Author: Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does many things. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (early 2021).
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Sunday Morning! Dean Stockwell in “Blue Velvet”

It’s a cameo role as memorable as Brando’s is “Apocalypse Now.” It’s also the exact point at which Lynch’s masterpiece seems closest to tipping over into genuine madness.

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Sunday Halloween Morning! Seconds (1966)

Seconds is an existential horror movie scarier than any B-movie slasher- they can only kill you once; this film suggests you can be killed so surely long before that physical death is only an afterthought.

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Twenty Years Into the Future

Back then. I didn’t think what had happened would really change the country, or the course of my life. But, sometimes grieving takes longer than you expect it to.

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Sunday Morning! The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola

The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola about the Paris food market is crammed full of enough tasty detail to make your mouth water. It was Antony Bourdain’s favorite novel and Zola’s favorite of his own. Let’s eat.

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Sunday Morning! Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler’s 1993 novel Parable of the Sower posits a future dystopia that’s located just right next door to us, and gives a few glimmers of hope that individuals might work together and make it slightly less horrible.

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Sunday Morning! Twin Peaks: The Return

Like many classic myths, the epic third season of Twin Peaks seems to say, if the pain of loss never really goes away, neither does love.