I’ve always loved motorcycles. I’m gonna say it stems from first picking up a Ghost Rider comic book (#35, “Death Race,” way back in early 1979, from the wall rack at the Readmore bookstore on Spring Mountain and Jones). Johnny Blaze, the Ghost Rider‘s secret identity, became my personal favorite hero and I proceeded to collect every appearance of the character in the Marvel universe up to that point. Continue reading
How have I never seen this book before? I really need to write a new Skids Poppe adventure, huh?
You always think it happens to someone else don’t you. You just can’t know how you’re going to feel: Angry, pissed off, frustrated, hurt, violated. I mean, I’d seen it happen to friends of mine. I’d be there to comfort them, tell them we’d get the bastards. I never knew how painful it really was until it happened to me, until yesterday. Continue reading
Raw Courage – Reviewed by Skids Poppe
I got a little worried with this one. I though it may have happened again. The box showed a picture of a motorcycle on it and here I was, a half hour into a ninety-minute film, and still no bikes. If this was some cheap advertising ploy to get me to spend my rental dollars, I was going to be pissed! Continue reading
Running Cool – Reviewed by Skids Poppe
Oh man, oh man. This is really bad news. Paramount has gone and done the unthinkable with a biker movie: They’ve made it good. No, strike that. I’m wrong. First off, Paramount didn’t make it. Ferd and Beverly Sebastian did. And it’s not good…It is great! Continue reading
Street Hawk – Reviewed by Skids Poppe
The only thing which saves me from feeling really bad about this whole thing is that I know you all would have done the same thing if you were in my place. See, there I am, my girl Franki and I are looking for something “romantic” at the video store when I come across a sure-fire hit. The cover of the box has a great shot of a high-tech two-wheeler rearing its front end. In fact, the slug line reads “The ultimate high-tech crimefighter”. C’mon, you mean to tell me you wouldn’t pick up a movie about a good guy biker over something sappy? I would. I did. (Okay, we also got the sappy one, which we watched together. I’m not stupid)
The Reunion – Reviewed by Skids Poppe
Happy New Year!
Well, it’s over. We only have forty-nine weeks left until Christmas comes again, but for now, we all have a temporary reprieve in which to collect our thoughts and pay our bills. Hopefully, if you all live charmed lives like I do, you all got what you wanted from loved ones and family and are right now hurrying through this column (can’t miss this column, right?) to get back out there and play with your new stuff. Continue reading
Chrome Hearts – Reviewed by Skids Poppe
All right, it happened again. I’m not proud of it, but I, Skids Poppe, got suckered once more by those slick sludge heads manufacturing motorcycle movies. What can I say? I mean, I took some time off from watching the vids, thought I’d try and get some perspective back. Did it work? I’d say not. Continue reading
Chrome Soldiers – Reviewed by Skids Poppe
It’s twenty years after Vietnam–Do you know where your Harley is?
I do, and so do the group in Chrome Soldiers, this USA network film just released on video. Continue reading
Last of the Gladiators – Reviewed by Skids Poppe
This month, I decided to take a detour at the store and ended up in the documentary section. What? Skids Poppe looking for something which just might tell him something he never knew before? Possibly even show him there’s such a thing as culture? What’s happening to the world? I wondered the same thing myself as I looked over rows and rows of Greek plays and National Geographic specials thinking I was actually going to have to watch a movie to tell you about when I saw my salvation. Continue reading
Stone Cold – Reviewed by Skids Poppe
Okay. I changed video stores because I just couldn’t handle another film like Nomad Riders (see last issue Oh Faithful Readers). I get to this new place and I’m looking around, this guy comes up and says “Can I help you?” I figure I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and tell him what I’m looking for. He points me in the direction of Stone Cold, a brand new release fresh from the mines. I take it and read the back. We’ve got a renegade cop posing as an outlaw biker to bring a couple of cold-blooded killers to justice. Sure, it sounds like my kind of film, but I’ve been burnt before. What the hell. You can’t go through life scared of video tape boxes, can you? Continue reading
Pumpkinhead – Reviewed by Skids Poppe
There’s nothing I hate more than a film chock full of wasted potential. Just think about where you can go if someone hands you the idea of eternal damnation for a smidgen of revenge. The ideas are endless. I know I could make a film that could scare your girlfriend’s pants off if someone gave me that kind of premise.
Angels Die Hard – Reviewed by Skids Poppe
Picture this scenario: A sleepy little town, somewhere in the far reaches of the state (for arguments sake, we’ll say Northern California). This town has some sort of “powerful” local political figure who is generally in charge of the way things run in his city (Could be the sheriff). Enter a second powerful, “bad”, element, someone or something which could, if the situation presented itself, take control away from the sheriff (in our little fable, I think it’s safe to say this could be a biker gang). Continue reading
The other day, I was on a long drive on my bike, going up the coast or something like that and I started thinking about politics. Specifically, about the budget and ways to cut spending. Now, I hear you asking “But Skids, I thought you weren’t political?” I know. I thought so, too. But what are you gonna do? Continue reading