November 26, 2022: The Horror Marathon continues with Run Sweetheart Run, Barbarian, the Menu and Black Thunder!

Run Sweetheart Run (2020) After what seems to be an innocent date, Cherie now faces a night of terror when her date hunts her down and tries to kill her. She now must run for her life throughout the city and escape his grasp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtoU_eAc1No My thoughts: Ponderous, predictable, and pedantic, this movie delivers its…

November 25, 2022: Your Handy Guide to Weird Yokai!

The ugly, hairy, unkempt Nigawara is the horned manifestation of insincere laughter and forced amusement, usually found in board meetings or company picnics where bosses are at their most "hilarious". The Hajikkaki are said to be the spirits of individuals who died of embarrassment. They are so shy that they live underground and should you…

November 24, 2022: A Dark Matter update of sorts!

Had a chat with Jay Firestone (President of Prodigy Pictures) about Dark Matter the other day.  The show has moved off Netflix and over to CW Seed which has the potential to be a very good thing - provided enough viewers check it out.  In an unlikely best case scenario, the show gets so many…

November 22, 2022: Further Horrors to Contemplate!

Allegoria (2021) A group of artists' lives become unwittingly entangled as their obsessions and insecurities manifest monsters, demons, and death. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rr7HDOylxZU&t=17s My thoughts: A collection of horror vignettes that skips over character, exposition, and plot and goes straight for the scares - and some surprising reflections on the nature of art. 3/5 A Dark Song…

November 21, 2022: Your Handy Guide to Weird Yokai!

When a bear reaches a certain age, it may turn into a Onikuma, a "demon bear". Possessed of increased strength and the ability to walk upright, it may stroll onto farms and make off with cows and horses that it will bring back up to its home in the mountains for later snacking. *** A…

November 19, 2022: Under the Weather!

It started yesterday afternoon with a little nausea, a little fatigue.  My muscles were sore and I dismissed the symptoms as the result of having had to wake up in the middle of the night the previous night to deal with a Suji bathroom emergency.  That and my wife's insistence on doing these Japanese posture…

November 18, 2022: With Special Guest Star Anthony Lemke!

A few days ago, actor Anthony Lemke (Dark Matter's THREE) reached out to me via text.  He's been in town shooting Hardy Boys and wanted to get together for dinner.  I was , of course, delighted at the suggestion and asked him what he felt like eating figuring I could choose from myriad restaurants that…

November 17, 2022: The Horror Marathon continues with Byzantium, The Lighthouse, Ankle Biters and Gummy-based Roast Beef Sauce!

Byzantium (2012) Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEAGYNhAlSQ My thoughts: An elegant, at times lethargic vampire film that doesn’t really add much to the genre but does look undeniably beautiful not doing it. 3/5 The…

November 15, 2022: Things on my plate! And goodies from the Stargate vault!

Added a couple of new projects to the rotation including a small town thriller that may or may not pan out but is all sorts of interesting.  Offered my take on the material and am now awaiting word.  In the meantime, delivered the first draft of that android murder master and have switched gears to…

November 14, 2022: Your Handy Guide to Weird Yokai!

You spot a figure lurking behind your shoji, but when you slide open the door, there is no one there. Chances are you have just encountered a Kage Onna (Shadow Woman) and that your house may be haunted.  Art by @matthewmeyerart  The Iso Onna appears as a beautiful woman with long dark hair, usually found…

November 12, 2022: White Truffle Supper Club!

Last night, I attended the White Truffle Supper Club dinner overseen by Chef Massimo Bruno.  I was tipped off by my foodie friend Natalie and, in turn, tipped off my food friend Dr. Blackjack.  The three of us, along with Natalie's father, enjoyed an evening of truffle-themed plates... The home made focaccia (not pictured).  Akemi…