Riding With The King: Just After Sunset (2008)

A few weeks back, I was trying to think of some Stephen King books to listen while driving out to Ohio to hang out with my friends from home for a weekend. Last year, I was elated with my choices of Joyland and Revival (a book I STILL think of several times a week) and hoped to have an equally great experience this time around.

After kicking around a few ideas, I settled on getting Desperation and Regulators because I read that they play well off of each other. Unfortunately, between then and leaving on the trip, we got two feet of snow and the requests didn’t come in. So, I went to the actual library and grabbed a pair of his short story books in audiobook form: Just After Sunset and The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams. Continue reading Riding With The King: Just After Sunset (2008)

Jeremy Saulnier Double Feature: Green Room & Blue Ruin

A few weeks ago, I found myself alone in the house for a full weekend. That’s never happened before, so I grabbed my giant movie binder and dragged it into the living room along with a stack of films I’ve had sitting around for a while.

I’d gotten a copy of Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room when it was released on Blu, but wound up not having a place to cover it. I also felt strange about it after the passing of Anton Yelchin, an actor whose work I’ve really grown to appreciate over the years. I also knew this was one of the more intense films of the year and wasn’t sure if I had it in me. Well, when I was alone, I felt like challenging myself and finally put it in. Continue reading Jeremy Saulnier Double Feature: Green Room & Blue Ruin

A Few Thoughts On A LOT Of Newer Horror Movies

Last fall, I watched a ton of horror movies for various work projects. I also did a deep dive on newer entries on Netflix, Amazon Prime and other sources and had a lot of good luck with new films. I covered some of these in a post about new slashers, but wanted to get some of the thoughts down before they totally left my mind so here we go! Continue reading A Few Thoughts On A LOT Of Newer Horror Movies

Book Report: Making Records By Phil Ramone & Charles L. Granata

making-records-by-phil-ramone-and-charles-l-granataI usually start a post like this commenting on where or when I got the book I’m reading, which is, in this case, Phil Ramone’s Making Records: The Scenes Behind The Music with Charles L. Granata. Honestly? I can’t remember in this case. The book came out in 2007 and I’ve had it in my garage for a while, so maybe it came from the discount area of Barnes & Noble or…who knows? What does matter, is that I moved this to the top of the To Read pile because, well, I wanted to.

I love reading books about music like Sonic Boom or Off My Rocker because everyone who was super into music has wildly unique stories about not just the making of records, but the people they worked with. As it happens, Phil Ramone not only helped revolutionize how records were made, but also worked on records by some of the most iconic and beloved musicians in the history of music including Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John and plenty of others.

Continue reading Book Report: Making Records By Phil Ramone & Charles L. Granata

Revving Up With The Wraith

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Don’t you hate when a quick synopsis of a film completely undercuts the actual story? That’s what happened when I decided to watch Mike Marvin’s 1986 teen drama/sci-fi/car/revenge film The Wraith on Netflix. In one sentence, the streaming service undercut a major plot point in the film, albeit one that will probably draw people in. Then again, looking at the film’s advertising campaign, they weren’t exactly trying to keep the identity of the film’s mysterious strange much of a secret. Continue reading Revving Up With The Wraith

My New Favorite Thing: Italian Action Films

1990-bronx-warriors-ridersIt all started at a New Year’s Day party this year. We packed up the kids and headed down, with everyone having a great time. There, on the wall I saw the poster to a film I’d heard about, but never fully watched: 1990: The Bronx Warriors. Soon after, I started looking around on Amazon Prime and found that both that film and its sequel Escape From The Bronx were on there along with The New Barbarians.

I added all three and watching the first one lead me down a tour of Italian cinema from the 70s and 80s that has encompassed sci-fi, action, adventure, crime, mafia and the awesomely bizarre. Even with the less than easy to follow plots, bad dubbing and frameworks that feel very similar to more famous American films, I love how these writers, directors, actors and everyone else just went for it. The key here is that, even though the springboards feel familiar, the dives are completely different making for a group of films awesomely enjoyable in their own ways. Continue reading My New Favorite Thing: Italian Action Films

Four Books I Liked By Joe Hill, Erik Larson, Tina Fey & Roger Moore

Like any hopeful reader, I have boxes of books just waiting to be read in my garage and even a fair number waiting in the digital realm. There’s not much rhyme or reason to which ones I choose or why they take me so long to read, but I figured I’d put a few thoughts down about these four books I’ve finished in the relatively recent past including books by Joe Hill, Erik Larson, Tina Fey and Roger Moore. Continue reading Four Books I Liked By Joe Hill, Erik Larson, Tina Fey & Roger Moore