Last week was a busy hot week in Texas, and this week maybe be a duplicate copy, with just different things to do. But as I told my sister, I guess that's what life is all about. I noticed that this month on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) that they will be showing various Alfred Hitchcock movies throughout the month, so if you are a fan of his films and want to try and catch one or two of them, you might want to head over to the TCM.com site and check their schedule. This morning I taped Rope, which is about two wealthy men who are trying to create the perfect crime by murdering a friend (some friends, huh?), and currently I'm taping Spellbound, where a psychiatrist tries to help the man she loves solve a murder buried in his subconscious. Later on this Sunday night they'll broadcast The Birds and Psycho, if you are more into the horror genre.
I also noticed in this month of September, TCM will also be showing some other SF and horror films like: Haxan, Metropolis, Escape From New York, Things To Come, Brazil, Battle in Outer Space by Inoshiro Honda, The Awful Dr. Orloff (which I've never seen or heard of before), and Bride of Frankenstein. On Friday the 13th they have Soylent Green, Minority Report, Logan's Run, and Mad Max slated for showing. At any rate, if any of films interest you or you are in the mood for some Hitchcock, you might want to check out the TCM schedule.
Also a couple of weeks back the local library had a small book sale and I picked up a few books, one of them was Joe Hill's horror novel, Horns. Joe is the son of Stephen King, and he seems to be following in his Dad's footsteps of writing, already establishing his name in the horror community. I had to take a car in for some repairs as my handheld key fob had quit working the electric door locks, the dome light, and truck latch. While waiting for them to put in a new module to correct the problem I read a few chapters of Horns. So far so good. It's about a young guy, Ignatius Perrish, who wakes up to find he has horns growing out of the top of his head, but we also find out he is suspect for the murder of his past girlfriend. Also it's hard to figure out if the horns are real or imaginary or he's cracking up, and it seems he also can read minds and put suggestions into other people's heads as well, all the while being hassled by the local cops. As the novel unfolds a bit more I'm sure the book will reveal more about Ig and all his troubles.
Hastings is a local chain store here locally, similar to Barnes & Nobles, and they had a graphic novel sale here, and I picked up the first collected Hellblazer book, and also a pulpish superhero book called The Twelve by J. Michael Straczynski and Chris Weston, who handles the artwork. I had collected Hellblazer for a while, but had sold off the first ten issues, if memory serves, and thought I might like to reread them lately. If you've seen the movie Constantine (2005) with Keanu Reeves, it was based on the Hellblazer set of comics.
Today after breakfast I got up and started sorting through a bunch of recently acquired DVDs, and in tying in with the title to this blog entry I wondered which genre to classify them under? For instance, Dark City, is sort of a noir SF story, but I guess it could also be classified under horror. Krull is sort of an odd mixture of SF and fantasy. Lifeforce is a mix of horror and SF, and The Road sort of falls within that same mixed category of SF/horror. I think I'll just put them all in the SF section and make it work, but I can certainly understand some people's line of thinking just to order their media A thru Z without creating a genre for things. It might make things easier, but I guess I can't get beyond classifications.
Late Saturday night on the Cartoon Network they broadcast Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance, which I'd never seen before, but enjoyed it. I'm not very familiar with that anime, and this may not be the best place to start, so I would get lost in the storyline, but I knew just enough about it to follow along and enjoy the art. It basically concerns giant robots in the mold of the Pacific Rim movie, and the characters would suit up in these giant robots to fight monsters, at least on the surface. But the anime also concerns the characters and the way they interact with each other, and how we need others in our lives to enhance living. Like some of the better anime the art was interesting, complex, and world building in a grand design. I hope they'll rebroadcast it so I can get a copy on VHS (yes, I still have one of those ancient devices).