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The Book Nook: "Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything" (James Gleick)

Faster and faster.  The world moves faster, the days are going by faster... but what better time to slow down a bit, and read?"Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything" by James Gleick is a fascinating examination of humanity's growing and insatiable need for more time- and it's pursuit of it.  He explores things from people's habit of punching the "Close Door" button in elevators in the vain hope that it'll close faster, to people who'll hit 88 seconds on the microwave instead of 90... simply because it's faster to hit 8 twice.This book delves and explores how we've come to possess a world that moves quickly... but in which we actually have less time to spare.  He examines the fact that the "time saving" devices we create, don't seem to be actually saving us time- but rather costing us time. Time that we could be using to live life to it's fullest.What affects on Society and humans does this acceleration of ev…
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#52BottlesOfBeer 38: Wild Ambition Brewing Blending In

When you live in the city, there comes a time when you need to blow off some steam... get a little crazy...Get a little wild...
The label for Wild Ambition's Blending In is a simple, yet intriguing one.  Simple colours, simple font, simple graphics, simple arrangement.  But, it's piqued my interest, and made me curious- what was it trying to blend in with?  What secrets were hiding within it's classic, stubby bottle?  I loved the simple use of the bare tree branches- it add a touch of mystery to the label.
This brew has a nice, golden colour, with a slight haze, and manages to maintain a decent head of foam that contrasts wonderfully with the beer itself.  It isn't all that different from most beers in shade and tone, but was still quite pleasing.Unlike most sours I've had this year, Wild Ambition's Blending In didn't smack me with its taste on the first sip.  It's a lighter ale at 6%, and the level of sourness matches.  It's enough to make you go, &q…

Review: Enola Holmes

Don't be surprised if you're a Sherlock Holmes fan, like myself, and had no idea the famous fictional character had a kid sister named Enola. He didn't, at least according to his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.But a series of young-adult novels written by Nancy Springer played on the idea that Sherlock and his a-hole brother Mycroft did indeed have a younger sister, one as brilliant and capable as both of them. And she, of course, had many great mysteries to solve.Which brings us to the latest Netflix Original Movie, Enola Holmes. This is a spirited adaptation of Springer's books; one that is full of humour, brains, and features a brilliant hero in the form of Stranger Things's Millie Bobby Brown.Now, Enola Holmes wasn't made for me. I'm in my 40s, live on a diet of horror and action films, train in martial arts, and love my whiskey and beer. It's aimed at teenage girls -- or at the very least teens -- and is a fast-paced family film full of perfect pe…

Marcus Flor revisits South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut

I felt like unwinding this past weekend, so I threw in the crass classic South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999). It held up surprisingly well and is, in some ways, even more relevant now than when it came out. Its commentary on censorship still rings true, although outrage culture is now on steroids compared to the 90s. This movie is also a fairly competent musical as well.The songs are well written, catchy and hilarious. They put way more effort into the music than I first realized watching the film back in the day. South Park walks the line between satire and genuine musical quite a bit.What I enjoy most is the comedy still holds up despite some dated elements. There are so many great off-hand jokes that catch you off guard. The film also uses referential humour, but doesn't rely on it. I can't say the same about most current comedy films.All in all, this is a great time, and I recommend checking it out if you haven't already. This one is a Good.

Behold, Jeff Payne's In Darkness I Wait

The wait is over! The Pale Faced Lady has returned! Above is the beautiful -- in a horror-movie sense -- thing that is Jeff Payne's third chapter in his Pale Faced Lady saga, In Darkness I wait. And as you've just realized, it's a great piece of work from a talented filmmaker.Didn't watch it yet? Shame! But we'll give you 24 minutes to do so right now...And we are back. Jeff really upped his game with this one, going for a full and spooky narrative, matching that with some haunting visuals (mannequin with a bunny head? Yup, that got me!) and decent performances from his actors. Not to mention that ending! In Darkness I Wait is the real deal, and the perfect way to launch the countdown to Halloween. Five weeks and two days to go, by the way!Kudos to Jeff, stars Hannah Swayze and Stan Love, and the rest of his cast and crew. This is a great piece of work, and I can't wait to see what all y'all get up to next!A Pale Faced Lady movie would be nice...


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A Fistful of Clint: "For a Few Dollars More" (1965)

Saddle up, cow folk!  It's time to follow the tumbleweed to a time of outlaws and bounty hunters as we once again join up with The Man With No Name...El Indio has been broken out of jail.  Two bounty hunters race against time and each other to hunt him.Who'll catch him the outlaw first?  The nameless drifter, or the former Officer who has a personal stake in the confrontation with El Indio?Who'll earn a few dollars more...?This sequel to "A Fistful of Dollars" keeps up the tradition started with the first one.  Stark landscapes, morally ambiguous characters, and setting a new standard by which Westerns would be measured against in North America.The story isn't really all that complex- but is certainly sufficient to carry the weight and power of the characters.  In fact, this movie is absolutely more about the characters than the plot.  You're bound to lose track of the story details as you become fascinated by the three main characters.  They're all u…

The Haunting of Bly Manor trailer promises plenty of Halloween treats

Mike Flanagan's The Haunting of Hill House might not have been a faithful adaptation of Shirley Jackson's novel, but it definitely delivered all the goods one would want from a top-notch horror TV series. Hence many are excited for Flanagan's follow up, The Haunting of Bly Manor. Us among them.
This series is inspired by the 1898 Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw, as well as elements from many other James stories. And it brings back Hill House alumni Henry Thomas, Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Kate Siegel.
As you can tell from the trailer above, this one promises plenty of creepy visuals and old-school scares, which Flanagan has mastered to a T! Just how good it turns out remains to be seen, but we'll know for sure when The Haunting of Bly Manor hits Netflix Oct. 9.
What else happens Oct. 9? From The Basement return to the mighty Radio NL 610 AM Kamloops, that's what!
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The Book Nook: "Proof" (Alex Grecian & Riley Rossmo)

I'm just going to jump right into things today.  No preamble.  No synopsis.  No dilly.  No dally.Read "Proof" by Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo, and published by Image Comics.Why?Sasquatch.Sasquatch who talks.Talking Sasquatch who's part of a top secret government organization.Talking Sasquatch who's part of a top secret government organization that investigates and deals with paranormal and cryptozological threats.That's why.Great premise.  Great characters with charm and depth.  Great story lines with action, humour, drama, and personality.  Great cover art as displayed at the top.  Great interior art as displayed just below:
See?
I was highly impressed by this comic.  It's smartly written, with fascinating characters, engaging stories, and atmospheric and stylish art in and out.
Give it a read- you won't be disappointed.  I certainly wasn't.  Sasquatch would give this a "Good"- and so do I.

#52BottlesOfBeer 37: Red Collar Brewing Dave Bomb Double IPA

On a smokey, hazy day like today, the wood smell almost reminds me of a campfire... and makes me want to drink a beer...
This week's entry- Dave Bomb Double IPA by Red Collar Brewing has a nice, whimsical label that brings a much needed smile, and sense of light heartedness to the chaos of 2020.  The illustration is both simple, yet full of detail.  While it's the focal point of the label, it doesn't detract from the popping of the red text.  I also really loved the understated colour scheme as well with the black, tan, and red colours contrasting while still maintaining a harmonious and unified look.

This beer has a beautiful golden amber colour to it that I found quite pleasing.  It looked flavorful.  It doesn't really hold a head of foam very long though.  There's a bit of haze to it when first poured, but it cleared up fairly quickly- allowing me to gaze into it and just enjoy the play of light in its depths.
The first sip is enough to make you take notice.  This …

The Basement's Jason Hewlett narrates new JoBlo/AITH series The UFO Show

Because he clearly doesn't have enough to do, From The Basement co-host and We Want to Believe writer/director Jason Hewlett has hopped on board the last series from JoBlo.com and Arrow in the Head, The UFO Show!The UFO Show explores the Top 5 UFO stories of every month, shining a spooky spotlight on alleged extraterrestrial sightings, unidentified flying object encounters, and other otherworldly news. If the truth is indeed out there, The UFO Show will find it!What are we digging into this episode? We explore mysterious sightings in England, a close encounter in Argentina, a Russian cosmonaut's incredible sighting in space, and a historic declaration from the U.S. Department of Defense about their search for unexplained spacecraft.Hewlett narrates from a script by Eric Walkuski. All the awesome visuals are courtesy of We Want to Believe editor/producer Jason D. Morris.  Source: JoBlo Horror Videos