Short stories, movie reviews, and media essays.
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"Gunpowder Milkshake" REVIEW
Early on in Gunpowder Milkshake a group of characters are trying to determine what archetype of super-assassin the film's protagonist belongs to.
"No One Gets Out Alive" REVIEW
Why don't they just leave the evil house? Why don't they just call the cops? For as long as I can remember, these questions were tossed around like the ultimate gotcha for horror movies. They weren't treated like genuine questions; it was like the asker was firing his proton torpedoes down the exhaust shaft of the story. Why don't they call the cops? Boom. Story destroyed.
The Day I Got Set On Fire (Metaphorically)
Do you ever wonder how it felt when Prometheus rose to Olympus to steal the fire of the gods? Was there a rush of power? The stomach-lurching feeling of slipping over the edge of a roller-coaster, feeling momentum take control?
If you participated in the Summer Fiction Series, you should be able to empathise with the plight of Alex: having been kidnapped by a witch, Alex will only be allowed to live as long as he tells the witch a scary story every night. It's Goosebumps meets One Thousand and One Nights. Or it's a slightly more intense version of the SFS without any cash prizes.
The wind cools. Leaves turn orange. Jack-o-lanterns appear on doorsteps, along with styrofoam tombstones. It's horror season, and we're all looking for new movies to pair with familiar favorites. And at this moment, Netflix offers us Prey.
Welcome! Everything is Fine.
"But why?" Most fantasy stories can answer the why question pretty simply. Sauron must be stopped before he can defile the Shire. Voldemort must be stopped because he's a wizard Nazi. The Empire must be stopped because they're space Nazis. Presumably we'll end up seeing Jason Momoa fight a fish Nazi in an Aquaman sequel, and so on and so forth until all forms of Nazis have been exhausted.
In July of 2002, Matt Damon stepped into the role of Jason Bourne, the world's deadliest assassin. In June of the same year, Tom Hanks played the part of Michael Sullivan in Road to Perdition, the world's deadliest hitman. 2003 brought us Kill Bill and Uma Thurman's infamous and exceptionally-deadly character, the Bride.
On the Branches of the Great Tree
The Cult of the Ancient Mother claims that humans weren't made to live in the branches of the Great Tree, but I don't buy that. Believe me. I've seen most of the Great Tree, from the upper canopy down to the lowest branches. At the risk of implicating myself, let's say that I've been around when people got forcibly removed from the lower branches of the great tree, and when they fell they just kept falling until they disappeared in the swirling grey sea that billows around the great tree's trunk.