The past decade-and-change has seen a glut of remakes of horror films from the '70s and '80s. Most of them have been quicky cash grabs. Suspiria, to its credit, has a different approach, taking a few elements of Dario Argento's frightening exercise in the capacity of sound and vision to terrify and incorporating them into … Continue reading Movie review: Suspiria (2018)
Yola's debut album, Walk Through Fire, opens with "Faraway Look," a seemingly simple song about someone looking for more in life. But we don't get the full story. My interpretation is that our narrator has a secret romantic longing for a friend who works at a grocery store, and knows she will never get him because … Continue reading Album review: Walk Through Fire by Yola
Note: Yesterday, the death of horror director Stuart Gordon was announced. I'm posting this look at his 1987 film, Dolls, in his memory. Rest in peace. ---- Don't let the freaky poster art fool you--Dolls is as much a comedy as it is a horror film, and not usually the subtle, dark comedy of Stuart Gordon's masterpiece, Re-Animator, … Continue reading Movie review: Dolls (1987)
If I were associating words with The Amazing Spider-Man (the character) one of the first ones I would say is, "Fun!" Which is in large part what's wrong with The Amazing Spider-Man (the movie)--it's no fun at all. The setting is no fun. This New York City's colors don't pop like a comic book; rather, … Continue reading Movie review: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
In 1988, when I first started buying CDs, a new release at Musicland (almost my only option) cost $17, or $37 in 2020 dollars*. Today, a new release on CD from Amazon costs about $12, or $5.50 in 1988 money**. In 1988, a CD single (the song you wanted plus a usually useless "b-side" and/or … Continue reading A psychology of my music listening; or, why I’m going to write a bunch of album reviews
An Indian and his white blood brother seek a hidden treasure in order to buy their way out of trouble. Manitou's Shoe seeks to be to westerns what Airplane! was to disaster movies, but it ends up not even being what Spy Hard was to spy movies. The film's only redeeming feature, aside from maybe … Continue reading Movie review: Manitou’s Shoe (Der Schuh des Manitu) (2001)
Over at The Violent World of Parker, I've got a review of the third Matthew Scudder novel, In the Midst of Death.
The Gardners are a somewhat eccentric but likable American family who have left city life and moved out to a farm to raise alpacas (the animal of the future!). A meteor strikes their property, accompanied by an indescribable color. Strangeness commences. A gripping tale of the devolution of a close-knit family, made more horrifying because … Continue reading Movie review: The Color out of Space (2019)
Over at The Violent World of Parker, I have posted a review of the second novel in Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder series, Time to Murder and Create. Enjoy.
Alert: Lots of spoilers (and griping). The Rise of Skywalker starts out pretty good, and at first I was hopeful that all of the negative things I had heard were not true or exaggerated. I heard a lot of negative from some quarters about The Last Jedi, and I ended up liking it more than most. … Continue reading Movie review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)