Mishima Mystery

Yukio Mishima died on November 25, 1970. We’re nearly two weeks away from the anniversary of the author’s passing, but today I was reminded of the great episode about Mishima in the BBC art series Arena. I’ve been reading Mishima since my early twenties. Confessions of a Mask was the first novel I read — [...]

Posted in Books, Cinema, Counter Culture | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Harder Sounds

After posting about Rockers yesterday, I realized we’re celebrating the 45th anniversary of The Harder They Come (1972) this year. Both films are usually found at the top of any list of reggae music films. For me Harder is a fun, flashy crime genre flick about an antihero on the run, but Rockers is a [...]

Posted in Cinema, Music | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rakka Roll

On Halloween night I was watching the original Halloween film — John Carpenter’s first masterpiece pioneered the slasher genre, provided us with an unforgettable score, and introduced the world to Jamie Lee Curtis. The flick is a classic of course even if it’s still controversial in some circles. Given the season I’m assuming that interested [...]

Posted in Cinema | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Very Scary CARRIE

I’m still bingeing on horror films during this last week before Halloween: I had a recording session last night but before I ran to the studio I caught the second half of the original Child’s Play film and the opening of its sequel. The Chucky marathon was part of AMC’s Fearfest scary cinema programming, and [...]

Posted in Cinema | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kubrick: Acid Fascist

My last Kubrick post was well-received so I’m going back to Rob Ager to share another one of his videos deconstructing the master. Ager has done lots of analysis of Kubrick’s work, and this take on A Clockwork Orange is good for October because it touches on a contemporary horror… Please subscribe to my YouTube channel where [...]

Posted in Cinema | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Dark in THE SHINING

Getting the week started correctly, here is another scary cinema post in this last week before we’ll all celebrate the season with treats or tricks. I might argue that 2001: A Space Odyssey is Stanley Kubrick’s most innovative, ambitious, and visionary film. But The Shining is my favorite Kubrick flick, and it’s one of the [...]

Posted in Cinema | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Freddyversary

I was running errands last week when I popped into a used book store to unload some volumes I no longer had space for. Knowing I’d get a bit of store credit back I ultimately traded my books for a handful of scary movie DVDs to watch during October. One of those movies was the [...]

Posted in Cinema | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chat with the Devil

I just watched a preview screener for the new Mansfield 66/67 documentary about the doomed bombshell and camp pioneer Jayne Mansfield. If you’re in Nashville look for my full review in The Contributor next week. The film will open at the Belcourt Theatre on Saturday, October 21. The movie’s opening emphasizes the 666 embedded in [...]

Posted in Cinema | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sharp New Blade

I saw a media screening of Blade Runner 2049 on Monday night. Just so you know, it’s a very good addition to the Blade Runner universe that connects to the first film as well as one might ever expect. It differs from the Ridley Scott film in that it’s less of a pulp noir (especially [...]

Posted in Cinema | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blade to Black

So the very first reviews about Bladerunner 2049 have already started leaking. People are already talking “masterpiece” and “Oscar worthy.” As I mentioned in a recent post, I’m super stoked for this movie and I really do hope it’s a masterpiece. While the raving leaks have me mostly just anxious about the film, this new [...]

Posted in Cinema | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment
© 2017 Joe Nolan's Insomnia. All Rights Reserved.
Built by Paper Lion. #teamwork