Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley, born on this day in 1797, had a life as Gothic as her novels: her mother died when she was less than a month old, she engaged in a romantic relationship with a married man whose wife committed suicide, the death of three children, and her husband's death by drowning, before she died... Continue Reading →

Ray Bradbury

Ray Douglas Bradbury (and the Douglas was used in a lot of stories...) was born on August 22nd, 1920. Bradbury was a science fiction writer...but that's to categorize him unfairly, and far too narrowly. Even to call him a fantasy, horror or mystery writer, is to do the man injustice. Quite simply he was an... Continue Reading →

5 Critically Mauled Movies I Love

Well...Maybe 'LOVE' is too strong a word. Provocative titles work though... I rarely visit Rotten Tomatoes but found myself disappearing down a bit of a rabbit hole recently when looking up a few random films just to see what the consensus was on a few of my favourite films and realised how far from the... Continue Reading →

Review: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot

Anyone going into this film wanting some sort of Troma exploitation flick, or even a cross between Inglorious Bastards and The Six Million Dollar Man is going to be disappointed. Looking at the IMDb score (currently at 5.6) many clearly have been. The title is and isn’t misleading: it IS about a man who (can... Continue Reading →

Saul Bass: Vertigo- An Appreciation

(Originally published on RagTagMagpie) Today marks the anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's movie, Vertigo which premiered in the US on the 9 May 1958 - 62 years ago! Saul Bass is responsible for designing some of the most striking title sequences in film history, including Anatomy of a Murder, West Side Story, Spartacus, Ocean’s 11, as... Continue Reading →

A Winning Streak…

Oh boy, this one's going to be listy. And picture light. That's what happens when you use the WordPress app...it is a little...limiting. I got thinking as I half-watched Crimes of Lesser Potter this weekend about Directors who've made movies I like since the '70's and who has got the longest ' streak' of films... Continue Reading →

Bret Easton Ellis…author, podcaster…visual artist?

Born today in 1964, Bret Easton Ellis is a post modernist satirist with a pitch black sense of humour, or a twisted sickness depending on your view. In 1991 Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho was published, and although initially hated by critics, has gone on to be considered a modern classic, since turned into a... Continue Reading →

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