Thursday, August 30, 2012

Watch this now: 163 horror movies in 2 1/2 minutes

Check it out - a fantastic tribute to horror films, not just for its quality in presentation but the range of the films showcased. Excellent work!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Take one down, pass it around

I'm doing an edit of my two-part suspense series, Ashes and Reckoning, for publication. 4 chapters down. 70 to go. Oy vey. Better load up on caffeinated beverages.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Review: War of the Gargantuas

My review of the kaiju classic War of the Gargantuas is up at Horrorview.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The NerdGirl's Guide to Cinema - The list so far

Don't believe I've mentioned it yet, but my next project is one I've been considering for a while.

As most of you know, it's a toss-up as to what I get nerdier about: books or movies. Well, now there's a way to combine those loves into one project: a book of movie reviews, tentatively titled The NerdGirl's Guide to Cinema.

I've always loved movie review books, most notably Danny Peary's Guide for the Film Fanatic (which I read so many times it's falling to pieces) and his Cult Movies books. While I didn't always agree with his opinions, I respected his writing and his love for all movies, regardless of genre.

What I'm hoping to do with this book is give my thoughts on various movies, from the early influences that warped my psyche in my formative years and made me what I am today, to things I watched out of curiosity, fandom, or just plain geekiness. It will encompass nearly every genre, from horror and sci-fi to dramas and beyond, with even a musical or a romantic comedy thrown in here or there. My nerditry is broad but not deep, and likewise I want this book to reflect the many movies and genres that have piqued my interest over the years.

There are still many, many reviews to come, but here are the reviews I have in the can so far:

  • 300
  • 42nd Street Forever Volume 2: The Deuce
  • 42nd Street Forever Volume 3: Exploitation Explosion
  • 42nd Street Forever Part 4: Cooled by Refrigeration
  • 42nd Street Forever Volume 5: The Alamo Drafthouse Edition
  • Altered States
  • American History X
  • A*P*E
  • The Arena
  • The Avengers
  • The Bad Seed
  • Bad Taste
  • Beyond the Door
  • The Big Red One
  • The Black Dahlia
  • Black Sheep
  • The Blob (1988)
  • A Boy and His Dog
  • Burn After Reading
  • Carrie
  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • A Christmas Carol (1984)
  • Conan the Barbarian (1982)
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
  • Countess Dracula
  • Damien: Omen 2
  • Day of the Animals
  • Daybreakers
  • Death Bed: The Bed That Eats
  • Death Race 2000
  • Deception
  • Demoniacs
  • Devil’s Advocate
  • The Devils
  • District B13
  • Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
  • Edison Force
  • Equinox
  • Event Horizon
  • Fair Game (1988)
  • Fight Club
  • The Final Conflict
  • Firefly: The Complete Series
  • Flesh + Blood
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet
  • Freaks
  • Frogs
  • Galaxy of Terror
  • The Gates of Hell
  • Godzilla Vs. Hedorah
  • Gothic
  • Grindhouse
  • Gymkata
  • The Hand
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
  • Hell of the Living Dead
  • High Anxiety
  • The Hills Have Eyes
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Ironclad
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Jaws
  • Kill the Irishman
  • King Kong (2005)
  • Kingdom of the Spiders
  • L. A. Confidential
  • Lair of the White Worm
  • Laserblast
  • The Legacy
  • Lost Highway
  • Macbeth
  • Mad Monster Party
  • Marathon Man
  • Marnie
  • Massacre in Dinosaur Valley
  • Matango
  • Meet the Feebles
  • Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus
  • Mortal Kombat
  • National Lampoon’s Animal House
  • The Naked Prey
  • The Negotiator
  • Night of the Lepus
  • Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor)
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Ninth Configuration
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Nude for Satan
  • The Omen
  • Performance
  • Phantom of the Paradise
  • Phase IV
  • Pink Floyd The Wall
  • Piranha 3D
  • Poseidon
  • Possession
  • Prophecy
  • Psychomania
  • Rain of Fire
  • The Reaping
  • Red Sonja
  • The Reflecting Skin
  • Repulsion
  • Requiem for a Vampire
  • Romeo is Bleeding
  • Seconds
  • The Sentinel
  • The Serpent and the Rainbow
  • Shark Attack 3: Megalodon
  • Shoot 'Em Up
  • The Silent Scream
  • Slugs
  • Snakes on a Plane
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Sorcerer
  • Stanley
  • Street Kings
  • Suddenly, Last Summer
  • Super
  • Superman Returns
  • Surviving the Game
  • Suspiria
  • Tales from the Crypt
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
  • Tideland
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • Tron
  • Tron: Legacy
  • Under Siege
  • The Unseen
  • Valhalla Rising
  • The Valley of Gwangi
  • WALL-E
  • What Have You Done to Solange?
  • Whisper
  • White Noise 2: The Light
  • Wizards
  • Wolfen
  • Zabriskie Point

Feel free to offer any suggestions for movies to watch and review!

Monday, August 13, 2012

This says it all

A quote I found that sums up perfectly my approach to stories and characters:

"Drop a stone in the still pool of your character’s life and watch the ripples." - Jeff Gerke

Sunday, August 5, 2012

I can't decide...

Which is more awesome: The Lego Serenity or the Lego Barad-Dur?

I'm in awe here. I'm lucky if I can build a car out of Legos, let alone these amazing things.