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Binary System Podcast #76 – A Small Plan

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Binary System Podcast #76 – A Small Plan

“This week we have no plan.”
“We kind of have a plan.”
“We have a little bit of a plan.”
“We have two things to talk about, so, that’s a tiny plan.”
“It’s better than no plan at all.”

This week we talked about Kong: Skull Island (since both of us have seen it now,) Guillermo Del Toro’s Trollhunters, and Tom Hiddleston, because of course Tom Hiddleston.

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Review: Crimson Peak Movie Novelization

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Review: Crimson Peak Movie Novelization

A long weekend is a good chance to finally catch up on some books I’ve been meaning to read for a while: Dante’s Inferno, another Allison Weir history book on the Tudors, maybe even a re-read of Edith Hamilton’s classic book from the 1940’s on Greek Mythology.

Or I could pour myself a glass of wine and read a movie novelization. That would probably be an even better idea.

It’s been over two years since I last read one of these (see my review here) and I talked then about how writers of novelizations have to walk a fine line between slavishly writing down every bit of dialog, or changing things so much that the story no longer resembles the movie. Nancy Holder (author of the Wicked series and many many TV and movie tie-ins) manages to walk this line with ease with Crimson Peak. Keeping in mind that I loved the film and am hypersensitive to any changes, I still think this is one of the best novelizations I’ve read.

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Review: Crimson Peak

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Review: Crimson Peak

Guillermo del Toro is one of these directors that truly owns genre filmmaking. Whether it’s a Spanish ghost haunting an orphanage, vampires, a monster from hell fighting on our side, or even having giant robots fighting creatures from the deep, del Toro knows what he’s doing. Is it any wonder why he has such a strong following for his films? What he creates is pure imagination and genius. This year he goes back to his horror roots to bring audiences his latest creation: Crimson Peak. A gothic horror story set in the late 19th century about Sir Thomas Sharpe, his wife Edith, and Thomas’s sister Lucille, all living together in an old house full of dark secrets. It is a beautiful looking movie with amazing talent but ends up being a boring, bitter disappointment all around.

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Movie Issues: Pacific Rim

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Movie Issues: Pacific Rim

In Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy take on giant monsters with the help of Heimdall, It’s Always Sunny… and everyone’s favorite, Hellboy!

When giant monsters called Kaiju rise from the depths of the Pacific Ocean, the world unites to create a line of defense called Jaegers. These equally giant robots are controlled by two pilots psychically synced to work as one to defeat these would-be destroyers of man, but these creatures from the unknown are becoming tougher to beat each time. Soon comes the day where man must make his last stand.

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