Miami Connection: Sheer 80′s Awesomeness


If you live near a movie theater that shows independent films, you might have heard about the midnight movie phenomenon that is Miami Connection.  If not, though, don't fret: the movie is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and reasonably-priced digital copy... and trust me, this is not something you want to miss. Miami Connection had a very limited release back in 1987 before it was declared a flop and immediately forgotten.  Almost 25 years later, the Alamo Drafthouse purchased a print of the … [Read more...]

A Year of Zombie Fear


When I was little, my nerves were unshakable.  I read and watched anything that was scary and age-appropriate (and quite a few things that weren't).  Goosebumps?  Had it covered.  Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark?  Sure thing.  I wrote short stories that were likely ripped off from inspired by the Poe and Bradbury I was reading and the episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? I was watching.  The only time I can remember being scared by something I read was the topiary scene from The Shining.  I … [Read more...]

World of Rodriguez: 10 Minutes in School


So it's 2am on Black Friday, 2010, and I'm hanging out at the Wal-Mart with a couple of my family members. I'm there for the long haul, waiting for 5am, so my mother can get a TV that's not from 1992 (though I must say, there was nothing wrong with that TV and in fact it's outlived other, younger models).  Needless to say, I had a lot of time to peruse the rest of the store, including periodic checks in the DVD section to see what two-dollar goodies they were hauling out this hour. I almost … [Read more...]