Sunday, January 28, 2007
There are two films that stick out like mountains in my film psyche:
The Original Tales From the Crypt (1972) directed by Freddie Francis (who was also the DP on David Lynch's The Straight Story)
Asylum(1972) directed by Roy Ward Baker. (also written by the magnificent Robert Bloch-Psycho)
Both films were released by Amicus, the studio that essentially created the Horror Anthology sub-genre.(My favorite by the way.)
All about Amicus:
The Studio That Dripped Blood.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Tonight you can watch "This Night I Will possess Your Corpse" on IFC.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Drew Friedman is a good buddy of mine. (I am also a huge fan of his fantastic work.)
His fourth book has just come out.
You can read the review here.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
My wife got me started on this show which runs every Tuesday on the Oxygen channel.
(Notice how I mentioned my wife? )
Anyway it's hilarious, well-written, acted and directed.
Watch it, you will not be disappointed.
Monday, January 08, 2007
I am a David Cronenberg fan. (Dead Ringers was one of the creepiest films every made.)
I finally got around to seeing A History of Violence, and I absolutely loved it. Cronenberg's use of space, doors and chairs to denote worlds and place is absolutely brilliant. The whole cast was outstanding and its always great to see Stephen McHattie in anything.
Roger Ebert wrote an in depth review of it that I heartily recommend. You can see it here.
PS: Here's an early Cronenberg Film
Friday, January 05, 2007
Around thirteen months ago the world lost a great man and I lost a great friend and one of the most amazing people I have ever met.
He was a spiritual giant and a kind, kind man. ( and Bleeping Smart!)
We met at my first real job out of the Army and remained close for over twenty years.
I had a tremendous urge to Blog about Ken when he passed, but honestly it was too raw for me then, too personal. In many ways it still is.(Not a week goes by that I don't miss the funny emails and marathon phone calls.)
Truth be told, with Ken gone, the world is a little less fun.
Harvard Magazine has done a feature story on Ken, you can look at it here.
Every day is precious.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
Can You believe it?
There's something about the number itself that is forcing me to actually look at it.
It's impressive isn't it?
Two thousand and...Seven.
Maybe it's a lifetime of hearing Lucky Seven. But I have a good feeling about this year.