Last year, we were kicking around the idea of doing some sort of event to fill the space between F This Movie Fest and Scary Movie Month. We came up with (30) Stars of Summer. It was fun, but it was a lot of work and it felt that way. You can only watch so much of Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain before the month starts to feel like a real fucking drag.
This year, we decided to change things up and go with a more specific kind of a theme month. Junesploitation seemed like a good idea because a) I love exploitation movies and don't get to talk about them much on the podcast and b) selfishly, the idea of watching a bunch of exploitation movies in a month sounded fun to me. Because it's about me, see.
And it was great. While the categories afforded a lot of flexibility this year, everyone really embraced the idea of "exploitation" and stuck mostly to those kinds of movies. We got to see some cool movies we might not have otherwise seen and, if nothing else, learned a whole lot more about the exploitation genre. That's only possible because so many of you made the commitment to participating. The month only succeeded because of all of you.
So enormous THANKS to: Angela Hager, Brad Lange, Chaybee1, Clint J., Corbin Foster, Gil, Grey Weirdo, J.M. Vargas, Joseph Finn, JP, Leo, Luke Ciancio, Mac McEntire, Myke, Shannon Briggs, Sol O., Steve K., Tom Bartman, Tom Smail and anyone else I might be forgetting. And a big shout out to my FTM peeps Doug, Heath Holland, Adam and Erika for participating, too. Some of you did EVERY DAY. Some did ALMOST every day. Some did a few here and there when it was possible. ALL of you are great. Even if you only chimed in once, it means a lot to us. You wanted this thing to succeed. You wanted to be a part of it. You wanted to play along. You wanted to watch a band sing songs about ninjas and a guy with a reverse mohawk get blown up with a rocket launcher.
|Look in the background! It's The Giggler!|
Because what good is a movie site if we're not a) watching movies and b) talking about movies? Junesploitation gave so many of us the opportunity to get in on the act. It's great when we can all rally around a new release and share our thoughts on the this week's big summer movie, but this June we were talking about 15-20 different movies every day for 30 days. I'm no mathmagician, but that's something like 4,500 different movies this month. You won't find that on most movie sites.
How was the month for all of you? What was the best/worst thing you saw? Who knows what the future holds. Maybe we bring Junesploitation back next year and it becomes an annual thing, like Scary Movie Month and F This Movie Fest and Doug falling off the wagon. Maybe we do something different. I guess it's all up to what our ape overlords decide is best for the site.
In closing, I would like to dedicate this year's Junesploitation to the memory of Jim Kelly, the great blaxploitation/kung fu star who passed away June 29 at the age of 67. He kicked ass, and he embodied everything that we were celebrating during the month.
Here's to you, Jim Kelly.