The question mark in the title is because only eight episodes of The Blacklist have aired so far in the fifth season of the series. Wikipedia, that most infallible of sources, says this is to be a 22-episode season. But, IMDb says last night’s episode will be the last one until early January, and lists […]Read more "The Blacklist: Season 5 – midseason (?) review"
I watched the documentary Dreams with Sharp Teeth (2008) way back in 2010, and even wrote a review of it that I posted on Netflix. I’m going to repeat that review in its entirety here, but then will elaborate further on the man and author, and my own personal experience with his work. Without further […]Read more "Dreams with Sharp Teeth: a documentary review (with additional commentary about Harlan Ellison)"
Let’s say it again: Happiness is having something to look forward to. If you insist that ending a sentence with a preposition is a cardinal sin (is this a sin committed by a cardinal? But, I digress—), then my personal happiness mantra could be written thusly: “Happiness is having something to which you are looking […]Read more "Series I Plan to Watch. Someday."
I watched this movie yesterday for two reasons: one good, and the other—eh—not so good. First, the good reason. I am a fan of Edgar Wright’s previous work, notably Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, perhaps less so of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, although I thought it was well done. I’m going to […]Read more "Baby Driver – a movie review"
On television, it is popular to characterize nerds as people who dedicate too much time to minutiae. I haven’t watched Big Bang Theory in a couple of seasons, but I remember that Sheldon hosted a web series about flags. And on The Middle (a show I still watch, which is completing its final season […]Read more "Stranger Fonts (a minor digression about typeface design)"
The Two Towers, the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, is comprised of two “books.” These are Books III and IV, of six books in total. At some point in the novel’s evolution, each of these books were also titled. Book III was “The Treason of Isengard.” This post is […]Read more "LOTR: The Two Towers—Book III: a review"
1:15:01 – 1:30:00 As we begin Chapter Six, it feels like we’re in the climactic final stretch of the story. In any ordinary movie, that would probably be the case, but the finish line for this one remains in the distance at the end of these fifteen minutes. Too many plot threads to tie […]Read more "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Six: After The Order To Send In The Clones, The Walking Carpet Carries The Psycho Toad To Safety."