Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Writing Roundup: Cult Classics Across Mediums


While I've been slow to update around here this month, I've at least had a few articles and reviews published elsewhere since the New Year. Here they are, for your reading pleasure. As always, links to each are included below.


In early January I looked at the totally underrated cult classic and longtime favorite of mine, Nighthawks. It stars Sly Stallone, Bill Dee Williams, Rutger Hauer, and Lindsay Wagner. For those keeping score, that's Rocky/Rambo, Lando, Roy Batty, and the Bionic Freaking Woman. All in one film, at the height of their respective powers. Hauer steals the shows but Sly and Billy Dee bring it in this wildly entertaining 1981 action flick. It's also a time capsule for a version of NYC that doesn't seem to exist anymore.


Then I turned my eye towards the latest in The Purge series, The Purge: Election Year. In my review I talk about some of the film's similarities to our current, and insane, state of affairs in the United States. Spoilers: I loved this movie.

Today, the Diner posted my review of the much-maligned Batman Forever, a film I actually love. It's an irrational and unreasonable love, but hey, it's love. Plus, it has '90s era Val Kilmer, Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Jim Carrey chewing the scenery with a ferocity rarely seen on film before or since.

Over at Sequart I reviewed the most awesomely titled book I've ever had the pleasure of reading: Turn Loose Our Death Rays and Kill Them All! It's the complete works of noted comic book mystery man Fletcher Hanks, who exploded on the scene and then imploded, dropping out of the industry within a scant two years. But oh what a wild two years it was. This collection is from Fantagraphics, meaning it's high quality and gorgeously designed. And of course it's filled with some of the absolutely strangest comics you'll ever read.

Sequart also recently shared my overview of another noted comics genius Steve Gerber and his run on Marvel's Son of Satan in the 1970s. Like the other films and books listed here, its cult classic status is well earned.

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