MOVIE REVIEW: Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein

written by David Steffen Alvin and the Chipmunks meet Frankenstein is a 1999 straight-to-video cartoon film distributed by Universal Studios revising the version of the title characters from the 1983-1990 TV show. Three child-sized anthromorphic chipmunks Alvin (Ross Bagdasarian Jr) , Simon (Ross Bagdasarian Jr), and Theodore (Janice Karman), live with their adopted dad/manager Dave … Continue reading MOVIE REVIEW: Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein

TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: Bears Vs Babies

written by David Steffen Bears Vs Babies is a tabletop/card game from the makers of Exploding Kittens and The Oatmeal, wherein you build fearsome Frankensteinian monstrosities to defeat and eat armies of vicious babies. Each turn you have several moves (how many depends on how many players) to stitch together your monstrous armies, attaching heads … Continue reading TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: Bears Vs Babies

MUSIC VIDEO DRILLDOWN #6: She’s My Man by Scissor Sisters

written by David Steffen This is one of a series of articles wherein I examine a music video as a short film, focusing on the story rather than the music, trying to identify the story arcs and characters motivations, and consider the larger implication of events. The film this week is She’s My Man by … Continue reading MUSIC VIDEO DRILLDOWN #6: She’s My Man by Scissor Sisters

MOVIE REVIEW: Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman

written by David Steffen Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman is a 2000 straight-to-video cartoon film distributed by Universal Studios reviving the version of the characters from 1983-1990 TV show. Three child-sized anthromorphic chipmunks Alvin (Ross Bagdasarian Jr) , Simon (Ross Bagdasarian Jr), and Theodore (Janice Karman), live with their adopted dad/manager Dave (Ross … Continue reading MOVIE REVIEW: Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman

BOOK REVIEW: Corporate Gunslinger by Doug Engstrom

written by David Steffen Corporate Gunslinger is a science fiction action/drama novel by Doug Engstrom premiering this week with Harper Voyager. Full disclosure: Doug has been a friend for years and is a member of the same small writing group as me, this review was based on an advanced reader copy from the publisher. Kira … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Corporate Gunslinger by Doug Engstrom

DP FICTION #63A: “Everything Important in One Cardboard Box” by Jason Kimble

Content Warning: Domestic Violence Max found the box that fit absolutely everything when he was clearing space for Roderick to move in. They had agreed he’d pare down to a single bookshelf, so he drove by the local rental place and bought a half dozen boxes. By the end of the first round, he’d cleared … Continue reading DP FICTION #63A: “Everything Important in One Cardboard Box” by Jason Kimble

MUSIC VIDEO DRILLDOWN #5: Genghis Khan by Miike Snow

written by David Steffen This is one of a series of articles wherein I examine a music video as a short film, focusing on the story rather than the music, trying to identiy the story arcs and characters motivations, and consider the larger implication of events. The film this week is Genghis Khan by Miike … Continue reading MUSIC VIDEO DRILLDOWN #5: Genghis Khan by Miike Snow

MOVIE REVIEW: The House With a Clock in its Walls

written by David Steffen The House With a Clock in its Walls is a 2018 fantasy film based on a 1973 book of the same title by John Bellairs. In 1955, after his parents die in a car crash, ten-year-old Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) moves in with his weird uncle Jonathan (Jack Black), and meets … Continue reading MOVIE REVIEW: The House With a Clock in its Walls

TV REVIEW: Star Vs. the Forces of Evil Season 1

written by David Steffen Star Vs. the Forces of Evil is an action comedy cartoon about an interdimensional mage-warrior princess visiting Earth. Season 1 aired on Disney XD between January and September 2015. Star Butterfly (Eden Sher) is a princess of Mewni, a magical parallel dimension. On her 14th birthday, her parents the king and … Continue reading TV REVIEW: Star Vs. the Forces of Evil Season 1

MUSIC VIDEO DRILLDOWN #4: Run Boy Run by Woodkid

written by David Steffen This is one of a series of articles wherein I examine a music video as a short film, focusing on the story rather than the music, trying to identiy the story arcs and characters motivations, and consider the larger implication of events. The film this week is Run Boy Run by … Continue reading MUSIC VIDEO DRILLDOWN #4: Run Boy Run by Woodkid