Movie of the day: Star 80

Today’s movie of the day is Star 80 (1983) directed by Bob Fosse.

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This was Bob Fosse’s last movie he directed before he died in 1987. This movie is about Playboy model Dorothy Stratten. How she started her rise to fame, and was continuing to branch out her career as a movie star but her life was cut short. She was murdered by her husband Paul Snider at the age of 20.

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This movie stars Mariel Hemingway as Dorothy Stratten and Eric Roberts as Paul Snider.

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This movie talks about Stratten’s humble beginnings working at a Dairy Queen in Canada where she encounters Paul Snider who was a well known scammer and pimp but once he met Dorothy.

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He absolutely falls in love with her  and decided to devote all of this time, effort and money in making her  a star.

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He is able to convince her that they way to stardom is for her to become a playboy model and is able to conned her into taking nude photos of her then creating a portfolio and sending them off to Playboy. However she was about 17 years old at the time when these shots were taken so he was so hell bent in making her a star that he forged her mom’s signature (who is played by Carroll Baker).

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Then by luck Dorothy is invited to fly out to California (at that point Paul Snider becomes her agent and husband) to get professional photography by Playboy and her career quickly escalates from there. Including being picked to by Playmate of the Month (August 1979) then she becomes 1980’s Playmate of the Year. With those titles she hear Hollywood calling and starts to get small film roles.  However the luck of stardom is not the same for Paul Snider he goes onto these business ventures which ends up in failure and he feels dejected by Dorothy’s success.

Enrage by constant failure and jealous paranoia of Dorothy the final straw for him is when he finds out that she has been seeing someone else. He ends up killing her and then quickly killing himself.

 

This is one of my favorite movies because it is based on real life. I do not know how I found out about this movie but I tend to re watch it every couple of years. When I first saw it I did not know it was a movie directed by Bob Fosse. Because it didn’t feel like his usual musical or dancing type of film. This film like the real life it was based on was gritty, hard and absorbing!

Here is the trailer for the movie:

Fun fact about the film:

Hugh Hefner said that Eric Roberts portrayal of Paul Snider was exactly right!

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Until next time!

 

The Scooby-Doo Project

(side note: So I tried to take a writing break but physically I cannot. So onward and upward and I will be posting those past selections soon!)

 

On October 31, 1999 the cartoon network aired a marathon of Scooby Doo. I remember watching this marathon but what caught my attention was the small segments that they would show between the cartoon and the commercial breaks. The segment was called The Scooby-Doo Project and it was supposed to be a light version of The Blair Witch Project starring the characters from Scooby-Doo.

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The group decides to film their journey of going into Casper County woods in search of a monster and they end up disappearing there but their footage of what happened is found.

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What is interesting about this short is that Shaggy points out that he has a been feeling about this particular mystery because the woods they are driving past look “more realistic” then the previous woods they have been to. They set this particular bunch of segment with real video of actual people and woods instead of the usual cartoon scenery but they kept the cartoon versions of the Scooby Doo gang.

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Velma is very insistent of interviewing the locals of the county before driving into the woods and everyone that they interviewed has a different take of what the monster is suppose to be and she is baffled that no one story is consistent with another.

When they finally arrived to the woods at near dusk they leave the comfort of the mystery machine and decide to find the cemetery that is in the woods.

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Of course Shaggy and Scooby are completely freaking out that they got to there woods late because it is almost night and they are complete not ok that Velma, Fred and Daphne decided to camp out in the cemetery!

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The longer they are in the woods they more the gang starts to argue with each other and they are especially annoyed that Velma keeps filming them and that they only brought one tent for everyone to sleep in for the night. They are especially spooked by a monster they scared them by they cannot find the source of where the monster came from

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Thinking that the would get a good night sleep during the time they are in the woods they encounter more problems like cramp spaces, there backpacks getting broken into and a shortage of supplies they needed for this trip.

During every other commercial break they to get more frustrated with each other and also the fact that they haven’t solved the mystery nor left the woods yet. But they keep hearing shrieking that sounds like it could be the monster and they also find food prints.

 

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Nearing the end they come across an abandoned house and run inside. Velma is convinced that the shrieking is coming from the house and they find a radio instead and it starts playing a light beat song. However it is confirmed by Shaggy that whenever they heard music a monster is close to them and he is right!

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Because the next thing you see is this:

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And they start running up the stairs and you can see all of the characters running across the hallways to get away from the monster.

Then you seen Shaggy in the corner in the basement and Velma asks him what he is doing there and he is freaking out about how scared he is!

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They finally were able to apprehend the monster and they remove the mask to reveal who was scaring them. It was:

“SOME GUY”

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And they couldn’t figure out why he was scaring them and he said it because it’s Halloween and that’s what you do on Halloween! But then they asked why he scared them before Halloween at the cemetery and he said he wasn’t there but then…

To find out what happens next here is the full video of the Scooby Doo Project:

 

 

Until Next Time!!!

 

 

 

 

My summer reads!

I have been asked a lot lately what I am planning to read for the summer and of course being the avid reader I am happy to obliged the request! Here is some books and (links to buy) I am planning to read:

I am a huge fan of themes so these quick Fear Street Books by RL Stine are up my alley. As the founder of the Fear Street Book club and a RL Stine fan these books are a short treat for something light to read and scary.

Too many links for these books but I highly recommend checking Ebay!

 

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Southern Lady Code: Short  funny essays by Helen Ellis the mixes southern hospitality with a twist.

Link to buy:

Southern Lady Code

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Mr Know-It- All:  The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder by John Waters: I downloaded the audio version of this book because the author is the one who reads it. John Waters is so animated when he talks and he has such a unique spin on life. I am such a huge fan of his and anything he does.

Link to buy:

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Supermarket by Bobby Hall aka Logic- I saw this book at Barnes & Noble a couple of days ago and was caught off guard by it’s simple yet vibrant cover and then I read the back of the book and it was interesting for me to purchase.

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Lords of Chaos: The bloody rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderland. This book focuses on the beginning stages of the Norwegian black metal scene and the correlation of a bunch of church fires and deaths that happened in 1993.

Link to buy:

Lords of Chaos

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Sissy: A coming of Gender Story by Jacob Tobia: I have been hearing such wonderful things about this memoir so this is an absolute must read!

Link to buy:

Sissy: A coming of age gender Story

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Dapper Dan made in Harlem: A memoir. The man who brought high fashion to hip hop in his store from 1982-1992 and has recently partnered a line with Gucci is releasing a book this summer. I am excited to read about his life.

Link to buy:

Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem

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Best.Movie. Year. Ever. by Brian Raftery- was 1999 the best movie year ever? Brian Raftery writes about the movie gems that came out that year such as: Election, The Blair Witch Project and the Sixth Sense and pleads his case as to why it was!

Link to buy:

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Life at the Dakota: New York’s Most Unusual Address by Stephan Birmingham: This building seems to have a very usual history and secrets.

Link to buy is below:

Life at the Dakota

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The Life and Times of Ward Kimball:  Maverick of Disney Animation by Todd James Pierce. One of Walt Disney’s closest friends and animators and he worked on countless memorable Disney characters such as the Mad Hatter, Mickey mouse and Donald duck.

 

 

What books are you all planning to read over the summer?

I decided to do a book giveaway of one of my favorite books once my lady.cult IG hits 32K followers! So keep an eye out for that!

I just wanted to thank you guys all for following both my retro.cult IG and my lady.cult because I am accumulated a combined total of 77K followers. So I am super appreciated of you guys being so positive and grateful!!!

 

 

Until mid June!

Writing break

Hello everyone! I decided to take a bit of a writing break until mid June so I can rest and bring you guys some great content. I will still be available on my instagram pages.

Thank you!

Clarissa

Welcome to the Insta-hood: @hypepriestess !

Hello and welcome to this week’s installment of Welcome to the Insta-hood! Where I interview fascinating people and there IG accounts. This time it is @hypepriestess turn!

 

  1.  Tell me a little bit about yourself.

I’m a Leo, I don’t think I know how to tell “a little” about myself, haha. But here goes; My name is Lacey, I’m 31, and I live one mile from Disneyland in Anaheim CA, and I’m kinda obsessed with Disney. I worked for Zumiez for 15 years, and quit last year at the District Manager level to open up my Tarot Lounge and Healing Studio in Downtown Santa Ana. I am currently a certified level II Reiki Practitioner, Channeled Healer, and intuitive tarot reader. I have been doing this work for about 5 years since my spiritual awakening in 2014. 

I live in Orange County California with my boyfriend who anonymously runs the lifestyle and streetwear brand SLUSHCULT.  We live with our two black cats, Phineas and Ferb, and we seriously just love to have FUN. I was born and raised in the Pacific North West, so I have lots of love for the west coast, but Southern California has truly become my home these past 13 years. 
In my practice, it is extremely important for me to be inclusive and accessible. My prices are fair (for where I live) and I also offer payment plans. I try to accommodate for BI-POC, gender non-conformists, and marginalized peoples as much as possible in my space.”
2. When and why did you decide to start your business?
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I took the original leap in 2016, and had a “side hustle,” as our generation is so apt to do. Having started the instagram in 2015, I had a little bit of a following, and had consistent orders of crystals and tarot readings for the first year. In 2017, however, I got promoted to District Manager at Zumiez, like I had mentioned, and that job became way too full time for me to really accomplish what I wanted with my personal business. In 2018 I shut down tarot readings for essentially the entire year, even after I quit my job in September.

In August 2018, I had someone reach out to me and ask if she could come to my home to get a reading. She was visiting from Michigan and wanted to get read from me in person. I wasn’t comfortable with someone coming to my house, and I felt so embarrassed I didn’t have a space to share my healings in. So I purchased a little office space in Santa Ana and my intention was that on my two days off from Zumiez I would work out of my office on tarot readings. One week later, I quit Zumiez for good. “
3.  How did you know that you had this gift?
“I think I’m still discovering my “gifts,” everyday. I think everyone has these gifts, and it’s either with you your entire life, or it can be developed over time. For me, occult, paranormal, spirits, aliens, etc were always a huge part of my life ALWAYS. I can remember setting up massive ghost hunting outings growing up in the pacific north west. Legit, I was 16, and getting 20+ people to go ghost hunting with me. I was always the one in high school seeking out THE TRUTH, and uncovering conspiracy theories. I was always curious.  
I never felt “connected” in a spiritual sense (or I guess in a “religious” sense – I didn’t realize how much trauma I had around the word GOD), but I was always attracted to that life style. 
When I was 25, had the best job, best home, best boyfriend, and best life –  I went into massive depression for the first time in my life, and as it is for most people, that was my awakening moment. I was never the same. I used crystals to heal myself of depression. I used meditation to ease my pain, and start to uncover what the fuck was wrong with me. And that’s when tarot came in.
An ex best friend at the time (now best friends again, hah!)  came out of the wood work and said Tarot really helped her with depression, and she said she thought it would be good for me. So I went down to my local metaphysical shop the next day and bought my first tarot deck for myself. That was it. I was sold. I couldn’t believe that every fuckin card I pulled resonated with my immediate situation. And a lot of people can’t read for themselves, but I could instantly. And I was almost immediately offering free readings on instagram back in 2015. I had no idea what I was doing,  but I know that I read for hundreds of people, and only 1 person ever told me I was “wrong” or it didn’t “resonate.” (Back then, when I didn’t understand the way this works, that was a big deal to me.) Now I know that that person who said I was “wrong” just wasn’t willing to take ownership or responsibility for their role in the part they played in what they were asking about. And that is truly how I read intuitively.  I let the cards explain a story and tell me the patterns, and cycles that people karmically hold in their energetic bodies. I don’t just read the cards, I read between the lines and try to identify root causes. 
In 2018, I took an advanced energy healing class and really opened myself up to receive messages, and I became a channeled healer. I get messages, either written, spoken, or via energy work, during healing sessions. I am able to show people who their guides are, tell them info on past lives, activate their DNA, give them cosmic downloads to expand their awareness and consciousness, insert sacred geometry into them; I channel angels, guides, spirit, source. I can see peoples “power” animals, auras, and detect cords (attachments, or people/situations holding on to them that no longer serve them). I work with the ascended masters and their cosmic rays of light, as well as their flames, which are essentially high vibrational “energy” that clears and releases people of burdens, addictions, sorrows, and those destructive patterns and cycles I talked about before. 
It’s a lot, but it has all opened and unlocked in the past 9 months. That creative “birthing” process has been very real to me.
I know it all sounds fucking crazy if you’re not used to this “realm.” But, 9 months ago, if you would have asked me if I could do any of this, or if I would WANT to do any of this, I would have said hell no. A lot can change when you’re open to receiving your gifts. And I think part of my story is showing that any “normal” person can do this work. I’m just a crazy chick who wears rainbows and glitter every day, loves Disneyland and having fun, and yet, here I am, standing in front of the world to present my gifts to HELP.”
4. What is the most common subject people contact you about and why?
“I think Energy Healings are what people pay for the most, but I think what they’re really after is someone to just listen to them. Someone to share their story with and know that the person is not judging them. And that is why I am shifting my practice soon from just tarot readings and energy healings to intuitive coaching sessions. I end up doing all those things any way in a session (if you order a tarot reading, I’m still going to read your energetic body; and vice versa). And I think what people really want is just some help in identifying root causes, taking accountability, and TANGIBLE NEXT STEPS, such as a PLAN of action they’re going to take in between sessions, and in that way they have some things to physically work on, instead of just receiving information and messages and walking away. 
I think I’m really great at holding space for people and letting them explore their traumas, their ascension, their awakening. I hold big space for that and I LOVE to help people who are just stepping out onto their path in the spiritual world.”
5. Is there any exciting event or things coming up that you would like to share?
“Oh my god, is there ever. Since stepping into my power recently, so many doors and opportunities have opened for me! 
My biggest thing is the opening of my physical business in downtown Santa Ana CA. Book a session with me and you can come in physically, or we can do distance work if you don’t live in the area! (That’s the great thing about energy work, you don’t need to be near me to have the benefits!) It’s fun when you visit locally though because I do sell crystals and other metaphysical goods (which you can also purchase from my website at hypepriestess.com) and you get to experience the powerful healing portal in the backroom which is all rainbows, protection, and fun. You still get the benefits from a distance session, but there’s nothing like being in the space, I swear. 
 
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Next, I have just gotten approved and announced a monthly WITCH WALK in Santa Ana which is basically an art walk, but for witches, healers, and occultists. It’s the third Saturday of every month in Santa Ana on 2nd and Broadway from 5pm-10pm. The first one will be June 15th, 2019.
I also hold a community event twice monthly with my good friend Maria called SACRED SPACE. We host it in my space, and it is an entirely intuitively and channeled lead class. We currently have two set times a month, but we have to add more classes because they’re always sold out. “
Thank you so much for the interview!
If you would like more information on Hype Priestess her IG account is:
and her website is: