Talking Out The Dead: “First Time Again”


Thomas Crawford: I think I told you to start this, or maybe I was mistaken. You have had a crazy tough week so I’ll stop being selfish and start us off.

Wow… we are starting the new season like this? All black and white. Well not all black and white, but at least half the time. I know a lot of people probably didn’t like it. I did however. It felt like sort of an homage to the comics. Plus, people today don’t appreciate the use of light and dark in film, so that is a plus.

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The Long Dark Marathon of the Soul 2015: #10-1


There we have it folks. Another year passed and another Halloween marathon completed, though perhaps not the only thing I’ll be doing for the holiday. Even though I started working on this list in the middle of summer, I still ended up getting down to the wire, which is why some of these entries might seem a bit haphazard (some movies lend themselves better to writing than others though). I don’t know if that means I need to make stricter deadlines for myself or just shorter ones, but at least I didn’t waste half the month before posting them, right? I think I ended up with a pretty good selection of films too, maybe a bit more outside the horror genre than last year, but I’m an eclectic man with eclectic tastes, and it’s just something we all have to deal with. I hope all of you reading out there found something new to try out this Halloween, and it ends up being something you enjoy. Not love, necessarily, we all different tastes after all, but just something that you can enjoy. If these little scribblings can help you discover a movie that you’ll really enjoy, something that makes you laugh or cry or think even inspires your own art, then that’s more than enough for me. It might be a tall order, but I can hope. Continue reading


The Long Dark Marathon of the Soul 2015: #20-11


Part 2: Electric Boogaloo

20. Horror of Dracula (1958), directed by Terence Fisher

R.I.P. Christopher Lee

In the last Marathon of the Soul, I discussed the influence of vampires in pop culture, most specifically Dracula. Werner Herzog’s adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel had been number 1 after all, and even though the numbered rankings don’t mean much in this context, there really wasn’t any doubt where it should lie. Aside from Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, there is no other story that has had as much influence on pop culture and the horror genre as Dracula. For better or worse, depending on your opinions of Anne Rice and Twilight, the notion of vampires in fiction would not be as prevalent nor would their ‘rules’ be as ingrained into the public consciousness if it hadn’t been for Bram Stoker’s novel. Sure, there had been vampires as the subject of stories around that time, Polidori’s “The Vampyre”, Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla”,  but none have had the staying power as the former Vlad Tepes.

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The Long Dark Marathon of the Soul 2015: #31-21


Another year has gone by, and that means it’s time to watch some weird movies for Halloween! This year, I’ve endeavored to not only pick movies that I’ve wanted to see, but also films that capture that fantastical tone that we associate so strongly with this holiday for the strange. Fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, even some dark comedies thrown in for good measure, all of them viewed by me for the very first time. Some I can’t praise enough, some I struggle to praise at all, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it (especially since I’m so lazy). So here’s a smattering of the films on display this year; take a look, critique it if you want, tell me how much a fucking idiot I am for not liking the movies you like, but above all I fervently hope you pick one of these movies to watch that you’ve never seen before. That’s why I’ve constructed this list, and it’s why I review the movies that I do, so that you guys out there might find something new that you can enjoy or that inspires you in your own creative work.

Happy Halloween!

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This Little Lightning Round of Mind

This Little Lightning Round of Mindconstant mood

Man I really didn’t mean to let this much time pass between Lightning Rounds. It’s been so long and we have some newbies on deck, so veterans, please sit calmly and quietly while I explain the rules. The Lightning Round is what happens when my brain intakes too much of the world’s trash and regurgitates it as brilliance…or tomfoolery. It’s up to you to decide. Just don’t try to “understand” what’s happening, because there IS nothing happening. Anyway, like, comment and share and stuff. I command you to enjoy it.

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