Over at The Everyman, I mark the 90th anniversary of King Kong with a retrospective: The first thing stands out, comparing King Kong to its modern progeny, is that the story is, in style at least, considerably simpler and more artificial than that of films today. There is little effort at verisimilitude in either the … Continue reading The 90-Year Reign of Kong
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Kaiju Appreciations: Legendary Kong
As I said, part of my Lenten fast is giving up most video content. However, this doesn't extend to working on my own videos, since I want to pick up on the pace on those. And today I finished and uploaded my latest one: an appreciation for Legendary Kong, the version of Kong from the … Continue reading Kaiju Appreciations: Legendary Kong
‘The Best of the Planetary Anthology Series’ is Now Live!
As most of you know, Tuscany Bay's Planetary Anthology series is now no more, save in audiobook form. However, Mr. John M. Olsen very graciously took it up and composed a "best of" anthology, taking what he regarded as the best two stories of each book and compiling them into a plump volume of 22 … Continue reading ‘The Best of the Planetary Anthology Series’ is Now Live!
Friday Flotsam: Lent and Reading
1. So another Lent begins. This year I'm focusing on purgation, clearing out habits that have been a drag on my mind and attention span. In particular I'm giving up most video media: no perusing YouTube, no movies, no shows, etc. I'll still work on my own videos some, and still use 'ambience' videos (which … Continue reading Friday Flotsam: Lent and Reading
Friday Flotsam: Mostly More ‘Death Note’ and a Few Videos
1. Another difficult week for me. Work feels like a slow-motion train wreck at the moment. But on the plus side I reviewed my financial situation and realized that I'm not really very worried about losing my job, so that took some of the edge off. 2. One of the things that really stood out … Continue reading Friday Flotsam: Mostly More ‘Death Note’ and a Few Videos
A Little ’80s Love
I happened across this video the other day; a well-made bit of nostalgia that really does capture a lot of the cultural tone of the era (apart from a severe lack of Jason Voorhees). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATFM5Oq_oCI Same guy also has one for the '90s. Also very good, though serious lack of Beast Wars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93g_40atCgA
Meanwhile, at ‘The Everyman’, It’s Groundhog Day!
Today I got to talk about the modern classic Groundhog Day at The Everyman: And for once, the accompanying photo is absolutely perfect The film very wisely does not give any kind of explanation for the time loop, avoiding the triteness that any such answer would bring. Ironically enough, this makes the central conceit feel … Continue reading Meanwhile, at ‘The Everyman’, It’s Groundhog Day!
Friday Flotsam: Top Gun and Reptile Videos
1. End of the week and I'm feeling very tired. As seems par for the course lately. Hitting that 'don't seem to be doing anything' part of the cycle. Blah. 2. But working on that, breaking things down step-by-step to try to get myself moving in the right direction. I've been mostly meeting those small … Continue reading Friday Flotsam: Top Gun and Reptile Videos
Friday Flotsam: Everyman, Top Gun, Bofuri, and Sabaton
1. First off, my latest piece is up on The Everyman, where I talk about how the world doesn't change (and slip in a little plug for Gentleman Instructed): Again and again, it was the same pattern, and rarely did I find a point that had been genuinely left behind since the 18th century (e.g. … Continue reading Friday Flotsam: Everyman, Top Gun, Bofuri, and Sabaton
Friday Flotsam: New Year Reflections and Goals, New Medievalism, and Death Note
1. Another year older, not an hour richer, as the saying goes. Okay, that’s a bit much. Let’s see, in 2022 I put out three new publications, including a full-length novel that been receiving quite a bit of positive feedback. Also set up a website for my publishing label, got a new job, and had … Continue reading Friday Flotsam: New Year Reflections and Goals, New Medievalism, and Death Note