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Book Review: THE DROP by Michael Connelly

November 27, 2011 – 9:46 pm | 5 Comments

Harry Bosch might be facing retirement—DROP stands for Deferred Retirement Option Plan—but there’s still a lot of evil for him to bring to justice. The story opens with him being assigned to an Open-Unsolved case …

Thanksgiving in Wonderland

November 25, 2011 – 6:53 pm | 8 Comments

Some of you might know that I usually go over to my friend Mari’s house for Thanksgiving, and remember that last year she had a Harry Potter theme. This year she went with Alice in …

Movie Review: HUGO

November 22, 2011 – 1:04 am | 7 Comments
hugo & toy owner

It’s ironic that a movie about the wonderment of movies lacks that very quality overall, but that’s the case with Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, based on Brian Selznick’s Caldecott Award-winning novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. …

Book Review: HELL & GONE by Duane Swierczynski

November 17, 2011 – 12:55 am | 10 Comments

When I’m not blogging here, I’m A) goofing off, B) running with bears, or C) writing for Criminal Element and Shelf Awareness. If you’re not stalking me on the Internet, here are helpful links to …


November 15, 2011 – 12:47 am | 7 Comments

Writer/director Alexander Payne has a thing for making films about people who aren’t readily likable, the type we laugh at, not with. Ruthlessly ambitious Tracy Flick from Election, pregnant junkie Ruth from Citizen Ruth, and …

Movie Review: THE ARTIST

November 11, 2011 – 4:44 am | 20 Comments
artist gv & dog

In the past five days I’ve seen eight movies, most of them considered Oscar contenders. I loathed a couple, liked a few, but there’s one that I’m passionate about, a film I can unequivocally get …

Movie Review: J. EDGAR

November 8, 2011 – 1:12 am | 4 Comments
a. hammer

The problem with biopics is, even if the subject is someone who led an extraordinary life, it rarely translates into riveting drama when the film compresses that whole life into two hours. It becomes a …

Movie Discussion: Steven Soderbergh’s HAYWIRE

November 7, 2011 – 2:52 am | 5 Comments

As part of the AFI Fest presented by Audi going on here in Los Angeles, there’s a secret screening that’s announced on the day of the screening. Organizers revealed hours before the Sunday night event …

Book Review: THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis

November 3, 2011 – 10:36 pm | 5 Comments

Originally reviewed for Shelf Awareness, printed here with permission.
When Nina Borg agreed to do a favor for her friend Karin and pick up a suitcase from a train-station locker in Copenhagen, she never imagined she’d …

Movie Madness

November 2, 2011 – 12:29 am | 4 Comments
Jean Dujardin & Missi Pyle in THE ARTIST

The next couple of weeks are going to be craaazy but it’s all good. Awards season is here and I’ll be attending loads of screenings of some of the most anticipated fall and winter movies …

Q & A with ALLEN GREGORY’s Joy Osmanski

October 29, 2011 – 11:23 pm | 4 Comments

This weekend is a big one for my friend Joy Osmanski. Saturday was her birthday and tonight, as in Sunday, her new show Allen Gregory premieres at 8:30 on Fox right after The Simpsons‘ “Treehouse …

Book Review: ALREADY GONE by John Rector

October 27, 2011 – 12:48 am | 7 Comments
already gone

This review is by contributor Eric Edwards.—PCN

While leaving a bar one night, newly married university teacher Jake Reese is jumped from behind, but instead of taking his wallet, his attackers cut off his ring …

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