TNT Jackson (1974)

This was a tight week, and not for the usual “day job” reasons. Because I just turned 50, I had to undergo one of the most horrendous “old people” things ever: a colonoscopy. Okay, so it wasn’t so bad. It was a quick procedure and I’m in the clear. But the prep is a nightmare that leads to the most unpleasant of bathroom experiences. One star out of five. Do not recommend for the experience. Five out of five stars for the piece of mind afterwards, though.

Here’s the March playlist!

Weekly Finds

I pull a lot of the items about gaming and movie news here from a number of sources: The Atari Age forums, Retro Indie NewsTime ExtensionIGNRetro Hour, Facebook, Twitter, etc. What shows up here will change weekly depending on what I happen to find in the wild. I try to include the original sources in the links.

Galastrad – Galaga-like SHMUP for Amstrad CPC and GX4000 (Indie Retro News)

Galastrad is a Galaga-like SHMUP for the Amstrad CPC and GX4000.

Indie Retro News: Galastrad – GALAGA-Like SHMUP Game for the Amstrad CPC and GX4000!

The Sword Stone is a narrative adventure for the Sega Game Gear (Time Extension)

The Sword of Stone is a narrative adventure for the Sega Game Gear. It is a homebrew game from cireza.

The Sword Of Stone Is A New Narrative Adventure For Your Sega Game Gear | Time Extension

Daily Drop Roundup

You can get daily drops in your socials wherever you live. First Facebook link is the the Nostalgia Drop page, and the second is to the group. The group is more fun.

May 5th, 2024

Midnight Movie Mayhem!

Raw Force (1982)

In 1982’s Raw Force, the Burbank Karate Club travel to a forbidden island of disgraced martial artists for shits and giggles. And to fight zombies, mercenaries, and cannibals. It is gloriously bad, unintentionally hilarious, and so damn fun! It is currently streaming on Plex in the US.

B52’s – “Channel Z”

Socker Boppers

Take a look at these bad boys. From the days when pugilism was still accepted but parents knew kids were fragile little flowers.

Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed (1992)

Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed was a sequel to Countdown to Doomsday where the player’s crew is invited to the coronation of the new king of Mercury. As Dr. Romney tells them about a source of free energy, everything goes sideways, the ship is sabotaged, and corruption and rebels and everyone is after the Matrix Device for their own purposes. The plot is twisting and interesting, even if not the most comprehensible thing out there, but the gameplay is all classic Gold Box RPG fun.

The Real McCoy (1993)

When it comes to leaving your old life behind, Karen McCoy (Kim Basinger) just wants to start over after being incarcerated for being the top-tier bank robber of her time who unfortunately was caught. As usual, there would not be a movie if she were allowed to just start over. Instead, a dirty parole officer, old criminal partners, and an ex-husband pull her son and her new boyfriend (Val Kilmer) into her old life. Now, to save them, she has to do one more bank job. This was a film that I watched many times back in the day but had completely forgotten about. It’s a bit hokey today, but still a fun flick.

May 6th, 2024

Midnight Movie Mayhem!

Candy Stripe Nurses (1974)

Freewheeling high school girls volunteer at Oakwood hospital in 1974’s Candy Stripe Nurses. Sandy ends up meeting a famous rock star who has some sexual difficulties that only she can help with. Dianne tries to expose malpractice as a doctor gives Cliff, a basketball star, speed. Marisa ends up with Marcos, who is falsely accused of knocking over a gas station…and only she can prove his innocence. Like many of the 1970s sexploitation flicks, there’s some nudity, a little sex, and some really weird plot diversions! It is currently streaming on Pluto in the US.

Apollonia 6 – “Sex Shooter”

The Jordache Look

The Jordache Look was an ad campaign for Jordache jeans. You know, those expensive jeans that everyone had to have but no one could afford. Yeah. Those jeans. And their ads were something else!

Professional Adventure Writer (1987)

PAW, or Professional Adventure Writer, was written in 1987 to provide a system for creatives everywhere to create graphical text adventures for the ZX Spectrum and its amazing massive 128KB of RAM. It was later ported to the PC, and now has many ports to a wide variety of systems, including browsers.

My Stepmother is an Alien (1988)

1988’s My Stepmother is an Alien was a box office bomb, but don’t let that dissuade you from watching Juliette Lewis’s film debut. It is a silly and fun film about an alien who travels to Earth because a scientist has unknowingly disrupted their planet’s gravitational force with radio waves. It also includes that always wonderful Allison Hannigan as well as 90s staples Kim Basinger, Jon Lovitz, Seth Green, and Dan Aykroyd

May 7th, 2024

Midnight Movie Mayhem!

Demonoid (1981)

If you thought Michael Cain’s masterpiece The Hand (1981) was brilliant, or Clive Barker’s short “The Body Politic” in Quicksilver Highway (1997) was glorious fun, or even Ash fighting against his own possessed severed hand in Evil Dead 2 (1987), then have I got a treat for you. Enter Mexican horror film Demonoid from 1981. It is about as low budget as a severed hand film can get, but it is a bit of fun mayhem as the hand possesses people, causes them to murder others, and continues the severed hand murder spree through Las Vegas and LA.

Currently streaming on Plex and Tubi in the US.

Pebbles – “Mercedes Boy”


Clogs were a fashion statement of the 70s, and boy were they a statement.

Adventure Construction Set (1984)

Adventure Construction Set from 1984 was a role-playing game development kit published by Electronic Arts. It was RPG Maker before there was RPG Maker. Though limited in scope, it inspired a number of gamers to move from gaming to game development because it showed that it was an actual thing they could do.

Léon: The Professional (1994)

Léon: The Professional from 1994 was Natalie Portman’s introduction to the world of feature film. As a 12-year-old taken in by an assassin, Mathilda begins learning the trade. Controversial is its time and today, it was a profoundly stunning performance for the young actress as well as extremely solid performances by Jean Reno and Gary Oldman.

Currently streaming on Netflix in the US.

May 8th, 2024

Midnight Movie Mayhem!

Human Experiments (1979)

Human Experiments from 1979 is a doozy. Not only was it listed on the Video Nasty list in the UK, but it has an unnecessarily convoluted plot involving a travelling country singer who ends up in a house full of murdered bodies, knows it is the young kid of the family that did it, is railroaded into a psychiatric hospital after being falsely convicted of the murders, ends up being subject to the human experiments of the title, and undergoes a psychotic break to split her personality into a new person… And that’s just touching the surface!

Nu Shooz – “Point of No Return”

Aviator glasses

When you absolutely, positively want to look like an 80s magazine model… you need Aviator Glasses. And the style really took off when Top Gun was released. Suddenly, everyone had to have a pair.

The Elder Scrolls: Arena (1994)

The Elder Scrolls: Arena is the first game in the series that includes massive hits Daggerfall, Morrowind, and Skyrim. It is an open-world first-person RPG with procedurally generated dungeons.

Romeo is Bleeding (1993)

When Tom Waits writes songs, screenwriters get excited. Romeo is Bleeding from 1993 is a story about a cat-and-mouse game from with a corrupt cop and a mobster. As usual, Gary Oldman pulls off an amazing performance.

May 9th, 2024

Midnight Movie Mayhem!

TNT Jackson (1974)

Diana “TNT” Jackson goes to Hong Kong to take on a criminal organization she believes disappeared her brother. This blaxploitation kick-ass flick from 1974 is pure adrenaline fun!

Regina – “Baby Love”

Tie Front Crop Tops

In the 1970s, sundresses were out and front-tie crop tops were in. Okay, I lied. Sundresses are rarely ever out, and front-tie crop tops keep making a comeback because they are light, airy, and alluring.

Sword of Sodan (1988)

Sword of Sodan was an absolutely gorgeous platformer for the Amiga. It was scaled back for the Sega Genesis, but was still a ton of fun to play.

Things to Do In Denver When You’re Dead (1995)

It’s not only Tom Waits who inspires screenwriters to write movies. Things to Do In Denver When You’re Dead is a 1995 film inspired by the Warren Zevon song of the same name. Gangster Jimmy “The Saint” Tosnia, played by Andy Garcia, wants to get out of the game. He runs a business where people send VHS messages to their surviving family members and friends after they pass. A big boss gangster has a son who is a pedophile, and wants his girl to get back with him to “cure him.” So Jimmy and friends are hired to do just that…and things go terribly, terribly wrong. As always, Andy Garcia is stunning to watch in this.

May 10th, 2024

Midnight Movie Mayhem!

The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1976)

Candy Morgan breaks out of prison, robs a bank, and picks up Ellie-Jo Turner who was fired from the bank. They become a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, and when they pick up Slim robbing a store, they decide one more can’t hurt. Violence, nudity, and craziness blow this 1976 flick up.

Andy Taylor – “Take It Easy”

Lifesavers Holes

First there were donut holes, and then there were Lifesaver’s Holes.

M.C. Kids (1992)

M.C. Kids was a 1992 platformer contracted by McDonalds. The Hamburglar has stolen Ronald McDonald’s magic bag, and the kids have to help get it back.

The Worst Witch (1986)

You probably know Fairuza Balk from The Craft or Return to Oz, but she starred in this children’s flick with the absolutely amazing Tim Curry and always astounding Diana Rigg in The Worst Witch from 1986. Mildren Hubble can do no right when it comes to learning to become a witch at Miss Cackles Academy of Witches. She quite literally does everything wrong, but as luck would have it, she is also the only one who can save the academy from Miss Cackle’s evil twin sister Agatha. If you haven’t read the book by Jill Murphy, I strongly recommend picking it up!

May 11th, 2024

Midnight Movie Mayhem!

Cocaine Wars (1985)

Cocaine Wars is a crime thriller film released in 1985, directed by Héctor Olivera. The movie revolves around the illegal drug trade and its impact on society, particularly focusing on the conflict between drug cartels and law enforcement agencies. Set in Miami, the story follows DEA agent Cliff Adams as he investigates a powerful drug lord named Luis Escobar, who is smuggling large quantities of cocaine into the United States. As Adams delves deeper into the case, he faces danger and corruption at every turn, risking his life to bring Escobar and his criminal empire to justice.

Femme Fatale – “Waiting for the Big One”

English Leather Aftershave

Weaponlord (1995)

The Pianist (2002)

Weekly Tears

Bernard Hill (1944-2024)

Bernard Hill was an English actor known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings and Titanic.

He passed away on May 5th, 2024.