Kreativ Blogger Award

In a great start to the New Year, our friend Dan at Top10Films.co.uk has given us a Kreativ Blogger Award. The “award” is more a virtual pat on the back, which is actually much nicer to receive (well, that and a nice fat check). So, first, a big thanks to Dan and his hard work  across the pond. We are very grateful. Second, the award stipulates you must “pay it forward” by listing seven other blogs that you deem worthy of such accolades.

So, here is a list of bloggers out there whom I frequent and who have helped to make Natsukashi what it is today (which, I am not really sure what that is, but thanks nonetheless).

 Last Blog on the Left: Fans of horror, both mainstream and indie, need look no further than Last Blog on the Left.  Run by a true aficionado, Last Blog is serious about horror, but approaches it with wit and wisdom. It features reviews of theatrical releases, the latest in DVDs, interviews and podcast interviews with up-and-comers in the genre.

 He Shot Cyrus: A fun, irreverent exploration into the world of film from its host, El Gringo, whose approach to films goes beyond mere reviews. Gringo, who is also a contributor to Film Threat online and frequents festivals such as Sundance, covers films old and new, mainstream and independent with a zeal and passion that true film nerds would enjoy.

 Cru Jones Society: Film is just one of the passions of the crew at Cru Jones. They also looks at television, music, politics, and general online mayhem that make it tough to be focused throughout the work day. But it does not merely provide links and laughs, its thoughtful, engaging approach is what sets things apart at CJS.

 Castle Vardulon: The Count is always in, and seemingly always on in his witty dissections of film and television. Whether he is tearing apart the legend that is Indiana Jones, eviscerating “CSI: Miami,” or analyzing some of the greatest panels in the history of comics, Count is never at a loss for words. The site also provides aural candy as well, where Count and his partner in crime,The DiveMistress, deftly discuss horror, fantasy ans sci-fi.

Dear Jesus: Don’t let the title fool you. The only proselytizing this film does is in its worshipping at the altar of film. Whitney, one of the site’s contributors (Brian being the other), is also a writer for Film Threat and also ventures to  film festivals to report on the seldom-seen cinema and the emerging films screened within.  In her frequent “movie marathons” she gorges on celluloid from across the spectrum (expect such divergent films as “X-15,” “Dirty Harry” and “Rocky III” to be included in just one of them).

CinemaFist: Joe Campenella loves film. He loves watching it, he loves making it. See how both of his passions are covered in CinemaFist, where he devotes blog entries to both the creation  and the appreciation of movies. He’s also pretty damn funny.

Foywonder: Scott Foy wallows in film’s underbelly, plucking out the seamy obscurities few dare to witness. He rocks out with his schlock out, examining all the B-movies currently creeping under your radar that fill the vaults of such companies as The Asylum and those released directly to the SyFy network. It’s a tough job, but Scott approaches it with the right amount of enthusiasm and humor.

Now, the award also states that you must name seven interesting things about yourself. So here goes:

1) These lists always make me nervous
2) As a child, I was in a fashion show hosted by Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop
3) I was Spider-Man, a Care Bear and Big Bird — professionally (long story, and no, I was not a “furry”)
4) In high school, I got to interview John Frankenheimer, Halle Berry and Jerry Seinfeld.
5) I have been sky-diving and leapt from a hot air balloon.
6) I am friends with a guy who dated Uma Thurman… in the sixth grade.
7) I have never eaten a Twinkie.
 
Thanks again, Dan.
For those interested in the award’s origins, here’s some info.

‘Warlock: The Armageddon’

Title: ‘Warlock: The Armageddon’
Rated: R
Written by: David Twohy and Kevin Rock
Director: Anthony Hickox
Starring: Julian Sands as Warlock
              Chris Young as Kenny Travis
              Paula Marshall as Samantha Ellison

Tagline: “When He Comes…All Hell Breaks Loose!”

By Scott Foy aka The Foywonder (and also of Dread Central)

Pre-screening memories: Scott bulletted some items that he recalled when he viewed Warlock: The Armageddon on its opening weekend in 1993 (and, subsequnetly, a second time in a bargain theater, where it presumably landed a week later):

  • The film was put out by Trimark. I rather miss that company. For a short while there they seemed to be the heir apparents of Cannon.
  • I recall kind of enjoying the film, even though I was fully aware it wasn’t a very good film, certainly inferior to the original that I still think is a very underrated movie. The original had some dumb humor, but the sequel was just plain dumb all the way through. Still better than the third installment, Warlock III: The End of Innocence.
  • The sequel adopted more of a Freddy Krueger-ish tone. Warlock became more of a mocking slasher who killed in twisted, often comically ironic fashion: turning the guy into a warped piece of art and making a Picasso joke, shooting people with his finger during a high noon-style showdown and saying “Happy trails, partner.” Very much dates the movie.
  • When someone flies you high up into the air in exchange for a particular object you possess never give that person the object until they’ve put your feet back on the ground.
  • The whole concept of gathering these unholy runestones just seemed dumb and less imaginative than the previous film seeking the book containing the name of God which when spoken would undo creation. Also thought it was rather dopey how these runes were scattered all over yet not only did the Warlock get from place to place with such ease, most of those places were unlikely: a fashion show, a corporate office, a freaking funhouse for goodness sake.
  • Psychic midget!
  • Unconvincing concept of these modern druids living in the US and all played by recognizable character actors so cast against type in the role that they’re impossible to believe. Leader of the group actor didn’t sound at all convincing when he’d explain the magic to the teens. Seem to recall that they were awfully unprepared to deal with the Warlock considering preventing the Warlock from getting his hands on these stones was their sole purpose.
  • The whole magical teen warriors concept also felt like a product of the time it was made. Seem to remember thinking I was willing to believe their powers being more likely than their romance. Her character was a bit too whiny. His character was an annoying dweeb.
  • Not exactly what I imagined Satan would look like. Devil looked like a photo negative of the demon dogs from Ghostbusters. Seeing Satan crawling out of the pit left me wondering how exactly this quadraped demon was going to unleash Armageddon.
  • There always has to be an eclipse involved in these things, doesn’t there?
  • Warlock’s demise was awfully easy. Thank goodness for those all-purpose sacred daggers that can always be counted on to do in the forces of evil.
  • Saw the film in a dollar theater that was packed. When the movie ended someone in the back yelled “SUCKED!” and everyone laughed heartily.
  • Whatever happened to Julian Sands? Seems like he did this and then Boxing Helena and that pretty much killed his career until he showed up on “24” last season.

Was Foy still under Julian Sands’ spell after all these years? Check out the podcast here, or listen to it below:

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