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True Detective

In a land of deep darkness, two bickering boy scouts compete for the honour badge while chasing an abstract taxidermist who leaves behind a trail of unpopular sculptures with evocative music playing in the background. 15 more words


Soul Boys of the Western World - Film Review

Following the mysterious disappearance of several curtains, five friends drape themselves in fabric, get asymmetrical haircuts, see their future written on a bathroom wall and embark on a musical odyssey of fashion faux pas and hit songs spanning nearly two decades. 38 more words


Tuesday Reviews-day (or a day late): Jurassic World

by Sabrina Z.

One of my favorite things to learn about when I was a child was Dinosaurs. My mother bought me different books about dinosaurs, including some that were probably written more for adult learners than eight or nine-year old children. 715 more words

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Snowpiercer - Film Review

When several angry passengers in third class get tired of the food, Captain America tries to upgrade them to first class, but Ed Harris sends Tilda Swinton, an army of axe-wielding henchmen and one unlucky fish to stop them while a post-apocalyptic ice age rages outside. 22 more words


Review of The Sancy Blood Diamond: Power, Greed and the Cursed History of One of the World’s Most Coveted Gems. Susan Ronald. TLS May 5 2005

This is a pretty good example of the capsule reviews I started out contributing to the TLS.

Capsule reviews impose a certain discipline on the reviewer – longer word counts allow more opinionating and grandstanding. 411 more words

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Inside Out (Michael Giacchino)

2015 saw Pixar, once the king of computer animated films, struggling to emerge from a creative slump that had seen it produce mostly mediocre spinoffs of existing properties like… 768 more words

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Hugo Capsules Inbound!

I’ve got a lot of plane travel to look forward to over the next few two weeks: Pensacola this week and Japan the next. I also have my beloved Kindle Keyboard* stuffed to the brim with Hugo Nominees for Best Novel, Short Story, Novella, and Novelette. 219 more words