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  • Mod (Retro) Movie Monday: Speed Racer, 2008. Wait, what?

    Posted on November 15th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    speed-racer-movie-psp-wallpaper2008? Ain’t that too new to be played at the Tiki Bar?

    Well kids, this flick is actually bursting with nostalgia, retro-ness, and mod-a-ramic moods. It’s not just a kid’s flick based on the cartoon we all loved once upon a time – it’s a sort of a time capsule, throwing period stuff at us that will have you saying, “I remember that! We had one of those!” Here’s

    Speed Racer, 2008

    Let’s start, of course, with the car. A full-scale, drivable model of the original Mach 5 from the cartoon is featured in scene after scene. It’s unbelievable. It even has the push-buttons in the steering wheel, and the shark fins on the back fenders. Then there’s Speed’s family’s house. A cartoon-stylized mid-century modern-palooza, the interior of the house crams in everything from big flower patterns to bamboo to star clocks and bright, mod colors. And the outside – well, it looks like it would be on a 1950’s Plasticville train platform, for real. It’s a dream house for kats like us.

    Tell me you wouldn't live here if you could?

    Tell me you wouldn't live here if you could?

    Then there are the race tracks that Speed Racer flies around on. It didn’t take me long to realize these CGI tracks and cars are, in fact, based on the slotless slot-car tracks from the late 70s-80s (also incorporated into the video game).  You remember, the ones where you could cross lanes and knock other cars off the track…yeah, the do that in the movie.

    The clothes are kind of kookie too, reminding me of the Roaring 20’s revival of the late 60s-early 70s (I still have a few suits from that era that belonged to my Uncle in Philly). Sure, the movie is all CGI backgrounds and most was filmed on a green screen, but let me tell you the effect is A-OK.

    I always wanted a Mach 5. Maybe I'll build one myself.

    I always wanted a Mach 5. Maybe I'll build one myself.

    But what about the movie? Is it any good? Well, that’s going to have to be for you to decide. I dug it, a lot. To see that car and those characters come to life was enough for me. I don’t even know if the acting and writing was any good or not, honestly. The visuals had me from the minute it started. The visuals, and the theme song, of course. Some people dig it. Some think it’s stupid. Some think it’s ok. Whatever, it’s worth $3 to rent it just to see that car come to life.

    Food & Booze: There is a big to-do about pancakes, and of course Spridel & Chim Chim eat as much candy as they can get their hands on. So pancakes and candy for dinner. No? Hmmm. Well, since the original cartoon was from Japan, how about some Japanese food? You’re right, I don’t eat sushi. Ok, then let’s go with something sort of in between. A California Salad with bright, red cherry tomatoes and yellow peppers, chicken satay over white rice, and blueberry pie for dessert. At least the colors will match the movie. For booze – How about a

    Mach 5 Shooter

    1/2 oz. 151 Proof Rum
    1/2 oz. Crown Royal
    1/2 oz. Goldschlager
    1/2 oz. Jagermeister
    1/2 oz. RumpleMinze

    Layer and drink it down fast. This doesn’t sound like the tastiest drink, but I’ll bet it will knock you on your ass faster than five times the speed of sound!speed-racer-kitchen

    One more thing: I think Racer X might secretly be Speed Racer’s older brother. But I’m not sure. Maybe you can solve the mystery.

    -Tiki Chris P reporting from the garage next to the Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk, the swingin’ pad for mod-men and kookie kitties.

    speedracer-oldHey! Since you’ve come this far, here’s a couple’a video for you…

    The Movie Trailer…

    And the original opening from the Cartoon…

  • Your Friday Tiki Bar Cocktail: The Stars & Stripes

    Posted on November 12th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    The Stars & Stripes Cocktail At

    Since yesterday was Veterans Day, I thought it would be kool beans to do a little patriotic concoction this week. Now, I haven’t tried this cocktail yet, but it looks good and seems like it would be pretty tasty if you like your drinks sweet, so here’s

    The Stars & Stripes Cocktail

    for your weekend Tiki Bar pleasure.

    I found this recipe on Fabulous Cocktail Recipes, a fun site with a retro-cocktail party feel. Check them out!

    “Start with shot glass and pour 1/2 oz of Grenadine for the bottom layer. Using a bar spoon, float 1/2 oz of Blue Curacao for the middle layer. Wipe down the spoon and then use it to float 1/2 oz of Heavy Cream for the top layer. Sing the Star Spangled Banner and serve!” (Click here to see the actual post on Fabulous Cocktail Recipes).stars-and-stripes-tiki

    Of course I can’t leave well enough alone, and had to turn it into a Tiki Drink!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk, the Tiki Blog For Tiki Fans. (Wow, that’s a lot of Tiki!)

  • Plan 9 from Outer Space, 1958 and Ed Wood, 1994 for Mod Movie Monday’s Creature Double Feature

    Posted on October 29th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments


    It’s Halloweekend at the Tiki Bar! From one of the worst directors to one of the best, on this week’s Mod Movie Monday we’ll look at two kats who changed the way we look at movies forever.

    Let’s start with our favorite bad director, Ed Wood, Jr. Ed brought us some of the most poorly written, directed and produced films of all kind, with the zenith (or basement) of his work being Plan 9 from Outer Space. I feel bad for this kid. He just wanted to make movies that people would enjoy. Unfortunately for him, nobody really dug his stuff until years after his alcohol-soaked death. Now, we can love these lowest-budget flicks for what they are: So incredibly bad they are great. Fun to watch, fun to make fun of, fun to imagine yourself on the set 50+ years ago as walls shook and gravestones fell over.

    Plan 9 is actually an interesting premise. Originally entitled “Grave Robbers from Outer Space”, the title was deemed too gory for the film’s religious backers. So it’s about space aliens who come to earth and resurrect dead people to do stuff like slowly walk into people, killing them. Or something. Actually, I’ve seen this movie several times and I’m still not sure what it’s about. Maybe because I can’t get through it sober.

    plan9zombiesEd Wood extensively used free, stock footage to fill in the holes in his films. Scenes of cattle stampeding, WWII footage, and people walking around get spliced in at the strangest places. Add Bela Lugosi, who died during filming, Tor Johnson and Vampira to the cast. Then add in a stand-in for Bela, a guy who had the same shaped head, skulking around with a cape over his face for the rest of the flick. Tin pie plates on strings attacking California. Car chases where the cars change to different models when showed in different angles. A shower curtain in the cockpit. Are you confused? Wait’ll ya see the movie.

    edwoodposterBut it’s fun to watch, for certain. So much fun that one of Hollywood’s top weirdos, Tim Burton, made a film about Ed Wood, Jr. and his repertoire of canned junk. Shot in black and white and starring Johnny Depp (of course), Ed Wood is a thousand times better-made movie than any of Wood’s movies ever were. Martin Landau steals the show with his Bela Lugosi character. Vampira looks and acts like the original Vampira. And Ed Wood is so goofy, so much fun you have to wonder if he was really like that, or if that’s how Burton envisions how he must have been.

    Either of these films is great on its own. Back to back, they’re a riot. And speaking of Bella Lugosi…

    Dracula, 1931

    Turn this duet into a trio this Halloweekend with one of the movies that started it all, the original Bela Lugosi Dracula from 1931. Still scary and creepy today as it was 70 years ago, no vintage-style ‘ween is complete without this master of horror flicks. dracula_1931_poster

    Your Halloweekend Drinks!

    So here’s a few drink ideas for Hallowe’en Weekend, to sip with your movies or push at your party…

    Vampire’s Blood Martini

    1.5 oz Russian Vodka
    1 oz orange juice
    1 oz  cranberry juice
    1 small scoop raspberry sorbet

    Shake vodka, OJ, & cranberry in shaker with ice until well chilled. Strain into a large martini glass, add a small (about a teaspoon) scoop of sorbet and top with seltzer. You can add a few drops of red food coloring to make it really bloody.

    plan9The Zombie (Frozen)

    There are a few variations on the Zombie Cocktail. This one, close to the old version but frozen, is probably my favorite:

    1/2 oz 151 rum
    1 oz pineapple juice
    1 oz orange juice
    1/2 oz apricot brandy
    1 tsp sugar
    2 oz light rum
    1 oz dark rum
    1 oz lime juice

    Blend all ingredients with ice except the 15. Pour it into a tall Tiki mug and flloat the 151 rum on top. Garnish with a fruit slice, sprig of mint, and a cherry. To give it a real kick, add a few sprinkles of cayenne pepper into the mix. Yow!

    The Michael Myers Halloween Cocktailedwood-scene

    Yep, made this one up at the Tiki Bar. Not really an exotic drink, as there’s no rum, but it’s strong and will probably tear your guts out, so…

    2 oz Jack Daniels (or Jim Beam, which will be a little sweeter)
    1 oz Goldschlager or Cinnamon Schnapps
    1/2 Orange Curacau
    1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
    2-3 drops Bitters (optional)
    Apple and pumpkin, chopped into small cubes
    Cinnamon stick

    This can be served over the rocks, or warmed up in a mug. Stir all ingredients together. float small cubes of apple and pumpkin on top and garnish with a cinnamon stick stirrer. Like I said, strong as hell but krazy fun!

    plan9sceneWell kids, that’s all for this week. I know I haven’t posted much lately (This is my busiest time of year) and probably won’t get to another post until Monday, so Happy Hallowe’en to you kool ghouls!

    -Tiki Chris P, in ghost form floating around Haunted Tiki Island Resort. Reporting for Tiki Lounge Talk, the Tiki Culture Tiki Blog for retro lovers and Tikiphiles all over the world.

  • Weekend Drink Recipe: The Red Death

    Posted on October 9th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    retro-drinks-cocktails-hi-and-lowWith Halloween only a few weeks away, I thought I’d slide you kids some spooky juice. Here’s a recipe for a concoction monikered


    1 oz Amaretto
    1 oz Peach Schnapps
    1 oz Sloe gin
    1 oz Southern Comfort
    1 oz Vodka

    Shake everything up in a shaker and strain over rocks in a very tall glass. You can make it redder for you Halloween party by throwing in a couple of drops of red food coloring.


    -Tiki Chris reporting from Haunted Tiki Island

  • ANNOUNCING: International Exotic Cocktail Day, Oct. 1st

    Posted on September 28th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    exotic-cocktail-dayOy yez, Oy yez, let it be heard, this is the OFFICIAL WORLD ANNOUNCEMENT of International Exotic Cocktail Day, October 1st, 2010.

    Ah, it feels good to establish a new holiday, and one that’s long overdue. Sure, there are other days like it…but not the actual, official, one-of-a-kind International Exotic Cocktail Day.

    Pass the word! Tell your friends! Tell your co-workers! Tell your bartender!

    What is International Exotic Cocktail Day? IECD, from now on to be held on Friday of October each year is a day to celebrate the pleasure of enjoying an Exotic Cocktail at your favorite Tiki Bar, on the lanai, by the pool or on the front lawn. It’s a day to imbibe in your favorite mixes with friends and family. It’s a day to remember the people who started it all and the people who keep the traditions alive today!


    colleen-at-the-tiki-barHow to Celebrate International Exotic Cocktail Day: Share recipes with your friends, gather in crowds and drink exiting concoctions around your Tiki bar, or meet up at the Mai Kai (or your favorite Tiki Lounge). Whatever floats your boat, kids! Be sure to garnish everything you drink that day with a cocktail umbrella, pineapple slice and a cherry, even at work. Drink virgin frozen drinks at work all day and add the booze later on. Have an “over the air” cocktail party where you and your online friends around the world make the same drinks at the same time and tweet or FB your results, and toast each other across the globe. Try to make exotic cocktails you’ve never had before, or go with your old favorites. Have buttons and stickers made up that say “International Exotic Cocktail Day”. Go ahead, after all, it’s International Exotic Cocktail Day, so have a ball!

    tiki-galore-drinkHow International Exotic Cocktail Day got started: I was sipping a Blue Hawaiian one evening while looking for ideas for upcoming Tiki Lounge Talk posts when I decided to google “Exotic Cocktail Day”. Nothing came up as an actual day of remembrance and revelry, so like a good Tiki kid I found it my duty to execute this all-important holiday.

    How to share this great news: If you’re reading this than no doubt you’re on board with this great holiday. Spread the word, kids! Twitter your pals, post it on Facebook & MySpace, Digg it, blog it, send out a mass email, whatever you can do to get your F&F in on it. Remember, it’s all about living the kool and breezy Tiki lifestyle, so get hip, kids!

    Official Facebook Event Page: HERE

    The Retro Tiki Lounge on Facebook:

    Here’s some great drink recipe posts from Tiki Lounge Talk: