On Feb. 16, 2021, I had an idea for a feature film. In the next 12 days, I filled out a beat sheet, note-carded every scene, digitized those notes in PowerPoint (revising all the while), researched locations, watched half a dozen movies and several interviews with famous directors and screenwriters, and wrote the first 47 pages of my movie.
Deaf & Blind: A Book Review
Paul Hostovsky’s fifteenth collection — and fifth from Main Street Rag — Deaf & Blind, is a rare find. With humor and humility, the Massachusetts author leads hearing and sighted readers through his life thus far as an American Sign Language interpreter and student, as well as the relative and friend of many Deaf and DeafBlind people, in the form of poems and stories.
Fiction Friday: The Resisters (Review)
Gish Jen’s eighth book, THE RESISTERS, is the feminist, dystopian, baseball novel we didn’t know we needed — and, actually, maybe we don’t.
Movie Monday: Timothée Chalamet
Meet Timothée Chalamet — he's not yet 25, and already he's been awarded and nominated for numerous awards for his performances in indie and blockbuster films alike.
On Speaking Terms: A Review
What Connie Wanek does best in her third book, On Speaking Terms, is relate to her audience.
Movie Monday: The Aeronauts
THE AERONAUTS has been described as "GRAVITY meets FREE SOLO," and though I haven't seen the latter, this seems to be a reasonable comparison. There's drama, love and loss, realism and historical significance, female empowerment and the championing of the underdog archetype, and just straight-up adventure, which I found highly entertaining.
Tuesday Tunes: Barns Courtney
Although Courtney's been signed to Virgin/Capitol Records, he has the indie-alternative past to fuel good, original music.
Tuesday Tunes: Cedar (Ave.) is back!
What was once an openly Christian pop-rock band now sounds more like an existential, new wave/electro-pop group that would fit right in on an episode of Stranger Things.
Tuesday Tunes: Radio Company
With all the #fangirling I've been doing over Jensen Ackles lately, it should come as no surprise to my friends and followers what I'm reviewing for Tuesday Tunes this week: Radio Company, the Supernatural star's genre-bending collaboration with fellow Texan Steve Carlson.
TBT: Life’s Lessons (Review)
LIFE'S LESSONS is an honest account of the things we least like to to talk about, the stains we keep covered up for years after The Incident.