Category: Reviews

White Guy War Porn

Let’s take a moment to bask in the majesty of this self-own. Dr. Bob here writes po-faced apologetic books about the American military that sell like sand at the beach.  Here, he criticizes a publisher who is guilty of committing the grave sin of preserving Western Culture by publishing...

Dumarest of Terra

Way back in 1968 E. C. Tubb published a fun little stand-alone adventure, The Winds of Gath, featuring a laconic space traveler named Earl Dumarest.  Terse, punchy, and full of tension, it read like a Dashiell Hammett novel, complete with political intrigue, wealthy dames in trouble, and the kind...

The Trouble With Modern Spy Thrillers

We know. Film-makers have a real problem these days because Hollywood – and the BBC even moreso – can’t recognize the good from the bad. It’s not just this meme: It’s something far deeper. First off, we should clarify what we mean by “modern spy thrillers”.  Not “set in...

Sympathetic Characters – Generally Speaking

Gave a BBC period piece a shot, and it was okay. If you know what it is, I don’t have to name it.  If you don’t know what it is, then I don’t want to name it. Speaking generally, it’s a spy show in which we are supposed to...

To Avoid: Ten Minutes Gone

So this was a bust. Perhaps a bit of explanation is in order.  I’ve been painting a LOT of figures for miniature wargames lately, and chewed through most of what YouTube has to offer a hobbyist in my preferred genres.  That means trawling the muck of streaming services for...

Wander – Solid Recommend

For the second time in a row, I find myself recommending a film about a guy who loses his daughter and in the aftermath goes a little off his rocker.  Do I have a type, or is this a trend? From the wet and cold wilds of the Pacific...

The Silencing – A Conditional Recommendation

If you’re struggling to find anything worth watching on Amazon’s Prime stream, you could do a lot worse than “The Silencing”.  It’s a tight little thriller about a former badass tracker whose daughter went missing a couple of years back.  Since then he has tried to become the man...

Take Shelter

Not sure I can recommend this flick, but it’s worth talking about why. First, the good news: It’s one of the most interesting character study films I’ve seen in a while.  For those who don’t know, a character study is a film whose overt plot is just an excuse...

An Eerily Good Show

The good stuff. Back in the early 1990’s director Joe Dante (Matinee, Gremlins) made a little low-budget anthology show called Eerie, Indiana, that deserves a lot more love than it gets. The simple premise is that 14-year old Marshall Teller’s family drags him from New Jersey to a small town...

Confederacy Ascendant

Been thinking about A Confederacy of Dunces a lot lately. For those who haven’t read it, this picaresque novel by John Kennedy Toole is about a bona-fide dyed-in-the-wool gamma male who bumbles his way through life. He is the kind of guy who goes to movies specifically to hate on...