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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

Inspiration is a fickle thing. Sometimes you have it by the bucketful, other times it’s a scarce commodity. Unfortunately, here at Cinema Fromage headquarters, we’ve been in the former situation for quite awhile. Due to various factors, changes at work, busy family life, some head worms of my own to deal with…inspiration just hasn’t been high on the list of resources that I am abundant in.

It is what it is. I’ve felt guilty in the past about letting the old blog here gather dust. Something I once thought was a fairly big deal, then I let it go to seed. I struggled with feeling guilty about it for awhile, then I felt really guilty when I hit a particularly low spot the old depression trough. But then, I realized it’s really not so bad. After all, I’ve kept creative. I’ve got four different podcasts that I’m a part of. Certainly nothing to sneeze at.

Here as of late, things have been starting to take a turn. Not in the depression department; that part took a turn some time ago! I’m feeling pretty great as of late. No, I’m starting to get the itch to create again. I’ve got something sitting there beyond the periphery tapping along, trying to find a way to get out.

I won’t lie. It feels pretty great. It’s pretty exciting to have that urge to once again puke out whatever’s filling up my brain pan for the sheer fun of it. It can be a bit frustrating as well. The will to create is there, but the ideas, they’re not always quite solidified. Sometimes they’re just this ephemeral gas (not from the other end) that’s out there with the bare notion of an idea I’d like to scribble something out about. It’s hard after so long to pin those ideas down, turn them into something tangible.

This past weekend, I was bumbling about in my typical weekend routine. A little Diablo here, a little housework there, with a whole lot of Netflix in between. Flipping through the choices on the screen, I came across a recent addition, Howard Stern’s “Private Parts”. Oddly enough, i had never seen it. I’ve been enjoying Stern as a judge on America’s Got Talent. I’ve enjoyed his show when I’ve heard it, but never enough to go seek it out. So, I figured what the heck, I’ll give it a shot.

This is where the strange part comes in; I found “Private Parts” to be…dare I say…inspiring?

I know, it sounds weird! The movie itself is an ‘autobiography’ of Stern’s rise to DJ superstardom. I’m sure there was some embellishment going on there, but it doesn’t really change the inspiration aspect. I just found myself with a lot of excitement as you watch Howard’s no nonsense approach to his on air personality and his radio shows.

Boiling it down, the comparison is simple: over these past few years, as I fought off depression and a lack of motivation for writing and the creative side of things…I became timid. Which seems weird, I’m sure, if you hear me on Bloody Good Horror, Cinema Fromage, etc. But it’s true. I’ve found the biggest thing holding me back on every venture I want to take part in, is myself.

It’s easy to fool oneself when it comes to the creative front. I’ve dreamt for ages of interviewing people, but never had the guts to do so. I jokingly tell people I’m afraid I’d be like Chris Farley in that one SNL skit where he interviews celebrities, “That was so cool…” The truth is, I’m pretty honestly afraid of it turning out that way. I’ve dreamt of getting back to writing and blogging here for a solid year or two. Again, the fear has crept in. There wasn’t any more confidence left in the tank, the fear that I couldn’t do anything that would either be worth reading or something that would stand out from the crowd. So I simply didn’t. It kinda sucked.

Here as of late though, I’m in a much healthier, happier state. And the urges are coming back. Since I’m feeling much more assertive these days, I’ve decided to take a queue from Howard Stern this time around. I have to push away the fears, ignore the lack of confidence and just put it out there. Get it out of my head and get it on paper.

So, here we are.

One of the biggest things that helped me through the dark times was keeping a journal. It kept me from dwelling on the negative, letting me get everything that had been loading down my brain and ambition and get it out of my head for a night. We’re going to try that here at Cinema Fromage, with a twist. I’m going to start keeping a journal of creative thoughts here on the site, as I get them out of my head and onto paper.

The posts will cover whatever happens to be weighing on my mind at the moment, so they could be anything from short stories to long winded rambling. (But if you’re here because you saw a new post on the site, you already know I’m long winded! Some might be short. Some might be sad. The import thing is, they’ll be out of my head and just maybe, we’ll be creating some new excitement here in the near future.

Hold onto your butts.

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Thursday, July 02nd, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

Another month is now behind us and the movie count goes up for 2015!

In case you don’t happen to follow me on Facebook, I’ve become hooked this year on keeping track of my watching habits over on Letterboxd. There is absolutely no point in this effort, other than I have a heavy hankering for making lists! Plus, it’s fun to see the numbers going up.

So, for June, we’re took in a total of 36 movies! Not a bad month! In fact, it’s a record month! I must have been on a role. My lowest month has weighed in at around 17 movies. This brings the total movies watched for the year to 155! Mind you, I don’t have a goal in mind for the year. I just like watching movies. Still, it’s fun to see how the year is stacking up to previous years!

Here’s my favorite watch of the month!

The Big Sleep

Having started a new online course on Film Noir, I’ve dove deep into the genre and found some true gems. Two of those gems are Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall! It’s been a blast getting into these films I knew little or nothing about. “Big Sleep” has some fantastic dialogue in it!

And for the not so favorite, i.e. that one movie I regret watching last month:


I mean…I never expected this to be good. I’m not even that big of a fan of the “Taken” flicks. Sometimes though, I enjoy some stupid satire. This wasn’t one of those times! It’s probably worse than you may think.

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

While I can’t say there’s necessarily been a ‘buzz’ brewing over “We Are Still Here”, it’s safe to say that the name has been popping up here and there in various circles. My friend CC over at Bloody Good Horror gave it a 10 out of 10, which is a big deal. CC’s a strong critic, she doesn’t through 10′s out lightly. Needless to say, I was intrigued.

As I began to dig around for more info on the flick, I stumbled across the IMDb Listing. I quickly became more curious. This movie promised a stellar cast! Barbara Crampton is a genre veteran all the way back to “Re-Animator”. She’s a damn fine actress! You’ve probably seen Larry Fessenden in more horror flicks than you realize. He’s a pretty hardworking genre actor. Even Andrew Sensening and Lisa Marie are familiar faces throughout film in general. The listing really leads us to think that “We Are Still Here” might have some potential with a main cast so packed with experience. In fact, the only relatively unknown factor, at least to me, was writer/director Ted Geohegan. While the man has a number of producing credits and writing credits, I myself had never really seen his work, so I wasn’t sure what I was in store for.

What I found was a throw back horror film that packs a tightly woven slow burn that evolves into all out chaos that left me on the edge of my seat and dare I say…scared!

Pacing in movies of this type is often crucial and for “We Are Still Here”, the pacing was nailed. Throughout the movie we move slowly, but always feeling like something is lurking just behind us. Mixed with fleeting glimpses of something actually lurking in the shadows, without showing us a grand payoff of what we’re seeing until much later, we get a stifling atmosphere filled with tension and mystery. Just what has happened to this sad and lonely couple living out here in the middle of nowhere? What is it that that lurks in the basement, fleeting just off screen into the shadows? The film moves just slow enough and entices you with things off to the side so that your imagination runs wild on what could be over there in the dark.

As I mentioned earlier, the cast in “We are Still Here” is fantastic. The standouts being Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden. Barbara comes across as frail and disturbed, with a tragic happening in her past that has altered her state of being. We learn more of these happenings over the course of the movie, but she does a wonderful job of conveying just how broken up she is. You can’t help but feel sad for her and empathize from the very beginning, which leads to a heavy duty emotional punch by the end of the film. Larry Fessenden on the other hand, comes across as Larry Fessenden often does; disheveled, quirky and a bit hammy. His character takes a specific turn late in the film though that shows us just what this character actor is capable of, and when he’s running full bore, it’s hard to look away. The other actors in the film do well mind you. All of them have some twists and turns, though some have less of an impact than others. They simply don’t have as big a part of the story.

There are so many aspects to this movie, that lead to making it one of the more enjoyable horror films as of late. It drips atmosphere that will leave you unsettled and has a story that is plausible and makes sense, all while delivering some chills of its own. There aren’t too many twists and turns in the story, it’s fairly straight forward. For this type of film though, they deliver all of the needed back story for everything, doled out over time to keep the hook baited and keep you watching. It’s really well put together.

Then, comes the fun part of “We Are Still Here”. As I said at the top, this film is a slow burner. It takes a lot of time for things to unfold and play out, leading a meandering path to a final climax. When that climax finally comes, “We Are Still Here” erupts into chaos that manages to entertain, frighten and even surprise, all at the same time! There are great makeup effects at work as we are finally treated to full on imagery of what’s been lurking in the shadows. There are blood and guts galore. There’s violence, both surprising and gratuitous! There are many times that slow burner films tend to disappoint with too small of a payoff. Not with “We Are Still Here”. You’ll find yourself both a little giddy, maybe a little grimy by the end of it. You’ll definitely leave feeling fulfilled.

For a true sign of quality horror? I see myself as a bit of a hardened horror fan these days. Perhaps, a bit jaded. I’ve seen a ton of horror movies over the years and not much surprises me. While watching “We Are Still Here”, I had all the lights off in the living room for full effect. When Colleen walked into the living room, I didn’t see her having been too drawn into the movie. When suddenly she snapped on the kitchen light? I jumped about a foot off the couch while screaming, “Oh Shit!” That’s the sure sign of some quality scares!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

This past weekend was Father’s Day, which was an appropriate day for the 40th anniversary of the Grandfather of Summer Blockbuster films, “Jaws”! Thanks to the fine folks at Fathom Events, I was able to spend my Father’s Day in the theater catching this great white whale of my own on the big screen for the first time!

Let me tell you now…seeing this on the big screen was a treat.

“Jaws” is a bonafied classic, no arguments about it. It’s earned a spot in genre film history and for good reason. So, we won’t go into too many details of the actual film here. We’ve all seen it and heard it! The best part of this viewing for me though, was the experience of seeing the film in the theater.

I wasn’t expecting a big crowd at the showing. After all, it’s a forty year old movie! But owing a lot to it’s classic status, our 7pm showing was packed pretty well. One big thing that added to the viewing was the crowd itself. For such an event, it’s easy to assume to that most of the people going to see the film would be long time fans, which was the case. The crowd was into the showing, laughing at the jokes, reacting well to the shark attacks, and the like. It was an atmosphere that made the outing a lot of fun. Normally I’m the odd one out laughing at uncomfortable moments or cheering on a particularly juicy shark attack. This time around though, I was surrounded by my brethren!

The other plus to this particular outing was that the increased aspect ratio and such of the showing added a lot to the film. I expected to go in and see a movie I’ve seen a lot of times, just for the joy of seeing it again with a crowd. I was a bit surprised by how much of the film felt new and exciting though. There are particular moments in this film that used to make me jump, but I long grew desensitized after many viewings. These jump scenes were all new in the big screen presentation, which was fantastic! (Hull of the fishing boat, I got my eye on you!) Truly, it was a movie going experience that made me fall in love with a movie all over again.

Here’s a few things that translated so well to the big screen:

* Quint’s scene on the boats galley where he recollected his experience on the USS Indianapolis was down right captivating. As he starts into the tale of being thrown into the icy waters as schools of tiger sharks circled him and his ship mates left you hanging on every word as the shot pulled in tight on his worn and weathered face. As he talked of thinking his friend was asleep and finding out that he had been severed in half from the torso down left chills. After this moment, you couldn’t help but understand why Quint was the type of man he was.

* The beach panic had a much greater effect adding tension to the moment. While on home video you can see the chaos that ensues when the shark is first sighted, it pales in comparison seeing it all unfold on the big screen. Here, you can pick out the individual moments of danger as you see young kids trampled, thrown from rafts and more!

* I’m not one that jumps a whole lot at the theater these days. Again, that whole desensitization thing. In the late scene as Brody is working with one of the barrels and the shark comes out of the water just behind him caused me to leap from my seat and bump into my cousin who was setting next to me! Haven’t had a thrill like that in the theater for a long while!

* Roy Schneider is the shit. The guy oozed a rare blend of cool.

* I had forgotten about Quint’s toast to “swimmin’ with bow legged women”. “Here’s to Swimmin’ with Bow Legged Women,” indeed!

* For a film shot in 1975, the cinematography of “Jaws” is truly beautiful and holds up really well. I have to think that this is a quality that is enhanced greatly by the large screen format. The deep blues of the ocean, the whites of the sand beaches and the wide open shots of expansive skies really paint a picture of this small resort island being a bit isolated and on their own dealing with this large predator problem. There are times while Brody, Hooper and Quint are out at sea that truly radiate a sense of isolation. There are moments on the beach scenes that you can feel just how warm it is out there on that July 4th holiday. It’s really something you should see on the big screen at least once!

So there you have it. As you can see, my Father’s Day was pretty great! It had been some time since I last saw “Jaws” but it was such a treat to see it in a whole new way after so long. Should you get the chance to catch the flick on the big screen, I urge you to run to the theater and catch it before it disappears for another 10 years!

Thursday, June 04th, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

I’ve talked at length about the power of memory when it comes to movies. My mind is full of vague memories of studying VHS boxes, wondering about particular movies that I’ve never seen, weird scenes of movies glimpsed in passing. Such is the case with 1986’s Something Wild.

I can remember coming across Something Wild at the Video Place somewhere back in the mid 80’s. The cover was pretty striking and a wee bit sexy. For my teen-aged brain, that was pretty exciting. I never brought myself around to renting it though. It was an image that stuck with me; I’d come across it on subsequent visits to the video store, even other stores. It always stood out as I passed through the aisles.

Perhaps it was the bright yellow used for the cover that drew the eye. Maybe it was that caricature of Melanie Griffith in that black bob cut and the flirty way she licked her lips. Perhaps, it was the way that Melanie looked like Michelle Meyrink from Real Genius, because it was the 80’s and I was a fan of Michelle. I can say it wasn’t Jeff Daniels being his goofy self hanging upside down; I never realized that was him until I sat down to finally watch the film! Regardless, it caught my eye.

Though it pulled my gaze every time, it never enticed enough to get me to pull the trigger and give the film a watch. I can’t say for certain why. The important bit is, I walked away from that VHS box every time with a specific image of the unseen film in my mind. To start, it’s called Something Wild. This was a pretty common title tactic in 80’s comedy and earlier. They were usually straight forward, no nonsense and hinted at exactly what you were going to see. Revenge of the Nerds was exactly that; a case of revenge, served up by nerds! Animal House, gave us exactly what it promised; a house full of frat boy animals. So in the times that I saw the tape, the name Something Wild combined with the over the top portrayal of Melanie Griffith on the cover lead me to believe this would be straight up, typical 80’s comedy.

There were more clues on the cover that lead to this conclusion. Look at the font used for the title. It’s filled with another common 80’s trope; the loud ransom note font. There’s neon, animal print, wild lettering…all stalwarts of your common over the top 80’s funny person. Generally when you saw something outgoing such as this, your mind was directed straight to thoughts of outrageous types, such as Cyndi Lauper. And again, let’s take a look at Melanie on the cover. She’s bedecked in a very mod hair cut, covered in loud colored bangles, necklaces and jewelry. Another common indicator of the time that you’re in for a standard goofball comedy!

With those powers of deduction in mind, I never rented Something Wild and every since those days decades ago, I’ve had it in mind that the movie as a goofball 80’s comedy. Now that the film has been released on Netflix Instant Watch, you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that Something Wild was so much more of a movie than I had built up in my mind .

The film, directed by Johnathan Demme no less, opens simple enough. Jeff Daniels is a stressed out business man packed with self importance and impatience. Melanie Griffith is quirky and weird with an outgoing personality to offset Daniels stuffed shirt appearance. She confronts Jeff after he tries to skip out on paying a lunch bill, tricks him into going with her and before long, she’s kidnapping him to show him a wild weekend and to break down his normal walls.

As you can see, the movie does in fact play out like your typical comedy from the era. It doesn’t take too long for it to show that it has a darker side to it. As the movie rolls along, we watch Audrey and Charles drink booze, have sex and concoct spontaneous plans to keep their weekend adventure alive and to get Charles out of his shell. As they get further from the city and the day to day grind, we soon find that Audrey has some ulterior motives. The next thing you know, Charles is posing as Audrey’s husband for her mom and her class reunion.

Once we reach the class reunion portion of our show, is when Something Wild skids into the turn of darkness. Ray Liotta, playing none other than ‘Ray’, arrives at the class reunion leading to the unveiling that he is not only an ex-con, but Audrey’s true husband. He’s got a mean streak to him that is a mile long and he wastes no time into working his criminal wiles on Charles to pull information from him on he and Audrey’s antics.

So, this movie I had thought for sure was a screwball comedy, is actually a bit of a crime thriller in disguise. For a crime movie, it’s very quirky and different, but it’s quite effective in how it fools the viewer into thinking they are heading in a certain direction before spinning off to parts unknown. Mind you, this is not necessarily a thriller nor is it anything that would ever be called gritty. It is an interesting turn in storytelling though that treats us to something that is not quite common.

The characters of Something Wild are its strongest points, all of them well developed and full of multiple facets. Audrey seems cute and endearing at first, but quickly shows that she is quite damaged from an unknown past. Charles seems stuffy and fussy, bordering on typical 80’s power monger, but soon proves that he is riddled with insecurities and uncertainties on his path in life. Ray is the only straight forward character, one that is brutal and mean with nary a good bone in his body. While his turn is straightforward, it’s still powerful. Despite all the characters flaws, by the end of the film you find yourself invested and hoping for the best for this unlikely couple. Plus, with Oscar nominations for all three actors, it proves that these were well written characters that were performed pretty expertly by all involved.

After years of waiting, I may have proved myself a dope by discovering that Something Wild, a movie I had avoided for years, was absolutely nothing like I expected. As they say, and as I often like to ignore, you shouldn’t always judge a book, or VHS tape by its cover. Thankfully though, once I found the time to finally sit down and lay eyes upon it, I found myself treated to a small somewhat worn gem of the 80’s. It’s a good bit of storytelling from Johnathan Demme and E. Max Frye that maybe you should check out too, should you find yourself wanting something…wild for a change.

Tuesday, June 02nd, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

It’s not uncommon to talk about films in a sense of merit. Looking at them with a critical eye, perhaps praising them for their use of world building or story telling. Perhaps even poo-pooing them for the very same reasons. Sometimes, it’s fun to look at a film in the terms of the experience it provides.

Movies definitely entertain; that’s what they’re made for! They also make for a an experience as well. These experiences are mostly nostalgia wrapped around a fond memory of your time going to see a movie. It’s still an experience all the same. Let me give you an example.


Saturday, May 09th, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

So, let’s recap where we were on the last episode. I’m old, getting older. A lot has changed in the world of fandom between the pre and post internet ages. Our circles of like minded friends have grown considerably and the art of word of mouth has gone from in depth discussions in somebody’s basement before, during and between movies to shouting on message boards while you’re taking your morning constitutional.

It’s a big big world out there, and now the entire thing is at our fingertips. Including the very movies we love to watch.

My experience in geeking out on horror movies started out much like many many other people. I didn’t have cable growing up; it didn’t come far enough down the road. We had three major network channels and two PBS channels. That was about it. Thankfully, VCR’s hit popularity fairly early on in my youth, so I was saved by that.


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Thursday, May 07th, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

I’m totally aware that I spend a lot of time on various podcasts and such whining about how I’m getting old. Truth is, I don’t really care about getting old. I also don’t actually think I’m ‘Old’. It’s just a fun thing to get worked up over. However, as I do grow older, I’ve come to notice some significant changes in the world of ‘fandom’ or ‘geekdom’, or which ever label you’d like to slap on those of us who get into…well, anything…a bit more than others.

As my body has aged since I first started losing myself in the world of movies in the early 80′s, so too has technology aged significantly over the same number of years. One could say that technology has aged a bit more gracefully than myself, but…let’s look beyond that. Where somewhere in the vicinity of 1980 I watched films such as Stars Wars and The Black Hole hundreds of times because that was the only VHS tapes that were on hand, now days I find myself often times crippled by sheer choice. Where once catching a rare film was a unique event in the development of one’s personal pop culture, these days said rare films can be found in a matter of minutes.


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Wednesday, May 06th, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

I know, I know, we’ve always been told to never judge a book by its cover. But, I can’t help myself. Sometimes, I make judgments based solely on a cover. This is a holdover of my youth, the heyday of the VHS rental store where I’d stand and study box art by the hour, if my parents would let me.

In the modern age, Netflix Instant Watch has come pretty close to replacing that nostalgic tradition of when I stood in the shadows of the horror section trying to make up my mind what I was going to watch next. The service is packed with titles. It’s filled with colorful cover art and broken into handy categories, sub categories and more. Let’s face it; we’ve all had those evenings where we planned to sit and watch something and spent the next forty five minutes just scrolling through the service to see what’s out there. The only thing missing is bad lighting and the smell of musty cardboard and stale popcorn.

That’s all a long winded way to say, sometimes when I sit down and start flipping through Netflix, I feel like a kid again. Eager to watch something new, something I may not have considered watching before. This typically leads to being mesmerized by all the pretty cover art. Which sometimes leads me to making the decision on what I’m going to watch, based solely on the cover art. Which is how I found myself sitting down and watching Preservation.

Released in early 2015, Preservation is a try to be smart thriller mixed with a healthy dose of revenge flick. Written and directed by Christopher Denham, the film has great aspirations in its story telling, but sadly feels a bit like two distinct stories mixed together. The challenging part is that both of these halves feel distinctly different in quality and storytelling. With the fact that the solid and more engaging part of the story fills the second half of the film, we are left with a bit of a chore in the first half of the film.

Sean, recently ousted from the military, is heading off for a hunting trip with his brother Mike and his new wife Wit. The setup is easy enough; the boys used to come to these woods as kids. Mike had originally planned on making the trip with Wit, but soon Sean shows up out of the blue and essentially invites himself along.

The first half of our film focuses on these three characters and their forced awkwardness, which leads to our first hurdle to get past. While none of the performances are particularly bad, neither are they overly convincing in their plight. There’s a secret Wit is keeping from Mike. There is Sean’s mysterious exit from the military. There is the forced awkwardness between these three as Sean meets his new sister in law for the first time and more. None of these traits come across in a fashion that leads the viewer to becoming emotionally invested in their tension. Instead, we’re left on the side lines waiting for these to finish having these uncomfortable little moments.

Thankfully, this problematic pace only lasts for the first thirty minutes or so of the show as soon, the trio wakes up and finds out somebody has been in their camp and stolen their gear. This is when we are introduced to the faceless antagonist trio that simultaneously ups the tempo of the film, but also brings the strong female character of Wit to the surface. People are hunted, revenge is sought and ultimately, the rest of the film plays out like your standard Strangers clone, in the woods.

The movie packs a surprising amount of violence for the initial setup. While it isn’t overly graphic, there will be scenes that leave you cringing from time to time. The biggest surprise though, is that after being forced to try and connect emotionally with these characters, we have a hard time continuing to be invested as the carnage starts. It’s Wit’s turn from a character you’re mostly overlooking, to one filled with conviction and one you can begin to empathize with that makes the second half of the film such a treat.

In the end, Preservation isn’t going to win any awards for originality. It’s not going to win any awards for mind blowing story telling. It will treat you to a fairly entertaining way to blow an hour and a half on a slow night though, which makes it a worthy add to your Netflix queue.

Plus, that cover is pretty great.

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Monday, May 04th, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

So, here we are on May the 4th, Star Wars day for those that are officially inclined. Star Wars played an important role in my growing up to be a big fan of science fiction and fantasy, movies, comics and more. It took hold of me at a young age and never really did let up.

Since it’s a special day, I figured it might be a good day to let some info slip on a top secret writing project that I’ve been working on over the last year or so. It’s important to me, not sure if it will be important to you readers, but you never know until you try, right? I won’t be releasing any specific details of this project here today, but take my word for it…some time later this year, or early next, you may be reading yourself a little book by the title of “My Life as a Teenage Geek, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cinema Fromage” and finding out what leads a middle aged man to right and talk passionately about his favorite geeky films.

Here today, is chapter two of my soon to be book. (Memoir? Autobiography? I don’t know, that all sounds a little heady.) It explains what Star Wars means to me, so I hope you enjoy! Even if you don’t, May the 4th be With You!

In 1977, I had just turned 3. I remember nothing of this time of course, but I’m told my love of film had started roughly around this time. That year, a movie that would set in motion my love of science fiction, storytelling and genre fiction was thrust upon the public. George Lucas released Star Wars and the nerd populace was forever changed.

What does this have to do with a the story of a horror blogger and podcaster, one who wasn’t old enough to remember a cohesive memory of the time? I’m told I was there. I’m told I was there on opening night, waiting in line outside the theater, taken by mother.

While my mother was only tangentially interested in the science fiction opus, she knew at the tender age of three, I would be enthralled by the fantasy world filled with action, aliens and galactic menace. While my parents may not have the same passion for things like movies and books that I have today, Mom knew early on that it was something that would suck me in and take hold.


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