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POPPIES OF TERRA is a pop culture column featuring exclusive editorial content by Hugo Award Finalist Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, whose non-fiction has appeared in markets like the Los Angeles Review of Books, Strange Horizons, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, The New York Review of Science Fiction and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show.

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The Poppies of Terra #27 - Foreshadowing the Omen

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2024-04-10 09:00:16

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“In birth and death the generations embrace.”

–Robert Thorn, The Omen (1976)

 

In films,…

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The Poppies of Terra #26 - Sloane Crosley Is For People

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2024-03-27 09:00:29

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Please be advised, the following piece deals with mourning and suicide.


 

“All burglaries are alike, but every burglary is uninsured in its own…

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The Poppies of Terra #25 - Stream and Stream Again

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2024-03-13 09:00:49

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What’s left of 2024 promises to bring shovelfuls of theatrical thrills and chills, with Neon alone releasing Immaculate, Cuckoo, and Longlegs between March and…

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The Poppies of Terra #24 - A Tale of Three Picards

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2024-02-28 09:00:36

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In the just-published Star Trek: Picard: The Art and Making of the Series, visual effects editor and author Joe Fordham (Star Trek: First Contact:…

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The Poppies of Terra #23 - Novel Kid on the Block

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2024-02-14 09:00:46

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In Chapter Eight of Lisa Goldstein’s The Dream Years there’s a beautiful moment of reflection that goes like this:

“Life goes on, he…

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The Poppies of Terra #22 - Orbiting Meaning

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2024-01-31 09:00:52

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Early on in David Fincher’s film version of Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, the narrator reflects on the nature of his constant travels: “You wake…

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The Poppies of Terra #21 - For All Fankind

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2024-01-17 09:00:44

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Last week I enjoyed an experience of a type I haven’t had in over a decade.

To wit: on Thursday April 25th of 2013 I…

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The Poppies of Terra #20 - My Top 10 of 2023

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2024-01-03 09:00:59

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Esteemed readers, happy 2024; best wishes, on this dank and overcast day in Southern California, to all and sundry. 

The freshly minted year already promises a…

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The Poppies of Terra #19 - Shadow Horror

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-12-20 09:00:17

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Back to the Future (1985); Groundhog Day (1993); Freaky Friday (1976 & 2003); films like these are entertainment staples, evergreen joyrides of the imagination.…

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The Poppies of Terra #18 - Adventures In Time

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-12-06 09:00:30

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As a teen who started exploring science fiction movie history in the 90s, the posters for seemingly ancient films–how much more ancient now!–like Conquest…

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The Poppies of Terra #17 - Of Thumbs Opposable But Unopposed

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-11-22 09:00:09

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Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert are undoubtedly the most famous reviewing act in film history. They were notable critics individually before joining forces, somewhat…

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The Poppies of Terra #16 - Happy Ninety

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-11-08 09:00:10

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Two columns ago, at the start of October, I talked about seven disquieting recent releases. Halloween may now be departed, but its spirit…

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The Poppies of Terra #15 - Pigeon Tunnel Vision

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-10-25 09:00:20

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The Pigeon Tunnel, the new documentary by Errol Morris about intelligence-officer-turned-famous-writer John le Carré (writing pseudonym of David Cornwell), is a tease, a rehearsal…

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The Poppies of Terra #14 - Seven Haunted Train Cars

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-10-11 09:00:24

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The Halloween-bound fright train is picking up speed; so much spookiness, so little time. Here are my capsule thoughts on seven recent releases. Down…

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The Poppies of Terra #13 - Where the Greydads Sing

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-09-27 09:00:36

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No One Will Save You, directed by Brian Duffield (dir. Spontaneous; multiple writing credits), ambitiously mashes up a half-dozen science fiction and horror scenarios in…

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The Poppies of Terra #12 - Fit For a King?

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-09-13 09:00:49

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Daphné Baiwir’s documentary King on Screen, about film and television adaptations of the famous author’s work, recently had a short theatrical run leading up…

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The Poppies of Terra #11 - Animalia Farm

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-08-30 09:00:30

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I cited work in the very first of these columns showing that big box-office films have been getting longer. Data (about a decade…

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The Poppies of Terra #10 - Four Score and Seven Exorcisms Ago

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-08-16 09:00:08

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It’s difficult for audiences who didn’t experience William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973) during its original theatrical run to appreciate the visceral nature of the…

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The Poppies of Terra #9 - Weaving Secrets

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-08-02 09:00:50

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One night, eight-year-old Peter (Woody Norman) hears a knock coming from inside his bedroom wall.

Is the sound the product of what his mother Carol…

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The Poppies of Terra #8 - Red Door, Blue Pill

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-07-19 09:00:12

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Lambert family, we missed you.

The Insidious movies have perhaps one of the fussiest timelines of any horror series. In Insidious (2010) Josh and Renai…

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The Poppies of Terra #7 - They Were Making This Up As They Went

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-07-05 10:00:20

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My favorite Indiana Jones movie line occurs at the end of my least favorite film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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The Poppies of Terra #6 - No Foolish Heroics, If You Please

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-06-21 09:00:22

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No matter which way you ride the lightning, The Flash is a weird beast of a franchise movie. It’s the penultimate entry in the…

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The Poppies of Terra #5 - Boogeypalooza

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-06-07 09:00:50

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“...when Andy was one, we moved to Waterbury. The old place had too many bad memories.

And too many closets.”

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The Poppies of Terra #4 - Who Will Drive Your Hearse?

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-05-24 09:15:07

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On August 6th, 1982, The Tonight Show’s Johnny Carson prophetically said, “I think you’re going to find him a little different.” Moments later Steven…

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The Poppies of Terra #3 - My Little Assistant Health Monitor

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-05-10 10:00:24

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The age-old question of what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object may have at long last been answered, courtesy of Ari Aster’s…

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The Poppies of Terra #2 - Sound Familiar?

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-04-26 09:01:40

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A few minutes before stepping into my screening of Lee Cronin’s Evil Dead Rise, I exchanged words with a fellow series enthusiast, who excitedly wondered…

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The Poppies of Terra #1 - New Ideas

Post by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published: 2023-04-12 09:15:00

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Welcome to The Poppies of Terra. What’s up with the name of the column, you ask? Well, I’m planning to use this space to talk…

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