THE RAVEN (2012)
REVIEW BY THE TOMAHAWK MAN
Posted October 7, 2012
Lead players: John Cusack (Edgar Allan Poe), Luke Evans (Detective Fields), Alice Eve (Emily Hamilton), Brendan Gleason (Captain Hamilton), The Killer (Sam Hazeldine—oops!).
Directed by James McTeigue, Produced by Marc D Evans, Trevor Macy , Aaron Ryder, Written by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare, Music by Lucas Vidal. Distributed by Relativity Media 2012. Rated “R”. 111 mintes. Released in the UK: March 9, 2012. Released in the US: April 27, 2012. Released on DVD in US: October 9, 2012.
MEET ‘THE TOMAHAWK MAN’!
Poe Forevermore will publish reviews of Poe-related books, movies, music and more---from our new critic, The Tomahawk Man!
We’ll be looking at new films like 2012s The Raven, starring John Cusack, when it hits DVD, and believe us, the Tomahawk Man’s blade is sharp! We’ll look at plays and musicals, like Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator: The Musical, currently splattering audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland! The Tomahawk man will cast his (or her?) critical eye on books new and old, like Matthew Pearl’s The Poe Shadow…
Old or new, expect a witty, in-depth, take-no-prisoners approach to the weekly reviews, appearing every Friday, beginning August 19th, only at Poe Forevermore!
WHO IS ‘THE TOMAHAWK MAN’?
We can’t say, but sometimes we’ll invite a guest critic or commentator to spice things up a bit.
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SO, WHAT DOES ANY OF THIS HAVE TO DO WITH POE?
Historically, Edgar Allan Poe was a tough critic, and earned the nick-name “The Tomahawk Man”. Through-out his career as an editor, Poe wrote some of the most lively, trenchant, and acerbic reviews of his era.
The caricature of The Tomahawk Man appeared in Holden’s Dollar Magazine, in January, 1849, just months before Poe’s mysterious and untimely death. His reputation as a fierce critic had culminated with a cartoon of Poe wielding a hatchet in his quest for the best in American literature!
We thought it only appropriate to dub our critic-at-large here at Poe Forevermore as “the Tomahawk man” in honor and homage to Poe, and the idea of criticism sharp and perceptive for you, our readers. We hope that you enjoy the reviews and essays, and that we somehow live up to Poe’s ideals!