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RECESSION-PROOF MOVIES: Bargain Bin Alternatives To Classic Films

If you were like so many others who sat through Forrest Gump thinking, “What this film really needs is some scantily-clad bikini babes with big norgs.” then Buford’s Beach Bunnies is the film for you. Featuring the acting prowess of Jim Hanks (Tom’s less-talented younger brother) this raunchy 1993 comedy-romp tells the story of a moron named Jeeter, a young man terrified of sex, whose popularity with females soars when his pushy father offers $100,000 to the first girl to deflower him. It’s the sort of sophisticated premise missing in movies these days…

GritFX Presents: “The Rookie (Part 2)”

After months of anticipation, Dave (aka Will) has finally (!!!) uploaded The Rookie (Part 2) to the GritFX YouTube Channel…

GritFX Presents: “The Rookie (Part 1)”

Will’s new short animation, entitled “The Rookie – Part One” (Part Two will be complete in a week or two, according to Will), is basically an ode to (or a plagiarism of) every cop film ever made – only this time animated in Lego!…

NO SPEECH PREPARED… A Gambler’s Guide to the 81st Annual Academy Awards

It’s almost time again for the Oscars – that back-slapping, tear-fest that celebrates Hollywood’s finest. It still astounds me that the Academy Awards retain an audience each year – the ceremony is almost sickeningly self-congratulatory and overstays its welcome by a good three hours. Yet, save for last year, I still manage to watch this event each and every year due to a history that stretches back to adolescence…

‘TIS THE SEASON TO SLOTH AND WATCH MOVIES

In Australia, before the advent of Cable TV (we’re talking the 80’s and 90’s), we experienced the so-called ‘Non-ratings Period’. This referred to the time proceeding and following Christmas when network television effectively closed down, and reverted to shabby programming. It is still in existence today, yet unnoticed by those who now have Cable…

A PRAYER FOR THE DYING FORMATS, & those who shall covet them…

File sharing you ask? Yep, us 80s kids invented that. We kept tape-manufacturers Casio and TDK in business twenty-five years ago. We also kept biro makers Bic and Artline and Kilometrico out of the red too, by adorning our mix-tapes with arty scrawl that personalised the journey for ourselves and our friends as we swapped them back and forth in the schoolyard. I still have boxes of tapes that I made (and from friends) that lie scratched and dusty and tired, due to their high-rotational history…

DARKROOM INTRIGUE

I had my first taste of the allure of the darkroom when I was a wide-eyed teen in high school, terrified of my enlisted work experience with the local newspaper. I was there to learn about photo journalism, but what I took away from it was not affirmation of a career choice, but rather a heightened interest in that photographic darkroom…

A BARBARIAN’S TALE

Well, you know what it’s like…We weren’t getting any younger…And we were putting our lives on the line, every minute of every day it seemed…Never a chance to rest…We chewed coca leaves, and damn, we were zooming along, and I swear, it’s like we never slept…Saw every nightfall, and every sunrise…The rain storms, the, um, yep, you name it, we been through it all…

SEX, DRUGS AND NOSTALGIA: Another Gen-Xer (proudly) shows his age…

It all comes down to timing, I guess. We each have films that can stop us in our tracks and bring about the immediate symptoms of acute adolescent nostalgia. Depends when you were born, and which movies were around when you were 14, 15, 16. The word ‘impressionable’ means nothing to you when you’re a teenager, but as you get older, you come to understand it’s meaning quite profoundly…

DEALING WITH THE DEAD: Zombie Basics for the Approaching Apocalypse

They show no mercy. They have no remorse. They don’t discriminate and they love nothing more than to eat you alive. I’m talking about flesh-eating, scum-sucking Zombies. They are the undead, living corpses, walking stiffs. I have bad news for anyone who thinks they are safe in this world. If we don’t start paying attention to the warning signs, zombies may one day rise and take over the earth…

Langley Parks: Soundscapes, Themes & Noise – free individual track download…

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