Goodbye, Steve

October 6th, 2011 | Comments Off
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Technology

Steve Jobs 1955 2011


Holy mother of God!

February 7th, 2011 | Comments Off
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Movies, Seen & Heard, Tempe Entertainment

JRB interview 1990

I was recently in San Francisco for Macworld 2011, and during my stay, my colleague Charles Zimmerman happened to be browsing YouTube and discovered this — an interview that I don’t even remember doing at my old Suburban Tempe Company office, circa 1990 after finishing ROBOT NINJA and SKINNED ALIVE.

Go ahead, laugh… you know you want to. Embedded video after the break!

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Indie filmmakers: You just got Netflix’ed!

November 12th, 2010 | Comments Off
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Complaint Department, Movies, Tempe Entertainment



Remember those Dell commercials with the idiot who kept popping up shouting, “Dude, you got a Dell!”? Well, today I’d like to introduce independent filmmakers to a new expression that will likely become equally annoying: “Dude, you got Netflix’ed!” — but before you go thinking that’s a good thing, read on.

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Fan of the week

June 19th, 2010 | Comments Off
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Complaint Department, Random Thoughts, Tempe Entertainment


I rarely get these, but this message on the Tempe DVD YouTube account this morning just proves how such services have only served to train assholes to think that all content should be free.

“Your shit belongs on youtube, not for sale at the ridiculous price of 19.99.”

He’s referring to the trailers posted there, and I guess feels that the movies should be offered for free as well. Has this guy ever heard of Bittorrent? LOL


Then & Now: Another DEAD NEXT DOOR landmark falls

March 31st, 2010 | 1 Comment »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Movies, Random Thoughts, Tempe Entertainment

1203 Canton Road then & now.jpg

While driving through my old stomping grounds in Springfield Township, Ohio today to meet my father for our usual mid-week lunch at our favorite Chinese place, I was aghast to see that the last of my old Ohio offices had finally been torn down.

This wasn’t just any old office — it was the one where most of the production of my first feature film, THE DEAD NEXT DOOR, was staged, circa 1986-1987. I couldn’t resist stopping to grab a quick photo of the now-empty lot on my iPhone today, similar to an old shot of the back entrance to the building from that era, which you can see side by side above — and that got some old memories coming back.
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Sign of the apocalypse: DEADLY STINGERS now playing in U.K.

January 16th, 2010 | Comments Off
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Movies, Seen & Heard, Tempe Entertainment


I’ve had a number of folks randomly drop me a line wondering what became of the last work-for-hire feature that I directed, DEADLY STINGERS (which I not-so-affectionately refer to as DEADLY STINKERS). Much to my surprise, in recent weeks I’ve gotten word that the movie is actually playing on television in the United Kingdom after sitting on a shelf for nearly 7 years (?!).

As a result of it finally getting airplay, it’s all over the torrent sites now, just waiting for anyone who really wants to see it to download it. (Or, if you just want a guilt-free taste of the movie, you can check out the original promo trailer.) But remember, if you’re not in the U.K., Google is your friend.

P.S.: I have no idea who did the artwork above but I thought it was kind of cool for something thrown together for a torrent site. Kudos!


2009: Now only a memory (Updated 12/30/09)

December 29th, 2009 | Comments Off
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Family, Freelance, Movies, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Tempe Entertainment

2010 fireworks.jpg

Update 12/30/09: Turns out I have to eat a little crow on part of this post: Only hours after writing this, Netflix coughed up a purchase order for TAINTLIGHT at long last, so thanks to everyone who put it in their queue it should be available to rent there shortly after the New Year. Still no word one way or another re: COCKHAMMER, though… ;-)

Hard to believe, but in just a couple of days, 2009 will be a distant memory. Seems like only yesterday that I was writing a blog about how much 2008 sucked and how I was looking forward to what 2009 would bring. And bring it did!
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Catch me on

November 21st, 2009 | 2 Comments »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Apple Talk, Freelance, Gadgets, Technology


Yeah, yeah… I know I haven’t been blogging much here lately. Freelance work has been consuming most of my time when I’m not with family (or trying to claw out an existence with the DVD biz), and this month I started blogging for, the web portal for Mac|Life magazine.

I realize it’s not of much interest for the folks who follow my movie work, but those who know me are well aware that the Mac (and most everything Apple) has been a longtime passion of mine, so it’s quite a thrill to be getting paid to write about the stuff for a change. You can get a list of only my posts by clicking here.

Fear not, I’ll keep posting nonsense here about the movie biz, too…


How Netflix is about to limit choices for indie movie fans (Updated 12/30/09)

November 16th, 2009 | Comments Off
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Complaint Department, Movies, Tempe Entertainment

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Update 12/30/09: Thanks to everyone who added TAINTLIGHT to your queues, we finally received a buy on the title from Netflix yesterday so the title should be available from them shortly after the first of the year. You guys are my heroes!

So tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 17) is the street date for Tempe’s Splatter Rampage release TAINTLIGHT. It’s the latest horror parody from MULVA: ZOMBIE ASS KICKER! creator Chris Seaver, and as you can tell from the artwork above, it’s a parody of the book/film TWILIGHT. If you buy your DVDs, it’s available now at,, and all the usual suspects.

If you choose to rent, then unfortunately your options are now quite limited. Here’s why.
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Snow Leopard: This cat is a killer!

September 1st, 2009 | Comments Off
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Reviews, Technology

Snow Leopard.jpg

Apple surprised everyone last week by unleashing their latest 10.6 version of Mac OS X (aka Snow Leopard) a bit early. It was expected in September, but the August 28 release date was welcomed by us “early adopters” who have gotten tired of reading about how slick it is on blogs. Show me the white cat, already!

And a slick beast it is. Of course, on the surface it’s a minor update offering very little in the way of new features… at least to casual users who might not appreciate the small nuances.