gold Award
Bullies on Vacation Submitted by Mike Zago

The Platinum Award
The Dancer Submitted by Seth Stark

The next morning I met up with Jeremy, Chris, and Mary for a farewell breakfast. I was pleasantly surprised to find Sid Haig at our table as well. Again, we all sat and chatted for a few hours before rides to the airport started to arrive.

Port Huron is just a little over an hour away from my house and it was a beautiful drive down I-94 taking in all the colors of fall as I went.

Sid Haig, Chris Gore, Mary Forrest, Me

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Frankeinstein Music Mix

Well, Frankenstein's Monster, really...

Kimberly Lindbergs from Cinebeats has put together a rockin' mix of Frankenstein-related songs. Ch-ch-check it out!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

B-Movie Weekend

My review of the B-Movie Celebration in 2010 was a rather whitewashed piece. I had fun while I was there, yes, but often in spite of the event itself. With expectations lowered appropriately, I kind of dreaded going back down to Franklin, Indiana in 2011 for another round of abuse.

The festival isn't all that bad. It's just that there's a lot of untapped potential there that I wanted to see come to fruition. If Cashiers du Cinemart writer Rich Osmond hadn't have been there, I would have skipped this year's event especially after so many of the announced guests and films ended up off the docket.

One of the biggest problems I have with the fest is the way that titles are trotted out and never happen. On the B-Movie Celebration Facebook group, there were three groups of films announced:

  • Out of the 89 35mm films from March 30, zero are on the final list.
  • Out of the 50 films from July 19, only 23 made the final cut (with two additional films not on any of the aforementioned lists).
  • Out of the 25 scheduled films, only eight were shown in 35mm.

Seeing movies on film is a big deal to me. As it was, the projection in the main theater--the ArtCraft--wasn't too bad, even the digital stuff.

Over Friday and Saturday we saw seven films. The first night we caught the new Jim Wynorski film, Camel Spiders, shot partially in Franklin, IN. The main creatures don't look like camels nor do they seem like they're spiders (it's called out at least twice in the film that they only have six legs). That aside, the movie would feel right at home on the SyFy channel with the cheesy special effects. It was good to see C. Thomas Howell in the film as the local sheriff, though I wish he'd had a little more to work with.

The second feature on Friday, Fred Olen Ray's Dino Wolf, proved to be most enjoyable. Maxwell Caulfield as the sheriff in this one was a real treat and really helped set the movie apart.

We started the next day with Varan: The Unbelievable, a Japanese film (Daikaijû Baran) that had been re-cut and padded out with American footage. The film really defies the viewer to pay attention to it. And, being shown at 10AM, several folks in the audience nodded off (including yours truly).

At noon we headed over to the (not so) Secret Theater. I'm not sure what purpose the building serves usually but two of its rooms had been turned into screening areas. We only went into the first one where it looked like paper had been tacked up onto the wall for a screen. The movie we caught, Tony Randel's Ticks, was terrific despite being marred by technical difficulties. It was shown in the wrong aspect ratio (making a lot of the female actresses' behinds look really big) and with the center sound channel completely missing. This rendered the music and sound effects perfectly audible with the dialogue completely muffled.

Despite this, I still enjoyed the film but we swore off going back to the Secret Theater for the rest of our time.

We headed back to the ArtCraft for the 1966 Batman movie. I'd never seen it before I it was quite a treat. I don't remember laughing so much at a movie in a long time.

I also did a lot of laughing at Roy Ward Baker's Legend of Seven Golden Vampires which was unintentionally hilarious, especially as some of the same sequences of film were used repeatedly; the movie seeming to start three times before finally moving forward.

Up next at the ArtCraft were the Golden Cob Awards. Knowing that I hadn't won anything, Rich and I adjourned to dinner for a while.

We came back for the festival's main attraction, a screening of Killer Klowns from Outer Space on 35mm with the Chiodo brothers as guests and a post-screening Q&A done by Joe Bob Briggs. I'd never seen KKFOS before so this was the ideal way to do it.

With the Secret Theater out and the fare at the ArtCraft not appealing we headed back to the hotel to talk about truck driving music.

When all was said and done, B-Movie Celebration was fine. Could have been better but it wasn't too bad. I'll probably be skipping out on BMC from now on, looking for an event that caters more to cinephiles.

They have tournaments for that?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Last Action Hero Lunacy

Last week I went a little nuts.

I couldn't help it.

Last Action Hero sucksOn The Projection Booth podcast our movie of the week was Last Action Hero, one of my least favorite films. Upon hearing it called "a masterpiece" by my cohost, Mondo Justin, and being acceptable fare by our guest, Samurai from The Gentlemen's Guide to Midnight Cinema, I kind of went off in a tirade about just how much I hate that movie.

Now it's time for folks to either join with me in decrying Last Action Hero or to embrace it. I want to hear your voice... and I secretly hope you'll agree with me.

Please, download the episode or listen below. When it's over, give us a call at 734-274-5904* and leave us a message before October 15, 2011.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Tsui Hark, China, 2011)

Based on Chinese folk hero Di Renjie (popularized in the West by Robert Van Gulik’s “Judge Dee” stories), Tsui Hark’s latest is a return to form for the director. Written by Jialu Zhang, the film plays out against the politics China in the late 600s A.D. When officials start spontaneously combusting on the eve of Empress Wu’s inauguration, Detective Dee (Andy Lau) gets released from jail to solve the mystery. He’s accompanied by feisty royal guard Shangguan Jing'er (Li Bing Bing) and determined albino Pei Donglai (Chao Deng) as he unravels the story, digging deeper than he should. As Dee, Lau seems to be having a lot of fun and this translates from the screen. Along with the politics and immolation, there Hark showcases several set pieces and martial arts battles choreographed by Sammo Hung. I’m not usually a fan of wire-fu but the fights here look great.

Watching Detective Dee, I was often reminded of another film about a criminalist investigating apparently supernatural forces, Pitof’s Vidoq (a.k.a. Dark Portals). Both characters have been brought to the screen in the past, enjoying new life with digital effects and slick camerawork. That several people burst into flames in both films helped reinforce this idea.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Indie-Film Journalist Mike White Becomes the Face and Emcee of The Blue Water Film Festival

White will interview celebrities and filmmakers, fans can tune in on Facebook.

PORT HURON, Mich., September 13, 2011 - Acclaimed Michigan movie critic and journalist Mike White will serve as talent interviewer at the Blue Water Film Festival. October 6 " 8, 2011 the festival will include a stand-up comedy performance by television star Dave Coulier, "Mimesis" movie premiere and the screening of 17 independent films at McMorran in downtown Port Huron. Mike White will interview attending celebrities, filmmakers, actors and dignitaries. Video portions of the interviews will appear on the Blue Water Film Festival's website and Facebook page.

White is noted as a frequent contributor to publications such as "CinemaScope," "Paracinema," Detroit"s "Metro Times" and White was featured in the documentaries "David Goodis: To a Pulp" and "The People Vs. George Lucas." He authored "Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection" and weekly co-hosts "The Projection Booth" podcast.

"We wanted someone with Mike"s edgy approach and independent film industry credentials," said Jeremy Stemen, executive director of the Blue Water Film Festival. "Sharing his insight and interviews with BWFF movie-goers and fans adds an extra dimension to the great access our festival provides."
Tickets to all Blue Water Film Festival events may be purchased at

The annual Blue Water Film Festival strives to bring movies, movie stars and movie makers to Port Huron. The movies shown at the festival are diverse and enjoyable to people of all ages. For one week a year our community has the opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow in Port Huron today.

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Media contact/BWFF spokesperson: Jeremy Stemen, BWFF Executive Director

(734) 658-6490 or

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Blue Water Film Festival

I'm happy to announce that I'll be participating in the Blue Water Film Festival in Port Huron, MI.

I'm going to be their "man about town," interviewing filmmakers and generally acting like a nuisance. Perfect for me. It's too early to announce all the guests but two folks who will be there for sure include comedian Dave Coulier and Chris Gore. This will be the first time Chris and I are meeting face-to-face so that promises to be fun!

I'll be in attendance from October 6-8. Tickets are available here. C'mon out for a fun time watching some Michigan-made movies.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Pre-Order Paracinema 13!

It's time to pre-order the latest copy of Paracinema Magazine, one of the best cinema mags currently available.

Paracinema #13 / Sept. 2011

Stories include...

  • Blood Is Thicker Than Fear: Maternal Madness in Horror Cinema by Ashley Avard
  • Allan Carr and the Making of Where the Boys Are ‘84 by Paul Talbot
  • Dreams That You Could Never Guess: Bela Lugosi on Poverty Row, 1940-42 by Andreas Stoehr
  • Turkish Rip-Offs by Ronnie Tucker
  • Censoring the Centipede: How the BBFC are Sewing Our Eyes Shut by Liam Underwood
  • Teenage Riot: Coming of Age in Modern Cinema by Christian Sellers

Plus much more… Get it here.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Impossibly Funky Media Coverage!

I'll post more links as they come along! Big thanks to everyone for taking the time to give me a shout!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Suicide Game

Cashiers du Cinemart contributor Andrew Rausch has a new book out. It's his first swag at fiction. I had the pleasure of reading a copy of this back in February and it blew me away! It's a riveting tale of seedy characters that rivals Elmore Leonard. Pick up a copy today!

Mario - The Independent Film

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cashiers du Cinemart 16

Let 2011 be known as The Revenge of Print, an effort began in Baltimroe to put an end to the rumors that print is dead. Scores of zinesters have answered the call, putting out a new issue of zines long since put down -- just like Cashiers du Cinemart. After four years, there's a fresh CdC in town.

100 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60543-584-8
Cover Art: Stephen Blickenstaff

There are two versions of Cashiers du Cinemart #16 available -- an old school photocopied version and a print-on-demand high-gloss version. Order one or the other (or both) today.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.
Old School:

Skizz CyzykFilm Festival X is a Scam
A warning to the naive filmmaker
Mike MalloyThese Massacres Could Have Been Avoided
A study of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise
Andrew RauschThe Sound of Thunder
An interview with Heywood Gould about Rolling Thunder
Kyle BarrowmanIdentity & Arnie
A response to Pat Bishow's piece in Cashiers du Cinemart 13
Ralph ElawaniMaple Syrup Porn
Dirty movies from the Great White North
Mike SullivanLike Watching a Laurel & Hardy Short Seen Through a Fog of Deep Depression
An interview with Adam Resnick (Cabin Boy, Death to Smoochy, etc.)
Rich OsmondRural Mayhem: Georgia Peaches
A review of the classic TV movie
Chris CumminsBreaking Glass: The Experience is Shattering
A review of the punk rock classic
David MacGregorThank the Pig
An appreciation of Babe 2: Pig in the City
Dion ConflictHeaven or Vegas: A Sin City Sleeper
A review of Gregory C. Haynes's film
Jef BurnhamThe Monster in the Gelatin
A look at Reindeer Games
Karen LillisDowntown 2001: A review essay of Downtown 81
Life in NYC in the early 2000s
Mike WhiteDeath on the Highway: Killer Cars
Driving down the highway to hell
Mike WhiteLove Not Given Lightly
The cinema of domination and the domination of cinema
Mike WhiteDocumenting the Scene
BDSM in the movies
Joshua Gravel
& Mike White
Video Reviews
A bunch of movie reviews
Mike WhiteBook Reviews
Yes, books still matter

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.
Old School:

Monday, August 15, 2011

Guest on Cinemafantastique Podcast

I was invited to be a guest on the Cinemafantastique podcast this week. The price I had to pay was watching Final Destination V. Okay, it wasn't that bad of a movie... but I'll let you listen to the podcast and hear what Dan Persons and I had to say.

Listen to the episode here.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Get Down to it, Boppers!

One of my favorite magazines, Paracinema needs your help:

In the summer of 2007 the idea for Paracinema Magazine blossomed and was fostered by a naive “let’s just do it” attitude. By that fall it was a reality; our first issue was printed. It wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t exactly how we envisioned it, but it was ours and we loved it. Over the years our incredibly loyal readers enabled us to learn from our mistakes and keep printing new issues, each one better than the last. If you count yourself as one of those readers (new or old) allow us to thank you. Without your support there wouldn’t be a Paracinema Magazine. If you’re not yet a reader of Paracinema we hope you’ll give us a try in the future. Each issue is a labor of love, every article featured is written by someone with an immense passion for movies. If you share even a fraction of that passion and you’re not reading Paracinema, you’re seriously missing out.

Recently we’ve been given the opportunity to expand; of course it’s not as simple as it sounds. Being a labor of love (read: usually in the red) our budget is quite tight. So we’re proposing a bit of a fundraiser. Think of it as a donation, but instead of a tote bag you get a sweet Warriors shirt out of the deal. We know times are tough (believe me) so if you can’t afford the shirt, please, please, please help us spread the word by sharing the link everywhere you can. We want to sell all of the shirts, which shouldn’t be too difficult given the amount we have. Thank you in advance!


Sunday, August 07, 2011

My Year with Gunnar Björnstrand

My first film class at school had me studying under Professor Herbert Cohen. We covered the basics (Kane, Potemkin, etc), yes, but we also watched a whole heck of a lot of Ingmar Bergman films -- especially those with Gunnar Björnstrand.

I'm not sure when I realized it, but Cohen was writing a book about Bergman (Ingmar Bergman: The Art of Confession) and using our class as a bit of an excuse to re-watch/study a number of Bergman's films, focusing quite a bit on movies with Gunnar Björnstrand, one of Bergman's stock players.

I'm going to take a page from Cohen's book. Not the one about Bergmen but I'm going to do the same thing in the coming months/weeks. I've been asked to come aboard as a writer at and I'm going to be reviewing some movies that I've been wanting to write about in a larger context:

  • The films of Alfred Sole
  • The films of Oldrich Lipsky
  • The films of Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Elliot Gould/Donald Sutherland '70s films
  • The films of Greydon Clark
  • Films related to the above
  • Stuff I've been wanting to write about

I'm also going to be delving into some horror spoofs from the early '80s. Wish me luck.

More than anything, I'm hoping this kicks my butt into gear with some writing I've been wanting to do outside of Cashiers du Cinemart #16. I'm off to the races.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Big Week on The Projection Booth

This week we've got two new episodes of The Projection Booth podcast.

On the weekly show we discuss Tapeheads and feature interviews with producer Peter McCarthy and director Bill Fishman. We're joined by special guest Skizz Cyzyk -- a true video ace.

Our special edition speaks to Captain America -- the 2011 Joe Johnston release as well as the 1990 Albert Pyun film. We've even got an interview with Pyun about the film. We're joined by fellow Jackalope jockey Josh Hadley.

The episodes are available now via iTunes, Stitcher, or our website -

Monday, August 01, 2011

Paul Williams in Ape Makeup on Carson

Years ago Leon Chase asked the world for a glimpse of Paul Williams in his ape make-up on The Tonight Show in his story All the Good Guys and the Bad Guys that I've Been.

Williams, for his part as Virgil, the amiable orangutan companion, manages to look eerily like himself behind the makeup, and does a decent job of walking awkwardly and saying wise things at appropriate moments. He doesn't break any ground dramatically; then again, the Apes movies aren't exactly known for their understatement. More intriguing than the movie itself is the fact that, after one particularly long day of shooting, Paul was scheduled to make one of his many appearances on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show." Not wanting to miss it, and always up for a good laugh, Paul arranged to sing a surprise, romantically lit version of one of Johnny's favorite songs... in full ape makeup.

Here you go, Leon.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Blue Water Film Festival announces the finalists for the 3rd annual film festival.

Port Huron, Mich., July 31, 2011 - The Blue Water Film Festival (BWFF) has announced the official selections of the 2011 festival.

The festival asks for film submissions each year and they are received from all over the state of Michigan and the Sarnia-Lambton area.

The Blue Water Film Festival will highlight short films, full length features and documentaries.

The 2011 Official Selections of the Blue Water Film Festival (In Alphabetical Order)

  • Always Elsewhere...Zachary Blosser...Ypsilanti
  • Awake...Alex Grossfeld...Berkley
  • Being From Another Planet...Joseph Parcell...Okemos (Shot in Marine City & Richmond)
  • The Bicyclist...Oren Goldberg...Detroit
  • Bullies on Vacation...Michael Zago...East Grand Rapids
  • Certain Essential Elements...Jennifer Atanasovski & Jeffery T. Schultz...Detroit
  • Clean Break...Ryan Lieske...Byron Center
  • The Dancer...Seth Stark...Troy
  • Defying Deletion...Andre N. Anton...West Bloomfield
  • Melody...Devin Polaski...St. Clair
  • My Friend Peter...Steve Kopera...Ann Arbor
  • Protangeline...Scott A. Galeski...Wyandotte
  • Pink Lines...Mike Madigan...Troy
  • Regional Roots...Carrie LeZotte...Detroit
  • Scents & Nonsense...Benjamin Dell...Ann Arbor
  • Strong From Detroit...Jeremy Olstyn...Berkley
  • World Of Art...Mike Allore...Oakland Township (Portions shot in Port Huron)

Kelly Kennedy, the Film Selection Committee's Chairperson for the Blue Water Film Festival states, ""As the Blue Water Film Festival enters its third annual year, we continue to be amazed at the unbelievable talent emerging from our State's independent filmmakers." She continues "We are thrilled and very proud to present a compelling program that gives these gifted filmmakers an opportunity to feature their outstanding films. We look forward to providing our community and the entire State of Michigan with the chance to see everything from comedies and dramas to documentaries and even a couple of puppets!"

Dave Coulier, star of televisions "Full House" will kick off the Blue Water Film Festival with a Stand Up comedy show on Thursday, October 6, 2011.

The Official Selections of the Blue Water Film Festival will play on Saturday, October 8, 2011.

Executive Director Jeremy Stemen proclaims that Friday nights event "will be something that will certainly impress all residents of the city of Port Huron, the Blue Water Area, the state, and beyond."

The annual The Blue Water Film Festival strives to bring movies, movie stars and movie makers to Port Huron. The movies shown at the festival are diverse and enjoyable to people of all ages. For one week a year our community has the opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow in Port Huron today.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Phoenix Rising

Last year while at the Motor City Comic Con, my friend Mitch and I were flipping through some old X-Men comics and one of us remarked with faux sincerity, "What? Phoenix died? What? She came back?" This prompted a nearby nerd to start pontificating about just how few times Jean Grey had died/returned as the Phoenix. This has stuck in my craw for a while. That said, I created the following cover montage that shows just a few Phoenix stories...

Monday, June 27, 2011

Do Re Mink - The Mink Stole CD

One of my favorite people, Mink Stole, is working on funding for her first full-length music CD, Do Re Mink. Do her a solid and give what you can to her Kickstarter fund.

Also, look for Mink on an upcoming episode of The Projection Booth all about my favorite John Waters movie, Desperate Living.

Donate to Mink here:

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Robocop - Detroit's Savoir

This week on the Projection Booth Podcast, Mondo Justin and I hit the streets of Old Detroit in search of our city's savior, Robocop. In this super ultra deluxe edition of the podcast we discuss this landmark film and chat with many of the folks involved in both its production and in its aftermath including one of the guys behind the building of the Detroit Robcop statue.

Special Guests: Ed Neumeier, Michael Miner, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox, Miguel Ferrer, Monte Hellman, Ed Naha, Jerry Paffendorf


  • Robocop Theme - Basil Poledouris
  • Don't Worry Baby - Keith Moon
  • Milkbone Underwear - Ronny Cox
  • Robocop Theme - Nintendo 8-bit version
  • Robocop (Who R U?) - B.O.S.E
  • OCP - Gama Bomb, Robocop - Sleaze Boyz
  • Murphy's Law - Priestess, RESPECT - Aretha Franklin
  • Robocop: Streets of Detroit - Shiryu
  • Murphy, It's You - Al & Jon Kaplan

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