Archive for April, 2013

The Stranger’s Review of The West’s In Low Light

The Shining :: Room 237

A few weeks ago, I went to see a documentary called Room 237 with a few friends. All I knew going into the experience was that it was a documentary about conspiracy theories surrounding The Shining.

SIFF had brought the documentary to the Uptown in Queen Anne and we sat in the back row stealing sips of vodka from a flask. We were, perhaps, the most jovial and flushed audience members. The documentary takes itself too seriously, as did most of the audience at the showing. We, however, found it to be an out-and-out comedy much to the chagrin of the rest of the room.

Let me put it this way: to call Room 237 absurd would be an understatement. It throws every popular conspiracy you can think of into the mix. Everything from faking the Moon Landing to genocide. Read more…

Columbo

I’ve been on a Columbo kick for the past week or so. I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it, but Adrienne insisted that I would and, of course, she was absolutely right. I can’t get enough. Peter Falk is a joy to watch, very Chekhov based, and most of the series is now on Netflix!

Part subdued Scissor Sisters, part cooled-down LCD Soundsystem...the twist is fresh enough to keep you invested.

Seattle Weekly on The West

A Little Haunted Inspiration from Adrienne

The Unwritten

I’ve just finished Vol. 6 of The Unwritten written by Mike Cary with art by Peter Gross. It’s an ongoing series from DC Comics about Tom/Tommy Taylor, a real life person who was the inspiration for a series of books in the vein of Harry Potter. At a certain point in the series, the line between reality and fiction becomes blurred and the real life Tom Taylor is able to use the magical powers of his fictional counterpart, Tommy Taylor.

I’ve been on a Mythic Fiction kick lately. Think Bill Willingham’s Fables or ABC’s pseudo rip-off Once Upon A Time. And even, Neil Gaiman’s work on American Gods and Anansi Boys. Mythic Fiction draws heavily from myth, folklore, and fairy tales. There’s something about the timelessness of these stories and how they’re used in a modern context that resonates with me. If you’re interested in the genre, I recommend reading Adrienne’s entry about Fables on her blog. Read more…