NPR: The Austin 100 At SXSW

I am a huge music fan, though I have noticed that I tend to get somewhat set in my ways, which makes it hard for me to discover new music.  That’s why I am thankful for NPR offering the opportunity to download–FREE–100 mp3’s from artists that are headlining at this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

At the moment I am listening Tyagaraja with “We Will Meet Again,” and I have to say that I really like their country-flavored rock stylings.  In fact, it reminds me a bit of Patty Griffin.  The next track “Among The Grey” by Cheyenne Mize, reminds me of “The Breeders,” mixed with a dash of  “Romeo Void” at their most atmospheric and “Big Country” for the guitar bombast.


Vote For Top-100 Sci-Fi And Fantasy Titles!

I know that this is a movie blog, but if you haven’t voted in NPR’s Top-100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Titles, consider doing so.

If you’re a fan of any of the titles listed, make your opinion known!

Why Superheroes Don’t Exist In Real Life (Featuring ‘Batman’)

I like movies–which has more than a little to do with me writing for a movie website–though superhero films hold a special place in my heart.  As a kid, when I wasn’t imagining myself as Captain Koenig of Moonbase Alpha, I was a superhero, and Bear Mountain in New York’s Central Park (26 miles of parkland is a close to a heaven that a kid with a hyperactive imagination will probably ever get) was my headquarters.

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Re-Animator: The Musical

‘Re-Animator’ Special Effects: Simple But Effective

There have probably been a handful of films based upon the books of the Cthulhu Mythos by H.P. Lovecraft, though two of the best are “Re-Animator” and “In The Mouth Of Madness” (IMOM was not, per se,  a “Lovecraft” film, though the title character of the film, Sutter Cane, was more Lovecraft than Stephen King).  Mexican-born director Guillermo Del Toro in “Hellboy” evoked similar Lovecraftian themes (the world imperiled by beings beyond our comprehension; Man reaching out beyond our known reality, and finding only terror and insignificance, etc).

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