The Mummy (Anne Rice)

The_Mummy_coverRice started writing paranormal romance before it was in style. The Mummy has the perfect mix of tragedy, romance, history and emotion that she pulls off so well, without any extra flab added to the story. Compared to her other novels, The Mummy is incredibly short, with my version only being 398 pages. They fly by at the speed of sound. Maybe I’m a bit biased because I’ve always loved ancient Egypt and have been fascinated by Ramses the Great. [Read more…]

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Revolution In The Head (Ian MacDonald)

beatles“Unfortunately [MacDonald] is no longer with us. He died, and so I don’t want to put him down. But while he was around I must say, I would dip into that book and think, “See now, what’s he got to say about this song?” And he’d go, “This is McCartney’s answer to– ” and I’d go, “No, it wasn’t!” It was just, I just wrote a song.” So said Paul McCartney about this author’s often strange viewpoints. I agree. Most of it is contrived and imposes meanings and contexts on to the Beatles’ music even in the cases when there clearly wasn’t any.
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Family Guy (USA 1999 – till the end of the world )

family-guy-690% of the jokes in “Family Guy” fall into one of 3 categories: 1) Jokes making fun of pop culture (especially old TV shows and celebrities) 2) Gags that run so long that they become absurd 3) Flashbacks, most of the time introduced with “This is more ___ than that time I ___” There are plenty of people who don’t buy it, but I like it despite having to take breaks when I don’t watch it for six months at a time. It does pander to the crowd of let’s hurl a hundred cruel jokes at the dartboard. They have to hit something! They do but it is usually at the expense of character and cohesiveness that other shows have and Family Guy sorely lacks. [Read more…]

The Face Of Fu Manchu (1965 UK/West Germany)

films-1965-the-face-of-fu-manchuThis motion picture exists in a weird 1920s/1960s hybrid. The male fashions and the cars suggest the 20s, but the women are pure 60s. There is enough mystery and action to keep things from slowing down too much, though the film does drag in parts. Fu’s plot is evil enough to propel things, with murdered villagers and a drowned woman to add a bit of grisly horror. But this film didn’t have the budget to portray the horrors of the books. [Read more…]

Steve McQueen – Tales Of A Lurid Life (Darwin Porter)

Darwin PorterSo Steve was a Queen. According to notorious biographer, Darwin Porter. There is more gay sex contained in these pages than even George Michael could handle. I needed asbestos gloves to protect myself from the social diseases leaping off the text. The author is one sick bastard. He lives with cats in a New York city apartment. Of course he would. It’s ridiculous semi-fiction, with personal conversations somehow “recorded” and enough smutty talk to fill a swamp. I was laughing every other paragraph or so from the way this writer lays out each scene for us. This is like two schoolgirls gossiping behind the bike sheds. Man, this dude Porter must have been a very busy fly on many walls. Where is a swat when you need one?!
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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (Jules Verne)

jules verneLord, would I love my own private Nautilus. (Sigh) Maybe next Christmas…Captain Nemo is every bit as deep and unfathomable as the oceans he commands. Of course, submarines are something which we tend to take for granted nowadays, but the atmosphere Jules Verne weaves had me just as mesmerized as the professor, when he’s shown around the Nautilus for the first time. I would recommend buying a suitably edited version for pre-teens and would recommend the original for adults, who will get more out of the complex central character, while enjoying a good adventure story. Just don’t expect a fast pace. It takes its time.
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The Night Strangler (1973 USA)

nightstranglercsGet this straight, dear reader. No carnival or hooplah tactics will be tolerated in this review. This isn’t Funtown USA. I have standards here at highteadreams. I will mind my Ps and Qs with this post, Mr Crossbinder. I will hue precisely to the mark. Or I will be banished to Puyallup to live out the rest of my days as a daffodil. Failure to live up to this may result in yours truly going schizoid. He will be wearing robes and a crown soon! Fans of this Kolchak classic will recognize some of the preceding phrases as dialogue from The Night Strangler. [Read more…]

Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia (1974 Mexico/USA)

alfredogarcia4-1600x900-c-defaultIf you haven’t bought this in some format then you can never really call yourself a man. Or a woman. Or a loser. I mean, where was this artistically heading for director Sam Peckinpah? Maybe he was just trying to keep a head of his time. It’s as if Peckinpah had been on an IV drip of morphine for so long that he gave up trying to peer through the lens or follow events. He just told Warren Oates to wing it. And like all the great ones, the actor did it on the fly. [Read more…]

Carry On But Don’t Lose Your Head (1966 UK)

carry on but“Infamy, infamy – they’ve all got it in for me!” Screenwriter Talbot Rothwell was at his best when indulging his fondness for historical burlesque. Sumptuously mounted (ooh er) on various high-blown locations, including Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire – the former home of the Rothschilds, this is a beautifully produced and acted film. A ribald parody of the French Revolution encompassing everything from silly character names (Camembert is the local “big cheese,” aided and abetted by the gormless Citizen Bidet, while the Black Fingernail conceals his true identity under the foppish pseudonym of Sir Rodney Ffing – “with two small F’s!”). This reviewer also has two small f’s in his name but let’s move on…
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Total Recall (2012 USA)

TotalRecallTotal Write-Off would have been a better title. And it was too soon. Maybe twenty two years too soon. What’s so sad for me is that the name of Philip K. Dick is associated with this. I’m pretty sure that if the great man were alive today his lawyers would have made sure that his name was not associated with this film in any way, shape or form whatsoever. This embarrassing effort, with its overbearing music, falls apart if you merely glance at it once. [Read more…]

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