A Long Time Ago in a Cutting room Far, Far Away. . . . by Paul Hirsch (Movie Industry Memoir, 2020). This one is a little different from what I usually read/review for this blog. You probably have never heard of Paul Hirsch; I hadn’t before reading this book. But he has spent the last […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: A Long Time Ago, in a Cutting room Far, Far Away. . . . ."
Films where a number of shorter works (usually with a thematic connection) are bound together in an anthology format are pretty rare. As the title suggests, here the basic thread involves futuristic science fiction with a distinctly horrific sensibility. Features of this sort are almost guaranteed to be uneven in quality and impact. That’s certainly […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: Galaxy of Horrors (2017)"
Extensively renovated over the winter, the Grand Midway’s coffee baris again open on a weekly basis: 7-11 PM, every Thursday in my hometown (Windber, Pennsylvania). Was down there last evening and this is my first detailed report of the doings this season. Now, you must understand: Windber is a smallish place, a former coal mining boomtown […]Read more "Coffeehouse Nights: The Morning After Report, May 18, 2018"
A quiet night so far at the coffeehouse of Windber’s fabled Grand Midway Hotel. Blair had to work till 6 PM (which is when it was to open–so I was drafted to come in early and do the prep work). Our lead movie tonight was the great Tim Burton epic Ed Wood–Johnny Depp, the wondrous Martin […]Read more "COFFEEHOUSE NIGHTS: October 19 at the Grand Midway Hotel"
Another evening of hot coffee (tonight is Dunkin Donuts regular blend), various hot teas, hot cocoa, etc. First DVD movie tonight is Sinister (one I’ve never seen, so have to check it out). Tonight’s internet connection comes courtesy the portable wi-fi thingie brought by the bright yellow rabbit currently seated at the bar (yes, Amber came in […]Read more "COFFEEHOUSE NIGHTS: 5 October 2017"
Random Fun Fact of the Day: Fake movie blood tastes worse than real blood. Much worse. I know this from personal experience, for indeed that is yours truly: chomping down on rubber prop intestines and said unpalatable liquid in my role as a zombie in Blair Murphy’s Windber-centered low-budget movie, Zombie Dream. For addition poignant, […]Read more "Not Gagging On It, Tonight!"
Apologies for posting this late. My laptop’s battery was running very low Thursday night and I kind of got into the evening’s 3rd movie (see below, I had never seen this–the Rob Zombie remake of the slasher classic…). Friday was Veteran’s Day and the public library was closed. I did get online briefly, sitting in […]Read more "10 Nov. at the Grand Midway, Part 2"
Yet another offbeat movie at the coffeehouse: Incomparably strange fun, no? I sip more pumpkin spice coffee. Obscure car models are discussed. One strange person (of many here, thank you very much) announces his special affection for stun guns. Blair told us about getting a couple boxes of weird magical odds and ends donated from […]Read more "November 3 at the Grand Midway, Part 2"
If you haven’t seen an image from last weekend’s guided tours, here is the unholy “Brother James” (me) holding forth beside a photo of the Midway’s most famous ghost, Dear Tragic Martha… A chess match between costumed ghouls rages, as a tarot card reading takes place and the night’s 3rd movie is the (intensely) […]Read more "October 27th at the Grand Midway, Part 2"
1st day of Autumn! The decorative tombstones are out front! Inside, I spent a while talking writing with a self-published horror author (who says he’s going to dedicate a future book to me!?). The night’s first movie: Urban Legend! A GIANT Ouji Board pointer arrived here tonight, now standing in the corner (towering over all […]Read more "Sept. 22 at the Grand Midway"