Reviews of books, movies or video games.

Review of Captain America: Civil War

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Movie Reviews | 0 comments

Okay, I think I’ve let enough time go by before reviewing that everyone had a reasonable chance to go watch the movie already. There will be some spoilers here, all below the jump, but I don’t think anything you couldn’t have gleaned from the trailer. Completely spoiler free review: It’s a fine movie in a similar vein to all the other Marvel Comics Universe movies that have come before it. Lots of action, some funny bits, some sad bits, lots of angst. More in depth and spoilery follows here. Look away! Look away! So, here are my takeaways. I guess it’s going to...

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Review of Lost Girl, Seasons 1 – 5

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in Television Reviews | 0 comments

Just yesterday I finished the final episode of the show Lost Girl. I was pretty late to the bandwagon. I only started watching it sometime early this year, around the time it was announced that they were in the middle of the final season. It’s a bittersweet feeling for me. On the one hand I don’t have to wait around years for the storyline to finish up. On the other hand I don’t feel like I got very much time with Bo and her cohort. Spoiler free summary: It’s a fun show. The writing is clever. Anna Silk is brilliant and funny. Kenzi is the bomb. The show is very...

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Hey, You Got Some Science In My Fiction

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Movie Reviews | 0 comments

The hubby and I did our usual anniversary thing last week, dinner and a movie. Yeah, it’s a little cliche, but we like movies, and we like food. So why not? Anyway, the dinner was pretty great, and if you are in the Seattle area I can’t recommend The Pantry enough. We had a wonderful dinner chock full of apples with some fun people. But, that’s not why I brought you here, that was just to set the stage for the real purpose of this post. THE MARTIAN IS AWESOME YOU GUYS. Seriously, I’m not even messing around here. If you haven’t seen it yet, go out and get some...

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Review of Orphan Black, Season 1

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Television Reviews | 0 comments

This review contains spoilers. Orphan Black is a scifi television series created by BBC America. The show takes place in Toronto, Canada and features as its main character Sarah Manning, a British punk rocker sort of girl who has predictably fallen in with the wrong crowd. The show starts with her on a train platform with the sense that she’s running from something and trying to come home. After a frustrating phone conversation, Sarah is shocked to discover another woman on the platform who looks just like her, and even more shocked when that other woman walks in front of a moving train....

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Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Movie Reviews | 0 comments

Only Lovers Left Alive is the vampire movie you’ve always wanted. You didn’t even know you wanted it, but you did. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are ancient, gorgeous, and shockingly human. Let’s get this out of the way: this isn’t a Hollywood vampire movie. There is no violence, very little blood, and all of the sex is off-screen. The vampires aren’t showy. They don’t run around doing vampire things like flying and jumping off buildings. It’s all about the characters and how they interact. In the way of many independent films, there’s no...

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Review of Chef

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Movie Reviews | 0 comments

Chef didn’t get a lot of hype, and I can’t figure out why. It’s the kind of movie that leaves you feeling good afterward, as if sometimes everything works out just how it should. Let me be clear: the plot is eminently predictable, and there are no explosions or twist ending. Chef is very simply a heart-warming movie about a man trying to figure out what to do with his life after a mistake threatens his chosen career. There are some spoilers ahead, but as I hinted to earlier, it isn’t anything you would haven’t figured out way before it happens. Jon Favreau plays...

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