Vague Ramblings

Vague Ramblings Episode 0

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I started a new video blog I simply call Vague Ramblings. Usually when I talk about things I’ll refer to it to friends as my vague ramblings. I figured it would be a rather fitting name. It’s meant to go hand and hand with this blog. It’s just sometimes there are things that would be better done in a video than in a written post. So prepare for my Vague Ramblings.  

Film History

Meeting Dick Miller

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During the Chicago Critics Film Festival they showed the new documentary That Guy Dick Miller which is about actor Dick Miller who has been in countless of films from the lead in the Roger Corman film A Bucket Of Blood to being blown away as the gun shop owner in the original The Terminator to Mr. Futterman in Gremlins and a hundred more. The film chronicles his very long and impressive and eclectic career with great humor and depth and admiration. To make the evening more special the man was there in person. I grew up knowing who he was. He is one of those people who you know and when they are so a part of your world (in my case my love of film and he was in half the movies I watched) they take on a special meaning in your life. I was determined to attempt to […]

Kenpo

I Am Now A Purple Belt In Kenpo

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I’m sure everyone on my social media outlets are sick of me talking about this but when you accomplish something it can be hard to keep quiet about it. Though it’s never official until there is a blog post on it. I have been studying Kenpo for a couple years now. I took Kickboxing (along with some Kung Fu and Kali) when I was a teenager but it never really caught on with me. While I enjoyed it the emphasis was more on competition and not so much on learning the art. I never had an interest in competing so by the time I got to college I moved on. Many, many years later I was drawn back to martial arts. I first heard of Kenpo in the early 90’s and and that stayed with me all along. I couldn’t find a place when I was a kid which is […]

Geek

Goblin Performs The Suspiria Score Live

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Here is something that I never thought would happen. Within 6 months I have seen the Italian group Goblin not once but twice. The first was last October when they toured and did some of their songs and mainly the music they did for a lot of Dario Argento’s films including Deep Red (Profondo Rosso), Tenebre, Phenomena, and Suspiria, plus some of the music to Dawn Of The Dead which Argento had produced. It was an amazing show. This second time I got to see them (or a version of them but still with composer Claudio Simonetti) doing the entire score to Suspiria live. Originally I thought they were performing all of the main music to the film. I was wrong. They showed the entire movie and did the entire score! It was unbelievable! They’re doing a tour where they are doing both Suspiria and Dawn Of The Dead (I […]

Geek

May The 4th Be With You

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Today is what has become known as Star Wars Day since May 4th is close enough to “May the Force be with you”. As a life long Star Wars fan I, much like fans everywhere, take great pride in our love of the films. Star Wars was the film I saw when I was 3 going on 4 that literally changed my life. It sparked that interest in the moving image. It started my love of films and filmmaking. It has been, is, and forever will be, my favorite film. The series as a whole will always have special meaning for me both personally and professionally. So to fans everywhere around the world I say – May The 4th Be With You!