There’s a scene from Shallow Hal (before the place where I walked out of a friend’s home because I found the movie so appalling I couldn’t sit through it) where Hal goes into a restaurant with an absurdly fat girl whom he sees as traditional heroin-chic skinny due to some magical maneovering earlier in the movie. They sit down and she orders an ordinary or perhaps over [...]
I was amazed, astounded, and utterly delighted by this movie. I had to let it sit for a few days for my rapture to subside so I could think coherently and make sure I could write effectively about it…and it wasn’t even perfect. The movie revolves around three characters: Grey and Sam, a sister and brother respectively, and Charlie, their shared female love interest. The [...]
Note: I thought about explaining all the terms and jokes from the novels that this post contains. But the thing about a joke is that it’s not funny if you explain it. If you are intrigued at all, I would suggest picking up one of the books. I started with Going Postal, but Sourcery and Pyramids are also good ones to start with. I would not suggest starting with Night Watch [...]
It was less than discriminating. But, in my defense, I’ve been sick. And I just wanted to rent something easy to take my mind off of it. So one of the movies I got was The Wedding Crashers. Fairly typical romantic comedy bullshit about a couple of hard-partying guys who find the right girls and fall in love, blah, blah, blah. There was a mildly [...]
On the ‘TV to Big Screen’ shelves at Blockbuster, I found a DVD claiming to be erotica written and directed by women, for women. That’s a big claim, so I rented it to see how it lived up to its cover copy. It was called Bliss, and was put out by the Oxygen Network, which didn’t mean anything to me because I don’t have cable. [...]
I just read a couple of books by Maria V. Snyder called Poison Study and Magic Study. I don’t know that I have ever read a fantasy novel set in an early industrial revolution time frame with a moderately successful communist military government before. Especially one that neither preached communism nor villified it, but showed the reasons the persons involved created it and the limitations [...]
It’s a tableau familiar from pioneer midwifing scenes in old Westerns – the men congregate in the hallway or outside and listen with concerned faces until the baby comes and then pound each other on the back as if they had done something.