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Fireside Chats: Dining with Nosferatu

Once it started to sink in just how serious this coronavirus thing was going to get, and just how much it was going to affect my life, this one image started popping into my head. It’s been with me constantly ever since. I don’t mean to suggest that what is happening to us right now…

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Fireside Chats: Hollywood Will Return

This past weekend BLOODSHOT opened in theaters. It didn’t even pull in double digits in terms of millions earned. THE HUNT did even worse. This has nothing to do with the desire of viewers to see these movies. It’s all the panic and the pandemic. (Somebody should write a book with that title, “The Panic…

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See THE INVISIBLE MAN Early on VOD

Responding to the damnable coronavirus lockdown, with most people stuck at home with nothing to do but watch TV, surf the Internet, read, or—if they are part of a couple—copulate, Universal is releasing THE INVISIBLE MAN and its just-released THE HUNT onto VOD. They might as well. The box office runs of those films are…

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Fireside Chats: The Black Death

Nothing like this current pandemic has ever happened in my lifetime. Not in the lifetime of anyone living. It can and has sure taken on the dimensions of a doomsday scenario, hasn’t it? Even if we’re not all that afraid of catching the coronavirus and dying—the vast majority of people won’t—we’re still worried about the…

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Fireside Chats

If you’re anything like me, our current situation, the crisis over that damned pandemic, has put you in a really bad place. For me, as someone who has to be on guard against crippling depression and anxiety under the best of circumstances, yeah, it’s tough. Probably the worst thing about it is not knowing how…

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A Night at the Circus

If the Venardos Circus makes a stopover in your town, do yourself a favor and go see one of their shows. They’re a throwback to the glorious olden days of circuses, performing underneath a traditional “big top.” Owner and Ringmaster Kevin Vernados worked for Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey before they closed up shop, and…

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THE CHOSEN Part Two: IN THE PADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Chapter Six

In a small room, walled in by bookshelves, beneath a solitary square of fluorescent light, two men scrutinized one another from opposite ends of an imitation Persian rug. Dr. Hank Frye leaned back in his rolling office chair, legs crossed, a clipboard resting on his knee. His dark, curly hair, streaked with grey and thicker…

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Mark Hamill is Skeletor

Well, damn. I wasn’t planning to watch it. Now I’ll have to. The new MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE series is going to be on Netflix. That puts one impediment to me watching it on the tracks right from the outset, as I can’t do the livestreaming thing. Then it’s a Kevin Smith joint, as Spike…

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Here Comes Dracula!

The news this week concerning the Universal Monsters has been coming fast, like popcorn kernels popping, in the wake of the massive success of THE INVISIBLE MAN. And that is a very good thing. I’d wondered when we would get that Dracula movie we’ve all been hoping for. Ah, ask and we shall receive—again! Variety…

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How The Emperor Really Returned in THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Count me among the majority on the most recent STAR WARS film, the concluding chapter in the nine-movie story arc. I loved it. Hands-down, loved it. But I will concede to the haters one tiny point: there are things that could have been better explained in the script. This is an especially annoying mini-gaffe on…

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The Future Looks Bright for the Dark Universe

It didn’t take too long to turn it all around, did it? After THE MUMMY with Tom Cruise misfired on most of its cylinders—I liked the movie, but there’s no harm in liking a seriously flawed movie, and well, Sofia Boutella looks ah-may-zing in bandages and corpse makeup—the proposed Dark Universe looked to be dead…

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THE BRIDES Get Their Dracula

I was just ruminating last week on who, if anyone, would be portraying Count Dracula in the forthcoming (we hope) television series THE BRIDES, the pilot episode of which has been ordered by ABC. Ask and ye shall receive! We have received word that actor Goran Visnjic will be portraying our beloved vampire. I don’t…

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