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ten halloweeny movies

What the heck, here's ten movies worth your time that might fit into a Halloween agenda, in chronological order:

Bride of Frankenstein

You can double-bill it with Gods and Monsters
Quatermass and the Pit
Robin doesn't understand my obsession with this one
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Hey, IMBD lists it as a horror film
Dressed to Kill
Pauline Kael thought it was funny
A childhood fave of Sara's
A Chinese Ghost Story
The perfect double-bill with:
Evil Dead II
See above
Near Dark
I think it's funny; Doug disagrees
The Stand
Yes, I know it's a mini-series
Ginger Snaps
Make sure you get the Canadian DVD

the friday 5

The Friday 5 is back! I only wish I had good answers to this week's questions.

1. What was your first Halloween costume? Geez, I'm 50 years old, I don't remember this shit! I can recall a store-bought devil costume, guess that'll be good enough.

2. What was your best costume and why? I am so not Halloween. Back during the King Tut fad, Robin made me a nice Tut costume, guess I'll go with that. I feel pathetic answering these questions, I have no good Halloween memories, I guess.

3. Did you ever play a trick on someone who didn't give you a treat? No. (I'm tired of thinking up longwinded explanations for how I don't have any good Halloween stories.)

4. Do you have any Halloween traditions? (ie: Family pumpkin carving, special dinner before trick or treating, etc.) Does eating candy count? I didn't think so. I watched the original Halloween yesterday, but that's not a tradition, I just watched it ... I never miss a PJ Soles movie, ya know.

5. Share your favorite scary story...real or legend! This one time, at band camp ... oh wait, that's not scary ... I guess the scariest thing that ever happened to me was once when my parents came home drunk from a party and my mom kept slobbering over me trying to get me to tell her I loved her. In fairness, I don't know if that story is real or legend, but it is pretty scary.

now playing: steven's 10@10

Just finished making an MP3 disc to listen to while we're in Spain. 216 songs broken down into 25 sets. Here's one that has exactly ten songs, making it today's 10@10:

Paul Simon, "Born at the Right Time"
Jewel Akens, "The Birds and the Bees"
The Beatles, "Good Day Sunshine"
Todd Rundgren, "I Saw the Light"
Bruce Channel, "Hey Baby"
Dave Edmunds, "I Hear You Knockin'"
Bo Diddley, "Bo Diddley"
The Zombies, "Tell Her No"
Billy Swan, "I Can Help"
Bruce Springsteen, "I Wish I Were Blind"

underground 10@10

Now playing: Steven's 10@10. Yesterday, Morey did songs with cowbells ... that's one area where he's got me beat, I ain't about to hunt down stuff like that. So, since Grace Slick turned 64 (!) today, how about I make today's theme "Songs Steven Remembers From the First Years of Underground Radio? (Coincidentally, Little Steven Van Zandt had a similar theme for last weekend's Underground Radio show, which finally debuted in San Francisco.)

Jefferson Airplane, "Greasy Heart"
Judy Collins, "Hard Lovin' Loser"
Traffic, "Heaven Is in Your Mind"
Vanilla Fudge, "You Keep Me Hanging On"
Albert King, "Blues Power"
Steve Miller Band, "Living in the U.S.A."
Charlatans, "Codine"
Donovan, "Epistle to Dippy"
Brian Auger and the Trinity, "Season of the Witch"
Van Morrison, "Madame George"

dick miller

Charlie and I had a discussion going on his blog the other day ... LiveJournal makes it easy to include comments, I commented on one of his posts, he replied to my comment, I replied to his, etc. The topic was blogging, and whether or not it was good to tell specific, true stuff about yourself and others. In the context of this conversation, Charlie said of my blog, "Yours is on the not-personally-revealing side of the spectrum."

Partly I was proud when I read this, because I like to think I'm a mysterious person, that no one knows the "real" me, and I do a lot of dissembling, here and elsewhere, so people won't know much about me. But I was also depressed, because in truth, I want people to know everything about me. I am my own favorite subject (solipsism is great, everyone should try it). And I think I expose my inner being all the time on this blog. So it was depressing to find that in fact, I was not personally revealing at all. What, am I speaking in code here?

Of course, I am speaking in code. That's the whole point ... it's the dissembling process. Look at me, go away.

Tonight I'm watching Karen Sisco, which has maintained a pretty high level so far ... it's nothing special or revolutionary, not something you'd use to prove Teevee Is Good, but it's a fine show through the first month or so. Karen goes into a shoe store, and the man who assists her is played by Dick Miller. Now, every time I see Dick Miller, I think to myself, "Hey, it's Dick Miller!" Or, if someone else is around, I say it out loud: "Look, it's Dick Miller!"

The previous paragraph was not personally revealing. Except it was, to me. I'm telling you something about myself. I'm not telling you my deepest secrets, not fessing up to suicidal tendencies or admitting I'm overwhelmed with ecstasy. But I'm telling you about Dick Miller, as a way of telling you about myself. I know you probably don't even know who Dick Miller is, but I like it when I see him, and I'm telling you about my pleasure, and hoping you'll then know more about Steven Rubio.

But Dick Miller doesn't really say anything about me ... I suspect you can learn more about me from knowing I watch Karen Sisco than you can from knowing I like Dick Miller. So I'm being faux-revealing, or rather, faux-pretend-revealing (and is faux-pretend a double negative?).

Dick Miller has been in 120 movies (God bless the Internet Movie Database). He was "The Leper" in The Undead, "Heckler" in X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, "Cop #1" in Beach Ball, "Team B Rifleman" in Executive Action, "Spectator" in Candy Stripe Nurses, "Bit Part" in Vortex, and "Horseshoe Player" in Motorama. He played "Walter Paisley," perhaps his greatest role, in A Bucket of Blood; in homage to that role, he was also called Walter Paisley in Hollywood Boulevard and The Howling and Twilight Zone: The Movie and Chopping Mall, and "Officer Paisley" in Shake, Rattle and Rock!. His part went uncredited in The Girls on the Beach, and in The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and in The Legend of Lylah Clare, and in Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. He was in Pulp Fiction, but his scenes were deleted ... he was in The Terminator, and he wasn't deleted. According to the IMDB, his "one-scene appearances in countless movies and TV shows guarantee audience applause." And in Rock and Roll High School, he delivered the immortal line, "They're ugly. Ugly, ugly people."

So now you know about Dick Miller. The question is, have I revealed anything about Steven Rubio?


Guess I should say something about the new season of 24.

Kim learned enough computer skillz in the last three years to go from complete and utterly brainless airhead bimbo to governmental agency computer analyst working on some of the most important material possible.

The President picked up a brother in the last three years. The brother was the principal at Sunnydale High last season in Buffy. He's played by D.B. Woodside, who is going for the all-time record for Most Networks Starred On Without Showing a Single Piece of Evidence That He Can Act (just in my experience, there's ABC's Murder One, where he was awful, Buffy on UPN, where he was awful, and now Fox.

Kim didn't get her job because of her dad, she got it because she has top-notch skillz as a computer analyst.

Michelle is showing more skin than Kim. Which is fine with me, she can show all the skin she wants, but Kim's gonna be jealous, which means you can lay even money that Kim will have to take a shower sometime in the next 23 hours.

Let's see, what else? The Single Most Annoying Character in the History of Television, Kim Bauer, is back, and one of the most unlikable characters from last season, Kate Warner, gets a cameo, but characters that are actually interesting (Nina, come back, all is forgiven ... and bring Mrs. Palmer with you!) are nowhere to be found (which doesn't mean they won't show up, of course).

Did I mention Kim "I'm So Dumb I Got Stuck in a Bear Trap" Bauer is now a computer whiz?

Meanwhile, Jack's a junkie, Tony and Michelle are married, and, like the first two seasons, every minute of the damn show is exciting. So I suppose I'll watch another season. But it won't be the same unless Kim gets herself kidnapped three times, shot at, arrested, trapped in a bunker by a survivalist, and stripped to her bra and panties, all in the first six hours. I mean, if they make Kim into an intelligent character who just sits around doing her job, where is the comic relief going to come from?


Micah Holmquist points out that Jimmie "JJ" Walker has a semi-regular column on the Jewish World Review website. Among JJ's fellow columnists at this site is Ann Coulter, which tells you all you need to know, I think ... anyone who gives that slimy creep space to do anything other than eat her own shit sux from the start. Anyway, here are some examples of JJ's insight:

it's "Political Correctness" that caused 9-11. In the last war that the United States won, World War II, the enemy in this country was watched and even interned. That's right --- interned. And that's not a bad idea now for Middle Easterners who were not born in the United States. Yes, there are going to be future attacks on America, but it's not the PLO or Al Qaeda that's going to terrorize America ... it's "Political Correctness"!

Like the single-parent explosion, gay marriages, and child care centers in high schools, "Shock Jocks" have become part of the "American Fiber." These are things that Americans couldn't have imagined thirty or forty years ago.

Would there have been a Martin Luther King without a George Wallace or Bull Conner and others of their ilk? It's interesting that Strom Thurmond has never authored a major piece of legislation. But, in his over fifty years of public service, he's always moved the debate and isn't debate what this Country is all about?

Rush Limbaugh surprised his radio audience on Friday by announcing he was checking himself into a drug rehab facility. Rush has to be taken to task for a certain amount of hypocrisy because if he were Howard Stern or Al Franken, he would've been all over them. That, however, is but a single demerit in an otherwise stellar career. I've got one thing to say: Long Live El Rush-Bo!

yet another alternate 10@10

Now playing: Steven's 10@10. The year: 1975

KC and the Sunshine Band, "That's the Way (I Like It)"
Labelle, "Lady Marmalade"
Shirley and Company, "Shame Shame Shame"
Queen, "Bohemian Rhapsody"
10cc, "I'm Not in Love"
Neil Young, "Roll Another Number (For the Road)"
Bob Dylan, "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go"
Patti Smith, "Kimberly"
Bruce Springsteen, "Born to Run"
Eno, "Little Fishes"

(Yes, I'm using whatever year Dave Morey did the day before, and yes, my lists have no songs in common with his. Mine are better.)