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."
For me it’s all about character. Give me characters I love, loathe, or otherwise identify with and I’ll read about whatever they decide to do. Long after I’ve forgotten individual storylines, I’ll remember certain characters. If they’re memorable, that is. Stu Redman and Frannie Goldsmith. Bigwig and Fiver. Frodo and Sam. Richie and Fonzie. […]Read more "A Matter of Character (Fiction Writing Techniques)"
SPOILERS AHEAD. Go watch the series and get back to me. Transparent is another of those television shows that I, admittedly, jumped on the bandwagon for. I wasn’t a viewer from the start, and only started watching it this year at the urging of my wife. As of the writing of this review, we are […]Read more "Transparent: Season 3 –- a review"
I’ve finished playing Mass Effect: Andromeda. I guess. I mean, I finished my first playthrough of the campaign, which I have been playing since the game was released. Not playing fanatically. I always take my time on a game, I feel I should point out. Plus, I’ve been switching off with at least four other […]Read more "Mass Effect: Andromeda — a video game review"
For my birthday about three weeks ago, the beautiful Sharon, who is my wife, and I boarded The City of New Orleans train in Memphis, Tennessee, and rode it all the way down to—you guessed it—New Orleans. We wanted to do this as far back as 2001, when we lived in Memphis, but we never […]Read more "Riding on The City of New Orleans (Birthday Memoir 2017)"
1:00:01 – 1:15:00 As this chapter of the 15-Minute Force (Sith Edition) kicks off, General Grievous is doing what General Grievous does best: fleeing the scene of battle when it’s obvious he’s on the losing side. He hops on a neat, robotic giant rolling wheel bike that I’m almost certain was a Hasbro or […]Read more "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Five: Windu Dies at the End…Probably."
I’ll let you in on a secret. I’m not a binge-watcher. That’s not the secret. My secret is that I’m having to force myself to not binge-watch the second season of Stranger Things, the Netflix original written and directed by The Duffer Brothers that took streaming America by storm last year. As of […]Read more "Stranger Things: Season 2 Premiere “MADMAX” — a review"