Archive for the ‘The Culture Vulture’ Category

To the land beyond, beyond – Remembering Ray Harryhausen

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Ray HarryhausenI haven’t posted in quite a while because I have been busy with my other writing. However, I do feel compelled to say a few words on the passing of special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen. (more…)

A ghost of a chance

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The Woman in Black comes out on video today.  I loved Susan Hill’s original novel and the earlier television version of it but the new version made by Hammer Studios and starring Daniel Radcliff is a superb ghost story and is filled with old-fashioned chills. (more…)

The Culture Vulture – Behold, the Wicker Man!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Picking the corpse of modern cultureI had the chance to watch The Wicker Man the other day, not the Nicolas Cage remake but the original from the early 1970’s.  I have seen it a few times through the years and still find it really disturbing. (more…)

Culture Vulture – SuperBowl Ads…

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Picking the bones of a bankrupt cultureFor years non football fans have tuned in the annual spectacle of the Superbowl just for the commercials. 

While the games have varied in intensity for the advertisers it is a chance to make a big splash in front of a huge audience, albeit an expensive one (30 seconds on this year’s broadcast cost over $2.5 million). (more…)

Culture Vulture – U2 3D

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Waiting for the carrion of cultureMany years ago a friend passed along an advance review copy of a new album by U2 called “The Joshua Tree”. 

He suggested that the first time I listen to it should be in the dark through headphones.  I took his advice and from the first note of “Where the Streets Have No Name” I was transported. (more…)

The Culture Vulture – Cloverfield

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Culture VultureRight up front I must confess that I am a sucker for monster in the street movies, especially Godzilla. 

So when I first saw the teaser trailer for an untitled film running before Transformers last summer it immediately caught my interest.  A little bit of online intelligence gathering revealed that this was code named “Cloverfield” and indeed was a giant monster rampaging through New York movie. (more…)