The Sword And The Sorcerer is b-grade film-making at its finest. It scared the heck out of me as a little kid when my brother rented it on LaserDisc or Betamax around 1983 or so. But the sheer coolness of a THREE BLADED SWORD THAT CAN SHOOT TWO OF ITS BLADES enchanted my nine-year old brain.... Continue Reading →
The Gate gets a one line nod (like a lot of geeky 80s stuff) in my novel Vivian's Last Cigarette, which is set in 1989. I had to explain the reference to friend and author Lauren L. Garcia when she encountered it during critique... Kids today, what are you watching on VHS? ;-) Sigh. At... Continue Reading →
I’ve mentioned that I’m a fan of the film Aliens before, and that it was a major cornerstone of my late childhood. Even to this day, it’s a go-to and common ground movie between myself and many peers. So it shouldn’t be surprising that it gets a couple nods in my novel Vivian’s Last Cigarette,... Continue Reading →
Varan the Unbelievable is a largely forgotten Daikaiju Eiga in the west, even though it was directed by Ishirō Honda (who also directed the original and classic Godzilla) and featured a score by the masterful Akira Ifukube (who scored the original Godzilla and many other films in the series). The film may have it's problems,... Continue Reading →
I can't believe it's been almost nine years since this movie came out! I'd forgotten how good it's overture, only played during the film's credits, was. Many thematic tributes to Godzilla and Daikaiju film scores, as is fitting for a found-footage film about a giant monster attacking NYC. The stark lack of a score in... Continue Reading →
Basil Poledouris' 1982 soundtrack for Conan the Barbarian is an amazing piece of work from start to finish. And nothing serves as a better opener into it than its own first two tracks in sequence... Those horns and drums in the latter half never fail to move me! I particularly like this mix of the... Continue Reading →
...Peter Jackson's 2005 remake of King Kong contains this fantastic scene. It's one of my favorite action sequences, ever. The film isn't without its flaws, but I like it warts and all... Enough to recommend the directors cut. So if you're digesting a big meal with family today, and have three and a half hours... Continue Reading →
Helping the Halloween spirit with surprise videos over the holiday!