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CULT FILM FREAK CINEMA BY JAMES M. TATE
I've always been the person who drove my friends up a wall, most of whom I'm no longer in touch with, and at this point I consider all of you wonderful strangers my only true cohorts left to share the art of movie-moving with. So I hope I'm able to be that person who continues to say, "Watch this part," or, "Shut up, listen, it's important!" to an audience larger than a couchful of former drinking buddies...

This Site Founded in 2010
Because the difference here is, we're not watching the movie together, and yet, if you're reading this introductory page you've either already trekked through, or hopefully are about to take a trip down the endless rabbit hole of cinema that's been part of my life since, basically, forever: My first memory is being a seven-year-old in STAR WARS... When the white smoke rose and the Stormtroopers took shape as they entered the doomed rebel ship it was an awakening, and I've yet to completely wake up, to reality: The movie life is a sort of dream-state, and as I can no longer scribble my dreams, my actual dreams, like I attempted doing a long, long time ago, I can write reviews and essays, retrospectives and continue to transcribe over sixty interviews from podcasts or emails with the actors and actresses who weren't only there when it happened, but helped make it happen...

My story is simple and a bit sad... I was taken out of 4th grade and sent from the public school, where I knew all the kids who knew me since we were all very young, and put in private school until I was thrown out of junior high, and in my 9th grade year, the kids hardly remembered me from before, so I had only movies to fall back on, back home... I'd make rows and rows of VHS tapes, usually on the four-hour LP mode, fitting two flicks on one tape... From FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (where I've acquired four interviews including the totally rad Mike Ramone) to THE BIG CHILL, DEATH WISH to AMERICAN GRAFFITI, TRON to NORTH DALLAS FORTY, motion pictures became not only my life but a crutch...

At Bella Terra, my former hangout
This site, active since 2010 and derived from a former, more conventional site founded in 2006, is an extremely fulfilling hobby with every genre imaginable, from brand new releases to your favorite classics and just about everything in-between: action to comedies to drama to melodrama to film noir... crime to war to science-fiction to fantasy to exploitation to blaxploitation... espionage to quirky to murky to prequels to sequels to thrillers to chillers...

And while I used to review around two to three new movies a week, I'm now living up to the site's name, staying home and watching old films. And within the past year, following the tragic death of a person I helped raise into a fan of great movies, my nephew... who followed the tragic footsteps of his mom, my sister, a few years earlier... I've grown to enjoy b-movies like programmer Westerns or Film Noir, and my new favorite actor, putting former champion James Cagney at a close number two, is Dana Andrews: with him my cinematic doors opened into Otto Preminger, Jacques Tourneur, Gene Tierney and a host of other directors, actresses, actors and genres that have enriched the site, my knowledge, and most important, my writing...

Our Favorite, Dana Andrews
"With a good, clean style, lean, economical, just the right touch of ideological fanaticism..." but seriously, unlike some online critics whose built-in snarky attitude and conceited disdain towards anything pre-CGI seems written with a "goose quill dipped in venom," my off-beat cadence and sometimes intentionally ambiguous style, which can also be extremely sparse and condensed when not baroque and florid, is a kindergarten finger-paint hybrid of Jack Kerouac and Ernest Hemingway. Meanwhile, other than summarizing with "From Straw Dogs to Ewoks," the longer, more legit tagline for Cult Film Freak is simply this: "Movie Reviews & Interviews by an 80's Kid stuck in the Modern World, Discussing the Old Stuff while Deconstructing the New"... So basically, writing, for me, is artistic freedom, and this is the perfect way to channel it back onto you...

Author James M. Tate
And while some older reviews are in a brief summary form liken to a guide book, all will attempt to capture the aura of each motion picture... The ratings go as follows: one star: a bomb... two stars: okay... three stars: good... four stars: great... five stars: a classic

Iclosing, to explain this rating system further... Four stars is really the peak of the new release reviews, while five star reviews embody established classics like THE GODFATHER, THE GODFATHER II, CHINATOWN, RAGING BULL, GOODFELLAS, TOUCH OF EVIL, etc. Also, if you're a fan of the cult classic TROLL 2 be sure to rent or buy the documentary BEST WORST MOVIE where I appear as one of many fans; yet one who wrote an unsolicited, 131-page sequel screenplay. But my real "fame" is having no fame but being able to write my mind on this blog that's really a website, and the format has progressed, as now each page has to be clicked-on in order to read each post... I get a few nice emails and a few deadly ones... People saying they want me to review so-and-so, and others saying I'm not a good writer... But if they have to point that out, they know I'm what they're not: Dedicated, and consumed with creating instead of simply watching, and decomposing... Hail to all Movie Fans... To the Conventional Viewer who might get something out of my work, or my fellow Cult Film Freak... And may your stay here be pleasurable, so keep returning...
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CINEMA BY JAMES M. TATE

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From Straw Dogs to Ewoks: Grinding Facts, Opinions & Pop Culture into Every Writeup

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Random Quote: “The stars can change in their courses, the universe go up in flames, and the world crash around us, but there will always be Donald Duck." Trevor Howard, Brief Encounter

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Currently Rewatching:Doctor Zhivago with Omar Sharif & Tom Courtenay; The Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner with Tom Courtenay; King Rat with George Segal & Tom Courtenay; The Man From Laramie with James Stewart

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FILM NOIR & NEO NOIR have become our staple, and the other genres covered, from Westerns to Action to Creature Features, share similar styles, and traits: and we'll always tell you how, and why...

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FAV FILMS
1)THE MAN
FROM
LARAMIE
2)DOCTOR
ZHIVAGO
3)JAWS
4)LAURA
5)VIOLENT
SATURDAY
6)CANYON
PASSAGE
7)ANATOMY
OF A
MURDER
8)THE BEST
YEARS OF
OUR LIVES
9)THE
FEARMAKERS
10)LAWRENCE
OF ARABIA

FAV FILM NOIR
FOLLOWING
THOSE ON THE
LIST UP ABOVE
1)FALLEN ANGEL
2)THE BIG HEAT
3)WHERE THE
SIDEWALK ENDS
4)JOURNEY
INTO FEAR
5)THE
KILLING

GUMSHOE NOIR
1)MURDER MY
SWEET
2)KISS ME
DEADLY
3)CHINATOWN
4)THE LONG
GOODBYE
5)MALTESE
FALCON
MAFIA GANGSTER
1)GODFATHER II
2)GOODFELLAS
3)GODFATHER
4)ROARING
TWENTIES
5)AL CAPONE
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FAV ACTORS
1)DANA ANDREWS
2)JAMES CAGNEY
3)MARLON BRANDO
4)JACK NICHOLSON
5)ORSON WELLES
CULT ACTORS
1)CHARLES
BRONSON
2)VICTOR
MATURE
3)ROD
TAYLOR
4)MALCOLM
McDOWELL
5)LAWRENCE
TIERNEY

FAVORITE DIRECTORS
1)RICHARD FLEISCHER
2)JACQUES TOURNEUR
3)STANLEY KUBRICK
4)OTTO PREMINGER
5)ORSON WELLES
6)DAVID LEAN
7)ALFRED
HITCHCOCK
8)JOHN LANDIS
9)SAM PECKINPAH
10)MICHAEL WINNER
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CULT/B-FLICKS

1)CURSE OF
THE DEMON
2)THE
CROWDED
SKY
3)THE
DRIVER
4)KING
OF THE
MOUNTAIN
5)HOT CARS
6)THE ONLY
GAME IN
TOWN
7)AIR
PATROL
8)ASH
WEDNESDAY
9)CORVETTE
SUMMER
10)SOYLENT
GREEN

FAV ALBUMS
TO WRITE TO
1)BAGS GROOVE
BY MILES DAVIS
2)STATEMENTS
BY MILT JACKSON
3)BLUES ON THE
OTHER SIDE
BY MIKE MAINIERI
4)BLUES CARAVAN
BY BUDDY RICH
5)UNPENDO NI
PARMOJA BY
RAMSEY LEWIS
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For James M. Tate, founder of Cult Film Freak, music listened to while writing is no longer of the Straight Rock Nature, and All Vocals are Gone: Artists and their Instruments include: Vibes by Milt Jackson, Mike Mainieri, Red Norvo, Victor Feldman; Drums by Buddy Rich, Charlie Watts; Piano by Duke Ellington, Ramsey Lewis; Guitars by Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Jerry Garcia, Mick Taylor, Frank Zappa; Horns by Miles Davis; Winds by Sam Most, Benny Goodman; Sax by John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley... And so many more...