Byrne the Screen for Halloween!

It’s that time again: Happy Byrne-ing Halloween! My tradition for All Hallow’s Eve for the past few years: I get comfortable in the dark with popcorn, miniature Snickers bars, a glass of Dark and Stormy Night punch, and Stigmata¬†on my television screen. If I start early enough, I usually watch […]

Oh The Horror! The Genre Roles of Gabriel Byrne

Serious actors don’t do genre films. What does that mean? Well, generally speaking, genre films–science fiction, mystery, crime, and most importantly, horror–are not considered serious works and so serious actors don’t take roles in these kinds of films. This is not really true any longer. These days, there are many […]

The Fallen Angel

Milton got it right, even though he did not intend to do so. Paradise Lost is interesting, as a story and as a poem, while Satan is in the spotlight. As Harold Bloom noted, Milton saw in Satan all his own “best qualities.” God’s fallen angel is an “heroic vitalist” […]

A Byrne-ing Halloween

What!? You are not attending a Halloween party? No bobbing for apples and throwing back orange and black Jello shots? Not turning on your front porch light so you can hand out Snickers bars to the neighborhood kids dressed as skeletons, princesses, and Superman? Too afraid to go to the […]