Archive for May, 2007

May 25, 2007

The second reason May 25th holds special significance for me: today is the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars.

Think about how different the Star Wars experience was in those days. There was so much still to wonder about. Would Luke get revenge on Darth Vader for killing his father? Would Princess Leia (and our 7-year-old selves could never remember if it was LAY-uh or LEE-uh) choose Luke or Han? We all knew that Star Wars 2 would be coming soon; would it be Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye, or Han Solo at Star’s End?

And most importantly, who had the most Star Wars toys?

(more…)

May 24, 2007

May 25th is a day that holds significance to me for two reasons. First, it is International Towel Day.

You may recall the effectiveness of towels from the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy: (more…)

What is Junque?

May 22, 2007

Well, that’s a good question. The easy answer would be to say, “it’s my site, so Junque is whatever I say it is.” So let’s start with that.

In the late 90s, I hosted The Movie Geek Show on Seattle Public Access TV. During one early episode, we were discussing what we considered the most essential movies of the last 20 years, and soliciting viewers opinions on same. This being 1996, our choices included such decidedly lowbrow faire as Highlander, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and the Star Wars trilogy. One caller cheekily noted our addiction to what she called “J-U-N-Q-U-E.”

So what is Junque? The easy answer would be to say, “it’s my site, so Junque is whatever I say it is.” So let’s start with that. Junque is lowbrow with a high IQ. Or it’s smart made stupid. It’s a bad monster movie, made with exquisite talent and skill. Or it’s something great, turned face-meltingly bad. Or it’s something boring and mediocre, that’s given that cracky twist to make it a total WTF experience.  Happy Days is not Junque, but this is:

And that’s Junque. The best of the worst, the worst of the best. And best of all, it’s my site, so Junque is whatever I say it is.

– King Zilch