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Review: "Blood Red Sky"
Netflix new horror film, Blood Red Sky, has an incredibly fun premise but feels incredibly disjointed at times. The film itself doesn't seem like it knows whether or not it wanted to be a foreign film, or an American horror story for one and the dialogue is so jarring that it easily takes you out of the experience. The premise and feel of the film will make many people think back to genre hits such as "From Dusk till Dawn", "Snakes on a Plane" and even at times "30 Days of Night." That is some high praise as all of those films are fairly well received and I suspect Blood Red Sky will be as it is a rarity to find a decent monster horror film these days.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" and Dark Orientalism
Orientalism is a colonial/postcolonial theory that intersperses aestheticism and exoticism within its midst. Written in his book of the same name, Edward Said made a case for why colonial Britain and its imperialist culture used exotic items as a fetishisation and flirtation of wealth. In a decadent culture which was admittedly richly disgusting, the pinnacle of wealth is represented by items from India, Persia and other countries of the Eastern World that were under imperialist rule or were thought to have looser morals than the upper class of the British folk. Another more sinister and yet believable idea of Orientalism is that to own parts of cultures that were either under British rule or, by most, were not but should have been because of the ‘loose morals’ argument was an act of ownership which the British upper class of the late Victorian Era often felt entitled to. Since the empire was theirs, so was the authority and therefore, so were the goods - including the famed diamond which is still in England today. Edward Said states a message about the ideas surrounding this kind of authority and what they mean:
Alien #5 Marvel Comics 2021 Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson Illustrated by Salvador Larroca Coloured by GURU-eFX Lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles
The Diary of Bellatrix Black - September 1967
***1 September 1967, Hogwarts*** Horrible weather. Gray and sprinkling all afternoon. Rain picked up at night. The only good thing to happen today was watching Cissy get Sorted into Slytherin. I only have three more years of putting up with the rubbish of the other Hogwarts Houses. If Daddy would let me transfer to Durmstrang I’d do it tomorrow.
Shadecraft #5 Image Comics 2021 Written by Joe Henderson Illustrated by Lee Garbett Coloured by Antonio Fabela Lettered by Simon Bowland
The Art in 14th Century Sword Fighting
Graham Sue-A-Quan’s nervous energy bounces into the room before he does. He is a gangly man wearing a large T-shirt; it hangs from his limbs like a blanket on a clothesline. Whenever Graham Sue-A-Quan grapples, he makes sure to let his partners know that he is “brand new at this.” He has been here two weeks, and it is obvious in the way he toes around people to get a drink from the water dispenser.
Project: Patron #4
Project: Patron #4 Aftershock Comics 2021 Written by Steve Orlando Illustrated by Patrick Piazzalunga Coloured by Carlos Lopez
Bo and Luke Duke today
Those who enjoy retro television programming often wonder what happened to their favorite stars. Two popular actors from the 1970s and 80s are Tom Wopat and John Schneider. As Bo and Luke Duke they captured the hearts of television audiences when they were on the hit CBS series THE DUKES OF HAZARD . There was never a dull moment and the audience was always left in stitches. The show ran from March 26, 1979, to February 8, 1985.
Book Review: The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass series) by Sarah J. Maas
Celaena Sargothien is the most feared assassin in all of Adarlan, and she is only a young girl. Adarlan is a cruel place where magic has been abolished and everyone who practices it tragically wiped out by the King of Adarlan. The Assassin's Blade is a series of five novellas that take place in a range of settings, but predominantly, Rifthold, where Celaena lives in the Assassin's Keep, alongside her archenemy Sam Cortland, and is trained by her master Arobynn Hamel.
Minky Woodcock The Girl Who Electrified Tesla #4
Minky Woodcock The Girl Who Electrified Tesla #4 Hard Case Crime/Titan Comics 2021 By Cynthia Von Buhler Lettered by Jim Campbell
A Playtron's Guide
Before adopting the moniker/pen name of Tinka Boudit, I was a ten year attendee of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. I go in costume. I shop, see shows, I made friends with cast members, vendors, and other attendees. I go every weekend for seven weekends. Those of us who do this are known as 'playtrons'. As in we play along, but we are patrons who pay the ticket fee to be there; we do not work there. I've also volunteered my time in a booth for three other seasons. I officially joined the cast in 2019 as a Riddle Master.
Gossip Girl Reboot: Reviewed
Hot people doing hot things. That’s how I would sum up the new Gossip Girl reboot series in a sentence. There’s obviously a lot more to it than that (or is there?), but when it comes down to the why of the need to reboot such an iconic series that is so intrinsically tied to the early noughties with its side fringes and belts over t-shirts, it may be just as simple as that.