The Ballad of Black Tom (2016) – Victor LaValle

H.P. Lovecraft gets a fantastic spin in this novella by Victor LaValle. Lovecraft is hard to admit you like, because his stories of cosmic horror and old ones are so good, and have become such a cornerstone of horror fiction, but he was just so racist and that permeated all of his writing. The Ballad…

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) – Howard Hawks

  Marilyn Monroe stars in the first recommendation following my screening of Some Like It Hot, for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Monroe and Jane Russell are showgirls, Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw respectively, who are best friends, and seem to be enjoying all life has to offer. Lorelei is a…