Reading The Wheel of Time: “Crossroads of Twilight” (Book 10)

Ugh. What to say about this book? While it is entertaining as far as it goes, I'm afraid that it really does lack the dynamism and energy that kept the other books in the series moving along at a fairly brisk pace. If I'm being completely and bluntly honest, I couldn't wait to finish it. … Continue reading Reading The Wheel of Time: “Crossroads of Twilight” (Book 10)

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Film Review: “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” Reveals a Broken America

For quite a while after I watched Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, I couldn't quite figure out how I felt about this bleak, scathing, deeply violent, and acidly funny film. It wasn't until I was chatting with my partner about it, that it finally dawned on me. What was this movie about, really? Sure, it's about a grief-stricken mother's … Continue reading Film Review: “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” Reveals a Broken America

The Great “Golden Girls” Marathon: “Take Him, He’s Mine” (S2, Ep. 3)

Special Note: This is my 500th post on this blog. Wow. We've come a long way, baby! And so we come at last to the third episode of the second season, and the establishment of a pattern that will come to play such a prominent part in Dorothy's life: her fraught and contradictory relationship with Stanley. … Continue reading The Great “Golden Girls” Marathon: “Take Him, He’s Mine” (S2, Ep. 3)

Screening Classic Hollywood: “Auntie Mame” (1958)

I miss many things about classic Hollywood, but one of the greatest casualties was the opening credit sequence. In fine classic Hollywood style, the opening to Auntie Mame is a riot of colors, designs, and patterns, a harbinger of the flamboyant personality embodied by Mame herself. But perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself. When his father unexpectedly … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: “Auntie Mame” (1958)

“Nine for Mortal Men, Doomed to Die:” The Tragedy of the Nazgûl

At first glance, it might seem counterintuitive to argue that the Ringwraiths of The Lord of the Rings are anything other than evil. They are the ones who lead the attack on the good guys, and they are terrifying as they hunt the hobbits in the first half of The Fellowship of the Ring. They are Sauron's most powerful … Continue reading “Nine for Mortal Men, Doomed to Die:” The Tragedy of the Nazgûl

Weekly Rant: The Unbearable Privilege of Susan Sarandon

In case you missed it, Susan Sarandon stands by her earlier condemnation of Hillary Clinton. According to Sarandon, if we'd had Hillary elected, we'd be at war, fracking would continue unabated, and we would have had more of the "sneaky" parts of the Obama administration (the deportations, drone strikes, etc.) Of course, I'm not at … Continue reading Weekly Rant: The Unbearable Privilege of Susan Sarandon