Bob Calhoun

Bob Calhoun
Pacifica, California, USA
June 18
Bob Calhoun is a regular contributor to Film Salon and observer of offbeat media. His 2008 punk-wrestling memoir "Beer, Blood and Cornmeal: Seven Years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling" (ECW Press) has spent one entire week on the San Francisco Chronicle's Bay Area bestseller list.

ArnoCorps and Thor at Slim's, SF

 I set up a 75-lb. TKO brand heavy bag in my garage and started sparring again. I’m feeling the effects already – my hands hurt.

My band, Count Dante and the Black Dragon Fighting Society, is backing up Thor, the Rock Warrior, bender of steel bars, destroyer of hot… Read full post »

I “met” David Carradine a few years ago at the Dragon Fest martial arts convention in Glendale, Calif. It was when I was working on the “Judo” Gene LeBell book so Gene comped me in so I could spend a few minutes here and there standing around his table while he… Read full post »

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APRIL 13, 2009 2:54PM

Amazon's Accidental Fatwa

I wonder when the overlords of (or maybe mere hackers) will realize that my punk wrestling memoir, Beer, Blood and Cornmeal, deals with GLBT themes? I mean it has gay characters and parodies of gay characters. It also has a pic of a man’s wiener reproduced in full color (IE:… Read full post »

Why do Hollywood A- listers hate the women who work at makeup counters in mall stores so much?

In a bid to become Hollywood’s undisputed King of Ruphenol, Seth Rogen has a scene where he date rapes Anna Faris in his new mall cop epic Observe and Report. Rogen, as…

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According to Glenn Beck, Michele Bachmann and other rabid right wingers, the Obama Administration is in the midst of planning Maoist style reeducation camps plucked right out of Joe McCarthy and Jack Webb’s cold war fevered imaginations. Now what about these reeducation camps? Will financial ai… Read full post »

THEY’RE GOING TO DO IT. They’re going to hand the little gold man to Brad Pitt for Benjamin Button at the Academy Awards this Sunday. The Academy voters are programmed to lavish Oscars on any film that reminds them of Forrest Gump. Pitt sounds kinda’ loopy in the movie but he…

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JANUARY 20, 2009 1:39PM

Going Out the Same Way You Came In

You have to wonder what was running through Bush’s mind today when he looked out over the millions of people that had gathered in DC to see Barack Obama sworn in. On the day of Bush’s inauguration they had to halt the motorcade because people kept throwing eggs at it. The… Read full post »

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JANUARY 6, 2009 2:14PM

A Former Small-time Grappler’s view of “The Wrestler”

This review may contain spoilers. I’m not quite sure it does per se, but you can probably puzzle out the film’s flow of events by reading this. Proceed at your own risk.

ONE OF THE MOST POIGNANT SCENES in Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler shows Randy “The Ram” Robinson (MicRead full post »

IT'S HARD to come up with words right now. The AP just reported that Forry Ackerman, editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and pretty much the father of all science fiction fandom, died yesterday of heart failure at the age of 92.

Ackerman was a big influence on me…

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OCTOBER 30, 2008 1:47PM

What to do with W?

Please Lorne Michaels, give George W. Bush a job on SNL before he does something! You owe the man!

George W. Bush is finally going to be out of a job soon. He will return to his estate in Crawford Texas but may actually grow tired of clearing away brush when… Read full post »

Nothing quite says the death of capitalism like the arrival of the Spirit Halloween Superstores. Every Fall, when things are dying, the seasonal retailer possesses the space of recently the recently deceased, giving them a temporary yet tortured afterlife. Not really alive but not quite dead, the Spi… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2008 8:37PM

Is Butter Cat Ready to be Vice President?

Butter Cat, that housecat that will sit one heartbeat away from the presidency should John McCain be elected in November, dispassionately lounges on a pile of Rom Spaceknight comic books.

As John McCain shocked the political establishment by choosing Butter Cat to be his Vice Presidential…

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