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Sherlock Holmes: Rating 10 Actors – Part Two

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It’s More Than a Pipe, Deerstalker, and a Hypodermic Needle Welcome to the second part of Sherlock Holmes: Rating 10 Actors. In part one, I gave my assessment of Basil Rathbone, Christopher Plummer, Nicole Williamson, Ian McKellen, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Today, I’m going to do the remaining five. I’m sure many of you are wondering […]

Sherlock Holmes: Rating 10 Actors – Part One

Christopher Peruzzi
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The Game is Afoot Of all the literary figures I’ve read throughout my lifetime, hands down, my favorite has been the great detective, Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I was lucky enough to get into Holmes early in life when my eighth-grade literature teacher decided he was going to spend a few weeks […]

Count Olaf – A Challenge to Act Badly

Christopher Peruzzi
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Good Actors Play a Bad One Lemony Snicket introduces Count Olaf with the following quote: “The dreadful villainy of this vile fiend has haunted me since I first met him as a young man. And every night, as I continue to work on the Baudelaire case, I find myself weeping, thinking of his utter wickedness […]

A Study of the Star Wars Prequels

Christopher Peruzzi
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Prequels Are Fascinating In almost every one, we find the hidden history brings a new light and dimension to old established characters. Writers and actors call this “backstory” when they look at an individual character. They are the story before the story. Most of the time, prequels exist to answer questions. Why did he do that? […]

Sinisterly Sad & Mirthfully Morose: A Lemony Snicket Reader

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If I were Lemony Snicket, this article would begin by telling you to stop reading. I would politely suggest that your time might be better spent perusing recipies for marmalade. Or perhaps a picture book of puppies dressed up as movie stars. I would further urge you to avoid any attempt by me, Lemony Snicket, […]

‘Krazy’ – A Timely Appreciation Of A Forgotten Master

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I first discovered ‘Krazy Kat’ – the brilliant, absurdist work of cartoonist George Herriman – when I was around 9 years old. I grew up with a  father who was one of those depression-era babies obsessed by relics of his childhood. They reminded him, he would say, of a simpler time. “Things were better back […]

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Militant Ginger
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Netflix debuted A Series of Unfortunate Events on Friday – and it’s sublime. I’m not much of one for binge-watching, but with the whole family being sick, we all curled up on the couch this weekend and watched the entirety of Netflix’s new original show A Series of Unfortunate Events. Based on the beloved books […]

“Yule” Love it at Barnes and Noble this Friday

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Book retailers Barnes and Noble are hosting a Harry Potter-themed “Yule Ball” at their stores across the country this Friday. I love Barnes and Noble. Some of my best friends work there, they sell a multitude of my books on the Nook, and it’s the place I always go to sit down with a coffee […]

Remembering The Falcon

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You’ve all heard of The Saint... but whatever happened to his buccaneering contemporary The Falcon? Author Ian Dickerson remembers… Even James Bond’s adventures don’t span as wide a timeframe as those of Simon Templar, the eponymous ‘Saint’. He’s best known as played by Roger Moore in the classic 1960s TV show, but decades before that […]

Welcome to Echo Base

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One question we get a lot is: “Where does your website’s name come from?” Most Star Wars fans vaguely recognize the reference, but only the elite remember exactly where the name comes from – the base on Hoth that the rebels escaped from in The Empire Strikes Back. So here’s a little history… The famous climax […]

Charlie The Choo Choo debuts in November

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Fans of Steven King are getting an unexpected treat this Christmas. The clock is ticking on the hotly anticipated Dark Tower movie – and as an unexpected marketing tie-in, Steven King is publishing his first ever children’s book; a real-life version of a kid’s book from the world of The Dark Tower. Charlie the Choo […]