Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

This time of years we see any number of old favorites- whether they’re television shows or classic holiday films -filling out the TV listings each and every night. TV programmers are fairly reliable over the holiday season when it comes to packing everything from Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree to the Grinch and his sleigh and everything else into the weeks between Thanksgiving’s last belch and the first frenzied tearing of wrapping paper on Christmas morning. And, of course, who can forget the annual tradition that is the terror attack/robbery at Nakatomi Plaza? While some of the programs I’m going to touch on are starting to fall into the list of reliable holiday programming, some of them still haven’t reached (and may never reach) the “TV Tradition” stage. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t track them down and see if they fit nicely into your holiday season must see lists.

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So, I was talking to a friend about ideas for an indie film project he may be involved in and the topic of the film’s trailer came up. An aspect of what one proposed concept for the project would involve having it almost jumping genres in the last third of the film. Something we both agreed on was the idea of not showing anything from the final third of the film in early trailers. Word of the twist would certainly get out once the finished film, should this concept be the final one, started doing the festival circuit, but why give away the game before anyone sees the film? In the discussion, I brought up a film we’ve both cited for longer than we’ve known each other as an example of trailers giving away a great surprise long before the opening weekend. That film is 1994’s From Dusk till Dawn.

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Okay, so let’s set the stage for this one. Arthur Rankin Jr.- he of Rankin/Bass Productions fame -decided he wanted to creatively branch out a bit. So, after decades of becoming famous for children’s holiday specials like Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, Mad Monster Party, Frosty the Snowman, and variety shows like The Jackson 5ive and The Osmonds, he decided he wanted to make more adult oriented television movies with 1977’s lost world adventure The Last Dinosaur and 1978’s horror offering, The Bermuda Depths. There would also be a third film, 1980’s The Ivory Ape, but the less said about this film the better. Having had some luck working with Japanese production companies years earlier with 1967’s King Kong Escapes, and possibly because everyone else laughed at the proposals for the films, he struck a deal with a somewhat past its prime Tsuburaya Productions to handle much of the monster FX works. So, basically, you’re talking about a great recipe for total disaster.

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Jerome Maida who writes theGeekarticles over at Philly.com asked me to send him my thoughts on Marvel’s Iron Fist for an upcoming piece he was working on. I had a word limit which I (of course) totally blew. This was okay because he had more to pull quotes from, or at least that’s what I told myself.

The piece dropped today and my words are in there along with Jerome’s of course. I expected that for obvious reasons. But I’m also sharing the printed page with Roy Thomas and legendary artist ChrisCross. That’s pretty cool.

Obviously, my contributions had to be trimmed quite substantially to make room for the bigger names. Obviously, I’m cool with that. But I figured I’d expand them a bit here. Below the cut is a link to the Philly Geek article. Give it a read and see what everyone has to say. When you’re done, come back and look at the rest of this entry. It’s one of the last runs I made at trimming down the over 1,100 word draft I started out with.

I was supposed to shoot for 500. As I frequently say on The Pro Wrestling Roundtable Podcast– I got long-winded again.

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Check out some Kong: Skull Island reviews here. Start out with two great crews talking about their takes on the film from two of the best podcasts out there. Then head over to Needless Things and check out my take on the big ape’s newest journey to the big screen.

Plus, give a listen to the other stuff the guys over at the ESO and HNR podcasts are talking about as well. If you’ve never given these podcasts a listen before, you’ll enjoy them both while finding out a lot of cool stuff that’s coming fandom’s way. If you like them, the ESO and HNR podcasts can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, and other fine platforms that carry podcasts as well as streaming on their websites at the links I’ve provided below.

Oh, and check out the Needless Things podcast every Friday at those same platforms and at the same website as my review.

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Thursday hit as one of those rare beast days where my regularly scheduled Needless Things piece dropped at the same time as one of my Gruesome Magazine pieces. Interestingly, they both have roots in Japan. One looks at a classic kaiju film version of an iconic American monster while the other looks at the modern Japanese take on the ravenous undead.

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I’ve been contributing to Needless Things for a while now, but I’ve recently become a contributor out the horror themed e-mag Gruesome Magazine as well. My Needless Things pieces drop every Thursday  while my Gruesome Magazine work drops whenever it’s ready. Today both sites had work go live.

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