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William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

| April 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

William S. Burroughs was, arguably, one of the most interesting figures of the 20th Century. I will freely admit that he was a major influence on me – I read most of his novels in my formative years, devoured Ted Morgan’s 1990 biography Literary Outlaw, and even wrote a play about Burroughs’s little misadventure in […]

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The Seekers Guide to Harry Potter

The Seekers Guide to Harry Potter

| November 9, 2010

Dr. Geo Athena Trevarthen, who teaches at the University of Edinburgh, developed and teaches a course on the symbolism in the Harry Potter series of books, and Reality Entertainment has now released a direct-to-DVD version of her lessons. Keep in mind that this documentary is not affiliated in any way with JK Rowling, Warner Bros., […]

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“The Event” (2010)

“The Event” (2010)

| September 23, 2010

I never became a fan of Lost or 24, the former because something in the style and the characters put me off from the beginning; the latter because it was too gleeful of a fascist wet dream with no moral compass at the center. The Event (NBC Monday nights, after my current favorite show, Chuck) […]

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Thriller (1960)

Thriller (1960)

| September 23, 2010

During the first Golden Age of Television from the late 40s through early 60s, the Anthology Series was a very popular format, having been a natural adaptation of previous radio forms. Half- and one-hour programs would bring together a different cast for a different story every week – The Kraft Television Theatre, The Philco Television […]

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Surprise, Surprise

Surprise, Surprise

| August 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

Adapted from Travis Michael Holder’s play of the same name, Surprise, Surprise does not stray very far from its theatrical roots in this film adaptation directed by Jerry Turner, but that’s a good thing. In maintaining a somewhat static shooting style, the emphasis remains on the characters and relationships, which is exactly where it should […]

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The Rosslyn Frequency

The Rosslyn Frequency

| December 26, 2009

This documentary from the apparently badly misnamed Reality Entertainment is almost unreviewable. It falls firmly into the center of that genre of New Age woo writing of the “This must be true because I said it is” variety. It has a long heritage, stretching back to people like Erich von Däniken and his Chariots of […]

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Midgets vs. Mascots (2009)

Midgets vs. Mascots (2009)

| December 10, 2009

I’m a fan of guilty pleasure films, and did enjoy every cringe-worthy moment of all the Jackass movies, so when I saw the title Midgets vs. Mascots, I was looking forward to a politically incorrect gag-fest in which grown adults act like a bunch of bored fourteen year-old boys and get into all kinds of […]

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“The Prisoner”

“The Prisoner”

| December 6, 2009

I haven’t read a lot of novelizations of movies – probably a couple in middle school for whatever my latest blockbuster favorite was – but, generally, those (and most novelizations) were just an adaptation of the original film treatment or shooting script, hacked into prose form by a hired gun. If you’d seen the movie, […]

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Life on Mars (UK Series 2)

Life on Mars (UK Series 2)

| November 25, 2009

My review of the first series of Life on Mars is elsewhere on this site. All I can really say about the second series is that it takes off from the high point built to by the last episode of the first, and never lets go. The basic set-up is simple. Detective Chief Inspector Sam […]

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“The Christians” (1977)

“The Christians” (1977)

| November 12, 2009

As improbably named writer-presenter Bamber Gascoigne (“University Challenge”) points out in a new introduction to his 1977 documentary The Christians, it is somewhat a product of its time, so the point to which the whole enterprise builds is not the current difficulties between the Christian and Muslim world, but rather the battle between believers and […]

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