Category: Reviews

Counterpart: An Early and Hesitant Recommendation

You guys might like this one. The marketing kind of kills a big reveal – suprise! there’s an alternate earth and our main character’s double shows up in “our” timeline to wreak havoc.  J. K. Simmons plays two very different Howard Silk’s – one casual and friendly if a...

True Detective Season Three: One Final Thought

Most of Hollywood’s offerings are dismissive affairs, driven in part by a desire to hack away at the roots of Western Civilization. And then you have True Detective. The third season features one of the most profoundly pro-Christian messages ever shown on TV. One of the threads that runs through...

True Detective: Season Three

True Detective is an anthology series – a rarity in American television – and each of the three seasons produced…to date.  Everyone loves the first season, a gripping delve into weird sex cults and powerful pedophile rings down in the bayou.  Most people hate the second season, a look...

A Testament to True Detective

There is a strange thing about the show True Detective that I haven’t seen anyone mention before, and it’s a good thing. These shows – each season represents a self-contained 8-10 hour movie than one episode in an on-going narrative – are at their heart mysteries on tow orders:...

True Detective: Season Two – Better Than They Say

The much maligned second season of True Detective (SPOILER ALERT) makes for better watching than you’ve probably heard.  The critics and the masses loved the first season and demanded more of the same, but different.  They got it, and complained heavily about a sophomore slump.  While it is true...

Glen Cook and Fishing For Stars

Oh, Glen Cook, I wish I knew how to quit you. Last of the Dinosaur Published authors to command my allegiance, Glen Cook is a modern master.  He is everything that George Rape Rape Martin’s fans wish that fat old pervert was. With the Starfishers Trilogy, Cook paints a broad...

Avoid The Void

This movie starts out great, slips to mediocre, then plunges headlong into completely stupid.  In a way, it is a nice little Lovecraftian homage complete with a black pharoah looking to open a doorway to hell, opposed by a young and out-of-his-league cop. Unfortunately it doesn’t live up to...

Solid Recommend: Blow the Man Down

Good news, everyone! Not everything sucks, and I’ve found a rare gem in this modern cinematic wasteland.  Imagine if Fargo was set in a small New England fishing town, and it wasn’t completely retarded.  Don’t let the “Amazon Original” tag fool you – this one is worth a watch....

Utopian Ugliness

Don’t bother with this. On paper it checks all the boxes:  Dark conspiracies.  Comic book fans as plucky underdog heroes.  Technocrat blundering endangering the global food supply.  An artificial virus that threatens world stability. It should have been a slam dunk, but it falls prey to all of the...

Bill And Ted’s Excellent Family Adventure

Sat the family down this past long weekend to show them this masterpiece of family cinema. The effects are a bit dated, but it holds up just fine. To my great surprise the seven year old laughed riotously through most of it.  She was a bit bored at the...