Hill House vs Hill House

The 1959 Shirley Jackson Gothic horror novel, The Haunting of Hill House, has spawned two  Hollywood movies, a radio adaption, numerous parodies and copycats, and has influenced novelists and film writers for decades. Most recently, it’s been made into a TV series by Netflix which, after I heard from so many people how great it …

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Cultural evolution produces hot garbage

Evolution is not a ladder. Even the tree metaphor is flawed because it gives the faulty impression of 'progress' upward. Evolution is only change in whatever direction leads to the most reproduction. Cultural evolution is the idea that our ideas and way of life evolves generation to generation much the way an organism does, based …

Happy Death Day

In the style of Groundhog Day, or more recently Edge of Tomorrow, Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is a college student living the same day over and over. Except she keeps getting murdered. I never know what to expect from movies anymore, but I usually default toward expecting them to be dumb. This one was less …

A slow burning fuse

I'm still reading  The Peregrine , and it is taking me a while. It is such beautiful writing but with no conflict, it is easy to set it down. But I always come back eventually, for the beautiful writing. It's like an expensive box of rare chocolate, you have one now and then and savor …

Annihilation movie

Have you seen this trailer? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufaDurSCKOk I'm excited mostly by the 'writer and director of Ex Machina' which is one of the few good sci fi movies to come out in years. The concept and ambiance of this novel (Annihilation (The Southern Reach Trilogy)) was very creepy, weird, and interesting, and if they can translate …

Enduring stories

I just got some tickets to see The Princess Bride in my local theater for its 30th anniversary, and it has me wondering, what makes some stories stick around and stay loved over the years, and others fade away to nothing? It's definitely not the 'graphics' or 'effects'... yet this is what hollywood spends 90% of …

The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith

The Talented Mr. Ripley did not end the way I expected, though, if I'd noticed that it was part of a series maybe I would have guessed. I really enjoyed this book. The protagonist, Tom, is a disgusting creature, but consistently interesting. He, like any good villain, does not realize what he's doing is wrong, …