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Keep Watching the Skies Blogathon: The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)

This post is part of the Keep Watching the Skies! Science Fiction Movies of the 1950s Blogathon, hosted by Louis at The Cinematic Frontier. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

SPOILERS: It’s rather difficult to discuss this film without revealing its ending, so there will be some major spoilers.

As the Cold War intensified throughout the 1950s, it’s no surprise that anxiety over a possible nuclear war was reflected in various Hollywood films. Some overtly explored the issue (i.e. Fail-Safe and On the Beach) and others put it in the subtext (i.e. Them! and Invasion of the Body Snatchers).

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Mini Book Reviews – September 2016

Time for some mini book reviews! All the following reviews are for the audiobook versions.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I’m very, very picky about the kind of fantasy novels I choose to read. I don’t like too much magic or tons of fantastical creatures. World building has to be complex but not so complicated it becomes confusing and frustrating. All this on top of great characters and storytelling.

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The Back-to-School Blogathon: Legally Blonde (2001)

This post is part of the Back-to-School Blogathon, hosted by Robin at Pop Culture Reverie. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

Looking at reviews of Legally Blonde, starring Reese Witherspoon, from its original release, certain adjectives were used repeatedly to describe it:

Fluffy

Lightweight

Cute

Silly

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The Right and Wrong Ways to Use Backstory

SPOILERS FOR THE NOVEL CITY OF MIRRORS BY JUSTIN CRONIN

Recently, the final book in Justin Cronin’s post-apocalyptic horror series, The City of Mirrors, was released. I loved the first two installments, The Passage and The Twelve. For close to four years, I had eagerly anticipated the finale to a great story.

I was mostly pleased with the final book. Very gratifying wrap-up to the series.

About two-thirds of it, that is.

In the middle of the book, Cronin plunks a very long flashback that dramatizes the backstory of the story’s major antagonist, a vampire-like creature who controls an army of other vampire-like creatures. Continue reading “The Right and Wrong Ways to Use Backstory”

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The Romantic Noir Protagonist: High Sierra and After Dark, My Sweet

This post is part of the Film Noir Blogathon, hosted by Quiggy at The Midnight Drive-In. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

When I heard about Quiggy’s film noir blogathon, I knew right away I wanted to cover both a classic and a neo noir. I picked High Sierra (1941) and After Dark, My Sweet (1990). Quiggy asked me if I would write separate posts or link them together in one post, the way he does on his site, as a double feature.

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The Preventable Box Office Failure of The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

This post is part of the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon, hosted by Aurora of Once Upon a Screen, Fritzi of Movies Silently, and Ruth of Silver Screenings. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

Orson Welles’ follow-up to his acclaimed film Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, is also considered a great film. Yet it occupies a place in film history as one of its most famous box office failures.

This is not unusual, as many films have been reevaluated over time, regardless of their initial reception. In this case, however, there’s a strong possibility its box office failure could have been prevented.

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The Kubrick Masterpiece Missed by the Critics: Barry Lyndon (1975)

This post is part of the 3rd Annual British Invaders Blogathon, hosted by Terry at Shroud of Thoughts. Read the rest of the jolly good posts in this event HERE!

(SPOILERS)

After wowing film lovers and critics with revolutionary films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange, many received Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon with a collective yawn. (Due to technical awards, however, it became Kubrick’s most awarded film since Spartacus.) In a decade full of seminal films, it acquired a reputation as pretty to look at, but not remarkable otherwise.

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Game of Thrones, Season 6: The Great, the Good, the Meh & the Ugly

BIG SPOILERS FOR SEASON 6 OF GAME OF THRONES.

How about that season of Game of Thrones? The first one to truly disembark from the books (with only a few sections from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons thrown in) it hit way more highs than lows. Winter is FINALLY here, and it’s awesome!

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The Sword & Sandal Blogathon: Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

This post is part of the Sword & Sandal Blogathon, hosted by Debbie (that’s me) at Moon in Gemini. Read the other posts in this event HERE!

Demetrius and the Gladiators is the sequel to The Robe (1953). It was planned even before The Robe was released, which is the only classic sword and sandal epic to have a sequel.

The reason I chose this for the blogathon is two-fold: it has all the elements I associate with sword and sandal epics: ancient history (which is surprisingly accurate at times), big action scenes in and out of the arena, and Biblical miracles. Not to mention a good amount of sensuality that somehow made it past the Hays Office.

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