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Tom 365 – June 11, 2016

Just the tip of the iceberg. 

We have a lot of stuff to get rid of over the next year before we downsize to a smaller home. 

You should see the basement and garage. 

Tom 365 – December 14, 2015

It is just not Christmas until you light the leg lamp. 

The soft glow of electric-sex gleaming in the window. 

Was “Back to the Future” Really Just Another Curse

Be careful what you wish for.  It is the main theme in may fairy tales and almost every episode of The Twilight Zone ever written.  Be careful what you wish for, because it may turn out to be your worst nightmare.

With this in mind, it should be obvious now that the Back to the Future prediction of the Chicago Cubs would winning the World Series in 2015 was actually another curse on the team.

Cubs Win World Series

Even before the baseball season began, there were those in Chicago who were convinced the Cubs would win the World Series in 2015, based solely on the brief appearance of these words in a 1989 sequel to the original 1985 film.

There might have been a few points that didn’t exactly match up, but those were just minor distractions to the big picture.  Who care if the losing team was from Miami, a team incapable of meeting the Cubs in the World Series since they also are a National League team.  And so what if the predicted sweep was to happen in five games instead of four as dictated by the seven game format.  And then there is of course that date.  What does it matter that the date of the win would be October 21, 2015.  Even though the first game of the World Series this year is not scheduled to start until October 27.

But then again, maybe the date was the point all along.

October 21, 2015

You see, the date is really the only thing the film got right.

Only instead of the Cubs winning the World Series by sweeping Miami, they were swept by the Mets, and eliminated from the World Series.

It was all an elaborate plot.  The intent was to build up the hopes and dreams of those Cubs fans, dangle victory right in front of their faces, and then on this preordained date, squash those dreams like a bug.

Doc Brown White Sox Fan

Perhaps, Doc Brown was actually a White Sox fan, and after seeing the proclamation that the Cubs would indeed finally win the World Series in 2015, he traveled through time once again to set thing straight.  He left the clues and raised the hopes and then pulled the victory right out from under those Cubs. Because that is what all good Sox fans do, right?  Plot the destruction of the Cubs?

He certainly looks like a crazy Sox fan.

In the real world, we can all logically look at this and realize there was never such a thing as the Back to the Future predictions, and that there really are no curses on the Cubs either.  That simply what happened is that a whole bunch of people looked at an old film clip and wished and dreamed for something to happen.

And then it didn’t.

The Cubs have a very talented, young group of ball players including five rookies who will all be back next year to give it another try.  And if the team is good enough and smart enough, maybe they can win it all in 2016.

Of course there is still that matter of the Sophomore Slump.



Let the Nightmares Begin

“Don’t watch that.  It will give you nightmares!”

At some point in our life, almost everyone has ignored this advise.  And at some point in our life, ignoring that advise had led to nightmares.

In honor of Halloween this Friday, here is my list of the top ten movies that actually gave me nightmares.  Please note, these are not necessarily the best  horror films or the scariest movies around, but at some point in my life, they did indeed give me nightmares.

#10 –  Marathon Man

#10 Marathon Man

The nightmare begins with three little words.  “Is it safe”?  and then suddenly you never want to see a dentist again.

#9  –  House of Wax

#9 House of Wax

The original 1953 classic.  The only thing that would give me nightmares about the remake would be Paris Hilton’s acting.  It might seem a little campy by today’s standards, but back when I watched this on Channel 32, hosted by Son of Svengoolie, it did give me nightmares.

#8 – Invasion of the Body Snatchers

#8 Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Because Donald Sutherland is not scary enough on his own.  Add in creepy pod birth Donald Sutherland, and now you have real nightmares.  And I wont even go near that ending.  Just thinking about it might give me a nightmare.

#7 – Jaws

#7 Jaws

I blame Greg Huber.  He had already seen the film and told me it was not “that” scary.  Then he handed me a tub of popcorn right before the head pop scene just to see if I would drop it.  And I did.  Can you believe it is only rated PG?

#6  –  Trilogy of Terror

#6 Trilogy of Terror

It was made for TV back in 1975, so it was not nearly as gory as I remembered.  But to a ten year old, that little voodoo doll was more than enough to give me nightmares.

#5 – Pet Sematary

#5 Pet Sematary

Stephen King and The Ramones make a great combinations, and one scary movie.  If they ever get the re-make off the ground, they would do well to include the song.

#4 – Se7en

#4 Se7en

It probably didn’t help that I watched the film late at night, alone in an empty movie theater.  It was one of the perks of being the manager, but in this case it was also responsible for a very bad night of sleep.

#3 – Carrie

#3 Carrie

Yea, I know.  Another Stephen King.  But this is the one my mother gave me the warning about.  Unfortunately for her, she didn’t listen to her own warning.  When the final scene played and I literally jumped off the couch, I landed right next to my mother.

#2 – Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

#2 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

The ultra realism of this film made it one of the scariest film I had ever seen.  Henry wasn’t just a hack and slash make believe monster, he was real.  The horror of Henry is that you could see him in the real world.  He could be the guy living next door.  Or one of your college roommates.

#1 – The Exorcist

#1 The Exorcist

It is the king of all horror movies, and for a good reason.  It has been giving people nightmares for more than 40 years now, and it does not look to be ending anytime soon.  It just topped the Time Out Chicago 100 Best Horror Films.  Check it out this Halloween.  I promise.  It won’t give you nightmares.




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And sleep well.