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My Guilty Pleasure: Terrible Movies

Feb 22, 13 My Guilty Pleasure: Terrible Movies

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In the ongoing “Because Prompts Are Fun” series, this week’s theme is “Guilt”  I have a very guilty pleasure:  bad movies.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE bad movies. I take great pride in the terrible movies I love.  I go out of my way to see the baddest of the bad. This post originally started out as a “Top 5 Guilty Pleasure Movies” list. While creating that list, I got to thinking about my own taste in movies and how those tastes formed. I honestly think the 80s/early 90s were the perfect breeding ground for the love of the B-Movie.  With the wide-spread adoption of the VCR and home-theaters, video rental stores became big business, and production companies just wanted to get crap into those stores so you would rent it.  Content was king (except it was quantity, not necessarily quality that ruled the land)!   I remember spending HOURS in video stores, looking at the new releases, checking and re-checking the descriptions on movies I never heard of, choosing a movie based on the box art!  Now we have Netflix, Amazon PRIME, Hulu and Redbox.  The video store culture is dead and I don’t feel that any of the alternatives really provide that same feeling you had when you walked into a video store not knowing exactly what you wanted and discovering a movie.  The time and effort you put into actually going to the store; the visceral, tactile experience that can only be had by picking up that movie from the shelf and carrying it to the counter to check it out.  And the independent stores were always better than something like Blockbuster (the corporate stores really didn’t have the same selection as the mom-and-pop shops; those stores always felt so sterile). And often the clerks at these stores would suggest something that was just exactly what you were looking for. It was also the time when 24/7 cable TV really started grow.  The early, fledgling cable channels, without a large amount of original...

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From the Vault – Mix Tape For The Love Of My Life

In the ongoing “Because Prompts Are Fun” series, this week’s theme is “Love” As I mentioned here, I met my wife over the Interwebs back when that wasn’t a thing (total hipster move, for sure).  Our relationship was a long distance one as she was going to school in my hometown and I was going to school about 2.5 hours away. During our college years, every time I drove out to see her, I would hear Golden Earring’s “Radar Love” on the radio.  Every. Single. Time.  Not only was the song fitting for the situation, but I pretty much took it as a sign that we were meant to be together (I’ve been known to be overly dramatic, and I also sometimes assign meanings and connections to songs… because I’m weird like that). Anyway, as any child of the 80s would do, I proceeded to make a mix tape for Kim.  Oddly enough, “Radar Love” is missing from the tape but I chalk that up to not actually owning it at the time (remember, this is prior to iTunes and one-click music purchases.  Heck, .mp3s were still not widely used or known about at this point!). So, here it is, my recently unearthed mix tape from 1996.  Don’t judge. Side One The Trees (Rush) Glycerine (Bush) Night Swimming (REM) Black (Pearl Jam) Disarm (Smashing Pumpkins) Iris (Live) Thank You (Led Zepplin) Beth (KISS) Dreams (Van Halen)  (Listed as “Higher” on the tape) Closer to the Heart (Rush) An Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town (Pearl Jam) Side Two Today (Smashing Pumpkins) Jesus Don’t Want Me for a Sunbeam (Nirvana cover) Drive (Cars) In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel) Not Enough (Van Halen) Sullivan Street (Counting Crows) Love Walks In (Van Halen) (Listed as “Love Comes Walking In” on the tape) Alien (Bush) Lullabye (Billy Joel) These are all songs that still evoke some strong emotions in me (even if some of them are from Van Hagar).  They may not all be love...

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