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new sci-fi/fantasy/horror flash fiction by me for your amusement

Sun May 19 2019, 07:38pm | 0 comments

Please support my Patreon — for which you get intriguing genre flash fiction — so I don’t have to get a real job, which will kill me.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, May 17

Sat May 18 2019, 03:47pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening US/Can May 15–17

Sat May 18 2019, 03:32pm | 0 comments

Ry Russo-Young directs romantic drama The Sun Is Also a Star, costarring Yara Shahidi; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, May 15–17

Sat May 18 2019, 11:27am | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire May 17

Sat May 18 2019, 11:18am | 0 comments

Tali Shalom-Ezer directs romantic drama My Days of Mercy, starring Ellen Page and Kate Mara; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, May 14–17

Wed May 15 2019, 09:59pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, May 13–17

Wed May 15 2019, 09:30pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum movie review: symphony in order and chaos

Wed May 15 2019, 07:31pm | 0 comments

Modern noir god Keanu Reeves again stalks a fantasy(ish) world of exhausting, inventive violence. But this time, the curtain is drawn back on the sham of seeming orderliness in its world (and ours).


Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé documentary review: Beychella inside and out (#Netflix)

Tue May 14 2019, 09:43pm | 0 comments

If you don’t get why Beyoncé is worshipped as a goddess, this glorious pop spectacle — part concert film, part myth-in-the-making — will fix that. Enormously entertaining, and absolutely landmark.


curated: were the works attributed to Shakespeare written by a woman?

Mon May 13 2019, 03:36pm | 0 comments

This is the first argument against William Shakespeare as the playwright that seems convincing to me. And it’s not only plausible but deliciously radical.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, May 08–10

Sat May 11 2019, 09:59pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening US/Can May 08–10

Sat May 11 2019, 02:11pm | 0 comments

Diane Keaton and Celia Weston star in comedy Poms, directed by Zara Hayes; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, May 10

Sat May 11 2019, 12:28pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire May 10

Sat May 11 2019, 12:20pm | 0 comments

Aretha Franklin headlines concert documentary Amazing Grace; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


A Dog’s Journey movie review: Does the Dog Die? The Movie

Thu May 09 2019, 03:49pm | 0 comments

Pure rerun of A Dog’s Purpose: Pooch Bailey returns again and again (again) in different bodies to love and serve his humans. A sappy tail, pleasantly daydreamy. I’m not crying you’re crying.


Tolkien movie review: it doesn’t wander, but it’s lost

Wed May 08 2019, 02:19pm | 0 comments

This infuriatingly reductive biopic of the Hobbit author renders him as stolid and dull, and removes all the mystery and the wonder from creative inspiration. Literal-minded and free of magic.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, May 06–10

Tue May 07 2019, 10:15pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, May 06–10

Tue May 07 2019, 08:29pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


Pokémon: Detective Pikachu movie review: destined to be Legendary

Tue May 07 2019, 03:51pm | 0 comments

Designed to cash in on the popular mobile game, this kiddie noir nevertheless sparkles with charming originality. Gentle enough for tykes but with satirical bite for grownups, too. Downright adorable.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, May 03

Fri May 03 2019, 02:34pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening US/Can May 03

Fri May 03 2019, 02:29pm | 0 comments

Sex therapist Ruth Westheimer is featured in documentary Ask Dr. Ruth; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


curated: a brief history of spoilers

Fri May 03 2019, 02:08pm | 0 comments

“Spoilers have been infuriating people since Victorian times” LOL…


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, May 03

Fri May 03 2019, 02:02pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire May 03

Fri May 03 2019, 01:55pm | 0 comments

Linda Cardellini stars in horror mystery The Curse of La Llorona, cowritten by Mikki Daughtry; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


Long Shot movie review: not-so-radical romantic agenda

Fri May 03 2019, 12:33pm | 0 comments

House of Cards as a satirical workplace comedy, with just a touch of rom-com thrown in to render it genuinely sweetly sexy. Theron and Rogen share palpable chemistry, both comic and romantic.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Apr 30–May 03

Wed May 01 2019, 10:26pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Apr 29–May 03

Wed May 01 2019, 09:47pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


Avengers: Endgame movie review: with a bang *and* a whimper

Wed May 01 2019, 05:16pm | 0 comments

A miraculous blend of grief and humor. Big, bold, brash, then sneakily meta. I am only starting to get my head around the emotional and creative right-hook of it. A fitting end (for now) to the MCU.


new sci-fi flash fiction by yours truly

Sun Apr 28 2019, 09:16pm | 0 comments

See the object at The British Museum that inspired this week’s story, and read the opening of the story itself.


which Netflix movie should I review next?

Sun Apr 28 2019, 07:17pm | 0 comments

Results are in…


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Apr 26

Sun Apr 28 2019, 01:43pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening US/Can Apr 26

Sat Apr 27 2019, 04:37pm | 0 comments

Elizabeth Rynecki directs documentary Chasing Portraits, about her own personal family quest; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Apr 25-26

Fri Apr 26 2019, 04:11pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Apr 26

Fri Apr 26 2019, 04:04pm | 0 comments

Elsie Fisher stars in tween dramedy Eighth Grade; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


Bel Canto movie review: Stockholm syndrome, a love story

Fri Apr 26 2019, 12:17pm | 0 comments

This tonal misfire never hits the notes of drama and romance it aims for with its ickily problematic terrorist-hostage relationships. Facile and uncomfortably implausible, emotionally and practically.


William movie review: weird — and dangerous — science

Thu Apr 25 2019, 04:39pm | 0 comments

Plays with its let’s-clone-a-Neanderthal plot like it has no idea of the horrors involved and no appreciation of the ethical questions it raises. (Paging Ian Malcolm!) A tremendous missed opportunity.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Apr 23-26

Wed Apr 24 2019, 01:23pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Apr 22-26

Wed Apr 24 2019, 12:44pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


The Silence movie review: I have only the faintest of muted praise (#Netflix)

Tue Apr 23 2019, 09:29pm | 0 comments

Not a knockoff of that other quiet horror flick, though this familiar monster movie works hard to convince otherwise. But the terrific cast makes it worth a look, at least for Netflix subscribers.


Unicorn Store movie review: a fantastic beast (#Netflix)

Tue Apr 23 2019, 08:00pm | 0 comments

More movies like this, please: a piquant mix of whimsy and snark; an insistence that it’s not crazy to forge your own oddball path; an embrace of girly uncool. Bring on the weird, difficult women.


new flash fiction: it’s another sci-fi body horror

Sun Apr 21 2019, 09:26pm | 0 comments

As ever, the stories in this series are not about museums, or artifacts, or history. I’m simply letting an object in The British Museum in London inspire me.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Apr 17-19

Sat Apr 20 2019, 04:13pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening US/Can Apr 17-19

Sat Apr 20 2019, 04:05pm | 0 comments

Chrissy Metz stars in faith-based drama Breakthrough, directed by Roxann Dawson; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Apr 14-19

Fri Apr 19 2019, 06:34pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Apr 14-19

Fri Apr 19 2019, 03:56pm | 0 comments

Chloë Grace Moretz stars in thriller Greta; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


Greta movie review: twisted sisterhood

Fri Apr 19 2019, 03:27pm | 0 comments

Complete nonsense, and not in a good way, with an enraging side dish of male undercutting of women’s friendships. For a movie to be both this ludicrous and this predictable is quite an achievement.


Hail Satan? documentary review: the devil you say

Thu Apr 18 2019, 06:06pm | 0 comments

Hilarious, provocative look at the wonderfully profane rebels of the culture wars who, with tongue in cheek but seriously, too, are trolling fundie-Christian America with their delicious blasphemies.


Red Joan movie review: it doesn’t bomb, but it fizzles

Thu Apr 18 2019, 02:51pm | 0 comments

There’s a lot of hot-button stuff going on in this A-bomb spy drama — politics, sexism, scientific ethics — but it’s all surprisingly inert, given the literal fate-of-the-world stakes.


Dagenham movie review: lost in London

Wed Apr 17 2019, 07:52pm | 0 comments

There isn’t a likeable character in this parade of misery, nor even an intriguingly unlikeable one. An unfocused, random plot merely cuts through a messy ensemble of criminal working-class Londoners.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Apr 16-19

Wed Apr 17 2019, 01:40pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


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