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Author:  Ray [ Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:52 am ]
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Aww, shucks. Thanks... :oops:

Author:  Paul Woodward [ Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:12 pm ]
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jscooper wrote:
Colin Harvey is spot on about Ray Cluley's 'Beachcombing'. It's deeply affecting, a story I know I will go back and re-read. It's beautiful, mysterious and elegiac.

Looking forward very much to the appearance of his next story. Ray's set the bar incredibly high. I'm envious as hell...


Yes, I too wish I could write something as simple as that.

I was impressed with the vague one sentence asides of something deeper happening to the man on the beach 8)

Author:  des2 [ Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:39 pm ]
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Just started my real-time review of Black Static #19: ... static-19/

Author:  Lawrence Conquest [ Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:04 am ]
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I particularly enjoyed Simon Clark and Ray Cluley's stories this issue - completely different styles but both very well done.

Author:  des2 [ Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:24 am ]
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des2 wrote:
Just started my real-time review of Black Static #19: ... static-19/

And finished.
I was kept awake......

Author:  Pete [ Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:07 pm ]
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Jonathan McCalmont's review at SF Signal:- ... static-19/

Author:  Paul Woodward [ Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:24 pm ]
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I found the non-fiction columns as thought provoking as ever.

On the subject of Psycho though I was put in mind of the novel Point Omega by Don Delillo earlier this year where the character watches a 24 hour extended version of Psycho

This book is very short and well worth reading.

I must admit though I am not that keen on anthologies I tend to dip into a few stories and then leave them, so I just skimmed through these pages knowing I would never read what they're talking about.

I Like the warning posts put up in the DVD reviews about which ones not to watch.

A good issue all in all although the Simon Clark story was a bit disappointing it didn't seem to go anywhere with me, the stargazing didn't do anything?

Author:  Stephen Volk [ Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:29 pm ]
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Hi, Paul. Actually, in my draft version of my piece on Hitchcock/Psycho I discussed Douglas Gordon's concept art film "24 Hr Psycho" but I thought it had been covered elsewhere so it was chopped in the edit. You have reminded me to drop a heavy hint for the David Thompson book for Xmas!

Author:  Paul Woodward [ Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:54 pm ]
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I've often thought what if any significance there is in Hitchcock appearing in all of his films, maybe just walking across the camera?
Is it to remind us that its just a film that's been made and it isn't real, however highly wraught it gets?
I say this because I can remember watching Birds as a child and being really spooked out by it, to the point of hiding under the bedclothes etc.

Author:  Stephen Volk [ Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:06 pm ]
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Paul, there is a whole thesis to be had on that subject alone! He even created a model of himself for the film FRENZY. Supposedly it started with an early lack of extras, them became expected of him - and of course, a joke. This film DOUBLE TAKE was made by Johan Grimonprez recently, who wanted to explore Hitchciock's use of doubles. He also compiled a book called LOOKING FOR ALFRED. ... 410&sr=1-1

Author:  Paul Woodward [ Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:44 pm ]
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It looks good. I shall see if I can get hold of Double Take.

On the subject of Hitchcock appearing in his films, I think it is either to show that they are not real, or just a bit of ego saying it's my film and I'll appear in it if I want to. Or maybe a combination of both. I wouldn't have looked for a shortage of extras as the reason, he never actually does anything (if my memory serves correct).

Author:  Ray [ Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:55 am ]
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I think it's certainly the latter for Shyamalan - he seems to do the same thing.

Author:  Roy [ Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:29 pm ]
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Shyamalan more active, risibly so in a recent(ish) case.

Author:  Ray [ Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:01 am ]
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You mean the one where he plays a writer responsible for writing something that changes the world? And the film critic dies? :shock:

Actually, depsite my tone, I quite liked that one. All of them until The Happening, actually. Can't vouch for the kids one.

Author:  Roy [ Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:34 am ]
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Unbreakable I liked after that its downhill till I gave up with "the one where he plays a writer".

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