I am participating in paranormal author Clarissa Johal‘s October Frights Blog hop.
As I mentioned in my last post, Richard Mattheson’s book I Am Legend has been made for the big screen more than once. The 1964 movie, The Last Man on Earth, starring Vincent Price, is just one. People around the world are dying from a mysterious illness Continue reading
So every time I think of Halloween this subject comes up. What books and movies can I talk about? Well, I realize I haven’t done a review in a while. So, I pulled out my favorite of the last few years: I Am Legend. Yeah, yeah. I’ve heard a lot of people grumble about this movie, but I loved it. So! I thought why not. I’ll probably review Vincent Price’s 1964 movie version, The Last Man on Earth, later, so stay tuned.
The premise of Will Smith’s version of I Am Legend, the movie is pretty much the same. Sort of. Continue reading
Yesterday being Mother’s Day I thought I’d run a little list of our top favorite movie Moms specifically from Fantasy and SF genre. Let’s face it, fantasy and SF isn’t a genre big on the healthy family unit. Most parents are either abusive, neglectful (Igraine, Arthur’s mum, falls so in love with Uther, his father, that she ignores and finally gives her children up), or lost somewhere after the birthing process (Harry Potter/ and all the parents of the “orphan saviors” out there in the fantasy genre).
The problem with a list like this is that it reinforces the stereotype that “All women want babies!” which I can tell you without flinching, isn’t so. There are plenty of couples and happy to have their nests all to themselves.
But in the spirit of the holiday, yesterday, here are my nominees for the best Mothers of invent—er, in Fantasy and SF. ;) Ready? Here we go: Continue reading
|DR. PETER VENKMAN
Egon, this reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole through your head. Remember that?
Dr. Egon Spengler and his crew introduced ghost hunting to a wider audience and made it cool. (And I know the films are responsible for the ghosts in my stories, and at least one scene in Drawing Down the Shades was written in homage to it. ;)) Unfortunately he is now in the Otherworld. Damn…..I always hoped there’d be a Ghostbusters 3. I guess not now.
However we will never forget—not to cross the streams. And I’m pretty sure, he’s going to have a hell of a time hanging out with all those ghosts! ;)
Harold Ramis, for this, and all your great, and funny films, man…you will be missed.
Longtime readers know I’ve tried to do a movie review every once in a while. This week I’d planned to review Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day. (because, you know, it’s traditional ;)) But yesterday news came in that an actor we’ve come to love has passed away. Many people may know of Philip Seymour Hoffman from the Hunger Games series, but we here at the tribal grounds first encountered him as pain in the butt reporter Freddy Lounds in the 2002 adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon. It was after that, with his role as Reverend Veasey in 2003’s Cold Mountain that we really fell in love with him. If you’ve never seen the movie, Veasey’s … a little less than what you’d come to expect from a preacher, but the character was the comic relief.
He was loveable, though, and made what could’ve been a very dark movie that much more endearing. He was also quite good in Capote I loved how he pulled off Capote’s squeaky voice.
Heck, he was good in every role. Hoffman passed away yesterday, sadly. The news is all over the place but I just wanted to say here, as a fan, Mr. Hoffman, you will be missed!