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Her (2013)

The No-Name Movie Blog

The most incredible thing about Her is that it feels so inevitable and so unremarkable. The story of a man who begins to develop a relationship with a new, intelligent and learning operating system, Her is science fiction that goes out of its way to sidestep all of major beats a story about AI typically has. They aren’t really persecuted (though sometimes misunderstood), there’s no point where the humans try to destroy what they’ve made, and there’s no moment where the AI’s try to destroy their creators. In fact, the movie is almost completely free of traditional conflict, instead believing in the power of two beings with vastly different trajectories coming into contact and what that does to both of them.

And that’s where the true magic of Her lies. In eschewing the typical directions this story goes in in mainstream storytelling, instead what we witness is a quiet rumination…

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Gloria (2013)

The No-Name Movie Blog

This Chilean finding-herself slice of life comedy is one of those small, quiet movies that should be way more popular than it undoubtedly is going to be. It’s a movie about someone living in a desperate place in life trying to find any sort of meaningful connection to others to justify all the rest of it. That’s all of us all the time everywhere, but in this instance it’s Gloria, a middle-aged woman who likes dancing and her adult children and men despite the fact the latter two don’t particularly seem to know what to do with her and her general insular verve.

There’s a melancholy over the film, a sense of frustration that this is what life has lead her to in its last third, a sense of opportunities long past and a thousand roads not traveled but whose markers still stand on the edges of her vision. The…

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90 sites to advertise your book

James Calbraith

kindleAs far as I’m aware, this is the most comprehensive list of book promo sites anywhere on the internet. The list was compiled from various online sources, most notably – Rachelle’s Window (go there and thank her! 🙂 she also lists Alexa rankings for the sites) and my own research. As of posting this on August 10th 2014, all the links below are working. Note that I can’t guarantee that the sites themselves are still working, that the forms lead anywhere, or that you will actually get anything for your money.

Majority of these sites advertise books when they’re free, as part of KDP Select or Smashword promo. If you want to promote a paid book, you usually need to pay extra.

If you think I’m missing something, let me know in the comments.

As always, you can express your gratitude by purchasing one of my books 🙂


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Rest Rowdily, Roddy Piper

Being an American kid in the 80s I was fortunate enough to believe in Santa Claus longer than I believed in Ronald Reagan. So, even back then, it came as no surprise when director John Carpenter said of his B classic They Live–a movie literally about a man who, when he puts on a special pair of sunglasses, can see the truth that underneath the skin of yuppies lies a hideous race of aliens taking over the world David Jacobs-style –it’s about republicans. Continue reading “Rest Rowdily, Roddy Piper”

Rutger Hauer – Ten Minute Film Class

The subtitles are hit-or-miss but the lesson is solid. For anyone out there looking to make an el cheapo flick with little knowledge of the essentials, start here:

Adapting book characters to films: talking to Christopher Priest and Michael Marshall Smith

Richard Kunzmann's Blog

Prestige 2006 It was over lunch at Si Italy in Hastings that I asked Christopher Priest about the film adaptation of his book, the Prestige. He’d spend a significant amount of time researching the lives of stage magicians and learning how their tricks were done, and so I thought a lot must have been at stake for him when the film was made, creatively speaking.

“It was so strange watching the film, I later wrote a book on the experience,” Chris reflects. “Some of the scenes were great, others a bit disappointing; like, why would Scarlet Johansson’s character give Angier (Hugh Jackman) Borden’s (played by Christian Bale) diary, if she’s fallen in love with Borden and knows what’s going to be done with the diary? And the ending, it was nothing like the book and rather weak.”

Scarlett Johansson aScarlett Johansson

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B Greats You Might Have Missed: Week Three

I’m surprised whenever I encounter Bruce Campbell fans who have not heard of My Name Is Bruce. Bubba Ho-Tep? Sure, Bubba Ho-Tep!–Who hasn’t seen that one? But somehow that’s where his filmography ends for them.

If you are one of the unfortunate encountered who have not seen My Name Is Bruce, it is the spiritual successor to the Evil Dead trilogy that is so low budget, it’s clear that Bruce just walked off the set of Burn Notice in costume and makeup and went to work on this. And by “walked off the set,” I mean went home at the end of the day. If I remember correctly, most of this film was shot on his property. And by “film” we all know I mean “video.” Continue reading “B Greats You Might Have Missed: Week Three”

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

Four new ones! Like a quadruple bill!

Say cheese!

Hello amigos! It’s been a while but now I’m back to satisfy the sewerbourgeoisie. You know, back in the seventies and eighties, it was common for cinema owners to do a double bill feature. A movie of lesser quality followed by the A one.

But the sleazy theatre owners of 42nd street in New York had a better idea; let’s put two bad flicks on the bill!

Eventually, all they showed was bad stuff…and porn. But porn’s not bad, right guys? girls?

Anyway, in anology to that, here’s not a double, but a quadruple review of yours truly! And they are short and badly written, just how I like my movies. Enjoy!

I drink your blood (1970 – David E durston)
Well, let me start by saying that nobody drinks anyone’s blood in this little gem. Durston originally entitled the film “Phobia” – however the distributors felt the film…

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