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A Second Look at THE INVISIBLE MAN

I spoke too soon about that trailer, about hoping it wouldn’t be released online prior to its release to theaters. It has been. It’s out now. And I’m gonna have to bite the bullet and watch it, so I can report on it, because I am a professional and that’s what a professional would do….

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A First Look At The Invisible Man

I’m that guy who doesn’t like to watch trailers online. I prefer to wait and catch them at the theater, the way it was done in the olden days. It can be more frustrating that way, sitting through trailer after trailer for silly movies that you have no interest in seeing, waiting and hoping to…

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Movie Review: THE LIGHTHOUSE

I had made up my mind that this movie would be the proving ground for Robert Pattinson, would nudge me off the fence in one direction or the other. Does he possess the acting abilities necessary to meet his forthcoming challenge, portraying Batman for a new series of movies? After viewing THE LIGHTHOUSE, I can…

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Kidney by Drone

I’ve thought about buying a drone. The smaller ones aren’t that expensive. But I’d be afraid that something would happen to it. It’s like with kites. I won’t buy any but a cheap kite nowadays. I had some elaborate ones as a kid that more often than not ended up lost to kite-eating trees. With…

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Movie Review: ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

I’m all excited about the new TERMINATOR movie, which opened this past weekend, but I had to take care of first things first. I hadn’t seen ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP yet. Also, the latter film made for more appropriate viewing for the third day of Halloween (y’all know it’s a season, right, just like Christmas?), which…

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A Black Dracula and a Bisexual Dracula

There are rumors going round. The upcoming BBC miniseries DRACULA starring Claes Bang in the title role will feature a bisexual vampire Count. This one seems to be true. And the online reactions have been about what one would expect. From the overwoke dilettantes hooting “It’s about time!” to the purists and those tired of…

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A Look Back at BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA

Any literary purist will tell you that Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 masterpiece (forget THE GODFATHER; it is *this* movie that truly represents the director’s finest work) is not accurately named, in that it includes lots of material that is not in Stoker’s novel. Even so, it is arguably the closest depiction of the book ever…

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Picking Bones, Part Two

“‘It is not Mexican Halloween’: How to celebrate the Day of the Dead with cultural sensitivity.” That’s the title of this linked article. And it’s incorrect. Sorta. But first, it is indicative of just how far we have strayed from the original designs of “political correctness”—or “cultural sensitivity,” to use the politically correct term for…

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Picking Bones, Part One

A couple of weekends back I got to see the original THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on the big screen at the magnificent Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, to the accompaniment of the venue’s vintage pipe organ and a new score written specifically for the film. It was a fantastic experience and I have no complaints….

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Bela in Birmingham

Recently I made the drive to Birmingham, Alabama and its magnificent Alabama Theatre for a screening of the classic THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (which I wrote about last week). Before the movie and before I got in line to purchase my popcorn and soda I spent some time just wandering around the stunning location….

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How I Spent My Halloween

I made the drive to Oxford, Alabama, after I learned about the existence of an attraction called the “Terrortorium.” Oh, and it was worth the mileage I put on my car! The Terrortorium actually consist of three different attractions: a Ferris wheel*, a dark ride**, and a walkthrough haunted attraction. The latter made the best…

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Big Bertha and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

I attended a screening of the original Universal 1925 silent classic THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the historic Alabama Theatre in Birmingham this past weekend. I had never been before, and I must say, I was completely blown away. For one thing, I can’t imagine a finer venue in which to view the film….

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