I cut my teeth on the classics and evolved to prefer Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, & Anne Rice. I'm a fan of all things macabre. I enjoy all manner of movies, but really enjoy romances, horror, & thrillers. Tarantino and Carpenter are high on my list of favorite directors.
I also play roller derby under the name Morticia At-ems, and have a horror-hostess alter-ego, Ravena Vlad. I love being in front of the camera. I also enjoy gardening, hiking, scuba diving, collecting tattoos, and moon-gazing. I'm a lifelong pagan and enjoy broadening my mind. I am not a film expert, which will be apparent when you read my articles. Instead, I focus on telling how the film impacts the viewer emotionally, intellectually, and, if possible, spiritually - the visceral approach.
If ever there was a beautiful tale of the little guy making a big difference, The African Queen surely fits the bill. Shot in Technicolor, this 1951 adaptation of C.S. Forester’s novel of the same name is a gorgeous adventure in duty, struggle, and love when least expected. From the beautifully lush opening to the end scene, this film is full of the visual delights found on location in Africa, where the majority of the movie was filmed.
Even the good guys can’t be good all the time. When a priceless artifact worth a king’s ransom is on the line, nobody can be trusted. (more…)
When bigger doesn’t mean better, sometimes you have to hire a man to formulate the right appearance. A sports columnist is hired to build a facade for a behemoth fighter, but soon finds himself tangled up in more than just a PR campaign. (more…)