Monthly Archives: August 2012

ANCIENT GREEK COMEDY: THE PAGEANT OF LETTERS (C 402 BCE)

Time for another examination of an ancient Greek comedy. In the past several months Balladeer’s Blog has reviewed dozens of examples of Attic Old Comedy. We’ve gotten to appreciate our shared humanity with the ancient Athenians, America’s forerunners in the experiment of democracy, with comedies that dealt with politics, economics, philosophy and irreverence for religion.

This time we’ll deal with a comedy that is more light-hearted for a change, but which deals with a subject that still affects a very large part of the world to Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2012: METHODIST UNIVERSITY WELCOMES LOUISBURG COLLEGE

 Football, the ULTIMATE college sport in my opinion, is returning to the land today.

The Methodist University Monarchs are hosting the Louisburg College Hurricanes as Balladeer’s Blog welcomes the 2012 college football season. Tomorrow the Pima Aztecs play the Phoenix College Bears and then on Friday and Saturday we’ll see a virtual ORGY of college football!

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LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES AND THINKING PEOPLE ARE “BECOMING CONSERVATIVE”

“You bastards don’t have ANYTHING the government didn’t give you and don’t you peons forget it!”

Welcome back to the favorite site of Independent Voters, Balladeer’s Blog, as always coming to you from an America whose political system was hijacked by two rival gangs of white collar criminals called Democrats and Republicans more than 100 years ago!

We’re still being torn to pieces by Liberal zombies and Conservative zombies here in the USA, with the dismemberment being led by the inept little man in the White House. Barack Obama, in addition to Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON 2012 KICKS OFF THIS WEEK

 THIS WEEK THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON KICKS OFF IN THE DIVISIONS COVERED BY BALLADEER’S BLOG!

Teams like the Hutchinson Blue Dragons (helmet at left), the Jamestown College Jimmies, the William Penn University Statesmen and the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters will all begin their season on various days throughout the coming week!

Not only that but the CC Fighting Saints, ranked Number 1 in Balladeer’s Blog’s NAIA College Football Rankings, will kickoff this Friday the 24th at the 23rd- ranked MSU-Northern Lights. The Pima Aztecs travel to face the Phoenix College Bears on Thursday night and the Continue reading

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DJANGO THEATER: A LOOK AT THE FILMS OF THE MOST DURABLE SPAGHETTI WESTERN GUNSLINGER

The best Django, Franco Nero, played the gunslinger in Django, Django Strikes Again and (wink) Django’s Grand Return

Like Tarzan, James Bond and Sherlock Holmes the melancholy bounty hunter Django has been presented in various incarnations and with wildly differing continuity. And like soccer the Django movies have been an enormous success almost everywhere except the U.S. The gunman’s most recent iteration will be as an African American in Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming reboot of the Spaghetti Western hero’s saga.

The great Franco Nero created the role in 1966 in a film so popular in Europe (but banned in the UK for its still- controversial violence) that it spawned a legion of sequels. Some sequels starred Franco Nero or others in the role of Django, while others were just unrelated westerns whose distributors simply  attached a phony Django title to them, sometimes redoing the dubbing to have the lead character referred to as Django, other times not bothering.

Original Django poster In anticipation of the mad rush for the various Django films that will presumably follow the release of the Tarantino reboot with Jamie Foxx Balladeer’s Blog helpfully presents a synopsis of the films featuring (legitimately or not) the most durable Eurowestern hero of them all. And, yes, if you’re wondering, the western bounty hunter Django was indeed the reason George Lucas named that outer space bounty hunter Jango Fett.

DJANGO (1966) – In 1867 Mexico Django, a veteran of the Union army in the Civil War, seeks revenge on Major Jackson, the Confederate officer behind his wife’s death. Jackson and his still-loyal troops, now turned  outright Klansmen, are, like so many other fleeing Confederates,  fighting for the Mexican Emperor Maximillian in the war to keep his throne.   Django battles Jackson’s hooded thugs, even ambushing dozens with the Gatling Gun he keeps concealed in a coffin. When he’s out of men Major Jackson calls on Maximillian’s Imperial troopers for reinforcements and prepares to face Django and the Mexican rebel troops he’s fallen in with. For a detailed review of this unforgettable film click here: https://glitternight.com/2012/08/08/the-original-django-and-two-blaxploitation-westerns-a-primer-for-django-unchained/

DJANGO SHOOTS FIRST (1966) – AKA He Who Shoots First. Django comes into an enormous inheritance from his murdered father, an inheritance he learns he must share with his late father’s unscrupulous business partner, Mr Cluster. Django starts blowing away a host of bad guys as he tries to piece together who is responsible for his father’s death.

DJANGO, A BULLET FOR YOU (1966) – Django uses his guns to protect a group of downtrodden farmers from the villainous, land-grabbing town boss of Wagon Valley. He Continue reading

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12 NEW TEAMS JOIN THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

 The Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds (logo at left) and eleven other teams have joined the National Christian College Athletic Association. With the arrival of this deadly dozen the NCCAA now boasts one hundred fourteen institutions.

The NCCAA is one of the divisions of college sports that Balladeer’s Blog has been covering for  roughly two years.  College football is starting soon and the Victory Bowl will once again be the championship game of this underappreciated division come the end of the year.

Here’s the complete list of those twelve teams in descending order of nickname coolness: 1. Southern Nazarene University Crimson Storm   ###   2. Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds   ###   3. McMurry  University Warhawks   ###   4. Morthland College Continue reading

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BAD MOVIE PAGE: THE NEWLYDEADS (1987)

 I recently received an email requesting that I review the hilariously bad 1987 horror film The Newlydeads. As it happens I reviewed that flick in 2010, so here it is again. As a reminder to new readers if you want an immediate bad movie fix on a particular film you can check my Bad Movie page to see if I’ve reviewed it already. Here is the link: https://glitternight.com/bad-movies/

THE NEWLYDEADS (1987) – Category: A neglected bad movie classic that deserves a Plan 9-sized cult following   This film is about an undead transvestite slasher called Jackie who preys on the couples at a honeymoon hotel. Hey, if the Sleepaway Camp horror films can have the Continue reading

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THE COOLEST HELMETS IN D2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL, PART TWO

FOR TEAMS 20-11 CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2012/08/11/the-coolest-helmets-in-ncaa-division-2-college-football/

 10. UNIVERSITY OF SIOUX FALLS COUGARS

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Conference: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Comment: The storied USF football program has been the gridiron pride of the Dakotas for years, with even Division 1’s North Dakota Fighting Sioux having fallen to Continue reading

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THE COOLEST HELMETS IN NCAA DIVISION 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

On August 22nd the divisions of college football covered here at Balladeer’s Blog will kick off. To help all of us endure the time until the 2012 season starts I’ve been presenting looks at the coolest football helmets from each of the divisions covered here. Previously I’ve examined helmets from the NAIA, NCCAA, NJCAA, SCFA, NCFA and NCAA Division 3. Now it’s Division Two’s turn.

 20. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY MULERIDERS

Location: Magnolia, AR

Conference: Great American Conference

Comment: Coach Tommy Tuberville played his college ball for the Muleriders, a team with a Continue reading

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THE ORIGINAL DJANGO AND TWO BLAXPLOITATION WESTERNS: A PRIMER FOR DJANGO UNCHAINED

 The upcoming release of Quentin Tarantino’s reboot of the seminal Spaghetti Western saga Django wreaked some minor havoc with my recent Frontierado holiday posts. I had been working on a draft for a review of the original Django and its central figure contrasted with other EuroWestern heroes like Charles Bronson’s Harmonica, Gianni Garko’s Sartana, Terence Hill’s Trinity, Tony Anthony’s Stranger and of course Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name.

I also had a draft in progress for a review of two blaxploitation westerns from the 1970s which featured a former slave turned gunslinger taking on former Confederates in the Wild West.

A few days before I was to publish those reviews the airwaves and the web started crawling with what seemed like ’round the clock trailers for Django Unchained, Tarantino’s reboot of the story, this time with the title figure an African American who goes from slavery to a career as a bounty hunter gunning down southern rednecks in the Wild West.

Instantly my two reviews, right down to AN ACTUAL JOKE I WROTE THAT, ASTONISHINGLY ENOUGH, SHOWS UP IN THE TRAILER FOR DJANGO UNCHAINED, seemed like Continue reading

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