The Nolanator: Comparing “Dunkirk” to “Inception”

At under two hours Dunkirk is short for a Nolan movie.  It plays with time, perception, point of view, and drowning imagery like many of Nolan's past films (Memento, The Prestige, Interstellar, and The Dark Knight trilogy).  Avclub.com had glowing things to say about it ... so why did it leave me feeling cold and unfulfilled?   …

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Review: “Black Mirror” Series 4

Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker is fascinated by creating Hells. A lot of people focus on Black Mirror's status as a spiritual successor to the Twilight Zone.  Others focus on its effectiveness as a techno-thriller set in very-near futures, focused on the unintended consequences of eerily plausible extensions of current technology. It's the penchant for creating Hells that interests …

Review: Dave Chappelle, “Equanimity” and “The Bird Revelation”

Why Dave Chappelle? I've wondered this for awhile.  I watched a few episodes of the much-lauded Chappelle's Show and I wasn't that impressed.  "I'm Rick James, bitch!"  So what? https://youtu.be/IIiHdXwoGp4   I knew a little about the drama surrounding the cancellation of that show - Chappelle breached his contract and walked away to spend twelve years out …

Why I’m considering making Iberia Airlines my AMEX Platinum preferred airline

As I mentioned before, I'm surprising myself by considering designating Iberia Airlines, out of all possible airlines, as my preferred airline for my Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN. What does this get me?  Well, it gets me a statement credit for the first $200 I spend on incidentals for my preferred airline.  Gift cards …

I’m boxed in – I literally HAVE to travel, or I lose money.

Okay, maybe that's being dramatic.  I don't have to do anything, and I won't lose "money."  But I might lose frequent flier miles. Some of you know that I've been into the frequent flier mile hobby for two years now, and I never pay full price for airfare now, whether flying do Dallas or Deutscheland. I use AwardWallet.com for …

Novel Excerpt, from a Cat’s Perspective, Part 1: “The Puppeteer”

Most of the main characters of my new supernatural suspense/horror novel, The Puppeteer, are humans.  Some of my favorite sections, however, take on the third-person perspective of the family cats. The central Goldstein family has two cats - Blue Cat and Stew Cat.  IMPORTANT CONTEXT:  The family also had a third cat, Clue Cat, who died earlier …