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31 Days of Horror 2017: Willard and Ben

 

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Rats are terrifying, of that there is no doubt.  Just the sight of one at a store or restaurant will cause us to never visit the establishment again, and heaven forbid we see one in our home!  Now imagine them organized, and turned against us.  Brrrr… yeah, really scary.  That was the theme of two frightening films of the early 1970s.  Meet me after the jump for my 31 Days of Horror reviews of Willard and Ben!

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My Mission to The Dark Tower

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For me the release of The Dark Tower as a major motion picture is a countdown.  I’m on the clock, literally, as I want to finish the book series before the film comes out on Friday.  I don’t know if I’ll make it.  While you wish me hopeless luck, meet me after the jump to find out why I’m doing it, and my re-read thoughts.

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Anne with an E

Depression, bullying, robbery, and child abuse. It should come as no surprise that they are some of the topics explored in Breaking Bad producer Moira Walley- Beckett’s newest television series. What is surprising, is that the new series is a re-imagining of the wholesome novel, cherished by generations, Anne of Green Gables. It’s the Netflix series, Anne with an E.

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By the Book: Carrie

by-the-bookNovember 3rd marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Brian DePalma’s instant classic Carrie.  Based off Stephen King’s first published novel, the movie got a forgettable sequel (The Rage: Carrie 2) in 1999, an even more forgettable straight-to-tv remake in 2002, and finally it’s own gritty reboot in 2013.  How do original novel and original movie compare?  And does the 2013 reboot hold up to either?  Find out after the break…(and yes, there will be spoilers for the 43 year old book and 40 year old movie).

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31 Days of Horror 2016: Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

Fall, the time of year when leaves change color, the weather grows chilly, and the evil carnival, with the time travel carousel, comes to town. In this edition of 31 Days of Horror, it’s the frightening Disney film based on a Ray Bradbury novel, Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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Game of Thrones S06 E04: The Book of the Stranger

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Reunions ruled this week’s episode and the ladies of “Game of Thrones” showed that they’re not only the fairer sex, but the more badass as well.  Let’s talk about what they’ll inspire right after the break!  Spoilers (including some of the book variety) ahead.

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Game of Thrones S06 E02: Home

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AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!! AAAAAHHHH!!! Holy F@&# DID YOU SEE THAT!!!??!!! SHE TRIED… AND THEN HE… AND… CAN’T BREATHE!!!

Okay, relax… deep breaths.  “Game of Thrones” is just a television show, not the answer to world peace.

I’ll try to resume some modicum of control, after the break… and of course spoilers ahead…  AAAAAA…

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Game of Thrones S06 E01: The Red Woman

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Game of Thrones” is back.  After a wait that felt as never-ending as The Long Night that Old Nan Used to Scare Bran Stark with back in season one, we’re finally going to get some answers to questions raised last year: Is Jon dead or alive? How did Sansa and Theon survive a sixty-foot leap off the castle wall? What will this Dothraki horde do with the Queen of Dragons?  And we’re going to have it answered in one 52-minute episode, right? Find out after the break.

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Marie Gilbert’s Review of The Finest Hours

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Do you like adventures about the high seas? Did you ever wonder what’s it like to be caught at sea during a storm? Put on your lifejacket and find out my thoughts on Disney’s The Finest Hours. Read the rest of this entry

The Ten Percent: Doctor Zhivago (1965)

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“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

Hello, and welcome to another installment of The Ten Percent! Every two weeks, K. Dale Koontz and I use this space to take a look at the inverse of Sturgeon’s Law — the small portion of everything which is not crud. Sturgeon was right, of course. The vast majority of movies, television, writing, and art is crud, eminently forgettable and ultimately irrelevant, but there is always that tiny slice of the sublime. In this space, we’ve talked about comedy, drama, animation, horror, science fiction, musicals, and more. We get to do that because the Ten Percent isn’t limited by genre – these rare gems last because they are high quality productions which demand more of their viewer than simple passive reception.

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