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.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles reflect the author's opinions and do not necessarily represent the views of Hex Publishers, its editorial team or affiliates.
Published: 2023-11-22 09:00:09
Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert are undoubtedly the most famous reviewing act in film history. They were notable critics individually before joining forces, somewhat…...
Published: 2023-11-08 09:00:10
Two columns ago, at the start of October, I talked about seven disquieting recent releases. Halloween may now be departed, but its spirit…...
Published: 2023-10-25 09:00:20
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…...
Published: 2023-10-11 09:00:24
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…...
Published: 2023-09-27 09:00:36
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…...
Published: 2023-09-13 09:00:49
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…...
Published: 2023-08-30 09:00:30
I cited work in the very first of these columns showing that big box-office films have been getting longer. Data (about a decade…...
Published: 2023-08-16 09:00:08
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…...
Published: 2023-08-02 09:00:50
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…...
Published: 2023-07-19 09:00:12
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…...
Published: 2023-07-05 10:00:20
My favorite Indiana Jones movie line occurs at the end of my least favorite film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull…...
Published: 2023-06-21 09:00:22
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…...
Published: 2023-06-07 09:00:50
“...when Andy was one, we moved to Waterbury. The old place had too many bad memories.
And too many closets.”...
Published: 2023-05-24 09:15:07
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…...
Published: 2023-05-10 10:00:24
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…...
Published: 2023-04-26 09:01:40
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…...
Published: 2023-04-12 09:15:00
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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