Friday, May 20, 2011

"Macho Man" Randy Savage, 1952-2011

Very sad news just came in about a half hour before I wrote this.  Legendary pro wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage has died today from injuries related to a car accident.  He was 58 years old.  Here are the details as told by TMZ.

Savage was one of my favorite wrestlers, possibly my absolute favorite, from the 80s and early 90s.  He was fun, energetic, and extremely talented in the ring and out.

Here is his theme song, the famous "Pomp and CIrcumstance" to which he entered the ring most of his career.

Here is one of my favorite matches with him, tag teaming with Hulk Hogan against The Big Boss Man and Akeem.  In was during this match that Savage turned back to a "heel" and betrayed Hogan.  The collision with Elizabeth is one of the most shocking and surprising things I've seen in wresting (and that's saying something).

Here, "Mean Gene" Okerlund makes an attempt to know the "real" Macho Man and "Elizabet."

Finally, one of my favorite Web sites this year has been Where's Randy Savage, a Tumblr site that places Savage in very funny photo situations.  Here is the link, and two examples of its silliness.


Rest in peace, Macho Man. OH YEAH!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday's Forgotten TV Movie: Dr. Strange

This week's offering is yet another selection I haven't seen for myself.  Dr. Strange was a made-for-TV movie that aired on CBS in 1978, and was intended as a pilot for a weekly series, much the same way The Incredible Hulk TV series came to be.  Obviously this one didn't work out.  Was it because of the quality (or lack thereof) of the movie itself?  Let's find out together.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tuesday's Forgotten Film: Battle Beyond The Stars

After my regrettable absence from the feature last week, I'm back with Tuesday's Forgotten Film.  This week, it's the Roger Corman produced Star Wars ripoff Battle Beyond The Stars.

I confess that I haven't seen the film, but you can deduce what the film is like easily enough from the trailer below.  Richard Thomas (The Waltons) plays a Luke Skywalker-esque character out to save the galaxy from the tyrannical villain played by character actor extraordinnaire John Saxon.  Throw in wisecracking pilot George Peppard (clearly a warm-up for his character of Hannibal on The A-Team) and you've got yourself a movie.

It's obviously a cash-in on the astronomical success of Star Wars--the title alone is a giveaway of that--but Battle has one thing the first Star Wars film doesn't--100% more mammography.

For more forgotten movies/TV/music/etc., click here.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mr. Men and Little Misses

As Google so happily pointed out to us, today would have been the 76th birthday of Roger Hargreaves, the creator of the popular line of children's books Mr. Men and Little Misses.  I knew that very recently there existed a cartoon TV series featuring the adventures of the characters, but I didn't know until today that a series of cartoons previously existed.

Here is one example, featuring Mr. Tickle.  After you watch it, you may find him as creepy as I did.  The dude literally lives to go out and tickle unsuspecting innocents with his extremely long arms.  This is yet another example of how innocent children's stories can have an unintentional ick factor.  Enjoy anyway!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Free Comic Book Day 2011 is Tomorrow!

If you're a regular reader of the blog, you probably know this already, but in case you don't, tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day!  This is a great opportunity for both longtime readers and first-timers to sample some great writing and artwork and, hopefully, inspire you to shell out some coin for more.  For more info, click here for the day's official Web site.
Here's a taste of what you can expect:

To find a local comic book store near you, click here.

Have a great weekend!  And Happy Mother's Day!