Hauling Like A Brooligan

Stephen Gallagher

This Island Rod

A recommendation – while googling for something else (I’ve forgotten what) I came across this film blog written by Roderick Heath, who describes himself somewhere as a film school dropout (I’ve forgotten where I saw that, too) and is based in Lithgow, New South Wales.

It’s only been up for a couple of years but it’s quite a body of work – I’m enjoying browsing through all the past entries and I thought you might, too. Heath’s prose is entertaining and readable and he’ll cover anything, no distinctions between high and low culture. Carnival of Souls is in there (“Herk Harvey’s solitary but celebrated midnight matinee masterpiece is an indelibly creepy no-budget work that could be called the film Ed Wood might have made if he’d had talent”), and his review of Jason and the Argonauts is one of the most insightful I’ve read. He basically writes about movies he likes, so the pieces tend to be snark-free and appreciative. I reckon you’d go a long way to find a more sympathetic analysis of The Abominable Doctor Phibes.

(Some of the links in his sidebar are worth following too – he also contributes to Ferdy on Films, where you’ll find his appreciation of The Prisoner.)

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