Transitioning

“If you’re good at something, NEVER do it for free”.  — Joker, “The Dark Knight”. Over the past year, I’ve been seriously considering stepping up this blog and making it into a website.  Writing is something that is a strong passion of mine even as I tell myself “you suck!” constantly; however, I have had…

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

I first came across Dark Night of the Scarecrow on TBS while channel surfing sometime in the early 90’s.  I saw it was a horror movie with Larry Drake, whom I loved in Darkman and Dr. Giggles (but mainstream audiences knew from L.A. Law) and I knew I had to watch it.  The opening of…

“My Friend Dahmer” by Derf Backdorf (2012)

I first heard about this graphic novel/memoir hybrid when it was first released a few years ago, and while I thought it seemed interesting, I’d no serious inclination to track it down.  It’s funny how sometimes these things end up finding me.  I’m on a book binge recently was browsing through the local library yesterday…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Let me start off by saying two things: 1)  In high school I was a big Star Wars fan.  Time has eroded this. 2)  This review contains spoilers and assumes you’ve seen the film. The Force Awakens is the first of the new new Star Wars trilogy of sequels and follows a new group of…

Phantasm II (1988)

Sometime in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, I was hanging out in the lobby of a movie theater with my parents looking at posters and being enthralled at one for an upcoming film called Phantasm II.  “What’s a phantasm?”, I asked my mom, followed by “There’s a Phantasm part one?”.  I…

“Driven” by James Sallis (2012)

A year after the film adaptation of his book Drive, James Sallis returns to his character of Driver to tell the story of what leads to him “going down at 3 am on a cool morning in Tijuana”.  Seven years after leaving L.A., Driver has assumed a new identity, established a business, and gotten engaged. …

“Drive” by James Sallis (2006)

Set somewhere in a time period where pay phones exist, Drive tells the minimalist tale of The Driver, a stunt man by day who moonlights as a getaway driver during his off hours.  He falls in love with his neighbor Irene, whose husband (Standard) is in prison for a robbery.  After Standard is released, he…

The Hateful Eight (2015)

The Hateful Eight is the uplifting tale of eight mean sons of bitches who find themselves stranded together during a blizzard at Minnie’s Haberdashery and take turns killing each other when they are not too busy reciting each others biographies.  The ensemble cast is headed up by Samuel L. Jackson as Gen. Marquis Warren, a…

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Canon Films (2014)

Electric Boogaloo, not to be confused with the masterpiece Breakin’ 2:  Electric Boogaloo (from which this documentary lovingly takes it’s name) is a hyperactive shotgun blast of fun through the hey day of Canon Films.  The story of the films is told by those who lived through this amazing era of film making, including Lucinda…

The Old Man

This is a short story I submitted for a writing magazine.  The criteria for the story was that it had to focus on the holiday season and be no more than two pages.  Yesterday, I received a rejection letter from the publication saying they received so many submissions that mine was unable to be published….

Manson Family Vacation (2015)

Nick (Jay Duplass, The Mindy Project) and Conrad (Linas Phillips Eastbound and Down) are two brothers whose lives have taken two very different turns.  Nick is a successful lawyer and family whereas Conrad is a slacker bachelor.  Shortly after the death of their father, Conrad comes back into Nick’s life while on the way to…

Bound to Vengeance (2015)

Bound to Vengeance starts off with us thrown into the thick of things as kidnapped young woman named Eve (Tina Ivlev, Anger Management, Weeds) breaks out of the cellar where she’s being kept as a sexual slave.  After beating her captor Phil (Richard Tyson, There’s Something About Mary, Kindergarten Cop) with a brick she’s left…