Classic Gaming 101: Where can I buy classic games in Cleveland?

This first Throwback Thursday entry, another article written for Examiner.com, came about after I received an email (a form email sent to all writers, not a personalized email indicating that anyone on staff had any actual notion or knowledge of my work) mentioning that I might get more readers if I did something with aContinue reading “Classic Gaming 101: Where can I buy classic games in Cleveland?”

Brighton Rock (1947)

Today’s Throwback Thursday post is another short review from Crane’s Crabinet of Kinetographic Curiosities, this time about an English gangster film called Brighton Rock. I really have nothing new to add to my old review, mostly because I haven’t seen the movie since–which in and of itself can be a topic of conversation, as itContinue reading “Brighton Rock (1947)”

The Twelfth Hour: A Night of Horror (1930) – Nosferatu’s Not-So-Feratu

The following article, as featured on Crane’s Cabinet of Kinetographic Curiosities, was originally intended to be part of a series on films that aren’t lost but are rather unavailable to the general public for one reason or another. While technically a Throwback Thursday candidate, I choose to present this heavily-reworked article–really, two articles in one–asContinue reading “The Twelfth Hour: A Night of Horror (1930) – Nosferatu’s Not-So-Feratu”

A Peek Behind the Mask(s) of The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Since this article was originally posted in four parts at Crane’s Cabinet of Kinetographic Curiosities, it technically qualifies as a Throwback Thursday post–but since this is Halloween week, and since Mike has something extra-special planned for the actual day, I figured it would be best to get this up before then. I’ve also incorporated anyContinue reading “A Peek Behind the Mask(s) of The Phantom of the Opera (1925)”

Madhouse (1974)

I’ve had the pleasure of watching this film a few times since first writing this post–as originally featured at Crane’s Cabinet of Kinetographic Curiosities–and I tend to like it more and more each time. But, I’ll let the review itself speak to why that is, and follow with a couple of additional comments after that.Continue reading “Madhouse (1974)”

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll aka House of Fright aka Jekyll’s Inferno (1961)

So, I don’t really have too much to add to what I’ve already said about this film (as originally posted at Crane’s Cabinet of Kinetographic Curiosities), save only that this film is oddly relevant in 2019. This is especially true in light of internet meme culture, which promotes/illustrates ideas, archetypes, and descriptors such as “incel,”Continue reading “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll aka House of Fright aka Jekyll’s Inferno (1961)”

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Summary: Young real estate agent Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) is sent by his boss Renfield (Roland Topor) to sell an old dilapidated house in Wismar (across from Harker’s own, as luck would have it) to a Transylvanian count named Dracula (Klaus Kinski).  Harker’s psychic wife Lucy (Isabelle Adjani) begs him not to go as sheContinue reading “Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)”

King Lycaon of Arcadia and the Lykaia

Being that this is October, I felt it appropriate to post something I wrote back in 2009 concerning the mythological origins of werewolves.  Now, obviously, the Greek origin isn’t the only one that exists.  Like vampires, werewolf and shape-shifter myths exist in cultures from virtually all over the world.  However, being partially of Greek (and,Continue reading “King Lycaon of Arcadia and the Lykaia”

Quick Writing Tip: Reading Aloud to Oneself

With November only about a month away (technically thirty-six days away as of today), I’m reminded that many are taking part in that great marathon writing session known as “National Novel Writing Month” or “NaNoWriMo.”  And that’s wonderful.  It really is.  The point of NaNoWriMo is to get people who normally wouldn’t find time toContinue reading “Quick Writing Tip: Reading Aloud to Oneself”

Ghosting; or, How to Communicate and Be an Adult

The third and final Throwback Thursday post for today again comes from the Malus and Mayhem blog, and showcases an instance of me being agitated about the state of the relationship between the genders in the 21st Century–this time, manifested in the form of the concept of “ghosting.” I still think it’s a terrible thingContinue reading “Ghosting; or, How to Communicate and Be an Adult”