I have to apologize for the
delay in this latest DI. We recently packed
years worth of books, videos, records, cds,
and cooking equipment and headed to the
Eastern part of the state. If you want to
read more about our Steel City Sojourn,
reserve a copy of The
Hungover Gourmet #4 now.
I'm always amazed when film
fans get all weeepy 'cause someone like
George Burns or Jimmy Stewart croaks.
Who really cares? It'd be
one thing if they were still viable forces
in the entertainment industry, but can you
name the last thing Stewart did?
On the other hand, when Italian
horrormesiter Lucio Fulci died in 1996 at
the age of 68 he was beginning to reap the
benefits of his rabid US fanbase. Films
like ZOMBIE, HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, and
the brilliant THE BEYOND were being shown
in their intended state, and Fulci was even
planning a new new flick called WAX MASK.
You can read all about Fulci's checkered
career in Lucio Fulci Beyond the Gates:
A Tribute to the Maestro by Chas Balun.
Though the slim volume (80-pages) reads
more like a lengthy magazine piece than
a career overview, it does a nice job of
appreciating Fulci as more than the man
who helmed some classic chunkblowers. Filled
with ad mats, stills, lobby cards, and rare
photos, Beyond the Gates can be ordered
from Blackest Heart Media, c/o Shawn Smith,
PO Box 3376, Antioch, CA 94531-3376. $3
bucks gets a catalog, or check out their
CAN YOU SAY "SHAMELESS
You'd think that between slaving
away for ER, C14,
Hungover Gourmet, this writer'd
have little time to pump out more brilliant
observations. Oh, how wrong you'd be. Enter
Cream Chip Beef Dave Negrin, longtime pal
and editor of the new zine, Adverse Reaction.
You'll notice my byline popping up now and
then throughout the pages of AR,
but that ain't the only reason to seek this
'un out. With two issues under his belt,
Dave's put together coverage that can only
be typified as, uh, diverse. Consider this
lineup from the currently-available issue
#2: chats with director Savage Steve Holland
(ONE CRAZY SUMMER, BETTER OFF DEAD), the
Replacements during their heyday, and Curtis
"Booger" Armstrong; plus articles
on 80s teen film soundtracks, audiophile
cds, video game emulators, and more. If
you're an 80s pop-culture historian, it's
a bargain at $6 for the next four issues.
PO Box 414, Rancocas, NJ 08073.
I'VE GOT MY EYE ON YOU
There's a couple mags we drop
everything for when they show up in the
Cinema's one, Factsheet
Five's another. But for sheer "head
to the coffeeshop for breakfast" enthusiasm,
the award has to go to EYE, Lisa Crosby's
bi-monthly examination of news and culture.
Though it's gone through a variety of formats,
the mag has settled into a distinctive,
oversized style that's always a treat. #14
features an article on Debbie Goad (who
recently got divorced from her husband and
ANSWER Me! counterpart, Jim), a look at
the history of Tupperware, plus info on
Dionysus Records, poaching (and I'm not
talking about the cooking technique), and
lots of cds, gimmicky gadgets, web sites,
and more. Six issues for $14 from 301 S.
Elm Street, Suite 405, Greensboro, NC 27401-2636.
Better than THE ODD COUPLE
Joe Flynn was a character
actor in the 1960s and 70s who made a name
for himself in such films as THE MILLION
DOLLAR DUCK and SUPERDAD, but is best remembered
for his recurring role as Captain Wallace
Binghamton, the thorn in the side of McHale's
Navy. Pewter Joe Flynn is/are three California
residents that produce short films for their
own enjoyment and the amusement of others.
Their first effort was THE SHARK, a mockumentary
about an aging pool hustler who fleeces
the youngsters at his neighborhood pool
halls. SPLOONKA, their latest work, is a
sepia-toned, widescreen story in the style
of the German expressionists that brought
us THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. But, it
was their sophomore effort that got them
the most notoriety...a spot-on parody of
the opening to tv's The Odd Couple.
But with the minor difference that Oscar
and Felix have been replaced by Darth Vader
and Chewbacca from STAR WARS.
Hot on the heels of the SPECIAL
EDITIONS, the parody received some attention
after they sent it to series creator George
Lucas and it was written up in Film Threat
Weekly. PJF's shorts are the type of
thing I'd love to see between programs on
MTV and Comedy Central. You can e-mail
them directly for more information.
Looking to see what film projects
are currently spiraling out of control?
Have to get the numbers of the box office
winners/losers for water-cooler-chat? Then
point your browser to Dr.
Daniel's Movie Emergency, one of
the many film sites you can visit so you
don't have to buy Movieline! There's
tons of film-related web links and industry
news (in their News Bleed section), but
their capsule reviews leave something to
be desired. Short-maybe a little too short-and
to the point, the picks may not to be up
the alley of some low-brow cinema fans.
Example? The touchy-feely PHENOMENON with
John Travolta gets the highest rating, while
enjoyably B-grade fare like Romero's THE
DARK HALF gets slagged and hit with a gutter-level
I've fallen out of the comics
information world recently, but I still
keep tabs on my fave superhero thanks to
the web. Nope, I'm not talkin' about the
Web-Slinger or the Dark Knight. When it
comes right down to it, Daredevil: The Man
Without Fear remains one of the best, most
complex characters in comics. And I'd be
lost without The
Man Without Fear web site. Here you
can keep posted on such breaking news as
the Chris Columbus-produced DD movie (currently
on hold), the latest story arcs, and the
news that Kevin Smith (CLERKS, MALLRATS,
CHASING AMY) will be writing a DD story
arc come this fall!