Friday, September 17, 2021

"I've Seen That Movie Too"

Episode #112

The review trilogy comes to a close as Joseph and Mike share their thoughts on six of the movies that aired as part of this year's Genre Blast Film Festival. Were there any stand-outs or stinkers? Is Kringle Time an actual time zone? And what does Vernon Wells have to do with any of this? Before you get the answers to THOSE questions, though, Joe answers the SLP VHS Dub Tape Challenge with the topic of "losing a job". Let's all head to the lobby for some refreshing snacks before the start of the show!




Wednesday, September 15, 2021

“Britain’s Answer to Roger Corman”

Tom Paton on His New Sci-Fi Thriller “G-LOC”
 
In this exclusive syndicated interview, director Tom Paton reflects on why making movies is like solving a puzzle, his passion for survival stories, and being compared to Roger Corman. Paton’s sci-fi action thriller G-LOC is scheduled for an upcoming premiere on Horror Channel in the U.K.
 
Horror Channel will be broadcasting the UK TV premiere of your sci-fi adventure G-LOC. Excited or what?
 
It’s honestly so strange to me every time Horror Channel debuts one of my movies. The channel has been such a big part of my life growing up and informing my taste in films, that it’s always a “pinch myself moment” when I see something that I’ve made appear on their TV listing. G-LOC is much more of a sci-fi adventure than any of my previous movies, so it’s great that Horror Channel is supporting it and bringing it to UK audiences.

Tom Paton on the set of G-LOC
Tom Paton on the set of G-LOC 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

8 From the 80s - Comedians


Each installment Mike will look back to the decade of decadence and provide a list of eight things – from movies to music to memorable moments and everything in-between.  Keep in mind, this isn’t a TOP 8 list and any numerical notations are included to merely designate one item from another. Because, frankly, how can rate one thing over another when it came from a decade as totally tubular as the 80s?

Comedians
While the stand-up comedian as we know it today was hardly anything new by the 80s (George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Lenny Bruce are just a few who found fame in the 70s), it was the “decade of decadence” that really saw the art form shoot through the roof.  As comedy clubs appeared in nearly every major city from New York to California, it became easier to get your act in front of an audience and, if you were lucky, you’d land a sitcom or  a cable special. Many were influenced by those who had come before and many inspired those who would come later, but one thing that they ALL did was make us laugh.


Jerry Seinfeld
Seinfeld’s career took off in the early 80s as he frequently appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman doling out his observational humor about life, relationships and the minutia surrounding them.  The now-classic sitcom “about nothing”, Seinfeld, (which was loosely based on Jerry himself), debuted in 1989 and ran for nine years.  

Sunday, September 5, 2021

"Kung Fu Fighting"

Episode #111

Mike and Joe review and discuss RetroTV's newest program, "Dracula's Kung-Fu Theater" and how it harkens back to old TV horror hosts, albeit with the hook that instead of monster flicks, we get old martial arts films. This leads into memories of hosts from their youth like Sir Graves Ghastly, Bob Wilkins, the Ghoul and others, as well as how current and more recent personalities like Svengoolie, Elvira, and Joe Bob Briggs provide today's horror hounds with similar experiences. Oh, yeah - and there's the debut of the newest feature, The SLP VHS Tape Challenge! Was Mike able to fill up a six hour video tape of things inspired by the topic "The One That Got Away"? Find out by downloading or hitting play now!



 

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Skatetown, U.S.A.

Here's an all-but-forgotten blast from the past!
We smell a Retro Review coming on!

Enjoy this glorious trailer!



Saturday, August 21, 2021

The Envelope Please...

Popcorn Frights Announces Award Winners with SUPERHOST Receiving the Jury Prize for Best Film and WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED Taking the Audience Award

The Seventh Annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival was a hybrid experience that pulled in a record setting 10,000 attendees and viewers across all 50 U.S. states

August 19, 2021 // – As its seventh edition comes to a close after eight nights of in-person and virtual programming, Popcorn Frights Film Festival is proud to announce its juried and audience awards that were selected from its lineup of 68 films (31 features and 37 short films from 13 countries) in 10 categories. This year’s Jury consisted of South Florida journalists and notable genre enthusiasts, who chose to honor Brandon Christensen’s SUPERHOST with the Jury Prize for Best Feature Film. In announcing the Feature Film Prize for the film, the jury said the following: “We found Superhost to be a highly entertaining film, headlined by one of the best performances of the festival by Gracie Gillam. After terrifying us in years past at Popcorn Frights with Still/Born and Z, Brandon Christensen made the most enjoyable film of this year's festival. We indeed wanted to ‘smash that like button’ and ‘click that little bell’ while watching Christensen's movie, and as such, this is our pick for the top prize of the best feature film.”

Thursday, August 19, 2021

"Popcorn"

Episode #110

It's movie review time! The guys sit down and talk about four movies that played at this year's Popcorn Frights Film Festival that was held in person in Fort Lauderdale along with a nationwide virtual version from August 12th until today. On tap are two slasher-esque flicks as well as two creature features, both of which were world premieres. Plus, Joseph introduces the SLP VHS Dub-Tape Challenge. Put some Jiffy Pop on the stove burner and get ready for something completely different.




Friday, August 13, 2021

Retro Movie Review - "Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives" (1986)


It’s Friday the 13th and You Know What That Means
When the thirteenth day of a month lands on a Friday it goes without saying that any good fan of horror flicks knows what they are supposed to do.  Luckily for us here at Uphill Both Ways, Popcorn Frights Film Festival is screening Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives for its 35th anniversary which provides us an extra reason to visit Crystal Lake.  Who says the number 13 is unlucky?!?

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Popcorn Frights Film Festival 2021

Florida’s Popcorn Frights Film Festival Offers Horror Thrills of the Retro and Modern Varieties
By Joseph Perry

This year's Popcorn Frights Film Festival, the seventh annual installment of this outstanding Florida horror film fest tradition, will be a hybrid experience offering both in-theater and virtual film offerings from August 12-19, 2021, and Mike and Joseph are thrilled to bring you both print and podcast reviews from the fest! Uphill Both Ways listeners and readers can join in on the fright-fare goodness with Popcorn Fright’s nationwide virtual version. That’s right, true believers --- you can bring this highly acclaimed horror film festival smack dab into your own homes! The virtual program highlights include eight feature film World Premieres, Popcorn Frights’ first-ever Virtual Reality experience, a Sneak Preview of Alex Proyas’ new short film set in the DARK CITY universe, and a record-setting 68 film premieres! 

Following is information from the official press announcement with just a few of the Popcorn Frights offerings that Mike and Joseph are most looking forward to. Regular listeners know that Mike loves his slasher movies, Joseph is partial to supernatural fare, and they both love creature features — and Popcorn Frights nails all three of these subgenres, and more!

Thursday, August 5, 2021

"Play That Funky Music"

Episode #109

While Joe is busy spending his Summer break waiting to get his second Covid vaccine shot, the guys weren't able to schedule any time to record, so Mike has put together the next best thing: A clip show! But not just any clip show, no sir! One of the most popular UBW features was the Monthly Mix-Tape Challenge, so Mike put together seven of the best challenges and compiled them into this very special episode. Songs about the one that got away, songs that would make cool movies, and songs that make you think about Halloween are just a few of the ones you've got waiting for you here. Just push play already!




Monday, August 2, 2021

"Everybody Was Kung-Fu Biting"

“Dracula’s Kung Fu Theatre” Swoops In on Retro TV This August


Here at Uphill Both Ways, Joseph and Mike are big proponents of both horror hosts and martial arts blasts from the cinematic past, so we are thrilled to tell our faithful followers about a new undertaking that sounds like a lot of fun: Retro TV’s  Dracula’s Kung Fu Theatre. Mixing chops with chuckles, kicks with kickers, and punches with punch lines, the new series has us striking martial arts stances in anticipation of its debut. Following is the official press announcement.



Retro TV is proud to announce the premiere of its newest original programming, Dracula’s Kung Fu Theatre, on Friday the 13th, August 13th to be exact, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.


The series, a mix of Elvira meets Enter the Dragon, is hosted by Dracula from his Castle Studio where he shares his immortal collection of cult classic VHS Kung Fu films. Armed with his “legendary” comedy skills and joined by a cast of Transylvanian misfits, Dracula is ready to dust off his fangs and deliver A+ jokes to B+ movies.



“With our proven success in original programming, I knew it was time for our incredibly creative team to take a bite out of something new with a hosted movie series,” says Joel Wertman, president of Retro TV. “We have no doubt that this show will be a hit among genre fans, and will bring in a new audience as well. Having Dracula host the show was a big risk, but who knew the guy could be so charismatic!”


Dracula’s Kung Fu Theatre will premiere on Friday, August 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, with new episodes every Friday. Retro TV is available on 67 stations in 54 markets across the United States, and audiences will also be able to stream the show on-demand via the It’s Real Good TV app, available on Roku, Apple and Android devices, as well as on the web at itsrealgoodtv.com.


To stay up to date on the latest information, follow the show on social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


Sunday, August 1, 2021

Movie Review - "The Nest" (2021)


Dee Wallace Gets Involved with Familial Body Horror in “The Nest” (2021) 

Not to be confused with Eli Cantor’s (AKA Gregory A. Douglas) 1980 horror novel about killer cockroaches The Nest — recently republished in the Paperbacks from Hell series — nor its 1987 movie adaptation, director James Suttles’ The Nest is a familial — and rather familiar — fear-fare film about a recovering addict mother, her jerk of a husband, their suddenly depressed young daughter and her new used teddy bear, and their kindly neighbor. 


Saturday, July 31, 2021

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Ron Popeil - 1935-2021 - RIP

Ron Popeil, the man who invented such iconic products like the Pocket Fisherman, Hair in a Can spray, Mr. Microphone, and many others, died Wednesday July 28th at the age of 86.

Family sources told TMZ that Popeil had a "severe medical emergency" Tuesday night and died Wednesday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. 





8 From the 80s - New Wave Music


Each installment Mike will look back to the decade of decadence and provide a list of eight things – from movies to music to memorable moments and everything in-between.  Keep in mind, this isn’t a TOP 8 list and any numerical notations are included to merely designate one item from another. Because, frankly, how can rate one thing over another when it came from a decade as totally tubular as the 80s?

New Wave Artists


Psychedelic Furs


Starting in 1977, the Psychedelic Furs were at the forefront of the New Wave genre.  Despite being successful in their native U.K. and getting airplay on college radio stations through the early 80s, it wasn’t until their re-recorded ‘Pretty in Pink’ was featured in the John Hughes film of the same name in 1986 that they shot to the mainstream.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

"Fantasia Retro"


Fantasia Retro: Fantasia International Film Festival’s 25th Edition Features a Pack of Retro Premieres
by Joseph Perry


The Fantasia International Film Festival, Montreal’s premiere genre-film fest, features a ton of new horror, thriller, action, and dark comedy titles from around the world from August 5-25, but this year’s edition also boasts a fine series of films from the past that gets Uphill Both Ways’ seal of approval. Following are the festival’s official film descriptions, with comments from yours truly in italics.

In 1989, Stephen Sayadian, aka Rinse Dream, released one of the most iconic and fantastical works in American exploitation cinema. For the first time since its release, thanks to a new restoration, it will finally find its audience and retroactively be appreciated as the Underground masterpiece that it is. Bizarre, stunning, goofy, and unsettling, DR. CALIGARI embraces the avant-garde in its exquisite and hilarious exploitation of America's repressed libido. As the film's title might suggest, the feature is a loose remake of the German expressionist classic, centered on Mrs. Van Houten, a woman who seems to be losing touch with reality, and her treatment under Dr. Caligari, who diagnoses her with a "disease of the libido." 


Somehow seeing Dr. Caligari has eluded me all these years, though it has been on my radar since its release.  As a big fan of the original silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an out-there 1980s version is right up my alley and I am thrilled that Fantasia is giving viewers a chance to finally see it, and in a restored version, no less!

In addition to DR. CALIGARI, Fantasia is proud to announce the following classics, resurrected in stunning new transfers.

Friday, July 23, 2021

"Nobody Loves the Hulk"

Episode #108

Lois Lane, Mary Jane Watson, and Veronica Lodge - what do they all have in common? They're non-powered love interests of comic book characters. While there are plenty of couples in comic books, most of them don't last long or, when they do, both parties have extraordinary abilities. So Joseph and Mike decided to take a hike up Mt. Retromore and discuss those love interests and each list their top four. Then, sticking with the comic book theme, the guys discuss what got them into comics, their early days of buying, when they realized they were collectors, and other topics related to their comic book fixations back in the day.




Thursday, July 8, 2021

"I Hear You Knockin'"

Episode #107

It's a special review show as the guys look at Craig Moss and Goldwyn Films new movie, Let Us In which debuted on VOD last Friday. They discuss the movie and other examples of "gateway" horror geared towards kids, or that is at least kid-friendly, and how they both were drawn to and/or introduced to the horror genre. But before that Mike reveals what has been ailing him the past six months or so and then it's a trip to their favorite landmark, Mt. Retromore, where they each run down their top four TV detectives from the 70s and 80s. And for Pete's sake, if someone starts knocking on your door asking if they can come in, make sure they aren't dressed in black and don't have empty black eyes before you say 'Yes'.




Monday, June 28, 2021

"The Aftermath" and "Empire of the Dark" Capsule Reviews

 


This year’s Chattanooga Film Festival features The Aftermath and Empire of the Dark, the two directorial offerings of actor/director Steve Barkett.  While both films were apparently created with shoestring budgets, their lack of big studio effects is offset by guts, determination, and plenty of chutzpah.


Barkett’s first film, 1982’s The Aftermath, sees two astronauts —  Newman (Barkett) and Williams (Jim Danforth) — return to a post-apocalyptic Earth in which mutant cannibals and sadistic survivors roam the landscape ravaged by nuclear and biological weapons.  One group of survivors terrorizing the ruins of Los Angeles is led by Cutter, played by the late, great Sid Haig. Cutter’s crew roams the land snatching up women and children while killing the men, which doesn’t sit too well with Newman who has befriended a young boy named Christopher (Christopher Barkett) and taken him under his wing at the behest of a museum curator (Forrest J. Ackerman!) that he stumbles across. Newman, Williams, Christopher, and Sarah (Lynne Margulies) —  the latter of which saves Newman at one point — decide to strike at and eliminate Cutter and his crew.

Barkett does it all here, acting, directing, and producing all of it from his screenplay that was based on a story he wrote along with Stanley Livingstone (who is probably best known for playing Chip Douglas on TV’s My Three Sons).  The effects, while not all that good, far surpass what one would expect from such a low-budget feature, including some very impressive matte paintings of a ruined landscape. Of particular note is the music which evokes memories of B-movies from the ‘50s. At times it seems a bit out of place and even jarring, but for the most part it succeeds in distracting you from some of the film’s flaws. The acting is all pretty bad, except for Haig who brings Cutter to life  with an air of homicidal bravado, but clearly everyone is giving 110% and you can tell that the entire cast and crew are dedicated to the proceedings.  

It took Barkett nearly a decade to put on all of the hats he wore for The Aftermath, but in 1990 he finally did and Empire of the Dark was the result.  Once again, Barkett stars, this time as Richard Flynn, a cop-turned-private-detective. The love of Flynn’s life, Angela (Tera Hendrickson), tells him that she has decided to marry another man.  Sometime later, Flynn gets a call from Angela who is in trouble — she and her baby are to be sacrificed by a Satanic cult and Flynn, with only one bullet after making his way to her, must choose between saving her or the baby as both have knives poised above their heads held by the cult leader, Arkham (Richard Harrison) and the guy Angela married, Brian (Dan Speaker). Twenty years pass following Flynn’s choice (we’re not spoiling who he picked!), and there’s someone the press has dubbed “The Demon Slasher”  who is killing young women. It’s up to Flynn, Detective Eddie Green (Jay Richardson), and a figure from Flynn’s past to save the day.  Barkett and company are working from a much more involved script (written by Barkett of course) that involves plenty of action including shootouts, sword fights, fist fights, and a sort-of impressive giant stop-motion demon puppet. The preceding eight years were not spent honing his craft, but once again Barkett surpasses pure shlock and delivers a surprisingly engaging film.  Is this a good film? No. But that doesn’t matter because, as he managed to do with The Aftermath, everything somehow clicks into place.


The Aftermath and Empire of the Dark screen as part of Chattanooga Film Festival's 2021 virtual edition, which started on June 24th and runs through the 29th. For more information, visit https://www.chattfilmfest.org

Thursday, June 24, 2021

"Mr. Roboto"

Episode #106

Joe talks about some old Kiss demo clips that he found on YouTube, Mike bemoans the cardiac event monitor that he has to wear for two weeks, and they both share their top four identifiable villains in this episode's "Mount Retromore". After that, it's time to get into the nuts and bolts of the episode as the guys look back at electronic devices that made their debut - or at least became affordable and commonplace among consumers - in the 1970s. So grab your Sony Walkman and pop a cassette copy of this episode in and give it a listen! 




Thursday, June 10, 2021

"Captain Lou"

Episode #105

Last episode's 'Mail bag' posed an interesting question; What is your most memorable pro-wrestling moment? The guys decided that an answer to that question would be better served on its own show - and that show is now! From jealousy tearing The Megapowers apart to Andy Kaufman going ballistic on Jerry Lawler on an episode of "Late Night With David Letterman", Mike and Joseph dig deep into the days of kayfabe and come up with at least a dozen events between the two of them. Oh, yeah - and Mount Retromore focuses on the best Butlers and Maids and has a very surprising outcome. Go ahead and listen now - we'll get the door if anyone stops by. 




Thursday, May 27, 2021

"Please Mr. Postman"

Episode #104

It's been a while since they've done it, so Mike and Joe dump out a few bags of the hundreds of letters they get each month and dive into some "Listener Mail". Topics include, but are in no way limited to; Ultraman fighting a couple of other guys, nostalgic fashion, lunchboxes, and whether or not they plan on including the 90s into any upcoming shows. And don't forget your climbing gear for a trek to the summit of Mt. Retromore and the top four picks from each on the subject of newspaper comic strip characters! Thrills, chills, and spills - this one has it all!




Sunday, May 16, 2021

"Love Rollercoaster"

Episode #103

Iconic corporate mascots take center stage in this episode's "Mt. Retromore" and then it's time to cram the family in the car and head off to Wally World as Mike and Joseph talk memories of theme parks like Disneyland, Disney World, Cedar Point, Marriott's Great America, Boblo Island Amusement Park, and more. Please keep your arms, hands, legs, feet and head inside the ride vehicle at all times. You must be this tall to enjoy this ride.




Monday, May 3, 2021

Billie Hayes, 1932 -2021


Billie Hayes, whose portrayal of the flamboyantly and comically wicked witch Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf, died of natural causes April 29 at Cedar’s Hospital in Los Angeles. She was 96.


Sunday, May 2, 2021

"Your Mama Don't Dance"

Episode #102

Joseph and Mike talk about the band Sparks and the recent kaiju brawl Godzilla vs Kong in the opening segment and then it's time to talk about animals and famous TV pets for Mt. Retromore. While there are tons to choose from, two made both Mike and Joseph's list and we're almost willing to bet they'll make yours as well. Finally, while it's still over a week away, the guys celebrate Mother's Day with a discussion about Famous TV moms from the 70s and 80s. Some are traditional, old family values mothers, some are more hip and "with it", and others are... a bit out there, both figuratively and literally. So make sure you wash your face and hands, comb your hair, and sit up straight because it's time for Uphill Both Ways.




Saturday, April 24, 2021

Bally's Kiss Pinball Game (1979)


On the latest episode the guys talked about famous quartets from pop culture in the 70s and 80s and one of them, without any question, was Kiss.  As the conversation ambled, as they often do, the Kiss pinball game came up and both Joseph and Mike shared stories of playing (or not being able to play because of its popularity) the game.


According to the Internet Pinball Database, there were 17,000 of these made in June, 1979.  There was even a prototype of the game built that featured speech!
Just looking at this thing you can see why it was so popular.


Do you have any memories of playing this table? Or NOT being able to play, as the case may be?  Share your memories in the comments!

Saturday, April 17, 2021

"Four Sticks"

Episode #101

Creeping up on us from out of the darkness... our FOURTH ANNIVERSARY SHOW! Where did this come from? Why, it seems like it was just last episode the guys marked one hundred episodes and now they want to celebrate another anniversary? To do so, they look at schoolyard games for this installment of Mt. Retromore and then to tie into the 4th anniversary they discuss famous and influential quartets from the 70s and 80s. It's 76 minutes of pop culture nostalgia Uphill Both Ways style.



Monday, April 12, 2021

Retro Movie Review - "They Live"

 

“Put the Glasses On!” - They Live

Released in 1988, and directed by John Carpenter, They Live is one of those movies that is easy to define and categorize upon first glace; it’s science fiction. But the more you watch it – and I mean REALLY watch it, you’ll see that it transcends being pigeon-holed. Yes, the heart of it is, without a doubt, pure sci-fi, but it has elements of horror, comedy, political intrigue and action. It’s a buddy-cop movie wherein the cops are a couple of Everyman drifters and the bad guys are the ones in power.


Monday, April 5, 2021

Bands That Deserved Better, Part 2

 
European Rock Circa 1978-1980
By Joseph W. Perry

The late 1970s through the early 1980s were interesting years for rock music. Punk rock, new wave, and no wave were rising in popularity and making more traditional forms of rock seem old hat and out of vogue. Some bands that relied on traditional blues or boogie riffs were dismissed as dinosaurs, while others playing the same style of music were embraced as cutting-edge purists. Unfortunately for some bands, fickle record labels looking for The Next Big Thing and fans who leaned too heavily on following trends ignored or missed out on some groups that weren’t easily categorized. Sometimes poor management was to blame for low record sales.

For this installment of “Bands That Deserved Better,” I’m going to discuss five European bands - focusing on their debut U.S. albums, with one exception - that fell between the cracks in the American market. They sometimes did the same in their home countries, while some groups still soldier on to this day. They should have all been international superstars in my humble opinion, and I hope that if you haven’t heard them before, you will give them a try and perhaps find some new favorite bands --- better late than never!

Friday, April 2, 2021

"Kiss on My List"

Episode #100

No joke, it's finally here! Episode #100! Joseph and Mike present the Uphill Both Ways 100 Essential Pop Culture Things from the 1970s and 1980s. It's a topic that only an extra sized episode could contain!




Sunday, March 21, 2021

"99"

Episode #99

The boys are back in town! Sidekicks - quick, name your top four! Joseph and Mike surprise each other with theirs in this episode's installment of "Mt. Retromore" as they also talk about what makes a sidekick (among other things) and then it's time to hit the main topic which was inspired by the episode number. Yep, it's the old "100 bottles of beer on the wall" topic. No? How about the number of times Mike says "Uhm"? Not buying that either, huh? Would you believe it's a discussion about the TV show "Get Smart"? From Agent 99 herself to Hymie the robot and shoe phones, the guys lift the cone of silence and share their affection for this classic sitcom. And most importantly, maybe we'll find out just why Siegfried was pretending to be a doctor on 'The Love Boat'.




Sunday, March 7, 2021

"Meet Me Half Way"

Episode #98.5

The podcast gods have once again foiled the best laid plans of mice, men, and Mike and Joseph, so it's time for a very special episode - a "one half" episode. That's right - this is episode 98 and a half! Mike talks a little about the successful "Fist of Justice" Kickstarter, we listen to a few old commercials, and Joseph updates everyone on his living conditions before providing an addendum to his recently posted article on the UBW web page as well as a bit of teaser for the upcoming second article. You are checking out the website at ubwpodcast.com, right? Things will be back to normal in the next week or two when episode #99 rolls around and then it's time for the big one - number 100! So until then, please enjoy this sample-sized episode (little plastic cup and toothpick not included).




Sunday, February 28, 2021

8 From the 80s - Underappreciated Sitcoms

 


Each installment Mike will look back to the decade of decadence and provide a list of eight things – from movies to music to memorable moments and everything in-between.  Keep in mind, this isn’t a TOP 8 list and any numerical notations are included to merely designate one item from another. Because, frankly, how can you rate one thing over another when it comes from a decade as totally tubular as the 80s?

While it could be argued that the seventies had a better class of sitcoms, the eighties were no slouch in the “filmed before a live studio audience” department either.  From The Cosby Show, to Cheers, Diff’rent Strokes and Family Ties, there were numerous sitcoms that ran for a number of years and had millions of viewers.  But for every Growing Pains, there was a Charles in Charge. But not every “bad” sitcom was bad, some just never caught on.  Here are eight of them.


8. Head of the Class (ABC, 1986-1991)
This Howard Hesseman vehicle is one of the two more well-known of these eight.  In it, Hesseman played Charlie Moore, a substitute teacher who oversaw the kids in the school’s Individualized Honors Program (IHP).  The kids covered a wide spectrum of high school archetypes and a lot of what was “learned” was that people aren’t all that different from one another.



Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Bands That Deserved Better, Part 1

 
Five Hard Rock Acts of the Seventies
By Joseph W. Perry

For every Kiss, Cheap Trick, Rush, or AC/DC that the 1970s gave us, there were dozens of bands signed to major labels that had equally good or sometimes better material, yet those acts didn’t find wide recognition. In this article, I will recommend four (technically, five, if you look closely) 1970s hard rock groups that should have been huge and one that did become quite successful, but only after a name change. If you like wailing guitars, power chords, and thunderous bottom in your rock, I hope you find some new discoveries or remember some old favorites as you read on.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

We're Still Here!

Things have been a bit of a mess the past couple of weeks.
As you might know, Joseph lives and teaches in South Korea, while Mike lives on the East Coast of the United States - that's something like a 13 hour time difference! As if it wasn't trouble enough to arrange a time to record, Joseph has been without Internet access for the past couple of weeks while the dormitory he lives in is being renovated.  Meanwhile, Mike has been dealing with work, working on Fist of Justice related stuff, and dealing with what seems to be a half foot of snow every week.
Suffice it to say there hasn't been a time to record episode #99 yet and for that we apologize.
We WILL have a new episode soon, we promise.  Until then, we're going to crack the whip on Bingo the helper monkey and ensure that we at least have some fresh content here on the site for you.


 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

FTV - More!

Here's another partial episode of the long-lost FTV syndicated comedy-parody-sketch show.

This one is a bit unfortunate because it cuts off right in the middle of the skit with Dokken.  But still you can get a feel for what this show was (and what it was wasn't too good).



Monday, February 8, 2021

FTV

Back in 1985 there was a short lived, syndicated TV show called "FTV".  To some, memories of this may invoke feelings of the "Mandela Effect" - the distinct memory of something that didn't really exist.  However, in this case those memories are real and Joseph and Mike have briefly talked about it on the show.  Though details of this MTV parody, sketch-comedy show are scarce (for now!), some clips have been unearthed.  The quality ranges from practically unwatchable to "this is a VHS-rip, right?", but it's all there is.

Hopefully one day this stuff will be unearthed in a more watchable format, but for now - dig on this:



Sunday, February 7, 2021

Green Onion Chex?!?

In the latest episode (#98 - "I Wanna Rock"), during the talk about breakfast cereal mascots, Joseph mentioned the green onion flavored Chex that they have in South Korea and then proceeded to terrify Mike by sending him a picture of the box.

Here is that box:
Be afraid. Be very afraid.


Thursday, February 4, 2021

"I Wanna Rock"

Episode #98

The Bangles, Stephanie Mills, John Paragon, and... Don Felder? What do these people have in common? The answer may amaze you! Cap'n Crunch, Trix, Lucky Charms, Count Chocula, and... Green Onion Chex?!? What do these things have in common? The answer may surprise you! AC/DC, Kansas, Bruce Springsteen, Sparks, and... Danny Elfman? What do they have in common? The answer may astound you! What's New, Mt. Retromore, and the main topic for this episode will make everything crystal clear. Join Joseph and Mike as they paddle down the stream of consciousness on their way to episode #100!





Tuesday, January 26, 2021

8 From the 80s - Saturday Morning Cartoons


Each installment Mike will look back to the decade of decadence and provide a list of eight things – from movies to music to memorable moments and everything in-between.  Keep in mind, this isn’t a TOP 8 list and any numerical notations are included to merely designate one item from another. Because, frankly, how can you rate one thing over another when it comes from a decade as totally tubular as the 80s?

Saturday Morning Cartoons
While it was no 1970s, the 80s had its fair share of memorable cartoons.  And, unlike today when you can just turn to a specific channel dedicated to cartoons, we had to wait until Saturday mornings.  Sure, there was syndicated stuff during the week like old Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones and what not – but if you wanted the good stuff, it was once a week.  Here’s eight cartoons that were worth waiting seven days for.

8- Mr. T
I never liked Mr. T much.  He was the bad guy in Rocky III and he was Roddy Piper’s opponent and friend to Hulk Hogan around the time of the original Wrestlemania.  But he had a cartoon for a few years and a lot of fans, so he was a part of the pop culture zeitgeist in the 80s and gets a spot here.


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Godzilla vs Kong!

After nearly a year, the wait is all but over! To say that we here at Uphill Both Ways are beyond excited for this would be an understatement.
Enjoy the trailer for "Godzilla vs Kong"!



Thursday, January 21, 2021

“A Fun Bunch of Guys from Outer Space”

Episode #97

It's time for a new movie review! But first - Mt. Retromore! Joseph and Mike discuss their top four iconic picks for "Friendly Aliens from TV and Movies". Then it's time to dive right into the new movie "Psycho Goreman" which was written and directed by Steven ("The Void") Kostanski - a fun movie but one that is certainly not for the young ones. But fret not, despite the carnage within the film, everything is kept at the usual "PG" level. Which, now that we think about it, could also stand for "Psycho Goreman". In fact, it DOES stand for that in the movie. Uh-oh - could this be the episode that breaks the rules and changes the game (hopefully not to "Crazy Ball")? Nah, who are we kidding - that's coming in three episodes! Nyuk nyuk!




Thursday, January 14, 2021

7 From the 70s - Comic Book Memories

 

Comic Book Memories with Gold Key Adventure Titles, Charlton’s Phantom, and Marvel Monsters - by Joseph Perry

Gold Key was my favorite comic book publisher growing up. I was a big fan of the underdog publishing companies at that age, so I was big on Dell — a former powerhouse that was on its final legs — King, and Charlton, too. Make no mistake about it — I loved Marvel and DC stuff, as well, but for whatever reasons, I tended to gravitate toward the smaller publishers. This time, I’ll discuss some more Gold Key offerings that hooked me as a six-year-old, and then dive into a Charlton title and some Marvel monster comics.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

Episode #96

Now that all of the holiday hubbub is over, Mike and Joseph are back together and ready to charge forward into the new year. Things start off with a Mt. Retromore of favorite TV waitresses, then it's off to an uncharted desert isle in the South Pacific as they talk about the passing of the iconic Dawn Wells and the rest of the castaways and the hijinks that went down on "Gilligan's Island". As per usual there's a couple of sidebars and random tangents, but the guys are getting older and that's to be expected. Welcome to 2021 everybody!