A Defense of a Very Branagh Frankenstein

There have been a lot of Frankenstein adaptations made over the years, and every single one of them, with the exception of Young Frankenstein, is terrible. These films tend to have little in common with Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel asides from a re-animated creature and an overzealous creator. Pop culture has marred the story to the point that most people are unaware that there is actually no hunchbacked assistant and that Frankenstein is the name of the man, not the monster. Shelley’s story is a multi-faceted warning about the dangers of ambition and isolation, themes that tend to be overlooked by the big screen versions. That is, until one man stepped up to the plate. That’s right, I’m talking about Kenneth Branagh, who took Shelley’s themes to heart when he directed and starred in perhaps the most over-ambitions renditions of Frankenstein to ever exist. It’s not great. In fact, it’s pretty bad. The film itself manages to mirror the plight of the pitiful creature – scarred and ugly in appearance, but with some worthwhile traits beneath that gnarly surface. Here are five reasons why Branagh’s effort is simultaneously terrible and worthwhile. Continue reading “A Defense of a Very Branagh Frankenstein”

Some Thoughts on Jurassic World

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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

I read this novel in grade school, so for years I put off revisiting it as an adult. I loved it when I read it as a seventh grader, but sometimes rereading novels later in life can result in a thoroughly different experience. I did have a different experience; mainly because I did not read Flowers for Algernon in its entirety as a middle schooler. The edition I read was a very, very short story, less than twenty pages. As it turns out, the full-length version reveals that Charlie Gordon had more than a few sexual exploits that would not have been appropriate for young and impressionable Catholic School students. Continue reading “Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes”

American Horror Story: Coven, Episode 304: “Fearful Pranks Ensue”

“Fearful Pranks Ensue” offers a lot of setup and a notable lack of unsettling incest. That being said, the show’s familiar themes of life, death, and rebirth all feature predominantly in this episode despite Misty’s absence and Kyle’s limited screen time. This week, we really get to see what Marie Laveau can do. Oh, and we get to see that Spaulding is potentially into necrophilia and has a delightful collection of dollies, teacups, and at least one bonnet. Continue reading “American Horror Story: Coven, Episode 304: “Fearful Pranks Ensue””

American Horror Story: Coven, Episode 303: “The Replacements”

“The Replacements” has some seriously icky moments. Really. Icky. That being said, the more disturbing elements are vital to this season’s consistent emphasis on life, death, and everything in between. Continue reading “American Horror Story: Coven, Episode 303: “The Replacements””

American Horror Story Coven, Episode 302: “Boy Parts”

I’ve never written about American Horror Story, mainly because I like to zone out and enjoy Evan Peters after a stressful Sunday of analyzing The Walking Dead. However, in light of the fact that The Walking Dead has not required much thought or analysis as of late, I have found myself scrutinizing the new season of AHS. Mind you, past experience with this show has prepared me to be fully disappointed by the season’s conclusion, but for the time being, I have been geeking out. Continue reading “American Horror Story Coven, Episode 302: “Boy Parts””

The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan

When a team exploring frozen dead things in the Arctic stumbles across the fully-preserved body of a man, they embark on a scientific journey fraught with moral ambiguity, intrigue, and love. Having had varied levels of success reanimating dead bugs and such, the team figures that they might as well give it a go with the frozen man. Lo and behold, it works, and Jeremiah Rice breathes his first breath since his 1906 death. Continue reading “The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan”