The Fog (1980) USA / 89 min / Horror / Color(metrocolor)

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“Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream?”
Edgar Allan Poe

The inhabitants of a small sea-side northern California town are haunted by avenging ghosts during its centennial celebration. 
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What is an anti-hero?  Well, it seems almost everyone has an opposing opinion drifting from reluctant hero to complex villain, however neither of those are accurate.  Though an anti-hero’s character might be reluctant to become involved heroically, they’re more importantly not so reluctant when it comes to achieving their goal by any means necessary.  Where-in a conventional hero does no wrong, an anti-hero typically makes the audience question their allegiance to the character on-screen.  An anti-heroes character is flawed, yet they still strive to rise up out of their imperfections to attempt a heroic fate. (more…)

Psycho (1960) USA / 109 min / Horror Mystery Thriller / B/W

Written by Roger Malcolm

The film that gave birth to the slasher, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho!  The screenplay, written by Joseph Stefano, was based off the novel by Robert Bloch and stars Janet Leigh as Marion Crane, with Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates.  Also, it was produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, in beautiful black and white cinematography.  Psycho would be the director’s last, as he would transition to only color films for the rest of his career.  In the years after Hitchcock’s death in 1980, 3 sequels featuring Anthony Perkins, a made-for-television movie spin-off, a near shot-for-shot remake and television series have been produced.

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Rocky-3-Hulk-HoganWritten by Roger Malcolm

Sometimes it’s just better if a wrestler does a small role before tackling a lead, such as Hulk Hogan did in Rocky III as Thunderlips.  It is perhaps the king of all wrestler-turned-actor bit parts, so with that said I won’t be selecting it on my list, as I’m already mentioning it.  However, I do believe Hogan would have been better off sticking to this approach for his film work or just having stuck with this role alone and not continued acting anymore at all.  Since his roles in No Holds Barred, Suburban Commando, and Mr. Nanny were so poorly received, I don’t know how he ever climbed the ranks to land a recurring role in the Thunder in Paradise series of films and TV show.  Though it’s probably a safe bet why he doesn’t still have acting roles in films.  Hogan really did transcend professional wrestling and all the wrestlers turned actors surely have him to thank even if it’s just for setting the bar so low for the acting transition.
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Roger Malcolm’s Top 10 Directors and the preferred films of each.

By: Roger Malcolm / Feb. 20, 2013

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Originally I posted this article with no words besides the directors names and the film titles.  There really isn’t much more needed than that, so I believe.  I just intend this to be an easy way to spread some attention on film directors.  Anyone with any appreciation knows film directors don’t always get the time of day that they deserve comparably with actors.  So I attempted to list my 10 picks, a truly impossible task inside those limits.  So I did the best I could with the first 10 and have another 10 on the way with more sure to follow.

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