The Iron Giant (1999) – movie review

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The Iron Giant (1999)

Directed by Brad Bird

Starring:
Eli Marienthal
Christopher McDonald
Vin Diesel
Jenifer Aniston
Harry Connick, Jr.

 

I’m not sure how this animated film faired coming out at the turn of the new century (1999). It was, after all, the animation of the preceding 100 years, not the new 3D CG molded perfection that was taking over modern animation. It was a cartoon. Despite its sharp lines, full rich colors, and expressive shadow-play it was yesterday’s technology. Although the giant itself was rendered with CGI it still has the 2d feel of standard cartoon animation, but it’s a beautiful film to watch.

If you haven’t watched this gem, I’m here to tell you that you are missing a wonderful tale, a visual treat and an entertaining film. It’s based on a 1968 story by British poet, Ted Hughes, called “IronThe Iron Giant 1999 Man” and tells the story of a young boy coming into his own while making new friends and learning he can make a difference in the world. It’s set in 1958 Maine, in a small town called, Rockwell. Hogarth, a boy being raised by a single hard-working mom, befriends a robot when a satellite crash lands in the woods rear of his home. While teaching the robot the ways of the world he also hides and defends him from government men on the hunt to destroy the mechanical beast. In the end will the true nature of the mechanical monster be unleashed upon the unsuspecting small town?

The retro sci-fi robot design is the epitome of what a giant robot should look like in the subconscious mind of man, a powerful technological being crafted from the 1950s sci-fi Hollywood image bank, and earlier pulp magazine era, representative of a time of wonder, awe and inspiration at science and technology itself…and its eyes glow in the dark. Some fantastic action sequences highlight the later part of the film as the Army closes in on the Iron Giant and a final battle threatens the existence of everyone in the town.

The Iron Giant is a sci-fi must-see that sparks on all cylinders creating family entertainment enjoyable for all age groups and genders. It takes the qualities of a Disney princess tale and gives it boy-ish charm, effectively portraying a young hero a young man won’t want to cringe away from, but embrace as one of their own. The film is now regarded as an animated sci-fi classic after years of a growing cult following.


Iron Giant Giphy


Fun little Sci-fi fan cameos:

Action Comics with Superman

The Sputnik crossing the sky in the night

3 tendrils emanate from The Iron Giant in an homage to War of the Worlds (1953)

USS Nautilus, the first atomic powered submarine

Forbidden Planet poster in Hogarth’s bedroom



Parlor of Horror – Creature Features Category

Funniest Movie descriptions in Guides – part II

This is part II of the funniest movie descriptions I’ve found on the internets…see part I here

It all started when I saw this from an old TV Guide

movie summary - Wizard of Oz

The Movie Summary –

The movie summary is a special targeted description to let a viewer choose a film according to his/her likes and tastes. Writers sometimes specialize in these descriptions to reveal the most appealing way to get viewers. Often the Studios themselves will have a marketing expert craft the descriptions.

 

And then, sometimes NOT…

Sometimes the digital description gets stuck and the wrong summary is on the wrong film. I’ve included some of those here too.

Here’s some of the funniest descriptions I’ve found on the internet. Feel free to copy and share these, repost them on your Twitter, etc…

 

movie summary - minions

Darker Tales from the Den – Dona Fox – Book review

Darker Tales from the Den - Dona Fox

Darker Tales from the Den – Dona Fox – Book review

JWK Fiction

Dona Fox has a certain style to her stories that can catch you by surprise. There comes a point when you realize what is going on, but it’s too late to brace yourself or to look away. These are dark, macabre stories about people in bad situations that only seem to get worse as the night goes on. The top tales in the collection leave a lasting sting or dull thud of heartache, either way a welcome experience for the horror reader. I picked a few of my favorite tales here to say a few words about.

Something bad crawls out of the dark attic in The Chill and Willey Snake dragging long forgotten family secrets in tow.

Bruised Cardamom begins with a poignant description on the death watch of a woman, Mrs. Macy, true in its words and gut wrenching to anyone that has watched a loved one die.  The description of the woman shredding tissues and curling them into little balls as she’s waiting in fear for death is unsettling. A line that struck me… “How many boxes of tissue does it take to die? How meaningless are paper tears?” The volunteer stays with her into the night learning a deep dark secret in this outstanding tale.

In One Historic Night, one friend invites another into his twisted Nazi fanatic world and drags him down to the depths of madness.

Shypoke’s Tears, which I had read before in the anthology, Ghosts Revenge, (JWK Fiction) is a short piece with a big punch. From the first paragraph a transgressiodona foxn is taking place in the characters and it’s a thrill to see the outcome.

In The Calais Curse, we visit the French Resistance of the German occupancy. This tale is a haunting centerpiece of the collection as a young woman begins a process too free her grandmother from her nightmares. The story started out a little loose and all over the place but stick with it and it settles into streamline tale where a tragic, moving ending is revealed.

Li Gran Toy Zombi is a creepy tale I first read in the Toys in the Attic anthology and was happy to revisit here. It takes place in New Orleans, 1977, and if you’re thinking Voodoo Curses you are correct and in for a devilish treat.

Crystal Bones on Gossamer Wings is a fitting finale for the collection as the tale is written in deep first-person as were the earlier stories in the book. Dona’ s greatest storytelling aspect is when she immerses the reader in that strong character voice. Those stories are distinctly superior to the more standard narrated tales. There are shades of Joe R. Lansdale in those stories where the reader shares each thought, vision, and reaction as it happens in the character’s head. When she combines that voice with her astute perception of life, death, and human suffering, she delivers haunting horror fiction.

Darker Tales From The Den – Dona Fox – Paperback and Kindle

 

crows by Favim

 

Attn: Horror fans – Horror Things from around the web and world…

tim burton and V Price

Attn: Horror fans – Horror Things from around the web and world…


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Want to read some of the great classic stories and authors? check ou the selection from: http://ebookfriendly.com/free-horror-stories/

(I’d like to credit Tim Prasil for making the Poe giphy)


 

SUBCUTANEOUS MAGAZINE –  I think this is THE BEST NEW HORROR MAGAZINE to come out in a while. Great stories, art, articles, It’s fantastic. Check it out. You can read it online or download the .pdf http://www.subqmag.com/

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The Fly 1986 - Jeff Goldblum

THE FLY 1986 – This is a MUST READ Awesome article pertaining to The BrundleFly from MONSTER LEGACY – The Fly 1986 https://monsterlegacy.net/2016/08/15/brundlefly/


Even in the heat and aftermath of Shin Godzilla…

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It looks like GODZILLA is finally going to get a royal respectable anime movie in 2017. We need a translator…
http://godzilla-anime.com/smph/index.html


This has to be one of the best read LOVECRAFT story collections I’ve heard. Narrated by Ian Gordon. Listen to your favorite Lovecraft stories or find one you’ve not read:
https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyzOIlWgJY9GzT28zRRA8IGS3FhdUmXeP

lovecraft and phelps comparison

I’m sure you’ve seen the resemblance of Phelps and Lovecraft in these side by side pics. Wonder why Phelps is such a good swimmer? Perhaps fleeing underwater monsters in another life?


Monster Zero

WOW – Godzilla posters for great prices!!! https://www.etsy.com/shop/johnbellottijr?ref=hdr_shop_menu#_=_
I purchased this one already!


Buckethead MUSIC video using animation FROM the famous Hermoinyous Bosch painting. Great Stuff!


and last but not least, here’s a few collectables I may pic up when they are released later this month…

18JMB08_Jupiter-II-Mini 17RMB03_Lost-In-Space-Robot-Mini

 

 

“Car Nex: Skin Job By Michael Thomas-Knight”

I’m elated to get a review from Robbins Realm Blog, for my novelette, SKIN JOB. Robbins Realms, is a blog I’ve been following, reading and conversing with for many years. I really respect his opinion on all the subjects he writes about, film, fiction and entertainment. I am really pleased that he understood the dilemma my main character, ALEX and felt the dire circumstance of his life, which drove him into doing the wrong thing(s) in my story. Thanks for the awesome review🙂

RobbinsRealm Blog

I was recently contacted by Michael Thomas-Knight from Parlor of Horror, which is a blog I follow on wordpress.com. He e-mailed me to inquire if I would be interested in writing a review of his novella, “Car Nex: Skin Job,” which was published on June 17, 2016 by Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Inc, in “The Car Nex Story Series Book 7.”  I was more than happy to oblige. Additionally, I would like to mention that Michael didn’t ask me to hold off my review if my opinion of his work wasn’t positive, as with several other blogger’s who have reviewed his novella, he was seeking, nothing more, than honest feedback.

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What if you were struggling financially? What are the lengths you would go to in order to rectify the situation? I am not talking about the common problems that most of us, during the course of our lives, have  experienced…

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Aurora Godzilla – MotM (Monsters of the Movies) Prototype – Model Kit

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Aurora Godzilla – MotM (Monsters of the Movies) Prototype (1973-ish)

In the 1970’s Aurora was planning a second GODZILLA model kit under their Monsters of the Movies line. The kit was in design stages and complete prototypes were made.

There are a few images of the kit which look somewhat different from each other. The kit never went into production as Nabisco took over Aurora Model Kits and basically dismantled the company.

There was also some video/film of the making/sculpting of the project. Kudos to PHILSEP for finding/saving/posting this for fans of the old Aurora kits.


Well, needless to say, ever since getting a glimpse of this kit prototype, I’ve been obsessed with What if…?

 

So, I built my own rendition of the…

AURORA GODZILLA MONSTER OF THE MOVIES PROTOTYPE

Godzilla MotM Prototype Rendition by Mike K - pic 2

DETAILS:

I started with the standard Aurora/Polar Lights Godzilla kit. I modified the Godzilla body to resemble the Prototype kit. I made my own base from scratch emulating the MotM Prototype base.


Godzilla MotM Prototype Rendition by Mike K - pic 1

Polar Lights – Godzilla Form – modifications:

more robust body

reversal of forward moving leg and back moving leg

lengthened and extended arms – changed hands to hold tower pieces

Elongated and more animated tail

remolded eye brows/top of head/cheeks


 

Cult of PersonalityGodzilla wide jaw replacement

Cult of Personality Name Plate

Self-made name-plate holder – featuring trilobites and sea-plant

Godzilla - cult of personality nameplate - with custom holder by Mike K - pic 9


 

Godzilla MotM Prototype Base: full sculpt

Self-molded base copying shape from historical pics.

Trees

Tower Platform

Rubble

Tower parts modified from N-scale Train accessories

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Background:

I assembled the city ruins from the original kit as a Universal Destroyed City background piece that can be used for any giant monster kit.

Godzilla custom universal background by Mike K - pic 1


 

I had a blast making this kit and have seen my sculpting skills get better with this project. I enjoyed putting my own ‘look’ on Godzilla’s head/face and making a more animated pose with his head twist, elongated tail and step. Now the kit is all primed and ready to paint, so be prepared for another post when the kit comes to life in full color.

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Skin Job (The Car Nex Story Series #7) by Michael Thomas-Knight

I’d like to thank Kim, from Tranquil Dreams blog, part of the ‘LTBC’ (long time blogger’ s club) for reviewing my Novelette, SKIN JOB. It’s wonderful to hear the opinions of my fellow bloggers, those that I have been reading and conversing with through these years. I’m glad to share this small achievement of becoming a ‘published author’ with you all and to be there for your accomplishments as they may come. Thanks Kim🙂

Tranquil Dreams

A huge thanks to Mike over at Parlor of Horror and the author of this novella for sending it over to me to read and review! If you don’t know Parlor of Horror, you should check it out!

Skin Job
By: Michael Thomas-Knight

Skin Job

Alex, a tattoo artist in Queens, NY, is being driven out of business by Johnny Needles, a rival tattoo artist connected to the local gangs and biker clubs. As he falls further into depression and drug abuse, Alex is drawn to a nameless book he saw at his neighbor’s apartment. The book haunts his dreams, until he can’t resist and he finally steals it. At his lowest point, in the basement of the tattoo parlor, Alex uses the book to call forth the Car Nex demon. He is completely unaware of what he is about to unleash upon the neighborhood.-Goodreads

Skin Job is book seven (according…

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