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reviewed Dell Streak 7. August 17, 2011
Dell Streak 7
I knew it almost right away - this little baby was going to be trouble. Just the kind of trouble I'd been looking for.      I loved the look of her, that's for sure. Slipping …
reviewed (500) Days of Summer. August 15, 2011
(500) Days of Summer
Don't be fooled by the opening narration. (500) Days of Summer is very much a love story. Just not the kind we're used to seeing.      Come to think of it, the title's …
reviewed Alison Wonderland. August 02, 2011
Alison Wonderland
Alison Wonderland is something of an anomaly.      It has an imaginative, sometimes magical story, but one without a strong direction. It covers a lot of ground in very few pages. …
Supergods: What masked vigilantes, miraculous mutants, and a sun god from Smallville can teach us about being human
"Being extraordinary is so much a part of our heritage as human beings that we often overlook what we've done and how unique it all is."      Grant Morrison loves comics. …
reviewed Winnie the Pooh. July 24, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Winnie the Pooh
I'm a 38-year-old man, and I have to admit it - I have a soft spot for Winnie the Pooh.      Lucky for me I still have a daughter young enough to justify going to see the newest …
reviewed Threadless.com. July 22, 2011
Threadless logo
I just happen to be wearing a Threadless shirt today - it's the one pictured on the right, called "Used to Be Friends," and it's a classic example of the unique and striking designs …
reviewed Silent Hill: Sinner's Reward. July 19, 2011
Silent Hill: Sinner's Reward
Most Silent Hill comics are scary - but not in a good way. Sinner's Reward is thankfully an exception to this rule.      Silent Hill has a bad history in the comics. From Among …
reviewed Silent Hill: Past Life. July 19, 2011
Silent Hill: Past Life
Silent Hill: Past Life is the perfect example of why good art alone doesn't make for a good comic book.      The art for this four-issue miniseries, by an artist known as "Menton3," …
reviewed Dead Letter Office. July 18, 2011
Dead Letter Office
I'm sure I had this idea once - a story fragment that flickered across my brain about the letters that fall between the cracks, the ones that never reach their destination. I'm glad I didn't …
reviewed The Strangers. July 16, 2011
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The Strangers
If you're looking to be scared, The Strangers will to do the trick and then some.      I was a little worried, to be honest. Based on the premise and early looks at the trailer, …
reviewed Never Knowing. July 15, 2011
Never Knowing
I don't know how she does it.      Chevy Stevens has a true talent for telling stories that are difficult to get through, yet completely compelling. She engages the reader with …
reviewed Tighter. July 13, 2011
I love a good ghost story.      Some of my personal favorites include Sean Stewart's Perfect Circle and Stephen King's The Shining. These stories, more than most others of …
reviewed American Vampire. July 06, 2011
American Vampire
It seems like vampires are everywhere lately, but so many of them seem to be defanged and pale shadows of the creatures of the night I grew up with. They sparkle and the whine and they philosophize - …
reviewed Green Lantern (2011 movie). July 06, 2011
Green Lantern (2011)
I never really liked Green Lantern much as a kid.  A guy dressed in green with a ring? Please - give me Batman any day.      So when the movie came out this year, I wasn't …
reviewed Super 8 (2011 film). July 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Super 8
It's been said that there aren't any truly original ideas.  I'm not sure I agree with that, but in the context of 'Super 8' it makes sense...it's all in how it's put together …
Malcolm Gladwell knows how to tell a story. He captures the little details about people and events that give them meaning and make them interesting, something he used to good advantage in The Tipping …
reviewed I Believe You Liar. June 11, 2011
posted in Music Matters
I Believe You Liar
"Hit you with a feather, miss you by a whisker, and I'm gonna kill you if you dare." - from "1997"      You could have knocked me over with a feather.   …
reviewed A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010 movie). June 11, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Nightmare on Elm Street Poster
I'm honestly not sure why they bothered to make this movie.      It's not that this new take of Wes Craven's classic Nightmare on Elm Street is bad. It's well-made, …
reviewed Small Memories. June 08, 2011
Small Memories
"Only I knew, without knowing I did, that on the illegible pages of destiny and in the blind meanderings of chance it had been written that I would one day return to Azinhaga to finish being born."   …
The First Days: As the World Dies
The First Days reads something like a movie - a gory, brutal movie that tests the limits of endurance.      This feeling usually works in the story's favor, as it starts out running …
reviewed The Book of Eli. May 28, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
The Book of Eli
Don't let the first 30 minutes or so of The Book of Eli fool you - it comes off as a bleak and moody mix of other post-apocalyptic stories like Mad Max and The Road, but by the time the credits roll …
reviewed The Contract (Kontrakt). May 26, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
The Contract
There's nothing flashy or showy in The Contract - and there doesn't need to be. It's beautifully shot, as well-acted as it needs to be, and hits on all the right notes. Simply put, this is …
reviewed Angry Birds. May 26, 2011
Angry Birds - Rovio Mobile
Hi...my name is Rich, and I'm a Birdaholic.      Angry Birds is the most frustrating, delightful, maddening and addictive casual game to come along since Tetris.      …
reviewed Heaven. May 26, 2011
   The word that keeps coming back to me when I think about Kimberly Cain's novel Heaven is "enthusiasm."      Whatever the subject matter - be it sex and sensuality, …
reviewed Ghostwritten. May 18, 2011
"The act of memory is an act of ghostwriting."      The magic of David Mitchell's Ghostwritten lies in the intangible.      The writing style is impeccable, …
reviewed The Twisted Thread. May 14, 2011
The Twisted Thread
For a story about scandal and the violent death of a young girl, there's something curiously dispassionate and distant about The Twisted Thread - and I believe that this is entirely intentional.   …
reviewed World War Z. April 27, 2011
World War Z Front Cover
Addictively readable, frighteningly plausible, and undeniably masterful.      When trying to describe what makes World War Z such a great book, one runs out of adjectives quickly. …
reviewed These Things Hidden. April 17, 2011
These Things Hidden
Blind in the darkness, you sense something in the room with you and reach out. There's a large, smooth flat surface, and on it something covered in a sheet. Touch here: a smooth, supple curve tapering …
Hound of the Baskervilles (Aladdin Classics)
He has many followers. From Marple to Millhone, from Rebus to Rockford, from Scarpetta to the Scooby Gang. When it comes to the sciences of investigation, detection and deduction, Sherlock Holmes is the …
reviewed The Meowmorphosis. April 07, 2011
The Meowmorphosis
The Meowmorphosis is certainly an oddity. And in the mashup genre - home to books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Android Karenina - that's saying something.      I have …
reviewed Moon. April 06, 2011
posted in Music Matters
Mystery, isolation, danger, tension, nostalgia, heartbreak, determination.      It's hard to find a piece of music that reflects these themes, these feelings, as consistently or …
reviewed The Adjustment Bureau. April 06, 2011
posted in Music Matters
The Adjustment Bureau
I had a feeling, as I watched the opening scenes of The Adjustment Bureau, that I recognized the music. Not because I've heard these themes before - I hadn't until I saw the film. But that certain …
reviewed It's All About Love (2003). April 01, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
It's All About Love (2003)
The first word that comes to mind when thinking about It's All About Love is "surreal." The next two are "but pointless." There are several scenes in the film that are striking …
reviewed Sweet Shadows. April 01, 2011
posted in Music Matters
Sweet Shadows
I admit it, I have a thing for Natalie Walker's voice. Clear and moody and sultry, it enchants and entices me into the world of her songs. And while Daughter Darling's Sweet Shadows isn't …
reviewed The Weight of Silence. April 01, 2011
The Weight of Silence
The Weight of Silence is an impressive novel for many reasons. It tells a complex story in a unique way, it masters the multiple perspectives well, and it kept me enthralled from beginning to end.   …
reviewed Still Missing. April 01, 2011
Still Missing
In a story about a Realtor who's abducted, trapped, beaten, raped, and forced into a living hell, you have to expect some rough territory. And indeed, there are several points in Still Missing where …
reviewed The Night Season. March 18, 2011
The Night Season
The Night Season reads like a hard rain - fast, intense, inescapable. Propelled forward by a fast-moving plot and the snappy dialogue of her characters, the story comes on strong and doesn't let up …
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever
The third (and hopefully final) book in the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies series commits an unfortunate sin - it takes itself just a little too seriously.      If Dawn of the Dreadfuls …
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the
   You know that moment when a comedian is onstage and stops for reaction, then goes on to explain the joke - "You know...because it was stuck to the badger!" - hoping for a few more …
The Monster at the End of This Book
   I remember this book well.      I remember Grover's initial shock at the discovery that there is, indeed, a monster lurking at the end of the book in my hands.   …
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