Monday, July 28, 2008


The not-even-really-long-enough-to-be-called-a-novella called Walpuski's Typewriter by Frank "Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile", "The Mist" Darabont, was only 108 pages, with the last word being "first". (Heh.)
It was not great, but not horrible either. Apparently he wrote it back when he was in his early twenties. He also states in the foreward that the story is in no way meant to be taken seriously.
It really is just a short story, since I was able to finish the entire thing on one bus trip, but since I was preoccupied with Lord Vishnu's Love Handles, I wanted somethign light and fluffy. Walpuski's Typewriter fit that bill.
Um. Except for the fluffy part. Because it was a pretty dark tale. I mean, it's about a guy who sells his soul to become a famous writer. Something I've considered many a time...

Dinosaur Jr's Beyond was ...all right. Nothing supremely memorable.
Daphne Loves Derby's Good Night, Witness Light was, again, all right. The lead singer sounded to me too much like Billy Corgan (but not in a complimentary way, if that makes sense - I mean, I enjoy Smashing Pumpkins [and smashing pumpkins!] but...yeah.) Neither disc was deemed good enough to save, but neither was bad enough to toss out the window, either.
Dr. Dog's We All Belong, though, has earned a spot in our iTunes library. Hooray! They sound somewhat Beatles-esque, and are just So glad I got them.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was enjoyable, although somewhat forgettable. Steve Martin acting like an imbecile is always a good time.
The Descent was some scary-ass shit. My claustrophobia certainly kicked in during some scenes in that movie, and the Crawlers were adequately frightening. Especially the first few times you see them.
The ending was utter shite, though. (Although I looked it up later and found that the UK version has a longer ending that, while much more bleak, I would've found a lot more satisfying. Especially since it wouldn't have left it open for the crap sequel that is coming out next year...)


Anonymous said...

I misread The Descent as The Departed and I was SO CONFUSED.

Kirk said...

The Descent is just a flat out great movie. I didn't have a problem with the ending. (I too read about the UK ending after I saw it, but I'd have to actually *see* it to know which one I'd prefer.)

Anonymous said...

The Descent kicked so many different flavors of ass. I find it hugely upsetting that a vast # of vocal "horror fans" on the interwebs castigated the movie for being "not scary" or "stupid", yet the Saw franchise keeps trundling along...

My gushing review (with Annika's intro) is still up at Creature-Corner, and even linked to from IMDB!

Anonymous said...

er, that was me. In case anyone wasn't immediately clear from the content.

Anonymous said...

Will: no doubt the same people who think The Exorcist is silly compared to the genuine genius of Scream.

btw, did you see Marshall's latest, what looked like an even-lower-budget Mad Max? It came and went so fast that I can't even remember the title.


Anonymous said...

Neil Marshall's DOOMSDAY, which I haven't seen... really anything in theaters since Sam was born has been pretty much a rarity... the mainstream press mauled DOOMSDAY, a lot of the "genre" (geek) press seemed to sneer at it too- but then a lot of the genre press took offense at The Descent getting such uniformly good reviews from the mainstream so they backlashed... I heard from several people that DOOMSDAY is EXACTLY what you think it is: Escape From New York made by English people, by way of Mad Max, Knightriders, and Rhona Mitra wearing tight leather. Sounds frickin' awesome, if you ask me.