Sunday, January 31, 2010

Get Out - a short film

(via Neatorama)

Friday, January 29, 2010


According to the 1976 DC Calendar, today is Aquaman's birthday! (Thanks, Laura!)


Here is a pic of me and my family from last summer, at Six Flags.

As you can see, we are all in Aqua-shirts! We didn't get a pic with Aquaman that day, although I did see him wandering about the park.


Here's to hoping the next year is a better one for Aquaman & Mera!

UPDATE: Rob is doing posts all day @ The Aquaman Shrine

Laura mentions Aquaman's birthday, as well!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

She Felt Impressions - Zelda Rubinstein

Was going to skip Theme Thursday this week, as I had nothing for either "Felt" or "Impression", the two themes chosen for this week.

Then came news of the death of actress Zelda Rubinstein.

As spiritual medium Tangina Barrons in 1982's Poltergeist (and its two sequels), she certainly felt many ghostly impressions.


I have to quote Steve, at the great Heart in a Jar blog:

"Her appearance in the original 1982 film must rank as one of the most unexpected casting coups de theatre ever, as no one in those summertime audiences expected a psychic investigator to be diminutive, maternal, with an inimitable voice like a marshmallow dipped in honey - that could jacket itself in stainless steel when the powers of Hell came knocking. In fact, her very presence struck me at first as being dramatically unnecessary; after all, wasn't Oscar winner Beatrice Straight there to serve that role? But with a handful of lines, and in a matter of seconds, Rubinstein became the compassionate heart of the film and the franchise."

Poltergeist clip

Zelda was also an early, open activist in the fight against AIDS/HIV.

L.I.M. Ms. Rubinstein. You will be missed.

Wonderful Wonderblog has a nice write up, and a longer clip.

Zelda @ IMDb

Theme Thursday ---> Felt & Impression

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Teaser Trailer: Buried

Horror Squad posted this last week:

Looks like it could be interesting, even though I am not a huge Ryan Reynolds fan.

Plot: Reynolds plays Paul Conroy, a civilian contractor working in Iraq. One day day he wakes up with amnesia and buried in a coffin with nothing more than a candle, a cellular phone and a knife. How he got there remains a mystery, but as the trailer tells us, it's going to cost a lot to get him out.

The film ran at the Sundance Film Festival and Lionsgate has picked up the North American rights to the film after interest among buyers at Sundance.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Epic Wedding Invitation

UPDATE: Okay, that appears to have been blocked. Try this link: Wedding Trailer

(via Neatorama, via Miss Cellania)

* I have no clue who Jeff & Erin are, but they seem like a lot of fun!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Movie Monday - Hobson's Choice

Hobson's Choice

Hobson's Choice (1954)

[Charles Laughton; John Mills; Brenda De Banzie; Daphne Anderson; Prunella Scales]

Plot: In this domestic comedy directed by David Lean, boozy widower Henry Hobson runs a successful boot shop in Victorian England. He dominates his employees and his three daughters, but when his eldest, Maggie, and his assistant, Willie, marry and set up a rival business, Hobson must change his autocratic ways. Hobson's Choice garnered several British Academy Award nominations, taking the prize for Best Film.

I DVR'd this film on the recommendation of Ivan from Thrilling Days of Yesteryear. I am so glad I did. It is a great movie, more than a 'just' a comedy.

The relationship between Maggie and Willie is what drew me in. It is all business at first, but their relationship grows and love develops as both of their characters develop. So well done, so well acted. Just a really wonderful movie.

Highly recommended, not just for fans of 'old movies', but for viewers looking for a great film.

this isn't a trailer, this is the film's opening

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Strange & Unusual #1

Here is something weird:

My mother-in-law forwarded this from an email she received:

Optical Illusion

"This is the craziest thing I've seen in a long time.

For those of you in the 21st century (e.g. Blackberry Owners), you'll need to look at this on a PC.

You also have to get out of your seat and walk away from your computer.

People may think you're crazy. But it's well worth it."

Strange & Unusual!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Tumblr For Me?

Wanted to do a quick post today mentioning that I have a tumblr site, for those of you who are interested:

Caffeinated Joe - To Go

What do I post there, you may ask? Well here are a few samples:

{via Mr. Macabre's Hallowe'en Cerebrations}


{via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal}


{via Vintage_Ads:Kellog's}


{via PaperTissue}


{via Entertainment Earth}


High School
{via The Daily What}




Like any of this? Want to see more?

Follow me at Caffeinated Joe - To Go

Thank you!


Here's one more for the road:

{via Zap2It}


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Theme Thursday - Bread

The topic chosen for this week's Theme Thursday is 'Bread'. Not as easy a topic as I thought, but here goes.

A bread that was a common sight on the kitchen counter when I was growing up was massa, otherwise known as massa sovada or Portugese sweet bread.

Standing: My father's mother; my father; my mother's mother.
Sitting: My mother holding baby me.

My family ancestry is mainly Portugese, and massa was just one of the many traditional foods we ate growing up. My family didn't make it at home, rather we bought it from local Portugese bakers.

I remember my grandmother coming over to our house on the weekend, a fresh loaf of massa bread for us. She loved to enjoy it with a hot cup of coffee. My favorite way to eat it was warm, but not toasted, with butter just melting on top.

Wish I had a piece now!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Bad Movie Ultimate Cage Match #7

B Movies

My friend Jason over at Invasion of The B Movies has a relatively new feature on his blog: The Bad Movie Ultimate Cage Match.

Each week, he pits two bad flicks against each other. Each movie is submitted by one of his readers, and they give their reasons for why the flick is the worst out there.

A poll widget on his sidebar is easy to use and keeps track of which flick is ahead in votes. At the end of the week a 'winner' is announced.

This is week #7, and my submission (the awful Land of the Lost movie) is going up against the 5-week champ (Ballisitc: Ecks vs Sever)!

Please head over and vote. Won't take long!

And think of submitting your own bad movie for consideration. Jason needs submissions to keep the Cage Match going, and I am sure we ALL have flicks we can't stand!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Movie Monday - The House on Sorority Row

House on Sorority Row

The House on Sorority Row (1983)

[Kate McNeil; Eileen Davidson; Janis Ward; Robin Meloy; Harley Jane Kozak; Jodi Draigie; Ellen Dorsher; Lois Kelso Hunt]

Plot: After a confrontation with their housemother, seven sorority sisters plot revenge -- which leads to an accidental death. Despite the girls' efforts to cover up their crime, they find themselves targeted by someone -- or something -- who knows what they did. Directed by Mark Rosman.

I wasn't expecting much out of this early-80s horror flick. I had mentally shrugged it off as one of the low-budget, cheesy flicks that came out with dozens of others in the slasher heyday.

But I was pleasantly surprised. Is it a great film? No, but it isn't all that bad, either. I, for one, have sat through much, MUCH worse.

The plot is simple but intriguing enough to keep your interest and the acting is good enough. The dubbed-over voice of the housemother is a bit weird, but otherwise it is well done. And the mystery of just who is doing the killing is interesting. The eventual reveal is a bit far-fetched, but it was the early 80s.

When all is said and done, it is a good flick for horror or slasher fans, without a doubt. Nothing spectacular, but also nothing crap-tastic.

This film was recently remade as Sorority Row (2009). I haven't seen that flick, but I am curious now. Interesting to see whether it improves on this one or makes it shine even more.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday Meme: Meme of Honour

1. You can press a button that will make any one person explode. Who would you blow up?

Right now, Pat Robertson.

2. You can flip a switch that will wipe any band or musical artist out of existence. Which one will it be?

Amy Winehouse.

3. Who would you really like to just punch in the face?

See #1.

4. What is your favorite cheese?


5. You can only have one kind of sandwich. Every sandwich ingredient known to humankind is at your immediate disposal. What kind will you make?

Steak & cheese pocket, with mayo.

6. You have the opportunity to sleep with the movie celebrity of your choice. We are talking no-strings-attached sex and it can only happen once. Who is the lucky celebrity of your choice?

Kristin Chenoweth.


7. You have the opportunity to sleep with the music-celebrity of your choice. Who do you pick?

See #6, cause she sings, too.

8. Now that you’ve slept with two different people in a row, you seem to be having an excellent day because you just came across a hundred-dollar bill on the sidewalk. Holy shit, a hundred bucks! How are you gonna spend it?

Dinner with the family.

9. You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go?

Hawaii, maybe?

10. Upon arrival to the aforementioned location, you get off the plane and discover another hundred-dollar bill. Shit! Now that you are in the new location, what are you gonna do?

Drinks on me!

11. An angel appears out of Heaven and offers you a lifetime supply of the alcoholic beverage of your choice. It is…?

Has to be alcoholic? Wine, I guess. Not much of a drinker.

12. Rufus appears out of nowhere with a time-traveling phone booth. You can go anytime in the PAST. What time are you traveling to and what are you going to do when you get there?

The late 80s, high school, tell my teenage self these years really aren't as important as I think they are and life will get better.

13. You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place?

No religion on my island.

14. You have been given the opportunity to create the half-hour TV show of your own design. What is it called and what’s the premise?

Take the It Made My Day site and turn it into a feel-good tv show, to air after the always dire news at night.

15.What is your favorite curse word?

I say 'jinkies' often. Lately it has been 'buckets!' Not sure why...

16.One night you wake up because you heard a noise. You turn on the light to find that you are surrounded by MUMMIES. The mummies aren’t really doing anything, they’re just standing around your bed. What do you do?

Ask them to please be quiet? I don't know. Who thinks up these questions?

17. Your house is on fire, holy shit! You have just enough time to run in there and grab ONE inanimate object. Don’t worry, your loved ones and pets have already made it out safely. So what’s the item?

I guess right now it would be the digital storage thing. Tons of photos on that.

18. The Angel of Death has descended upon you. Fortunately, the Angel of Death is pretty cool and in a good mood, and it offers you a half-hour to do whatever you want before you bite it. Whatcha gonna do in that half-hour?

Guess I would make some calls and say some good-byes. And if I had left over time, some bad-byes to those who need 'em.

19. You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what’s even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What’s it gonna be?

Super speed.

20. You can re-live any point of time in your life. The time-span can only be a half-hour, though. What half-hour of your past would you like to experience again?

11:45 PM to 12:15 AM, New Year's Eve 1994 into New Year's Day 1995.

21.You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?

Wouldn't want to, I don't think. They are all part of who I am today. If I HAD to choose, I would pick the ambulance ride with my youngest when he was 5.

22. You got kicked out of the country for being a time-traveling heathen who sleeps with celebrities and has super-powers. But check out this cool shit… you can move to anywhere else in the world! Bitchin’! What country are you going to live in now?

Italy. Why not.

23. This question still counts, even for those of you who are under age. Check it out. You have been eternally banned from every single bar in the world except for ONE. Which one is it gonna be?

Don't go to bars. Olive Garden has a bar, and I wouldn't want it to be a no-no by default, so I will pick Olive Garden.

24. Hopefully you didn’t mention this in the super-powers question…. If you did, then we’ll just expand on that. Check it out… Suddenly, you have gained the ability to FLOAT!!! Whose house are you going to float to first, and be like “Dude, check it out…I can FLOAT!”?

My brother Jeff's. Let's hope he has his glasses on and doesn't try to shoot me down!

25. The constant absorption of magical moonbeams mixed with the radioactive vegetables you consumed earlier has given you the ability to resurrect the dead famous-person of your choice. So which celebrity will you bring back to life?

Dead famous person, eh? Hmmm... I am going to pick Donald Pleasance, so he can help me kick Rob Zombie's ass.

Dr. Loomis

26. The Celestial Gates of Beyond have opened, much to your surprise because you didn’t think such a thing existed. Death appears. As it turns out, Death is actually a pretty cool entity, and happens to be in a fantastic mood. Death offers to return the friend/family-member/person, etc. of your choice to the living world. Who will you bring back?

My wife's dad.

27. What’s your theme song?

Rockin' Years

via Cal's Canadian Cave of Cool and Electronic Cerebrectomy

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Theme Thursday - Surface

The topic for this week's Theme Thursday is Surface.

I have had a case of writer's blahk for about a month, and nothing creative came to me for this theme.

So I decided to do something different and change the entire look, or 'surface', of my blog. A stretch, I know, but work with me people!

I had been thinking of making some blog changes for awhile and one of the issues I wanted to deal with was the dark/black background. I did like it, but I had noticed that when I read posts on my blog, or other black background blogs, my eyes saw after images of the white text. So, I wanted to change that.

And with that, I went ahead and uploaded an entire new layout. I hopefully have worked out all the kinks and I hope you like it.

If you want your site listed in one of my blog rolls to the right here, just let me know. Always open to reciprocal linking.

Okay, thanks for indulging my stretch of a post here. I promise to try and be more creative next week. Here is a pic to go with the theme. Look at the art on the surface of these cups of coffee!

Coffee Art

Click for more Theme Thursday ---> Surface

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sunday Meme: Your Wikipedia Band

Your Wikipedia Band

1. Go to the Wikipedia home page and click random article. That is your band’s name.
2. Click random article again; that is your album name.
3. Click random article 15 more times; those are the tracks on your album.

Here's mine:

band name: Sensient Technologies Corporation

album name: Pulaski County, Georgia

01: Tony Sergeant
02: George Fletcher Moore
03: David H. Munro
04: Songs (Luther Vandross album)
05: Jonas Arčikauskas
06: Forty Hill
07: South Hackensack School District
08: Kąśna Górna
09: Manuel Carvalho da Silva
10: Bulgarian Declaration of Independence
11: Bonding in Solids
12: Live Earth concert, Rio de Janeiro
13: Computerman
14: Veritas (political party)
15: Alfred C. Harmer

via TumblFrog

Thursday, January 7, 2010


I know Spring is still a long ways off and going outside isn't a pleasant thought right now, but here is something fun:

Thanks to Sesame Street on Twitter

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

If I were a...

There's another meme going around, and since I have nothing creative to offer at this point, I am going to do it.



If I were a month, I’d be October.
If I were a day of the week, I’d be Monday.
If I were a time of day, I’d be late night.
If I were a planet, I’d be Neptune.
If I were a sea animal, I’d be a hermit crab.
If I were a direction, I’d be a three-point turn.
If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be a rolltop desk.
If I were a liquid, I’d be coffee.
If I were a gemstone, I’d be jade.
If I were a tree, I’d be a maple.
If I were a tool, I’d be a bottle opener.
If I were a flower, I’d be an iris.
If I were a kind of weather, I’d be a dark and stormy night.
If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a tambourine.
If I were a color, I’d be aqua blue.
If I were an emotion, I’d be melancholy.
If I were a fruit, I’d be a tomato.
If I were a sound, I’d be crash of waves.
If I were an element, I’d be caffeinium.
If I were a car, I’d be a Chevette.
If I were a food, I’d be a calzone.
If I were a place, I’d be a cozy library.
If I were a material, I’d be a cotton tee.
If I were a taste, I’d be maple sugar.
If I were a scent, I’d be Stetson.
If I were an object, I’d be a torn picture.
If I were a body part, I'd be thumbs up.
If I were a facial expression, I’d be a grimace.
If I were a song, I’d be Rockin' Years.
If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be worn and comfortable sneakers.


And here's a pic for you, just for the hell of it:


Meme found here: Monkey Muck; TumblFrog and
My Power is Beyond Your Understanding.

Picture found here: PaperTissue.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Movie Monday - Holiday Aftermath

Watched a few more holiday flicks.

A Christmas Story (1983)

[Melinda Dillon; Darren McGavin; Peter Billingsley; Ian Petrella; Scott Schwartz]

Plot: Humorist Jean Shepard's nostalgic view of Christmastime in Indiana during the 1940s. Nine-year-old Ralphie desperately wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas and wages an all-out campaign to convince his reluctant parents that the toy is safe. Meanwhile, as Ralphie prepares for the big day, his brother has a strange relationship with food, and his dad fights the never-ending furnace battle.

Definitely a classic. We watched it off and on on Christmas Eve/Day via TBS 24-hour marathon. But we put it in again after Christmas to watch from start to finish. Great movie, nostalgic holiday fun.


A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986)

[Dolly Parton; Lee Majors; Bo Hopkins; John Ritter; Dan Hedaya; Anita Morris]

Plot: A country/western singer on a trip through the Tennessee mountains to get away from it all runs into a reclusive backwoodsman, a family of orphans -- and a witch. Will it be a Merry Christmas for any of them?

Okay, I will be the first to admit that this is one cheesy, corny, Christmas flick. I mean, look at that cast! The Six-Million Dollar Man AND Dolly Parton! 80s TV magic right there.

If you just leave your cynicism and criticism aside and watch it for the simple pleasure of the movie, then you can have a good time. Christmastime is made for flicks that are a little on the corny side, right? Pull up a comfy chair, grab a glass of (spiked) egg nog and enjoy!

The movie is available to watch in 10 parts on YouTube. Here is part 1.


Home Alone (1990)

[Macaulay Culkin; Joe Pesci; Daniel Stern; John Heard; Roberts Blossom; Catherine O'Hara]

Plot: Families suck. That's the opinion of 8-year-old Kevin McCallister, whose family unwittingly leaves him behind when they go on vacation. In no time, Kevin makes the most of the situation, watching forbidden flicks and pigging out on junk food. But when a pair of bungling burglars set their sights on Kevin's house, the plucky kid stands ready to defend his territory -- by planting booby traps galore!

Another Christmas classic in our house, we watch it every December. A fun movie, even if you have to suspend disbelief a little bit, it has a heart to it as well. I don't think Culkin was ever better than here.


Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

[Macaulay Culkin; Joe Pesci; Daniel Stern; Catherine O'Hara; John Heard; Brenda Fricker]

Plot: Instead of flying to Florida with his folks, Kevin ends up alone in New York, where he gets a hotel room with his dad's credit card -- despite problems from a clerk and meddling bellboy. But when Kevin runs into his old nemeses, he's determined to foil their plans to rob a toy store.

While not as great as the original, and also in need of the suspension of belief, this is a pretty decent sequel. The leads all shine and make the story work. Fun way to spend some time.


New Year's Evil (1980)

[Roz Kelly; Kip Niven; Chris Wallace; Grant Cramer]

Plot: It's New Year's Eve. You’re working alone at a punk rock station when the phone rings. A voice on the other end tells you that at the stroke of midnight in each time zone, someone will be murdered. So what do you do? Pray that you’re not next.

I have known about this movie for years, but never got around to watching it. The combination of the New Year and the flick streaming for free on FEARNet gave me enough reasons to finally watch.

Bleh. While not the worst movie I have ever seen, it is nothing great either. The acting is definitely direct-to-video fare, and the plot itself is pretty blah. Not really worthy of a second viewing, and for me, that says a lot.

Watch it for free on FEARNet!


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Kreativ Blogger Award

Geof @ Enter The Man-Cave awarded me this:

Kreativ Blogger

Very cool to start of a new year with an award from a fellow blogger.

Thanks, Geof!

Course, there are some rules:

The Rules Which MUST Be Followed:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

Okay, did 1, 2 & 3, so onto the rest.

Seven Things About Me

1) If the name of my blog didn't clue you in, I am a coffee junkie. Drink a lot of it. Come the holidays, my favorite creamer is Coffee-Mate's Peppermint Mocha. Damn, I love it. With the holidays over, it will be hard to find. But my Mrs. brought home a new flavor I love, International Delight's Sweet Buttercream. Damn, it's good.

2) I am trying to lose some weight this year. Have a goal of December 31st set for it. Even wrote a post for that day with what I hope to have lost. Of course, too much of the Sweet Buttercream coffee creamer will NOT help.

3) My family and I have saved $405.00 by posting our books on The site is really easy to use and saves us from tossing out old books and spending a fortune on new ones. Check it out if you read a lot, or if you want to decrease the clutter too many books can create.

4) I am constantly in awe of the advances in electronics. Seriously - a memory card that is almost as thin as a credit card and about as big as a thumbnail can hold upwards of 5,000 pictures? What the hell? When did we arrive in the future?

5) I only read one book at a time, and I have to finish any book I start, even if it bores me to tears. Only twice have I not done this. Once was Tolkein's The Hobbit. Yeah, I know, but I just couldn't get through it. The other was the novelization of the Poseidon remake. Ugh, that was one boring read.

6) Some movies I can watch again and again (and again): Halloween (the original); Jaws; Friday the 13th (any one, really); Overboard (love this dumb flick!); The Thin Man; Rear Window. Plenty more, but those are enough.

7) I cook meals and do baking for my family, but I tend to stick to simple, tried-and-true recipes. Not into making things with too many adjectives or 97 steps. Simple and tasty, and I am good to go, though.

Hope these didn't bore you, and if they did, too bad! :)

Now, on to the 7 blogs:

1) Ravyn's World
Ravyn is a relatively new blogger, but what she has posted so far is pretty awesome. She has written some deep, heartfelt, emotional blogs, and they really are great reads. Cathartic for her, I hope, and moving for the rest of us. She also occasionally posts "Understatements of the Week", which can be damned hilarious!
Check out Ravyn's World here.

2) Irreverent Irrelevance
JeffScape has a blog devoted mainly to his own writing, whether it is creative fiction or just his random musings or reviews. His talent with the written word means there is always something good to read. Occasionally something you want to yell at him about, but it all makes for a great blog.
Check out Irreverent Irrelevance here.

3) Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
Cal is a buddy to the North, a good guy with a warped mind and skewed sense of humor. No, wait! Those are good qualities, and what you want to find in a blogger. He posts rants, reviews and tons of pictures, often of the most bizarre things one can find on the net. Always interesting.
Check out Cal's Canadian Cave here.

4) waystationone
This is the blog of writer Brian Miller. He posts amazing, personal prose and poetry from his own experiences in life. He is quite talented and always moving, oftentimes simultaneously plucking at heartstrings while hitting your funny bone. Not easy to do.
Check out waystationone here.

5) Adventures in Nerdliness!
Darius has a blog which can be simply described as "awesome". He covers the gamut of pop culture and always has something of interest to read or see, not only for us nerds, but for the masses in general. I guarantee you won't be disappointed or bored at his site, there is just no way!
Check out Adventures in Nerdliness! here.

6) Super Blogliness!
Okay, I will admit I am a bit biased here. This blog is run by Nicole, who is family. She is an amazingly talented writer, and not just for her age. Some of the creative pieces she produces would make seasoned writers jealous. She has an energy, however, that does fit her age, so be prepared for lots of exclamation points!!!
Check out Super Blogliness! here.

7) My Power is Beyond Your Understanding
Biased again, the owner of this blog (who goes by the handle Cracked Like an Egg) is also family. But the posts here are fun and always entertaining. From sports and pop culture to Christmas and creative writing, if you are looking for something unusual, visit here!
Check out My Power Is Beyond Your Understanding here.

I could go on, with honorable mentions and such, but I am gonna limit it to these seven. I will be commenting on their sites to make them aware of their wins. If they don't choose to accept or post, that is fine with me. Not everyone is as keen on these awards, so to each their own!

And here's to a great 2010. Let's hope I keep up the posting that earned me this award in the first place!