ROUTE 66 - Travel through the desert, from the gulf of Texas to the mighty Pacific. Route 66 isn’t a place, it’s a mindset. Few seem to grasp the real America began before the settlement of Acoma pueblo or Chaco Canyon. Far before any Pilgrims. The road used for commerce currently was once a footpath, and later a horsepath. In my own journey, travel east and south came first, seeming contradictory, but that’s how it unfolded. Close my eyes and drive by Grants down 66 and meander down Central Avenue. The murky version of the past stored in my mind, frozen in time from the day I left, doesn’t reconcile with the 2018 version. It’s how I remembered what happened. That version, the one I’m used to, not how things are right now. Past Central Avenue. No more Wagon Wheel hotel or Weinerschnitzel next to The Pussycat. From the heights, Foxes on one end, and the massive women’s social club near Nine Mile Hill. Where I got in with my work friend, she drove me there in her 280z. The day in high school when I drove the open road and listened to the space shuttle explode live on the radio. I found signposts along the way. The club in Nob Hill where I could never quite make it. Stop trying to run away, everyone said. Many many times. Go west, young man, the road said. Every young man looks down a long road and wonders, could I make it there? I did that and the road is a place that lives inside my mind. Ocean Beach, no it’s not Lands’ End. But I see the ocean every day in San Francisco. Sometimes I imagine taking the 580 to the 5 to I40 back. But the old 66 of my mind isn't there. I long for a full gas tank and the open road since Route 66 never leaves my mind.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Walker by Chad Schimke - Not currently available.
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Saturday, September 1, 2018
THE CONJURING FRANCHISE - The Nun, 5th film in the Conjuring franchise, features a screenplay by Gary Dauberman from a Wan/ Dauberman treatment based on source material. You will certainly recognize the name James Wan, creator of the Insidious and Saw franchises. So far this series has included The Conjuring (2013), Anabelle (2014), Annabelle: Creation (2017), The Conjuring: Enfield Case (2016) and The Nun (2018). The Crooked Man, another spinoff character tracing back to source material is currently in production. Starring as the nun will be Taissa Farmiga, sister of the original Conjuring star Vera Farmiga. Catch the film in theaters on September 7, 2018.
The Conjuring 2013
Annabelle: Creation 2017
The Conjuring: Enfield Case 2016
The Nun 2018
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Science Fiction - There are 2 main methods to determine Science Fiction sub genres. Ask yourself, does the action take place on our Earth or on another world? Science permits humans to advance to the point that life on an extraterrestrial world/ need to travel there, or disruptive societal change -- dramatically transforming our day to day existence. Before the term Science Fiction had ever been used, Jules Verne wrote a series under the moniker Voyages Extraordinaires including From the Earth to the Moon (De la terre à la lune). While that was happening, Robert Louis Stephenson dreamt up the concept for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A short time later, HG Wells wrote and published The Time Machine, Invisible Man and War of the Worlds. The Speculative Fiction movement began, whereby Earthly limits fall away and imagination takes flight. Even if that imagination means staying at home. Superhero and Apocalyptic fiction emerged into a space created by their predecessors. Once we learned history is not fixed and things might/ might not turn out the way we hope, Social fiction appeared. With a fully developed genre, authors could go anywhere and everywhere, unrestricted by reality, ready to inhabit new nearby/ faraway worlds.
From the Earth to the Moon Jules Verne 1865
Gun enthusiasts dream up an idea to shoot themselves to the moon with a space gun, in an attempt to survive a moon landing.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson 1886
A London lawyer investigates strange occurrences involving his old friend and the evil Edward Hyde.
War of the Worlds H. G. Wells 1897
Martians invade the home of an unnamed narrator, and his younger brother, in southern England.
Superman Action Comics 1938
As a baby, an alien is sent to Earth from an old faraway planet before it was destroyed, where he learns to assume a new identity.
Evidence Isaac Asimov 1946
A political opponent levels an accusation that his rival is a robot, remotely guided by the true candidate -- who was in reality permanently disfigured by an accident.
I Am Legend Richard Matheson 1954
The only survivor of a pandemic lives in LA, as he struggles to beat the disease but constantly fears pandemic sufferers arisen from the dead like vampires.
The Body Snatchers Jack Finney 1955
When seeds invade Santa Mira, unsuspecting sleeping residents disappear and are quietly replaced with nonhuman duplicates.
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand 1957
While investigating a ruined factory, a railroad magnate finds a strange electric motor.
Soldier from Tomorrow Harlan Ellison 1957
A soldier from a distant future, state conditioned from birth to fight and kill, travels through time to the present.
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein 1959
A young soldier serves in the Mobile Infantry, fighting in an interstellar war with Arachnids, sent through space from the planet Klendathu.
As students complete their rotation, it becomes clear patients are going into comas more often than usual, at Boston Memorial.
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood 1985
A totalitarian state has overthrown the United States government in a world where fertile women are forbidden to use their birth names in service to their master.
In a post human future, a transhuman orphan takes the form of a purple robed herdsman, set off to explore the unknown.
Legion Brandon Sanderson 2012
A special condition allows a man to generate multiple personalities but he shies away from researchers wanting to study his abilities.
Sunday, August 12, 2018
90s HORROR MOVIES - Those of you of who are regular visitors to my blog know originality prevails, when it comes to gauging quality movies. I developed this list based on (mostly) original concepts, excluding franchises/ re-makes. The decade is all over the place with scifi, comedy, gothic, dramatic, and crime thriller elements. I believe the constraints of horror conventions are being shed in this decade, compared to the 80s. And even further in the aughts. By the end of the decade, CGI begins to take up a larger visual footprint. Used sparingly, the impact of computer generated elements are undoubtedly mind-blowing. Terminator 2 makes the cut for that reason, plus military horror. Conversely, it can be ruinous. Stories which previously would not have been made into films, are now being made, and celebrated. The limits fall away and imagination takes flight. Unfortunately, there were numerous unnecessary franchises/ re-makes that overstayed their welcome. But on the bright side, the aughts are coming up next!
The Silence of the Lambs 1991
Terminator 2 1991
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle 1992
Death Becomes Her 1992
Interview with the Vampire 1994
From Dusk till Dawn 1996
Starship Troopers 1997
Funny Games 1997