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“It had been a long time since I’d had any trouble sleeping. Probably Vietnam, and that was gunfire that kept me awake. I’ve never been an insomniac. You might think killing people for a living would give you restless nights. Truth is, those that go into that business simply aren’t the kind who are bothered by it much.”
A MATTER OF PRINCIPAL by Max Allan Collins from THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF PULP FICTION
“A warm rain misted down on a small boy standing motionless in the tall, yellow grass. Although he enjoyed the sensation of rain on his skin, the boy’s expession remained solemn–too solemn for a child who had seen only five rains wash through the Tamburure. His height and breadth would have been envied by a boy of seven rains’ passing.”
IMARO (Vol 1 of an absolutely essential 2 volume set put out by Night Shade Books) by Charles Saunders
“I knew Nathan would believe me when I told him that there were ghosts down there. what I didn’t know is just how keen he’d be to meet them.”
THE EMPTY ROOM by Tim Lebbon from AS THE SUN GOES DOWN
UNDER CONSTRUCTION — come back this evening for finished article
And the interior sporting a primary story by the superb Robert Kanigher and sublime Russ Heath, lives up to the promise of Kubert’s cover. Included Letter’s pages sing the praises of issue #244, and the issue sports two more older stories, that are quick but enjoyable reads.
This was the height of comic book story telling in 1972, and while this genre of comics, the combat comic, quickly became overshadowed by the superhero boom, it grows every year, these books, and this storytelling, more inviolate.
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Our Army at War #248 is an issue of the series Our Army at War (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 1972.
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So I was very excited when I heard a MCU film was in the works. However, I have to say the trailer has killed most of my excitement.
Now I’m not one of those fans who ignorantly wants the films to mirror the comics, I understand they are different mediums for different audiences and what works in one medium may not work effectively in another medium.
So I don’t mind change in a film, as long as the filmmaker believes that change strengthens the film. Marvel under the stewardship of Feige and his talented Directors and Writers and Actors has been incredibly successful in creating cinematic versions of comic source material that for my money is SUPERIOR to the source material.
From the trailer to the films, Marvel has in nearly two dozen films been, for me, mostly a home-run machine.
I have to say… just based on the trailer for SHANG CHI, it looks much like the SNAKE EYES movie to me, just boring and uninteresting. There is not a single thing in the trailer I find captivating or compelling, or interests me in anyway to want to pay to see this movie.
Now this is the trailer, I am quite aware that the film itself could be great. However based just on the trailer… I will wait for the reviews to come out. But based just on this trailer… this is a hard pass.
My second most uninteresting trailer of 2021 is a film that Marvel is actually singing the praises of, THE ETERNALS. Feige, who has proven he has an eye for talent and what works, is effusive in his praise for the upcoming THE ETERNALS and their Director.
Based just on the trailer… I just don’t see it. The trailer looks bland and uninteresting, which is an even worse sin than it looking just dreadful.
So those are currently my worst movie trailers of 2021 SNAKE EYES, SHANG-CHI and THE ETERNALS.
Streaming TV Guide For Week 28 of 2021 : Triumphs and Disappointments
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI (2021)
DUEL (1971) – I rented this on Amazon, because after watching the disappointing UNHINGED I wanted to watch a good road rage movie. This is agreat movie, and I will be buying the Blu-ray.
THE MYSTERY OF A HANSOM CAB
UNHINGED (2020) – Starts good, loses it’s way in the 3rd act where it decides to become HOME ALONE meets TERMINATOR. Loses all interest that the build up generated by the irrational actions of the heroine. And yes I get these movies are all about suspension of disbelief, but that suspension has to be in context to the rules of the universe the film sets up. And this film just disregards its own buildup. “No lets not drive to a police station when pursued by a maniac, but rather lead him to an empty deserted house and play hide and seek with him. Yeah, that makes sense.” Moronic. It is this kind of fantastical, not grounded in reality or by consequences thinking that is at the heart of road rage, not the solution to it. In the real world that lack of thinking would have gotten her and hers killed.
“Do you like orchids?”
“Nasty things. Their flesh is too much like the flesh of men, Their perfume has the rotten sweetness of corruption.”
—From Drector Howard Hawks’ noirish paradigmatic film, an essentional framework of noir, 1946’s THE BIG SLEEP starring the first pairing of the immortals, Bogart and Bacall.
It was a film that was so convoluted that not even the screenwriter or director were able to tie up all the knots. However despite this, the power of the performances, direction, and charisma of the leads carries it over any lapses of plot.
Their on screen sparks, the 20 year old Bacall and the married 45 year old Bogart [they filmed THE BIG SLEEP in 1944 but it was not released until 1946], mirrored their off-screen sparks. They would be married three months after filming wrapped, and it would cement a love affair that would transcend both their lives.
One of the must watch films of the 20th century.
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