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Four Out Of Five Ain't Bad
"Lapland" is the only story that didn't really do it for me. It's an experimental story using Film Noir as a backdrop. It's choppy but, I'm sure it's meant to be that way. It wasn't much of a story to latch onto. The characters in it are paper thin. It's mostly a tale of woe, of a crime gone awry, crosses and double-crosses. Often the usual fare in Film Noir. Perhaps my expectations were too high. Whatever. It's not a bad attempt really. But the substance for me was not there. Now, the other four are better. "The Geezers" is a subtle crime tale with dark menace hidden beneath the surface. The reader would have to figure it out for himself what went on in the last several paragraphs. The characters are there in 3D. Better than "Lapland."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
"Little Red's Tango" is an atmospheric weird tale of a guy named Red. He's got a wall to wall collection of LPs of various jazz musicians. The kind that would make any jazz aficianado jealous. Everything's going until a strange boy appeared out of nowhere. Fevered imagination or supernatural?
"Donald,Duck!" is an offbeat crime noir tale featuring Disneyesque characters in Hollywood that are burnt-out has-been. And Donald Duck is desperate to get married when he should know better. Yet in past cartoons, when did he ever know any better?
"Mr. Aickman's Air Rifle" is a weird tale worthy of the classic Twilight Zone. It's basically about days gone by when you no longer remember who your friends are anymore. That's what happened with a protagonist, who is staying at a hospital for a far longer duration than necessary. Especially when his old friends started disappearing.
Like I said, four out of five ain't bad. Definitely worth the price of admission from the guy who gave us "Ghost Story" and "Koko."
Posted January 20, 2009
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