****

 

 

 

Alas,

 

forty years ago

 

in

 

the early morning hours

 

of

 

Friday, July 23, 1982,

 

a special effects explosion

 

caused a helicopter

 

to crash and kill

 

actor/writer/director Vic Morrow

 

and

 

illegally hired and employed

 

child extras

 

Renee Chen and Myca Le

 

on

 

the George Folsey jr. produced

 

John Landis set

 

of the

 

Kathleen Kennedy

 

associate produced,

 

Frank Marshall produced,

 

and

 

Landis and Steven Spielberg

 

executive produced

 

Landis, Spielberg,

 

Joe Dante and George Miller

 

docufeature film

 

TWILIGHT ZONE:

 

THE MOVIE [1983],

 

outraging audiences

 

and film artists,

 

changing film art

 

and

 

the Temple Theatre forever,

 

and kicking off

 

an implicit,

 

brutal, bitter,

 

and

 

allegorical Zone War

 

in

 

fiction and film art

 

that continues to this day.

 

 

 

!May the anguished souls

 

of

 

Myca, Renee and Vic

 

be at peace today,

 

and

 

may traumatic disasters

 

never befall

 

another film set!

 

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

!HAPPY

 

40th

 

BIRTHDAY,

 

CANADA!

 

 

!!MAY

 

YOU HAVE

 

MANY MORE!!

 

 

AND

 

HAPPY

 

40th ANNIVERSARY,

 

CANADA'S

 

CONSTITUTION!

 

 

 

!!LONG MAY YOU

 

SUPPORT

 

AND

 

INSPIRE US!!

 

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

!!And

 

to kick off August,

 

check out

 

the

 

rethunked, revised,

 

and rewritten

 

ultra super special

 

scholar's cut edition

 

of

 

the Don Coscarelli essay

 

in

 

the Zone Warriors section

 

for

 

a completely new look

 

at

 

the eerily and presciently

 

twilit and allegorical

 

indie docufeature film

 

THE BEASTMASTER [1982],

 

forty years young

 

this month!!

 

 

!!!!LONG MAY IT MASTER

 

THE BLOCKBUSTER BEAST!!!

 

 

 

!!!!YoW!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

 

!Happy

 

40th anniversary

 

to

 

Slava Tsukerman,

 

Anne Carlisle,

 

and

 

the rest of the

 

talented cast and crew

 

of

 

the twilit and allegorical

 

indie docufeature film

 

LIQUID SKY [1982]!

 

 

!!As the song says,

 

shine on ya

 

crazy diamond!!

 

 

!And

 

Happy

 

belated 40th anniversary

 

to

 

Tim Burton, Vincent Price,

 

and

 

the talented

 

crew of the

 

allegorical indie

 

short animation film

 

VINCENT [1982]!

 

 

 

 

!Happy

 

 

40th Anniversary

 

as well

 

to

 

Steven Lisberger

 

and

 

the talented

 

cast and crew

 

of

 

the eerily twilit,

 

allegorical and CGI enhanced

 

animaction film TRON [1982]!

 

 

 

 

!And

 

Happy

 

40th anniversary

 

to

 

Philip K. Dick

 

and

 

Sir Ridley Scott

 

and

 

the talented

 

cast and crew

 

of

 

that Great Flawed Film,

 

the eerily and presciently twilit,

 

allegorical, CGI enhanced,

 

Ozian themed

 

and

 

implicitly George Lucas

 

addressing

 

indie docufeature artbuster

 

BLADE RUNNER [1982],

 

released forty years ago

 

today

 

on June 25, 1982,

 

which,

 

despite its many faults,

 

is still worth sitting down with

 

and

 

re-experiencing.

 

 

 

!Make sure you also

 

re-experience its great,

 

memorable

 

and

 

haunting

 

Vangelis composed soundtrack,

 

as well!

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

!Happy

 

40th Anniversaries

 

also 

 

to

 

John Carpenter

 

and

 

the talented

 

cast and crew

 

of

 

the eerily and presciently

 

twilit and allegorical

 

docufeature film

 

THE THING [1982],

 

to

 

John Milius

 

and

 

the talented

 

cast and crew

 

of

 

the eerily twilit, allegorical

 

and

 

implicitly George Lucas roasting

 

docufeature film

 

CONAN THE BARBARIAN

 

[1982],

 

to

 

George Miller

 

and

 

the talented

 

cast and crew

 

of

 

the eerily twilit, allegorical

 

and

 

implicitly Lucas

 

and

 

Steven Spielberg roasting

 

indie docufeature film

 

THE ROAD WARRIOR [1982],

 

and to

 

Nicholas Meyer

 

and

 

the equally talented

 

cast and crew

 

of the allegorical

 

and

 

computer generated imagery

 

[CGI] enhanced

 

feature film

 

STAR TREK II:

 

THE WRATH OF KHAN [1982],

 

which literally

 

saw

 

the birth

 

of

 

the brave neo world

 

of CGI enhanced

 

film art.

 

 

!!YOW!!

 

 

 

 

!And

 

Happy Belated

 

Twenty-Fifth

 

Anniversary

 

to

 

"Lucky" Luc Besson

 

and

 

the talented

 

cast and crew

 

of

 

the daylit, allegorical,

 

CGI enhanced, Ozian themed,

 

and implicitly Lucas addressing

 

docufeature film

 

THE FIFTH ELEMENT [1997],

 

long may it save the world

 

and

 

keep shinin' that

 

little light of luv!

 

 

 

!!PERFECT!!

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

 

Well,

 

for what it's worth,

 

the latest version

 

of

 

Chapter 10

 

of

 

THE WIZARD OF FORCE

 

is fiittingly finished

 

and

 

ready to read today,

 

May 25, 2022,

 

the 45th anniversary

 

of

 

the release

 

of

 

STAR WARS

 

EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE

 

on

 

May 25, 1977,

 

hopefully

 

it will inspire me

 

to revise

 

and rewrite

 

the other nine chapters.

 

 

 

 

So feel free

 

to click on Chapter 4

 

and then Chapter 5

 

to get at Chapter 10,

 

and see what you think.

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

 

There can be

 

no more exceptions

 

or privileges.

 

Everybody must be equal...

 

 

The power of peace

 

must be dominant.

 

 

- Ukrainian President

 

Volodymyr Zelensky

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

 

 

!G'day people!

 

 

Hope you are

 

staying healthy.

 

 

By the way,

 

if you need

 

to escape from

 

the infuriating

 

and

 

depressing

 

war in Ukraine

 

for a while,

 

drop by

 

the Zone Warriors

 

section

 

for the latest

 

revision

 

of

 

the "essay"

 

on

 

the allegorical

 

docufeature

 

and docufeature artbuster

 

film art

 

of

 

Stanley Kubrick,

 

 

the twilit and allegorical

 

film art

 

of

 

Sir Peter Jackson

 

and

 

the latest

 

revised look

 

at

 

the brilliant film art

 

of

 

Richard Kelly,

 

complete

 

with a

 

thoughtful look

 

at

 

the twilit, allegorical,

 

CGI enhanced

 

 

and

 

implicitly Kelly

 

and

 

George Lucas addressing

 

Derek Cianfrance

 

indie docufeature film

 

THE PLACE BEYOND

 

THE PINES [2012].

 

 

 

Also

 

finally revised

 

and

 

rewrote

 

the edifying "essay"

 

on

 

the superlative

 

indie docufeature film art

 

of

 

Richard "Gold" Rush.

 

 

!Action!

 

 

!!NOW!!

 

 

 

!The

 

"essay"

 

on the

 

indie docufeature film art

 

of

 

Gia Coppola

 

has also been

 

revised

 

and

 

rewritten

 

to make it

 

nothin' special!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 ponder that,

 

as well as

 

the also recently revised

 

"essays"

 

on those other

 

Masters of cinematic mayhem,

 

Tim Burton,

 

Alex Cox,

 

Frank Miller,

 

Robert Rodriguez,

 

and

 

Slava Tsukerman.

 

 

!IT'S INTENSE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

 

 

!HAPPY BIRTHDAY

 

TO YOU

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

 

TO YOU

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

 

James and ULYSSES

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

 

TO YOU!

 

 

 

!Yes!

 

 

!FEBRUARY 2, 2022,

 

was indeed

 

THE 100th ANNIVERSARY

 

of

 

THE PUBLICATION

 

of

 

the allegorical James Joyce

 

indie docufiction novel

 

ULYSSES (1922)

 

and

 

the 140th birthday

 

of

 

James Joyce!

 

 

 

 

!SO RAISE

 

A GUINNESS

 

OR

 

A JAMESON

 

TO JIMMY

 

and

 

ULYSSES

 

this

 

anniversary year!

 

 

 

!!SLAINTE CHARAS!!

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

DO NOT ATTEMPT

 

TO ADJUST

 

YOUR COMPUTER.

 

 

This is the latest update

 

from

 

the poor ol' Gardevil

 

coming to you

 

live n burnin

 

from

 

Slotek HQ

 

deep in the heart

 

of the

 

Free Village of Streetsville.

 

 

This update concerns

 

the

 

already

 

slightly revised,

 

twilit, allegorical

 

and

 

CGI enhanced

 

Zonebuster film art

 

of

 

James Francis Cameron

 

and

 

cannot be stopped.

 

 

It can however

 

be trusted

 

as it emanates

 

from the only free

 

and

 

honest source

 

on planet Earth.

 

 

A free

 

and

 

honest source

 

dedicated to ensuring

 

that

 

audiences understand

 

the truth

 

about

 

the dread allegorical

 

Zone Wars,

 

in order to

 

hold film artists

 

to account.

 

 

Peace and luv...

 

Out.

 

 

- Gardevil

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

!Feel free!

 

to

 

also check out

 

the

 

rethunked,

 

 

rewritten

 

and

 

revised

 

"essay"

 

on

 

Sarah Polley

 

to

 

bask gratefully

 

in

 

the refreshing

 

and

 

rejuvenating

 

daylight

 

of

 

!Polleywood!,

 

complete

 

with

 

 an already revised look

 

at the daylit, allegorical

 

CGI enhanced, Ozian themed

 

and

 

implicitly Polley toasting

 

Jon Turteltaub

 

docufeature film

 

THE MEG [2018]!

 

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

 

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-

 

including

 

a revised look

 

at

 

the twilit, allegorical,

 

CGI enhanced, Ozian themed

 

and

 

implicitly Lucas addressing

 

indie docufeature artbuster

 

STRANGE DAYS [1995],

 

!D'oh!-

 

Neill Blomkamp,

 

Tim Burton,

 

James Cameron-

 

the latter

 

with another

 

slightly revised look

 

at

 

the Nolan

 

BATMAN TRILOGY-

 

Gia (GC) Coppola,

 

Sofia (SCC) Coppola-

 

now including

 

revised thoughts

 

on

 

the twilit and allegorical

 

Terry Zwigoff

 

indie docufeature film

 

ART SCHOOL

 

CONFIDENTIAL (2006)

 

and

 

the twilit, allegorical

 

and CGI enhanced

 

SCC indie docufeature film

 

ON THE ROCKS (2020)-

 

Don Coscarelli,

 

Alex Cox,

 

Guillermo Del Toro,

 

Johnny Depp,

 

Sir T.V. "Terry Baby" Gilliam,

 

Sir Peter Jackson,

 

Angelina Jolie-

 

the latter slightly revised

 

yet more again-

 

Richard Kelly-

 

also slightly revised again-

 

Stanley Kubrick, 

 

Frank Miller,

 

Sean Penn,

 

Sarah Polley,

 

Jason Reitman-

 

the latter now

 

with

 

expanded thoughts

 

on

 

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

 

 

Neal Adams

 

Julie Amato

 

Reza Baraheni

 

Peter Bogdanovich

 

Boris Brott

 

James Caan

 

Julee Cruise

 

Don Cullen

 

Philip K. Dick

 

Olivier Dundas

 

Andrew Gregorovich

 

Rockin' Ronnie Hawkins

 

Taylor Hawkins

 

Anne Heche

 

Elaine Herzberg

 

Howard Hesseman

 

Bo Hopkins

 

William Hurt

 

Olivia N. John

 

Guy Lafleur

 

Michael Lang

 

Ray Liotta

 

Meat Loaf

 

Stuart MacMillan

 

Hudson Madsen

 

David Milgaard

 

Nichelle Nichols

 

Shane O'Connor

 

Lindsey Pearlman

 

Wolfgang Petersen

 

Sidney Poitier

 

Ivan Reitman

 

Brent Renaud

 

Rene Robert

 

Marnie Schulenburg

 

Brayden Smith

 

Michel Subor

 

Bjarni Tryggvason

 

Vangelis

 

Victims of the Ukrainian War

 

including

 

the Mariupol Drama Theatre

 

bombing 

 

David Warner

 

Robyn G. Wiley

 

Shane Yellowbird

 

 

 

****