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WELCOME TO CULT FILM FREAK CINEMA BY JAMES M. TATE
I've always been the talkative type, who drove my friends up a wall, most of whom I'm no longer in touch with since everybody grew up, And at this point in life, I consider all of you wonderful strangers, from America, Great Britain and beyond,  the only ones left to share the art of movie-viewing with...

Overall Website Founded 2007
So I hope I'm able to be the same guy who continues to say, "Watch this part," or, "Shut up and listen, it's important!" to an audience larger than my once seemingly eternal couchful of former drinking buddies...

Thank God for Guilty Pleasures
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, wide-eyed kid 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 into reality: The life of a Film Freak is a sort of dream-state, and between a concentrated effort of dissecting cinema, I write reviews and essays, retrospectives and continue to transcribe over ninety interviews from podcasts or emails with the actors and actresses who weren't only there when it happened, but helped make it happen...

A Fav Cult Actor named Bronson
My story is simple: Being a quiet sort of anxious spastic student lost in reveries, 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 another city's private school until I was thrown out of that connected junior high...

Hot Rods To Hell
And in my 9th grade year, the kids back in the neighborhood school hardly remembered me from before, so, upon returning home each day, I had only movies to fall back on since, thanks to God above, my parents finally got a movie channel on cable, so I'd make rows and rows of VHS tapes, usually on the four-hour LP mode, fitting two films on one tape... From FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH to THE BIG CHILL... DEATH WISH to AMERICAN GRAFFITI... 48 HRS to STIR CRAZY to TRON to NORTH DALLAS FORTY... THE BOYS IN COMPANY C to APOCALYPSE NOW to GETTING WASTED to FALCON AND THE SNOWMAN to OVER THE EDGE to the Sean Penn BAD BOYS and thus, motion pictures became not only my life but a crutch for loneliness and so, skipping decades later...

At Bella Terra, a random hangout
Cult Film Freaks Dot Com aka Cult Film Freak, 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 black & white or technicolor 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...

Tom Courtenay w/ Julie Christie in DR ZHIVAGO
And while I used to review around three to four new movies a week, I'm now living up to the site's original mainline, staying home and watching old films instead of venturing to the theater, which I had done five years in a row. And within the past year, following the tragic death of my nephew, Austin Tavolara, a combination of a little brother and son who I raised to be a tried and true Charles Bronson, Clint Eastwood and Roger Moore 007 fan, and with the mentorship of my buddy, J.B., 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 (including my recent fav, Tom Courtenay) and genres that have enriched the site, my knowledge, and most important, my writing...

All-Time Fav Actor Dana Andrews
"With a good, clean style, lean, economical, just the right touch of ideological fanaticism." And 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 sporadically baroque and florid, is a kindergarten finger-paint hybrid inspired by Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Bukowski and especially the condensed, to-the-point reviews from that famous celebrity magazine called People. Meanwhile, other than summarizing with an official tagline, 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 is artistic freedom, and this is the perfect way to channel it back onto you, wherever you and whatever kind of genre you're into...

Author James M. Tate, 2017
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

TV Movies & Miniseries are also important here
To explain this rating system, which, on other sites, rarely goes to Five Stars and where Four is paramount... Four is actually the peak of the new release reviews, and represents a great feature, 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 I'm the crazy/dedicated one who wrote an unsolicited, 131-page sequel screenplay...

Park your vehicle and kick back and read Cult Film Freak
And my passion is being able to write my mind on this blog that's really a website wherein the format has progressed: now each post has to be clicked-on in order to read the selected post as opposed to being able to scroll down and read twenty writeups at once, like the usual Blog template... Also, I get a few friendly emails and a few deadly ones... Some from cool folks suggesting movies I should review while a few nasty devils saying I'm not a good writer. But if they have to point that out, they know I'm what they're not: Hard-Driven and Fully Consumed with creating instead of simply watching, and decomposing... So Hail to all Movie Fans: From the Conventional Viewer who might get something out of my work, or my fellow Cult Film Freak. May your stay here be pleasurable, so keep returning because this thing won't ever die! Sincerely, James M. Tate, Founder of Cult Film Freak...
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