Author Archives: jdp

Summer Reading Challenge: Universal Horrors: The Studio’s Classic Films 1931-1946

claude rains and gloria stuart in the invisible man

When I dared to undertake the reviewing of six books about classic cinema in addition to my regularly scheduled summer fiction regimen, I should have had the foresight to choose something other than a textbook-sized compendium on every horror and horror-related film released by Universal during their first and second horror cycles.

Album Rumble: U2 – The Joshua Tree

      No Comments on Album Rumble: U2 – The Joshua Tree
u2 the joshua tree

I last wrote about U2 after attending the 2011 concert at Heinz Field. I decided it was time to check back in with The Joshua Tree during this, the 30th Anniversary of its release. A version of this review first appeared on The Spill Magazine. Music feeds nostalgia, it places moments in time, and for a certain generation, few records… Read more »

Album Review: Jen Gloeckner – Vine

      No Comments on Album Review: Jen Gloeckner – Vine
jen gloeckner vine

Perfecting the atmosphere of a record is a tricky thing. Jen Gleockner may not have quite revived the Morcheeba or Lamb on Vine, but she did the next thing, reminded us that the threads of their music remain vibrant and relevant.

The History of the Mummy Movie Monster

      1 Comment on The History of the Mummy Movie Monster
the mummy sofia boutella

During recent Stanley Cup Final broadcasts, NBC broadcaster Doc Emrick plugged The Mummy (2017) with the assertion that the Mummy has (and I’m paraphrasing here because I wasn’t taking movie notes about this Mummy article during a hockey game) “terrified and fascinated humanity throughout the millennia.” He’s of course making a glib, studio-prescribed sales pitch that highlights the fact that… Read more »

2017 TCM Film Festival Recap

      2 Comments on 2017 TCM Film Festival Recap

2017 TCM Film Festival Recap: The Year the Popcorn Went on Strike at the Egyptian Past recaps: 2015 TCM Film Festival / 2016 TCM Film Festival Each night in Los Angeles, I fell asleep listening to Julie Byrne’s excellent new record Not Even Happiness. The number of songs I’d hear each night decreased until, upon the third and final night,… Read more »