Friday, July 1, 2016

freakboy classics: THE DAY

June is over, taking freakboy on film with it.  Now the film blog has mutated back into its former nondescript self.  Three things I learned from last month are...

1.)  It was a great pleasure to have been a part of the Nature's Fury Blogathon!  As if I needed an excuse to watch The Little Shop of Horrors for the Nth time.

2.)  I have a new appreciation for bloggers who review a film (or more) a week.  It's not always easy to decide what film to review, and sometimes the plan changes.  Party Girl was a last minute review after another film just didn't feel right with my overall theme of quirky, weird films I love.

3.)  It was kind of nice having a theme for the month, which leads me to the following...

For the month of July, tales from the freakboy zone will step back in time.  It will dig up a few of the original e-mail essay-things that inspired the name of this blog, and got my juices flowing after a long creative drought.  To kick off this month's theme, here is a tale from 10 years ago that is very much connected to last month's theme...


June 12, 2006: I called a multitude of stores to figure out where I could find the two.  After much button pushing, I found one store that would only have one of each.  I was happy with that sole store but I was worried about their stocking, especially since I would have to drive out-of-town for them.
June 13, 2006: The day I had known about for months arrived.  The day I had been waiting a few years for became a reality.  They would be there but I feared I would miss the chance.
I walked into the store 30-minutes after it opened.  I looked at the new items.  Nothing.  I kept my anxiety in check as I looked under "B".  I started to sweat when I didn't see it.  So, I looked under "V" and still found nothing!  Panic set in as I rushed through the aisles!  I barely resisted the urge to cry out, "I need a doll!"
An employee asked if I needed help (it's far too late for that!) and I told her what I was looking for.  She looked in a box and my eyes zoomed in on them.  I wondered if they were waiting for me.  "I think I see them!"  My voice sounded singsong to my ears.
She pulled out the only copy of each item.  I watched with impatient fascination as she fingered through a list of pricing labels.  She found the stickers and placed them on the corresponding items.  I smiled wildly because it was as if she was doing her job just for me!  I quickly cut short the desire to be a full-time egocentric.
I was handed the two items and my mind imploded!  I caressed the plastic wrap and absorbed the words and colors.  My eyes dared to roll back in ecstasy with the promise of a Panavision-istic, psychedelic, musically varied, merry-go-round land of ups and downs!
This is my happening and I will sparkle like Neely as I graze through the VALLEY OF THE DOLLS and travel far BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS!
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
(polished: Tuesday, June 28th, 2016)

For the record, I had seen both films prior to purchasing them, which is why I was so amped up about their DVD release! 

Freak Out,

P.S.  If you would like to read my thoughts/review of one of those films, please click...DOLLS

P.P.S.  Maybe, if the mood should strike, freakboy on film will sporadically resurface so I can go on and on about some of my other favorite films.


  1. You're never a disappointment, John! Still worthy 10 years later, and beyond! Thank you for being YOU, and sharing!

  2. Great post, as always. Glad you enjoyed the blogathon. Your enthusiasm inspires me to do another one next year (and I may have a possible theme). Hopefully, it won't take another year for freakboy on film to surface again! :)

    Your reflections about movie blogging are spot on. I can't tell you how many times I've rejected something at the last minue, because it didn't feel right.

    1. Thanks, Barry!

      I really enjoyed participating and reading the posts in the blogathon! I look forward to your next one!

      When picking the three other films last month, I thought of so many I would enjoy blogging about. It is just a matter of time before freakboy on film returns.

      Well, I'm glad it wasn't just me being picky or something when I rejected a film during my film blog experience.