Remembering George Romero.

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Yesterday brought us the sad and surprising news that George Romero passed away at age 77 after a bout with lung cancer. As far as I know, his illness was kept quiet and out of the press until his passing. I was shocked at the announcement, as recent news indicated he was working on an adaptation of his comic Empire of the Dead for AMC. Continue reading

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O.H.M.A.D. — That’s a Wrap.

Since I have fallen behind so much for the last week and I can barely remember all that I watched, I’m just going to spurt out some movies I saw and give a brief sum of my thoughts.  Continue reading

Black Ribbons (2010)

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Remember what the song says ‘don’t let ’em get you down’.  The most important thing is love.  All you know or all you need to know.  Or was that beauty?  What’s the difference?  Love your family, love your neighbor, love your enemy as yourself.  Go on loving, it’s what humans do best and the one thing they can’t kill, got it?  This is Will of The Wisp, the time now is no time, the temperature is cold, the news is blue. For now, the light still shines.

So begins the last broadcast of talk radio DJ Will o’ Wisp (played and partially written by Stephen King) on the night before the US Government shuts down all outlets of free speech.  Will’s last night is filled with diatribes against the current situation mixed with a hopefulness that maybe things will change (while admitting such hope is helped with a bottle of Jack Daniels), while playing the band from the discography of the fictional band Hierophant.  Continue reading

O.H.M.A.D. 2015 Day 4: Christine (1983)

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I’m going to be honest and say I’m not really a big fan of this film although I see the appeal. This is a total quickie review because I don’t have much to say about it.  High school outcast Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordan from The Strain, and Dressed to Kill) gets a new lease on life after buying and restoring a ’58 Plymouth Fury. As it turns out the car, which Arnie has named Christine, is possessed by an evil spirit with a vicious jealous streak.  Arnie goes from nerd to cocky narcissist in 0 to 60 and alienates his friends and family in the process who want to bring Arnie back to them, and end the obsession he has with the car.  Christine doesn’t take too kindly to that and responds by running over a whole bunch of people. Continue reading

It by Stephen King (1986)

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When I was a kid, my mom and sister were big Stephen King fans.  I remember my sister being a part of the Stephen King book club (those commercials for it used to freak me out).  The cover art for the books were amazing (that first edition Gunslinger is on point), but the most intriguing was the cover for It with a clawed green hand reaching up from a sewer grate for the paper-mache boat.  They both read the book shortly after it’s release, and I remember thinking how good the book must have been.  Flash forward two to three years and the TV mini-series aired starring Tim Curry in an iconic role as Pennywise and ruined many childhoods. Continue reading

Under the Dome by Stephen King

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I had this big-as-all-outdoors sitting on my shelf to read for the better part of three years and picked it around mid-August.  I finished it last week and I kept thinking to myself while I was reading it, “Self, why in the hell didn’t you read this book when you bought it, you big munk head!”.  Most of King’s books start out with him describing every little detail of his characters lives down to what toothpaste they use and how much money they owe on their car payment, and these little details help flesh out the characters, and make them relateable, after a certain point it begins to be bit much.  Thankfully, King is like “to hell with that!”, drops a dome down on a small town in the opening page, and let’s us experience the aftermath. Continue reading

Joyland by Stephen King (2013)

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I was having a discussion with a friend of mine about Stephen King around the time of the final Dark Tower books, and he told me “If Stephen King writes one more book with a magical retard, we’re going to have to take his typewriter away from him”. King is a good writer, but he has these obsessions with small children and disabled people with telekinesis  that permeate the majority of his works,  and Joyland is no exception.

Joyland is a novel about an old man recounting the tale of himself as a young college student from New Hampshire who takes a job at the North Carolina amusement park of the books title to clear his head after a break-up with his high school sweet heart.    It was a special time and pivotal moment of his life back in the early 70’s, when life was simpler, but not without it’s harshness.  The fictional amusement park is located on the scenic beach of Wilmington, NC and Devin falls in love with the beauty of God’s country and the carny lifestyle almost immediately.  He takes a room in a boarding house not far from the beach.  Devin’s nights are spent listening to the tides roll in as he lament’s his love lost.   Not too long after he stats his tenure, he hears about a murder that took place in the haunted house ride that seems to have been committed by a serial killer who stopped his rampage shortly thereafter.   Legends of the girls ghost also intrigue Devin and his new friends.   He finds himself intrigued by a cold MILF and her friendly, but disabled, son who Devin sees on the beach every morning on his walk to work. Continue reading

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