Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Dear Jason Segel,
I've been a muppet fan all of my life. In fact two of my many write ups about Jim Henson and the Muppets have even been featured on IMDb (Jim Henson Saying Goodbye 20 Years Later and What Your Favorite Muppet Says About You). It has long been my dream to make the Muppets cool again. Sir, you have beaten me to the finish line, but I tip my hat to you. If it wasn't going to be me (an extremely minor internet celebrity that no one has ever heard of) I'm glad it's you (a film and television superstar).
Since Tuesday at Midnight I've been receiving phone calls, twitters and facebook messages from friends and fans asking me why I haven't talked about this movie yet. You have created the highest rated Muppet film ever and managed to bring back the charm of The Muppet Movie and Muppets Take Manhattan.
I want to thank you. 2011 has been a relatively lack-luster year for me film-wise. I didn't see too many films that I HATED but I also didn't see many films that left a lasting impression on me. But when I walked out of The Muppets last night after a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner, I knew I had just seen the film of the year. From the opening line of dialogue to the closing credits I wore a constant smile on my face. I woke in the morning wanting to talk about the movie with everyone. I felt like a kid who just watched their favorite movie and wanted to watch it again and again. I wanted to talk about this movie when I wasn't watching it.
In the character of Walter you created a Muppet version of myself (and thousands of others waiting for this day to come). For those kids who have every Muppet movie on DVD (even the bad ones), that bought ever Sesame Street product they could afford and those who have memorized skits from the Muppet Show, you have given them a voice.
I cried listening the opening narration, I cried listening to Kermit's speeches. You created a film that reminds us why we loved the Muppets in the first place. But more than that, you reminded us about what the Muppets seemed to represent more than any other franchise. Friendship and Family are the most important things in the world. You can succeed. Don't be afraid to believe in yourself. If just one person believes in you...
So thank you Mr. Segel. I doubt that you will ever read this (I want to believe that you will) but just in case you do read this. Thank you so much for bringing the magic of Jim Henson back into this cynical world, even for just an hour and 42 minutes.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
In my last blog entry I wrote about my upcoming panel at the Comikaze Panel.
The panel went incredibly. We had a half full room (which for a Live panel of a podcast no one has ever heard, is quite incredible). Each of my panelists were incredible and had plenty to say.
Sybil Danning who appeared in such classic movies as Howling 2: Your Sister is a Werewolf and Death Proof talked to us about all the problems on the set of Howling 2 as well as working with the heavy metal band The Last Vegas.
Meanwhile Felissa Rose of Sleepaway Camp told us about the first time she saw the movie and figured out the movies twist. Felissa brought her friend Devanny Pinn of Piranha 3D who spoke strongly about how much more fun it is being a killer than a victim.
My friend Robert Angelo Masciantonio told us his plans for the next 9 sequels to his classic Neighbor movie.
Actress/Writer Leslie Andrews and writer/director John Stewart Muller talked about the filming of their short film The Last Halloween as well as why Leslie decided to do Sick Girl.
Finally Rebekah McKendry of Fangoria added an extra perspective about what they look for in films and talked about the little victory of Creature's poor box office.
Here's a photograph from the panel, taken by Rebekah's husband David
The panel was such a fantastic success that Jonathan London of Geekscape asked me to co-host his two Zombie Panels he was moderating with Matt Mogk of the Zombie Research Society.
I want to thank all of my panelists and new friends from Comikaze. I look forward to doing another panel in the future.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Hey faithful readers of my blog,
This weekend in LA is Comikaze. I'll be hosting a panel in Room 3 Saturday November 5th at 2pm. It will be a live episode of my podcast THE SAINT MORT SHOW. The name of the panel is The Saint Mort Show Live Gets Campy.
The panel will be an examination of b-horror movies and will feature panelists Sybil Danning (Howling 2: Your Sisters A Werewolf), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Leslie Andrews (Sick Girl), John Stewart Muller (director of Last Halloween), Robert Angelo Masciantonio (writer/director of Neighbor) and Rebekah McKendry of Fangoria Magazine.
If you're going to Comikaze to see my panel, you should also check out my roommate's panel at Noon in room 2 on Saturday called Geek Chic Daily Presents The Geek Renaissance featuring Mel Caylo (Archaia Comics), Jessica Mills (Awkward Embraces), Emily Gordon (The Indoor Kids & NerdMelt), Emily McGregor (Comediva) and Sam Humphries (Our Love is Real).
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Thank you so much to everyone who read my 31 Movies of Halloween. If you missed them here's the complete list:
Day 1: Return of the Living Dead
Day 2: Candyman
Day 3: Student Bodies
Day 4: Terror Train
Day 5: The Lost Boys
Day 6: Dolls
Day 7: Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Day 8: Monster Squad
Day 9: May
Day 10: Never Sleep Again
Day 11: The Stuff
Day 12: House of 1,000 Corpses
Day 14: Frankenstein
Day 15: Drive Thru
Day 16: Carnival of Souls
Day 17: Return to Horror High
Day 18: Alligator
Day 19: Troll 2
Day 20: Dead Silence
Day 21: Terror Toons
Day 22: The Thing
Day 23: Magic
Day 24: Mr. Brooks
Day 25: House that Dripped Blood
Day 26: They Live
Day 28: The Strangers
Day 29: Lair of the White Worm
Day 30: Sublime
Day 31: Trick R Treat