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Reviews & Commentary by Adam Groves

Comic-Con Questions and Claims

Comic-Con, held in July of every year, invariably captures the interest of every media outlet in the land, and it is, quite simply, the premiere event of its kind

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RED RANGE

This graphic novel, initially published in 1999, would appear to be the wild card among Joe Lansdale’s comic work

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LAST CALL

Here’s a novel that adequately displays both the strengths and weaknesses of Tim Powers’s unique brand of fantasy.

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THE ARCHITECT OF RUINS

A mind-boggler par excellence, courtesy of Dedalus, who can always be counted on to dig up fascinating Euro-obscurities

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RAIN

An unabashed throwback to the type of high-class, speculatively-charged porn lit that flourished in the late 1960s and early 70s

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REFLECTIONS FROM A CINEMATIC CESSPOOL

A must-own for films nerds everywhere, this is a joint memoir by the notorious Kuchar brothers

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FADE-OUT

The “Most Compelling Novel of the Unknown Ever Written?”  I’m not sure about that…

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On HIGH SCHOOL FROM HELL

Why should you care about HIGH SCHOOL FROM HELL, a semi-autobiographical novel by an ex-high school English teacher?

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HANNA D.

A Euro sleaze-fest that occupies a most rarified category: that of cut-rate rip-offs of 1981’s CHRISTIANE F.!

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WIZARDS

The first and most interesting of animator-director Ralph Bakshi’s cartoon fantasy epics (others include THE LORD OF THE RINGS and FIRE AND ICE)

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ELLE

Here we have what I’d argue is the sole major benefit of the film ELLE: the long-delayed English translation of the novel that inspired it

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FOREIGN NOVELS IN TRANSLATION: MY TWELVE MOST WANTED

I’ve been called a snob about translated novels, but in fact my preference for such books is quite basic and, I believe, well-reasoned

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TV Flashback: THE REZ

Here’s a program that will probably not be of interest to much of my readership, yet it is one of my favorites

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BETWEEN TIME AND TIMBUKTU

It’s no stretch to call this one of the strangest programs ever broadcast on American television

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ECSTATIC STIGMATIC

One of the more infamous examples of the “No Wave” film movement

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THE TIGHTER IT GETS

Robert Moore was a prolific contributor to the famed smut book outfit Olympia Press and its offshoot Ophelia, under whose imprint the present book appeared

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Four Films Called ADAM

ADAM: a good title, I’d say, and one in which, needless to add, I have a more-than-passing interest

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CRUEL GHOST LEGEND

A 1968 film that until recently was thought “lost,” CRUEL GHOST LEGEND is a most engaging combination of the ghost and samurai Japanese movie tropes

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THE MARK

For sleaze fans this is a title of special interest, a hilariously overwrought Greek sexploitater from 1977

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ASYLUM

This 1972 documentary looks in on a most unique method of psychological treatment

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HANNA D.

A Euro sleaze-fest that occupies a most rarified category: that of cut-rate rip-offs of 1981’s CHRISTIANE F.!

read more

WIZARDS

The first and most interesting of animator-director Ralph Bakshi’s cartoon fantasy epics (others include THE LORD OF THE RINGS and FIRE AND ICE)

read more

RED RANGE

This graphic novel, initially published in 1999, would appear to be the wild card among Joe Lansdale’s comic work

read more

LAST CALL

Here’s a novel that adequately displays both the strengths and weaknesses of Tim Powers’s unique brand of fantasy.

read more

OVER MY DEAD BODY

This heavily illustrated overview of “The Sensational Age of The American Paperback” is hardly the definitive book on the subject

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Comic-Con Questions and Claims

Comic-Con, held in July of every year, invariably captures the interest of every media outlet in the land, and it is, quite simply, the premiere event of its kind

read more