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March 22, 2018 – 10:12 pm | One Comment

It’s been raining on and off in L.A. for the past three weeks, which makes me miserable and cold. Had to put on socks and turtlenecks when it hit 70 degrees indoors! ūüôā
I bought rain …

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Thoughts on the 73rd Golden Globes

January 10, 2016 – 11:02 pm | 5 Comments

This was one of the weirder Golden Globes ceremonies in recent memory. Sylvester Stallone winning best supporting actor in a motion picture for Creed? Lady Gaga is the¬†best lead actress in a limited series for¬†American …

Q & A with Robert Crais

January 8, 2016 – 12:26 am | 8 Comments

After a long wait for readers, Robert Crais released The Promise last November. I pounced on it like it was the last piece of bacon post-apocalypse. It’s billed as an Elvis and Joe novel but …

Nerdy Special List January 2016

January 5, 2016 – 11:23 pm | 5 Comments
even dogs in the wild

Happy 2016! Hope your holidays were beautiful and full of things that made you all fuzzy inside. Or on the outside, if that’s your preference. I don’t judge.
I had a wonderful time with family, mooching …

An INSIDE OUT Christmas

December 14, 2015 – 8:31 pm | 5 Comments

This past weekend I attended my friend Mari’s annual holiday theme party. Long-time PCN readers might remember her incredible Harry Potter party and the¬†Dr. Seuss one, among others. This year’s theme was:

In case you don’t …

Mini Movie Reviews: More Based-on-True-Events Fare

December 8, 2015 – 10:04 pm | 4 Comments

As I mentioned in a previous post, many of this year’s award contenders are about real people and based on real events. After reviewing Trumbo, Steve Jobs, and The Danish Girl, here are my thoughts …

Nerdy Special List Year-End Edition

December 7, 2015 – 12:42 am | 3 Comments
little black lies

Instead of a December list, I thought I’d post a list featuring¬†outstanding books from¬†any month this year,¬†titles that¬†weren’t¬†on previous lists¬†because we didn’t read them before pub date or whatever other reason. This¬†isn’t a best-of or …

Gift Book Reviews: Ghostbusters and Hollywood Fashion

December 1, 2015 – 7:13 pm | One Comment
creating the illusion

Many of us have probably already started Christmas shopping—well, maybe you have; I usually wait until Dec. 24 and then panic-buy random things next to cash registers in¬†stores—so I thought I’d help by reposting my …

Holiday Binge-Watching

November 30, 2015 – 1:32 am | 15 Comments
master of none

I hope you all enjoyed¬†your holiday weekend (if you¬†celebrated Thanksgiving). It was a much needed break for me. Every day when I woke, Mr. PCN would ask, “What would you like¬†to do today?” and my …

Mini Movie Reviews: Biopic Edition

November 23, 2015 – 12:27 am | 5 Comments
Samuel Goldwyn Films

Like last year, many of this year’s batch of award-baiting movies are based on real people or stories. I’m not a big fan of this genre because unless you know very little about the subjects, …

Mini Movie Reviews: SPECTRE and BROOKLYN

November 9, 2015 – 1:44 am | 10 Comments

Movie awards season is in full swing, so I’ve been attending multiple screenings a week. Last week I saw four movies, and this week will try to screen¬†three. As much as I’d like to write …

Nerdy Special List November 2015

November 2, 2015 – 12:01 am | 11 Comments
the promise

Happy November! Hope everyone had a fun Halloween weekend. I dressed up as Princess Leia. Does that surprise anyone? Not slave Leia but the I’m-gonna-keep-my-bits-warm¬†Hoth version.
From here on out, we might as well coast into …

Book Review: THE KILLING KIND by Chris Holm

October 23, 2015 – 7:37 am | One Comment
killing kind

Hit man Michael Hendricks stares through his rifle’s scope at a man in Miami. Crack. Hendricks’s target is rubbed out. Which makes Hendricks the bad guy, right? Wrong.
Hendricks, the protagonist of Chris Holm’s The Killing …

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