It's almost embarrassing how long it's been since I've posted on this blog. It's not that I haven't watched many movies, although I've seen fewer than I'd like. Mostly, I've simply found that I didn't have much to say about the movies I have watched--nothing beyond a simple tweet or two. That changed recently, starting this past Mother's Day when my oldest son gave me a copy of Stephen King's 11/22/63. He'd kept the receipt because he knew that it was likely that this book was already a part of … [Read more...] about It’s About Time
If you've ever been around kids for an extended period of time, you've probably read them a story or two. Some are completely benign--almost saccharin-sweet--while others are...less so. But only in the realm of children's books can kids (and perhaps their loving adults) face off against the big bad monsters and come out on top. Sometimes the monsters end up befriending the kids, or sometimes they end up magically becoming less-than-troublesome, and spend the rest of their days acting a bit like … [Read more...] about The Intersection of Horror and…Children’s Books?
I must begin by saying how impressed I am that a movie that languished, fully completed, on the proverbial shelf for three years still managed to make it to the big screen without leaking the plot. I know Joss Whedon has an extremely strong fan base, and they actually listened when he said, "please don't." (Unlike the idiot reviewer at New York's Village Voice, who gave away the ENDING OF THE MOVIE in the very first sentence of his so-called review. No, I'm not kidding. No, I will not provide a … [Read more...] about In Which I Attempt to Not Spoil Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods
[Republished from an ancient blog, long abandoned and forgotten, originally posted on June 23, 2007.] I have just had the scariest, most gut-wrenching movie experience I've had since, oh, I can't remember when. Maybe never. 1408 opened today, and I happened to stumble across a trailer for it online just this evening. Apparently the movie is based on a Stephen King short story of the same name, published in the collection "Everything's Eventual." The crazy thing is, I have this book. I … [Read more...] about John Cusack in a Hotel with Stephen King