Wood of the Dead.

I'm about a week late in paying tribute to Horror-meister, George Romero and to actor extraordinaire, Martin Landau who both passed away (or have they?) on July 15th, 2017. The reason for the delay is because I didn't have any movie pamphlets for George and I couldn't find my Ed Wood pamphlet for Martin. That was rectified yesterday when I stumbled across the pamphlet for Romero's fourth of six Dead movies, Land of the Dead.

Land of the Dead is not a very good movie, but it does have a very good pamphlet.

Like I said before, it's not a great movie, though I thoroughly enjoyed the over-the-top performances of both Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo (and kudos to myself for spelling his name correctly.) Hopefully, I'll be able to track down some of the other Dead movies as well.

I managed to locate my Ed Wood pamphlet and it, too, is a joy. Lots of cast photos and the majority of them feature Landau as Lugosi.

Without Tim Burton, we wouldn't have a movie, so here we have him relaxing on the set.

And without Ed Wood, we wouldn't have a reason for the movie.

Here are some original posters for a few of his movies.

Here are some of the original Ed Wood troupe.

And now several pics of the Oscar-winning Bela, Mr. Martin Landau!

The rest of the cast is wonderful as well...

Especially Johnny Depp as Ed.

Rest in Peace, George & Martin. Please no rising from the grave, okay!


A Fistful of Fests.

Last weekend, there was a mini-fest, gathering together a few Canadians for a belated Sesquicentennial celebration! Lots of good food and Woohoo! Canadian beer!

A fellow Canucklehead. He's also Canadian (what gave him away?)

On the street corner, there was a warning for two-headed pandas.

Later on the street, we brought out the big guns, Fireworks! (I love the smell of gunpowder in the evening, it smells like victory!)


The video quality is less than pristine though the dialogue makes up for it.

The following day was Marine Day and returning from a wedding, I espied a gathering at Kotodai Koen. Because I was driving, I couldn't imbibe any of the dozens of booths selling wine samples, but I did get to eat some yummy French cuisine.

Speaking of French, the lass above warbled a pretty good French ditty.

 I wonder if this Tea(t) stand offers cafĂ© au lait?

Yesterday, en route to a Sayonara party for a couple of staff at Carl School, I encountered a Shrine in the middle of Ichibancho.

While snapping a photograph, I was accosted by one of the dudes in blue, who turned out to be one of the dads of one of the students at one of my schools. He convinced me to stick around and enjoy a free shot of sake that the guys below distributed after cracking the lid on the barrel.

I now assumed I was behind schedule, but this guy told me the time and assured me I was still early.

The other Festival I had fun attending was today's event at the aforementioned Carl School in Shiogama. I didn't get a chance to photograph some of the games going on, such as, Takoyaki Bingo or Shuffleboard though. I manned the lucky draw and gave the kiddies a chance at winning a prize. I just happened to contribute 80 prizes to the gala and all but a half dozen got snapped up. Here are the goodies in question.

Since I depleted some of my vast wealth of crap, I headed over to Mandai in Tagajo and won myself a new Darth figure! Woohoo!

Now that I'm ensconced in summer vacation, I'm sure I'll attend a few more festivities.


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