I’m sitting here, at the end of a long work day (I did not take a break, except a brief retreat to the restroom, mostly just to get away from my desk but not interact with others), and I am numb. Earlier, the news broke across social media that Carrie Fisher had died. When I saw the words of the headline, I drew a sharp breath and fought the harsh sting of immediate tears, a battle I would continue to wage for the rest of the day. Burying myself in a heavy workload after a long weekend, I tried to distract myself from the creeping feeling of despair, but I kept turning back to the constant stream of posts and tweets. Some genuine, some absurd, some cringe-worthy. Every one would bring the tears again, and I would have to look away. Continue reading Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)
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Continue reading OHMC 2014 HIDDEN HORROR GIVEAWAY! (100th POST!!)
Recently, a group of my friends and I visited a nearby revival house to watch a screening of The Princess Bride (1987). I seriously misunderestimated the enduring popularity of this film, because when we arrived at the theater, there was a line to the box office that ended somewhere around the back of the building. It was impressive. I do not know why I assumed it would be like any other time I’ve visited there — The Princess Bride is a HUGE cult classic, quoted to this day and so ubiquitous in our pop culture that it’s popularity never fully registered with me. It’s always been one of those movies that just was. Continue reading the perils of the revival
As you may or may not know, I recently contributed an article to HIDDEN HORROR, a compendium of essays on 101 different horror films that don’t often get the same recognition as the films one would see on a typical “50 greatest” list. What began as a labor of love, compiled and edited by Chicago-based actor and horror guru Aaron “Dr. AC” Christensen, soon became the little book that could. Continue reading Hidden Horror – Award Winning!
Hello! I’ve been away again, shame shame. But I bring good tidings, and a couple of short reviews for you all. Huttah! Continue reading The John Ford Blogathon and a Small Handful of Other Words
Typically, I hate this kind of thing. When someone dies, it’s hard to write about them, even if they were someone you never got to meet in person. But people make an impact, and sometimes it’s so big that when that person is gone, all the words and memories and feelings bubble to the surface and demand to be acknowledged. So it goes. Continue reading Harold Ramis (1944 – 2014)
So this year, the big movie challenge was to watch 365 films, one for each day. They could be either first time views or repeats, just not the same film in the same year for it to count. Here was my final total, and the best films that were new to me, broken down by genre: Continue reading 2013 in Movies – The Year of 365
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.
If you didn’t get it from the title, this is the conclusion to my Gen Con experience!
That is what I would say if I were totally lying about Gen Con 2013. I’ve actually never been to Gen Con before, so I don’t have a real frame of reference for what constitutes the worst ever. But I went this year. How’s about you read all about it, after the cut? Continue reading WORST. GEN CON. EVER. [part the first]