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.

 

 

“I Crap Bigger Than You”—Lines From A Comedy Classic

Billy Crystal is one of my favorite performers, and his 1991 film, CITY SLICKERS, is a gem, much loved by critics and moviegoers alike. As you would guess, he has many of the best lines in the film…but not all. There are plenty of contributors in this laugh-a-minute story.

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Films About Writers: Snake Island

Bestselling horror novelist Malcolm Page is on his way to Snake Island—which is also the title of this 2002 creature feature—to gather material for his next book.

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The Mighty Casey Struck Out…Twice

One of my favorite episodes in Twilight Zone’s first season was titled, “The Mighty Casey.” I totally enjoyed seeing it again, but afterward, in researching its history—as I had done with all of the previous episodes—I discovered something about one of the actors that shocked me.

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Jurassic Rankings: Part Two

I can’t even guess at how many times I’ve seen the three original Jurassic Park films. It will take a long time for me to catch up with the Jurassic World trilogy. Heck, the third one isn’t even due till 2021. Here are the “better” and “best” films—IMHO, of course.

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Throwback Thursday: Films About Books—The Ninth Gate

Roman Polanski’s eerie 1999 thriller, THE NINTH GATE, opens with an old guy named Andrew Telfer hanging himself in his library amid shelves crammed with old books. From there we meet sleazy rare book dealer Dean Corso (Johnny Depp), and even sleazier rare book collector Boris Balkan (Frank Langella), a gazillionaire who is obsessed with books about Satan.

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Jurassic Rankings: Part One

Yes, I’m going to rate the five films in the Jurassic Park franchise (IMHO, of course), but it is not going to be in a worst-to-first way. I love dinosaur movies in general, and these were all entertaining, so I think good-to-better-to best would be more accurate.

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Throwback Thursday: Steel Versus Magic…Who Wins?

After writing a number of Edgar Rice Burroughs-inspired sword & planet/lost world novels, I decided it was time to try my hand at sword & sorcery. By this time I was dreaming some of my storylines, and one in particular came at me like a runaway bantha.

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