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King of the Box Office

By Josh Simpkins / September 19, 2017

By Josh Simpkins Special to the Sun So, the Warner Bros./New Line 2017 remake of the 1990 miniseries Stephen King’s IT, based on King’s terrifyingly gripping novel of the same name, is a huge success. IT came crashing in to cinemas on the first weekend in September like a nitrous fueled carny ride, shattering the […]

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The Reel Cinemaniac: SOMBER FAST 5

By Josh Simpkins / September 19, 2017

By Josh Simpkins / The Reel Cinemaniac As you may or may not recall, friends and neighbors, sometimes when I’m in search of a news worthy story to report, I find myself enamored with multiple small, surprising news bytes that just stick with me. These little tales that can be summed up in the span […]

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The Reel Cinemaniac: The Crow Rebooted

By Josh Simpkins / September 12, 2017

By Josh Simpkins In 1994, an independent film directed by Alex Proyas (Gods of Egypt) and based on a graphic novel by James O’Barr, hit the silver screen and instantly became one of my top five favorite films. Starring Brandon Lee in his final and most poignant role, the film I speak of is The […]

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Stephen King’s “IT”

By Josh Simpkins / September 12, 2017

By Joshua Simpkins If I have said it once, I’ve said it some million-and-one times: I love me some Stephen King. In fact, the book I am currently hooked into is by Sai King. I took a two-year hiatus to devour two Dean Koontz series—Odd Thomas (9 books) and Frankenstein (5 books)—and now I’m back […]

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The Reel Cinemaniac: Remembering Tobe Hooper

By Josh Simpkins / September 6, 2017

There is an old saying that says something about deaths happen in threes. With the Reaper working overtime these past few months, it seems that deaths are happening hand over fist. No one is safe, not even beloved film directors. First back in April we lost Oscar-winning director Johnathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs). […]