Dick Smith RIP

Posted in Film on July 31, 2014 by christian

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Happy Birthday Gary Gygax

Posted in Culture on July 27, 2014 by christian

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One of the most important storytelling tools for me (and many others) remains the original “Dungeons & Dragons” role-playing game, created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974, a perfect storm of counter-culture and tactical play that formed the basis for the first game to rely on performance art. I’m proud that I introduced the game to my elementary school where it was promptly banned due to excessive student attention but mainly because of the urban legend tale of the “kid who played so much Dungeons and Dragons that he went nuts in the sewers…” Our madness was staying home Friday night to eat pizza, endless bags of chips, cookies, and guzzle sodas while battling the spider queen in her lair… Thank God for Gary Gygax. “You walk into a tavern and toast…”

Sunday Song

Posted in Film on July 27, 2014 by christian

Vaya Con Dios, Moco

Posted in Culture, Film with tags , , , , on July 23, 2014 by christian

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You knew Peter Marquardt as the white-suited villain from EL MARIACHI (1992) – I knew him as Moco and as “Peter” when we worked together at Ion Storm in one of those amazing moments from the late late 20th century. He introduced me to Robert Rodriguez at his home for a memorable evening among other Texas moments captured in my mind. Peter was fun to work with and fun to laugh with and that’s a good memory to carry. He’s also within the DNA of indie film history. Adios, Peter.

Saturday Afternoon Monster Magazine ’73

Posted in Culture, Film on July 19, 2014 by christian

Imagine this on the newsstands and comic book shops in 1973…

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Eli Wallach

Posted in Film on July 7, 2014 by christian

I tire of obits for my friends and heroes, so let’s just remember Eli Wallach not just as a scion of Kazan and Tuco, but for his confused well-intentioned father in the histrionic little seen 1970 wonder, THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR. The poster says it all as does the amazing scene where Wallach confronts a full frontal naked biker…

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Bobby Womack RIP

Posted in Film on June 28, 2014 by christian

When I was in Paris a few weeks ago, I loved seeing big posters around the city for Bobby Womack in concert. I’d like to think he’s playing a heavenly soul choir across the universe now…

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