This Is The Way – Bonus Episode

Friends, we have a very special episode for all three of the podcasts, a bonus episode as it were, that is meant to act as not only my official announcement but explanation for why I am retiring. I hope you will understand that for the past 12 years that I have been fortunate enough to be considered a blogger, writer, and podcaster…I have realized recently that I am very tired. I need more however than just a break or vacation from writing daily articles and producing podcasts – I truly need to step away from the laptop and microphone – it is the appropriate time to look back at what I, as well as my fellow Pop Culture Retrorama colleagues have accomplished.

As I state on the podcast itself, I am very proud of what Allison Venezio-Preston, Ashley Thomas, Rockford Jay, Earl Green, Brett Weiss, IseeRobots, Javier Ojst, Rob O’Hara, and Gary Burton have accomplished with this site. And while I will soon shutter the Pop Culture Retrorama site and step away from writing in general, I am extremely happy to announce that Earl Green has generously offered to host not only the content on this site – but any future articles that the Pop Culture Retrorama colleagues might decide to write – on So, while I am slipping into the shadows, Pop Culture Retrorama will most assuredly live on.

I do hope that those of you who have been so kind as to visit this page, or even remember my work on the Retroist, understand that I did not come to the decision to retire lightly. Having said that, it feels like this is right path to take, thanks in no small part to my new career.

Many thanks to all of you. You have made something that I originally tackled as a hobby feel far more important, giving me a desire to write over 6000 articles and produce over 300 podcasts in the past 11 -12 years. I am grateful for your time and support, but more importantly your friendship.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

“Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!”

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Siskel And Ebert Tackle 1985’s Vision Quest, Turk 182, Blood Simple, And Mischief.

Friends, I have once or twice on the site made a mention of how important it was in my household to make sure to catch Sneak Previews with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert – every Sunday night on our local PBS station. While obviously my Father and I didn’t always agree with the reviews of the two film critics, especially with genre films, we still enjoyed watching the series. Which meant of course we followed them when in 1982 Siskel and Ebert left the popular Sneak Previews over some contract rights, and began appearing in At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.

When watching the reviews of the new releases of the week by Siskel and Ebert – more often than not I would side with Roger Ebert’s verdict on the film in question. Although for what it might be worth, I can remember in particular disagreeing with his thoughts on 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Some of the fun of watching At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert every week, is it would often give me a glimpse at movies, that honestly would never be carried in my neck of the woods.

I am guessing that this full length episode of At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert aired around February 15th of 1985 as both Vision Quest and Turk 182 had just been released – with Mischief being released the previous week. Interestingly enough Blood Simple, which marked the directorial debut of Joel and Ethan Coen, had been released on January 18th – so I suppose it took a little time to make it’s way to Chicago for Siskel and Ebert to review?

So how do the films featured in this 1985 episode stack up in the eyes of the late and great Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert? Well, you just need to watch it for yourself to find out – although I will admit that I personally disagree with their views on Turk 182 as well as Mischief.

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Saturday Frights Podcast – Prelude To Season Three

Friends, hopefully we have an unexpected treat for you today with this bonus episode of the Saturday Frights podcast – as the title itself points out – this is a prelude to Season three of the show. Starting next week, the Projectionist and I will be delivering new episodes of the Saturday Frights podcast – discussing the best in horror films and television shows. Although having said that, I feel it is safe to say that after listening to this prelude to Season three – you will agree that the time away hasn’t improved the Projectionist’s demeanor or temperament. Though I suppose his little freak out on this particular episode has the unexpected consequence of you getting a sneak peek at some of the movies and TV show we are going to tackle this Season.

In fact I would say that the first listener that can tell us the names of all the films and television clips we share on this bonus episode – has certainly more than earned themselves a prize from the Vault collection. Feel free to submit your answers in the comments section or by email or even on Facebook – although some are more obvious than others.

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like for us to cover in a future episode -or possibly you have comments on the current show itself, email them to me at You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook. In addition I certainly hope you will take the time to visit the Saturday Frights Facebook Page. There you can find posts from Rockford Jay, Preston Griffith and myself on a daily basis.

The Projectionist and I are really looking forward to finally bringing you Season three of the show, as always we thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to give it a listen. Without further ado – welcome back to the Haunted Drive-In and the Saturday Frights podcast!

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1983 Pat Morita And Ralph Macchio Audition For The Karate Kid

Friends, I caught The Karate Kid on it’s opening weekend when it was released to theaters back on June 22nd of 1984. As I had a pretty miserable experience in school with bullies at the time, the underdog tale of Daniel LaRusso (Macchio) and his friendship with Mr. Miyagi (Morita) won me over rather easily. Especially as the character of Daniel is eventually trained to defend himself from a group of High School bullies – and as much as I look back and still feel wronged by how I was treated – at least it wasn’t as physically brutal as what LaRusso went through. While I will not lie and say I didn’t spend some afternoons practicing the crane kick featured in the film, considering my size and demeanor – it felt best to inform my teachers instead of attempting something physical. Having said that there was a part of me that wanted to experience the thrill of standing up to the lead bully and laying him low like Daniel does with Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) in the climax of The Karate Kid.

A few months after I had graduated High School I began working at an awesome Mom and Pop video store and one of the videos I kept in pretty heavy rotation was The Karate Kid. Frequently I was running the place myself so having something familiar playing on the television set helped pass the time – plus it has a pretty great soundtrack to boot.
Video Provided by Sassy Batty.
I bet you thought I was going to play The Moment of Truth or You’re The Best, right?

So imagine how delighted I was to find this 1983 audition featuring Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio – on that appears to have originally been two separated VHS tapes edited together and uploaded by none other than Director John G. Avildsen who states:
“I cut these two auditions together recently. It was late Spring 1983. Pat did his audition first in Burbank CA. Ralph did his in my office in NYC a few weeks later. I felt they were both just right for their roles, but the audition period went on for several weeks before they were offically offered the roles.The rest is history.”

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I am sure you already know this but if you too enjoy The Karate Kid franchise – you owe it to yourself to check out Cobra Kai!

The Blue Oyster Cult Rock Godzilla While Practicing Social Distancing

Blue Oyster Cult Godzilla - 2020

Friends, a couple of days ago while killing some time before the Watch Party we hosted on the Saturday Frights Facebook page, I stumbled across an article from James Whitbrook of Io9 – sharing that Blue Oyster Cult had the day before released a “Lock-down” version of their cult favorite “Godzilla“. That Watch Party had some technical issues – delaying us for a little over an hour, but that gave me ample time to listen to “Godzilla” multiple times and let me be honest and say it is pretty difficult to stay bummed when listening to the catchy tune.

Video and Article Image Provided by Blue Oyster Cult.

While the sad truth is Blue Oyster Cult should be out there this very minute on tour, with COVID-19 rearing it’s ugly head, it is quite understandable why they cancelled some of the current dates on said tour. At the end of the day we can take comfort that the legendary band consisting of Buck Dharma, Eric Bloom, Jules Radino, Danny Miranda, and Richie Castellano are still getting together to entertain their fans from their personal home studios.

Godzilla” was originally released back in November of ’77 on the Spectres album – with apparently the single coming out in February of the following year. Surprisingly enough the song, which was written by Dharma, didn’t take off when originally released – even though it most assuredly had radio play. Another fun fact that is until Godzilla: King of the Monsters last year, the song had never been featured on any of the iconic kaiju’s numerous films – although I should point out that “Godzilla” used perfectly at the end of the 2019 film is a cover by Serj Tankian and Bear McCreary (God of War, Battlestar Galactica).

Video Provided by WaterTower Music.

While I’m getting off the original topic of this article – SHOCK – I have to take this opportunity and say that while Godzilla: King of the Monsters was not a perfect film – I felt it sure deserved a better take than it ended up collecting. Not to mention that the tepid response from movie goers caused the follow up film Godzilla vs. Kong to be moved from it’s March 13th date to May 22nd and then May 29th and now November 20th. Which to be fair has given the studio and filmmakers plenty of time I suppose to tweak the film in an effort to make all of us fans of the cinematic MonsterVerse that was begun with Godzilla in 2014 quite happy.

Now if they would just release a darn trailer for the upcoming film or even a movie poster for me to take my time and drool over. Until then though that gives us plenty of time to keep enjoying the Blue Oyster Cult performing their “Lock-down Godzilla”, right?

Let’s Talk About The Podcasts – Bonus Episode

Lets Talk About The Podcasts - Bonus Episode

Friends, with the end of March fast approaching I’ve found myself running out of time on producing the latest Pop Culture Retrorama podcast – which means in the end that it has been nearly two months since the last episode. Quite frankly with the way things have been going of late I haven’t quite felt I possessed the energy to do all of the research for the new show – that goes for both Diary of An Arcade Employee as well as the Saturday Frights podcast. So I thought I would sit down in front of the microphone and talk about the state of the shows and what has been weighing on my mind in regard to their direction and possible futures. Don’t worry, as I state in this bonus episode for all three podcasts (crosses fingers that it uploads to all three properly) – I’m not doing anything drastic like quitting writing or podcasting. This is just a situation where I can sit down and say “Hey, let’s talk about the podcasts”!

In addition I hope besides acting as an apology to all of you that have been loyal to the podcasts – you will understand the circumstances that have delayed the shows. As well perhaps as some new directions I might take – if you the listeners think that is prudent – with each podcast. As always with an episode I am honest with you – although in this case I hope in addition I been able to properly explain the situation I find myself in as a creator. Actually even though it is addressed in this bonus episode, if you possibly have thought about becoming a writer and might like to share your personal memories and experiences on pop culture or retro related subjects – throw me a line at!

All right then, I want to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to listen to this Let’s talk about the podcasts episode – to say nothing of your support and understanding in the matter of tardiness of said shows.

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The IseeRobots Show Ep.8: The Top 5 Cakes Of All The Times Plus More

I’m so happy to be able to bring The IseeRobots Show to The PopCulture RetroRama Podcast Network.

The IseeRobots Show is a pop-culture podcast where me, IseeRobots and my robot pals Iceberg 13 and Engineer Emily talk movies, TV, Comic Books, Toys and all sorts of fun stuff from a Cell Phone Tower on Jupiter’s Moon Callisto.. It’s a ton of fun!

This week on the ISR Show we have what I think might be the best show I’ve ever produced content wise! We have a To 5 List as well as The Summer Movie Award Winners with a special guest! It’s an awesome episode!

We start off with a little convo between me and Engineer Emily where we discuss her recent discussion with that alien we met the other week.. it’s pretty sad and also exciting! There may be a quest on the way!

From there we talk about a movie I took in called Hustlers.. It stars J-Lo and is about exotic dancers and such.. 

Then we move onto the main event! A Top 5 List Of The Greatest Types Of Cakes Of All The Times and Space. It’s thorough and is sure to be super controversial. We all have our favorite cakes right? These are mine. 

At the end of the show we open up an action figure, have a follow up to the flea market talk from last week and talk so much more! It’s an exciting hour and for sure one for the record books!

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