Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)

Currently streaming on Netflix, Machete Maidens Unleashed! is a really interesting documentary by Mark Hartley about B-movies filmed in the Philippines during the 1960s-1980s. Partly humorous, partly historical, I’d like to work through the titles mentioned. Look for my list on imdb or check back here: Boobs, Blood and Beasts.

(machetemaidensunleashed.com)

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Best news ever: Beloved Finnish artist Tove Jansson, creator of the iconic Moomin series, will be gracing a new Euro coin.

To celebrate, here are Jansson’s enchanting vintage illustrations for Alice in Wonderland and The Hobbit.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains

My Life as McDull

Mrs. McBing wishes for her soon-to-be-born son.

This Malibu Creek State Park hike has Hollywood connections, as it passes through areas that were used to shoot M*A*S*H and South Pacific. There are some rusted Army Jeeps and other signs of filming here

In the Iranian ghost town of Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, its depraved denizens are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Greetings from Westworld

I think my first awareness of movies came when I was around seven or eight when I’d seen Westworld on television. This was in 1978 and I’d seen Jaws and Star Wars in the theater previously but was either too young or simply uninterested for either to leave an impression.

Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton, is about Delos, a futuristic resort, where you’d interact with robots who were programmed to serve you. Guests could choose to live out their fantasy in Medieval World, Roman World and of course the Wild West of Westworld.

Yul Brynner played a robot that roamed Westworld as a gunslinger who would eventually malfunction, terrorizing the guests and computer scientists who couldn’t stop the destruction.

You could say this was my first horror film, not being able to sleep the same for days. I would still see Yul Brynner as the heartless gunslinger, when watching him later in his earlier films such as The King and I and The Ten Commandments. In celebration of Yul Brynner’s birthday today, I re-watched Westworld, renting it from Video Paradiso, and still find it disturbing. Also, I would eventually add Jaws to my home library which I would discover when I got older was more terrifying than I remember.

Sunday’s LA Times spread Sunday’s LA Times spread

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs is streaming the entire month of July on PBS

Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer, and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted for 75 years in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times. Winner, Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature, 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). (via American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs | POV | PBS)