|Friday, March 26th, 2010|
|Thursday, March 25th, 2010|
|Writing update: A fine line between stupid and clever
The advantage of working at the office is that I have a back-up to compensate for my ailing home computer. I'll blame the delay in my last writing update on that.
We did an interesting installment of the Running Dialogue podcast
last week, using the French prison film A Prophet
(which I review here
), and foreign gangster films in general, as a springboard to discuss foreign language films in the U.S.
New movie reviews this week include Chloe, How To Train Your Dragon
and Prodigal Sons
- all v. good - as well as Diary of a Wimpy Kid
(w/ this review
of the original book, which is hilarious), the South Korean mystery Mother
, and the fascinating documentary The Art of the Steal
Non-film stuff includes a combined play review
of Theatrical Outfit's The Sunset Limited (by Cormac McCarthy) and 100 Saints You Should Know at Actor's Express; an interview with Brad Sherrill
about The Gospel of John
; a review of the horror novel Horns
by Joe Hill (who's Stephen King's son, but don't hold that against him); and Dad's Garage Theatre's puppet-based take on Clash of the Titans
, Clash Titan Clash!
Not to mention a ridiculous blog entry, Play the Atlanta Theatre Porn Title Game
|Blue Screen Group
My home computer seems to be bedeviled by some kind of virus or error. The Microsoft Error Report identifies it as a "Blue Screen Error," and the computer runs painfully slowly and then freezes up/shuts down after 5-15 minutes. I think I've identified the problem: my spybot/virus scan identifies 4 threats and 448 infections, but the computer won't run long enough for the virus scan to REMOVE the problem items. Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
|Wednesday, March 17th, 2010|
|Friday, March 12th, 2010|
|Saturday, March 6th, 2010|
|Who's a mass of incandescent gas?
In doing my story about my favorite They Might Be Giants' kids songs, I discovered that "Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas)" is a cover tune from 1965. Here's a snippet of Sting (?) lip-syncing the original:
|Saturday, February 27th, 2010|
|Thursday, February 25th, 2010|
|Wednesday, February 24th, 2010|
|Saturday, February 20th, 2010|
|Wednesday, February 17th, 2010|
|Question time: Cable Guy
For Lent this year, I'm considering giving up NOT having Cable/Tivo. Any recommendations for providers?
I should say that we're pretty satisfied with our extremely affordable DSL internet service, and would prefer not to tamper with it if we could help it.
|Monday, February 15th, 2010|
|"We'll make this as painless for you as possible."
The "alt-horror" film The House of the Dead,
directed by Ti West, makes its Atlanta theatrical debut (two weeks after coming out on DVD, actually) from Feb. 15-21 at Georgia State University's Cinefest. It's fun!
I've been hearing about it since late summer/early fall, and was glad it finally opened.
There seems to be a new wave of interesting, low-budget horror films
, like the $107 million Paranormal Activity
. Last October Andrew O'Hehir of Salon did a story about those and other recent under-the-radar frightfests (along with Drag Me To Hell
, which was more big-budgeted and mainstream - and really fun). If I had an infinite amount of time -- and maybe a soundproof video-watching lair out of consideration of my wife and daughter - I'd load up Netflix with the likes of [REC]
, Ti West's Trigger Man
; Larry Fessenden's I Can See You
; Dark Mirror
; Dog Soldiers
, the first film from Neil Marshall (director of The Descent
and the upcoming Centurion
(from the director of Wolf Creek
); and Murder Party
. (Note: I mentioned some of these in one of my 13 Days of Halloween
pieces from last year).
I don't have any ambitions to make a film myself. But if I did
, it would be some kind of tightly-written horror/suspense film with a small cast and limited number of sets/ locations. Hmmm, I do know at least one ingenious gore effects expert... Nah.
|Sunday, February 14th, 2010|
|Saturday, February 13th, 2010|
|Friday, February 12th, 2010|
|Tuesday, February 9th, 2010|
|Saturday, February 6th, 2010|
|Friday, February 5th, 2010|
|Sunday, January 31st, 2010|