Archive for January, 2016
Are ghosts real?
Whether you believe in them or not, we’ve all thought about that question at some point or another. You may have wondered if a dearly departed loved one still watches over you, or perhaps you think that weird noise in the kitchen at night is a poltergeist who became attached to the home after he was murdered by a burglar before you purchased the home. And of course, there’s one heavy existential question behind that very question — is there life after death? I’m sure most of us want to believe there is, and if ghosts are real, then the chances of there being life after death multiply. If they don’t, there’s no way to be sure if existence ends when your lights go out. Author Jacqueline E. Smith explores this concept in her debut novel, Cemetery Tours, a fun, creepy look at what could be there waiting for us on the other side. Read Full Review
“A Lybian transport. Still no Americans.”
This line, uttered by one of the six soldiers who fought to protect dozens of American civilians in Benghazi, Lybia on September 11, 2012, sums up those disastrous events with quiet reserve. Ever since that day, there have been questions, accusations and theories that have tried to make sense of what happened, but to this day, a fog of secrecy still lingers among the various excuses. But no matter how strong a film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is, if you’re expecting any sort of clarity to come from it, I’m afraid you’re going to be disappointed. Read Full Review
There are a couple of different ways a horror film relates to its audience. The first is to go straight for the jugular. Films like A Nightmare On Elm Street and Poltergeist throw everything at you but the kitchen sink in order to terrify the piss out of you for an hour and a half. The second (which includes films like Psycho and The Sixth Sense) is a much slower burn, subtlety easing you in with minor scares and psychological torture until they hit you over the head with a twisted revelation in the last few minutes that make you go… WTF! The Forest, a movie that borders on being as generic as its title, wades uneasily into the latter, unable to find a suitable way to punch you in the gut at the very end. Read Full Review
The arsenal for science fiction is incredibly expansive. From spaceships and futuristic weapons to scientific breakthroughs and genetic engineering, sci-fi writers have plenty to play with when it comes to tapping away at a story that will blow readers minds.
One of my favorite sci-fi tropes is time travel. It’s a fun way to look at the what-ifs of life (and tapping into the universal ideas of second chances and changing for the better), and I love how it challenges you to think, not only about the consequences of how altering even the smallest thing can have far-reaching effects, but in the complexity of what’s needed to make traveling through time make sense. I’ve used time travel in both novel and screenplay formats, and have been in the development stages of a young adult series that will utilize time travel as its core narrative device.
Why has it taken so long? Because time travel isn’t one of those devices you can just use and at any time you like. Misuse of time travel can lead to disastrous results, including plot holes, paradoxes, confusion, headaches and disbelief. Find Out More About Time Travel
After ringing in the new year with no new releases (unless you count The Hateful Eight, which technically opened over Christmas and went wide this weekend), it’s time to reflect on the year that was and reveal my picks for the top 10 movies of the year. This list is compiled from the 110 movies I saw in theaters in 2015, 51 of which were graded an A- or above. What it doesn’t include, are some of the most recent releases, such as The Revenant and the aforementioned Quinten Tarantino joint, as I haven’t had the chance to see them yet. But enough with the small talk. Let’s get to my top ten movies of 2015 (and the 5 worst movies of the year). Be warned: some of these choices may shock even the mast ardent of film buffs. Check Out The Full List
When I posted my blog for my 2016 resolutions, one of them was a pledge to read (and support) independent writers by reading and reviewing at least one book a month by a self-published author. Now, I’d like to take a minute to expand a little on my plans and help you understand where my head’s at and what you can expect from me. Please, Read On