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March Movie Madness: The Omega Man: Not Quite Bad Enough To Smash With A Hammer by Chris Duryea #MarchMovieMadness #Movies #OmegaMan @chduryea

This is a FANTASTIC analysis of one of my favorite movies of all time! Right on!

Author Jennifer Allis Provost

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A prominent film producer was once asked: “Why is that Hollywood manages to make so many bad movies?” The producer laughed and said: “You’re asking the wrong question. What you should be asking is, given the way Hollywood actually functions, why are any good movies made at all?”

It’s true: there’s a boatload of bad movies out there–arguably more bad than good. And this is actually kind of cool. So many “favorite movie” lists are numbingly lockstep from person to person. Variations on the same old parade of perennial classics that all of us have seen and most of us have tired of. But when you ask someone about their favorite bad movies… that is a totally different story. You get a kaleidoscope of titles as individual as fingerprints. Favorite bad movie lists are something of…

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March Movie Madness: Jaws 3-D by Kristi Peterson Schoonover #MarchMovieMadness #movies #sharks #3D @KPSchoonover

#4 in the March Movie Madness series (kinda cool…the #4 in the Shinto religion is a symbol of death)…JAWS 3-D!!

Author Jennifer Allis Provost

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1983’s Jaws 3-D—one in a brief spate of super-hyped early ’80s 3D films—is considered the joke of the franchise, even though it was #1 at the box office[1] and got its own prop exhibit at SeaWorld Orlando (then called Sea World of Florida)[2], where it was filmed. There are still, however, some neat things that make 3-D eligible for at least a one-time watch.

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In 1964, the founders of SeaWorld San Diego (then called just Sea World) abandoned plans for an underwater restaurant because it “wasn’t feasible.”[3] In 1980, the Shark Encounter, an under-the-surface walk-through, was on Sea World of Florida’s maps; in October of 1983—four months after Jaws3-D’s theatrical release–Epcot’s Living Seas, which featured the aquarium-facing Coral Reef Restaurant, broke ground.  While this new technology “wowed,”…

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March Movie Madness: WHAT ON GOD’S GREEN EARTH WENT WRONG? #MarchMovieMadness #movies #GreenLantern #RyanReynolds #RemyFlagg #News #comics

It’s Episode 3! Yes, people, I’m still working on my entry. If Jennifer Allis Provost runs out of space by the time it’s done, I’ll run it here on my blog. Although…I’m hoping to get this baby out the door today.

Author Jennifer Allis Provost

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This post originally appeared here: http://remyflagg.com/what-on-gods-green-earth-went-wrong/

green-lantern-movie-poster-banner-corps-mtv-branded-600x269Relationship: We know my affinity for Marvel, but if DC has produced anything to rival my dedication to mutants, its Green Lantern. Contained in a tiny object, a man is given ring with the ability to create anything he can imagine, and only his willpower can sustain these creations. My knowledge of the mythos is scarce, but the many incarnations of this protector of the sector has captivated me.

Ryan Reynolds however, did not.

Review: I am glad I watched this movie again. The ratings decimated any hope of this becoming a franchise opener, but I may actually defend Ryan Reynolds. From Wolverine to Green Lantern, I thought Reynolds would be the actor to kill any superhero movie. His halfwit humor, bad puns, and annoying chipper half-smile seemed to spell certain doom for his career. If Ryan’s abs can’t save a movie, then really, what chance did…

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INK STAINS January 2018 issue shaping up!

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A disintegrating stove in an abandoned Geology lab in Massachusetts in 2010.

I’m happy to announce that the Table of Contents for the anthology I’m guest editing—Ink Stains January 2018—is coming together nicely!

Before exploring the submissions box, I acquired two stories by dear friends that I’d read years ago and never forgotten (both pieces were not intended for publication; they were part of theses, so fortunately for me the rights were still available!). One more—a poem, actually, which will serve as the preface—came along by default, and I have feelers out for another piece, but I won’t know if that’s going to come through for a few weeks, probably. I’ll talk about these in another post.

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March Movie Madness: Victor Frankenstein by Catherine Lundoff #MarchMovieMadness #Frankenstein #movie @clundoff

…Episode 2 in Jennifer Allis Provost’s March Movie Madness series!

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I managed to miss Victor Frankenstein when it was in theaters for a nanosecond and managed to ignore its release on video, right up until I was on a 14 hour long plane flight to New Zealand. I was restless and couldn’t sleep so in went the earbuds and I thought, “Why not?” Why not, indeed. That in was May of 2016 and I have seen Victor Frankenstein three four more times since then. I own a copy. I compel friends to watch it because it is, as my friend Matt put it, it is “The most remarkable hymn to wretched excess I’ve seen in the last couple of years.”

Oh, and it is! Steampunk, homoerotic horror that breaks the fourth wall and embraces all of the more ludicrous possibilities to be found in that combination? Yep. Movie featuring the talents of James MacAvoy (as Victor), Daniel Radcliff (as Ygor!)…

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Coming Soon: ‘A Cricket in the Wall’ in mystery collection MURDER AMONG FRIENDS!

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I’m thrilled to announce that my short mystery “A Cricket in the Wall” will appear in the collection Murder Among Friends: Mysteries Inspired by the Life and Works of John Greenleaf Whittier. All proceeds will benefit the 327-year-old birthplace museum, which is a favorite educational field trip destination for students of all ages in the Haverhill, MA area.

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March Movie Madness, Episode 1: Transformers #MarchMovieMadness #movie #moviereview #Transformers

Fantastic series on bad movies for the month of March on Jennifer Allis Provost’s blog! Check it out!

Author Jennifer Allis Provost

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We’re gathered here today to talk about our favorite bad movies; some call these sort of films “cheeseburger movies”. You know, those movies that the critics panned and all your friends laugh at, but you inexplicable love. I’m talking about films like The Mummy (or worse, The Scorpion King), Van Helsing, or that Batman with the rubber nipples. (Eew.)

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TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

For me, nothing encapsulates the concept of a cheeseburger movie more than Transformers. What, you haven’t seen the epic saga of robots in disguise? Here’s the trailer for your viewing pleasure:

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Why is this movie so cheesetastic? For starters, it’s based on a Hasbro toy line from the 80s, which in turn was based on a Japanese line. There is also the 80s cartoon, to consider, as well as an animated film of questionable quality…

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February’s Finale: Four Female Ghosts and Why They’re Scary

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Just to show you how into this ghost thing I am…that’s me. The other features in the photo were added by my sister-in-law Maureen Schoonover.

I’m very thankful I could participate in the New England Horror Writers’ Women in Horror Month blog series! “Wandering Women: Four Types of Female Ghosts and Why They’re Scary” examines why creatures like La Llorona, the churel, preta and the noppera-bo send us running for the hills. You can read it here: http://nehw.blogspot.com/2017/03/women-in-horror-month-finale.html

“Wandering Women” is the final installment in the February series. The other six posts are here:

Part 1: Morgan Sylvia examines identity in Go Ahead. Make My Day. Read the rest of this entry

New release: Read “Roots” in PERNICIOUS INVADERS

This public domain illustration is from an 1886 book called Sea and Land by J.W. Buel and depicts a person being consumed by the legendary Madagascan Man-Eating Tree.

This public domain illustration is from an 1886 book called Sea and Land by J.W. Buel. It depicts a person being consumed by the legendary Madagascan Man-Eating Tree.

My short story, “Roots” is available in the anthology Pernicious Invaders from Great Old Ones Publishing!

“Roots” is inspired by the famous legend of the Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar (read more on this here — but for a really in-depth fascinating look with lots of wonderful art, read this here), and I’m not saying more than that because it’ll ruin the story. Get your copy of Pernicious Invaders here: https://amzn.com/1539140008

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HELL NOTES has high praise for highway horrors!

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Hell Notes–a site dedicated to horror in fiction, art, and the movies–gave Dark Passages II: Tales from the Black Highway, which contains my story “Mujina,” a great review! You can read the full review here: http://hellnotes.com/30016-2/

If you haven’t yet gotten your copy of this collection, don’t miss out…you might think twice about all those night drives (it’s also the only place you can read my latest ghost story at the moment, so…) You can get Dark Passages II: Tales from the Black Highway here: https://amzn.com/1539813878

 

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