Eurocomics Spotlight : “Lovecraft : The Myth Of Cthulhu”

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On the one hand, this is an extremely easy book to review — and on the other, it’s an extremely difficult one.

Chances are, you see, that most readers going into Spanish comics master Esteban Maroto’s IDW-published hardback Lovecraft : The Myth Of Cthulhu are going to be well familiar with the three H.P. Lovecraft adaptations collected herein — “The Nameless City,” “The Festival,” and “The Call Of Cthulhu” are, after all, the first three entries in the legendary “Cthulhu Cycle,” and have been translated into the comics medium a good number of times already (despite the rather curious claim made in Jose Villarrubia’s otherwise-fine introduction to this volume that Lovecraftian works are rarely adapted for comics) — and therefore what’s of primary interest here is not so much what’s being presented as how it’s being presented. The usual plot recaps and the like that accompany most self-respecting reviews are…

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4 Shots From 4 Marilyn Monroe Films: All About Eve, Don’t Bother To Knock, Bus Stop, The Misfits

4 Shots from 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots from 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

If only she hadn’t been destroyed by the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe would be 92 years old today.  Though Marilyn died in 1962, her performances will live forever.  This is…

4 Shots From 4 Marilyn Monroe Films

All About Eve (1950, dir by Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

Don’t Bother To Knock (1952, dir by Roy Ward Baker)

Bus Stop (1956, dir by Joshua Logan)

The Misfits (1961, dir by John Huston)

Book Review: ORSON WELLES’S LAST MOVIE by Josh Karp (St. Martin’s Press 2015)

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There’s a lot of buzz around the film community about THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, Orson Welles’s unfinished film begun in 1970 that he worked on for almost a decade. Welles used different film stocks (8, 16, & 35 MM) and varied his styles to create a film-within-a-film focusing on the early 70’s clash between the Old Hollywood of the studio system and the New Hollywood auteurs (Welles, the ultimate auteur himself, disdained the term).  Netflix has announced the film has finally been restored and completed with the help of an Indiegogo campaign, and will be available for viewing sometime in 2018 (When, Netflix, when???). In the meantime, you can read author Josh Karp’s fascinating 2015 book ORSON WELLES’S LAST MOVIE: THE MAKING OF THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND.

Karp gives us a fast-paced look behind the scenes of a genius at work, creating art on…

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Music Video of the Day: Crystallize by Lindsey Stirling (2013, dir by Ray Tintori)

Welcome to the month of June!  Can you believe that we’re nearly halfway through 2018?

Now, I have to say that the month of May was not an easy one for me.  I spent the entire month having problems with my sinuses, my allergies, and my asthma.  I spent two weeks sick in bed and, even as I sit here typing this, I’ve been dealing with a sinus headache.  With the temperature projected to get up to 105 this weekend, I doubt I’ll be getting better any time soon.

So, as a result of all that crap, there was a lot that I wanted to do in May that I didn’t get a chance to do.  And I know that I have to put my health first and that it’s not the end of the world but still, I feel terrible about it.  I’m very thankful to all the contributors here at the Shattered Lens who picked up the slack while I spent last month ill.

So, this month, I’m going to get caught up.  I have a big To-Do list with about 250 items on it and I will get them all done before we officially start the second half of the year!  That is the promise that I am making to our readers today.  I love telling you about the movies and the books and the television shows that I’ve watched.  If I can help other people to discover a good movie then I feel like I’ve accomplished something.

What does all that have to do with today’s music video of the day?  Lindsey Stirling is one of my favorite performers and, whenever I listen to her, I’m reminded of just how exciting, wonderful, and worthwhile life can be.  That’s why I’m picking Lindsey’s video for Crystallize for today’s music video of the day.  It may be hot and miserable outside.  The news may not always be happy.  But goddammit, life is worth the trouble and let’s never forget it!