film noir

Stay The Fuck Home Vincent Price Edition

There are three actors that I had major crushes on when I was younger. Harold Lloyd (silent film star), Jon Erik Hexum and Vincent Price. Yes, that sounds like a mixed bag, but they all had a uniqueness that had me crushing hard. I know… I know… you need more info than that.

Harold Lloyd had an adorable awkwardness about him. Watch any of his movies (Girl Shy, The Freshman or Why Worry) and you will get it. Jon Erik Hexum… his time travelling, swash buckling hero character of Phineas Bogg got my heart a pitter pattering. But Vincent, Vincent Price was this horror loving, spooky story girl favourite.

Vincent Price was not only the voice of many radio plays, he was a Film Noir star and a campy horror god! I’ve long been a fan of his horror movies and radio plays, but it wasn’t until recently that I have really gotten into his Film Noir movies. I highly recommend Shock!, Laura and The Long Night. Here is a link to some more of his well known Film Noir roles. Check them out, you won’t be disappointed. However, it’s his horror films that we know and love him for the most.

However, before I get to the horror stuff, I need to talk about the Vincent I remember from my childhood. If you are not Canadian you many not be as familiar with this as we are. There are box sets out there of the entire series, you need to go buy them. What am I talking about, well, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein of course! This show, along with the Addams Family were my favourite things to watch. They were dark, funny and I loved all of the characters. I also love that it is a Canadian show filmed in Hamilton.

Then comes The Last Man On Earth. This is still one of my favourite of his horror movies along with The House On Haunted Hill, The Witchfinder General, The House of Wax, The Pit and The Pendulum, The Bat, Theatre of Blood and The Fly. There are so many more, but this post will end up being really long!

Let’s not forget that Vincent also loved to cook! He and his wife Mary created a cookbook called A Treasury of Great Recipes! Oh how I would love to get my hands on a copy! My birthday is coming if anyone is looking for gift ideas!

Micro Cinema

Micro Cinema? What the heck is Micro Cinema you ask? It’s a term coined by a friend of ours, Greg Woods. Greg and three of his colleagues run a Film Noir movie night called Toronto Film Noir Syndicate. During a conversation we were having about movie nights held in pubs and Rep Theatres here in Toronto, he cleverly came up with the term to describe what we do!

My husband and I run a monthly b-movie night at See-Scape on the first Friday of every month called Killer B Cinema. We are one of several fun Micro Cinema events happening in Toronto. Our events are inexpensive and a lot of fun. You get to see movies that you may otherwise not see, unless you are already into b-movies. Even if you are, it’s a lot more fun to see the movie on a larger screen and in a room full of like-minded people!

Upcoming Events:
February 19 Low Life Cinema https://www.facebook.com/events/1315184471999333/
March 6 Killer B Cinema – Zuma Lord of the Snakes https://www.facebook.com/events/547387286003455/
March 6 Trash Palace – Spaghetti Western Stunt-fest
March 13 Terrible Toonie TwoDay Fest https://www.facebook.com/events/2517365858518539/
March 13 Drunken Cinema – Friday the 13th part 7 https://www.facebook.com/events/504353596855418/
April 23 Bloody Mary Film Fest https://www.facebook.com/events/199356511198962/

Micro Cinema:

Killer B Cinema https://www.facebook.com/killerbcinema/

Toronto Film Noir Syndicate https://www.facebook.com/TorontoFilmNoirSyndicate/

Trash Palace https://www.facebook.com/groups/6507395903/

Drunken Cinema https://www.facebook.com/DrunkenCinemaTO/


Eyesore Cinema Screening Collective https://www.facebook.com/EyesoreCSC
Terrible Toonie Tuesday https://www.facebook.com/EyesoreCSC/
Rad, Bad, Cinema Sundays https://www.facebook.com/Rad-Bad-Cinema-Sundays-432328400948603/


Lowlife Cinema https://www.facebook.com/lowlifecinema/


Squishy Freak Frolic Film Nite https://www.facebook.com/groups/301088557174427/


Day 19

Day 19! I’m feeling stronger and stronger every day, but that last move… it wasn’t happening today. Instead, I sat and watched to see how to do it properly and one day, when my body is stronger, I will do it! Just not today. Yoga With Adriene’s mantra is “Do what you can. You will get there eventually.” And I will.


Film Noir! Another one of my favourite movie genres! I love watching them on a rainy afternoon, but heck, I’ll watch them anytime! I especially love those sassy ladies. Barbara Stanwyck, Gloria Grahame, Gene Tierney, Ida Lupino, Joan Bennett, Shelley Winters, Veronica Lake, Lizabeth Scott, Dolores del Rio and so many more. Writing this, I think I need to throw on some Film Noir and melt into the shadows with the leading ladies.


What is your favourite genre of movie? Who is doing the 30 day challenge with me still or have you finished it? If you have are you still doing yoga?

True Crime Podcasts I’m Listening To

Once upon a time, I had an obsession with pulp novels and Film Noir movies… hold on… wait one darn minute… Ok. Ok! I still do. What’s with this once upon a time crap. It’s true, I love reading trashy 1940s and 50s pulp fiction and there is a beautiful satisfaction watching a femme fatale get some dark and dirty revenge on the person who wronged her. Oh. Yes. There. Is. I rarely read or watch modern books or movies, unless they independent. I’d rather drift off into another era and enjoy the masters at their craft. Give me a pre-code or film noir movie any day or a novella from the 1920s. During my commutes to work, I would always have a book to read and eventually I started getting into podcasts. I’m now obsessed with them. I am a full-time writer now and no longer take that daunting trip via transit on a daily basis any longer. The only thing I missed was that time I had to read or listen to a podcast. Now I listen to them before I begin writing. It helps to wake up my creative juices.

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Over the last few years, True Crime Podcasts have become increasingly popular. There are chatty podcasts like My Favorite Murder or ones that more news-driven, including having experts on their shows like Murder Was the Case. The beauty of a podcast is that you don’t always need access to WiFi to stream them. Many podcast apps will let you download them so you can listen to them at your leisure. I currently use PlayerFM. They have an extensive list of podcasts that pretty much cover everyone’s interests. I was thankful to have that app during my recent, fours hours both way, trip to my parent’s house.

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Whether or not you want to personally admit it, as humans, we are all interested in hearing or reading about the darker side of humanity. I honestly feel like this is the reason there has been an explosion of True Crime podcasts, blogs and YouTube channels of late. Podcasts are also an alternative to books on tape. It’s less of a commitment when the story may only take up an hour of your time.

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I have compiled a list of my favourites below. There is a mix of real life and fiction. The link will take you into PlayerFM. I’m not saying you should use that particular app, it’s just a fast way for you to access the podcast and information if you are intrigued by the title. There are descriptions of what the podcast is about for each individual podcast on their website.

What podcasts are you listening to? Do you have any True Crime Podcasts you’d like to suggest? Please let us know.

Alice Isn’t Dead

Bloody Murder – A True Crime Podcast

Canadian True Crime

Darker Projects: Night Terrors

Final Girls Horrorcast

Hollywood & Crime

Last Podcast On The Left

Murder Was The Case

Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo

My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Once Upon A Crime | True Crime

Post Mortem with Mick Garris

Serial Killer Documentary Podcast

Serial Killers

The Minds of Madness – True Crime Stories

The Serial Killer Podcast

The Strange and Unusual Podcast

This Podcast Will Kill You

True Crime Garage

True Crime Historian

Undone

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories

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