Gaston Leroux’s The Machine to Kill was written in NINETEEN TWENTY-FOUR. Many book sites list it as 1935, but that was just the year it was finally translated into English. It has also been published in English under the titles The Bloody Puppet and The Gory Puppet.
Personally I would use the title The Clockwork Dead Man or The Clockwork Killer because for modern readers The Machine to Kill sounds like a traditional science fiction tale and both variations of the “Puppet” title make it sound like it’s about a killer puppet.
In reality this neglected Gaston Leroux novel is a horror/sci fi hybrid about an android/ cyborg mix whose mechanized body has been outfitted with the brain, eyes and nervous system of a guillotined murderer. The robotic man – called Gabriel – was created by Dr Jacques Cotentin, who needed an absolutely fresh brain, hence having to settle for a just-executed criminal. Continue reading
Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the grand and exciting Hawaiian epic about the goddesses Pele and Hi’iaka.
The goddess Hi’ika set off for Kaua’i to retrieve and escort Pele’s chosen mate Prince Lohiau back to Pele’s home on Mount Kilauea. In some versions she is first granted some additional divine power by Pele to help her fight her way past the countless menaces that lay in her path. Continue reading
Save your time and money and see this film based on the same events.
THE REVENANT (2015) – Man vs nature movie that, ironically, is far less true-to-life than Man in the Wilderness, a 1971 film based on the same real-life events from the 1820s. ESPECIALLY THE ENDING. Yet the ’71 version didn’t go to the same bizarre levels of hype about its “authenticity” that The Revenant’s marketing does.
Richard Harris played the man left behind to die and John Huston had the role Tom Hardy plays in the newer version. Catch Man in the Wilderness from the comfort of your own home. The only entertainment in the DiCaprio film comes from wondering if he’ll ever say “Yer durn tootin'” in that ridiculous voice he uses in the movie. Continue reading
The one and only John Montana has graciously provided Balladeer’s Blog with this article regarding independent film-making.
Four Basic Tips for Making a Short Film
Making a short film, or any film for that matter can be a lot of amazing fun. But most of the time, making a movie is very stressful and filled with problems. I recently made my most recent short film called HUNGRY. I had this idea for a short that came to me a couple of years before. A wicked, humorous, little piece on the greed that is rampant at Christmas. Here are the major issues that came up and what I learned from it for my next shoot. Continue reading
Robert Battle who possibly DID kill someone but his mindless supporters voted for him anyway.
For overseas readers who don’t understand why so many Americans seethe with contempt for the elected officials who think they’re fit to condescendingly lecture the rest of us, here is just the latest example.
East Chicago Councilman Robert Battle is being sworn in to his office FROM HIS JAIL CELL. Battle is in jail on homicide and drug charges.The story broke BEFORE the election, but political party zealots still elected him. Hilarious! Chicago has a nationwide reputation for political sleaze. My low opinion of Barack Obama began back when he was running for the party nomination and I researched his past.
Little Barry O outdid even Richard Nixon for sliminess and it was apparent early on. In the cesspool of Chicago politics however, Obama bubbled and gurgled his way to the surface. Plus the Chicago crookedness often infects other parts of Illinois, too. Not so long ago BACK TO BACK Illinois Governors wound up in prison.
The symbol of the nonexistent Balladeer Political Party
No, I’m not kidding. The ever-increasing frequency of things like this example are why I never hesitate to label members of the Democratic and Republican Parties as members of rival gangs of white collar criminals. So many of them spend their political careers barely one step ahead of an indictment yet they often have the nerve to look down their noses at their constituents and call them bigots and worse. Continue reading
RAINY RIVER COLLEGE VOYAGEURS
Location: International Falls, MN
Conference Affiliation: Minnesota College Athletic Conference
Comment: The motto of this excellent institution is “Don’t just plan your future … begin your future!” Their secondary motto should be “Don’t call your sports teams something boring like Eagles, Tigers, Bulldogs or Wildcats … call them something cool like Voyageurs!” Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog are familiar with the Continue reading
RAGNAR: Hello peeps! Ragnar here! I’m not a Huskie but I play one on tv. The 2016 Iditarod is just 37 days away and as always my Uncle Balladeer’s Blog will be the forum for my Mom’s inimitable coverage complete with on-the-spot nicknames made up for all the competitors.
My Mommy (Rosemary to the rest of you) is a big fan of the Iditarod and she often writes profiles of the competitors. Continue reading
ISLAM IS SLAVERY
Balladeer’s Blog remains the only site on the web that equally criticizes both Liberals and Conservatives. Due to the daily occurrence of Muslim atrocities it’s become impossible to ignore the fact that American Liberals gutlessly and hypocritically crawl for Islam even though it stands for everything Liberals PRETEND to oppose.
That being said, let’s look at some of the activities of the Religion of Perpetual Outrage and the rationale American Liberals use to justify them:
***In Linz, Austria six Muslims hit the public baths and the result: sexual assault on a three year old Austrian boy.
***American Liberals Explain It: That Austrian boy should have checked his White Privilege before having the nerve to inflict his presence on the vulnerable Muslim community.
*** At indoor public swimming pools across Europe many of the unidentified, unknown Muslims that Merkel and Company invited to swarm in are congregating and assaulting women of nearly all ages, plus urinating and defecating in the children’s pools because they can’t be bothered to leave their ogling and use the restrooms.
*** American Liberals Explain It: It is not convenient to acknowledge this, despite all the phone camera verifications of these events. Therefore, these things are not happening. And if they are it’s racist to talk about it. Besides, colonialism … and we REFUSE to talk about Islam’s colonial atrocities.
*** The truth is coming out about how the Rape Spree in the city of Cologne was not isolated. TWELVE of Germany’s SIXTEEN states suffered New Year’s Eve breakouts of the Muslim tradition of Taharrush – mass rapes and assaults on non-Muslim women.
*** American Liberals Explain It: We Liberals are intellectually superior to the rabble and we know that American college campuses are the only places where there is a Rape Culture. In spite of the closed circuit tv security footage that verified those assaults we Enlightened Ones know that Muslims never commit actions like this. Never. The women making accusations are probably just a bunch of right-wing Christian Islamophobes. Continue reading
FROM BALLADEER’S BLOG:
NAIA2 – 1. KEISER UNIVERSITY SEAHAWKS ### 2. DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY PANTHERS ### 3. UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IL) FIGHTING SAINTS ### 4. TABOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS ### 5. BETHEL (IN) PILOTS (Riverboat Pilots) ### Continue reading
There’s been a great surge in interest recently in Balladeer’s Blog’s long-ago examination of the gods of Samoa. In honor of that here’s a look at a male and female pair of deities from that same pantheon.
ALEI & PATA – Two ancient culture deities of Samoa. Alei and Pata taught the Samoans about home construction, laying out a village and various funerary practices, including embalming. The figures were worshiped jointly as the patron deities of these undertakings, just as the goddesses Taema and Tilafaiga were jointly considered the patron deities of tattooing.
Alei and Pata did not come down to Earth in their godly bodies like their fellow divinities usually did. Continue reading