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!"
Bryant & May: Strange Tide by Christopher Fowler. (Detective/Mystery Novel, 2016). The latest book in this long-running series finds the allegedly elite team known as the Peculiar Crimes Unit headed for disaster. For all their past successes, they’ve always depended on aging detective Arthur Bryant’s eccentric brilliance, tempered by his steady partner John May, to solve […]Read more "REVIEWED: Bryant & May: Strange Tide"
Alfred Hitchcock by Peter Ackroyd. (Critical Biography, 2016). Hitchcock is, of course one of the most famous and most written-about figures in the history of the film industry. You needn’t take my word for it, either. Merely check out 4-page bibliography lurking at the back of this new book! Naturally, some are books about movies in […]Read more "REVIEWED: ALFRED HITCHCOCK"
Ruler of the Night by David Morrell (Historical Mystery Novel, 2016). Not long ago, I reviewed a Christmas-themed book from a few years ago by Morrell. Now I’m back with one from only months ago. Ruler of the Night is the third in a trilogy of exciting mystery novels set in Victorian England (1855, to be exact) […]Read more "REVIEWED: Ruler of the Night"
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"