{film} John Wick?

The tagline: Don’t Set Him Off! When I tell you how fantastic I found director Chad Stahelski’s John Wick (2014), you’ll likely question my sanity because it really shouldn’t be all that good. I seriously questioned my decision to not disappear up the stairs while Sean watched a film that, upon first press, reads like a Steven SeagalContinue reading “{film} John Wick?”

{comics} many happy returns

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl By Ben Hatke First Second 2014. That the entirety of Ben Hatke’s The Return of Zita the Spacegirl is an epic jailbreak comes as no surprise. From the very first book in the series, Zita has been held against her will—or has she? We know her slip through the portalContinue reading “{comics} many happy returns”

{film} Guardians of the Galaxy, 5 Reasons.

I’m sure someone will decide their means for being relevant will require them to pan James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). They’ll claim some disconnect with the director’s work in general as their opening disclaimer or some such entry wound into their “review.” I am fine–relieved, actually–to be absorbed into the clamoring for an encore. WasContinue reading “{film} Guardians of the Galaxy, 5 Reasons.”

{television} Mans

Heard rumors BBC comedy drama, Jim Field Smith directed Wrong Mans (2013) was good, and have had it queued to watch. Don’t put off the Mathew Baynton and James Corden created/written show (available on HULU) like we did. Especially if you could use a bit of post-holiday pick-me-up. It all begins by answering someone else’sContinue reading “{television} Mans”

{film} into darkness

I did a quick spoiler-free post here. This will have “spoilers!” (yes, you heard River Song correctly my Whovian friends.) Kirk (Chris Pine) has a thing or two to learn about being a Captain of a Starfleet ship. There is protocol, one. Another: honesty and transparency in filed reports. We’ll be unamused by the ironyContinue reading “{film} into darkness”

{book} path of beasts

Sean expressed surprise that I was reviewing the final installment in a series, that is how infrequent I manage this. Path of Beasts (Book 3 of the Keepers Trilogy) by Lian Tanner Delacorte Press, 2012 hardcover 377 pages The city of Jewel is in peril once again, as it is held captive by the frightfulContinue reading “{book} path of beasts”

{book} blink & caution

Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones Candlewick Press, 2011. Hardcover, 343 pages. teen/ya fiction. Blink & Caution is a great title, and I was not disappointed that the story and the characters so named were worth the intrigue. Two street kids get tangled in a plot over their heads – and risk an unexpected connection.Continue reading “{book} blink & caution”

{film} the hobbit

The Unexpected Journey, as expected. fyi: spoiler-free as I refrained (for now) from delving too deep into details of story development, etc. Thanks to The Tattered Cover, I won tickets a couple months back for an advanced viewing of The Hobbit. Natalya went with me last night as Sean’s work deadlines kept him coming homeContinue reading “{film} the hobbit”

{comics} pluto 008

Pluto 008 by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka viz signature edition, 2009. see my review of Pluto volumes 1-7. Finally! the dramatic conclusion to Urasawa x Tezuka’s Pluto. By the seventh volume of Pluto, it looks like the bad guys have won and the Reader is left reeling from one incredible loss after another. There are alsoContinue reading “{comics} pluto 008”

{comic} amulet: prince of the elves

The enemy grows stronger… Emily survived the chaos of the Guardian Academy, but Max Griffin has stolen the Mother Stone. Wit it, the Elf King forges new Amulets that will give him the power to invade and destroy the nation of Windsor. Emily and her friends lead the soldiers of the Cielis Guard in aContinue reading “{comic} amulet: prince of the elves”