Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Back in Time

Bust out your mirrored sunglasses and your snap bracelets. The '80's are back! Not only with things like the Transformers movie and the rumblings about a new He-Man one, but the 80's car is now making a comeback!

DMC is going to start making DeLoreans again!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Edgar Allan Poe

Everyone knows Edgar Allan Poe as the author of many macabre tales and quite possibly the father of modern detective fiction. Many regard Murders in the Rue Morgue as one of the first published examples of a detective story. His death, as was his life, has always been surrounded in mystery. For years there have been stories of the Poe Toaster, a black clothed figure who visits Poe's Baltimore grave and placed "three red roses and a half-bottle of cognac on the grave". Today, I read a story on CNN that says the Poe Toaster was nothing but a hoax. If Sam Porpora is telling the truth, does it really matter? The story of the Poe Toaster brought recognition to Poe's genius and attention to a sadly neglected important landmark of American literature.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Character Matters

I came across a post the other day on Wellesnet pointing us to a statement issued by Welles on the meaning of Citizen Kane around the time of the movie's release. His statement goes counter to the wide-spread belief that Kane was based on publisher William Randolph Hurst. Was Welles telling the truth? Or was he trying to deny any link between Hurst and Kane? I'll leave that to others to decide, but there is some very interesting stuff in the statement about the type of story Welles wanted to tell and about his decisions in shaping the character of Charles Foster Kane.

Recommendation: Burn Notice

A couple weeks ago, Gerald commented on the series premier of USA's Burn Notice. On his recommendation, I took a look at it. And I like it. It's breezy fun with an interesting cast of characters. I like the voice-over tips Michael gives (on how to lose a tail, escape from a police chase, find out if someone's been in your room, etc) and the overall style of the show.

Now, word comes from TV Guide that it has been picked up for a second season. Good job, guys! Another winner from USA.

(BTW: If you don't watch Psych, you should watch that one too.)

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Star Trecking Across the Universe

There's been some interesting news regarding the next Star Trek movie. First they cast Zachary Quinto as Spock (good choice if you ask me) and now someone I never heard of named Anton Yelchin as Checkov. Most of the stuff I'm hearing I like, except the fact that they may ask Tom Cruise to play Christopher Pike. Please, no. I'd rather listen to William Shanter sing Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds in an endless loop than see Tom Cruise in a Trek movie.

On a sillier note, when Merrick posted the news on AICN, he added this funny/disturbing video:

Monday, August 6, 2007

Film Noir of the Week

I stumbled across this site a couple weeks ago. Every week they post a review of a different film noir, usually a lesser known one. This week's review is of In a Lonely Place starring Humphrey Bogart. This is a flick I heard about a couple years ago, but haven't been able to see since none of the local Blockbusters carries it. Maybe it's a good argument for finally getting NetFlix. :)

Friday, August 3, 2007

I'm Not Dead

Been on vacation for a bit. I should start posting again next week.