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Review: Exegesis Lovecraft

— by WILLIAM STERR —

“Exegesis – the critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture.” The creator of this documentary has taken a liberty in applying it to a person, although, for many, the writings of Howard Philips Lovecraft have taken on the attributes of scripture.

For those readers not familiar with the writings of early 20th century Lovecraft, let it suffice to say that he toiled in relative obscurity during his life (1890-1937), with his modest output finding publication only in the pulp magazines of his era. However, since the 1950s he has been recognized as the father of modern horror fiction, ranking with Poe and others. (CONTINUED)


Review: Gorbachev. Heaven

— by WILLIAM STERR — Mikhail Gorbachev has been out of power for 30 years, so it would be useful to begin by identifying him. He was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991. As such, he was the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union. […][...]


Review: El Planeta

— by RON WILKINSON — We live our lives in two parts, the one we want to live and the one others want us to live. We balance those two to meet practical necessities such as food and shelter. Maria and her daughter Leo did not get the memo on balance. To the extent of […][...]


Review: The Rescue

— by RON WILKINSON — There are few documentaries so good they keep you on the edge of your seat even though you, and everybody, already know the ending. Cave diving is like open water diving except there is no surface. A malfunctioning scuba air supply in open water means an emergency surface. A malfunctioning […][...]


Review: Storm Lake

— by BEV QUESTAD — I want to sit across the table from Art Cullen at the Better Day Cafe in Storm Lake, Iowa. I want to talk about the danger of news deserts, the difficulties of investigative journalism, and what he thinks about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for president. I also want to have the $5 […][...]


Review: Ascension (aka 登楼叹)

— by BEV QUESTAD — “Foreign position with dorm living, air conditioning and $2.99 per hour! You can sit. Easiest work you can find – making new phone products!” announces a job recruiter at an employment station in China. Jessica Kingdon, a Chinese-American director/producer, has produced her last documentary in a series of three depicting […][...]


Review: Fathom

— by BEV QUESTAD — Can whales replicate sounds we introduce electronically? Could an electronic device mimic whale speech and eventually get involved in a conversation? “Fathom” documents the communication efforts of two separate studies, one in Alaska and one in French Polynesia. Dr. Ellen Garland, in Alaska, electronically beckons whales to respond to her […][...]


Review: Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

— by RON WILKINSON — The Xeron computer has been linked to many mysterious information leaks, some were unconsciously intended by the users and some were not. Escalators travel up and down, opposite directions sliding past each other. Subway trains travel back and forth providing brief meetings between persons who may or may not have […][...]


Review: No Time to Die

— by RON WILKINSON — The last Daniel Craig James Bond movie tries to bridge the gap between the old and the new. Among the various filming locations, Jamaica stands out. The home of Ian Fleming’s first twelve Bond novels is revisited, if lacking the sparkling characters that turned the novels into screen legends. The […][...]