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Are You a Leopard or a Goldfinch?

There is a saying, or more likely a quotation, that says “a leopard cannot change its spots”. I recalled this little gem of wisdom while watching the lovely little Goldfinches at the feeding station on my back deck. 379 more words

Birdemic: Shock and Terror

The title is the cleverest thing the film does.

A while back I saw a review of ‘The Room’, a film made on a budget of….well it had a budget, I’m sure.  Reading on the IMDb site, it’s clear that Tommy Wiseau (actor/writer/director/producer/distributor/Internet legend) didn’t realise that most film productions rent their equipment, because he actually bought most of his.  So he must have had some money.  Birdemic is what The Room would have been with no money whatsoever.  It’s filmed on a camera I assume they just found lying around somewhere, possibly at the back of someone’s closet.  While it is filmed ‘on location’, I think that the locations are all within 15 miles of the director’s house.  I’m pretty sure the actors are wearing their own clothes.  And the film looks like it was mixed on a laptop. 1,102 more words

Horror

Southern Crested Caracara

At the root of all these noble races, the beast of prey, the splendid blond beast prowling greedily in search of spoils and victory, cannot be mistaken.

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The Birds

Antonioni Takes On Hitchcock's Love Triangles

Narrative Consequence vs. Symbolic Circumstance

Alfred Hitchcock and Michelangelo Antonioni each have an affinity for featuring love triangles in their films. For Hitchcock, each reincarnation of the love triangle features a variation on the characters involved and the motivation for their relationships, but each holds on to an established narrative structure to present the displacement of a protagonist into a foreign environment, develop a love triangle, then consequentially destroy of one of its members and inflict harm on the environment. 1,933 more words

Sam Ekren

What Makes War?

War is mysterious behavior. This reflection comes as I read the third, massive volume on WWII in western Europe, The Guns at Last Light, by Rick Atkinson. 439 more words

History

Alfred Hitchcock

Rich and Strange, Secret Agent, and Number 13 probably don’t sound familiar to you if you are under 40. Ask your parents or your grandparents and they will tell you about those wonder films that they enjoyed watching when they came out. 55 more words

Wollstone Cover Art, Blurb, Et. Al.

List time!

Item One: The cover art for Wollstone is here, and it be a beauty:

And here’s the blurb:

The moment Emil Gogean sets foot inside Wollstone Academy’s fairy tale-like campus, he realizes his freshman year in high school is bound to be a very strange one.

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Books