Adam West (1928-2017)

June 11, 2017 MGP 0

“Atomic batteries to power! Turbines to speed!” Despite the literally dozen of movies and over 100 television roles (some as short-lived as a single episode), Adam West will be known, for better or worse, as TV’s Batman. When most people over 30 hear his name, there is only one image that comes to mind — one dressed in that iconic cape and cowl. Perhaps, that singular fame bothered him. But, […]

MGP’s Top 20 Favorite Films

July 12, 2015 MGP 0

Criteria: 1) movies I’ve loved since seeing them and love just as much (if not more) now, 2) movies I would watch if someone asked or offered, at any time, and 3) movies I know will stay loved by me until the day I die. So, here is the list in no order of importance because I love them all… Flash Gordon (1980): This movie marks a couple of milestones […]

MGP on “Music From The Elder”

December 31, 2014 MGP 0

Above is a one-man cover of one of my favorite KISS songs (“Under The Rose”), albeit a somewhat obscure one to most. For those interested in brushing up on their KISStory, the original version of the track is the first we hear of a Gene Simmons / Eric Carr collaboration on vinyl, with Carr on drums, backing vocals, and acoustic guitar. It was Eric’s first record with KISS and no […]

MGP’s 20 Years of Singlehood

November 7, 2014 MGP 0

On (or around) November 7th, 1994, your faithful narrator last exited the world of coupledom. Some might say he was cast out unceremoniously for no fault of his own, and they’d be right, but that’s neither here nor there. What this means is that I’ve been a voluntary bachelor for 20 years now — no committed romantic relationships whatsoever. But let that number sink in a bit. 20 years. I’ll […]

Rewind This! – Trailer

July 1, 2013 MGP 0

from their official website: Home video changed the way the world consumed films. The cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape was enormous. REWIND THIS! is a documentary that traces the ripples of that impact by examining the myriad aspects of art,technology, and societal perceptions that were altered by the creation of videotape. The film is the first feature length effort from Austin, TX based IPF Productions, with shooting […]

It’s A Very Venom Saturday!

February 9, 2013 MGP 0

from Wikipedia: Venom are an English heavy metal band that formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Venom’s first two albums — Welcome to Hell (1981) and Black Metal (1982) — are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general. Venom’s second album proved influential enough that its title was used as […]

They All Lie And Cheat – Chris Holmes

November 29, 2012 MGP 1

When I was 16, one of my favorite metal albums was the 1984 self-titled debut release from W.A.S.P. I listened to a lot of questionable metal classics, but this album always had that cheap rebellious shine on it, even years later. When I saw them live the following year, all of the delightfully cheesy stage gimmicks I could have ever wanted were there: the fake blood, the flying raw meat, […]

Girl: The Band I Never Heard… Until Now

August 21, 2012 MGP 1

Somehow, in the midst of my teenage love for all things glam in the 1980s, I never even knew that this band, made up of members who would later go to L.A. Guns (Phil Lewis) and Def Leppard (Phil Collen), even existed. On a chance Internet search for something else, I stumbled upon Girl. Apparently, a hefty price is being fetched for their first and second albums, so I will […]

Screw Christmas… Except For The Cookies

December 23, 2011 MGP 0

Long ago, in a childhood far, far away, Christmas meant one thing and one thing only for me: presents. I recognized very early on that there was no worth to be found in the Christian residue of this holiday nor in its manipulatively sentimental trappings. I was neither a true believer nor a witless consumer-in-training. But, if you wanted to give me free things, I was certainly in the market […]

Then Is Now – Episode 4

August 13, 2011 MGP 1

Brought to you by the folks at Horror Haven, this public access show concentrates on the long since aired Creature Double Feature, as well as (the old) Channel 56 in general and some retro TV moments. Basically, fellow horror nerds reminiscing about the days of yore. Thanks for the clip, RW.

A Clockwork Orange Turns 40!

April 26, 2011 MGP 0

I cannot tell you just how much I love this film. But I’ll try. During the VHS heyday of the 1980s, I first saw this then- (and still-) controversial film. I was 16 or thereabouts and it had all of the elements that a marginally rebellious teenager desired: at the fore, sex and violence. But, before all of that, my knowledge of ACO was probably gained from my friend Kim, […]