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

BOOK REVIEW: Patternmaster by Octavia Butler

written by David Steffen Patternmaster is a 1976 science fiction novel by Octavia Butler, first book in the publication order of the Patternist series, and the final book chronologically in the storyline. The story takes place in a distant future where the two dominant groups of humanity are the Patternists (powerful networked telepaths that are … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Patternmaster by Octavia Butler

DP FICTION #62B: “On You and Your Husband’s Appointment at the Reverse-Crematorium” by Bill Ferris

You place the urn carefully onto the examination table. The doctor opens the lid, takes a peek inside, sniffs a little. He nods, like he’s evaluating a new blend of coffee, then dumps half of your husband’s cremains into a big metal mixing bowl, the kind they had in the restaurant kitchen you used to … Continue reading DP FICTION #62B: “On You and Your Husband’s Appointment at the Reverse-Crematorium” by Bill Ferris

BOOK REVIEW: Clay’s Ark by Octavia Butler

written by David Steffen Clay’s Ark is a 1984 science fiction novel by Octavia Butler, in her Patternmaster series. It was the last of the four of the books to be published, but is the third in the chronological storyline. It is the next book chronologically after Mind of My Mind (reviewed here). Chronologically it … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Clay’s Ark by Octavia Butler