Posted on March 28th, 2011 No comments
Not all old movies are great. Many aren’t even good. Some are so incredibly bad, they’re actually fun to watch and make fun of. Such is the case of everyone’s favorite, Plan 9 From Outer Space. Well kids, without trying, the producers of this next turkey surpassed the benchmark for bad quality films when they released
Jive Turkey, 1974
starring Paul Harris and Frank DeKova.
Ah, where do I begin? This film was such a turkey that it started out with a different name – Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes – and got changed to Jive Turkey, presumably because that’s what the public thought of the producer. The budget for this film must have been somewhere in the fifteen to twenty dollar range, including thirty-five cents for special effects.
Why, do you ask, am I being so cruel?
You’ve got a movie here that, to begin with, was an attempt at Blaxsploitation. It’s all down hill from there. I can’t…I can’t even say it…I’ll have to put it in bullet points..
• The opening screen says “This is a True Story”. The second screen says “Only the Names, Places, and Events have been changed to Protect the Innocent.” So, in other words, everything.
• The story takes place in 1956. We know this because several characters throughout the movie say it’s 1956, while wearing digital watches and polyester suits. There are also a few close-ups of 1956 license plates on the 1958 Cadillac that the gangsters drive.
• Speaking of cars…there are a few 1950’s cars in the movie for the close-ups. However…any scene shot on the streets…plenty of 1970s cars everywhere. It’s as if they didn’t even bother to film early in the morning before the traffic hit. In one scene, an early 70’s pickup with a camper-cap blows out the whole scene. It reminded me of doing our 1930’s murder mystery dinner show back in Atlantic City, trying to convince the audience it was 80 years ago while the big-screen TV in the bar played ET.
• There is, for no apparent reason, a drag queen in the movie. No idea why. Not that having a drag queen around is a bad thing…after all, we had one at our wedding. Just not sure what was going on here. Maybe she put up some of the money to make the flick in exchange for a part.
• There’s a great shot of the Mafia jumping out of a Cadillac with machine guns. The Caddy is a brand new 1973 Fleetwood limousine. (see photo)
• Since it was 1974, I mean 1956, I mean…anyway, there are some completely unnecessary nude scenes. So at least it’s got that going for it.
I must say, to me it looked like the lead actors were working their asses off to try to make something decent out of this muddled wreck of bad, racist writing and cheap sets. Paul Harris stayed level and believable throughout the movie. The other guy, Frank DeKova, whose claim to fame was playing Chief Wild Eagle on F Troop, also looks like he’s in pain as he forces his way through the script. It doesn’t matter. When it’s 1956 and the 1956 Chevy wagon looks like a 20-year-old beater, when the guys walking down the street have afros and are wearing polyester jogging suits, when the politicians keep repeating in scene after scene “After all, it’s 1956” while drinking out of plastic Dixie cups, and while the black actors’ dialog sounds a lot like a white guy from Boca Raton wrote the script without ever meeting an African American, well, you get the picture…
So I highly recommend this flick, if you can get it like I did…in a $9.00 box set with 49 other movies from the plastic era of the silver screen! Just don’t expect a lot.
Food & Booze: huh, what can I say? TURKEY! of course. Lots of it. Maybe a side of Spam and cheese. And corn. Booze? Buy a bottle of the cheapest whiskey you can find and paste a label over it that says “This whiskey is worth a lot of money”. Or just have some Wild Turkey.
What? What’s it about? I dunno. Something about numbers runners and the Mafia. If you want a good story, watch The Cotton Club.
Here’s the trailer…
-Tiki Chris P Reporting From The Time Warp Where 1970’s Cars Drove Down The Street In 1956
Posted on March 26th, 2011 2 comments
There’s a new book of Tiki drink recipes on the market, kids…Kahuna Kevin’s “Why is the Rum Gone”. Wow, dig it, it’s got 40 NEW recipes the cat dreamed up himself, all rum-based and as he says, Tiki-licious. Now, I haven’t gotten the book yet so I haven’t tried any recipes, but this one on his Facebook page really caught my eye…and as a tease, he tells us the ingredients, but not the concoction…
(great name, huh?) Kahuna Kevin’s description on the FB page is as such:
“A dark, blood-red muddled raspberry sweet cocktail containing 3 strong rums, including Lemon Hart 151 Demerara and 94 Proof Blue Cane Agricole, tropical fruit juices, 3 bitters and 2 cane syrups. A perfect aperitif to compliment your raven haired midnight snack!”
Holy cats! If that doesn’t sound like something that would swing at the Tiki Bar, I don’t know what does. And believe me kids, I know what does. You can buy the book (info at http://kahunakevin.com) for 25 clams plus shipping. Looks like a very kool tome, and something Tikiphiles will be squacking about for years to come. Good luck Kevin!
Ok, since that was a sort of a cheat, I suppose the Tiki thing to do would be to slide you a recipe you can make tonight. So here’s your second Exotic Cocktail for the weekend…
The Coco-Nut Cocktail
From one of my favorite books on Tiki drinks, The Tiki Drink Book by Jennifer Trainer Thompson, this is an easy to make cocktail is very sophisticated (because it has vermouth in it)
1 1/2 oz Spiced Rum
1 oz Kahlua
1 oz Dry Vermouth
Pour everything into a shaker with ice and shake it up until frost appears on the outside of the shaker. Strain into a martini glass and serve it up. Garnish with a white tropical flower, or shaved chocolate. You can dust the rim with powdered chocolate, too. Very kool drink. Of course you can serve it in a coconut, too.
Have a nice weekend swingers! – Tiki Chris reporting from lounge.
Posted on March 24th, 2011 No comments
Like the sign says, kool cars, Tiki bars and movie stars…I’d be remiss if I didn’t post a little tribute to Elizabeth Taylor, one of the greatest actresses of the Silver Screen’s golden era.
Just a few of my favorite photos of Elizabeth Taylor. You can click on the images to enlarge them. I’d have to say my favorite movie of hers was Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Incredible acting. As far as eye candy, I’m all for Cleopatra…although I must admit, I’ve yet to catch Butterfield 8. Need to put that on the list.
-Tiki Chris P.
Posted on March 22nd, 2011 No comments
When you think Vincent Price, you usually think of dark, black and white horror films or technicolor flicks that were made especially to show the deepness of the reds of freshly-spilled blood. Not this time, kids. Teaming up with Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court, and a very young Jack Nicholson, Roger Corman leads the way for this very loosely-based version of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven to a kookie, campy, very-often silly spoof of the horror genre, 1963-style.
As I said, this flick is very loosely based on Poe’s masterpiece. There is a raven. There’s a Lenore, who’s been lost, sort of. There’s a bust of Pallas, and knocking at the chamber door. It pretty much skews away from that point on. Vincent Price is a magician (sorcerer, I suppose) who only practices his magic for his own amusement. Peter Lorre runs into some…eh…trouble, with another sorcerer, and comes to Price for help. Silliness ensues.
Shot in beautiful technicolor in front of elaborate, Middle-Age (I guess) style sets, the movie is fun to watch and fun to make fun of. The acting isn’t so great, and it seems as if the actors were having way too much fun spoofing themselves to take anything seriously. Price, in more than on scene looks like he’s going to burst into evil laughter at the ridiculousness of the whole thing. Highly recommended.
Food & Booze: Movies like this always make me think of mutton. Since I’m not even sure what the hell mutton is (lamb? goat? Should I bother to google it? nah), maybe some of those giant turkey legs you find at the Renaissance fair will work, or a roast chicken on a spit. Big, chunky vegetables for sides, you know, like hunks of potato, carrots and celery. Lots of thick gravy. Maybe a mince pie. Be creative. Serve with a flagon of mead. Or a cheap bottle of wine.
Believe it or not, there actually is a Raven cocktail. No, you’re right, I wasn’t surprised either. Here it is, from drinksmixer.com:
1 oz vodka
1 oz white rum
1 oz Blue Curacao
3 oz 7-Up
2 oz peach schnapps
1 dash Vimto® blackcurrant squash concentrate or any dark fruit concentrate
1 chopped lime (optional)
Mix ice, vodka, rum and the blue curacao together and shake, pour all of it into into a tall glass and add 7up and peach schnapps. Add a dash of vimto concentrate to the top which will settle to the bottom of the glass giving a Ravens wing effect, add the lime to the top and DO NOT STIR. Looks great with a black straw.
My Take: Somehow, this movie escaped my line of sight until last week. My mother was a huge horror movie fan, with Vincent Price being one of her idols. She made it a point to expose me to just about every Price movie ever made, but for some reason I don’t think I ever saw this one. Although it is possible I saw it when I was, say, three, about the same time she tried to get me to watch Dark Shadows. Yeah, that screwed me up for a lot of years. But I’m fine now, teh-he teh-he teh-he.
Here’s the trailer…you’ll see here where Lucas got the idea for The Emperor in Star Wars…
-Tiki Chris Pinto reporting from the dungeon below the Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk!
PS: There’s a new movie due out this year entitled “The Raven”. It’s a fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allen Poe’s life starring John Cusack. It seems to be a murder mystery…nothing at all like the poem or the original movie. FYI, I hate it when Hollywood reuses movie titles. All it does is diminish the significance of the original film and confuse people, especially when it has nothing to do with the original. So, Hollywood, knock it the hell off. -CP
Posted on March 18th, 2011 2 comments
There was an interesting show on the tube last night about the history of Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey. It prompted me to take a gander at Jack’s website, where I found a few decent drink recipes incorporating the sweet booze bottled at America’s oldest registered distillery. Of course the one that had both the words “Tropical” and “Swing” in it caught my attention!
The Tropical Swing
1 oz of Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey
1 oz simple syrup
½ oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz of pineapple juice
Shake ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a large rocks glass over the rocks. Garnish with a cherry.
-Tiki Chris P reporting from behind the bar at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, Fort Lauderdale, Florida