Roger Ebert is Dead (1942-2013)

April 5, 2013

Roger Ebert died yesterday at the age of 70 after a long, epic battle with cancer. He was a workhorse, and his enthusiasm for movies was infectious in everything he did and wrote.

In fact, his last published piece of writing was Tuesday, saying he would be out for just a couple of days. His last written words were “I’ll see you at the movies.”

He wrote movie reviews for the Chicago Sun for bloody ever. You can read their obituary for him here.

If you’ve never read an Ebert review or his blog, see what you’ve been missing.

Space Adventure Cobra

March 6, 2013

I’ve been pretty busy lately with school, but in between bouts of bashing my head against my keyboard, I’ve been watching Space Adventure Cobra. I found it cruising search engines with such search strings as “awesome anime,” “weird anime,” and “wtf did I just watch.” This show, and its movie, fall firmly within all three of those searches.

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The Horror of Dracula (1958)

October 18, 2012

Before I saw my first movie from Hammer Film, they are what I thought of when I envisioned a vampire and it surroundings as a teenager. Lugosi and Shrek made their considerable impressions on the tradition of vampire flicks, but it was Hammer films that made them “gothy” and sumptuous. The Horror of Dracula was the first of these, and you can immediately see the effect of the settings on the film itself. That said, I was surprised to find out their first iteration of Dracula was a TOTAL MORON!

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Vampyres (1979)

October 18, 2012

The two things this movie delivers are blood and boobs. Right off the bat we see two women making out, who are then promptly shot. “Roll opening credits and give me some jazz drums while I viciously bludgeon this piano with my raging hard on,” said the director knowingly*.

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Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)

October 15, 2012

What… what the hell did I just watch?

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

August 27, 2012

Robin and I don’t get out to many contemporary movies but, one weekend, we said what the hell and got out to the silver screen to see the new Batman movie. We had a good evening out, and it was even enjoyable just to sit in the theatre, but wow, what the hell did we just watch? 165 minutes of poorly written comic fandom and ham-fisted American propaganda, that’s what.

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Ringworld, by Larry Niven (1970)

August 25, 2012

Ringworld is a title I’ve seen over and over again looking through lists of classic science fiction novels. I think I may have actually run across it first as a kid reading suggestions for space engineering ideas in role playing books. It’s regarded as a veritable science fiction classic, and it boasts both the Hugo (1970) and Nebula (1971) awards. It was certainly packed with interesting ideas, but I found the narrative to be entirely adventure pulp.

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