| Oct 20, 2013
A friend writes: “Paranoiacs often project their craziness onto fundamentalism (which they conflate with religion per se) rather than onto capitalism, which is the long-governing force behind fundamentalism.” She is referring to the tendency...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 11:55 AM
In 1976, when I was in the fourth grade and had discovered the joys of reading books, my mother shared with me her own childhood literary passion. One afternoon, in a sun-dappled room in our old Victorian home, she told me that when she was my age, she...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 2:30 AM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor and composer Tom Waits was born in Pomona, Calif., on this date in 1949. This birthday guy earned an Oscar nomination for his score of the 1982 film "One from the Heart." He's also won Grammy awards for his albums "Bone Machine" and...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 7:00 AM
It is a little late to be worrying much over the body of Dracula. From pulp he came and to pulp he shall forever return.
For every serious or even vaguely faithful take on the 1897 Bram Stoker novel — Browning, Murnau, Coppola, Herzog, et al....
| Oct 30, 2013
| 3:00 PM
Less about vampires than deals with the devil, "The Impaler" draws not on "Dracula" but the historical figure who inspired Bram Stoker's iconic bloodsucker: Vlad III, a vicious 15th century Crusader known for impaling his victims. Seven friends who look...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"The Returned" (Sundance Channel, Thursdays). A French miniseries in eight parts, based on a 2004 film of the same French name ("Les Revenants") but a different English one ("They Came Back"). The word "zombie" is often mentioned in press for the series,...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 11:02 AM
The first Neil Gaiman-authored video game may not have many words from the celebrated fantasy writer. But that's exactly the way […]...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 4:32 PM
SPOILER ALERT!!! Do not read if you haven't already seen last night's episode of NBC's Dracula. Well, it appears that Drac- er, Alexander Grayson (Jonathn Rhys Meyers) has his would-be mortal enemy Lady Jayne Wetherby (Victoria Smurfit) right where he...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 6:30 AM
From its earliest days, cinema has borrowed heavily from the world of magic. Illusion, after all, is part of the moviegoing experience — the phrase "the magic of movies" is both literally and figuratively true.
This week the Academy of Motion...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 5:11 PM
When I popped in NBC's new drama "Dracula," I wasn't sure if I was watching a remake of Bram Stoker's classic thriller or ABC's nighttime soap "Revenge."
The traditional players from Stoker's book appear in the stylish retread (9 p.m. CT Oct. 25, NBC; 2....
| Dec 12, 2013
| 11:53 AM
Welsh actor Luke Evans has a penchant for larger-than-life characters. He has played Apollo in “Clash of the Titans” and […]...