Cracked Rear Viewer’s 4th Anniversary Celebration!

Holy Moley! I’ve been so busy lately I failed to realize today marks the 4th anniversary of this humble little blog, until I saw an alert from WordPress.  Where does the time go? I’m usually on top of these things, but with the new job taking up a large amount of my time, I’ve been slacking on the blog front. Yes, Cracked Rear Viewer made it’s debut on June 26, 2015 with a post on one of my favorite little ‘B’ films, 1941’s THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK  starring Peter Lorre (who coincidentally was born on this date in 1904!).

Since that initial post four years ago, CRV has branched out into not only informing you Dear Readers about classic movies, but books, music, TV… pretty much anything that holds my interest (including the occasional rant – and thanks for indulging me!). Most posts get reblogged on Through the Shattered Lens, where I share space with great writers like Lisa Marie Bowman, Ryan the Trash Film Guru, Case Wright, and others (follow the link to check it out, you’ll be glad you did!). The Cracked Rear Viewer Facebook Page has taken on a life of it’s own, with daily extras you don’t find on my main site. As for Twitter, I’m not really on there too much anymore… too much political crap for my tastes!

Between all the different platforms, there are 2,457 viewers out there, and I thank each and every one of you kind people. You given me 100,818 visits and 164,162 views of my 1,024 posts. Hey… I hit the 1,000 post milestone?? Yikes, missed that one completely (told you I’ve been busy!!). And now (drum roll, please) here are CRV’s Top Ten All-Time Posts:

Familiar Faces #8: In Search of Angelique Pettyjohn

Top Ten Reasons CASABLANCA is The Greatest Movie Ever Made!!

I Wish I Were A Fish: Don Knotts in THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET (Warner Brothers 1964)

Star Vehicle: Burt Reynolds in WHITE LIGHTNING (United Artists 1973)

The Origin of Billy Jack: BORN LOSERS (AIP 1967)

(tie) That’s Blaxploitation! 11: Jim Brown in SLAUGHTER (AIP 1972)/Victim of Love: Clint Eastwood in THE BEGUILED (Universal 1971)

Boldly Going Indeed! : PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW (MGM 1971)

Existential Exploitation: BOBBIE JO & THE OUTLAW (AIP 1976)

Tag Team Turmoil: …ALL THE MARBLES (MGM 1981)

Why I Think ERASERHEAD Sucks!

How’s that for an eclectic group of films for an eclectic group of readers!

So what will the future bring? Unfortunately, the new work endeavor means I’ll have to slow down a bit from the three-times-a-week schedule I’ve been trying to maintain here. You see, in my real life I work long hours in the substance abuse field, and helping people save their own lives is my passion, even above and beyond watching and writing about old movies. I think I can manage to get in at least two a week, though… at least I hope so! Be that as it may, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for supporting my humble efforts to entertain and enlighten you here on Cracked Rear Viewer, and as long as you keep reading, I’ll keep writing. As the great Stan Lee used to say, “Excelsior!”.

Much love and thanks from Gary Loggins, your humble Cracked Rear Viewer!

 

Where Have I Been?

It all started about a year ago, when my laptop was attacked by a ransom virus. Since I had my work laptop, I put the personal one aside and kept right on blogging. But all good things must end, and the Federal grant project I was working for expired… meaning I had to turn that work laptop into the company that I subcontracted for! What’s a blogger to do?

Remembering that old laptop collecting dust, I brought it to the Geek Squad folks at the local Best Buy, wondering if it could be repaired (since I’m about as low-tech as you can get!). They said yes, but they’d have to reboot the whole enchilada in order to do so. A week later, thanks to the superheroes at Geek Squad, Cracked Rear Viewer is up and running again! And from looking at the stats for the last eight days, you Dear Readers have been right here waiting for me. Thank you for your patience and loyalty, and I’ll have some new content ready to roll tomorrow around 6EST, then back to the regular schedule of Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays around six, and Fridays at noon. Ah, my internet withdrawals are gone!

We’re Experiencing Technical Difficulties…


Due to circumstances beyond my control, Cracked Rear Viewer will be taking a short hiatus… hopefully just a week, possibly two. Rest assured, Dear Readers, the blog will definitely return at a later date. The Cracked Rear Viewer Facebook Page will still be up and running for those of you who follow (and if you don’t, now’s a good time!). Meanwhile, you can peruse the archives, as I’m sure many of you may have missed a few earlier posts over these three-plus years! And as Arnold said in THE TERMINATOR, “I’ll be back”!

Cracked Rear Viewer is Now a Proud Member of CMBA

I’ve been accepted into The Classic Movie Blog Association, “a group of blogs dedicated to the celebration of classic cinema”, made up of film bloggers from around the Internet committed to keeping the memories of these great films alive, including many here on WordPress. I’m humbled at the honor, thank those who voted me in, and will do my best to uphold the standards of this fine organization of like-minded movie fans. Blog on!

Another Milestone: Who Knew?

When I posted today’s “One Hit Wonders #2: “One Tin Soldier (Theme from BILLY JACK)’ , I had no idea until now it was my 500th post here on Cracked Rear Viewer! Time certainly flies when you’re having fun, and I thank you all for making this blog well worth my time and effort. Tune in tomorrow for #502, my review of BILLY JACK, the movie! And if you’re on Facebook, please like and follow Cracked Rear Viewer’s page for extras on film, music, and more!

Cracked Rear Viewer’s 2016 Year in Review

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It’s time to take a look back on the first full year of Cracked Rear Viewer. Begun in June 2015, CRV has certainly grown in readership. While not the biggest film and entertainment blog around, I’ve gained over 300 followers, with 19,912 views from 12,006 visitors. Can we crack the 20,000 mark before the New Year’s Ball drops?

The biggest month was October, when I do my annual “Halloween Havoc!” marathon, posting a horror film review a day (along with other terror-related tidbits). This is a labor of love for me, and I started working on it in August to keep up with the hectic pace. Still, by the end of the month I was scrambling to complete. The stats tell me it was worth it, and I thank all you Dear Readers for your support.

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What were the top posts this year? It was a virtual tie between two distinctively different movies: the John Ford/John Wayne classic STAGECOACH  and Bert I. Gordon’s no-budget ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE  , proving you Dear Readers have as diverse tastes as I do! John Wayne showed up again in his final film THE SHOOTIST  , and I can assure you we haven’t seen the last of the Duke here! My running series CLEANING OUT THE DVR proved popular, as Part 7(Film Noir Festival ) and Part 4 (B-Movie Roundup! ) both made the top ten viewed posts. Newer posts like THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET,  THE FRENCH CONNECTION, THE BEGUILED,  and PHILIP MARLOWE, TV Detective  made the list, as did a few favorites from 2015, CASABLANCA,  PENELOPE,  and THE KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE.

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The good ol’ USA tops the list of viewers by country, followed by Germany, France, the UK, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Spain, Italy, and Norway. There have been views everywhere from Algiers to Zimbabwe, with many more all over the globe. I’ve received referrals from Facebook, Twitter, IMDb (and its German counterpart OFDb), and my good friends at THROUGH THE SHATTERED LENS  , where I gladly share my content with a staff of loaded with solid writers (follow that link and visit us!). I never dreamed I’d have so many readers across the globe, and I’m grateful to you all for making this project a success. I’m looking forward to new challenges in 2017, and hope you’ll all join me for “Fresh Takes On Retro Pop Culture” in the year to come. Have a Happy and Safe New Year, and my sincere thanks to you Dear Readers! You make my efforts worthwhile!

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Thanks for making Halloween Havoc a big success!

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October has come and gone, and so has my second annual ‘Halloween Havoc!’ horror movie marathon! I put a lot of effort into this, and it’s paid off with a record-breaking 2,421 views from 1,258 viewers in 62 countries. It’s a labor of love for me, as the horror genre has always been my favorite film category, and my hat’s off to you Dear Readers who took the time to join me on this excursion into terror.

Cracked Rear Viewer has picked up 19 new followers, and I’d like to thank you and hope you’ll continue to join me as we rediscover the world of classic cinema. Thanks also to you loyal followers who took the time to comment, it’s greatly appreciated! I’ll be taking a break for a few days to catch my breath, but will return in a few days with more movie madness. Again, my sincere thanks to one and all!

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A YEAR OF CRACKED REAR VIEWING!

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On June 26, 2015, I published my first post, a look at the 1941 Peter Lorre film THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK (appropriate, since today is Mr. Lorre’s birthday). Since then, Cracked Rear Viewer has published over 280 posts, covering mostly classic movies. It’s been a year in which I’ve left my long-time job to take a new position, only to have the rug pulled from under me when my program was defunded by the government. Fortunately, I’ve managed to land on my feet relatively unscathed, at least for the moment. My love for spreading the gospel of Classic Films, however,  has not dissipated, and despite continuing time constraints, I’ve been able to keep this blog going strong.

That’s directly because of you, Dear Readers, who’ve supported my efforts to bring you ‘Fresh Takes on Retro Pop Culture”. Though I mostly deal with classic film, I’ve also sprinkled in some looks at books, television, and music I thought would be of interest to you. We’re now 250 followers strong (not including reposts to Facebook, Twitter, and the good people at THROUGH THE SHATTERED LENS) and viewership continues to grow. Over 11,376 views and counting, with over 6,367 visitors as of this morning. The USA is #1 with 7,642 views, followed by Great Britain, Canada, Germany, and France,  with Australia and Spain in hot pursuit. Never did I imagine I’d gain an international following!

The posts you’ve liked best are an eclectic mix to be sure, due to the eclectic nature of this blog. Here are links to the Top 20 posts of the past year:

Love That Dirty Water: Johnny Depp in BLACK MASS 

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My Living Doll: ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE

Cleaning Out the DVR Pt 7: Film Noir Festival

Unfunny Business: Bela Lugosi in ZOMBIES ON BROADWAY

Happy Birthday Robert Mitchum: OUT OF THE PAST

Beyond Redemption: 1947’s BORN TO KILL

FILE – NOVEMBER 23, 2012:  The American romantic movie drama Casablanca celebrated its world premiere on November 26, 1942. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman the film was a solid success in its initial run, winning three Academy Awards, and its characters, dialogue, and music have become iconic. It now consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time. Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery: http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113854183&EditorialProduct=Archival&esource=maplinARC_uki_12nov Humphrey Bogart (1899 - 1957) and Ingrid Bergman (1915 - 1982) star in the Warner Brothers film 'Casablanca', 1942. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Top Ten Reasons CASABLANCA is The Greatest Movie Ever Made!!

Have a Bucket of Fun!: THE KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE

The Farce Awakens: PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE

Cleaning Out the DVR Pt 4: B-Movie Roundup!

A Dying Man, Scared of the Dark: John Wayne in THE SHOOTIST

Hidden Gem: Natalie Wood in PENELOPE

The Devil Made Me Do It: EQUINOX

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(tie) Irish Eyes Are Smiling: THE QUIET MAN

(tie) Halloween Havoc!: THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE

(another tie) I Wish I Were A Fish: Don Knotts in THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET

(another tie) Madeleine LeBeau: Vive La France!

A Star is Born in Monument Valley: John Wayne in John Ford’s STAGECOACH

Halloween Havoc!: Peter Lorre in MAD LOVE

Highway Star: VANISHING POINT

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Happy 82nd Birthday Donald Duck! 

I initiated some continuing series early on, and “Cleaning Out the DVR” has proved the most popular, with capsule descriptions of five different films. Other series have been “That’s Blaxploitation!”, “Pre-Code Confidential”, and “Rockin’ in the Film World”, with a possible new series in the works (stay tuned!). October’s “Halloween Havoc!” horror marathon was both successful and challenging, and will return this year with a post a day on your favorite monster movies (I’ll definitely  be getting a head start this season!).

So thank you one and all who follow this labor of love, and I hope to continue doing it for years to come. I’d like to end here with a request for some feedback from you Dear Readers. What would you lie to see more of here, what would you like to see less of? Are there any specific films or actors you’d like to see covered? You guys make this site happen, and your feedback is important to me, so let me know! And again, thank you for reading Cracked Rear Viewer!

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