"None will open unless I push them myself." - Val DeWitt

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Review of MOON Now Online

Hi. My new review for Cinema Knife Fight is now online. This month, I review the science fiction movie MOON starring Sam Rockwell. Hope you enjoy it. And be sure to visit the Bram Stoker-Nominated CKF often, as they constantly add reviews and articles throughout the week. It's a very entertaining, and informative, site.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Solomon's Grave Now Available for the Kindle!


Great news! My Bram Stoker-Nominated novel SOLOMON'S GRAVE is now available for the Amazon Kindle, and it's wicked cheap - only $2.39! Click Here To Order Your Kindle Edition now! Please!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Best Movie You (Might Not Have) Seen


So, at last, after hearing from so many people, "I can't believe you, of all people, haven't seen this movie," I finally watched DONNIE DARKO (2001). I got the movie for Christmas, and it's been sitting there, waiting for me to sit down and watch it. I kept thinking it was a slasher movie or something, and really didn't want to see a slasher movie, but because everyone kept saying I'd like it, including my son, I finally watched. It's not a slasher movie - chalk that up to really bad marketing years back when it came out. DONNIE DARKO is by far one of the best dark, strange, and brilliant films I've watched in a long, long time. And I don't use the word "brilliant" for movies lightly. Yes, yes, I'm pretty easy to please, but in this case - wow. Now, it might not be for everyone, it's a little surreal, definitely creepy, but the cast, especially (but not limited to) Jake Gyllenhaal as Donnie, is so strong, the writing and, hell, everything down to the music, so cool. Now, I strongly recommend getting the Director's Cut - it's 20 minutes longer but I can't imagine a minute of it being cut, and supposedly the special effects were ramped up - so if you end up missing the stunning visuals towards the end, then you're missing out. Won't get into the plot much, do enough of that with my Cinema Knife Fight reviews, but I will suggest that to understand it, read carefully the pages of the book he finds (you'll know what I mean when you watch it), even pause the DVD enough to do this. They might make no sense, but it'll get your head ready for the ending. Anyway, a 5 out of 5 stars in the Dan movie book, if you like slightly left-of-center films, which of course I do. :-)

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Seussical The Musical Comes to Town

Just got back from our elementary / middle school's latest musical production: Suessical The Musical: Jr!. Wow, what an amazing show, seriously. The singing and choreography was right on, everyone seemed to have a fantastic time. No Keohanes in this year's show, but we were in the audience, cheering on the kids from town. Great, job, everyone. Really, really fun show.

Jodi Blase

Jodi & I never met, though we grew up in the same town (I think... tells you how much we know each other, lol). In this age of internet, email, facebook, we make friends and aquaintences with people online, and it's not uncommon to go years, or a lifetime, never meeting in person. Sometimes, as in this case, you meet briefly because someone's curious how to setup a website and heard you've done it before, an opinion reference from a friend of a friend. Then you go on your respective ways. Just a side note, really. The point of this brief entry is simply to direct your attention to Jodi's blog. I enjoy it because it's ecclectic - you never know what she's going to talk about, but every time, it feels like I'm sitting at a kitchen table chatting with an old friend about - whatever. And, well, since this is my blog, I can talk about whatever I want, and today I'm talking about someone else's blog. Confused? Good. Check it out. It's interesting. Make sure to get a fresh cup of coffee ready, too.