Monthly Archives: October 2020

Down for the Count

Herein lie film and television reviews, with SPOILERS. Dracula – I’d read the novel before, and it was soon made into a stage play, with the movie largely recreating that. The play and film codified a lot of the mythology … Continue reading

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I’d Turn Back If I Were You

There was a second Virtual OzCon yesterday, this one with a Halloween theme, which means it addressed some of the potentially darker aspects of the series. There are some SPOILERS in here for several Oz books and the film Return … Continue reading

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Goodbye Heart

Street Trash – This comedy horror film from 1987 starts with a New York City liquor store owner finds some unidentified liquid in his shop and sells it to homeless people. It turns out to be a corrosive substance that … Continue reading

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Falling for the Fairy Fellowship

I’ve mentioned the fairyland on the other side of the world from Oz a few times, but since I’m planning on writing some fiction that takes place there, I might as well detail what we know about it. It first … Continue reading

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Do Not Be Alarmed, We Are Only Little Children

Silver Bullet – Based on a Stephen King novella with a different name, this stars Corey Haim as a paraplegic kid who rides around in a motorized wheelchair called, appropriately, the Silver Bullet. He comes to realize that the murders … Continue reading

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Where the Worlds Have No Name

One night last week, I had a fitful sleep with a bunch of weird dreams. I remember one of them had me ranting about how J.R.R. Tolkien was never clear on whether Middle-Earth was his entire imaginary world or just … Continue reading

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Why Won’t You Die?

It would become a thing in the Oz books that no one in that fairyland could die, but it wasn’t immediate. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz mentions the threat of death quite often, in fact. The first book to establish … Continue reading

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This Life Is for Squirrels

Shakespeare for Squirrels, by Christopher Moore – The third of the author’s Shakespeare parodies, after Fool and The Serpent of Venice, takes on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’m interested in this play as it’s sort of a mythological crossover, mixing … Continue reading

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The Mike Is Bugged

I have to admit that I didn’t actually see the fly on Mike Pence’s head at the debate last night. I did see pictures of it on Twitter, though, and a lot of related jokes. I guess we need a … Continue reading

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Co-Ed Casting

I get the impression that the general depiction of a white mage in the Final Fantasy series is female. I thought of this when I recently talked about Mario Hoops 3-on-3 and Mario Sports Mix, which have a generic white … Continue reading

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