World Series: GO RAYS! 10-24-08. Thursday, the Rays won over Philadelphia 4-2 in the Series' second game, which also marks the first World Series win ever for the Tampa team. Tonight, (Friday), game three in Philadelphia.
10-23-08. The Rays lost to Philadelphia 3-2 in the Series' opener. Tonight (Thursday), game TWO!
10-22-08. As I write these words, Wednesday afternoon, October 22, The Tampa Bay Rays baseball team (formerly the Devil Rays) is hours away from playing its first game in the World Series, this one against the Philadephia Phillies. This is a HUGE deal in Tampa, where the Rays never finished a season higher than fourth place in the 10 seasons prior to this one.
I'm sure our own Chris Munger will have much to say about this in this week's Sports Talk. (I imagine Mike and Matt will be chiming in as well!)
Movie Ticket Give-Away
Thanks to Lisa "FANGRRL" Ciurro, Crazed Fanboy is giving away free movie passes to a sneak preview of the Robert DiNero/Sean Penn comedy What Just Happened.
The film is playing in Tampa at the AMC Veterans 24 Theaters, Wednesday, October 29th, at 7:30pm. Due to limited seating, tickets are first-come, first served.
To procure a pass or two for you and a guest, please contact Lisa Ciurro at firstname.lastname@example.org, so she can get these in the mail to you ASAP!
Remembering Rudy Ray Moore
by John Miller
Sometime around the summer of '06 my friend Richard, a 60's radical turned avid music buff, took notice of my interest in 70's cult cinema and asked if I'd like to borrow a copy of Dolemite starring a favorite performer of his by the name of Rudy Ray Moore. Having heard of the film mainly through references in rap songs, I accepted the offer half-heartedly believing that I had just volunteered to sit through a 90-minute Mad TV sketch.
Dolemite, as it turns out, wound up being everything I had ever dreamed of seeing in a motion picture. There were bad-ass Kung Fu kicking prostitutes, crooked preachers, foul-mouthed hustlers, and even a heroin junky by the name of Hamburger Pimp. It was heavenly bliss committed to celluloid. For two weeks straight, I watched this film back-to-back over and over. I was addicted. Like Linus and his blanket, where I went, my borrowed copy of Dolemite followed.
What I admired most about the film and Moore in particular was the "by any means necessary" approach to movie-making. Shot on location at Moore's home in Los Angeles for basically peanuts, the film was still able to incorporate everything Moore had wanted to see in a movie despite the limitations of a shoestring budget. In nearly every scene, you can see the nerdy sound guy holding a boom mic trying his hardest to avoid the camera. There were no sound stages, re-shoots or any of the other benchmarks that independent filmmakers attempt to smokescreen us with. This was guerilla filmmaking, taking it to the streets, and the man relying on nothing more than a entertaining story and the charisma of a performer light years ahead of his time.
Moore followed the success of Dolemite a year later with its sequel, The Human Tornado before moving on to other genre favorites such as The Monkey Hustle, The Devil's Son-In-Law and The Disco Godfather. Moore would later make attempts at re-inventing the beloved character of Dolemite for a newer generation with films such as 1999's Shaolin Dolemite and 2002's Return Of Dolemite.
Sadly comedian/actor/pioneering rap star Rudy Ray Moore was taken from us this past weekend, succumbing to diabetes in his Akron, Ohio nursing home. He was 81 years old.
DRAGOON Finale...Sort Of.
Calling it the end of the beginning of the story of a ficticious early 20th century mob family, Terence Nuzum's and John Miller's joint comics venture, DRAGOON, has posted its final chapter...for now. This week's installment finishes the introductory segment of this project and Terence will begin writing the next chapters of the saga over the coming weeks.