my vhs collection


Vamp, 1986, dir. Richard Wenk.

Just seen this movie today on vhs (my own collection) and the aesthetics are very, very high in this film and Grace Jones is underused. The use of lighting was really interesting, reminded me of Suspiria with that BOOM IN YOUR FACE neon lights of purples, reds, yellow, greens and blues were prominent.

Interesting color choices and combinations.

Cold Hands // Richie Tozier

Request: Could you do a Richie or Eddie (your choice) x reader with prompts 10 and 31 ??

“You must be freezing… come here, I’ll warm you up”                                “I told you you’d catch a cold.“ 

It was fall, practically winter in the small town of Derry, Maine. The cold, crisp air would bite at anyone who dared to journey into the bitter outside and would relentlessly send a shiver down anyone’s spine. However, I completely misjudged the consequences of walk in the cold weather. 

Instead of normally riding my bike to school this morning, I decided to have my mother drive me, completely forgetting the fact that she had to work overtime which meant I would have to catch the bus. But as luck would have it, I missed my bus by three minutes because I just had to stop and ask Stan about his Bar Mitzvah.

So here I am now, still a good 9 houses away from turning onto my street, my whole body practically numb for the harsh bite of the cold. I only prayed to whatever God there is that there would be a nice fire and a warm mug of hot cocoa waiting for me when I arrived home.

Hey that’s Richie Tozier’s house! That means I’m about 2 houses till I reach my street and another 5 houses to past, I thought to myself, oh and look there’s Richie oh no

I tried to run past his house as fast as I could. I didn’t mind Richie, hell, we are even friends. But the thing about Richie is he can’t shut up. And if he stops me to talk to him then I won’t be able to get into the warmth of my house any sooner.

“Hey (Y/N),” Richie waved before sprinting over to me, of course, “babes, why are you out here? It’s like 22 degrees and that doesn’t look like a warm jacket,” he examined me and my windbreaker.

“I missed my bus and so I missed my ride home,” I shrugged it off.

“What! Why didn’t you ask me to just put you on my bike and take you home? You must be freezing...” he thought to himself before a smirk came to his face, “come here, I’ll warm you up… if you know what I mean”

I put my hand up before he could say anything else, “Thanks Rich, but I’ve got to get home.”

“But babes, if you stay out here anylonger than you’ll catch a cold, if you haven’t caught one already, and then you won’t be able to come to school and hang out with me,” he said grabbing my hand lightly. A blush spread itself across my cheeks, “now come on. I’m surprised you’re not fucking frozen.”

In a few minutes I was sitting in Richie’s room with two cups of hot chocolate, a pile of blankets, and a heater right next to the bed. Richie had just re-entered from calling my mother’s office to explain why I was over at Richie’s and not at my house.

“Do you wanna watch something?” He asked, “I’ve got Transformers, G.I Joe…”

As he listed things off, I felt a tickle in my nose. Suddenly, I sneezed… twice.

“Oh shit! You did get sick, and now-”

“Richie, I’m probably fine. I’m not gonna die. Anyway, can we watch The Princess Bride?” I asked

“You want to watch that piece of shit over Transformer! C’mon, babes, I thought you were cool!”

In response, I only began to sneeze again. Richie marched over to his bed and pressed his hand against my forehead, “you’ve got a temperature going. I told you you’d catch a cold!

“Okay whatever Richie, do you have the Princess Bride? I feel awful and I just want to watch that stupid movie and cuddle,” I said, not carrying if Richie thought it was weird. 

Richie shook his head a huffed, “let me go grab it from my mom’s collection of vhs tapes.”

A minute later, Richie was back in his room as the movie started. He crawled into his bed with me where I rested my head on his shoulder. I could feel his arm snake around and pull me closer.

“Thank you, Richie. I mean it.”

“No problemo, babe. Besides, I would be a total dick if I just left you out in the cold. Now, you can get some good-”

“Beep Beep, Richie. You ruined the moment.”

“Oh, so we were having a moment. I like where this is headed, sweetcheeks.”

“It’s not going anywhere until you actually take me on a date,” I smirked.

“You tell me when and where you want to go, babes.”

they’re pretending to be in a national geographic special

yes way

Some of my barbie collection. I finally have all of the movies 💕minus barbie and the rockers

Vintage cover art

The 1980s was a great decade to be a kid, and many of my happy memories are going to the local video store to rent a movie and walking around (for hours at a time!) admiring the awesome posters on the VHS boxes, almost like being at an art museum.

The first video recorder was released to the public in Japan in 1976 and in the USA in early 1977 when the Grindhouse theaters began disappearing. The video boom of the 80s then sort of became the new Grindhouse. I’m an incurable movie-collecting addict. I can’t get enough of it. Today you’re never more than a click away from watching a movie, but there’s a big difference between collecting a movie and a random activity like watching or just buying a movie. Same with art.

Collecting is a longterm commitment, and you have to research, evaluate and decide whether or not to buy whatever movies attract you, and you have to choose each film (and cover art) in such a way as to form a meaningful and organized system. I still collect big, clunky video tapes - and below are some new additions to my art collection.

i had a dream last night that i was supposed to be getting married to some older dude i’d never met but i somehow managed to get out of it and instead i went into this huge old room with dark mahogany walls full of shelving with just 1000′s of VHS tapes that i sat and organised?????? 

who wants to psychoanalyse that bs for me????

Honestly one of the most amazing things about the internet in general and Tumblr in particular is the way you can go your whole life with something in your head and feel like you’re the only one who has this experience because no one ever talks about it and you don’t have a name for it or any frame of reference beyond yourself, but suddenly something randomly crosses your dash and you realize you’re not alone, and then you make a post, and people who’ve followed you for months or years chime in, and then you realize you’re not just alone, but you’re part of a community bound together by a shared experience that school never taught you about, your parents could never have prepared you for, and society never put a name to, and suddenly it has a name, and it feels like coming home. 

10 Star Trek Episodes To Help Get Us Through Election 2016

As I, like so many of us, continue to reel from the shockwave caused by the results of our 2016 presidential election, I find myself reflecting a lot on my favorite television franchise of all time: Star Trek. Through its many incarnations, the show has greatly impacted my life. I was 5 years old when The Next Generation premiered, and I have fond memories of watching it with my father, humming along to the theme song together every week. I’m so grateful that it became a part of my life well before I was old enough to know or care that it was a show for “nerds.” (It’s more widely embraced now, but when I was 13, I wasn’t exactly bragging about my extensive VHS collection of episodes I’d taped off the TV.)

Star Trek taught me about justice, equality, and the importance of having tolerance and respect for all people. (It also taught me that we’re all going to get to wear our pajamas to work in the future, but that’s beside the point.) There’s been much conversation and debate regarding show creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision, but one thing that’s certain is that he had a vision of hope for humanity. And I think it’s thanks in part to Star Trek that I’m now conditioned to hold on to that hope - for better or for worse.

But there is no hope without education and awareness. That’s why I wish I could make some of these episodes required viewing. They may be works of fiction, but the lessons are very real and relevant.

And so I present to you, “10 Star Trek Episodes to Help Us Get Through Election 2016.” Episodes that serve to teach, instill hope, and generally remind us how not to suck.

*I’ve certainly left a number of great and relevant episodes off this list. That’s bound to happen when you have six television series that add up to 726 episodes spanning 30 seasons. Feel free to chime in and add your favorites in the comment section.

10. “Remember” Voyager

While Voyager is transporting some Enaran passengers back to their homeworld, chief engineer B’Elanna Torres starts to have vivid dreams of herself as a young Enaran woman wrapped up in a forbidden love affair with an Enaran man who is a member of the “Regressives.” The Regressives were a group who rejected technology and were eventually exterminated. B’Elanna realizes these are not dreams but actual memories being shared with her by one of the Enaran passengers. It turns out the Enarans have covered up the truth of this horrific holocaust for decades. This cautionary tale reminds us that when we do not know our own history, we are often doomed to repeat it.

I also like this episode because I’m a big B’Elanna Torres fan. Half human, half Klingon, B’Elanna was often torn between her two cultures and struggled to accept and find peace with all parts of herself. (Totally relatable to an angsty teenager.) But she could also kick ass and was super smart. She and Captain Janeway were proud Nasty Women.

9. “Demons”/“Terra Prime” Enterprise

Enterprise often fell short of its potential, but these two episodes live up to it. Captain Archer has gathered a group of all-star aliens for a summit to work out an alliance, but an isolationist group wants to put a stop to it by diverting some comets and aiming them towards Earth. This episode does a nice job calling out the awfulness of bigotry. There’s an interesting line from the Andorian Ambassador, “Earth men talk about uniting worlds, but your own planet is deeply divided. Perhaps you’re not ready to host this conference.” With our own society currently being so fragmented, it can feel all too easy to give up. But we have to continue to strive to bridge the gap.

8. “The Outcast” TNG

This episode supporting LGBTQ rights takes place while the Enterprise is on a mission helping an androgynous race called the J’naii. Commander Riker works closely with a J’naii named Soren. The two become close, discussing life without gender distinctions, and Soren eventually confesses to Riker that she identifies as female. But specific gender identification is considered sexual perversion in the J’naii culture. The two become intimate and once discovered, Soren is arrested for it and sentenced to “psychotectic” conversion therapy.

I was ten years old when this episode premiered, and I remember it making an impression on me. I guess I hadn’t really considered the ideas of androgyny, gender fluidity or homosexuality much up to that point, so the episode both raised my awareness and taught me the importance of tolerance.

7. “Past Tense Part 1 & 2” DS9

I’m going to confess right now that Deep Space Nine is my favorite of all the series, and this list definitely favors the show. You’ve been warned.

In this two-parter, Sisko and part of his crew are transported back in time to Earth in the year 2024. In this not-at-all-distant future, the United States has rounded up the poor and homeless and forced them to live in the “sanctuary districts.” While trying to get back to their time, the crew must preserve the timeline. They’ve arrived right at a pivotal moment, the eve of a revolution that finally makes the United States deal with all the social issues it’s been sweeping under the rug for a century. This revolution must happen, even if it means one of the crew must die.

When this episode first premiered over 20 years ago, this future seemed unimaginable to me. Sadly, it seems frighteningly plausible today. It can be far too easy to ignore things that don’t touch us directly. This episode reminds us to stay vigilant and step up to help those less fortunate.

6. “The Drumhead” TNG

When a Klingon traitor is arrested for spying on the Enterprise, it sets off a witch hunt for other feared saboteurs. Eventually even Captain Picard finds himself under investigation by Admiral Satie, a woman driven by paranoia. But the biggest victim of this investigation is a young crewman named Simon Tarses. Through manipulation, he’s tricked into confessing that he lied about his ancestry. His grandfather is actually a Romulan, not a Vulcan. Gasp. This episode taught me more about McCarthyism than any history class I ever took. Power and paranoia are a dangerous combination, even when we start out with good intentions.

5. “Homefront”/“Paradise Lost” DS9

When a bombing at a Federation conference on Earth kills 27, it is revealed that a Changeling is responsible. The Changelings are a race of shapeshifters who can take any form, which is terrifying for obvious reasons. Fear about a potential invasion of Earth causes Starfleet to call in Sisko and his crew as security experts since Odo, the chief of security on Deep Space Nine, is himself a Changeling. Odo expresses concern over how he will be received by the humans of Earth given the current situation. Chief O’Brien tries to make him feel better by telling him nobody could blame him for the actions of his people. And Odo is basically like, “Wanna bet?”

Eventually, Martial Law is declared, but when there’s no invasion, Sisko starts to suspect there’s more going on here. It turns out Starfleet’s Admiral Leyton has been planning a coup to remove the Federation president.

This episode came out in 1996, more than 5 years before 9/11, but it is eerily prescient in predicting how humanity often responds to terrorist threats. Once again, we are given a cautionary tale about letting fear and paranoia control us, lest we destroy paradise all by ourselves.

4. “Far Beyond the Stars” DS9

I love that Star Trek deals with an issue head-on in this episode. It’s not a metaphor for our own culture, it’s a reflection on our actual history. Captain Sisko finds himself having visions where he lives another life as Benny Russell, an African-American science fiction writer in 1950’s New York City. In this reality, he finds himself interacting with human versions of the DS9 crew. Kira plays a fellow writer who has to use a fake name so that readers won’t know she’s a woman, and Dax plays a ditzy secretary who’s smarter than she lets on. These characterizations add some small side commentary on women’s rights to the episode as well.

When Benny’s magazine editor refuses to publish his stories about Captain Sisko, a black commanding officer of a space station, passionate arguments break out. Eventually they reach an agreement, only to have the company pull the entire issue, preferring to take the financial loss that month rather than publish Benny’s story. Throughout the episode, Sisko’s son, Jake, appears as Benny’s friend Jimmy. Jimmy is shot and killed by two cops because he was supposedly caught breaking into a car. Benny is then savagely beaten by those cops for protesting the injustice.  

This episode is set in the 1950s. It aired in 1998. I write this in 2016. How beyond awful is it that Jimmy’s story, specifically, reads like a headline from today’s newspaper? And while discrimination in the workplace today may not always be as blatant as what Benny experienced, we’re lying to ourselves if we think it isn’t still happening. We still have a whole lotta work to do in this department.

3. “Duet” DS9

So, quick background here. Deep Space Nine is a space station that was built by a race of aliens called the Cardassians. It’s positioned near a planet called Bajor. The Cardassians built the station during their occupation of Bajor, where they basically turned the Bajoran people into their slaves and made them live and work in labor camps. When the series begins, the occupation has just ended and Bajor is getting back on its feet with some help from the Federation, who takes over the station.

In this episode, a Cardassian named Marritza arrives on the station suffering from a disease that indicates he worked at one specific Bajoran labor camp. Major Kira, a former member of the Bajoran resistance, is determined to convict the man of war crimes.  She helped liberate this particular labor camp and knows the kinds of atrocities the Cardassians committed there. First Marritza denies having the disease. Then he says he was just a filing clerk at the camp. Eventually a photo is discovered that shows this man is not Marritza but Gul Darhe'el, the leader of the camp who was also known as the “Butcher of Gallitep.” Marritza finally admits he is actually the Gul, but inconsistencies in his stories and those of others lead Kira to discover he is NOT the Gul. I know, confusing, but also very exciting twists and turns.

In the end, the man is Marritza, just a lowly file clerk with a super guilty conscience. Desperate to make amends for the atrocities he allowed the Bajorans to suffer, he wanted to be discovered and punished as the Gul.

In this episode, Kira must confront her own racism. She has every right to be mad, but she realizes that lumping all Cardassians into the same group is completely unfair. For an episode that’s over 20 years old, it’s still a pretty compelling and relevant hour of television.

2. “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” TOS

In one of the most famous episodes of the Original Series, Captain Kirk and the Enterprise encounter two vessels. Aboard one vessel is Lokai who is a fugitive being hunted by commissioner Bele in the other vessel. The two aliens are from the same planet, but Lokai is from a slave race with one half of his body being black and the other half white. Bele is from the master race, and his skin is half white and half black - the reverse of Lokai’s skin. The two groups have been engaged in a race war for years, and thanks to their extraordinary powers, Bele has been chasing Lokai for 50,000 years. Eventually the aliens force the Enterprise to take them back to their homeworld. Once they arrive, they discover that their people have been totally wiped out. They destroyed themselves due to their crazy racial hatred. When Bele and Lokai realize they’re the only ones left, they start to blame each other for what happened. The two continue to fight, presumably to their own demise.

So, yeah, let’s not let it come to that for us, shall we?

1. “Darmok” TNG

“Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra.” It’s one of the most famous lines from The Next Generation. It also sounds like total gibberish. It is. And that’s kind of the point.  

When a group of Tamarians basically kidnap Captain Picard and forcibly strand him on a planet with their captain named Dathon, the two have a heck of a time communicating. The universal translator is pretty much useless because, although it can translate the literal words being said, the Tamarians speak entirely in allegory. Without the necessary cultural background knowledge, Dathon’s phrases initially confuse Picard. When Dathon says, “Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra” and throws Picard a knife, Picard misinterprets and thinks it’s a challenge to fight. Later, the two men realize a beast of some sort is stalking them. As they work together to defeat it, Picard starts to understand the meaning of Dathon’s phrase. It’s a reference to a story of two warriors working together to defeat an enemy - a story of cooperation. Sadly, Dathon is critically wounded in their fight against the beast. He was willing to sacrifice himself in order to build a bridge of communication between the two cultures.

As individuals and as groups, we yearn to be understood. It’s what helps pave the way to cooperation, acceptance, and even friendship. Goodness knows communication and understanding don’t always come easy, but they can literally mean the difference between war and peace, life and death. Gene Roddenberry and I think peace is worth the effort.

If net neutrality ends, I will preserve all of my most treasured footage across the web in millions and millions of copies on VHS, then, I will flee within the depths of the forest where ill make more copies on a daily basis and give them out freely to any bypassers or people who have heard my tales and come to recieve the gift of the net that was so cruelly taken from them. Ajit will hunt me down of course ,hearing of my actions and wanting to put a stop too it and all the content I provide. Aswell as wanting to wipe out any trace of the Harlem shake after discovering the person who made it a meme had broadcasted such glorious feats as making a cake from his peer’s vomit, getting in a carchase with hitlers secret evil son, putting two cigarettes up his nose whilst eating a sandwich and creating a beautiful album I cry to everyday at 3am. Each one which possess in my vast collection of vhs.

But, being the prepared individual I am, I will have a plan.

The moment he makes a step towards my hut huddled safely in the midst of the woods, my second collection will come to use; furbies

All of which whom will scream out at the sight of him just as I trained them to do, doing so with such a high pitch that his true source of power,a wonderous 50 gallon mug of liquid reese’s, too implode into millions of reeses pieces before him…