Tales of the Rampant Coyote

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Happily Super-Heroic. And… Pulpy.

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 21, 2017

For everyone complaining about how tired they are of the superhero movies… I’m happily part of the problem. I’m not tired of them, mainly because Hollywood has finally been hit enough times with the clue-bat over the decades that they are finally learning how to make them. We’re finally seeing good, interesting superhero movies that […]


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What Space Opera Means to Me

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 19, 2017

I’m part of the Star Wars generation. One of the first big movies I ever saw as a kid was Star Wars. Not “Episode IV” or “A New Hope” – at the time, it was just “Star Wars.”  I think I was still in 2nd grade at the time it hit the theaters. But … […]


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Space Opera Week – Links to Cool Operatic Spacey Thingies!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 18, 2017

Okay – still hitting the space opera theme (I started this week with a review of a space opera novel quite by accident… but hey, let’s keep rolling with it). Here is a very nice essay of what Space Opera is and what it should be: Wonder and the Soul’s Desire by Dominika Lein. It’s more inspirational than […]


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Rogue One merged with A New Hope: Some thoughts and my own little headcanon

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 22, 2017

Stop now if you haven’t seen Star Wars: Rogue One. Unless you don’t mind spoilers. The video includes the last couple of minutes of Rogue One, and I mumble on about it a little bit . You have been warned.   One last chance…   So… Rogue One won’t be out for home release for […]


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Mythica 5: The Godslayer Impressions

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 16, 2017

I may have to watch Mythica: The Godslayer, the 5th and final film of the indie fantasy Mythica series, another time to figure out how I feel about the film. Since the idea of watching it again is appealing to me, I guess that’s a pretty good indicator. Actually, I want to re-watch the whole series […]


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Leia exits, and I’m sad

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 28, 2016

I had to limit my time to the Internet when I heard the news. Carrie Fisher, the woman who played the princess that my generation fell in love with, had died. Way too young… her mother had tweeted about her status only a day or two before. I saw her at Salt Lake Comic Con […]


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Rogue One: My spoiler-free impressions

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 19, 2016

Years ago I complained about how the sequels to The Matrix were so bad that they went back in time and injected suck into the otherwise stellar original. I think I went back and re-watched The Matrix maybe once since the sequels came out, and it was sad, knowing how stupid everything turns out and […]


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Movie Impressions – Doctor Strange

Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 4, 2016

I went to a special preview showing of Doctor Strange  a few hours before its general release. That’s strange enough on its own… These days, I’m usually the guy who ends up seeing films just before they leave the theaters (fewer crowds) or at home. This time, we made it a special occasion, and had a blast. […]


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Final Scary Movie Impressions: The Hallow, and The Invitation

Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 1, 2016

Okay — it may be late for this year’s Halloween season, but here’s a quick  take on two more scary(ish) films: The Hallow – Ah, a film about Ireland and the fairy folk. Except, not. There’s a reason that old house the family moves into has iron bars across all of the windows, and it’s […]


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Superhero – Not Just a Genre

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 24, 2016

Last week, the trailers (well, a teaser and a trailer) to two new superhero movies dropped. Or at least, movies from the same superhero-laden comic book universe. Both are action movies. But they couldn’t be more different in style or tone. First off, Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Next, Logan (AKA Wolverine 3): Apparently Logan […]


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Halloween Film Impressions: Housebound

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 21, 2016

We watched Housebound, a film out of New Zealand and another Netflix show. I didn’t realize that it was a horror-comedy. It definitely sits on the “black comedy” side of things, so don’t expect light laugh-a-minute fare. It’s not rated, but in the U.S., it would be rated R for the blood, gore and language. […]


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Halloween Film Impressions: Pay the Ghost

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 13, 2016

Okay, the next Netflix Streaming special for Halloween is: Pay the Ghost, starring Nicolas Cage. Pay the Ghost is based on a novella by Tim Lebbon. A young child is abducted on Halloween, without a trace. His grieving parents and the police search for him fruitlessly for almost a year. Then, as Halloween approaches the […]


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Halloween Film Impressions: Hush

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 12, 2016

Okay, another Netflix-streaming horror movie… Hush. Madison is an author who has been deaf since her teenage years lives out in the middle of nowhere in a cottage in the woods. A psycho killer discovers her, realizes she’s deaf, and basically lays siege on her home all night, psychologically torturing her before killing her, taking […]


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Movie Impressions: Devil

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 5, 2016

October is the month my wife and I try to binge on the scary movies. But some years, “binging” might mean only three or four films. One of the shows this year was “Devil.” It’s a 2010 film that mostly takes place in an elevator. It’s based on a story by M. Night Shyamalan, and […]


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Looking Forward: Optimistic Speculation Wanted

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 30, 2016

I think I’ve noted my somewhat recent delves into reading pulp fiction from the early-to-mid 20th century. I can’t say I’m reading it extremely broadly… it’s a huge area, and I have my favorite authors. Like every field, Sturgeon’s Law applies: 90% of everything is crap. Theodore Sturgeon oughta know. He was a pulp writer, […]


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Movie Impressions: I Am Not a Serial Killer

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 12, 2016

It’s scary movie season at the Barnson household. It’s been tougher in recent years to pack in the scary movies in October, because we’re so busy that month. My wife is a professional storyteller who specializes in ghost stories, and was a tour guide for the Salt Lake City Ghost Tours for a couple of […]


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