Go See a Star War

Go See a Star War

16

Jan

2018

As I have to tell everyone around this time every year, I'm not really a big fan of the Star Wars franchise.  I'm the right age, and the right kind of nerd, but I was preoccupied by other stuff like comic books and role-playing games when I was a kid, and the exploits of Skywalker & Co. never really got it hooks into ...
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The Professional

The Professional

12

Jan

2018

It's been ten years since Donald Westlake left us, and it's a loss that's still deeply felt for those of us with a taste for pure throwback noir novels.  Westlake was the creator and author, under the pseudonym Richard Stark, of a series of novels featuring the enigmatic professional criminal known only as Parker; while th ...
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Prince of Dorkness

Prince of Dorkness

8

Jan

2018

The older I get, the less patience I have for so-bad-it's-good culture.  I get why it's so appealing to the young -- I've been there, kids, I understand! -- but the closer I get to the eternal silence of the grave, the less willing I am to spend two hours of my precious time watching Turkish Dr. Strange or whatever sub-pa ...
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A Thousand Beers

A Thousand Beers

7

Jan

2018

I have drunk a thousand beers. A thousand beers have been drunk by me.  Since I started keeping track in 2014, my drinking has encompassed a thousand beers.  "The Man Who Has Drunk a Thousand Beers" is what they call me in fashionable quarters; some ruffians in low spots prefer "Ol' Thousand-Beers Pierce".  In the tech s ...
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As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below

4

Jan

2018

Okay, let's first get the obligatory Twitter joke out of the way:  The Shape of Water is the best movie you'll see all year about fish dicks.That was fun, wasn't it?  It feels good to laugh.  Now, let's move on to the actual review of Guillermo del Toro's latest fantasia.  Set some time around the end of the Kennedy a ...
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A World Where Every Neighbor is a Friend

A World Where Every Neighbor is a Friend

2

Jan

2018

Death, we are reminded every time someone dies*, comes in threes.  A good truism; a strong truism; and most importantly, a truism that can be stated in less than five words, making sure it will lodge in our consciousness before we get bored and go off to play video games or join a drug gang.  Unfortunately, it suffers fro ...
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