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HERE THERE BE TYGERS – Bryan Higby

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This is one of the very first short stories Stephen King had ever written in his career. He wrote it while in high school, and was first published in 1968, in Ubris magazine.

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Posted September 1st, 2019.

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A VERY TIGHT PLACE – Stephen Tramonatana

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Stephen King has run the gamut of every scenario possible with his stories, and with characters ranging from vampires, werewolves, killer clowns, cars, dogs, cats, and monsters from other worlds, and nearly everything else we can think of. However, Stephen King has at times had a very twisted imagination, or so it seems. The short story A VERY TIGHT PLACE was first published in the May 2008 issue of McSweeney’s, and later appeared in King’s 2008 collection of stories entitled, Just After Sunset.

This story is about Curtis, a middle-aged man who is lured to a construction site by his very unfriendly neighbor. The two have had numerous confrontations with one another regarding legal disputes over property rights, and the death of Curtis’s dog, whom he blames his neighbor for. Once Curtis is at the site, he is then forced into a porta potty, locked in, and is left to his demise, along with the most disgusting and foul odors one can imagine, not to mention other creepy encounters. Poor Curtis, I wonder how all this will turn out for him?

This Dollar Baby was disgustingly entertaining, and well done. With an interesting soundtrack, enjoyable performances, especially the two main actors, a bit of quirky humor, and actually seeing the amazing, but difficult way of filming in a porta potty, I think Stephen Tramontana hits the mark with this adaptation. This is a Dollar Baby film you won’t want to miss. I do however, recommend viewing it…after lunch!

Posted August 4th, 2019.

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BEACHWORLD – Jackie Perez

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There are actually a few versions of the Dollar Baby film, BEACHWORLD. I have personally seen only one other version, and that was animated, by Dollar Baby filmmaker, Maria Ivanova, so this was the first time seeing a live-action version of this story.

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Posted July 28th, 2019.

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ALIEN – Ridley Scott

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In the 1970’s, science fiction was at the height of its popularity, and some of the most classic films in history were released during that decade. WESTWORLD, PLANT OF THE APES, THX-1138, LOGANS RUN, and SILENT RUNNING, were considered some of the greats. However, it wasn’t until 1977, when a little film called STAR WARS hit the box office , changing the genre completely, taking it in a new direction.

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Posted May 26th, 2019.

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DEDICATION – Selina Sondermann

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DEDICATION first appeared in the June 1988 anthology, Dark Visions. It was reprinted in Stephen King’s collection of short stories, NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES. This story is about a Black woman who has left a very violent and senseless relationship, who goes to work at an exclusive hotel as a maid. It’s there a repeat guest, an alcoholic, but talented writer stays to do his writing. The maid finds him annoying and disgusting, yet a slow amicable relationship begins.

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Posted May 12th, 2019.

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AVENGERS: ENDGAME – Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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AVENGERS: ENDGAME is the sequel, and “final” (?) film to the MARVEL Universe AVENGERS franchise. It’s also the 22nd film in the MARVEL Universe films. This is one of those releases that is so big, so important, and has been so anticipated, it makes it nearly impossible to review without revealing even the slightest events , but I will do my best to keep it spoiler free.

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Posted May 3rd, 2019.

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – Bryan Singer

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I’ve always taken an interest in books, and films, that surround the lives of people of notoriety. Whether they are an actor, musician, or historical figure, it has always intrigued me. We’ve seen these people in the spotlight many times, but it’s what’s behind the scenes that interests me, and grabs my attention. The new film, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, is about the iconic rock ‘n’ roll band, QUEEN, in particular, the bands larger than life lead singer, Freddie Mercury.

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Posted January 15th, 2019.

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HALLOWEEN 11 – David Gordon Green

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The 1980′s was the high point of what is known as the “slasher film” genre. You could bet your bottom dollar that every October you’d see a sequel to FRIDAY THE 13th, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, and yes, HALLOWEEN, playing at your local movie theater. It was a fun time in film, and moviegoers really got into these over the top gore fests, no matter how bad they were. However, many of these franchises burned themselves out, and became movie marathons for those die hard fans, in their own homes.

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Posted November 4th, 2018.

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THE DOCTOR’S CASE – James Douglas

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THE DOCTOR’S CASE, was first published in 1987, in the Centennial Collection of, The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It was later reprinted in the Stephen King short story collection, NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES, in 1993. The story is narrated by an aged Dr. Watson, who tells the tale of the murder of Lord Hull, which brings the famous Sherlock Holmes out of retirement to solve what just might be his last case.

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Posted August 28th, 2018.

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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP – Peyton Reed

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This review takes us back into the MARVEL Comics Universe with…ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. It’s the sequel to the 2015 hit, ANT-MAN, and the 12th film in the MARVEL Universe. Director Peyton Reed, once again returns to bring this action-superhero film to the big screen.

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Posted August 4th, 2018.

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