The Mummy (2017)
Jun17

The Mummy (2017)

Nothing Will Prepare You… The Mummy (2017)   “In a culture inured even to the shock of the new, in which today’s news is tomorrow’s history to be forgotten entirely or recycled in some unimaginably debased form, ‘70s movies retain their power to unsettle; time has not dulled their edge, and they are as provocative now as they were the day they were released… The thirteen years between Bonnie and Clyde in 1967 and Heaven’s Gate in 1980...

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Arthur C.  Clarke’s Childhood’s End
Jun17

Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End

Arthur C.  Clarke’s Childhood’s End   Contains Major Spoilers   Well now, twice in one week; wonder what that means. Ten or so days ago I found myself left with a feeling of bleak sadness on rereading Stephen King’s Pet Sematary.  It was a sort of ‘localised’ sadness:  just this recognition of time passing and even ending for those who I love or have loved through the years.  Of the Veil pulling back and Oz the Great and Terrible...

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Wonder Woman (2017)
Jun05

Wonder Woman (2017)

Love and Sorrow: Wonder Woman (2017)   What a very, very frustrating film.  There is so much to like about it.  And then there are equally as many scenes where you just grind your teeth at how close they come to making a really interesting superhero film…but not quite close enough. And there’s no getting around it:  my main problem is with the casting of Gal Gadot; and since it’s the title role as Diana, the Wonder Woman, that’s kind...

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Pet Sematary (Novel)
Jun05

Pet Sematary (Novel)

Older and Wiser: Going Back to the… Pet Sematary   It’s funny, isn’t it, how something you read so many years ago can have a completely different feel when you return to it. This has been true of most of those early Stephen King novels that I’ve been revisiting of late…but none more so than with his 1988 Pet Sematary. I was in my twenties when I first stumbled across that clearing in the Maine woods.  That odd patch of ground where...

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The Black Monday Murders  Vol. 1
May30

The Black Monday Murders Vol. 1

The Black Monday Murders Vol. 1: All Hail, God Mammon   “If you are going to earn more…if you’re going to earn real money, accumulate real power… then that is done on the backs of others.  Call them workers, call them proles, even call them slaves, I do not care.   Just know it is they who you will sacrifice for your gain.  “We finance culture.  We buy entire nations.  But even that is just manifestation…it’s not real power.  It...

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Clive Barker’s Coldheart Canyon
May30

Clive Barker’s Coldheart Canyon

Hollywood Hokum & Snail Masturbation; Welcome to… Clive Barker’s Coldheart Canyon   Dear oh dear, what a sordid and depressing 2001 novel this one is.  From the pen of horror writer Clive Barker, it should be pressing all the right buttons for me.  In particular, I’m a sucker for tales of Old Hollywood — and Coldheart Canyon is even advertised as a ‘Hollywood ghost story’.  Yet so much of it is wrong, wrong, wrong; not...

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