BEST OF APRIL 2022

Balladeer’s Blog’s annual end of year retrospective continues with April’s best:

vortex smallerVORTEX (1982) – Lydia Lunch and James Russo star in this science fiction detective story. Lydia plays private investigator Angel Powers, who gets caught up in a case involving murders, blackmail and industrial espionage in the near future. The clues lead to James Russo and a heinous plan regarding behavior modification among humans. My full review is HERE.

ADDRESSING A PREJUDICED VIEW HELD OVERSEAS – You can read it HERE.

a flight to the moon bookA FLIGHT TO THE MOON (1813) – This work of ancient science fiction dealt with a bold young man named Randalthus encountering a female alien who flies him to the moon. Once there, he and the lunar inhabitants learn a lot from each other. Click HERE.

JOE BIDEN CAUGHT HIDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF INCOME ON AN ETHICS DISCLOSURE – And just how did Joe become such a multimillionaire on a mere congressional salary all those years? I think we know how. – You can read it HERE

secret of the loch posterTHE SECRET OF THE LOCH (1934) – British-made quasi-kaiju film from the 1930s. Loch Ness is the site of a media frenzy after multiple people are devoured by something in the Loch. The Loch Ness Monster attacks divers and ultimately emerges from the waters for the grand finale. My full review is HERE

AND FOUR MORE ANCIENT GREEK COMEDIES SEEN THROUGH MODERN EYES – This third installment covers Taxiarchoi, Callipides, The Pageant of Letters and Cities. Read it HERE.

JOE BIDEN’S DISASTROUS POLICIES SPAWN INFLATION THAT IS CRUSHING THE WORKING CLASS – Plus more corrupt money-funneling by Joe’s Underboss Hunter Biden. Click HERE.

first thanosIRON MAN: 1970s CLASSICS – Examinations and reviews of outstanding Iron Man tales, including: His first clash with the Black Lama HERE, the VERY FIRST appearance of THANOS and DRAX HERE, his archenemy the Mandarin HERE, Firebrand HERE plus Whiplash and Dr. Spectrum HERE.   

A COUP BY ANY OTHER NAME – Read the article HERE

california lady EPCALIFORNIA LADY – Frank Larrabee’s cult song, rediscovered, remastered and uninterrupted. The facts and alternate recordings HERE

WHITE-COLLAR CRIMINALS IN ELECTED OFFICE. Click HERE and HERE.

account exp new hollandACCOUNT OF AN EXPEDITION TO THE INTERIOR OF NEW HOLLAND (1837) – Ancient science fiction about the discovery of a Lost Civilization deep in the heart of Australia. Environmentally friendly technology and a population that is entirely mixed race due to centuries of marriages between whites and non-whites. Read my review HERE.

CALLING OUT FASCISM, INTOLERANCE AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE – Click HERE.

gladiator 1930 coverOPERATIC APPROACHES TO WELL-KNOWN STORIES – In the style of my examinations of ancient Greek comedies comes this look at operatic adaptations of: the 1930 science fiction novel Gladiator, Sacher-Masoch’s Venus in Furs, the first few Dune novels and the original 1966 Django movie about a Union Army vet searching for his old Confederate foe in war-torn 1867 Mexico. Read it all HERE.   

CORPORATE FASCIST MARK ZUCKERBERG CALLED OUT FOR ELECTION INTERFERENCE – It’s HERE

hammett posterHAMMETT (1982) – Francis Ford Coppola and Wim Wenders’ movie which imagined iconic detective novelist Dashiell Hammett investigating a real-life mystery. A valentine to Hard Boiled detective stories, Film Noir and hidden scandals of yesteryear. My full review is HERE

SCIENCE FICTION THEATER (1955-1957) – From my Forgotten Television category came my examination of this trailblazing sci-fi anthology series from the 1950s. Click HERE.

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