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CONFESSIONS OF A CULT FILM FREAK BY FOUNDER JAMES M. TATE
I've always been the talkative type. I 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 North America, South America, Europe 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 college-age buddies...

Email: SJDusk@msn.com
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 Cult Film Freak Cinema that's been part of my life since, basically, forever: My first memory is being a seven-year-old wide-eyed kid in a theater watching 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 from that: The life of a Movie fan 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. Those range from ONE FEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST villain Louise Fletcher to Mike Damone from FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH. And so many others...

A Fav Cult Actor named Bronson
As for yours truly; my story is simple: Being a quiet sort of anxious 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 the connected junior high...

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 cable, with a movie channel, so I'd make rows and rows of VHS tapes, usually on the four-hour LP mode, fitting two films on one tape... Pure heaven...

From THE BIG CHILL to DEATH WISH to AMERICAN GRAFFITI to 48 HRS to STIR CRAZY to TRON to NORTH DALLAS FORTY to THE BOYS IN COMPANY C to APOCALYPSE NOW to GETTING WASTED to FALCON AND THE SNOWMAN to OVER THE EDGE to THE OUTSIDERS to RUMBLE FISH 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
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 while venturing to the theater and trying to catch at least one new release a week, which I had done five years in a row. And within the past year, following the tragic death of my nephew, Austin Tavolara, who was 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, this site means more than ever...

Plus, with the mentorship of my buddy, who strives to remain unnamed, 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...

Fav Actor Dana Andrews
"With a good, clean style, lean, economical, just the right touch of ideological fanaticism."

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 unconventionally baroque and florid, is a hybrid inspired by Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Bukowski and especially the condensed 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 all back onto you, the reader.

Author James M. Tate, 2017
Our rating system goes as follows: One Star: A Bomb... Two Stars: Okay... Three Stars: Good... Four stars: Great... Five Stars: A Classic... 

To explain this rating system further, which, on other sites, rarely goes to Five Stars as Four is usually paramount... Four is actually the peak of the new release reviews, and represents a great feature, while Five Stars embody established classics like THE GODFATHER, THE GODFATHER II, CHINATOWN, RAGING BULL, GOODFELLAS, CITIZEN KANE, CHINATOWN... And on the other side of the spectrum, 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 a crazy yet dedicated (overweight back then) geek who wrote an unsolicited, 131-page sequel screenplay titled MONSTROUS BEINGS!

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My my passion is being able to write my mind on this blog template that's really a website, and the format has progressed from the limited themes provided... Now, with this purchased design, each post has to be clicked-on in order to read the selected review as opposed to being able to... like most blogs... scroll down and read twenty writeups at once... It's "Powered by Blogger"... 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 (BT, we're lookin' at you buster!) say 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 merely watching, and decomposing... So Hail to all Movie Fans: From the Average Viewer who might get something out of my work, or my fellow Cult Film Freaks who can join in on the perpetual celebration. May your stay here be pleasurable, and please, keep coming back. Cult Film Freaks Dot Com is forever! Sincerely, James M. Tate, Founder and President...
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