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About robbinsrealm

I was born in Smithtown, New York, and grew up, worked, and lived in various areas of Long Island before moving to Boca Raton, Florida where I now make my home. In addition to being an aspiring writer, I am also an English teacher. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master’s Degree in Education, both from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. In my spare time you will find me engrossed in books, watching movies, socializing with friends, or just staying active.

“Pepsi, Where’s My Jet?”

In February of 1996, a twenty year old college student, John Leonard, was watching television at his home in Seattle. During one of the commercial breaks, an advertisement for Pepsi came on the screen. Pepsi was promoting a marketing campaign … Continue reading

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“Barbarian”

“Things are always better in the morning” is a quote from Pulitzer Prize winning author, Harper Lee’s iconic, 1960 novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird.”  In many instances, applied to numerous situations, the quote may be applicable, but not for Tess, … Continue reading

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“Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway” (1976)

On occasion, I’ll hear, read, or see something about a book, film, television movie or show, that was released long before I was born, and one, that up until the moment I learn about it, I was unaware of. “Dawn: … Continue reading

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“Halloween Ends – A Not So Fitting Ending”

Warning: Several spoilers. John Carpenter’s “Halloween” premiered on October 25, 1978, in Kansas City, Missouri. From that moment forward, the film went on to  become a marvel of the horror genre. The characters of Michael Myers, Laurie Strode, and Dr. Loomis, brought … Continue reading

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“Danse Macabre By Stephen King” (1981)

The idea for Stephen King’s non-fiction book “Danse Macabre” came from his friend, and former Doubleday editor, Bill Thompson. “Carrie,” “Salem’s Lot,” “The Shinning,” “Night Shift,” and “The Stand” were all edited by Thompson. King was at first hesitant to … Continue reading

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“Dracula” (1974)

The television movie “Dracula” begins with a shot of a mist filled lake, in the evening. In conjunction, a large number of Alsatians are barking, as they race toward a mountaintop castle. Thereafter, as discordant music plays, the hulking presence … Continue reading

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“Frenzy – Hitchcock’s Penultimate Film”

At the start of the film, “Frenzy,” a crowd has gathered. They are listening to Sir George (John Boxer), a politician, who is talking about how the pollution in the River Thames, is going to be cleaned up. The speech … Continue reading

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“Smile – Once You See It, It’s Too Late”

When I was in graduate school, earning my master’s degree in secondary education, I had a professor, a former lawyer, who was fond of something referred to as ‘but for causation.’ It is a simple test, which asks the following … Continue reading

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“Jack the Ripper (1988)

On August 31, 1888, the infamous, Jack the Ripper claimed the life of Mary Ann Nichols, the first of his five known victims. Historical speculation has suggested that there could have been more murders. Nichols was an easy target for … Continue reading

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“Mary Reilly Offers an Interesting Take on a Classic Story”

Many of you who are reading this are probably familiar with the basic essence of the characters, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jekyll, the respected doctor and scientist, represents the educated and genteel side of humanity. Conversely, Hyde is a … Continue reading

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