A common thread that runs through all of Bret Easton Ellis’ books is the exploration of hollow persons. People who are generally well-off financially yet dead on the inside, so numb to the world around them that even acts of horrific violence and depravity can’t faze them more than momentarily. Ellis has populated his stories with these characters, often set in the 1980s to satirize the excessiveness of the time period. While reading all the books back-to-back is probably not recommended, the author manages to find enough variety and different themes to explore to make them all have some value. If he seems one-note, one does not look closely enough. Read the rest of this entry »
Everybody wants to make sure they remain on Santa’s “Nice” list, to ensure a lack of charcoal in the stocking on the big day. But let’s face it: Sometimes being Naughty can just be a lot more fun. Spend some time this holiday season with some of cinema’s naughtiest Christmas creations as Reel Rumbles presents: Gremlins vs. Bad Santa. Read the rest of this entry »
Sometimes good people do evil things.
Sometimes, it arises from a false sense of security, the mistaken idea of a victimless crime. Sometimes, it’s just part of the job. In this episode of Reel Rumbles, two films face off that feature decent characters performing heinous acts. The circumstances are different, but the results are the same: The lives of Hank Mitchell and Paul Edgecombe are forever altered by the very bad things they are forced – or choose – to do.