Mattimas Rex

Dec 8, 2012

"Somewhere in the gray wood by the river is the huntsman and in the brooming corn and in the castellated press of cities. His work lies all wheres and his hounds tire not. I have seen them in a dream, slaverous and wild and their eyes crazed with ravening for souls in this world. Fly them."

Suttree, Cormac McCarthy

Dec 7, 2012

On Donnie Darko and the Convergence of Sci-Fi and Horror

Horror and science fiction films are outgrowths of a human collective consciousness that address universal fears and concerns that in our early development had been shared in the form of myth and folktale. The two genres, when boiled down to their basics, seem contradictory in their concerns: horror films overwhelmingly deal with the fear of death, while science fiction films, in their more satiric nature, deal with a fear of life, or of our future. This dichotomy is the reason that the convergence of the two genres can create such vibrant films. Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko is a film that manages to balance the two genres adeptly and is as good a film as any to display why the two work well together in creating a significant tension throughout.

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May 25, 2012

Sequim

This town begins as a series of homes nestled in the foothills of the Olympics and as the ground rolls down to the coast becomes a loosely structured downtown with hardware stores and a highway diner and antique shops and two stoplights. Because elk migrate through our yards and our streets, we have a large statue of one at the city limit welcoming anyone coming to town. Because wolves hunt in packs in our surrounding forests, our high school mascot is large and grey with a long snout and sharp teeth. Our main exports are lavender and crab. Our main import is retired seniors. As you can guess, nothing of much significance goes on here, but it’s my job to make it seem as if it does.

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Feb 7, 2011

"Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go."

E. L. Doctorow