Vancouver International Film Festival 2018

We went to Vancouver last weekend to see three films being shown at VIFF. It was a more relaxed schedule than our usual chaotic film festival weekends. But it was still tremendous fun. Between films, we hung out at the magnificent Vancouver Public Library, which alone is worth the visit to this beautiful Canadian city. Winter … Continue reading Vancouver International Film Festival 2018


Review: The Cabin at the End of the World

Paul Tremblay is an extraordinarily talented writer, and I would follow him anywhere. He's that good. That said, even great writers put out a stinker once in a while. I lost count of the stinkers Stephen King has given us (The Tommyknockers, Insomnia, The Regulators, and Gerald's Game, for instance). Thing is he's not afraid to take … Continue reading Review: The Cabin at the End of the World

Review: The Night Ocean

Although I love novels that feature unreliable narrators (The Great Gatsby and Catcher in the Rye come to mind), Paul LaFarge's novel The Night Ocean takes the unreliable narrator a step farther. It features five linked narratives—stories within stories, which contain excerpts from diaries, journals, and interviews—and nearly all of the narrators are liars. Does a story … Continue reading Review: The Night Ocean

Review: Two Hollywood Bios of Steve McQueen and Paul Newman

Like most people, I've enjoyed many Steve McQueen and Paul Newman movies over the years. I grew up watching their films endlessly on TV when I was young. Each week there always seemed to be at least one of their films playing, whether McQueen's The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and Bullitt, or Newman's Butch … Continue reading Review: Two Hollywood Bios of Steve McQueen and Paul Newman