Gratitude (Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov)

“Think each day of thanking heaven, until you feel that everything that happens to you is for your good. From now on, say ‘Thank you, Lord, thank you, Lord…’ Give thanks for the things you have and for those you do not have, for the things that delight you and for those that make you suffer. In this way you will keep the flame alive within you. It is a law you should be familiar with: nothing can resist gratitude. You will say, ‘But how can anyone give thanks when they are unhappy, ill or poverty-stricken? I’ll never be able to!’

Yes, you can, and this is the greatest secret: even when you are unhappy, try to find a reason to give thanks. If you are poor or ill, give thanks, give thanks, and rejoice when you see others who are rich, in good health and prosperous, and you’ll see… It won’t be long before certain doors open and blessings begin to be showered upon you.”
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I Found This Video To Be Interesting

But some others obviously didn’t and the old “comments are disabled” must have been a response to some unpleasantness. Anyway, the concepts in this clip are a welcome antidote to so much Law of Attraction you must feel intensely positive about it or you must clear out all the negative thought patterns first that can be a right turn off for those of us who are more lazy or lacking in hyper enthusiastic energy. This is much more humble and sobering. Nice.

The Light of Day (Eric Ambler)

Winner of the 1963 Edgar Award for best novel this is an enjoyable crime/espionage vehicle typical of the era: crooks with scruples, the beautiful but unobtainable beauty & the luckless hero in the wrong place at the wrong time. The second half, with its collection of various misfits planning a heist, I found overlong and the stakes not high enough. Its hard to feel that Arthur, our hero, is in any genuine danger either (obviously because the first-person narrative guaranteed that he lived beyond the outcome of the plot) and everything was a little too languorous to be compelling. But the book has aged well even if Arthur’s character hasn’t.  [Read more…]

“If you wanna squeal to the FBI…”

“See these eyes of green…”

Man and Superman (George Bernard Shaw)

A first for this blog, I’m reviewing a play. But not any old play, one of the greatest of all time, penned by one of the greatest playwrights. The central question the play explores is the one that confronts every one of us: what is the most important thing I’m going to spend my life’s energies on, given our temporary time on this earth? In the preface to this play, Shaw said: “This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. The only real tragedy in life is being used by personally minded men for purposes you recognize to be base.[Read more…]

Prison Girls (1972 USA)

A bunch of female inmates get a weekend pass from St Helena prison. These jail birds are supposed to go out into the real world to secure jobs for when they are released. But they prefer tracking down their husbands and boyfriends to get it on. If you don’t mind the stench of some slightly grainy, slightly unclean cinematography on display then you may enjoy one of the greatest ever shower scenes to be put on celluloid. After Norman Bates and Marion Crane’s one of course. Anyway, how can I be rude about a flick that kicks off with a six-way (count em) cat fight? The 94 minutes pass like three hours but I can forgive that. We’re talking broads who are buck nekkid here so obviously this post is NSFW. (Just kidding)
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The Spanish Moss Murders (Kolchak The Night Stalker episode December 6, 1974)

“Pepe?” inquires Kolchak of a street hustler. “Pepe Schmepe, my real name’s Maurice Shapiro…” comes the reply in a deadpan Bronx accent. Its that kind of earthy banter and bullshit that keeps me returning to this classic TV series. Kolchak bites off quite a wad with this bogeyman covered with Spainish Moss. The X FILES would get inspiration from this episode years later. Here, the Cajun Bogeyman is created by a University of Chicago student who is doing a sleep study to free his mind from childhood nightmares. Once again, Kolchak is trying to figure out the unthinkable. How do you kill the product of someone’s dreams? [Read more…]

Lust For A Vampire (1971 United Kingdom)

This has one of the most ludicrous plots ever: a girl’s finishing school is positioned next door to notorious vampire haven, Karnstein Castle, like some heaven sent butcher’s shop. For it to succeed as a sensual erotic horror, Lust For A Vampire required a far more nuanced approach than an inexperienced director like Jimmy Sangster (despite being a talented and prolific writer) was able to give. Sangster’s approach was to ladle on the Gothic silliness in the opening scenes, relying on the frequent female nudity to distract viewers from the script’s sillier aspects. Plus lifting his visual flair from the continental horror directors of that era.
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Phantoms (Dean Koontz)

At the beginning of this novel, the author has added an apology for writing it and I understand why. Phantoms is scary! There is something so extraordinarily powerful, capable of wiping out a whole town, capable of being everywhere at once, something omnipresent and omnipotent…and yet I had no clue what it was for a good chunk of the book. But I was aware that everyone in that town pretty much got their asses kicked (and worse), and I thanked my lucky stars that I wasn’t there with them. But I won’t give away any major plot spoilers. [Read more…]

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