A Year of Zombie Fear

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When I was little, my nerves were unshakable.  I read and watched anything that was scary and age-appropriate (and quite a few things that weren't).  Goosebumps?  Had it covered.  Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark?  Sure thing.  I wrote short stories that were likely ripped off from inspired by the Poe and Bradbury I was reading and the episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? I was watching.  The only time I can remember being scared by something I read was the topiary scene from The Shining.  I … [Read more...]

World of Rodriguez: 10 Minutes in School

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So it's 2am on Black Friday, 2010, and I'm hanging out at the Wal-Mart with a couple of my family members. I'm there for the long haul, waiting for 5am, so my mother can get a TV that's not from 1992 (though I must say, there was nothing wrong with that TV and in fact it's outlived other, younger models).  Needless to say, I had a lot of time to peruse the rest of the store, including periodic checks in the DVD section to see what two-dollar goodies they were hauling out this hour. I almost … [Read more...]

Machete: Stepping Into the Larger World of Rodriguez

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I saw Machete on opening night - and I loved it, just as I expected I would.  There's an extra layer of fun in this movie, however, that only Rodriguez fans will enjoy; the people, music, and even props that make it, unmistakably, a Rodriguez film.  You can be in on the joke, too!  All it takes is a little movie-watching. See, Robert Rodriguez - one of the writers and directors on Machete - started out as a small, indie filmmaker.   To save money, he became adept at all stages of … [Read more...]