While innocently sitting in my living room and putting the finishing touches on this week’s Retro Review, I happened upon a showing of 1974’s ‘Phantom of the Paradise’, a film I had previously known only by reputation.  And what a reputation it is, as the film known for not quite being a parody and presaging modern mash-up culture, all the while reminding us that Brian De Palma is a talented but wildly polarizing figure.  As the film wore on, I found myself feeling like the kid in the back seat during the opening sequence of ‘Super Troopers’, freaking out a little bit at the imagery, bizarre dialogue and an extended sequence of Paul Williams sitting in a bubble bath and talking to the literal Devil, leading to today’s Faustian query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will probably need to see the film again in order to form a coherent opinion, but I’m not sure I’m gonna seek it out, asking: What’s the last thing you read or viewed that made you think you were freaking out, man?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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