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BEST OF SEPTEMBER 2022

Balladeer’s Blog’s annual end of year retrospective concludes with this look at September’s best. October and November were too recent to need examining.

bl sadMODERN PARODY HALL OF FAME – My look at NINETEEN of the greatest comedies which parodied entire genres or specific movies. Needless to say, expected films like Blazing Saddles, Airplane, plus Monty Python and the Holy Grail got inducted into this Hall of Fame, but many unexpected and/or obscure examples made the list, too. Click HERE.

POLITICAL CARTOON AND MEME ROUNDUP: SEPTEMBER 16th – You can take a look at them HERE.

THE EMPEROR OF THE AIR (1910) – “Ancient” science fiction. Disgruntled scientists band together to create a futuristic flying fortress with which they wage war on the world at large. Their headquarters is a high-tech compound in Spain. Read it HERE.

chase logoCHASE (1973-1974) – From Balladeer’s Blog’s Forgotten Television category came this review of Chase, a one-season series about a special police unit that used experts on motorcycles, helicopters, speedboats and other such vehicles. HERE

TRANSGRESS WITH ME: SEPTEMBER 8th – The latest installment of this recurring segment that is only for the daring and the iconoclastic. It’s HERE.

red sonya for realROBERT E. HOWARD’S REAL RED SONYA (1934) – My review of the only story that THE Robert E. Howard ever wrote about his often-misrepresented woman warrior Red Sonya (not Sonja). He depicted her in action during the 1520s, not during the same time period as Conan the Barbarian. Read it HERE.

SASHA STONE DISCUSSES HER CONTEMPT FOR JOE BIDEN AND HIS REGIME – It can be found HERE.

samson in islamSAMSON MYTHS AS DEPICTED IN ANCIENT ISLAMIC LITERATURE – I examine the differences and similarities to more widely known Samson tales HERE.

HEADLINE ROUNDUP – More political scandals than even Tammany Hall could have spawned. HERE.

FOOL KILLER: MAY 1913 – This edition of James Larkin Pearson’s version of the folk figure targets the Democrat and Republican Parties, a faulty tuberculosis vaccine, the newly-formed government in China, and calls out the Pope for being political rather than sticking to religion. You can read it HERE. Continue reading

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BEST OF AUGUST 2022

Balladeer’s Blog’s annual end of year retrospective continues with this look at August’s best:

day time endedBRIDE OF WILLIAM SHATNER – My review of several movies featuring Marcy Lafferty-Shatner, William Shatner’s wife from 1973-1996. I take a look at Marcy’s appearances in Paper Man, Coffee, Tea or Me?, Hunter, Stat, Want a Ride, Little Girl?, Kingdom of the Spiders, The Day Time Ended and a Bacardi Rum short with Bill at her side. Click HERE.

NEWS ROUNDUP: AUGUST 1st – Many virtually unbelievable examples of political corruption and incompetence. You can read about them HERE.

365 days365 DAYS (2020) – The hilariously bad movie version of the equally lame novel that combined the worst elements of Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey with Dark Mafia “romances.” My review is HERE.

POLITICAL CARTOONS: AUGUST 8th – See them HERE.

ROBERT E. HOWARD’S NEGLECTED CHARACTER TURLOGH DUBH – My review of Howard’s three stories about this ancient Irish warrior is HERE

LIFE HERE IN CROOKED JOE BIDEN’S CORPORATE FASCIST KLEPTOCRACY – Some Banana Republic dictators are more honest and less abusive than the Biden Regime. HERE.

jack p greatest show onGREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1963-1964) – Balladeer’s Blog’s look at the Forgotten Television item The Greatest Show on Earth, with Jack Palance, Lucille Ball and others in Desilu’s series about a circus. Read it HERE.   

ROBERTO ALVAREZ-GALLOSO: A CUBAN EMIGRE’S TAKE ON FBI TOTALITARIANISM AND ALTERNATIVES TO BIG TECH SITES – This courageous man’s look at these issues is HERE.

BATMAN: THE REAL YEAR ONE – I examine the Batman stories from the character’s first year: 1939-1940, featuring the Joker, Catwoman and others. Click HERE.

buckskin frank picBUCKSKIN FRANK LESLIE: NEGLECTED GUNSLINGER – A Frontierado Holiday look at the saga of the one and only Buckskin Frank Leslie, and his exploits in Tombstone, San Francisco, Guadalupe Canyon and at Yuma Territorial Prison.

All that and his mysterious death. Find it HERE.

NEWS ROUNDUP: AUGUST 21st – The heroic Sharyl Attkisson reports on widespread corruption at the FBI, plus much more HERE Continue reading

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BEST OF JULY 2022

Balladeer’s Blog’s annual end of year retrospective continues with this look at July’s best:

murdercycle posterMURDERCYCLE (1999) – A Bad Movie gem! An alien object lands on Earth and melds with a motorcycle and its rider. The resulting bio-mechanical creature attacks a secret military compound to recover extraterrestrial technology being studied and reverse-engineered there. The full review is HERE.

MOTHER JONES: DEMOCRATS VS THE REST OF US – You can read it HERE.

LUKE RYAN: PRIVATEER OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR – A look at his swashbuckling career HERE.

duel at diablo coverEIGHT JAMES GARNER WESTERNS – Balladeer’s Blog’s review of some of the Westerns starring the iconic James Garner, like A Man Called Sledge, Duel at Diablo, Hour of the Gun, One Little Indian and more. Click HERE

BIDEN CAMPAIGN FIGURE SENTENCED TO TWELVE YEARS FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY – Democrats, can you please leave children alone? HERE.

KIKUYU CREATION MYTH FROM KENYA – A look at the Kikuyu stories of creation and the establishment of their culture. Read it HERE.

conan and belitCONAN THE BARBARIAN: MARVEL’S ADAPTATION OF QUEEN OF THE BLACK COAST – After the Pulp Era, the Marvel Comics adaptations of Robert E. Howard’s Conan tales kept the figure alive in the public’s mind. A look at their lengthy version of Conan’s adventures with the love of his life Belit, the pirate queen. Also, Amra, Lord of the Lions. HERE.

JOE BIDEN’S DISASTROUS POLICIES CONTINUE TO HARM THE WORKING CLASS AND THE POOR – Plus more HERE.

FOOL-KILLER (April 1913) – James Larkin Pearson’s version of the Fool Killer attacks child labor and dives into conflict-of-interest scandals in politics plus the latest unrest in Mexico. Click HERE.

FACULTY LOUNGE FASCIST ROUNDUP: JULY 27th – HERE.

c cody sky marshalCOMMANDO CODY: SKY MARSHAL OF THE UNIVERSE (1953) – From my Forgotten Television category came this look at the Commando Cody television series from the 1950s. Plus a summary of the movie serials the character had appeared in from 1949 onward. Click HERE.

NEWS ROUNDUP: JULY 20th – You can find it HERE. Continue reading

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BEST OF JUNE 2022

Balladeer’s Blog’s annual end of year retrospective continues with a look at June’s best:

raiders of atlantis coverRAIDERS OF ATLANTIS (1983) – One of my guiltiest of guilty pleasures, this film is loaded with a mind-blow of multiple elements. Raiders of Atlantis combines sci-fi, horror, Road Warrior, Schwarzenegger, zombie flicks and Raiders of the Lost Ark ripoffs in that explosively enthusiastic manner characteristic of so many Italian B-movies.

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POLITICAL CARTOON AND MEME ROUNDUP: JUNE 27th – You can check it out HERE.

pony express ridersPONY EXPRESS RIDERS – The Cliff Brothers HERE, and the last stand of Billy Tate during the Paiute War in 1860 HERE

THE CRIMES OF REPUBLICAN LIZ CHENEY AND HER FATHER – Read it HERE.

deadly spawn picSEVEN ODD MOVIES FOR NATIONAL VCR DAY – Balladeer’s Blog’s brief reviews of The Deadly Spawn, Triumph of the Champions of Justice, Scream Blacula Scream, Cockfighter, Killer Force, Judge Dee & the Monastery Murders plus Shock Treatment. It’s all HERE.

A CHRONOLOGY OF HOW DEMOCRATS ABANDONED THE WORKING CLASS – You can read it HERE.

TWO MORE ANCIENT GREEK COMEDIES SEEN THROUGH MODERN EYES – My examinations of Baptae and Anteia are HERE.

ad 2000A.D. 2000 (1890) – This work of “ancient” science fiction was one of the first to follow in the wake of Bellamy’s Looking Backward.

An 1880s man named Junius Cobb is put in suspended animation and awakens in the year 2000 A.D. Incredible scientific and social changes await him. The full review is HERE.

JOE BIDEN TAKES A LITERAL FALL AMID HIS MANY SCANDALS AND FAILURES – Click HERE. Continue reading

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BEST OF MAY 2022

Balladeer’s Blog’s annual end of year retrospective continues with a look at May’s Best:

secret of the mummyTHE SECRET OF THE MUMMY (1982) – One of Brazil’s giants of horror – Ivan “the Terrible” Cardoso – directed this movie set in the 1950s. Jose “Mojica” Marins, Coffin Joe himself, has a brief appearance as an occultist in this production from his former assistant director Cardoso. A mummy is reanimated in Brazil and goes on a rampage. Full review HERE.

DEMOCRATS IN CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA PLEAD GUILTY AND GET REPLACED OVER VOTE FRAUD SCANDALS. Yet no matter how many examples of this surface, Democrats still pretend vote fraud doesn’t happen. You can read it HERE.

star maidens coverSTAR MAIDENS (1975-1976) – From my Forgotten Television category came this look at a British Sci-Fi series about the planet Medusa, on which women rule and men are nothing but household servants or laborers. Click HERE.

THE POLITICAL PERSECUTION OF THE MAN WHO HEROICALLY EXPOSED THE BIDEN CRIME FAMILY SCANDALS ON UNDERBOSS HUNTER BIDEN’S COMPUTER – That man deserves to be remembered as the new version of the security guard who broke up the Watergate break-in. Biden’s Banana Republic America HERE.

pony express pictureTHE FIRST PONY EXPRESS RIDERS – A look at Sailor Billy Richardson, Johnny Fry and other Expressmen from the 1860 launch of the storied service. Click HERE.

POLITICIANS OF COLOR BLAST JOE BIDEN FOR HIS HATE-FILLED, DIVISIVE RHETORIC – All that plus Facebook implicated in interfering with Australian elections by blocking sites of candidates they oppose. HERE

1970 auder cleopatraFIVE HARD TO FIND FILMS – Michel Auder’s Cleopatra (1970) – with Christopher Walken, A Yank in Vietnam (1964), filmed on location and under fire in early 1960s Vietnam and three more obscure movies. Read the blog post HERE

ED MCMAHON AND THE MANDELA EFFECT – Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at the confusion surrounding Ed McMahon’s sweepstakes offer plus the 1987 Denzel Washington film about Steve Biko and the confusion it caused regarding Nelson Mandela. Click HERE Continue reading

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BEST OF APRIL 2022

Balladeer’s Blog’s annual end of year retrospective continues with April’s best:

vortex smallerVORTEX (1982) – Lydia Lunch and James Russo star in this science fiction detective story. Lydia plays private investigator Angel Powers, who gets caught up in a case involving murders, blackmail and industrial espionage in the near future. The clues lead to James Russo and a heinous plan regarding behavior modification among humans. My full review is HERE.

ADDRESSING A PREJUDICED VIEW HELD OVERSEAS – You can read it HERE.

a flight to the moon bookA FLIGHT TO THE MOON (1813) – This work of ancient science fiction dealt with a bold young man named Randalthus encountering a female alien who flies him to the moon. Once there, he and the lunar inhabitants learn a lot from each other. Click HERE.

JOE BIDEN CAUGHT HIDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF INCOME ON AN ETHICS DISCLOSURE – And just how did Joe become such a multimillionaire on a mere congressional salary all those years? I think we know how. – You can read it HERE

secret of the loch posterTHE SECRET OF THE LOCH (1934) – British-made quasi-kaiju film from the 1930s. Loch Ness is the site of a media frenzy after multiple people are devoured by something in the Loch. The Loch Ness Monster attacks divers and ultimately emerges from the waters for the grand finale. My full review is HERE

AND FOUR MORE ANCIENT GREEK COMEDIES SEEN THROUGH MODERN EYES – This third installment covers Taxiarchoi, Callipides, The Pageant of Letters and Cities. Read it HERE. Continue reading

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BEST OF MARCH 2022

Balladeer’s Blog’s annual end of year retrospective continues with this look at March’s best:

call of cCALL OF CTHULHU: THE SILENT MOVIE (2005) – A very clever black & white film presented like a silent movie as it would have been produced in a 1928 adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s story The Call of Cthulhu.

The “impossible” architecture of the risen city of R’lyeh is depicted in the style of Metropolis (1927) and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) and huge Cthulhu’s movements are done like the stop-motion in The Lost World (1925). For my full-length review click HERE

POLITICAL CARTOON ROUNDUP: MARCH 6th – Find it HERE. FOR MARCH 24th HERE.

my gun is quickMONDO MIKE HAMMER MOVIES – My look at some of the straightforward AND the bizarre Mike Hammer detective movies from America and Japan, where the character was called Maiku Hama. And the Japanese versions are just part of the story. The full article HERE.

HOW PRIVILEGED WHITE ONE PERCENTER NANCY PELOSI AND HER HUSBAND ABUSED THE SYSTEM TO GROW RICH – All that and more HERE.

aiwel longarAFRICAN EPIC MYTH: AIWEL LONGAR – You can read my examination of it HERE.

FEBRUARY NEWS ABOUT THE BIDEN CRIME FAMILY LAPTOP COVERUP – So much was being hidden and lied about. Read it HERE.

DAVID LYNCH’S WISTERIA/ UNRECORDED NIGHT – The potential new Twin Peaks project, either a sequel or a prequel. Click HERE

hfh 2LUKE CAGE, HERO FOR HIRE – My look at his early adventures as he battled villains like Diamondback, Gideon Mace, Black Mariah, Chemistro, Stiletto, Cottonmouth and more. You can read the article HERE.

THE BIDEN REGIME RELEASED A RUSSIAN HACKER A YEAR BEFORE HIS SENTENCE WAS UP – Even before Biden let loose deathmonger Viktor Bout he also helped Putin by freeing this hacker who may have gone on to help Russian cyber-strikes against Ukraine. Find it HERE Continue reading

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BEST OF FEBRUARY 2022

Balladeer’s Blog’s annual end of year retrospective continues with this look at February’s best:

super musicalTHE SUPERMAN MUSICAL FROM 1975 – This stage musical from the 1960s was trying for that intentionally campy and overdone feel of the Adam West Batman series. The official title is It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Superman! In this 1975 made for tv staging, David Wilson plays Clark Kent/ Superman, Lesley Ann Warren is Lois Lane, Loretta Swit portrays a femme fatale, plus David Wayne and Kenneth Mars play the main villains. Allen Ludden fills the Perry White role, while Malachi Throne, Harvey Lembeck and Al Molinaro play gangsters. You can read the full review HERE.

CRATES: ANCIENT GREEK COMEDIES – A look at the ancient comedies written by Crates, like Neighbors, Lamia, Heroes, Resident Aliens and more. Click HERE.

FACULTY LOUNGE FASCIST ROUNDUP: FEBRUARY 6th – You can read it HERE.

afterman posterTHE AFTERMAN (1985) – This post-apocalypse film from Belgium is not for the squeamish. The story presents 1991 as the year nuclear war broke out, and in 2011 our lead character has run out of provisions in the radiation-proof shelter he’s been in for 20 years. The rest of the flick deals with his often violent and depraved encounters with the barbaric world that’s left. My full review is HERE.

COURAGEOUS DEMOCRAT TULSI GABBARD CALLS OUT THE HOPELESSLY CORRUPT HILLARY CLINTON. Find it HERE.

death game movie posterDEATH GAME (1977) – This horror/ suspense film is OUT THERE. From the bizarrely inappropriate opening song to the home invasion aspect to the exploitative middle section all the way up to the surreal ending. Sondra Locke, Colleen Camp, Bill Paxton and Sissy Spacek were all involved with this weird flick. Death Game inspired a much later remake starring Keanu Reeves. My full review is HERE.

MEDA: A TALE OF THE FUTURE (1891) – This work of “ancient” science fiction depicts life in Scotland in the year 5575 A.D. It’s a VERY interesting look at all the scientific, cultural, political and even geographical changes in the years leading up to 5575. But the Scots still wear a form of kilt! My full review is HERE. Continue reading

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BEST OF JANUARY 2022

Balladeer’s Blog’s annual end of year retrospective kicks off with this look at January’s best:

death machines 1976 movieDEATH MACHINES (1976) – Martial Arts meets science fiction meets spy antics in this odd, feverish cult film starring a young Ron Marchini. You can read my review of the movie HERE.

FIREPOWER (1979) – Sophia Loren, James Coburn, Eli Wallach, Jake LaMotta, O.J. Simpson and others star in this espionage/ caper film that I reviewed HERE.

UGLY MOVES TOWARD A ONE-PARTY NATION – Read it HERE.

hunterwaliHUNTERWALI – India’s films about their Zorroesque masked heroine who uses her sword and whip against a tyrannical Vazier and his men. There were Indian-made movies about the character in 1935, 1959, 1972, 1977, 1988 and 2017.

        There was also a movie about the Daughter of Hunterwali (again with Fearless Nadia in the title role) in 1943. Read about all of them HERE.

AUSTRALIAN NEWS ON JOE BIDEN’S UNFITNESS FOR OFFICE – Watch it HERE.   

brum pictureBRUM (1991-2002): FORGOTTEN TELEVISION – A neglected children’s series from the U.K. I reviewed the adventures of the living toy car HERE

CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE FALCON: 1970s CLASSICS – My reviews and cultural examinations of memorable Cap and Falc stories pitting them against the Red Skull, the Secret Empire, Nightshade, Solarr, the 2nd Baron Zemo and others.

See the Falcon get his wings from the Black Panther, see the long-lost Peggy Carter return, see Captain America get his Spider-Man level strength (that lasted from 1973-1978) and so much more HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

jirel of joiry picJIREL OF JOIRY – Female author C.L. Moore’s short stories about her 1930s sword-wielding warrior woman Jirel of Castle Joiry.

Jirel really was what a lot of people mistakenly think Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya (not Sonja) was. My review of Jirel’s six stories can be read HERE

A BOTTOMLESS MORASS OF POLITICAL CORRUPTION – Multiple accounts of such covered HERE. Continue reading

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