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Lydon's Lament
by Paul T. Riddell

Paul T. Riddell
Photo © 1999 by Paul T. Riddell
Click on photo for a picture of Paul Riddell with his friend in front of the Dallas Museum of Natural History.

Paul T. Riddell is a Michigan-born, Texas-raised essayist and columnist who recently hid a fortune in gadolinium somewhere near his fortified bunker on Mount Briscoe overlooking downtown Dallas, Texas. A complete map to the treasure, as well as information on the code words necessary to ward off the trained Salvator's water monitors guarding it, is available his website, The Healing Power of Obnoxiousness at http://www.hpoo.com.

Lydon's Lament Lydon's Lament
commentary by Paul T. Riddell
SF Site's film columnist has an undying love of midnight shows in movie theatres. In this column, he gives us some history, some anecdotes and some reasons why it is a thing of the past. From The Rocky Horror Picture Show to the unlamented Shock Treatment, we get a peek at why they lasted awhile, what caused their demise and where to seek out alternatives for home viewing.

Lydon's Lament Lydon's Lament
commentary by Paul T. Riddell
Paul takes aim at the movies released in the doldrums between July 31 and October 1 and why studios have preview screenings. In 2 interludes he takes us to Skywalker Ranch and what it is like attending a preview for a kid's film, especially in the summertime.

Lydon's Lament Lydon's Lament
commentary by Paul T. Riddell
SF Site's columnist gives us his take on the merits and demerits of Hollywood's continuing effort to bring us feature films based on one superhero comic book character or another. Paul admits to having his sanity questioned for getting such an unabashed thrill out of Mystery Men, but he'll tell you why he liked it.

Lydon's Lament Lydon's Lament
commentary by Paul T. Riddell
SF Site's new columnist thinks the new film, The Blair Witch Project, is going to start a whole new boom in horror, and for all of the wrong reasons. Which is a shame, really, because it qualifies as the best film H.P. Lovecraft never made.

Lydon's Lament Lydon's Lament
commentary by Paul T. Riddell
SF Site's new columnist thinks maybe it's the culmination of the ongoing obsessions over science fiction cinema, or maybe the famed Star Wars Generation is starting to suffer its first mid-life crises, but fandom is suddenly a subject for popular inspection and introspection. Oh, sure, fandom has been the subject of news reports before. These are generally referred to as "Look At The Freaks" reports. This is why the release of Trekkies, Sex, Death, and Eyeliner, and Free Enterprise is so intriguing.

Copyright © 1999 by Paul T. Riddell


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