Television Show Review: Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines created by Chad Hodge (Blinding Edge Pictures, De Line Pictures, Storyland) Starring Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Shannyn Sossamon, Toby Jones, Melissa Leo, and Hope Davis. Avoiding the Blockbusters I’ve been running from my teenage self. I wasted countless dinero on the heavily marketed whims of studio executives. Action! Guns! Superheroes! In actuality, greenscreen! Poor plotting! Wireframe acting performances! An explosion a story does not make. And yet recently, I’ve been placing a higher value in the popcorn flick. I’ll never want to avoid the dark, dreary, and deep themes found in serious cinema. But sometimes, it’s ok to get lost in some rip-roaring fun, literary qualities be damned. Similarly, Wayward Pines represents the best of awful television. We’re… Read More →

Book Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: A Novel by Mark Haddon (New York: Vintage, 2003. 226 pp) Mark Haddon is an English novelist educated at Merton College, Oxford. He has written numerous children’s books and his debut novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, won the Whitbread Award, Guardian Prize, and a Commonwealth Writers Prize. The Dreams of Our Fathers The joys of fatherhood: snuggles on Saturday morning the awe at a young mind forming as he explores a new phenomenon the odd waddle as he picks up walking speed hearing “Dad” at any point in time mimicry whether a hand motion or a facial expression the need to hold hands when he’s trying… Read More →

Book Review: Gilead

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson (New York: Picador, 2004. 247 pp) Born in Sandpoint, Idaho, Marilynne Robinson earned her B.A. at Pembroke College and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. She currently teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has received numerous awards, notably the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Pulitzer Prize, and a National Humanities Medal. Exploring Literary I often struggle to explain the kind of literature I enjoy. On one hand, my tastes vary. I want this variety because it’s some sort of cliché resembling the spice of life. But even more, I believe variety helps me to be a well-rounded… Read More →

Film Review: Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Ghoulardi Film Company, IAC Films, Warner Bros., R, 148 min) Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Martin Short, and Michael Kenneth Williams. Searching for God Knows What What makes a good detective story? For some, the answer is a desire for mystery. The whodunit aspect becomes the key. Each chapter or scene adds weight to the impending sense of cracking the case. The mystery genre, however, provides many offshoots. In particular, the noir genre of detective story creates a brooding sense of drama surrounding the standard case solving formula. The detectives in charge of the case become the main point, transforming the story… Read More →

Television Show Review: Silicon Valley: Season 2

Silicon Valley Season 2

Silicon Valley: Season 2 created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky (HBO, 3 Arts Entertainment, Judgemental Films Inc.) Starring Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, Amanda Crew, Zach Woods, and Matt Ross. *Spoilers for previous seasons… You’ve been warned!* 30 Minutes of Funny When we collectively think comedy, the 30-minute sitcom immediately emerges from the simmering sea of consciousness. Thumb through the channels on any given night and you’ll find comedy, whether new programming or syndication. No matter the show, the average viewer can board and depart the comedy train at any point. The average episode of comedy blends three plots—1 major and 2 supporting—into something funny and enjoyable. Certain narrative structures exist from… Read More →

Television Show Review: Game of Thrones: Season 5

Game of Thrones Season 5

Game of Thrones: Season 5 created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO, Television 360, Grok!) Starring Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Iain Glen, John Bradley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Alfie Allen, Aidan Gillen, Conleth Hill, Jerome Flynn, Gwendoline Christie, Ian McElhinney, Stephen Dillane, Natalie Dormer, Carice van Houten, and Iwan Rheon. *Spoilers… You’ve been warned!* The Moment of Twitter broke during episode 9 of Game of Thrones: Season 3. The carefully divided audience between book readers and non-book readers encountered “The Red Wedding.” This event involved the full-scale slaughter of the good guys. OUT OF NOWHERE. Book readers had been anticipating the event for years, awaiting the vivid scenes that were so surprising in… Read More →