I liked Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane. I was interested in seeing what came next. I did. The Cloverfield Paradox is deadly dull. Like waiting in the doctor's office for the entire length, but there aren't even old magazines to distract you and your phone is dead. This is one of those cases where the blog post is just … Continue reading Movie review: The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a young programmer, wins a contest to spend a week at the estate of Nathan (Oscar Isaac), a tech genius who has developed an artificially intelligent robot named Ava (Alicia Vikander). Caleb's job is to interact with Ava to determine if she passes the Turing test and is truly conscious. Ex Machina … Continue reading Movie review: Ex Machina (2014)
I have to admit that I was dragged to this one. The preview gave me the impression that it was in the One Righteous Woman on a Crusade genre with an extra scoop of hatred of religion, and I just had no interest in that. Fortunately, I wrong. There is a woman, Mildred Hayes (Frances … Continue reading Movie review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Hostiles is a Western in the "The Old West is dying" sub-genre. The frontier is represented by the main character, Captain Joe Blocker (Christian Bale), and Cheyenne Chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi). Chief Yellow Hawk has been imprisoned for seven years and is now riddled with cancer. For political reasons related to the rising tide of … Continue reading Movie review: Hostiles (2017)
I, Tonya is a usually skillfully done and well acted telling of the story of Tonya Harding, the Olympic skater forever infamous for her involvement in a conspiracy to take out one of her competitors, Nancy Kerrigan. For those of you not old enough to remember, this story enraptured the country, and probably the world, as … Continue reading Movie review: I, Tonya (2017)
I’ve got a new review up at The Violent World of Parker of "Bullet in the Face," a short-lived, absurd, and very violent TV show from the creator of the '80s cult-classic cop show "Sledge Hammer!" You can check it out here.
An amphibious humanoid resembling the Creature from the Black Lagoon is brought to a government lab during the height of the Cold War. Cleaning lady Elisa (Sally Hawkins) forms a relationship with the creature and takes action when she learns of plans to vivisect him. There is a scene in The Shape of Water that demonstrates … Continue reading Movie review: The Shape of Water (2017)
It was 1982 when Abby Rivers met Gretchen Lang, becoming fast friends when Gretchen saves Abby from what looked like was going to be the most horrible, awful day in insecure Abby's whole life. They build a world of inside jokes, shared loves, favorite songs, forbidden books and movies, and anything else fun as they … Continue reading Book review: My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Pakistani immigrant and stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani ("Silicon Valley," playing himself) falls for Emily (Zoe Kazan), a white American girl, but the relationship falls apart because he is afraid of being disowned by his family if things go any further. When Emily falls gravely ill and needs to be placed in a medically induced coma, … Continue reading Movie review: The Big Sick (2017)
I've got a new review up at The Violent World of Parker of A Song to Die For by Mike Blakely, a crime novel that takes place in and around the '70s Austin music scene. You can check it out here.