Sunday, September 30, 2007
The movie marathon list will appear on the right side. I'm going to try and watch every movie listed and I'll run a tally on Oct 31st. For those playing along at home, I'm going to post 8 titles at a time so folks can dig out videos or rent them. There'll be random posts and movie reviews on some of the movies throughout the run.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday is probably my least favorite Jason movie of the series. But I ran across it at ShopKo this morning and decided to round out the collection. I don't think I'd seen the movie since it came out in '93 (seen at the legendary Orchard 4 from an earlier post).
One of Jason's early, pre-drowning films, "License to Drive"
We open with the Feds finally figuring out that they should look into the 5,000 killings over the last 13 years or so. Jason is killed and revealed to be an evil spirit in the form of America's darling, the HELL-WORM, taste the excitement! Body hopping and killings ensue. There are some fun inside jokes too. You see the Necronomicon from Evil Dead, The crate from Creepshow, the Myers place is mentioned from Halloween. And Jason is dragged to hell by Freddy, or at least someone wearing his glove. Plus the movie has the lovely Erin Gray from Silver Spoons and Buck Rogers. Rarrrrrr!
Ice Cube (left) and Jason Voorhees (right) react to some fine-ass booty in the popular "Friday" series.
Overall, it's a fairly lackluster outing. Not enough Jason and I hate it when things are explained away, to make sense of Jason. Why can't he just be an unstoppable, semi-retarded zombie goalie and we leave it at that. I can buy that. The body hopping Hell-Worm idea ripped off from "The Hidden", no thanks.
Only recommended for the Friday completest. Otherwise, buy Pt 4 or 6; a couple of classics.
Jones Soda is know for their wonky limited edition drinks like "Turkey and Gravy", "Corn on the Cob, "Wet Ham" and "Smuggled Heroin". Usually they're flavors that humans aren't prepared to drink more than once. The "Black Cat Licorice", or BCL, is no exception.
It's pretty horrible. It's not carbonated at all and tastes sort of like a combo of flat Dr. Pepper and licorice that has been stirred for 30 minutes with Rosie O'Donnell's wang. If you can down the bottle in one shot, it's drinkable. I managed a big slug, but couldn't muster more than another sip after that.
But, they have fun packaging and the remaining 3 will be tested on friends. BCL and the re-release of last years "Monster Mojito" are on Target shelves now. $3.99 for 4 12oz bottles. Not worth it, but it is Halloween and they should go over well at parties.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Slimer! $1 (been wanting one of these for years.)
The Orchard 4 was one of my favorites. There was nothing really special about the design, it was more it's proximity to our house. So, it was usually the first place we'd go for a movie.
The theater was opened by United Artists in 1982, around the same time that Mr. Geektarded (my father) moved family operations to Omaha. In 1995, it was bought by Carmike Cinemas and finally closed shop in 2000 shortly after changing to a second-run $1 theater. The cause of death was the move towards larger 20 screen mulit-plexes.
Fun fact, the Orchard 4's seating was refurbished seats taken from downtown Omaha's old Astro movie house that closed in the early 80s.
The first 2 movies I can remember seeing were Jaws 3 and Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (oddly both were in 3D). I don't know if we just went to a lot of genre films or if the Orchard just got a lot of SciFi and Horror, but that's a lot of the types of movies we went to.
Movies I distinctly remember seeing at the Orchard 4:
Halloween 4 and 5, Critters 1 & 2, Child's Play 2 & 3, The Running Man, Commando, Total Recall, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Ghostbusters 2, Jason Goes to Hell, Nightmare on Elm St. 4, 5, & 6, Secret of the Sword, Transformers the Movie, Gremlins, The Wizard, Short Circuit, Silver Bullet, and many, many others.
I'm shocked that the place is still pretty much intact after 7 years of vacancy. It was an early 80s movie theater, and the design reflects that. Lots of burnt oranges and browns. The interior still has the ticket counter and windows, the snack bar, some light fixtures and the great plains murals (just in case you forgot you were in Nebraska). In the top photo, you see the lobby, snack bar and the archway on the left side leads to the 4 movie screens. Bottom shows 2 of the 3 murals and the bathrooms as you exit the theater. The carpets gone. Arcade games stood in the lobby space near the restrooms.
I really wish I could take a look inside. I wonder if the seating is still intact or if it was repurposed at another theater. The entire plaza is now empty and for lease. I'm thinking next time I'm over there, I might get the number and contact the owner. See if there's any Orchard 4 artifacts out there or something.
Bye-bye old friend. I hope you stand a good long while.
UPDATE: I added a rough sketch of the floorplan for the Orchard 4. Pretty much how it looked for the 18 years it was open.
And speaking of Jason, how many times have you been slamming Crown Royal and wished you were drinking out of a semi-retarded zombie goalie's head? Well, Wallgreens answered that call with Friday the 13th shot glasses. Pretty cool. They also had Freddy and Leatherface for you non-Vorhees fans. $3
Lastly, Walgreens had these cool, heavy glass skull candle holders for $4. Big, solid skully love.
Overall all it's a pretty incredible little machine. Super lightweight (almost where you think it's junk) and tiny. If you stacked 3 CD jewel cased on top of each other, that's about the size of the Yobo NES. The cartridge is almost bigger than the console. Has AC power, AV cables, and 2 controllers with regular and rapid fire buttons. The controller ports are the same as the original NES, so I'd imagine you can use the old controllers, zapper etc (but I'm not 100% sure on that).
I picked up a few games at the local used game shop and most played flawlessly. The old Tengen carts don't seem to work well, but I got Alien Syndrome to play fine with a little slip of folded paper behind the cartridge to keep it from being loose in the slot. At around $25, it's a quick fix or those favorite oldies that might not be on the Wii virtual console or ever make it.