where were the hoary hosts of hoggoth? (a review of dr. strange)

I FI­NALLY SAW DR. STRANGE! I say "fi­nally" as I am one of the dy­ing breed of guys who bought and col­lected Mar­vel comic books in the '60s as the magic was hap­pen­ing. (And by the Hoary Hosts of Hog­goth, face facts: it was al­most ex­clu­sively guys who read su­per­hero comics at the time.) And Dr. Strange was al­ways one of my fav­er­avest ti­tles! As I am not a movie re­viewer, I didn't sit through a "spe­cial screen­ing." We bought our over­priced tick­ets for a Fri­day mat­inée ($9 each, and that's with a se­nior dis­count!) and bought our own pop­corn.… Con­tinue Read­ing where were the hoary hosts of hog­goth? (a re­view of dr. strange)

we are each of us a fading gigolo or fading gigolette

BLOCK­BUSTER VIDEO OPENED its first stores in the 1980s, rent­ing movies as both Beta and VHS cas­sette tapes. Stan­dard pro­ce­dure then was to re­move the cas­sette from the orig­i­nal card­board box and in­sert the tape into a black plas­tic box. Block­buster then wrapped their own cov­ers around the box: the com­pany name was on the front, the movie ti­tle on the spine, and a brief syn­op­sis of the movie on the back. When Block­buster moved into my neigh­bor­hood, they ef­fec­tively put out of busi­ness all the mom-and-pop video stores in the area. Con­se­quently, I did all my busi­ness at Blockbuster—it was right across the… Con­tinue Read­ing we are each of us a fad­ing gigolo or fad­ing gigo­lette

phaw! on rambaldi and the unwatchable finale of "alias"

ALIAS. A super-spy/CIA ad­ven­ture se­ries for ABC that ran five sea­sons (2001−2006) and was nom­i­nated for more than sev­enty awards—al­though not a sin­gle im­por­tant nom­i­na­tion was made for the fi­nal sea­son. ALIAS made Jen­nifer Gar­ner a star, for which we should all be grate­ful. The first few sea­sons were loads of fun with good scripts, good char­ac­ters, and good act­ing. Berni and I en­joyed these shows im­mensely. If you haven't watched the se­ries, stop read­ing. If you have watched the com­plete se­ries, per­haps you un­der­stand. The fifth and fi­nal sea­son has been painful to sit through. The events in the… Con­tinue Read­ing phaw! on ram­baldi and the un­watch­able fi­nale of "alias"

sometimes 'alias' ain't no alias at all

I LOGGED INTO MY KCLS AC­COUNT and in the Search field typed “alias.” I wanted to place a hold on the fourth and fifth sea­sons of the ABC tele­vi­sion se­ries Alias from ear­lier in this cen­tury, star­ring Jen­nifer Gar­ner. Aside from the five DVDs for the se­ries and per­haps a few books about the show, I wasn't ex­pect­ing a large amount of en­tries un­der that word. Hah! There were more than 250 en­tries for 'alias.' But be­fore I con­tinue, first there is Alias the se­ries. Berni and I are Jen­nifer Gar­ner fans—we've ac­tu­ally seen But­ter (twice!) and rave about it to… Con­tinue Read­ing some­times 'alias' ain't no alias at all

a note on the late great david bowie

MY TRIB­UTE TO DAVID BOWIE was an ac­count of how and when I was trans­formed from a Bowie-hater to a Bowie-lover in 1975. I ti­tled it "Just How Did David Bowie Af­fect Your Con­scious­ness" and posted it on my Rather Rare Records site last week. It had taken a few days to write it, as I was un­pre­pared for Bowie's pass­ing. I should have added this note here when I pub­lished it last week so that read­ers of this site would know of it. Click on over and give it a read and ac­cept my apolo­gies for be­ing late . . . FEA­TURED IM­AGE: The photo… Con­tinue Read­ing a note on the late great david bowie

changing the tower light bulb (it's too late, baby)

WAY BACK IN PRE-REAGAN AMER­ICA, back in the '60s when the wealthy and the cor­po­ra­tions still paid some­thing re­sem­bling a rea­son­able tax rate, many (white) high schools in these here United States had a Guid­ance Coun­selor. This person's job was to as­sist ju­niors and se­niors in rec­og­niz­ing and un­der­stand­ing their in­ter­ests and skills and guide them to­wards courses that might help them to­wards re­al­iz­ing the goal of a re­ward­ing ca­reer. One of the ways they did this was to give us an "ap­ti­tude test" (per­haps this was some­thing more for­mal and should be cap­i­tal­ized as Ap­ti­tude Test), which was a bat­tery of… Con­tinue Read­ing chang­ing the tower light bulb (it's too late, baby)

the slaughter of our wolves (a little less action, a little more conversation)

SOME­WHERE TO THE EAST­WARD A WOLF HOWLED; lightly, ques­tion­ingly. I knew the voice, for I had heard it many times be­fore. It was George, sound­ing the waste­land for an echo from the miss­ing mem­bers of his fam­ily. But for me it was a voice which spoke of the lost world which once was ours be­fore we chose the alien role; a world which I had glimpsed and al­most en­tered, only to be ex­cluded, at the end, by my own self.” 1 The quote above is from Far­ley Mowatt's 1963 book Never Cry Wolf, a fic­tion­al­ized ac­count of his ex­pe­ri­ences… Con­tinue Read­ing the slaugh­ter of our wolves (a lit­tle less ac­tion, a lit­tle more con­ver­sa­tion)