Book Reviews

Book Review: Strange Practice, by Vivian Shaw (Dr. Greta Helsing #1)

Strange Practice (Dr. Greta Helsing #1) By: Vivian Shaw Published: July 25, 2017 by Orbit Length: 320 pages; Kindle The Rundown: “Greta Helsing inherited the family’s highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice.  In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills—vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy…… Continue reading Book Review: Strange Practice, by Vivian Shaw (Dr. Greta Helsing #1)

Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Raw (2016)

Raw Director: Julia Ducournau Released: March 15, 2017 Rating: R Runtime: 1h 39m The Rundown: “Stringent vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) encounters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world during her first week at veterinary school.  Desperate to fit in, she strays from her principles and eats raw meat for the first time.  The young woman…… Continue reading Movie Review: Raw (2016)

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Book Review: Annihilation (Southern Reach #1), by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) By: Jeff VanderMeer Published: February 4, 2014 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Length: 195 pages; paperback The Rundown: “Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades.  Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization.  The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic…… Continue reading Book Review: Annihilation (Southern Reach #1), by Jeff VanderMeer

Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Saw (2004)

Saw Director: James Wan Released: October 29, 2004 Rating: NC-17 Runtime: 1h 43m The Rundown: “Photographer Adam Stanheight (Leigh Whannell) and oncologist Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) regain consciousness while chained to pipes at either end of a filthy bathroom.  As the two men realize they’ve been trapped by a sadistic serial killer nicknamed “Jigsaw” and…… Continue reading Movie Review: Saw (2004)

Movie Reviews

Movie Review: The Shape of Water (2017)

The Shape of Water Director: Guillermo Del Toro Released: December 1, 2017 Rating: R Runtime: 2h 3m The Rundown: “Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore.  Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret—a mysterious, scaled creature from…… Continue reading Movie Review: The Shape of Water (2017)

Movie Reviews · Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Fear

Fear Director: James Foley Released: April 12, 1996 Rating: R Runtime: 1h 37m The Rundown: “When 16-year-old Nicole Walker (Reese Witherspoon) meets 23-year-old David McCall (Mark Wahlberg) at a Seattle nightclub, she falls in love.  David is exciting and charming, and despite the wide age gap, he wins over Nicole’s family—except for her workaholic father,…… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Fear

Book Reviews

Book Review: “Rain,” by Joe Hill

“Rain” from Strange Weather By: Joe Hill Published: October 24, 2017 by William Morrow Length: 102 pages The Rundown: “On a seemingly ordinary day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails—splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover.  ‘Rain’ explores this escalating apocalyptic event,…… Continue reading Book Review: “Rain,” by Joe Hill