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Monday, July 12, 2010

Assorted Bits & Pieces: Cool Ass Cinema Gets The Versatile Blogger Award

A few days ago, Will Errikson of the essential blog, Too Much Horror Fiction has passed along the Versatile Blogger Award to me. I am greatly appreciative that he thought of me when passing this along. As per this award, the rules are as follows:

-Thank the person who gave it to you
-Share 7 things about yourself

-Pass the award to 15 other blogs you've recently discovered, are engaging and of particular interest.

For the 15 I selected, I tried to keep with blogs that were different in some way and relatively new ones I found from other blogs such as The Horror Blogger Alliance. A few of them I've followed for a while now, but think they deserve some mention. The seven things about me are below...

1. I've often been referred to as "weird" and "eccentric" when it comes to my tastes in entertainment. I do enjoy new, or modern things, but I tend to gravitate towards anything old, or classic when it comes to music, movies and TV shows. On that, if that makes you "weird" and "eccentric", I wouldn't have it any other way. They just don't make ANYTHING like they used to.

2. I have no children, but treat my two dogs like they were. They think they're human, anyways.

3. I've never been much of a political person, but I sincerely believe Obama needs to be impeached ASAP. Never before have I seen a President who is intentionally trying to ruin this country.

4. Protein bars and shakes can do wonders if you give them a chance.

5. I have little tolerance for people who try to force religion on others. I find it a fascinating concept, but nothing more. I am open to hearing about the beliefs of others, but prefer to leave it at that. I see it as a method of brainwashing, or controlling a group of people, or populace to "educate" (read SCARE) them into thinking a certain way.

6. I do believe in the existence of life on other planets. I have a hard time with the notion that the Earth is the only planet in this universe which sustains life.

7. Some of my favorite foods (both junk and otherwise) are Chinese food (especially real Chinese food!), Sushi (California Roll and Cream Cheese Roll are faves), Italian Steak and Cheese with a side order of stuffed Jalapeno Poppers, Pizza, Ribeye cooked Medium, Rice, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Hamburger, Tuna, Chicken Helper (most especially Mongolian Style Beef, Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Tetrazzini). The Cheesy Chkn Enchilada goes great spread on burrito shells with hot sauce and sour cream on it. I'm not big on desserts, but Angel Food Cake is a low fat favorite (sometimes topped with whipped cream! Which no longer makes it a low fat favorite!)

Okay, now here's the blogs. There are a few others I read A LOT (two of them, Cheap Bin and I Like Horror Movies, I'm looking at you!), but this list is mostly made up of new ones I been perusing recently that I think are great reads. Give them a look.

These first two I have been following for some time now, but they are exceptionally well written and cover the gamut of weird and wild movies. Both (dfordoom @cult and Sam @ Mondo 70) treat their subject matter seriously, noting both good and bad aspects of the films they cover.



The Dope's blog is a humorous look at predominantly bad movies with an occasional focus on good movies (his recent coverage of the original STAR WARS trilogy being an example). There's some great 'bad' stuff here told in a witty style.


William Connelly's ode to everything Italiana is a wonderful stop for those wishing to read excerpts from various interviews and anecdotes from notable European movie makers and stars. Definitely a must read for those wishing to delve further into Italian cinema beyond merely watching the films themselves.


Another blog whose title tells all. Possessing a great banner, this site (run by Mysterious Pants) deals with everything giant and monsters from around the world. Not just limited to movies, the coverage here is all about the beasts.


Nigel M runs this blog that deals strictly with Italian movies of the sleazy kind. If you're into European trash, this is a good place to visit. Reviews are told in a concise, relatively short format for 'on the go' readers.


This is a second blog run by the very individual who awarded me this honor. Will's other blog covers movies and music from my favorite decade, the 1970's. This site covers lots of different genres of movies from that amazing decade. There's also a number of extremely dedicated posts on one of the best films of all time, JAWS (1975).


Aaron's horror/exploitation site features a variety of grim material, but what makes his site stand out is the plethora of blogger interaction. He's not the only one who does it, but he seems to be the most prolific and creative in that realm.


Found this one linked from another great site, MOTION PICTURE GEMS. Steve Miller runs this nifty site built around everything bad about movies. From really old bad movies to new really bad movies, Miller covers it all.


Andrew Green runs this lively, entertaining, comedic blog that pokes fun at everything entertainment. Well written, irreverent, satirical and downright hilarious, Green pokes fun at the entertainment industry and those films and personalities that make our world go round.


This isn't a movie site, but a very rude, crude, socially unacceptable and very funny comical blog. There are several others I've seen out there like this one, but Max's site is the most recent of its kind I have happened upon and it's also one of the funniest of the lot.


This site is a treasure trove for those who grew up with Famous Monsters and even those who grew up "late" (like me) with that classic magazine. There are also other monster mags showcased here and a general love for monstrous cinema in general.


Colin from Kung Fu Friday's is a great stop for those looking for oldschool kung fu thrills. There's also some choice ad mats, posters and other images from everything Asian cinema.


KingWho?'s site tackles mostly newer HK action movies. When I say new, I am refering to the start of the New Wave period leading up to today. There are a few oldschool items here, but mostly


And finally, last but certainly not least, is Turnidoff Productions Death To CGI blog. Every horror and science fiction/fantasy fan should be checking this one out. The title says it all. It's a new blog, but contains some choice posts my favorite of which is the LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986) post.


Well, those are my 15 picks. I hope you guys enjoy them and thanks to Will for giving me the award and thanks to all those who stop by to read my ramblings. It's much appreciated!


Fazeo said...

Thanks for the list of movie blogs to check out, I just subscribed to most of their rss feeds thanks to you.

I really dig the Death to CGI blog since I loathe cgi for the msot part.

venoms5 said...

Good deal, Fazeo. I had a hard time coming up with 15. There were a few others I wanted to put on there, too. I really like that 'Death To CGI' blog. I hope the person(s) who runs it keeps it going.

Aaron said...

Thanks for the kind words, V5! I really appreciate it, and it's a huge compliment to get any kudos whatsoever from a cult and exploitation movie enthusiast such as yourself. Unfortunately I can't pass this on at the moment since I don't think I even read 15 blogs on a regular basis, but I do plan on doing something very soon that will showcase some of the blogs that I appreciate, including yours.

Kingwho? said...

Thanks so much for the kind words. I'm pretty much just starting out and trying to find my footing with the blog. Thanks for giving me a boost. I was really happy to get your message. Also, thanks for pointing me towards other blogs of significance. Thanks again!

Max Evel said...

Thanks dude !
That was very cool.

Will Errickson said...

Good, some cool blogs I haven't read yet. Glad you could take part.

Turnidoff Productions said...

Thank you SO much for the shout out! I still update the "Death to CGI" blog even though it doesn't look like it. I need to get back to at least the once a week posts.

Thanks again!

Samuel Wilson said...

Thanks for the honor, venom! If I hadn't been so lazy in responding to an earlier honor I'd have given you this one myself. In genre cinema you set a standard for versatility I can only hope to emulate.

Nigel M said...

thank you very much, appreciate this a lot!

venoms5 said...

@ Aaron: You're welcome, my friend, and thanks for the kind words! I don't think it's absolutely necessary to do 15 or any at all for that matter, especially if time is an issue.

@ Kingwho?: Thank you, sir, for responding back! I only just discovered yours recently myself. From your blog, I discovered a slew of Asian-centric sites I didn't know were out there.

@ Max: You're very much welcome! Keep up the evel good work!

@ Will: As always, Will, thanks for stopping by!

@ Turnidoff Productions: No problem, I found your site most interesting and am very glad to have found it!

@ Samuel: Your comments are incredibly kind and much appreciated, Sam. Your site is one I look to for inspiration to improve my own. Keep it up, Sam!

@ Nigel: No problem, Nigel! I enjoy reading your material and you have a genuine love for the films you discuss and it comes through in your reviews.

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