Monday, December 28, 2015

Lovecraft was a racist bastard

This is not news. Nor is this link to a recent article, but is is to an article well worth reading, as it hits all the salient points, without being apologist.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Accident in Westmount

Nothing at all to do with the Investigators getting into a brawl with some mythos being during the night. Nope, nuh-uh!

1912 Philbin Hardware Co, Westmount

This article seems like the perfect press release to cover-up Investigator activities, or more likely, their blunders!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Photo of the Day

Montréal 1917

A seasonally appropriate Photo of the Day. The Zamboni is an iconic Canadian vehicle, of course, ice had to be groomed before the invention of such an icon, and here we are with the way it was done back then.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Ghostbusting Lovecraft

An interesting article on Lovecraft in Ghostbusters, and how the film confirms the Lovecraftian world view, whilst also providing an antidote to it.

It being the 30th anniversary of the film, and with it coming out on Netflix, I re-watched it recently. There were many things that passed me by when watching it the first time round, one of which being Bill Murray's character, Venkman. One thing that struck me was how much of a sex-pest Venkman was. It was almost enough to spoil the film for me. My world view, and I hope that of films in general has moved on a lot since 1985, and what was acceptable then, and what I failed to think twice about now strikes me as just wrong. This is but one reason why I am so very glad that the remake of the film that is planned has gone for an all female cast.

Still, in many ways, Ghostbusters is a classic, and much as Lovecraft's racism now strikes readers but is not enough to stop them from enjoying the rest of his prose, Venkman's misogyny is hopefully ot enough in itself to stop the enjoyment of the rest of the film, as it truly still has may things to offer.