GROWN-UP WORDS: Ice Breakers for Non-Parents

How to talk to your friends with kids.


Episode 3 of Kevin Maher's GROWN-UP WORDS, an original video series created for NICK MOM. 
Featuring Kate Jones, Anna Moore, Don Hooper, Rob Kaye, Ryan Fidrick and Polly Simon. 

Editor: Eric Hendricks. 
Director of Photography: Jeremy Carr. 
Wardrobe consultant: Alison Roberts.
Additional Material: Rebecca Rogers Maher and Ritch Duncan.


Traumafession: my first entry at Kindertrauma

Kindertrauma is one of my favorite places on the web. While most "retro" culture sites look at movies with an air of superiority, Unkle Lancifer respects the power of old media. (In my case the traumatic power of a Saturday morning cartoon.)

It's easy to ridicule a cheap b-movie for its cheesy special effects, bad acting or implausbile plotlines. But the writers at Kindertrauma recognize that there was a time when a simple TV commercial was the stuff of nightmares. 

I'm happy to have made a contribution to the site, you can read it here. I write about a scary episode of SuperFriends where the heroes are turned into Hobbit-like trolls.

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Awesome Trailer, Not So Awesome Movie

Sometimes even a bad movie has a good trailer. 

And then there's the bad movies with GREAT trailers. 

I put together a list of five such films for TheFW.com 

Watch them here and let me know if there are any you'd add to the list. 

Related Links: 

This podcast episode from "The Vault of Horror" blog, where Kevin chats with Brian Solomon about the "killer machine" subgenre. 

Kevin & Rusty talk "Maximum Overdrive" on this video review show.


GROWN-UP WORDS: Dodging Advice

Look out, people want to give you parenting advice!


Episode 2 of Kevin Maher's GROWN-UP WORDS, an original video series created for NICK MOM. 

Featuring: Wendy Mays, Bill Farrow, Robert Ankers, Ramen Cromwell, Michele Carlo, Lisa Hinshaw, Shyaporn Theerakulstit. 

Editor: Eric Hendricks. 
Director of Photography: Jeremy Carr. 
Additional Material: Rusty Ward, Rebecca Rogers Maher.
Wardrobe Consultant: Alison Roberts.


GROWN-UP WORDS: Decoding Disinterest

Here's the first episode of my new video series GROWN-UP WORDS.


Episode 1 of Kevin Maher's GROWN-UP WORDS, an original video series created for NICK MOM. 

Featuring: Shyaporn Theerakulstit., Eric Hendricks, Kate Jones, Polly Simon, Robert Ankers, Ramen Cromwell, Michele Carlo, Jo Ann Kamuf Ward and Sheilah Smiley. 

Editor: Eric Hendricks. 
Director of Photography: Jeremy Carr.
Wardrobe Consultant: Alison Roberts.



Here's the teaser for my new video series GROWN-UP WORDS. It's airing on NICK MOM and NickMom.com 

But you can watch all the videos here, without commercial pre-rolls. 

GROWN-UP WORDS: Teaser from Kevin Maher on Vimeo.


Hobbit Fever!

Over at theFW.com I wrote about some of my favorite examples of Hobbits in popular culture, including the unproduced Beatles movie, a disappointing theme-restaurant and, of course, my favorite Leonard Nimoy novelty song. 

You can read the full article here.


Who Sang it Better? BATMAN edition

I just came across this odd coincidence: Both Adam West and Burt Ward performed covers of Nat King Cole's ORANGE COLORED SKY.

Here's Adam West performing as Batman in the television variety show "The Hollywood Palace" (This aired October 8, 1966.)

Now here's a recording of Burt Ward speak-singing the same ditty, recorded in June 1966. In his memoirs, Boy Wonder, My Life in Tights Ward humbly calls himself "the world's worst singer."

The Ward recording has a bit of a cult following, partly because the record was arranged by Frank Zappa. "Orange Colored Sky" was the b-side to the novelty tune "Boy Wonder I Love You" (and you can hear young Frank as one of the screaming teenage girls.) 

Given that Burt Ward had recorded it first, I really wonder what was going on with the Adam West cover. Was it a coincidence, an inside joke, a rip-off or a put-down? 

What do YOU think, dear reader? 

Related links: 

More Than Super-Friends

Fantastic Planet episode of AMC's The Sci Fi Department



In 1975, after JAWS defined the term "summer block-buster" there were dozens of B-movie rip-offs rushed into production. But there were also some JAWS-inspired comic books, here are a few...



I wrote an article about lost movies that were made but never released. The list includes a Bill Murray musical comedy, a Texas Chainsaw sequel, an early Louis C.K. feature and the Ed Wood screenplay that was produced 20 years after his death.

Read it here.


12 Sequels You (Probably) Didn't Know About

I wrote this article about lesser-know sequels and direct-to-video follow-up films. 

I insisted they title it "12 Sequels You PROBABLY Didn't Know About" because I have a lot of respect for the mouth-breathers who read pop-culture blogs. 

Also, I dropped the ball by failing to include AMERICAN PSYCHO 2 on the list. I've actually seen that one, but it's pretty forgettable. 

Anyway, read it here

Related posts: 

10 Movies that Promised Sequels that Never Happened

12 Lost Movies You May Never Get To See