Archive for December, 2007

Halloween vs. Ringu

I saw John Carpenter’s The Thing for the first time a last year, and became kind of obsessed with it. Since then, I’ve been renting other John Carpenter movies, but I haven’t liked anything I’ve seen nearly as much. I just saw Halloween, which is supposed to be one of his best, and…eh. It was […]

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The Prince of Darkness vs. Your Maiden Aunt

I consumed a couple of devil narratives recently: Sylvia Townsend Warner’s novel Lolly Willowes and John Carpenter’s movie Prince of Darkness. As both of my regular readers know, as I’ve gotten older and more crotchety I’ve increasingly tended to prefer pulp fiction to the literary variety, so by all rights I should be enthusiastic about […]

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Hunger for Decadence

I just finished reading the “Marvel Zombies” volume, which is really pretty much complete shit. The premise is that all the marvel heroes and villains have been turned into zombies, and they’re hungry for meat. As a zombie tale, it misses the point entirely. The best zombie stories rely on a tension between one’s enthusiasm […]

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Pointless, Degraded Hobbies

So, as happens every four years, I’m obsessed with the presidential election — I”m now trolling political blogs regularly to find out whose ahead of whom or who said what stupid, boring thing that Iowa voters are supposed to care about because each and every one of them is was, like me, born without the […]

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Bury The Chains

Feeling Their Pain Origin myths are as much about the present as they are about the past, which is why they can be so contentious. Is a monkey your great-uncle? Who cares? And nobody would, except that the answer has implications for how we think about ourselves, and for how we run our society. Adam […]

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The Planet That Goes Ho-Hum

So I just read this article by Kiel Fleming, which purports to explain why Calvin and Hobbes is the best strip ever (better than Peanuts, even.) It’s not intended to be a serious or logical argument; the five “reasons” for Fleming lists to support his view are just gags from the strip (Calvin and Hobbes […]

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Chunchu: The Genocide Fiend vol. 1-2

Dark Horse is publishing this Korean mahwa by Kim Sung-Jae and Kim Byung-Jin, and it’s of the more perfunctorily told narratives I’ve come across in a bit. The story purportedly involves twins, one of whom is the rightful emperor and one of whom is a demon spawn of some sort. An ugly jewel icon thing […]

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