REBUS – James Jean retrospective and one of the most beautifully designed art books I own. thick lush pages and stunning red gilded edges.
FRANK IN THE 3RD DIMENSION – I love stereoscopic books so this was a must own.
These are all titles I added or will be adding to my collection in 1st Quarter of 2022!!! And you may want to as well!!
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The best films have a timeless quality to endure, being both time capsule and travelogue, of who we were when the world was young. BLACK ORPHEUS is one of those best films. A seminal fable, brilliantly acted, performed and directed in the always somehow mythic locale of Rio, during the equally mythologized time of Carnival. A great film, that plays as strongly in the 21st century as it did in the 20th. Perhaps even more so, as it is also a time capsule of bonds and community and tradition lost, in the march from there to here. Highly Recommended.
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$40 is of course ridiculous for these relatively bare-bones PARAMOUNT PRESENTS releases (I do not give a darn about uhd/4k, and these early 4K titles will be in hindsight looked at a lot like the early Blu-ray releases. Poor packaging, obnoxious branding, inconsistent mastering and anemic to no special features. Blu-ray has finally, almost 2 decades in, grown into being a top-notch medium, UHD has a long way to go, and arguably lacks the time or audience to get there).
The packaging is nice but the lack of substantive features such as commentaries or interviews or documentaries make these releases nice to have on your bookshelf, but far from worth the retail price. However if you can pick any of these up on sale in the $20ish range (especially the ones that do sport some worthy special features), well now you are talking.
Till next installment… Be Well!
“Softly I called their names. My voice sounded small and muffled, like the cry of a wounded forest animal, and so I called out in a loud voice, “Dr. Warthrop! Sergeant Hawk! Hello! Hello!” My calls seemed to travel no farther than a foot from my mouth, slapped down by the malicious hand of the brooding trees, the syllables smashed to bits by the oppressive atmosphere. I shut my mouth, heart rocketing in my chest, abashed, thinking, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, for I had offended something; my cries were an affront to the malignant animus of the wilderness.
I heard someone speak directly behind me. I turned. Guttural and gurgling with phlegm, Chanler’s voice floated in the frigid air, as ephemeral as the smoke rising from the smoldering brands. Not words belonging to any human tongue, nor mindless blather, more like the gibbering of a toddler mimicking speech, struggling to make concrete the abstract, the thoughts we think before we have words to think them.”
–THE CURSE OF THE WENDIGO
Now having finished revisiting the 2nd book in the series it does not nail the landing. It is a book of two halfs, with the latter half overstaying its welcome and becoming a frustrating experience; largely because of the “He doth protest too much” characterization of the titular character of the Monstrumologist,
The character’s irrational fealty to a somewhat friend, and mind-boggingly bullheaded disbelief, particularly considering his stated profession, just from pillar to post does not ring true.
It becomes like those most annoying haunted house movies, where the husband disbelieves or patronizes his spouse, until the obvious becomes extremely obvious. The 2nd half of the book is a study in frustration, and a growing dislike for the Monstrumologist, because his disbelief is the real engine that is killing innocents, which gives you a book, with no one to root for.
I do think the book is worth a listen, if only for the, at times, elegant and eloquent writing in the first half.
“I nodded — and collapsed anyway. With a howl of rage the doctor yanked me back up, wrapped his free arm around my waist, and pushed forward, Chandler dangling over one shoulder, his recalcitrant ward hanging beneath the other. Thus borne down on one side with the burden he’d chosen and on the other with the one he inherited, Pellinore Warthrop carried on through the desolation.”
That line alone is worth the price of admission.
However as a whole I find it far less satisfying than the first book in the series, and not one that will entice, to revisit in its entirety.
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