Synopsis: Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) enjoyed a starring role in the popular television western, BOUNTY LAW, during its run in the 1950s. However, by 1969 he and his stunt man Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) are no longer rising stars. Rick struggles to get jobs as the heavy in a variety of television shows, while Cliff […]Read more "I DIDN’T HAVE A CHANCE: ONCE UPON A TIME . . . IN HOLLYWOOD"
This week, Trista K. Robichaud returns to collaborate on a film review. It’s a brand new piece in the spirit of our old Alamo Cinema Massacre column. Welcome back, Trista! Synopsis: Psychology PhD student Dani (Florence Pugh) has relationship problems – she has needy bipolar sister Terri (Klaudia Csányi) and an uncommunicative boyfriend (Jack Reynor) […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: MIDSOMMAR"
Around 2000/2001, a new internet publisher (Stealth Press) decided to enter the small genre publisher market and they made a bit of a splash with their inaugural titles. Stealth’s opening foray included a trio of reprinted books from the original splatterpunk horror authors John Skipp and Craig Spector (THE LIGHT AT THE END, THE CLEANUP, […]Read more "WORDS LIKE VIOLENCE BREAK THE SILENCE: DENNIS ETCHISON’S TALKING IN THE DARK"
When Uncle Ian dies, he leaves a nephew his cottage in Wales along with the stipulation that his nephew look after his prized bird. This is the opportunity the family has been looking for, to leave behind lives as teachers—professions they hated—and to pursue new lives out in the middle of nowhere. When they aren’t […]Read more "His Eyes Have All the Seeming of a Demon’s That Is Dreaming: Stephen Gregory’s The Cormorant"
After writing enough purely fictional heist stories, it was only a matter of time before Donald Westlake turned his considerable talents to fictionalizing out the corners of a real caper. The crime that caught Westlake’s eye and to which he put his considerable talents to playing around with was an unexpected one, one which I […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: KAHAWA"
It’s a famous story, but don’t stop me if you’ve heard it because there’s never been a twist like this: When asked about his fear of police, famed suspense and horror film director Alfred Hitchcock often cited an incident from his childhood wherein he was arrested as a lesson about what happens to naughty little […]Read more "What Terrifies The Master of Suspense?: Considering Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone"
This week, we take another opportunity to turn the clock back and check out one of the columns written for our Alamo Cinema Massacre column . . . While Trista was bedridden due to complications from her pregnancy, I did my best to make sure she had everything she needed to be comfortable and anxiety-low. […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: WE ARE THE FLESH"