Summer books are supposed to be entertaining, romantic, sexy and amusing. They should also be easy to read and easy to enjoy. BEACH TOWN by Mary Kay Andrews fits this description to a "t". Andrews' book has enough of a plot to give the book weight but not enough of one to sink you into depression.
Famous people make easy and sometimes effective targets for our message. But what was the message here? That canned hunting is worse than other hunting?
It took watching a recent Academy Award nominated film to put forth the following question. Are British actors superior in both talent and desirability, in most cases, than American actors? And it is such a question, which certainly is not the first time it's ever been asked.
First, here's a big shout-out to Whitney Staeb and Brooke Smith of Roots & Honey Herbs for recently turning me onto a wonderful, homemade herbal tincture called Brain Bloom.
American actors are not always the first choices to play the most American of characters. And while I love those from abroad, I don't want all my favorite roles taken from them.
"A theme I'm obsessed with is the tension between human nature and the frameworks designed to curb the worst and promote the best of it."
There are basically two kinds of sci-fi films. One kind is the easily digestible. But not so Interstellar, which is the other kind of sci-fi film. For it's unconventional.
Here's the dilemma: I saw Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey when I was 12 years old, and to say it was a formative experience is an understatement. The film fundamentally changed the way I thought about science fiction, narrative story-telling, and the nature of film itself.
We share our takes on the new Michael Keaton starrer Birdman, and then dive deep into Christopher Nolan's epic new film, Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, and discuss why it may be a 2014 favorite for both of them.
Have you seen Christopher Nolan's Interstellar yet? It's generating a lot of discussion both about the story and the science, and as one of the characters explains in the movie, the science focuses around Einstein's theory of relativity. As the author of a new book about that theory, I thought I should weigh in on the movie.
The science is laid on with a mallet, beating you into acceptance with every gibberish-sounding theory possible. I am not saying it is not all true. I don't know. I just know I didn't understand anything past the first worm hole reference.
Last year we had Gravity, a chamber music concert compared to this year's grand oratorio, Interstellar. As we all know, our planet is going to seed, o...
Ladies and gentlemen. It is my opinion, in every fiber of my being, that I have just witnessed not just the best film of this century thus far, but one of the best to have hit the eyes, imaginations, and consciousness of audiences worldwide.
The script, by director/writer Christopher Nolan and his brother, writer Jonathan Nolan, doesn't let the film get off the ground, literally, for 50 minutes. It meticulously, laboriously sets up the backstory and the reason why a trip to outer space is a do-or-die mission.
Just when we thought we could wait no longer, director Christopher Nolan has supplied the world with another prolonged, at times nearly bewildering sci-fi adventure that will bear repeated viewings by viewers who are unemployed and have little else to do.
In Interstellar, an ambitious, thrilling, emotional though bumpy sci-fi trip through space and time, Christopher Nolan focuses his lens on two powerful forces: gravity and love. The film begins with an extended set up in the-not-so-distant-future to show us that our planet is dying.