Headline »

January 29, 2015 – 4:49 pm | 4 Comments

Last fall, when raves came out of the Toronto International Film Festival about Jennifer Aniston’s “Oscar-worthy,” vanity-free performance in Cake (in limited release now), I was doubtful. Just because an actress goes without makeup doesn’t …

Read the full story »
Books & writing

Book reviews and more

Movies

Advance movie reviews and behind-the-scenes discussions with filmmakers

Q & A

Nerd chats with writers and actors

Random Nerdy Stuff

Ramblings that defy categorization

TV

Recaps and reactions to some of your favorite TV shows

AMERICAN IDOL S10: Scotty & Lauren’s Country Duel

May 25, 2011 – 1:09 am | 9 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S10: Scotty & Lauren’s Country Duel

by Poncho
I couldn’t believe myself. This afternoon I read somewhere that Lauren Alaina might miss the finale and Haley would have to fill in for her. Turns out Lauren blew a vocal cord while rehearsing. …

Crumbling HOUSE

May 23, 2011 – 11:21 pm | 12 Comments
Crumbling HOUSE

*Spoilers about House season finale ahead*
Second warning, if you haven’t watched last night’s episode, stop reading now. If you have seen it, read on and discuss!
Last week I was shocked when I heard Lisa Edelstein …

My Criminal Elements

May 20, 2011 – 12:51 pm | 3 Comments
My Criminal Elements

If you’re killing time at work or just waiting for the Rapture, check out my two posts over at the Criminal Element. This one is about how I sometimes use crime novels to inspire my …

Book Review: SUMMER AND THE CITY by Candace Bushnell

May 20, 2011 – 12:41 am | 7 Comments
Book Review: SUMMER AND THE CITY by Candace Bushnell

With no more new TV episodes of Sex and the City and no certain news of another movie on the horizon, I was happy to see the recent release of Candace Bushnell’s Summer and the …

AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 3 Fight for the Finale

May 19, 2011 – 1:11 am | 8 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 3 Fight for the Finale

by Poncho
Let’s cut to the chase. Tonight there were three rounds, each one with different “rules.” For their first performance, the kids got to choose whichever song they liked. And it went like this:
Scotty opened …

Fall 2011 TV Preview

May 15, 2011 – 10:04 pm | 23 Comments
Fall 2011 TV Preview

The TV upfronts officially start this Monday, with the networks rolling out their fall and midseason schedules, but news have already leaked over the last few days about shows that have been picked up and …

Nerdy Hot 10 List 2011

May 13, 2011 – 1:42 am | 8 Comments
Nerdy Hot 10 List 2011

For the last two years, when Maxim released their annual Hot 100 list, which is all about women with fabulous T & A, I posted my own nerdy hot list of celebs who are sexy …

AMERICAN IDOL S10: Were the Top 5 Inspiring?

May 12, 2011 – 1:24 am | 15 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S10: Were the Top 5 Inspiring?

by Poncho
As I’ve written a few times, I don’t get American Idol [in Mexico] until about a week after it airs in the U.S., so I only watch the performances [online] and none of the …

Book Review: PURGATORY CHASM by Steve Ulfelder

May 10, 2011 – 11:42 pm | 5 Comments
Book Review: PURGATORY CHASM by Steve Ulfelder

First of all, how good is that title? Now check out this opening:
There are drunken assholes, and there are assholes who are drunks. Take a drunken asshole and stick him in AA five or ten …

Introducing the Stalker Awards

May 9, 2011 – 12:02 am | 6 Comments
Introducing the Stalker Awards

I know there are many awards out there for crime fiction, but most require you to be on a panel or part of a certain group in order to vote. I imagine there are many …

Trailer: ONE DAY

May 7, 2011 – 10:13 pm | 4 Comments
Trailer: ONE DAY

Last summer, I reviewed David Nicholls’s book, One Day, which follows the relationship between friends Dexter and Emma by dropping in on them on the same date every year, from the time they meet on …

L.A.TIMES Festival of Books Report, Pt. 2

May 5, 2011 – 8:43 pm | 13 Comments
L.A.TIMES Festival of Books Report, Pt. 2

The second panel I attended last Saturday after “Organized Crime” was Robert Crais’s interview by NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates. I got in line an hour before it began because the panel was sold out and …

Theme Tweaker by Unreal