March Madness & Movie Mayhem, Day 27 (or, How Ed Wood Isn’t the World’s Worst Director)


via Ed Wood: Not Actually The Worst Director in History | Den of Geek

How did Ed Wood get the title of “World’s Worst Director?”  (Then again, we’d also have to ask how William “One Shot” Beaudine was at least the runner-up, even though he was once a highly regarded director.) Of course, we can put most of the blame on the doorstep of the Medveds, who deemed Ed “the worst” with their Golden Turkey tome. I can only imagine that they hadn’t seen very many movies from the period they were in, because NONE of the Dolomite movies made the cut, but Trouble Man did?! Why not just throw Super Fly and Shaft in there too, since we’re complaining about blaxploitation films with kick-ass soundtracks…

Anyhoo, where was I going with this? Oh, that Ed Wood wasn’t the world’s worst director–far from it. I can name at least THREE worse directors off the top of my head: Bill Rebane/Herschell Gordon Lewis (Monster-A-Go-Go/Terror at Half Day); Larry Buchanan (Zontar: The Thing From Venus); Coleman Francis (all three of his films); Doris Wishman (Double Agent 73, Let Me Die a Woman); Ted V. Mikels (The Girl in Gold Boots, The Doll Squad)…the list is literally endless!

I think the problem lies with Ed Wood’s films being better than “so bad they’re good.” There’s something about Wood’s films, even the cringetastic Orgy of the Dead and The Revenge of Dr. X that makes them watchable. You’re not yelling at the screen at the stupidity of the writing. (The CLUNKINESS, maybe, but not the stupidity!)

Anyhoo, take a look around the site and enjoy the Den of Geek!



The March Madness & Mayhem Blogathon!


via The Horn Section: Television Review: QUINCY, M.E.: “Bitter Pill” (1982)

That’s right—it’s day 1 of what I’m calling “March Madness & Mayhem!” a quick (or not-so-quick!) look at blogs that celebrate the…interesting aspects of TV, fashion, and movies from my favorite era (the 1970s)!

However, the premier entry contradicts the 1970s emphasis…kinda. I may not remember much from 1982, but looking at newspapers, TV (the 1982 World Series looks so ANCIENT!), and fashion, I realize that there was still a bit of the 70s in 1982, so it’s fair game. Besides, it’s my blog and blogathon, so I can do what I want!

Today’s focus is from the wonderfully funny The Horn Section and its focus is on Quincy, M.E., which I recall watching fairly regularly. (I didn’t know it was part of the NBC Mystery Movie lineup, though—for some reason I thought it was a standalone CBS series. So much for memories!) Anyhoo, I remember this episode “fondly,” because even as a 7 year old, I knew that Quincy was full of it! You haven’t lived until you see Jack Klugman get revved up and destroy the world’s oldest drug dealer’s “Hop Shop!”

Watching it again after all these years…it’s still hi-larious! Enjoy!