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14 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

written by David Steffen Hotel Transylvania 3 is a 2018 computer-animated children’s comedy produced by Sony.  The legendary vampire Dracula (Adam Sandler) is running a successful hotel for monsters in Transylvania with his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) and her husband Johnny (Andy Samberg), but he is feeling lonely and depressed that he hasn’t found new […]

10 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2 is a 2015 computer-animated children’s comedy produced by Sony.  The Legendary vampire Dracula (Adam Sandler) runs a hotel in Transylvania with help from his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) and her human boyfriend Jonathan (Andy Samberg).  Mavis and Jonathan get married and have a baby they name Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) who is adorable and lovable and apparently very very human to Dracula’s chagrin, because he thinks that his vampiric blood is very strong and will make any of his descendants very vampiric as well.  The common knowledge is that vampire kids have to show their fangs for the first time by the time they turn five or they will never show them at all, so Dracula is determined to show Dennis the vampire life and make the fangs show.

07 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania is a 2012 computer-animated children’s comedy by Columbia Pictures.  The legendary vampire Dracula (Adam Sandler), after the death of his wife at the hands of humans, raises his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) as a single parent. Frightened of violent and unpredictable humanity, he has made a life for them by founding a five-star hotel in Transylvania just for monsters, and telling Mavis constant horror stories about the human world so she won’t to go.  But it’s her 118th birthday now, which means she can make her own decisions and for some reason she still wants to go out into the world.  To make matters worse, a human named Jonathan (Andy Samberg) somehow finds his way to the hotel and is not scared away by the monsters, and Jonathan and Mavis hit it off.

03 December 2018 ~ 1 Comment

DP FICTION #46A: “The Hammer’s Prayer” by Benjamin C. Kinney

I showed up early for work, as always. The airport’s underbelly was the ugliest place in Boston, but I would’ve spent every hour there if I could get away with it. Among the hurried machines and distant reek-sweet jet fuel, I had everything I needed. A purpose, a paycheck, a place to hide; and most of all, a land of function without beauty, where nothing would tempt me to invest it with holiness and life.

The other officers grunted hellos as they arrived, and we split up into pairs for our little contributions to the safety of mankind. My supervisor Darrell beckoned me to him once again, and I took my place by the conveyor belt, pleased for the company of his press-perfect uniform blues. I had never let him know me, as I could let no human know me, but he had come to appreciate me despite the dull mask of my restraint.

I brushed clay dust from my uniform, tugged on my gloves, and watched humanity’s obsessions trundle toward the scanner. The belt hummed with the comfort of purposeful movement, content with suitcases and backpacks and baby strollers. A hard-shelled bicycle box wedged against a chute, and a light blinked amber as the conveyor belt clunked to a halt.

30 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Freaky Friday (Disney Channel, 2018)

I’d venture to guess that most people are at least familiar with the premise of Freaky Friday from one of its incarnations or another.  In each of the Freaky Friday movies, a mother and a daughter underestimate the challenge of the other’s life until they magically switch bodies for a day and have to deal with the other’s challenges firsthand.  The first Freaky Friday movie was released in 1976, starring Barbara Harris as the mother and Jodie Foster as the daughter.  The second Freaky Friday movie was released in 2003, starring Jamie Lee Curtis as the mother and Lindsay Lohan as the daughter.  A new Freaky Friday movie came out in 2018, starring Heidi Blickenstaff as the mother, and Cozi Zuehlsdorff as the daughter.  The movie are linked only by the premise and the title, having no other continuity between them.  Unlike the previous films, this one is a musical, and a premiere directly on the Disney Channel.

26 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp is a 2018 superhero movie based on the Marvel comics characters of the same names, and is a sequel to the 2015 movie Ant-Man, and also sort of a sequel to the 2016 movie Captain America: Civil War.  After the events of Captain America: Civil War Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) was put on house arrest for…something he did in that movie which this movie does not exactly make clear (and I haven’t seen Civil War, so, go look it up yourself if you want to know).  His daughter from his previous marriage can visit him there, so he spends most of his time making new games to play with her.

At the end of the Ant-Man movie, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) as Ant-Man succeeded in shrinking down to the quantum realm and returning, which the inventor of the shrinking suit Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) had thought impossible. 

23 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Ant-Man

Ant-Man is a 2015 superhero film based on the Marvel comics characters of the same name.  Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is the inventor of a suit that allows the wearer to shrink and grow.  When the wearer is small, their punches land with the same force as when they’re full size, but concentrated onto the area of a pinhead.  Pym worked for S.H.I.E.L.D. using the suit until 1989 when he resigned when he learned that they were trying to replicate the suit technology for military applications, and started his own company: Pym Technologies.  In the present, Pym’s daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) is working with Pym’s former protege Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), to force Pym out of his own company.  Cross is determined to reverse-engineer Pym’s shrinking suit, and keeps on trying despite failure after failure.

21 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

GAME REVIEW: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an action/adventure exploration game released by Nintendo for the Wii U and Nintendo Switch in March 2017.  It is the latest in one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises.  

The game begins as Link wakes up in a strange place with no memory of how he got there and a voice in his head telling him where to go.  Soon he finds the Sheikah Slate (which to our modern eyes looks like a tablet computing device like an iPad) which stores maps and objectives and other information he’s collected about the world, and can be upgraded with various abilities that seem like magic but seem to be based in technology.

16 November 2018 ~ 5 Comments

DP FICTION #45B: “The Coal Remembers What It Was” by Paul R. Hardy

Oh, I remember my mam. She’s been gone nigh on forty years, but I still think of the mornings when I were little and she’d show me the demons. She’d be up at the crack of dawn, kneeling down afore the stove to shove kindling in the firebox with one hand because she were cradling my baby brother in the other. And then I’d come along and pick a bit of coal out of the scuttle and ask: is there a demon in this one? And she’d say no, and I’d put it back and pick up another and ask: is there a demon in this one? And she’d say no again and I’d take another and like as not she’d clip me round the ear before I said owt else. “It’s not demons, Elsie,” she’d say. “The coal remembers what it was, that’s all. But it’s still only a lump of coal and I need to get the fire lit for your dad’s bath so get away with you and stop bothering me with your nonsense!”

Dad were on the night shift, you see. I hardly ever saw him with the hours he worked. He’d get home in the morning so covered in coal dust I thought he were a piece of coal himself. And then he’d have his bath and go straight to bed, and he were out again before I were back from school. People are always asking me about him. I get sick of all the questions. They’re only asking because he died in the disaster, but that were seventy years ago and it’s not like I were down there in the mine with him when it happened. I were back home, with Mam. Course I was. I were only little. I were up early to look at the demons.

12 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Ferdinand

Ferdinand is a computer-animated children’s comedy/adventure distributed by 20th Century Fox.  The title character Ferdinand (John Cena) grew up on a Mexican ranch that breeds bulls for bullfighting in the arena.  The bulls compete with each other for the honor of being chosen for a bullfight, with the idea that they will defeat the matador and win eternal glory.  But young Ferdinand doesn’t want to fight, and one day he runs away and is adopted by Nina (Julia Saldanha) and her family where he is raised as a beloved pet, and he lives happily there for a time.  His favorite time of year is the flower festival, because he loves nothing more than smelling flowers.  But when he is fully grown, they tell him he can’t come along because he is too scary at his full-grown size.  He sneaks into town anyway, but is considered a threat to the populace and is sent back to the ranch where he meets the other bulls he knew as calves.  The other bulls treat him poorly, but a nanny goat named Lupe (Kate McKinnon) decides to take him in and train him to be a fighter, but he’s no more interested in fighting than he was before, and the only way he might be able to avoid fighting is if he can escape.