Monthly Archives: December 2021

BEST OF OCTOBER 2021

Balladeer’s Blog wraps up its end of year retrospective with this look at October’s best. In 2022 I’m going to limit the retrospective to just January through September. 

laraine and lug nutsLARAINE NEWMAN’S CANNED FILM FESTIVAL (1986) – After Elvira’s Movie Macabre, concurrent with The Texas 27 Film Vault and a few years before MST3K came this short-lived Movie Host show that presented bad and campy movies from the 1930s to 1960s. Click HERE

HORROR FILM: THE NEST OF THE CUCKOO BIRDS (1965) – I review this neglected horror film about a nude female slasher in a mask, human taxidermy and a sinister, isolated Florida hotel which lets you check in but not check out. Click HERE.

faust coverFAUST: THE PRE-SPAWN VERSION OF SPAWN – A look at the 1987-2012 horror hero whose comic book adventures featured over the top violence and pornographic sexuality so extreme that the book was banned in various countries around the world. Click HERE.  

MUSICAL MUTINY (1970) – My review of this bizarre film. Iron Butterfly themselves appear and do performances of several songs including In A Gadda Da Vida. Featuring a ghostly pirate, a mad scientist in his 20s and the defunct amusement park called Pirates World. Click HERE

dune altDUNE AS AN OPERA CYCLE – Frank Herbert’s first few Dune novels presented as a cycle of operas.

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EVERYBODY BELIEVES THEY ARE ON “THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY” – Claiming to be on the right side of history is as meaningless as claiming you have God on your side. Click HERE.

graveyard shift coverGRAVEYARD SHIFT – A review of the first three volumes of the Malin/ Poulton team of monster superheroes. Meet Professor Blood, the Monster, the Bride, Ghost in the Machine, Monster Girl and Sea Urchin. For villains you have the likes of Lady Shoggoth, Killer 99 and the Crimson Guard. Click HERE.

TWO OVERLOOKED HORROR TALES FROM JULIAN HAWTHORNE (1888 and 1893) – Nathaniel Hawthorne’s son and two of his forgotten horror stories. In this case the short stories deal with Egyptian mummies on the loose and a female vampire. Click HERE. Continue reading

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DEMOCRATS VS THE REST OF US: DECEMBER 31st

biden not fitIt’s been a year of non-stop hatred, lies, ineptitude, intolerance and division from the Democrats, the political party I’m ashamed to say I used to belong to before I left it to become an Independent Voter. And as for the Republicans, anyone who claims they have a hard time finding items pointing out that party’s failings and scandals is lying.

JOE BIDEN CALLOUSLY WASHES HIS HANDS OF HIS COVID DEBACLE, CLAIMING IT’S NO LONGER A PROBLEM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE DEALING WITH. Then skips town for another vacation HERE. More Biden disasters HERE.

democrat platform hatredLIFELONG RACIST JOE BIDEN SAYS SCHOOLS IN IOWA DO BETTER THAN SCHOOLS IN WASHINGTON DC BECAUSE IOWA HAS A LOWER AFRICAN-AMERICAN POPULATION.  

DEMOCRAT GOVERNOR OF NEW JERSEY VACATIONS IN COSTA RICA AS CRISES IN THE STATE WORSEN.

WASHINGTON STATE DEMOCRATS PUSH BILL TO REDUCE THE PENALTIES FOR DRIVE-BY SHOOTINGS. More HERE. The Democrats have been the Party of Crime for quite a while now.

DEMOCRATS AT CNN REFUSE TO COMMENT AMID THE ONGOING ALLEGED SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITH MINORS. Democrats, can you leave kids alone already?

ANOTHER WAY THAT THE DEMOCRATS WHO RUN THE TEACHER’S UNIONS HARM STUDENTS. Continue reading

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CHARLEMAGNE: THE ENCHANTED GARDENS OF FALERINA

PaladinAs always, from December 1st through Twelfth Night (January 6th) Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at some of the old legends surrounding Charlemagne and his Paladins. These are the fictional tales about Charlemagne, so there will be magic and monsters included.

RolandTHE ENCHANTED GARDENS OF FALERINA – We pick up from last time as the Paladins Roland and Reinold are separately heading for the Gardens of Falerina to free all the warriors imprisoned there. Reinold (at last reunited with his faithful steed Bayard) was on this quest on behalf of the beautiful Flordelis, whose true love Florismart is among the prisoners.   

The gardens were inside the Castle of Falerina, which stood in the middle of a lake. The lone bridge leading to the castle was protected by Arridano, a mystically powered brute of a man who had to be overcome if one were to gain access to the bridge.

So far no one had been able to defeat him, and the captured arms and armor of all the men he had vanquished lay piled high on the lake shore as trophies. Reinold reached the bridge first and wasted no time in dismounting and attacking the ruffian, who wielded an iron mace against the Paladin.

Eventually the pair fell to grappling with one another and the bridge guardian held tight to Reinold and leaped with him into the lake. Once submerged the guard held an insurmountable advantage since he was able to breathe underwater and soon Reinold joined the other prisoners in the Gardens of Falerina. Continue reading

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POLITICAL CARTOON ROUNDUP

Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog presents some political cartoons from the talented Jim Thompson.

First up is this cartoon commemorating the way Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s underboss in the Biden Crime Family, funnels bribe money to his father by pretending to be “selling his artwork.” Uh. Yeah. Right.

biden hunter funneling bribe money

Joe Biden, from a slave-owning family and who EULOGIZED KU KLUX KLANSMAN AND FELLOW DEMOCRAT SENATOR ROBERT BYRD, has been an unmitigated disaster, especially for the suffering working class and the poor. 

biden train over cliff

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BEST OF SEPTEMBER 2021

Balladeer’s Blog’s end of year retrospective looks back on January through October of the year just past. Here is the Best of September.

sistersROLLER BLADE (1986) – My review of this cosmically bad post-apocalypse movie about roller-skating warrior-priestesses who wield switch-blades and perform faith healing. No, I’m not kidding. Click HERE.

DUSTY’S TRAIL (1973-1974)- The often forgotten Bob Denver western sitcom which was basically just “Gilligan’s Island Goes West.” Click HERE.

Fool Killer with staff and Bowie knifeFOOL KILLER – Six Fool Killer Tales From American History HERE.

Fool Killer August 1912 HERE

and September 1912 HERE.

NINETEEN GODS OF THE NYANGA – A look at African gods and goddesses. Click HERE.

ANOTHER DISILLUSIONED FORMER DEMOCRAT JOINS THE REST OF US IN CALLING OUT POLITICAL DISTORTION OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS – Click HERE.

rikRIKI-OH: THE STORY OF RICKY (1991) – Balladeer’s Blog’s review of this ultra-violent and transcendentally gory martial arts movie. Click HERE.

EVEN MORE JOE BIDEN FAILURES AND SCANDALS – HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION – Red Star (1908), a high-tech communist culture on Mars HERE, Doctor Hackensaw’s Secrets (1921-1925), giant dinosaurs, time travel, spaceships and other inventions of the brilliant scientist. Part One HERE, Part Two HERE Continue reading

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CHARLEMAGNE: REINOLD BATTLES ROLAND

CharlemagneAs regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog know, December through Twelfth Night (January 6th) is the time of year in which I look at versions of the tales of Charlemagne and his Paladins. These are the legends about Charlemagne, not the actual history, so there will be dragons, monsters and magic. 

FOR MY FIRST CHAPTER ON CHARLEMAGNE’S PALADINS CLICK HERE.

paladins fightingREINOLD BATTLES ROLAND – Regular readers will remember that when we left the Paladin named Reinold he was making his way on foot back to the Court of Charlemagne after escaping from Princess Angelica’s enchanted island.

Reinold crossed paths with a beautiful weeping woman named Flordelis, who begged the Paladin to help free her beloved Florismart from the clutches of Morgana, the Lady of the Lake. Reinold agreed, and Flordelis offered him her horse to ride. With the young woman seated behind him on the horse, Reinold rode off.

After a few hours’ ride, the pair came upon a cavern guarded by a 12 foot tall, club-wielding giant. Chained nearby was a griffin, who aided the giant in guarding the precious horse Rabican. Continue reading

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BEST OF AUGUST 2021

Balladeer’s Blog’s end of the year retrospective resumes with this look at the Best of August:

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One of the most misleading movie posters in history.

SAINT JACK (1979) – My review of this controversial movie which was part gangster movie, part spy drama and part expatriate adventure.

The film is one of those “love it or hate it” flicks and the behind the scenes drama rivaled the intrigue being presented on-screen. Click HERE.

FRONTIERADO ITEMS – Charlie Siringo, cowboy, bounty hunter and private detective HERE.  Jefferson Smith, 1800s gangster HERE.   Canyon Diablo, most lawless town of the old west HERE

biden blood on handsJOE BIDEN’S AFGHANISTAN DEBACLE – Several items regarding Biden’s inept departure from the previously decided upon withdrawal procedures, plus the needless tragedies which followed. Click HERE

           JOE BIDEN: EVEN WORSE THAN EXPECTED – More fallout from Biden’s Afghan catastrophe. Click HERE.   

           BIDEN: THE WORLD WAS WARNED – Joe Biden’s non-campaign in 2020 demonstrated what a disaster he would be if given global responsibilities. Click HERE.

           BRITISH PARLIAMENT HOLDS JOE BIDEN IN CONTEMPT – Fallout from Biden’s Afghan failures continued. Biden’s predecessor was never held in contempt by the British Parliament for failing our allies. Click HERE.

           BRITISH NEWS OUTLET CALLS OUT DEMOCRAT MEDIA OUTLETS FOR THEIR COMPLICITY INbiden dumkirk JOE BIDEN’S BLOOD-SOAKED FAILURES – And for not covering him in 2020 the way all previous presidential candidates had been covered. Click HERE.

            JOE BIDEN’S “DUMKIRK” FIASCO STILL UNFOLDING – So much suffering because of the vanity of a little man who should never have been anywhere near the Oval Office. Click HERE.

           BIDEN DESERVEDLY SLAMMED BY SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS OF JOE’S AFGHAN DEBACLE – Biden’s callous replies to the suffering mourners, too. Click HERE.

year 4338ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION – A Journey in the 29th Century (1824) HERE, The Year 4338 (1835) HERE.

THE BETSY (1978) – A review of the Lawrence Olivier/ Robert Duvall/ Tommy Lee Jones movie about the auto industry and soap opera antics. Click HERE. Continue reading

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JOE BIDEN RIDICULED IN LIVE PHONE CALL WITH THE “LET’S GO BRANDON” MEME

biden and hunter drugsJoe Biden, accused rapist, proven racist and career criminal who, according to his daughter’s diary took “inappropriate” showers with her when she was a child, got punked once again. Friday the corrupt yet senile Biden was taking pre-screened calls at the White House for Christmas Eve when a courageous individual used the defiant anti-Biden chant “Let’s go Brandon!” on Crooked Joe. (links below)

biden blustering like a fool

Blustering demagogue

Biden Regime functionaries and toadies feigned outrage but it was a fun moment for the countless people suffering under Biden’s horrific administration here in the U.S. Joe Biden – who “somehow” became worth $150 million dollars during a lifetime in government office – is callously crushing the working class and the poor with the policies he pursues.

Human beings will always enjoy seeing pompous, thoroughly unfit garbage in high office get ridiculed, so this little demonstration was timeless. Continue reading

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2020)

christm 2020A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2020) – Christmas Carol-A-Thon 2021 comes to a close with this review of the criminally underrated version of A Christmas Carol that was released last year. This production is easily one of the most beautiful adaptations of the Dickens classic.

The director was Jaqui Morris and the screenplay was crafted by David Morris utilizing almost nothing but Dickens’ own words from the novel. In this boldly creative non-musical presentation each character had their dancing performed by a professional dancer while their dialogue was voiced by professional thespians.

sian phillipsAnd what thespians! The voice of Andy Serkis is heard, in addition to those of Sian Phillips, who apparently will never die, and Leslie Caron, whom I thought had already died. Serkis provides the dialogue for Marley’s Ghost and Old Joe. Phillips is the narrator whose wonderful performance ties it all together and Caron provides the voice for the Ghost of Christmas Past.

A Christmas Carol is presented here as if it will be a puppet show put on by a family of entertainers but instead of actual puppets, professional dancers act out the story. In the same way that a ballet features superb dancing set to music, this dancing is set to narration and dialogue from the Dickens novel. Continue reading

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AND STILL MORE LOST CHRISTMAS CAROLS FROM EARLY TELEVISION

Balladeer’s Blog’s Twelfth Annual Christmas Carol-A-Thon continues! My previous three examinations of “lost” Carols went over so well here is one more blog post about them before the big wrap-up tomorrow with a different Carol.  

bransby williamsA CHRISTMAS CAROL (1950) – This production of A Christmas Carol was shown on the BBC on December 25th and December 27th, 1950. Bransby Williams starred as Ebenezer Scrooge, John Ruddock played Bob Cratchit with Robert Cawdron as Nephew Fred.

As for the ladies, Shirley Hose, Patricia Fryer and Barbara Murray appeared as Belinda Cratchit, Fan and Belle. The Cecil Sharp Folk Dance Society also performed. Continue reading

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