Lockdown Theater!: Perry Mason (2020)



HBO's Perry Mason reboot borrows liberally from numerous sources and tropes to give us a show for our times.

It's Erle Stanley Gardner meets James Ellroy, and Better Call Saul and Boardwalk Empire, taking the…

Lockdown Theater! : The Leather Boys (1964)


Directed by Sidney J. Furie

Currently streaming on Prime

Today's Lockdown Theater pick to click is Sidney J. Furie's 1964 kitchen sink biker drama The Leather Boys, adapted from the novel by Gillian Freeman (originally published…

The Chunk Records Story

 Chapter One: Chunk Records is Born

Back in the Spring of 1986, I had just graduated from Hampshire College with a largely useless Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and Theatre. I split up with my cute L.A. girlfriend…

Surreal Cinema: The Complete Series 2006-2007

Once upon a time, I was the friendly Friday night movie host with the most on good 'ol Channel 22 WQXT, a local TV station in Northeast Florida. Because the name "Mal Thursday" was deemed "too radio" by the station…

Garage Days Revisited

  Originally published in The Orlando Weekly

We The People and the Rise and Fall of Orlando's Garage Rock Scene

By J.M Dobies  

Summer 1966. At places like the Orlando Youth Center, Leesburg Armory, or the Coconut Teen Club, the scene…


The Ballad of Bill Lee

                  The Ballad of Bill Lee  The former Boston and Montreal left-hander on the Sox, Fenway, and smokin’ with Dubya By J.M. Dobies


THEN: 1973 saw Lee playing for a poor Sox team, and drowning his sorrows puffin’ down with W.

Daredevils of Drink: Drunk Stuntmen Cheat Death at Ralph's

Originally published in the Worcester Phoenix


Drunk Stuntmen Cheat Death at Ralph's

by Mal Thursday

When the Northampton-based Drunk Stuntmen – guitarists Steve Sanderson, Al Johnson, Terry Flood, bassist Scott "Bau Bau" Brandon, keyboard player Scott Hall…