Sorry, but “Plan 9 From Outer Space” is NOT “The World’s Worst Movie.”

via 10 Out-of-This-World Facts About ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ | Mental Floss

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Just in time for the long holiday weekend, let’s have a look at the movies that may populate your Memorial Day Movie Marathon! And no, Ed Wood is NOT the world’s worst director, unless you’ve conveniently forgotten Al Adamson, Ulli Lommel, Coleman Francis, Neil Breen, and Larry Buchanan.

April 26th is National Pretzel Day

Welp, I know what I’M eating with my Brussels sprouts for lunch!

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Happy National Pretzel Day! 

Here is today’s five food finds about Pretzels:

  • The first pretzel was created in 610 A.D. by a monk in southern France or northern Italy. It was originally called a ‘pretiola’ and was renamed ‘pretzel’ later when the idea migrated to Germany and Austria.

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  •  In 1861, pretzel twisting was the second highest-paying job in the Philadelphia region. Today, machines do the twisting, although at some artisan shops, tourists can still see it done the old-fashioned way.
  • The birthplace of the hard pretzel was Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The pretzel, or bretzel as it was called then, first came to America in 1710 with Palatine German immigrants (from the Rhineland) who settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and became known, incorrectly, as the “Pennsylvania Dutch.”

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  •  In the 18th century, German children would wear pretzel necklaces at the beginning of a new year for prosperity, health and good fortune.

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  • In…

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Drive-In Movie Madness: Vintage Ads & Marquees via Flashbak

via Drive-In Theater Memories: Vintage Ads & Marquees – Flashbak

Remember the “good old days” at the drive-in? Yeah, me neither. Apparently, I’ve BEEN to one, but was too young to remember. That would’ve been 1976, so the tail end of the blaxploitation era and the time before home video would make drive-ins moot. Enjoy the memories (or not!) from Flashbak!

March Movie Madness & Mayhem, Day 31

The 5 Worst Monsters of the 1970s Horror Film

via The 5 Worst Monsters of the 1970s Horror Film – Flashbak

May as well end the month on a “list.” This time, it’s the 5 worst monsters of the 1970s…in horror. It’s from the folks at Flashbak, so you know it’s good. Enjoy, and make sure you watch the best worst movie you can think of this weekend. It’s been a pretty fun ride, but if I ever do this again, I will try to talk myself out of it.  Blogging is harder than I thought! 😉 But it was fun to add to my bad movie repertoire, and I may do it for the various Halloween blogathons that dot the interwebs. To quote one of the movies listed above, “Well…”

March Madness & Movie Mayhem, Day 30 (Grindhouse Classics : “The Black Klansman”)

March Madness & Movie Mayhem, Day 30 goes where no film has gone before…and yes, that’s a terrible set up for a William Shatner “The Intruder” joke. But yes, Corman and Shatner did it first, yet Mikels probably made way more money.

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First off, let me wish a very happy 2012 to any and all TFG readers — I hope the new year finds you healthy, wealthy, and wise (or any combination thereof, really), and I guess there’s nothing for us to do now but kick back for the next 365 days (well, okay, 359 and counting as I write this) and see if the Mayans had it right after all. Actually, though, perusing much of the hysteria surrounding this, our latest potential apocalypse, I find a lot of people hedging their bets well in advance — the so-called “New Age” set, particularly, seems rather enthralled with this whole notion that 2012 marks not the end, but rather some kind of (frustratingly, truth be told) vague new beginning. They say a “global consciousness transformation” or somesuch is about to take place, and frankly I hope they’re right because, let’s not kid ourselves…

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March Madness & Movie Mayhem, Day 29 (or, How to Catch a Killer for $13,000…)

via TEMPLE OF SCHLOCK: Zodiac Hunter: An Interview with Tom Hanson

An interesting interview with a fascinating man–you’ll get the ins and outs of making truly shoestring budgeted movies ($13,000 in 1971 still didn’t add up to much! To compare: The Three Stooges beat-em-to-the-punch short You Nazty Spy! cost 2-3 times as much in 1939 dollars!) You’ll also learn that they may have had the killer in their hands, but he slipped away. You’ll also get the ins and outs of running a pizza franchise! Enjoy, and also read the rest of the stuff at the Temple of Schlock.

March Madness & Movie Mayhem, Day 28 (No, It’s Not as Bad as You Thought It Was)

Today, I’d like to look at a few sites that feature films that aren’t as bad as you (or critics) thought they were.  The films that immediately come to mind are Moment By Moment, At Long Last Love, Trog, and The Exorcist II. (Surprise! An “A” film!!!!)

Now, I know you weren’t expecting ME to write my thoughts on all those films (in fact, you know which one I’m going to tackle—and I’d also like to note that all of these films are connected to the Stooges, because of course they are!

via A Moment’s Reflection on “Moment by Moment” (1978) – Hidden Films

At Long Last! A Definitive Version of “At Long Last Love”

‘Trog’ Wasn’t Joan Crawford’s Final Role, But It Was The Last Straw For Her Acting Career

My Year Of Flops, Case File #32: “Exorcist II: The Heretic”