American Gods is a quite terrific novel written and published by Neil Gaiman nearly two decades ago. It is a genre defying work of fiction that, rather than confounding the reading public, went on to win major awards across the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, because good storytelling trumps everything. I read […]Read more "American Gods, by Neil Gaiman— a book review"
This is not an original idea. In fact, I remember learning this writing technique so long ago that I can’t give it proper attribution. I even Googled the term cubing in an effort to give credit where credit is due, with no luck. A few of the places cubing has been discussed in actual print, […]Read more "Cubing (a writing technique)"
This is a “surprise” review because Transparent was not a television series that I expected to be watching. At least, not watching anytime soon; perhaps ever. Don’t misinterpret what I’m saying, please. It has nothing to do with the subject matter. While it’s true that I don’t have an overwhelming interest in transgender studies, that […]Read more "Transparent: Season 1: a surprise review"
45:01 – 1:00:00 This 15-Minute Force installment is another quiet one. The first thirty minutes of the movie are balls-out action-packed. The thirty minutes that follow are more sedate, even leisurely, although players are moved to new locations and the plot is pushed incrementally forward. This chapter begins where the other left off, with Anakin […]Read more "Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Four: Senator Amidala is a Lightsaber-Tease"
I just finished watching Marvel’s The Defenders. Should I add “Season 1” to this, as if it’s a foregone conclusion that there will be more? Yeah, maybe I should. The Defenders are a timeworn staple in the Marvel Universe, and it’s doubtful that we won’t see a second season, at least. The Defenders are the […]Read more "Marvel’s The Defenders"
It looks like today is trailer day for me. I just watched this trailer for Star Wars Battlefront II, a video game which is coming out in November. I had mixed emotions about Star Wars Battlefront (2015). I loved the gameplay and the visuals, and the soundtrack was amazing. I eventually grew bored with the […]Read more "Star Wars Battlefront II (trailer)"
The debut of Jon Berenthal’s Punisher was one of my favorite things in the episodes of Marvel’s Daredevil. I was pleased when I found out he was getting his own Netflix series. Even more pleased to hear that it was coming in 2017. We’re rapidly running out of 2017 here and I still haven’t seen […]Read more "Marvel’s The Punisher: a trailer"
Have I ever mentioned that I am a fan of the BBC show Sherlock? Yes, I have. Because I am. And that fandom carries over into Series 4 of the program, which I just finished watching. This is great television. If you haven’t watched it yet, then why the hell not? Go ahead and watch […]Read more "Sherlock: Series 4: a review"
It’s all about perspective, really. If you’ve watched Star Trek: The Motion Picture already, you’ve formed your opinion of the film. This review, penned some 38 years after I watched the movie for the first time, but only a day after I watched it last, won’t change your mind about it. But, I hope it […]Read more "Star Trek: The Motion Picture: a review"
30:01 – 45;00 The brisk opening 30 minutes of this movie have adeptly set up a central story question: Will the Republic establish an army to oppose Count Dooku’s Separatist Movement? It also gave two of our main characters—Obi-Wan Kenobi and his young Padawan Anakin Skywalker—immediate character goals. Obi-Wan will continue the investigation into the […]Read more "Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Three: Kamino Saberdart/Romantic Lake House"