Assimilate isn’t the cheap and nauseating found-footage film the trailer led me to believe it would be, but instead an effective low-budget thriller that relies too much on jump scares but tempers these with earned emotions and suspense.
13 January 2019
🎥 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a fantastic movie! I love the energy, art style(s), story, and characters. If this is the future of the Spider-Verse (and Venom 2 turns out to be a major improvement on the first one), then I’m eager for the franchise to expand.
The tone and humor might be a little dated, even insensitive and problematic at points, but there’s no question that Save the Cat by Blake Snyder is a book packed with useful, easily digestible, but comprehensive information. Ostensibly written for screenwriters, I think novelists and short stories writers will find this book equally as beneficial. It might even have a thing or two to teach poets.
When I say that Brian Jordan Alvarez’s queer film Everything is Free—now available for free but age restricted on YouTube now available for purchase or rent in the U.S. as of June 2019—is not afraid of penises, I mean that as high praise … and this is your opportunity to bail out of this review […]
I have been eager to see Juste la fin du monde (It’s Only the End of the World) from my favorite director, Xavier Dolan, for so long, and yet I somehow missed that the film has been on Netflix for months. Stupid, stupid… My goodness is this a rich, complex, brutally emotional movie that I […]
Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney My rating: 4 of 5 stars There’s this moment after watching one of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers movies (there are four and I’ll have more to say about them later on in this review) when I think to myself “I really should read the original […]
Beyond the Gates movie poster Beyond the Gates (2016), directed by Jackson Stewart, written by Jackson Stewart and Stephen Scarlata My rating: 4 of 5 stars Beyond the Gates is one of those slow-burn horror films that may bore some viewers but the nostalgia and character building are going to make fans of the rest. Barbara […]
Joel Hodgson has launched a $2 million Kickstarter to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000! As a longtime viewer and someone who spends every Thanksgiving now watching Hodgson stream old episodes of MST3K online, I’m more than willing to donate a lot of money for a brand new season of cheesy movie riffing. The minimum goal would result […]
Okay, enough is enough. Another soon-to-be-disowned family-or-friend told me today they don’t like Tobey Maguire. At all. This all-too-frequent conversation generally goes something like this: Me: “Oh, and I really like the Spider-Man movies, too.” Them: “Yeah, I didn’t watch them. I don’t like Tobey Maguire.” Me: “What! Why?” Them: “I don’t know. I just […]
I read more this year and watched fewer movies and TV. I also watched a lot more YouTube, in a year when the service devoted more resources to emphasize longer videos and video “channels” so that it can better compete against television for viewers. For this list of favorites, I picked only those that came […]
These are the crowdfunding projects I’m supporting, considering supporting, or otherwise wanting to share this week. Unstuck #3: New Literature of the Fantastic and the Surreal Ends on November 20, 2013. “A big, lavishly illustrated new anthology of short stories, poems, and essays with elements of the improbable and the uncanny.” Obduction Ended on November […]
This is the time to enjoy the way things used to be or are currently, before everything changes due to technology.
A long time ago when I lived in Rochester, New York, I stupidly wrote a letter to a coworker and mailed it to his home. It was not really a love letter, but it might as well have been.
My second most favorite web series of the year: season 2 of “Husbands”. After a successful Kickstarter, the second season had higher production values and many special guest stars. Each episode was also longer than the first season episodes. The one negative: there were only four episodes in the second season!
Neil Patrick Harris dreams THE LULLABYE – Neil’s Puppet Dreams – first episode of a very risque new series on the Nerdist YouTube channel.
The Outs: State of the Union – by far my favorite web series this year. The perfect mix of humor and angst that suggests online video can reach the quality of award-winning cinema.
Another funny web series about bear culture shenanigans and murder (!) that manages to be pretty risque even for YouTube.
“Gay’s Anatomy” is “Grey’s Anatomy” meets “The Office” by way of “Queer as Folk”. This hysterical web series began its second season in 2012 after a long delay.
The first episode of a new gay-themed web series called “Eastsiders”, starring Van Hansis and Kit Williamson. This is the latest great web series in a year packed full of them.
(1) Manufacturing coming back to the United States. * “Foxconn Plans American Expansion as Clients Seek Made in U.S.A.” * “Apple CEO Tim Cook announces plans to manufacture Mac computers in USA” Yes, this is a big and exciting trend, but this manufacturing is not likely your mother or father’s manufacturing. Lots of human engineers […]