32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 12: Gabriel Byrne Reads The Red Death

Masque of the Red Death by Michael Cowell

Day 12 has become about Edgar Allan Poe. And as for “The Masque of the Red Death,” well, Roger Corman turned it into a film. Your Uncle Bill’s given it a reading. I’ve given it a reading. But a really solid interp of it comes from Gabriel Byrne and the why-the-hell-is-it-still-out-of-print Closed on Account of Rabies–the all-star Poe reading two-disc set from 1997. (It’s going for $5 used on Amazon. Get it. Seriously.) You can check that out below the jump.

And, just as a bonus–and because we can–Basil Rathbone will read “Annabel Lee” for you. Because, you know, Poe.


By | 2017-09-24T22:29:39+00:00 October 11th, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

AFI Recruits Presenters For Their Top 10s

Clint Eastwood

CBS is going to be airing AFI’s 10 Top 10, in which the top 10 films in 10 genres are revealed. The AFI has also tapped ten artists “associated with each category” to present them and offer their insight on them as they do. All this according to Hollywood Reporter. This program airs on June 17th.

Some of the choices are no brainers. Some of them…we have some suggestions to make them better. Box office info taken from Box Office Mojo, the nexus of all box office info.

Clint Eastwood presents the Top 10 Westerns. No arguments will be given or tolerated. Only thing is he’s probably going to be involved with one or two of them. At least.

Quentin Tarantino presents the Top 10 Gangster Films. I think we’re fine with this one, just because Tarantino is such a film nerd if he geeks out as he should then the show will be entertaining enough just for that.


By | 2017-09-24T23:17:45+00:00 June 8th, 2008|Headsup|5 Comments

The Usual Suspects (1995) – DVD Review

Usual Suspects DVD


Written by: Christopher McQuarrie
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey


  • Deleted scenes with John Ottman introduction
  • “Pursuing the Suspects” Featurette
  • “Keyser Soze – Lie or Legend” Featurette
  • Original “Heisting Cannes with The Usual Suspects” Featurette
  • Gag reel with an introduction by Singer
  • Running audio commentary with Singer & McQuarrie
  • Running audio commentary with composer John Ottman
  • TV spots
  • Theatrical trailers

Released by: MGM
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Own it.


By | 2011-07-19T07:45:03+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments

End of Days (1999) – Movie Review

End of Days movie poster

Written by: Andrew W. Marlowe
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Kevin Pollak, Rod Steiger

My Advice: Wait for cable.

Jericho Cane (Schwarzenegger) is a man with a problem. Not only is he depressed and suicidal, but he really wishes he could pull off the scene where he wants to kill himself as good as Mel Gibson did in Lethal Weapon, but he can’t–which makes him even more depressed. He only thought he was having a bad day, because his buddy and partner is Kevin Pollak, who immediately upstages him and continues to do so in pretty much every scene. To make matters worse, Satan comes to New York City looking for not only a good lay (Tunney) but also an actor worthy of playing him (Byrne), whom he promptly possesses. Then, for no particular reason, Cane and partner go to work protecting Byrne-Satan, and then leave their client and job to chase after a would-be assassin, again for no particular reason. And of course, this leads them into a world that they never knew existed—action movie hell.


By | 2008-07-21T22:42:00+00:00 November 25th, 1999|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments

Stigmata (1999) – Movie Review


Written by: Tom Lazarus & Rick Ramage
Directed by: Rupert Wainwright
Starring: Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Pryce, Nia Long, Thomas Kopache

My Advice: Wait and Rent It.

Father Kiernan (Byrne) is a man with a problem. He is an investigator for the Vatican, and his job is to go out and debunk religious miracles. Trouble is, whenever he finds one that he is sure is authentic, the case gets shunted somewhere off into the etrick, largely due to the machinations of Cardinal Houseman (Pryce). Frankie (Arquette) is a woman with a problem. She’s a hairdresser who after receiving a gift in the mail from her mother starts to experience the wounds of Christ, AKA the stigmata. Their two paths cross as they try to figure out why this is happening before the wounds are too much and Frankie gets to presumably meet Christ in the hereafter.


By | 2011-07-19T04:39:44+00:00 September 11th, 1999|Reviews|0 Comments

The End of Violence (1997) – Movie Review

The End of Violence movie poster


Written by: Nicholas Klein, from a story by Nicholas Klein and Wim Wenders
Directed by: Wim Wenders
Starring: Bill Pullman, Andie MacDowell, Gabriel Byrne, Traci Lind, Pruitt Taylor Vince

My Advice: Wait for MST3K.

Let me try to synopsisize this thing for you. Bill Pullman is a movie producer who doesn’t have time for his wife (MacDowell) and who almost gets killed by two hitmen for some reason but are spotted by Gabriel Byrne who sits in an observatory watching the entire L.A. basin when he’s not boffing his housekeeper (Marisol Padilla Sánchez) or delivering pizza to his dad (Sam Fuller) and then killer satellites (or something even more sinister) save Pullman from sure death while on the side his wife starts boffing a rap star (K. Todd Freeman). Oh, and throw in some fair performance poetry (Nicole Parker) and something about an actress who wants you to define everything (Lind) and the detective who loves her (Vince). Sounds enticing, doesn’t it?


By | 2008-05-08T17:56:34+00:00 September 14th, 1997|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments