****

 

 

 

 

!Happy New Year

 

everyone!

 

 

!!All the best in 2023!!

 

 

 

 

!And good luck

 

and

 

may you make

 

a full recovery

 

in your real life

 

super battle,

 

Jeremy Renner!

 

 

 

 

 

!And may Russia

 

come to its senses,

 

cease its needless war,

 

and withdraw all its soldiers

 

from Ukraine

 

in 2023!

 

 

!Peace and luv

 

to all!

 

 

 

!!In solidarity!!

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

There can be

 

no more exceptions

 

or privileges.

 

Everybody must be equal...

 

 

The power of peace

 

must be dominant.

 

 

- Ukrainian President

 

Volodymyr Zelensky

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

!Happy 25th

 

anniversary

 

to

 

James Cameron,

 

Leonardo DiCaprio,

 

Kate Winslet,

 

and

 

the rest of the fine

 

cast and crew

 

of

 

the twilit, allegorical

 

and

 

CGI enhanced

 

docufeature film

 

TITANIC [1997]!

 

 

!!YOU'RE STILL

 

KING OF THE WORLD!!

 

 

!!AND WELCOME BACK

 

TO THE TEMPLE THEATRE!!

 

 

 

 

!Happy 25th

 

anniversary

 

also

 

to

 

David Lynch,

 

Bill Pullman,

 

Patricia Arquette,

 

Balthazar Getty

 

and

 

the rest of the fine

 

cast and crew

 

of the twilit and allegorical

 

indie moving painting

 

LOST HIGHWAY [1997]!

 

 

Making it fitting

 

that I have finally finished

 

revising and rewriting

 

the "essay"

 

on

 

David Lynch

 

in the

 

Zone Warriors section.

 

 

Check out

 

the slightly revised

 

Guillermo Del Toro "essay"

 

while you are at it.

 

 

!!MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

DAVID AND GUILLERMO!!

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

!Happy 20th

 

anniversary

 

also

 

to

 

Sir Peter Jackson

 

and the

 

very talented

 

cast and crew

 

of

 

the daylit, allegorical

 

and CGI enhanced

 

indie docufeature artbuster

 

THE LORD OF THE RINGS:

 

THE TWO TOWERS [2002]

 

and

 

a belated

 

Happy 20th anniversary

 

to its first installment

 

THE LORD OF THE RINGS:

 

THE FELLOWSHIP OF

 

THE RING [2001]!

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

By the way,

 

the thoughtful look

 

at

 

the Dune series

 

by

 

Frank Herbert

 

has also

 

been re-re-re-revised

 

for

 

greater

 

incandescent illumination,

 

so

 

feel free

 

to

 

click on

 

the recently revised

 

Terry Gilliam

 

"essay"

 

to return

 

to

 

the weirding way!

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure ya

 

also check out

 

the

 

Zone Warriors

 

section

 

for

 

revised "essays"

 

on the

 

twilit and allegorical

 

film art

 

of

 

Ben Affleck,

 

Luc Besson,

 

Kathryn Bigelow,

 

Neill Blomkamp,

 

Tim Burton,

 

James Cameron,

 

Gia (GC) Coppola,

 

Sofia (SCC) Coppola,

 

 

Don Coscarelli,

 

Alex Cox,

 

Guillermo Del Toro,

 

Johnny Depp,

 

Sir T.V. "Terry Baby" Gilliam,

 

Sir Peter Jackson,

 

Angelina Jolie-

 

the latter slightly re-re-revised

 

yet more again

 

and again

 

and again-

 

Richard Kelly-

 

also slightly revised again-

 

Stanley Kubrick, 

 

David Lynch,

 

Frank Miller,

 

Sean Penn,

 

Sarah Polley-

 

the latter now

 

with insight

 

into

 

the ironically daylit,

 

allegorical and CGI enhanced

 

Jason Reitman

 

indie docufeature film

 

TULLY [2018]-

 

Jason Reitman-

 

the latter now

 

with

 

expanded thoughts

 

on

 

the twilit, allegorical,

 

and CGI enhanced

 

docufeature film

 

MEN, WOMEN

 

AND CHILDREN [2014],

 

the ironically daylit,

 

allegorical and CGI enhanced

 

indie docufeature film

 

TULLY [2018],

 

and

 

the twilit, allegorical,

 

CGI enhanced and

 

Ozian themed

 

docufeature film

 

GHOSTBUSTERS:

 

AFTERLIFE (2021)-

 

Robert Rodriguez,

 

Richard Rush, 

 

Sir Ridley Scott,

 

Quentin Tarantino,

 

Slava Tsukerman,

 

Denis Villeneuve,

 

and

 

Gary W. Wright-

 

the latter

 

now expanded with

 

already revised thoughts

 

on the twilit, allegorical,

 

CGI enhanced, Ozian themed

 

and

 

implicitly Gardevil addressing

 

Jon Turteltaub

 

docufeature film

 

THE MEG [2018]

 

and

 

the twilit, allegorical,

 

CGI enhanced

 

and

 

implicitly Gardevil addressing

 

Jon Watts

 

super satirical animaction film

 

SPIDER-MAN

 

NO WAY HOME [2021].

 

 

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

"...This country 

 

is

 

something that must be chosen-

 

it is so easy to leave-

 

and

 

if we do choose it

 

we are still choosing

 

a violent duality."

 

 

- Margaret Atwood

 

from p. 62 of

 

THE JOURNALS

 

OF

 

SUSANNA MOODIE (1970)

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

"...There are no interpretations

 

but only misinterpretations."

 

 

- Harold Bloom,

 

from

 

THE ANXIETY OF INFLUENCE

 

(1973)

 

 

 

Aaaarrggghhh!!!

 

- poor ol' Gardevil

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

"Very few critics

 

work carefully,

 

thoughtfully enough.

 

To see a film once

 

and

 

write a review

 

is an absurdity."

 

 

- so sayeth Stanley Kubrick,

 

from p. 106

 

of

 

STANLEY KUBRICK: interviews,

 

ed. by Gene D. Phillips

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

"Once,

 

we were artists.

 

!Pure!

 

But we,

 

all of us,

 

we became a distraction,

 

compromised

 

for the sake of fame,

 

comfort,

 

the approval

 

of strangers...

 

We

 

sing and dance

 

not to entertain

 

but to distract people

 

from the crushing gears

 

of a capitalist machine

 

that has no ideals

 

save for

 

greed and violence.

 

And let's not

 

kid ourselves,

 

Hollywood

 

is the best PR firm

 

the gunmakers

 

ever had.

 

What a sick culture...

 

This is a system

 

of soul-murder.

 

And history

 

will not be kind to us

 

for our complicity,

 

because

 

we know better."

 

 

- so sayeth

 

Jim Carrey

 

on

 

pp. 102-3

 

of

 

the allegorical

 

Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon

 

novel

 

Memoirs

 

And

 

Misinformation (2020)

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

"...Then

 

when we

 

in turn

 

write,

 

speak

 

or do things,

 

we release

 

our ideas

 

out  into

 

the environment,

 

where they

 

can infect

 

new brains.

 

Ideas,

 

like viruses,

 

thus proliferate

 

at prodigious rates,

 

changing

 

at prodigious rates

 

as they do so."

 

 

- George P. Smith

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

"The Evil

 

running rampant

 

around the world

 

shows no signs

 

of disappearing.

 

It hasn't changed

 

since I became

 

a Hero for fun.

 

In other words,

 

I am having no effect

 

on society.

 

I'm not sad about that.

 

I do this for fun,

 

so I just need

 

to satisfy myself."

 

 

- from

 

the intriguingly garish,

 

twilit, allegorical

 

and

 

CGI enhanced

 

One and Murata Yusuke

 

manga

 

One-Punch Man:

 

volume one,

 

p. 92.

 

 

 

Of course,

 

for

 

fittingly punchy

 

"insights"

 

into

 

One-Punch Man,

 

drop by

 

the

 

"essay"

 

on

 

Gary W. "Gardevil" Wright

 

in the

 

Zone Warriors

 

section.

 

 

!'Nuck said! 

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

"Power is lost or won,

 

never created

 

or

 

destroyed."

 

 

- Immaculee Constantin,

 

from p. 100

 

of the

 

twilit, allegorical,

 

CGI enhanced

 

and

 

implicitly Gardevil roasting

 

David Mitchell novel

 

 

THE BONE CLOCKS (2014)

 

 

 

****

 

 

"...A pestilence does not have

 

human dimensions,

 

so people tell themselves

 

that it is unreal,

 

that it is a bad dream

 

which will end.

 

But it does not always end

 

and,

 

from one bad dream

 

to the next,

 

it is people who end,

 

humanists first of all

 

because

 

they have not prepared

 

themselves."

 

 

- THE PLAGUE

 

by Albert Camus

 

p. 30.

 

 

 

****

 

 

"...The sugar

 

was sweeter

 

when you gave

 

it

 

to someone else

 

to taste."

 

- Harper Grayson

 

from p. 206

 

 

of the twilit, allegorical

 

and

 

CGI enhanced novel

 

 

THE FIREMAN (2016)

 

 

by Joe Hill

 

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

...life is the same as death

 

but the soul continues

 

in the same blinding light

 

 

- Ti Jean

 

from 123rd Chorus

 

of

 

MEXICO CITY BLUES

 

 

 

****

 

 

"...The truth is always best.

 

The only trouble is -

 

what is the truth?"

 

 

- Rockie

 

from

 

Out In The Open:

 

life on the street (1997)

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

"...Received opinion

 

is

 

often wrong

 

and 

 

usually boring;

 

the text is yours

 

to interpret...

 

This ability

 

to read symbolically,

 

to view

 

the very world

 

around us

 

symbolically,

 

is at the heart

 

of the whole

 

literary

 

[and cinema games].

 

To accept things

 

at first glance

 

to be

 

as they appear

 

on the surface

 

is to be trapped

 

in the literal.

 

To be able

 

to see

 

symbolic possibilities

 

allows one

 

to begin to make

 

connections

 

between things

 

that at first

 

seem to have

 

little to do

 

with each other."

 

 

 

- Doctor David R. Williams, PhD

 

from p 88 and 136

 

of

 

SIN BOLDLY:

 

Dr. Dave's guide to writing

 

the college paper (2004).

 

 

****

 

 

"...Life, 

 

he realized,

 

was a profoundly

 

complicated thing.

 

It was filled with awe

 

and wonder

 

and beauty,

 

but it was also filled

 

with heartbreak

 

and

 

loneliness.

 

Maybe that was what

 

made it

 

so precious.

 

You could never know

 

what to expect next,

 

or who might

 

step into

 

or out of

 

your world.

 

And the truth was

 

that we were all

 

navigating the mystery

 

together."

 

 

- from 

 

the implicitly

 

Jason Reitman

 

addressing teen novel

 

Superman: dawnbreaker (2020)

 

by Matt De La Pena, 

 

pp. 204-5

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

And

 

remember,

 

when in

 

Mississauga,

 

always visit

 

Image Collections,

 

the

 

finest emporium

 

of

 

collectibles,

 

games

 

and

 

narrative art

 

in

 

Streetsville,

 

"...the town in the city"

 

of Mississauga.

 

 

!!'Nuck said!!

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

RIP

 

 

 

Russell Banks

 

Jeff Beck

 

Earl Boen

 

Carole Cooke

 

David Crosby

 

Gina Lollobrigida

 

Lloyd Morrisett

 

David Onley

 

Tatjana Patitz

 

Lisa Marie Presley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

****