Wednesday, 13 March 2019

M4 Death Trip #6: Apostle

It's been a pretty thin couple months for my writing, what with a whole bunch of streses, an illness and all sorts of other distractions, but I'm back on the horse again, and here is a new episode of the M4 Death Trip, in which my partner in horror Jon Dear and I discuss Gareth Evans' Netflix Original Apostle, in which Dan Stevens grits his teeth a lot and has eyes that have seen things. 

Friday, 8 March 2019

Ninja Postman

(Until very recently, this was, I honestly thought, the thing the most people would remember me for)

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Rebecca and the King of All Snails

(Reposting. This was written some years ago as a birthday gift for my friend Rebecca Lowe.)

Thursday, 7 February 2019

On a Thousand Walls #16: Gremlins (1984)

(This is part of the “small town America” strand of On a Thousand Walls, where I pair it with David Lynch's Blue Velvet, because of course I do. Spoilers as ever, but seriously, I sort of naturally assume that if you're a certain age, you've seen Joe Dante's best and most successful movie. Having said that, I discovered that my Beloved has never seen it, so of course I had better say that there are spoilers.)

When Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel originally reviewed Gremlins, Ebert described the film as a haunting. It haunted the portrayal of Small Town America, he said, to which Siskel replied, “It's like a Norman Rockwell painting, where there's blood on the turkey.” And that's pretty insightful because Gremlins is, for all of its eighties wackiness, a haunted film, one that engages with the history of the Cinematic American Town, and its subset, the Small Town Christmas Movie; issues of class and economic injustice are raised and not solved; post-war urban myths pepper the whole thing.


In memoriam: sian pearl, d. 2016.