|CULT FILM FREAK CINEMA BY JAMES M. TATE|
|This Site Founded in 2010|
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|
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|
|Author James M. Tate|
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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