Your Humble Reviewer didn’t become a schlock­meis­ter over night.  He spent the bet­ter part of a decade hon­ing his craft as a review­er at a vari­ety of sites before start­ing this blog.  It all began with a gig at a site called Yesterdayland (now known as Retroland) and con­tin­ued with a long stretch as a free­lancer for All Movie Guide, which is immor­tal­ized in this site’s AMG Dirty Dozen series, plus plen­ty of reviews for AVManiacs (back when it was called DVDManiacs).

Another place he has con­tribut­ed to over the years is Temple Of Schlock, an eye-open­ing blog run by Chris Poggiali.  You can always count on him to deliv­er a steady stream of smart, well-researched and often wit­ty posts that are fre­quent­ly bol­stered with eye-pop­ping ads from back in the day.

Chris is also kind enough to open up his blog to guest con­trib­u­tors, includ­ing Your Humble Reviewer.  The fol­low­ing is a quick, anno­tat­ed guide  — with click­able links in each item’s title — to his vin­tage work at Temple Of Schlock, plus a few oth­er items that might be of inter­est.  If you decide to check any of them out, it is advised that you stick around at the Temple after­wards: this site hous­es a library or two’s worth of exploita­tion edu­ca­tion resources and you just might learn some­thing.

1) Here My Dear: this a review of a deluxe edi­tion of an album by Marvin Gaye.  It’s one of the great cult albums in the world of soul music, the work of a tor­ment­ed artist draw­ing the lis­ten­er into his dark night of the soul.  Check out this entry and find out more, includ­ing a dis­cus­sion of the impres­sive remix disc includ­ed in the deluxe edi­tion.

2) Round Table Discussion — Georgia, Georgia: this entry finds Your Humble Reviewer con­tribut­ing alongside the likes of Richard Harland Smith and Hal Horn to a dis­cus­sion about an unusu­al 1970’s indie film writ­ten by Maya Angelou.

3) I Gotta Be Me: this piece comes from a Jerry Lewis Week post marathon and its an explo­ration of Hardly Working, Jerry Lewis’s unex­pect­ed come­back hit from 1980, and how it har­bors a unique­ly per­son­al mes­sage from its embat­tled auteur under all the reheat­ed slap­stick.

4) A Requiem For My Old Pal, VHS: this is a per­son­al­ized reflec­tion on how the video tape rental out­lets of old­en times shaped Your Humble Reviewer’s rela­tion­ship with films.  It’s prob­a­bly as close as he’ll get to writ­ing an auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal piece.

And here’s a few bonus entries that Your Humble Reviewer didn’t write that have strong Schlockmania con­nec­tions:

Top 25 Norman Whitfield Productions: both Temple Of Schlock and Schlockmania are unit­ed by an admi­ra­tion for the work of Norman Whitfield, a musi­cal genius whose pro­duc­tion skills brought Motown into the era of funk.  This piece is Chris’s com­pre­hen­sive exam­i­na­tion of his favorites, each entry blend­ing inter­est­ing triv­ia with a vet­er­an fan’s keen insights.  Schlockmania’s com­pan­ion piece can be found here: Top Ten Norman Whitfield Cult Faves.

Starlight Six Drive Invasion: Chris and Your Humble Reviewer attend­ed the title event a few years ago and had a great time watch­ing some clas­sic flicks under the stars, as the good lord intend­ed.  This is Chris’s thought­ful­ly com­posed account of the event, which includes plen­ty of great illus­tra­tions and pho­tos (includ­ing a few from you-know-who).