But what if they all suck…?

June 30th, 2009 | Comments Off on But what if they all suck…?
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Complaint Department, Movies, Seen & Heard

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In case you haven’t heard, the classic, underrated 1986 horror comedy NIGHT OF THE CREEPS is finally coming to DVD in October. Until July 12, Amazon.com is having a neat little thing where customers can vote for which cover art the DVD will have (and entice you to pre-order at the same time, of course).
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Blockbuster about to hit the skids?

April 7th, 2009 | Comments Off on Blockbuster about to hit the skids?
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Movies, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard

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According to a bit posted today on Electronista.com, Blockbuster may be wailing its final death throes at long last. Apparently, Big Blue has told the Securities and Exchange Commission that it “doesn’t believe it can continue business” and that it doesn’t believe it can remain a “going concern”.

I doubt anyone will be surprised by this… personally, I’ve had it out for Blockbuster for nearly two decades after watching their uncompetitive practices, particularly with their bullying abuse of independent studios. So, crash & burn, guys… Hell has a special place set aside for you.

P.S.: I should clarify that my hostility is aimed at Blockbuster Corporate and not at the former Movielink staff (disclaimer: Tempe deals with them), or the occasional cool franchise store who’s given indie flicks a chance to shine on their shelves.

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Good riddance, 2008!

January 3rd, 2009 | 1 Comment »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Complaint Department, Family, Random Thoughts, Tempe Entertainment, Travel

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I can’t recall wanting a year to end as much as I did 2008! I mean, did that year just suck ass or what?!

I should have known what the year would hold for me… I spent New Year’s Day evening emptying the contents of my stomach outside of an Applebee’s in Niagara Falls, Canada. (Can’t blame the food here… I had a bug on the drive up there and I could barely eat soup. It was some kind of stomach flu, and it wouldn’t be my first bout of it in 2008). I take things like that as a bad omen.
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The unfortunate demise of DVD

August 9th, 2008 | Comments Off on The unfortunate demise of DVD
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Complaint Department, Movies, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Technology

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The esteemed Wayne Alan Harold (of TOWNIES fame) sent me a link to this debate over on The A.V. Club website:

Crosstalk: Is The Golden Age Of DVD Over?

For those who are too lazy to read it, basically it says that the best years of DVD are behind us, despite the fact that not everything has made it to the format yet. Sadly, the piece is mostly dead-on.

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Throwing in the (hand) towel

August 1st, 2008 | 3 Comments »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Family, Random Thoughts, Tempe Entertainment

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I’ve been a freelance kind of guy by trade since quitting the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in July, 1985 at the beginning of my second year. The stroke of luck that landed me with the deal for my first film, THE DEAD NEXT DOOR, has continued more or less for 23 years to varying degrees. Never rich but not quite poor, I’ve essentially accomplished what I set out to do more than two decades ago, which is to get by doing what I love. I never wanted to be famous and I never wanted to be rich. Ask and ye shall receive! 😉
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MIDNIGHT 2 comes to DVD

July 23rd, 2008 | 2 Comments »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Movies, Tempe Entertainment

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Just a quick note to let folks know that a flick I produced back in 1992 for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD co-writer John A. Russo is making its DVD debut on August 5.

MIDNIGHT 2: SEX, DEATH & VIDEOTAPE is a Tempe co-production with Russo’s Market Square Productions. Yours truly produced, shot and edited this flick, which was shot during production of my own OZONE, and it features a number of past Tempe staples, including Matthew Jason Walsh (KINGDOM OF THE VAMPIRE), Jo Norcia (MAXIMUM IMPACT) and Lori Scarlett (OZONE).
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