“Billions” Season Three Premiere

10 out of 10. It’s true that the show prides itself on giving the viewer tons of information in every episode, though I think it’s at its best when it slows down to capture human drama. I don’t think it’s necessary to absorb every detail to understand what’s happening. The depiction of the setting is…

Top Ten Horror Movies 2017

2017 horror movies brought a few excellent new voices and narrative styles. What were your favorites? My top ten: “Get Out” “It Comes at Night” “It” “Gerald’s Game” “Personal Shopper” “The Bad Batch” “Annabelle: Creation” “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” “The Devil’s Candy” “A Dark Song”

War is Hell

Films that focus on the physical aspects of war, like Ridley Scott’s “Black Hawk Down” (2001), or the psychological – Francis Ford Coppola’s “‪Apocalypse Now‬” (1979) – afford the viewer a front-row seat to the visceral odyssey of modern combat. “Black Hawk Down” draws up some character sketches then drops the characters (and the viewer)…

Top Five Classical Symphonies of All Time

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (1822) – The best use of licensed music in the history of cinema is this in Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange,” then in “Die Hard” and legions of imitators afterwards. Every movement is stunning, and like a great literary work, the fourth movement’s “Ode to Joy” with choir tops them all. Also,…

HYPERION & THEIA: VOLUME ONE: SATURNALIA

A Roman noble and a warrior-turned-slave venture into the territory of a Queen of Ancient Egypt in my fantasy adventure tale SCRIPTO INFERIOR. James Dorr, Tyler Bourassa, B Morris Allen and I will thrill you with NEW short fiction in the inaugural issue of the anthology magazine HYPERION & THEIA, edited by Elizabeth O. Smith…

Halloween Viewing – Week Four

Reviewed: “Stir of Echoes,” “The Innocents,” “The Devil’s Backbone” “Carnival of Souls,” “The Crow.” Final week of our #31DaysOfHalloween movie marathon. “Stir of Echoes” (1999) – A wonderful ghost story by Richard Matheson gets the big-screen treatment by David Koepp. The women characters and licensed music could have used more work, and the homage to…

Halloween Viewing – Week Three

Reviewed: “Night of the Hunter,” “The Fury,” “Carrie,” “1922,” “Horror Express” and “Mindhunter.”  A few gems found in our #31DaysOfHalloween movie marathon before I roll out the big guns for the final week! Here we go. “Night of the Hunter” (1955) – This might be the only movie Charles Laughton directed (a shame – it’s…