Mike Flanagan
Vintage Pop Culture with Professor Mikey
Created 17 Dec 2020
  • Aiming at the Camera
    13 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    In one of the earliest examples of modern film making, actor Justus D. Barnes aims his Colt 1878 Double Action revolver pistol directly into the camera and fires. It is 1903, so early in cinematic his...
  • The Ruling Class (1972)
    07 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 1 1
    “I'm purged of doubts and negative innuendos. Today, I want to bless everything. Bless the crawfish with its scuttling walk. Bless the trout, pilchard and periwinkle. Bless Ted Smoothey of 22 East Hac...
  • No Shave November’s Greatest Hits
    04 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 1
    Pavarotti was born with a full beard and a great voice. Jack O’Neill was better known as the surfer who created the modern wetsuit. Iron and Wine is really Samuel Beam. Al Hirt was a forever bearded D...
  • ‘80s Halloween Treats
    29 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Welcome to the haunted 80s, when cultural horror stepped up its game and was reanimated in a fresh frozen time of cocaine, of techno, and mousse! Blame Stephen King, banging his wife’s Olivetti typewr...
  • A Series of Unfortunate Halloween Ads
    26 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Eat these mountains of candy children, so Pennywise can haunt your dreams, Toward the midpoint of the last century, the leaves began changing colors just before Labor Day. Snorkels and swim fins were ...
  • Silent SCREAMS
    23 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    October is the best month for old movies on TV. Hulu has Huluween, TCM digs deep into the archive graveyard for classic shockers. Disney breaks out Hocus Pocus (1993), SYFY lights up with Rod Serling’...
  • Miss October
    20 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    “The woman who first gives life, light, and form to our shadowy conceptions of beauty, fills a void in our spiritual nature that has remained unknown to us till she appeared.” The Woman in White, Wilk...
  • The Wild Angels (1966)
    17 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    On its gravelly surface, Roger Corman’s motorcycle melodrama is not a very good movie. But behind the scenes, the throttle was half full. For starters, it was released in the summer of 1966. Hunter Th...
  • Previews of Coming Attractions
    12 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Hi! Remember RETROFIT? Good! It hasn’t been that long. But over the last couple of weeks I’ve had more curveballs than a 1-game baseball playoff. That would include computer calamities as well as a vi...
  • Fall Fashion Issues
    29 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." —Coco Chanel Coming to America: The New Look We can see the passage of time so clearly in our magazines. With fashion, the years announce t...
  • View More on Substack »