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Goodbye Maniacs (Article) - 3/1/2015 1:18:29 PM

 Because I've been criticized in the past for negativity and raining on people's parades I hesitate saying this but here goes.  Mania hasn't been a terrific website for over a year now.  There were problems with malware, posting comments, etc., genre news showed up on the site days after it appeared elsewhere on the internet, very few genre television shows were reviewed and movie reviews were for the most part in the hands of Rob Vaux who gave us countless critiques of films from the 1980's and would often skip reviews of popular genre films to tell us instead about some mainstream feature.  Shortly before they told us Goodbye, Mania was mostly just feeding us a steady stream of promotional press releases.  The best thing about Mania for quite awhile has been the passionate comments from the members.  They could take a one or two paragraph press release and spin it in a 100 different directions.  Now with the advent of the Cinemania facebook page it seems that those passionate commentators are ready to leave the nest and fly on their own., I don't need Mania to be resurrected after  the March 31st execution date unless they are going to come back bigger, better and more user friendly than before. Cinemania may all ready be on a path to take their place.

Goodbye Maniacs (Article) - 2/23/2015 1:58:05 PM

 When I found the Cinemania facebook page it was easy to jump on over to Robert Trate's page.  As I suspected he looks young enough to be my son.  I always thought that Trate was Mania.  He seemed to be the custodian of the website. He did a great job and it must have been frustrating for him recently when Mania appeared to be having a hard time finding freelance writers to review genre TV series. I don't know if working for Mania was Robs full time job and he's going to be collecting unemployment now, if that's the case I hope he lands on his feet and the change turns out to be a good thing for him. Based on his facebook page it appears Rob may live nearby as he mentions the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA. I work in Philadelphia and have friends who live in Phoenixville.  I told Chuck Francisco I might drop into the Colonial Theatre one of these days to see what it's all about (wouldn't mind hearing Jorma Kaukonen).

Goodbye Maniacs (Article) - 2/23/2015 1:30:34 PM

 Went to the Cinemania facebook page and I must say that it's very well done...kudos to you guys.  I've taken my act to the comments sections of websites like Screen Rant and Collider.  I'm still playing the part of the creepy old contrarian troll, refusing to bow down at the Disney/Marvel altar, hoping that the new Spiderman is not a non hispanic white person, thinking that the Walking Dead is getting boring, raining on peoples parades and daring to have a different opinion or spark a debate. Truth is I'm actually a much more laid back / funny guy than you realize, I see just about every one of the movies and TV shows in the genres you peope love and I have boxes and boxes of old comic books and action figures in my attic (that are probably worth a lot of money). I just couldn't stand a comments section where everybody said I love it, I love it, I can't wait to see it.  needed you guys to bring it.  So if I had to play devils advocate and start an argument to spice things up, so be it.  I have no desire to reveal my true identity, because some of you guys take this stuff waaayyyyy to seriously and I don't want to get shot by some fanatic. Have fun folks.

Goodbye Maniacs (Article) - 2/19/2015 11:55:38 AM

 It's nice that Mania commentators want to remain pen pals after Mania goes away (whenever that it's been a slow sort of reminds me of an the old song by Dan Hicks, titled...How can I miss you if you won't go away).  Anyway at the risk of repeating myself.  There are lots of other genre websites out there that put Mania (at their apex) to shame like Geek Tyrant, or Collider.  If you are a total comic book nerd the Comic Vine website is absolutely awesome.  I'm in my late 60's and I haven't read comics on a regular basis for 30 years...but I like to go on the Comic Vine website, read an article and then the 100's of outrageous comments that follow it.  It's very entertaining.  I'm always impressed with people who are absolute / tunnel vision geniuses or idiot savants about insignicant pop culture. The people commenting on Comic Vine know comics inside and out, up and down, backwards and forwards... they eat, sleep, drink,  live comics.  Maybe you comic book fans would like to go on that site and exchange ideas or mix it up with those folks. 

Goodbye Maniacs (Article) - 2/16/2015 9:36:53 PM

 Now we wait to see where we will be redirected to on April 1 when we try to access Mania

In the mean time you may want to visit these sites (close up the spaces between words and add a dot com)

Movies - jo blo, collider, screen rant, cinema blend, coming soon, dark horizons

Comics - comic vine, comics alliance

Science fiction - blastr, syfy, furious fan boys, io9, (and from the UK) sci fi now, and sfx

Other fun things to do to pass the time.  Search for info about Demand Media

find out why Mania feeling like a tight little family probably wasn't a good thing for the life of the site


Goodbye Maniacs (Article) - 2/15/2015 9:01:12 AM

 I'm a closet nerd.  My circle of friends isn't into this stuff so I used to come here to vent.  Even though I often played the role of cranky old curmudgeon and troll in the comments section, I dug Mania more than you can imagine.  This site was always about two things for me Trate the juggler and the passionate commentators. We may not have seen eye to eye but I got a kick out of your comments and respected your opinions.

10 Superhot Superhero Girlfriends (Article) - 2/10/2015 8:45:18 PM

 I wasn't aware that Stan Lee drew anything. 

Love at First Bite & Once Bitten Double Feature Blu-ray Review (Article) - 2/10/2015 7:12:53 PM

 Oh and by the way, you Marvel (Disney) people do realize that SONY retains the rights to finance, distribute, own, and have final creative control of all standalone Spiderman movies and as part of the deal Marvel will allow Sony to integrate other characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe into future Spiderman movies.

Love at First Bite & Once Bitten Double Feature Blu-ray Review (Article) - 2/10/2015 6:57:00 PM

 You'd think eventually the powers that be here, would realize that Mania has devolved into a Marvel fanboy only website. Most Mania Commentators don't want to read about, debate or discuss much else.  Which is why I find myself going to Cinema Blend, Jo Blo, Screen Rant and Collider a lot more. 

Sad because Robert Trate has written a fine article / review here about 2 entertaining movies with a tip of his hat to Scream Factory who are doing some very nice things with DVDs and Blu Ray Disks.


The Flash: Crazy for You Review (Article) - 2/5/2015 10:50:13 PM

 Whoops, sorry Robert Trate, your Blu-Ray Shopping Bag on Feb. 3...was another new entry this week.

For a while their I thought Mania was going to turn into MTV Geek and just have the same unchanged homepage forever.


Date Joined: August 16, 2012