Freelining with Mike Freeman: Good and bad darkness.

Is there a scary darkness, and a soothing darkness? Or is the night just simply a part of the life cycle? (Photo by Michael W. Freeman).

Is there a scary darkness, and a soothing darkness? Or is the night just simply a part of the life cycle? (Photo by Michael W. Freeman).


Spend time lying in bed at night, feeling drowsy but not exhausted, and then open the window.
Lie there comfortably on a mild evening, and listen to the sounds you hear from outside.
Some time later, wake up in the very early morning, maybe around 4 o’clock or so. Do the same thing. Lie there in the darkness, still drowsy but no longer asleep, and listen to the sounds from your open window.
Stare out into the darkness.
Night darkness, it seems to me, is radically different from morning darkness. Continue reading

Freelining with Mike Freeman: Revisiting Rosemary’s Baby

NBC TV Network is now filming a new version of Ira Levin's 1967 novel "Rosemary's Baby" as a four-part miniseries, even though the 1968 movie by Roman Polanski is considered a classic of the horror genre, and a 1976 TV movie sequel, "Look What's Happened To Rosemary's Baby" was a bomb. (Photo by Michael W. Freeman).

NBC TV Network is now filming a new version of Ira Levin’s 1967 novel “Rosemary’s Baby” as a four-part miniseries, even though the 1968 movie by Roman Polanski is considered a classic of the horror genre, and a 1976 TV movie sequel, “Look What’s Happened To Rosemary’s Baby” was a bomb. (Photo by Michael W. Freeman).


So, what are we to make of the NBC TV Network decision to commit to a remake of the 1968 Roman Polanski movie “Rosemary’s Baby”? Should we follow the quick example many fans of the original had when NBC unveiled these plans — and simply roll our eyes?
It’s true that Polanski’s film is considered a genuine cinematic classic. When The Criterion Collection re-released the movie on DVD in 2012, it drew rave reviews from critics who said it had aged remarkably well, and remained one of the greatest and most influential horror movies ever made – one that not only appears to have inspired 1970s devil movie hits like “The Exorcist” and “The Omen,” but continues to inspire filmmakers today, including the newly released “Devil’s Due,” which the site Fearnet.com called “Virtually a remake (perhaps even a ‘literalization’) of Roman Polanski’s classic Rosemary’s Baby.” Continue reading

Freelining with Mike Freeman: A very different tourist spot.

The coastal town of Seaside, Oregon offers plenty of natural beauty to enjoy. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

The coastal town of Seaside, Oregon offers plenty of natural beauty to enjoy. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

SEASIDE, OREGON – As I passed by my waiter, I couldn’t resist asking him, “So, when does the tourist season start around here?”
He smiled, and said, “About two weeks ago.”
And so it was at the picturesque coastal town of Seaside, Oregon, where early June starts with highs in the low 60s, and lows in the 50s – a far cry from Central Florida, where the 90 degree heat and humidity settled in well over a month ago. I tossed on a sweater and set out to explore my new settings.
But at the same time, the waiter at the Firehouse Grill cafe on Broadway Street in downtown Seaside was excited about the new summer tourist season that had started on Memorial Day Weekend, and would predictably bring thousands of visitors to the charming town over the next three months. Continue reading

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