Kirkkitsch’s Blog

Afternoon Soundtrack
October 27, 2010, 3:17 pm
Filed under: Home, Music

Autumn 2010
October 27, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Digital Photos

Click either of the hyperlinks to be whisked away to my Flickr! 2010 Fall photo album(s)!

W Gardens II
Autumn (Only the last 5 photos in this set are from this year)

Halloween Countdown
October 26, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Digital Photos, Holidays, Spooky Stuff

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Film Series: Mad Love [1935]
October 25, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Film Series, Movies

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Invasion of the Snoopy Snatchers!
October 15, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Homework, Lost 'n Found, Spooky Stuff

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October 13, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Home, Homework

I love that good design doesn’t have to cost a fortune, it just takes a little ingenuity and an eye for what looks good. Personally, I’ve always loved the idea of cinder block book shelves. I’ve seen them in SO many movies, and have always wanted some, just never took the time to get the materials. At this point in my life, I have more than enough furniture, but if I had it to do all over again, I would definitely make me some! Here are a few great-looking ideas that involve the multi-faceted cinder block. I really love the wood replicas as well! (Click ‘more’ to see the ultimate reading chair!! Beautiful!) Continue reading

Protected: Tainted Love
October 12, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Life

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From the Music Vault: Part 1
October 11, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Lost 'n Found, Music

Just thought I would share the first installment of CD maxi single titles I ran across while cleaning out the garage, shed, attic et al.

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October 8, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Homework, Lost 'n Found, Spooky Stuff

While cleaning out the garage, I ran across all matter of memories, one of them being my Snoopy Monster Maze Book (circa 1979) that I ordered from Scholastic Books (I lived to order from them!), back in 2nd or 3rd grade. Just for kicks, I’ll be posting a new spooktacular maze every Friday until Halloween. Click on the image for a printable version. Happy Haunting!

Currently Reading…
October 7, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Books, Currently Reading

The Films of Tod Browning by Bernd Herzogenrath © 2006
Synopsis: Known as the “Edgar Allen Poe of cinema,” Tod Browning is truly the dark master of filmmaking. However, despite the commercial success he enjoyed during his lifetime, he has never received the critical acclaim his work deserves.
Studying under the great master, DW Griffiths, Browning employed a unique cinematic style, involving cross-cutting between scenes, dark noir-ish shadows, and macabre subject matter. Best known for his films Freaks, The Unknown, Mark of the Vampire, The Devil Doll and Dracula, his dark, gothic style has influenced such filmmakers as Sam Raimi, David Lynch and Tim Burton.

Tod Browning was an American actor and director whose career spanned the silent and talkie eras. He joined a traveling circus while still a teenager, performing as a clown and contortionist. In 1915 he made his debut as an actor in DW Griffith’s classic Intolerance. Browning began directing in 1917, frequently co-writing his films.

His first film with actor Lon Chaney, The Unholy Three, was a hit and led to several memorable silent melodramas, including The Unknown, London After Midnight (which Browning remade in 1935 as Mark Of The Vampire), and West Of Zanzibar. By the 1930s Browning was specializing in horror, and directed two classics of the era: Dracula with Bela Lugosi, and the astounding Freaks. The latter, a shocker set among the freaks of a traveling sideshow, was far too disturbing for its time and was quickly yanked from theaters; only in the 1960s did the film come to be hailed as a masterpiece. Browning retired after directing Miracles for Sale (1939); however, as with Freaks, the ground-breaking significance of his work only started to be recognized decades later.

Comments: I received this book as a gift for my birthday. I love Tod Browning’s films, so I eagerly dove into this one! Continue reading