Titanic II (2010 USA)

It sinks again? Maybe vessels this size should not be named Titanic. Just a thought. This was written by Shane Van Dyke – whoever he is. It was also directed by Shane Van Dyke. By a funny coincidence Mr Van Dyke also helps himself to the lead actor’s role as well. I guess he just wanted to keep things real. He’s certainly no James Cameron. And when you consider how mediocre Cameron is then there lies the indictment. Titanic II starts exactly one hundred years after the launch & sinking of the original Titanic in 1912. In 2012 a new luxury cruise liner christened the Titanic II is about to set sail on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic. From silicone breasts to even a toothless black guy, this disaster has nothing going for it. [Read more…]

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The Long Goodbye (Raymond Chandler)

The Long Goodbye is widely considered Raymond Chandler’s swan song to arguably literature’s greatest detective. Often cited as the gold standard in crime fiction, this one snapped up the Edgar Award for best novel in 1955, is listed on countless “best of” compilations, and has influenced a generation of mystery and crime writers. It’s been noted that a few of the characters in the novel were used as a way for Chandler to clear his mind. He used them to express his innermost thoughts on the state of society, his frustrations as a writer and his internal struggle with whether or not he should commit suicide. [Read more…]

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