Remembering The Wall

1982 was an amazing year for sci-fi, fantasy, and horror films: E.T., Conan the Barbarian, Blade Runner, Creepshow, The Thing, Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Tron, and The Dark Crystal all debuted that year. Another 1982 movie that was full of fantastic elements as well as fantastic music was Pink Floyd — [...]

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Pooh S.S.R.

Lately it feels like we’re heading back into some kind of full on Cold War II with Russia or WWIII with Russia or some slimy partnership with Putin involving Russian mobsters, bad debts, shirtless badminton, a vodka haze, a Volga fog, some leaked emails and a pizzagate golden shower. Whatever the future holds between our [...]

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Dangerous Doc

A few weeks ago I shared an old Insomnia post to my social media networks for From the Archives Friday — it was a notice celebrating the birthday/inception date of Roy Batty, the leader of the renegade replicants in the original Blade Runner film. Batty’s inception date on January 8, 2016 takes on special importance [...]

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Party On, People

So the mail wasn’t running yesterday and my girlfriend had the day off so I sort of also had the day off to hang out with her. I managed to post to this blog, hand in a column, edit an article, and meet with an editor, but I also managed to go for a drive, [...]

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Paradise Remembered

I’ve posted a lot on these lit-up pages about the Satanic Panic of the 1980′s and 1990′s, and I was reminded of the mass hysteria of those times this weekend when I came across an article that looked back to the classic documentary Paradise Lost. It’s hard to believe that the film is 20 years [...]

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Back to Brazil

This weekend I saw that Ira Levin’s The Boys From Brazil is celebrating the 4oth anniversary — the book was published in 1976. I’ve been preoccupied with neo-Nazis and their old school inspirations, and the book’s birthday made me remember my first take on the film it inspired. Back in 2012… Hollywood usually blows it [...]

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Young Journey

If you were in Nashville last night you could’ve caught Neil Young’s directorial debut, 1974′s Journey Through the Past at the Belcourt Theatre. The film combines concert performances, and candid footage of Young during his early recording career with Buffalo Springfield, CSNY and during his first solo outings. Young mixes the music movies together with [...]

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Reich in Rearview

Props out to Ezra Buckley for hooking up a recent story about the death of Wilhelm Reich at Remnants. According to the Freud Quotes site the good doctor was… Wilhelm Reich, psychoanalyst, political theorist, pioneer of body therapies and prophet of the sexual revolution died 59 years ago, on November 3, 1957. Here’s their word [...]

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Ghost Dog Day

In conjunction with England’s Black Star celebration of black actors in film and televison, BFI published an article in praise of Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai on Monday, and I couldn’t agree with its assessment of the genre-bending hip-hop-hit-man flick. This piece focus’s on Forrest Whitaker’s performance as the title character. [...]

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Of Hate and Horror

One last monstrous post before the the witches take over the night sky, the jack-o-lanterns cackle and the veil is pierced with mischief, mayhem, lunacy and eros. This year we celebrate the 90th birthday of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story “The Call of Cthulhu” which appeared in Weird Tales in 1926. Here’s what a couple of [...]

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