Embrace that Movie for What It Is or Was Supposed to Be. Do not make the assumption that every movie is made to win an Oscar. Not all movies are film or art and not all films are good movies. To me, a movie is built, designed for entertainment. A movie can be entertaining without being good. But “good” is an interesting concept. If by good you are looking for high production value, world class acting and a deep well-crafted plot, then B-Movies are not good movies. But if you are looking for sheer entertainment value, give me Bruce Campbell and a bad horror movie any day of the week.
CHUD II: Bud the Chud
This is a sequel to a much better, kinda better horror movie. CHUD, in this case stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. In the second installment of the CHUD series we are focused on the one, left over zombie from the original. A zombie named Bud. Bud slips through the military’s fingers and begins to infect the town turning them all into mindless zombies.
Not great acting, not great production value, but damn is it a fun movie to watch. B-Movie mastery here in the fun of watching a partially funny almost serious zombie movie. From Bud mugging at the camera to the ending scene where you realize there could be a CHUD 3 (there isn’t, don’t worry), this is a perfect example of a movie that is not well made but that is fun as hell to watch.
Only the God damndest, ugliest barber I’ve ever seen. – Colonel Masters
Army of Darkness
The third in the Evil Dead series of movies, Army of Darkness continues the exploits of Ash. Ash, played by Bruce Campbell, is all that you want a hero in an action horror movie to be. Sam Raimi did not mean for this movie to win awards, Bruce Campbell was not thinking that he would get an Oscar for Best Leading Man but what they did was create one of the most endearing cult movies that has ever been made.
One of my favorite parts of AoD is the one liners. No one in holiday delivers a one-liner like Bruce Campbell. He is the king of the B-Movies and we all love and adore him for it.
Alright you Primitive Screwheads, listen up! You see this? This… is my BOOMSTICK! The twelve-gauge double-barreled Remington. S-Mart’s top of the line. – Ash
Scary Movie 2
The first of the great modern parody/spoof movies. The Wayan Brothers killed it with the first Scary Movie flicks. This one is one of my favorites of the whole series. Scary Movie 1 is fantastic but some of the characters that the brought out in Scary Movie 2 where amazing. Chris Elliot is the standout. He is over-the-top and wonderful as Handyman the caretaker and butler. Go watch the scene where he is serving the food. He is creepy, genius throughout the whole scene.
And of course, this movie has Tim Curry in it. He will pop-up a lot in the movies I choose to write about, trust me.
Cindy, this is a skeleton, this is bones! Would you run from Callista Flockheart? – Brenda Meeks
I watched this movie on Netflix with in days of it turning up as a suggestion. I watched it and loved it. Soon after that the company I work for picked up a cabin in the Smoky Mountains by the same name – I know what better name for a cabin int he mountains than Zombeavers.
A chemical spill. Zombie Beavers. College kids in the woods. In my mind you have the makings of a fantastic 90-120 minutes worth of uncomplicated, horror movie goodness. I really dig bad horror movies and I have watched my fair share.
Did the creators of Zombeavers think they were making the best horror movie ever – NO! They were making a fun horror movie with a weird concept that sounded fun. I say make a Zombeavers 2.
We cannot turn against each other right now. That’s exactly what the beavers would want. – Sam
I am the perfect movie watcher. I will watch just about anything. I will watch bad movies, good movies, documentaries and everything in between. I don’t care what the movie is, I don’t care if it is some magnum opus of a movie. They don’t all have to be Schindlers List, they don’t all even have to be Ghostbusters. Sometimes, I just want to be entertained.
Embrace that Movie for What It Is or Was Supposed to Be
I’ll admit, it can take a brave soul to venture beyond the bounds of the culinary norm. But eating off course and venturing into foreign territory can bring particular rewards, one of them is the oft taboo offal treat!
There are two distinct sensory memories from about 6 years of age that when I think on them, it is a miracle that I ever became the adventurous eater that I am today- or maybe they informed it, who knows.
The first memory involved my father and great grandfather who was absolutely gaga for chitlins (braised cow intestines for the un-indoctrinated), the two would load up and go get a mess of chitlins one Wednesday out of each month. The part of rural Mississippi where I grew up was home to Ms. Edna who owned a little eatery much like the Whistle Stop Café if you ever happened to see ‘Fried Green Tomatoes.’ So once a month Ms. Edna would fire up her big chitlin pot; a cauldron of sorts and get those intestines to boiling for hours otherwise they’d resemble in texture that really bad calamari which always reminds me of tires on toy cars. I’ll offer for those having never had the pleasure of experiencing chitlins first hand- when cooking, they STINK. They smell exactly like what they transport from can-to-can’t (pronounce caint when in rural MS). Edna’s Truck Stop perched at the entrance to our little village and the denizens always knew what day it was as soon as Ms. Edna got her pot to going and wafts of shite drifted down Highway 19.
The other memory that comes back to me when I think on the subject of offal is directly linked to my particularly mischievous Great Uncle Bill. It was the end of summer, but before fall really set in, and there was a family reunion afoot. That year Uncle Bill decided to slaughter a hog, a big boar hog named Jesse I believe. [For those far removed from their food sources, I want to point out ole Jesse only had one bad day in his whole porcine life.] After scalding, scraping, and butchering, Uncle Bill and some older cousins begin to cook various bits of ole Jesse and offer to the gathered mass of folks. My family, well we were a bit differ’nt, as my people might say, because we had recently moved back to Mississippi after some time in Alaska where I spent my very early childhood. It is safe to say I didn’t sound much like my cousins and because of this my Uncle Bill, whom I adored, liked to pick at me a bit. Uncle Bill seeing an opportunity for amusement offered me a prime bit of ole Jesse. “Cotton-top (my nickname of childhood) come here and try some of these Rocky Mountain Oysters.” Not having any idea of what those might be, but smelling the glories of grilled pig, I swooped in for the score. Greedily I took a bite and chewed. Everyone burst with laughter and Uncle Bill, who can barely contain himself, asks “boy, how do you like them oysters?” Based on the amount of laughter emanating from my uncle and other male relatives gathered round, I knew I had been had. Only much later did I learn the nature of Rocky Mountain Oysters and from whence they came.
Having spent a good part of the past decade traveling around the world I’ve eaten the cousins of Rocky Mountain Oysters called criadillas in Spain, and chitlins too have a relative down in Colombia that go by the name chunchullos; both well and good, and assuming there is cold beer involved, I wouldn’t pass up a plate…..but the offal I’m most in love with? Foie gras and sweetbreads. Well, while we are at it, throw in a nice country pâté. There is nothing, and I mean nothing finer than a seared slab of foie gras dressed in a reduction of red wine and with some sweet compotie deliciousness backing it up; or for that matter those most prized of glands- sweetbreads [which by the way, the name, makes no f’ing sense- they are neither sweet nor a bread of any kind whatsoever]. If you’ve never experienced sweetbreads, it’s time to manup and order some. You won’t be disappointed, tender to the point of almost being creamy. Have them grilled with a bit of salt, pepper, and a hit of citric acid. Coño que rico!
So while the majority of, culinarily speaking, boring fast food chugging Americans regard offal as awful, you now have the opportunity to flex your pallet. Not only can you get some delicious dishes out of hearts, lungs, livers, kidneys and other innard bits, but it is also terribly responsible to eat those dishes. Our obsession with a few select cuts from any given animal means we are wasting millions of tons of great meals; and I try never to waste a great meal. Get curious, get bold, and get yourself some offal.
I have a secret science crush. I have had this crush for a while but it got worse when I started listening to the StarTalk Radio podcast with Neil deGrasse Tyson (NdT). I don’t know how I am so late to the party picking this podcast up but now that I have found it, I get to stream NdT into my earhole at least once a week. Sometimes I go back and listen to older episodes just to get a fix. In a StarTalk Radio podcast, you get humor, science, life and logical discussion in easy to digest chunks… and NdT.
Just in case you have been under a rock, let me tell you a little about NdT. Neil deGrasse Tyson is this generation’s Carl Sagan. He is the pre-eminent astrophysicist in America today and, more importantly, he is one of the biggest promoters of science to our very unscientific pop-culture. There was a time when science and scientists were sexy. When astronauts were America’s heroes. NdT brought Sagan’s Cosmos back to the masses, for a new generation. He appears on TV shows and in movies and in documentaries. He keeps himself in front of the public, all the while throwing some science at the people. His day job is Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City – this guy is a real scientist but he is different than the stereotype. He shatters that stereotype. But, when you hear him dig into a subject with his guests… he knows his stuff.
Back to the topic at hand. The StarTalk Radio podcast has many different styles and formats. A typical episode will have NdT and a guest or two or three. These guests will run the gambit from scientists to authors to comedians. He chooses people that he is interested in. He chooses people that make him think, that are thought-provoking and sometimes you can see that he is geeking out over talking to them just as much as we are geeking out listening to them. You will run across Cosmic Queries, in which our intrepid host takes questions from the interwebs with the help of a co-host. Did I mention that a lot of the time NdT has comedians as his co-hosts? Eugene Mirman and Chuck Nice are the two that appear on the show most but anyone might turn up. Dr. Tyson has done a very good job of surrounding himself with interesting, funny, witty, smart people. All of these factors makes this a podcast that I wait for each and every week.
Then there is Star Talk Live. Live shows, that you can attend, around the country. Yes, you can go catch a StarTalk Radio episode live! Again, the panel at these shows is diverse and interesting, thought-provoking and most of all fun. These live shows end up as podcasts but certainly if you are so inclined and live in the proximity they are going to having one, GO SEE IT and let us all know how awesome it is. These live shows usually have a bigger cast of characters but they are just as entertaining and full of NdT as a regular StarTalk Radio podcast.
Bill Nye is a fixture of the StarTalk Radio Show. Again, if you have lived under a rock most of your life, you may have missed Bill Nye. And to that, I say – SHAME. Bill Nye was a fixture of my childhood with his show Bille Nye the Science Guy. This show, much like StarTalk, tries to bring science to the masses. BNtSG broke down science for children and young adults making it fun and entertaining. Bill Nye has had a resurgence as of late both in his role on StarTalk Radio, on popular shows like The Big Bang Theory and just popping up in pop-culture all over the place. Google Bill Nye and Ken Ham on YouTube if you want to see a great scientific debate.
Anyway, add the StarTalk Radio podcast to your podcast playlist. Great show, very informative and just delightful. This is the way that I get my Neil deGrasse Tyson fix each week. Check it out!