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  • Bucket of Blood, 1959 & House of Wax, 1953 for Mod Movie Monday

    Posted on September 14th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

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    OK Swingers, the leaves are falling, the air is turning chilly (for most of you kats) and Halloween is just around the corner. So you know what that means… It’s time for some vintage horror flicks! So from now until Halloween, Mod Movie Mondays will feature some creature double features to get your blood flowing…possibly into the fangs of a vampire…Let’s kick it off with one of my favorite B&W dark comedies,

    A Bucket of Blood (1959)

    Staring Dick Miller (You’ll know him when you see him) as a mildly mentally-handicapped busboy working in a Bohemian cafe, who learns somewhat by accident that he has a talent for sculpture. But his talent, you’ll see, isn’t as amazing as one might think, as this modern-era Michelangelo sort of…well…cheats.

    Beatniks, jazz, pretty girls and ‘innocently’ unintentional murder for the sake of art. This early Roger Corman film is as dark as dark comedy can get. Creepy, BW & even an actual bucket with blood in it. This is one of those movies where you’ll be saying “They got away with THAT in 1959?”a_bucket_of_blood

    The idea and outline of the film was developed in one day, and the whole thing was shot in less than a week on a very limited budget, but Corman’s concept to stray from mainstream horror films of the time and create a dark comedy routed in Beatnik culture puts this film as one of my favorites as a truly enjoyable, kookie and fun flick from one of our favorite eras.

    houseofwaxposterHouse of Wax, 1953

    In 3-D! Starring Vincent Price, this classic horror flick embodies the spirit (all puns intended) of the movies we love. A far-out story, creepy effects and VINCENT PRICE. Plus it was the first mainstream studio film to be made in glorious 3-D, opening up a trend in movie making that would have its highs and lows and finally come full-circle 50 years later when the technology finally caught up with the idea. vincent_price2

    Even if you don’t watch it in 3-D, its such a gory flick for the time that you’ll be amazed, once again, that they got away with this stuff in the puritan ’50s. As a point of trivia interest, this film and the above-mentioned Bucket of Blood share some story ideas…and an actual line: “(He sure) knows his anatomy.” Crazy.

    -Tiki Chris P. swingin’ in the balcony of the movie palace down the block from the Tiki Bar. Dig it, Daddy-O!

  • Mod Movie Monday pushed to Tuesday due to Birthday Celebration

    Posted on September 13th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    mod-movie-mondaysHey Kats & Kittens, just a quick note to let you know I’m a little in the weeds from celebrating my birthday this weekend, so I’ll jump on the MMM post for this week tonight or early tomorrow.

    Thanks to all you swingin’ kids that sent me birthday wishes here and on the Retro Tiki Lounge/Facebook!

    Anyone have a suggestion for a movie, comment below 🙂

    Tiki Chris

  • Exotic Cocktail for the Weekend: The Blue Devil

    Posted on September 10th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 6 comments

    tiki-bar-drinksI thought I’d follow up the Blue Hawaiian with something I found on,

    The Blue Devil

    It’s sort of like a blue version of a Singapore Sling, sort of, at least you’ll agree with me after your third. Interesting that the ingredients are in milliliters on this site. For you kats who run screaming at the very sight of anything metric, 35ml is about 2 oz, 10ml is about 1/3oz.

    35ml Gin
    10ml Blue Curaso
    25ml fresh lime juice
    10ml Creme de Cacao
    10ml Cherry Brandy

    Pour everything into a shaker with ice, the Shake it up baby, twist and shout, strain into a cocktail glass, and slide it across the Tiki Bar to the hot blond in the coconut bikini.

    Hell, I was sold on the picture they had posted:

    Not sure how they got it to light up like that, but I’m sure diggin’ it.

    Side Note: It’s my Birthday this weekend so with any luck I’ll be waste-deep in Mai Tais and hula girls. So if you don’t hear from me for a few days, you’ll know why, kids!

    Aloha from Tiki Chris, reporting from his favorite bar stoll at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar in South Florida.

  • Dig it, Daddy-O, High School Confidential from 1958 & Blackboard Jungle from 1955 for Mod Movie Monday

    Posted on September 8th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

    posterhigh_school_confidentialHipsters, flipsters & all night kicksters, dig in and knock me your lobes. It’s back to school time for you kiddies so here’s a couple of real heavy flicks filled with teen angst and rebellion…a Labor Day Double Play for you ker-azy kats & kittens:

    High School Confidential, 1958


    Blackboard Jungle, 1955

    Two groovy movies in glorious black and white that show the dark side of the good old days, the bad crowd that swung to their own tune. Depraved teenagers who engaged in late-night petting and diner food. Hard drugs like Marijuana cigarettes. Rumbles with knives and zip guns. And that most horrible of crimes, not respecting authority.

    High School Confidential stars Russ Tamblyn as a kool kat who smokes into town and makes his mark fast, muscling his way into the drug pusher scene. He’s tough and hip and fits right in with the weedhead beats and rebels. He works his way up the underworld ladder to the tip top, daddy…But he’s got a secret, an ace up blackboard-jungle-posterhis sleeve that can bring down the whole house of cards. Cast includes Jan Sterling, John Drew Barrymore, Diane Jergens, Mamie Van Doren, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Anthony, Jackie Coogan, Charles Chaplin Jr., Michael Landon & more. Lots of kool rock & rock-a-billie music too.

    Blackboard Jungle is a rough, tough film that was meant to show the bad-ass side of ’50s youth. It kicks off with Bill Haley’s ‘Rock Around the Clock’, and it was this movie that helped skyrocket Bill Haley & the Comets…and the Rock ’n’ Roll era into space. It’s your typical (and often imitated) story about a hopeful young teacher (named Dadier, who is of course referred to as Daddy-O) who’s thick enough to think he can get through to inner-city rebellious teens and teach them something. Yeah, bring it on, Daddy-O, we ain’t hip to the cheese you’re spreadin’, man.

    Both flicks are very dated now, showing what ‘bad’ kids were like in as realistic a way as they could get away with in the ’50s. But most of the problems are still the same…teen boredom leads to horny girls that want to be good (but don’t really want to and of course are not), drugs, fights, drinking, stealing, hot rodding and makin’ time. Wow, good thing kids have stuff like video games, expensive sneakers and Teh Interwebs to keep them out of trouble these days, huh?

    Here’s the trailer for Blackboard Jungle…

    Dinner & Booze: Burgers and fries all the way, man. Shakes too, but add whatever cheap whiskey you can steal out of your old man’s liquor cabinet. If you can sit in your ’32 Ford Hot Rod and watch the flicks on a blow-up screen in your driveway while eating the burgers, then yeah, do that.

    high school confidential

    high school confidential

    My Take: When I was in high school (wayyyy back in the 1980s) I played sax in a buddy’s rock band. They went through a couple of different names (they mainly played as “The Modern Romans” when I gigged with them…hey, it was the ’80s). They finally settled on Blackboard Jungle, named after the movie. Since they played a mix of ’50s Rock ’n’ Roll, Rock-a-Billie and newer rock (along with some standards and original pieces) they thought the name fit well. Of course nobody got it because none of the people who came to see the band ever saw the flick. Anyway, they did a great song called “Coffee at the Diner,” an original they wrote. A real screamer, ’50s style. I’ll try to get an MP3 of it and post it some time.

    blackboard jungle

    blackboard jungle

    Talk about a digression. Anyway the point was I was in a band called Blackboard Jungle where I wore a white fedora, black shirt, white skinny tie, Raybans and wrist studs and played tenor sax. It was a blast.

    -Tiki Chris P., aka Zoot the Saxman reporting from the cafeteria of Tiki Island High.
    Tiki Lounge Talk, the Tiki Culture Blog for kats & kittens who dig the retro scene, daddy-o.

  • Tiki Cocktails & Kool Ideas for Labor Day Weekend!

    Posted on September 3rd, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    How about this cheesey, '80s-retro-style diner sign I made? As if it were in a diner in the 1980s that was trying to look like it was from the 1950s. All it needs is Cheap Trick playing Don't Be Cruel.

    How about this cheesey, '80s-retro-style diner sign I made? As if it were in a diner in the 1980s that was trying to look like it was from the 1950s. All it needs is Cheap Trick playing Don't Be Cruel.

    Happy Labor Day, Swingers!

    With the three-day weekend ahead I thought I’d throw in a few good old drink recipes and party ideas to make things a little more fun. Sure, Labor Day is all about Barbecues and beer for most people, but for us swingin’ Kats & Kitties, we need something a little hipper. So here goes…

    Tropical Mellon Ball Cocktails

    2 oz. Coconut Rum
    2 oz. Midori Liquor
    1/2 oz. Sour Mix

    Throw it all in a shaker with rocks and shake it up good. Strain over cracked ice in a hurricane glass or Tiki mug, and garnish with an orange slice and a cherry on one of those little plastic swords. Add an umbrella and a flamingo swizzle stick and viola!

    watermelon-martini Watermelon Martini

    8 oz watermelon juice (press watermelon through a sieve or cheesecloth)
    4 oz Vodka
    2 ozsimple syrup
    juice of 1 lime
    3 tablespoons salt
    3 tablespoons sugar
    Watermelon slices

    Rim: Mix together the sugar and salt, then wet the rim of a chilled martini glass with a piece of watermelon. Dip the rim into the mix.

    Throw the watermelon juice, vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup into a shaker with ice and give it a good rattle. Strain it into  the martini glasses and garnish with a hunk of watermelon. Oh, yeah!

    Perfectly Grilled Hound Dogs

    To do this right you’re going to have to find a butcher or a deli that sells Quarter Pound Hounds…jumbo all-beef hot dogs that blow away anything you’ll find in a plastic package. If you can’t, next best thing is Ball Park all-beef (or Angus), or Sabrett’s.hotdogparty

    Prep: Boil the dogs for about five to eight minutes in beer – Miller High Life or Pabst Blue Ribbon, to stick to tradition. This cooks them all the way through and infuses a nice lazy hazy crazy days of summer beer taste.

    Grill: First of all, you can’t BBQ retro with a gas grill. No Patio Daddy-O is going allow propane in his back yard, so get charcoal and hickory wood chips like a real man. Soak the chips in water for at least an hour. Get the coals burning and when they ash over, place some wood chips on top and watch them start smoking. Put the hounds on the grill and let them smoke for a few minutes, turning so they don’t burn. Take ’em off when they start to turn dark brown (if you like them blackened like my lovely wife does, leave them on a little longer. They’ll char up nice).

    Serve: Don’t skimp on buns. Get good quality dog buns, fresh if possible. Potato rolls are great too. Add your choice of condiments (but not ketchup, dammit) and enjoy yourself. Personally I like spicy mustard, sweet relish, a little onion and occasionally kraut on my dogs.

    Mix it up: A variation on this is to add a little hickory BBQ sauce to the dogs, if you dig it. Also you can add some chili to make the most incredible chili dogs you’ve ever tasted.

    Sabina's South Philly Macaroni Salad

    Sabina's South Philly Macaroni Salad

    Old Fashioned South Philly Style Macaroni Salad

    You don’t have to be a whiz in the kitch to pull off this recipe. Click here for the post.

    Sweet Tropical Fruit Dessert

    I got this recipe from a kid’s cookbook when I was about eight. It’s easy to make and fun to eat, and goes perfectly with a Tiki-style party of any kind. Just layer these ingredients (in this order) in a rectangular pan or tupperware:

    Sweetened Shredded Coconut
    Orange Slices
    Apple Slices
    Dark Chocolate Chips
    Sweetened Shredded Coconut
    Banana Slices
    Dark Chocolate Chips

    Top off with Pineapple chunks and decorate with little Tiki toothpick flags, or whatever you have. Serve it chilled. It’s sweet, but sooooo good. If you want to kick it up a little, drizzle some Kaluha over each serving. Uhhh-huh.

    labor-day-luauAnd Of Course…

    Have A Labor Day Luau!

    Click Here for my post on having a groovy tropical Labor Day Luau the easy way. Great for you kids that dig Tiki but don’t have your home devoted to it.

    Well kids, I hope some of you get a kick out of the stuff I’ve posted here. It will probably be raining here all weekend (Hurricane Earl’s kickback) so we’ll probably hit Machete at the movies and stay inside…or at the Tiki Bar under the lanai, at least.

    -Happy Labor Day Weekend from Tiki Chris and the staff at Tiki Lounge Talk: Colleen, Tiki the Cat, Cat the Cat, Rio & Zack (the Parrots), Simon & Sidney (the Cockatiels), and our temps Lucy, Faith, Betsey, Merry, Lila, Fry & Amy.