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Romantic Fish Eating

The Italian thriller Death Walks on High Heels is not terribly noteworthy even within the tiny cinematic sub-genre of giallo. There is, however, one scene in the movie that does jump out like a breaching marlin. It is the only film that I know of that sexualizes the eating of a grilled fish dinner.

Death Walks on High Heels - The Fish Seller

Nothing foreshadows an evening of passionate romance like a cart of dead fish.

Death Walks on High Heels - Griller's Blend

The flames of love have erupted beneath a pile of gnarly meat and scales.

Death Walks on High Heels - Plate of Fish

That's right, no silverware required. The best way to appreciate good food is by touch.

Death Walks on High Heels - The Fish Eater

Next step, start ramming globs of flaky white meat into your mouth.

Death Walks on High Heels - The Fish Eater

Be sure to chew carefully. You wouldn't want to cut the evening short with a bone caught in your trachea. Well, a fish bone that is.

Death Walks on High Heels - Close Up Gore

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2010 Best of the Year

Well it's the first day of the New Year. This day means different things to different people. For my wife it means washing off the post-New-Year's-Eve-bash Sharpie moustache that she woke up with this morning. For me it means it's time to assess what I thought was the best of the media I consumed this past year.

Movies

Like last year, there really wasn't anything that truly amazed me this year. My best rated films were Moon and The Maltese Falcon. I watched more T.V. than I have in recent years, so I suppose I could add Lost, V or The Walking Dead as honorable mentions.

Books

Towards the second half of the year I started reading a bit more than usual and found several books truly grabbed me in ways that no movie or show did this year. If I had to pick a favorite from this year it would be…

Images from Lucio Fulci's Conquest

Lucio Fulci's Conquest - Laser Arrow
The faceless LASER-bowman who threatens Ocron in her writhing sleep.

Lucio Fulci's Conquest
That symbol on my head means I have no friends, only enemies... and the friends you will meet in the next reel.

Lucio Fulci's Conquest
Random innocent killed so our heroes can steal his food.

Lucio Fulci's Conquest
The movie appears to have been filmed in smoke-o-vision.

Lucio Fulci's Conquest
Okay, I have to admit these cobwebbed zombie ghouls are pretty cool. Read my micro-review of the film.

2009 Best of the Year

It's the end of another year and I think it would be a good time for me to recap my personal best of lists for 2009. In case you haven't noticed, much of this site is devoted to keeping track of all the media I digest. I review and rate just about every movie, game or book I finish. I also keep track of the music I listen to, but I don't really buy much music anymore, so that section doesn't really give a good overview of the new music I have heard lately. So, anyhow, here it is. The Pages of Fun Best of 2009!

Best Book

  • Flying Colours by C. S. Forester - I'd ran out of Aubry/Maturin Napoleonic era novels so I guess Hornblower had to suffice for this year. This series has its highs and lows, and never quite matches O'Brian, but this book in particular was very good.
  • Honorable Mention: Twisty

AMC's The Prisoner Remake

I just finished watching all six episodes of AMC's remake of The Prisoner and I guess I shouldn't have expected much. How could you possibly redo one of the most unique and thought provoking television series without disappointing those of us who idolize the original? After seeing some early teaser featurettes on AMC's Web site I started to get high hopes for this. I mean, Gandalf as No. 2! And look at this awesome still:

Jesus is about to get crushed by a gargantuan pilates ball! If this series had consisted entirely of No. 6 being chased by rovers I would have been satisfied. Instead we get a confusing mess of mumbled dialog, uninformative flashbacks, more mumbled dialog and 3 or 4 schmaltzy love story plot lines. The rovers have about 15 seconds of total screen time over the course…

My Media Consumption Journal

2007

Music List 2007

  • My God is Alive! Sorry About Yours. by The Knights of the New Crusade
  • The Austerity Program...?
  • A Challenge to the Cowards of Christendom by The Knights of the New Crusade
  • On a Tight Budget by Budget Girls
  • The Giallos Flame by The Giallos Flame
    • Rating: 7/10
  • L'Uccello Dalle Piume di Cristallo by Ennio Morricone
    • Rating: 10/10

Game List 2007

  • The Last Battle
    • Rating 3/10
    • Impossible platform brawler for the Sega Genesis.
  • The Orange Box
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
    • Rating: 7/10