Archive for April, 2009

Fright Night

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , , , , on April 30, 2009 by xymarla

I rewatched the quirky, kick-ass classic Fright Night (1985) this week. I remember loving this movie’s peculiar brand of creepiness as a little youngster Marla and I’m pleased to report that my delight in Tom Holland’s mastery hasn’t waned a bit. This movie is just so much fun! Fright Night successfully skates on that razor thin line separating the scary from the funny, never leaning too heavily one way or the other, a talent at which most other movies in this vein tragically fail.

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It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by xymarla

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And what a fine Tuesday it is!

Evan Rachel Wood has joined the cast of True Blood for Season Two.

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Stuart Gordon Retrospective: Dagon

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Retrospective, Retrospective: Stuart Gordon with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2009 by xymarla

Dagon is actually the first Stuart Gordon movie I ever watched, back in 2001, and I instantly discovered that I had been remiss in waiting so long to celebrate this guy’s catalogue.  He’s now one of my favorite directors and the very first person I chose to kick off my new retrospective series—mostly for the excuse to rewatch his many exceptionally strange films. Gordon has long impressed me as a prolific artist who defends the quality of his vision, circumventing the frustrating production company system when necessary to deliver high-caliber films that are entirely his.

As quickly as Re-animator, Castle Freak and all the rest became established favorites of mine, I’ll always have a cozy place in my heart for the peculiar little Dagon.

 

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It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2009 by xymarla

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Dig it!

Here’s a clip from True Blood’s season 2.

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Batman: Gotham Knight

Posted in Comic Book Movie Review, Film Review with tags , , , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by xymarla

I watched the last of the currently released DC Universe animated movies this week, the 2008 anime Batman: Gotham Knight.

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(Voice work by Kevin Conroy as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Jason Marsden, Scott Menville, George Newbern, Cory Burton, Gary Dourdan, Jim Meskimen, Ana Ortiz, Rob Paulsen, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Parminder Nagra).

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It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2009 by xymarla

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Here we are again, friends, at another scoopy Tuesday! Are you as excited as I am?!

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I feel compelled to tell you, after yesterday’s review, about  Harper’s Globe, a supplemental web series.

There’s some pretty cool Terminator Salvation concept art here.

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Harper’s Island pilot

Posted in Television Review with tags , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by xymarla

When I first read about Harper’s Island (airing Thursdays 10/9c on CBS) in my Fango mag last month, I was really excited. Hell, a 13-episode run of a horror TV show that’s supposed to be somewhere between Agatha Christie and a slasher flick? Sounds right up my ally, yeah? The pilot aired last Thursday, April 9, and I have to say I was disappointed. True, it’s a pilot, and pilots almost always offer the audience nothing more than a big, heaping serving of exposition salad, and this pilot (inexplicably titled “Whap”) was no different. Stilted dialogue and overwrought, unlikely character commentary were the norm. But, like I said, it’s a pilot. That happens. I was mostly disappointed by the healthy dose of horror movie clichés that lurked around every corner. Hopefully the writers got them all out of their system and the following episodes will boast a bit more originality. We’ll see.

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