Mike Sirota's Blog – Swords, Specters, & Stuff

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I started this blog in January 2012 for one simple reason: I love to write. I named it “Swords, Specters, & Stuff” because I especially love to write about writing, about books and movies in my favorite genres, about authors that mean a great deal to me. But there’s so much more than that, hence the all-inclusive “Stuff” in the title. It is “Stuff” that gives me carte blanche to write about anything, which is why you’ll see stories about special trips to Cooperstown, Sedona, and other places; about getting older; about baseball; about the otherworldly way in which I met my soul mate; about the loss of good friends, and so much more. Enjoy! And feel free to leave a comment.

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Films About Writers—Crimson Peak

Throwback Thursday: Films About Writers—Crimson Peak

In the 2015 Gothic thriller, CRIMSON PEAK, director Guillermo del Toro has crafted an atmospheric period piece designed to scare the living crap out of viewers. Young, aspiring novelist Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) likes to write ghost stories, but I doubt if she planned on living one.

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And This Week’s Guest Star Is…H.G. Wells?

And This Week’s Guest Star Is…H.G. Wells?

My bride and I have gotten hooked on MURDOCH MYSTERIES, a popular, award-winning Canadian television series on Acorn that, to all intent and purpose, might as well be called “CSI: Nineteenth Century.” We’re into the fifth season as of this writing, and given that the program is in its thirteenth season (and counting), with over 200 episodes, we have a long way to go.

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Throwback Thursday: A Taut Thriller From Down Under

Throwback Thursday: A Taut Thriller From Down Under

I’m a sucker for “creature features” and I always keep an eye out (ouch!) for ones that I might’ve missed. When Netflix recommended ROGUE, a 2007 indy thriller from Australia with some familiar names in the cast and—amazingly, for this genre—a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I just had to see it. Glad I did.

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20/20 In 2020: We Can Only Hope

20/20 In 2020: We Can Only Hope

The year is just about done, and like others before it, 2019 has been a challenging one. Challenging for Jacqueline and me, challenging for this country, challenging for the world.

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Guilty Pleasures: The Hurricane Heist

Guilty Pleasures: The Hurricane Heist

Negative reviews? Crummy box office? Oh yes, the 2018 action/disaster film, THE HURRICANE HEIST, is definitely a world-class Guilty Pleasure. Some critics even agreed that it was the “Best/Worst” movie of the year…

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