I just received my first award, the Liebster Award, for the year 2014 from Damian Thomas Films…Etc. So now I’ll show you a picture of the award in case you are interested in things like that. Most people like to look at naked girls on the internet but hey if looking at awards is your thing here it is:
Now, what else do I have to do to represent this prestigious award? Oh yes I have to answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated me. Here goes nothing.
1. What angers you the most when watching a movie in theaters?
The thing that angers me most is when some self-important moron decides to light up half the theater with their cell phone. Your mommy, your drug dealer or your crack whore girlfriend can wait until the movie is over. Get off the phone!
2. What do you love about watching movies in theaters?
It’s when the manager kicks out the self-important moron for using their cell phone in the theater. I’ve never been to the Alamo Drafthouse but I want to go there one day just so I can (possibly) see it happen. They have a ‘no talking, no texting’ rule, you know?
3. Name a movie you never want to watch. Ever.
That would be The Happy Hooker. My mother had a copy of the book and I read and re-read all the good parts. I don’t want to see it because I know what I see on the screen will not measure up to my imagination.
4. Name a movie you’re ashamed you haven’t seen yet.
I can’t think of one. Sorry.
5. Favorite weekend hangout?
Home and Barnes & Noble.
6. Favorite band or music artist for the past week?
Every year I listen to my collection of over 400 CD’s in Alphabetical-Chronological order. This past week has been all about Blue Öyster Cult.
7. 3D. Yay or Nay?
I could care less.
8. Name a movie you wish you could have been on the set while it was filming.
The Godfather or Goodfellas because they are arguably the two greatest mafia films ever made. As for a horror film that’s an easy one: The Howling or John Carpenter’s The Thing. I never get tired of those two films.
9. How do you stream movies (Computer, Blu-ray Player, Game Consoles like PS4 and Wii)?
Through my Playstation 3 or my Blu-ray mostly.
10. What are your top five favorite movie podcasts to listen to?
- Who is your movie celebrity crush? You have to answer for both guys and girls.
If I was going to pick a guy I would have say Michael Fassbender on the basis that he’s a fantastic actor. As for female celebrities I have so many it’s impossible to pick just one. Raquel Welch, Salma Hayek, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore come to mind.
I now have to pick 11 bloggers whom I wish to pick the Liebster Award to. They are in no particular order:
I will be sending each blogger a comment to let them know they have received the Liebster.
Finally, instead of 11 questions I have only one question I wish for them to answer:
Bigfoot or the Abominable Snowman-which one is sexier?
From Plan 9 from Outer Space and featuring Duke Moore as Lieutenant Harper:
But one thing’s sure. Inspector Clay is dead, murdered, and somebody’s responsible.
From Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood and featuring Kane Hodder as Jason Voorhees:
From A Nightmare on Elm Street:
One, two, Freddy’s coming for you. Three, four, better lock your door. Five, six, grab your crucifix. Seven, eight, gonna stay up late. Nine, ten, never sleep again.
I was inspired by my friend Alex Laybourne to write this post. After reading his recent post about the life, and passing, of James Hellwig aka The Ultimate Warrior I noticed that we had a lot in common, and some differences, as far as the sport of professional wrestling is concerned. We can both admit to loving wrestling when we were children. My first show came at 10 years old in 1972 in South Carolina at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. The main event was ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair and the late Johnny Valentine vs. ‘Number One’ Paul Jones and the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ Andre the Giant. I was hooked, mesmerized. Every Saturday afternoon I was tuned in to Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling to see my heroes Wahoo McDaniel, Paul Jones, Rufus R, Jones, Johnny Weaver and others as they did battle against the likes of Blackjack Mulligan (Robert Windham, father of Barry Windham and grandfather of current WWE Superstar Bray Wyatt), Ivan Koloff, and the Anderson Brothers, Ole and Gene. Like Alex, I would go to the shows and I would scream my lungs out until I was certain that I had ruptured my larynx and would never be able to speak clearly again. Little did I know that dreaded day of discovery was lurking like a beast just around the corner? Wrestling is staged? No way. I refused to believe it. Even when I saw the occasional punch that didn’t quite make the mark or that move that looked a bit too assisted. Fake or not I loved pro wrestling then and I’ll be a son of a bitch if I don’t love it over 40 years later. But alas, here is where Alex and I have a difference of view and I would be a hypocrite if I said anything to the contrary: I never liked The Ultimate Warrior.
My dislike for Warrior wasn’t so much for the man himself as it was for the character that he portrayed. See, I always believed that the greatest professional wrestlers were the ones that could make you believe that what they were doing in that ring was 100% real. Ric Flair could do it. So could Ricky Steamboat. Kurt Angle is another one who comes to mind. The Ultimate Warrior-not so much. I always thought that he was wasting valuable energy running to the ring and shaking the ropes like a man possessed of some fiery entity. I never bought into the way he defeated opponents in mere seconds. It just didn’t seem real to me. However, I will admit to loving it whenever Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI for the WWF Championship. Remember how I said I disliked not the man, James Hellwig, but the character of Ultimate Warrior? My disdain for Hogan runs even deeper; I don’t like the wrestler and I don’t think very highly of the man. But then again that is another story for another day.
Cut to April 7, 2014. Monday Night Raw is on and my wife and I are watching it in our living room. Halfway into the show Ultimate Warrior’s music hits and he comes out to a huge pop from the audience. Mind you, at this point he is only James Hellwig; no face-paint, no tassels, no shaggy mane; just a man in a suit and a tie. But then he steps into the ring and the transformation begins. He puts on a mask identical to the face paint. He wears a long coat with his likeness airbrushed across the back. He begins to speak; it is not Hellwig, but the Ultimate Warrior whose voice we hear. With words that are now eerily prophetic he tells us that one day every man’s heart will beat its final beat and his lungs will draw their final breath. He shakes the ropes, bringing to mind his glory days. This is his way of saying to the generation that watched him in his prime and to the people perhaps seeing him for the first time, “Thank you for loving me, thank you for coming to see me and most of all thank you for remembering me.” As I watched this I could feel my dislike melt away. I realized that the running, the rope-shaking, the fast wins were all a part of a character who was trying to make a name for himself in a business that is widely known for chewing people up and spitting them out. Like Randy Savage, Roddy Piper and others here was a man who just wanted to entertain people and that is exactly what he did and by golly he did it big.
James Hellwig aka Ultimate Warrior passed away on April 8, 2014 at the young age of 54. He was a mere two years older at his time of passing than I am now at the age of 52. I send to his family my sincere condolences. I pray that he is resting peacefully. I’m sorry my initial dislike marred my view of him for so many years. It’s too late to change that. The past is past and there is no future. I can’t even think of any final, profound words to say. Rest in Peace is all that comes to mind.