I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx

TODAY IN NETWORK AWESOME MAGAZINE


by Timothy Misir
April 21, 2014

Sean Gerowin’ second feature after 2009’s Let’s Rob the Cheese Shop is an adventure comedy similar to stoner flicks Pineapple Express and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, except that the drug of choice is acid, or according to one of the residents of the trailer park in the film, “like that motorcycle movie.”

Despite its title, Trailer Park Jesus is not a Jesus film, neither is it a spoof of Jesus films. Trailer Park Jesus is not concerned with his ethnic identity nor his inner conflicts and temptation, as is the case with most cinematic depictions of Christ. It is about tipping with rednecks and seeing God. In the film, Jesus is a spiritual guide, whose depiction is akin to Kevin Smith’s Buddy Jesus from Dogma (1999) come to life, and even has the ability to turn water into wine cooler. The biblical Jesus’ performed seven miracles, and turning water into wine is the most significant, being the first public miracle listed in the Gospel of John and confirming his divine nature...

Timothy Misir is a Russia-based Singaporean writer and researcher in urban planning and architecture. He is currently working at The Moscow Times where he is a copy editor and writes for the arts section. He can be contacted at tim.misir@gmail.com.


by Jimmy Trash
April 21, 2014
The unfathomable life story of living Turkish legend Bülent Ersoy is barely utterable without placing this incredible individual in the chaotic epoch in which she blossomed.  While Turkey has a reputation for being more liberal in the 70s, attested by the amount of psychedelic music and film from the country in this decade, it was not an easier time to live there.  Turkey was a hotbed of war between fighting political factions as well as careless intervention by the US to keep Turkey in a state of conflict so that the Soviet Union could not impress upon Turkey and use it as a gateway to Western Europe.  By the end of the 70s it is predicted that there were 10 political assassinations per day, as well as numerous terrorists’ attacks by the formidable Grey Wolves (young SS styled fascists) and American agents planting bombs behind the veil of being communists to spark violence and mistrust.

During this period Bülent sang as both a respected singer of the Turkish classical canon, as well as the frowned upon popular style of arabesque.  As you will see in the first videos of this collection, he also acted in many films as a young, naive, androgynous heterosexual man, and would be seen in social spheres on dates with women. A Turkish friend told me that during this period he...
Singer/organist/writer Jimmy Trash is an Australian born musician, journalist, dj and herald of low-brow art and psychedelic culture through his own festival, Trashfest, and many other mediums. He is available for shamanistic healing, bacchanalian instruction and nerdy weird music exchanges.

by William Benton
April 20, 2014

Hugh Hefner’s attempts to use Playboy Magazine’s popularity to capitalize in the realm of television never did result in a “hit” (Playboy After Dark ran two seasons as did its predecessor, Playboy’s Penthouse, nearly ten years prior), but watchingPlayboy After Dark does now fulfill a nostalgic appetite as a novel, eye and ear candy-coated view into the swinging, late 60’s high life as it swung into the darkening 1970’s.

Playboy After Dark was taped at CBS Television City the first season before relocating to KTLA in the second (to reduce costs) and was syndicated via Screen Gems, having just enjoyed the tremendous rise and fall of The Monkees. The set itself is lovely and ridiculous all at the same time. Hefner had a lot of ideas- expensive ones, of course. The final result is interesting to the point of distraction: the live “rumpus room” has psychedelic lights and had what is been said to had been- I shit you not- computer panels from NASA which would be replaced after each space launch. The “den”, “library” and other such areas all share a look that would become synonymous with Playboy Mansion imagery (as Hefner would acquire and move to the new mansion in California in the early 1970’s)...

William Benton

by Thomas Michalski
April 19, 2014
It might have something to do with its origins in French film theory, but people tend to only toss around the word “auteur” when it comes to highbrow directors, your Kubricks and Kurosawas, but the term is by no means an indicator of commonly accepted notions of quality cinema, having more to do with the structure and consistency of vision evident in a filmmaker’s body of work than the perceived cultural or artistic importance of that output. When considered without the bogus cinephile pretension, the term could arguably be applied to everyone’s favorite directorial whipping boy, Ed Wood, and is certainly apt, as David K. Frasier points out in his book-length examination of the accomplished sleaze purveyor, for Russ Meyer. Meyer’s films weren’t of the sort to garner nods from the Academy, in fact they were more likely to get him thrown in jail, but there’s no denying that over the course of his infamous career, lasting over a quarter of a century, the filmmaker established and expanded upon his own unique aesthetic, using it to explore subject matter both personal and political. The fact that that aesthetic revolves almost exclusively around scantily clad women with enormous tits is totally irrelevant...
Thomas Michalski is a writer and radio host from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can keep up with his comings and goings over at http://www.voodooinspector.com/

by Lindsay Long
April 18, 2014

For anyone who has ever played D&D, been in a den with wood paneled walls, or glimpsed a TV set in the past thirty years, probably has caught a scene from the epic 1982 film, Beastmaster. The movie bestowed upon us from the obvious decade of outlandishness, and one of countless fantasy films to arise from the era.

“Born with the courage of an eagle, the strength of a black tiger, and the power of a God” Beastmaster (for those who don’t already know and can’t easily guess) tells the tale of Dar...

Currently holdin’ it down in the dirty south city of Atlanta, Network Awesome contributor Lindsay can be found frequenting house parties, punk rock shows, seedy thrift stores, or glued to her computer screen unearthing the endless gems today's internet offers. A self-proclaimed fan of all things vintage, including the nudie mags of yesteryear, she possesses an insatiable appetite for anything visually mind-blowing or just totally tasteless. Notorious B.I.G. sums her up best with a line from ‘Gimme the Loot': ”Dangerous. Crazier than a bag of f*@#$%g angel dust.”