Category Archives: Revues

Book Review: 2016 Revue

I read a lot.  Sadly, books are probably only about 25% of what I read.  Here’s what I read in 2016.  11 measly books.  Sheesh.  I pretty much stuck to sci-fi this year, with a little non-fiction thrown in.  There were a bunch of short story compendiums that were mostly so-so except for the wonderful “The Other Half of the Sky”.  David Foster Wallace was definitely the highlight of the year and, sadly, the first book I read this year.  I’m going to try to branch out from sci-fi in 2017, but 2017 is certainly going to need some good escapism.

Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace – 5/5 stars

The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene – 3/5 stars

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow – 4/5 stars

Crandolin by Anna Tambour – 2/5 stars

The Narrator by Michael Cisco – 1/5 stars

Not Dark Yet by Berit Ellingsen – 3/5 stars

The Bestiary edited by Ann VanderMeer – 3/5 stars

The Eisenberg Constant by Eugen Egner – 3/5 stars

The Other Half of the Sky edited by Athena Andreadis – 5/5 stars

Clarkesworld: Year Six edited by Neil Clarke – 2/5 stars

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick – 2/5 stars

Movie Review: 2016 Revue

Movies.  I see a lot of them.  39 in total. Here’s what I saw in 2016.  I continue to be too lazy to index all my movies.  This was probably the best year of movies since I’ve been reviewing.  Marvel movies killed it and animated movies did quite well too.  Also, lots of movies beginning with “The”.

The Hateful Eight – 4/5 stars

The Revenant – 4/5 stars

The Boy – 3/5 stars

The Finest Hours – 3/5 stars

Deadpool – 5/5 stars

London Has Fallen – 3/5 stars

10 Cloverfield Lane – 4/5 stars

Zootopia – 4/5 stars

A War – 4/5 stars

Batman v Superman – 3/5 stars

Eye in the Sky – 5/5 stars

Midnight Special – 3/5 stars

Criminal – 2/5 stars

The Jungle Book (2016) – 3/5 stars

Captain America: Civil War – 5/5 stars

Money Monster – 3/5 stars

The Nice Guys – 4/5 stars

X-Men: Apocalypse – 3/5 stars

Now You See Me 2 – 2/5 stars

Independence Day: Resurgence – 2/5 stars

Finding Dory – 4/5 stars

The Secret Life of Pets – 3/5 stars

Star Trek: Beyond – 3/5 stars

Jason Bourne – 2/5 stars

Ghostbusters (2016) – 3/5 stars

Pete’s Dragon (2016) – 3/5 stars

War Dogs – 4/5 stars

Hell or High Water – 4/5 stars

Sully – 3/5 stars

The Magnificent Seven (2016) – 3/5 stars

Birth of a Nation – 3/5 stars

Doctor Strange – 4/5 stars

Arrival – 4/5 stars

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – 2/5 stars

Allied – 2/5 stars

Moana – 4/5 stars

Rogue One – 4/5 stars

Passengers – 3/5 stars

Live by Night – 3/5 stars

Book Review: 2015 Revue

Another year, another revue.  Books.  I don’t read enough of them.  16 this year.  Partially, this is because of the size of the books I read (Close to 3,000 pages just for Ken Follett’s trilogy).  Partly, this is because I was uncharacteristically busy and preoccupied.  I never thought I’d long for the 2 hour a day commute, but boy did I get a lot of reading done then.

Walden by Henry David Thoreau – 3/5 stars

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett – 3/5 stars

Winter of the World by Ken Follett – 3/5 stars

Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett – 3/5 stars

A Mercy by Toni Morrison – 4/5 stars

Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman – 4/5 stars

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift – 5/5 stars

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – 4/5 stars

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – 2/5 stars

Mockingjay by Susanne Collins – 1/5 stars

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman – 4/5 stars

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – 4/5 stars

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – 5/5 stars

The Martian by Andy Weir – 4/5 stars

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson – 3/5 stars

Constitution by Nick Webb – 2/5 stars

Movie Review: 2015 Revue

Year 3 of movie reviews.  Still haven’t indexed all my reviews.  This was the year of “oh yeah, I did see that movie”.  47 movies in all.  2015 started out poorly but finished strong.  The European Union International Film Festival was a bust with the exception of “Farewell, Herr Schwartz” and “Open Up To Me”.  I think I have more 1 and 2 star reviews this year than in previous years, but I’m too lazy to count.

Into the Woods – 3/5 stars

Taken 3 – 3/5 stars

American Sniper – 3/5 stars

Mordecai – 2/5 stars

The Interview – 3/5 stars

Kingsman: The Secret Service – 5/5 stars

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 – 2/5 stars

Focus – 3/5 stars

Still Alice – 4/5 stars

Amour Fou – 2/5 stars

Run All Night – 3/5 stars

Farewell, Herr Schwartz – 4/5 stars

The Lazarus Effect – 1/5 stars

The Gunman – 1/5 stars

Open Up To Me – 4/5 stars

The Chambermaid – 2/5 stars

Furious 7 – 3/5 stars

Woman in Gold – 4/5 stars

True Story – 4/5 stars

Avengers: Age of Ultron – 3/5 stars

Ex Machina – 4/5 stars

Max Max: Fury Road – 4/5 stars

Tomorrowland – 3/5 stars

San Andreas – 3/5 stars

Jurassic World – 3/5 stars

Terminator Genisys – 2/5 stars

Inside Out – 4/5 stars

Ant-Man – 3/5 stars

Trainwreck – 4/5 stars

Fantastic Four – 1/5 stars

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – 4/5 stars

Straight Outta Compton – 4/5 stars

Mr. Holmes – 4/5 stars

No Escape – 3/5 stars

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – 3/5 stars

Everest – 4/5 stars

The Martian – 5/5 stars

The Last Witch Hunter – 3/5 stars

Bridge of Spies – 4/5 stars

Spectre – 3/5 stars

Crimson Peak – 2/5 stars

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 3/5 stars

Krampus – 2/5 stars

The Night Before – 3/5 stars

The Big Short – 4/5 stars

Mockingjay Part 2 – 3/5 stars

Secret In Their Eyes – 3/5 stars

Book Review: 2014 Revue

And so ends year two of book reviews.  You can also check out my 2013 Revue if you are so inclined.  My book reading suffered greatly this year due to an extremely distracted mind due to personal issues and I’m sure the reviews reflect that slightly.  C’est la vie.  I read 19 books this year.  What a paltry sum.  I continued my life long quest to read all the books that I should have read a long time ago.  8 of my 19 books fell into that category.  Here’s a recap with links to the reviews.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – 4/5 stars

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie – 3/5 stars

Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – 5/5 stars

Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow – 2/5 stars

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift – 2/5 stars

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg – 2/5 stars

Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson – 5/5 stars

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. – 3/5 stars

Redshirts by John Scalzi – 3/5 stars

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – 3/5 stars

Dracula by Bram Stoker – 3/5 stars

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – 3/5 stars

Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder by Lawrence Weschler – 4/5 stars

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – 5/5 stars

Wuthering Heights by Emile Bronte – 3/5 stars

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – 4/5 stars

Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi – 3/5 stars

The Human Division by John Scalzi – 4/5 stars

Against a Dark Background by Ian M. Banks – 3/5 stars

Movie Review: 2014 Revue

Year two of movie reviews!  You can also check out my 2013 Revue.  When I’m not so lazy, I should really make an index of all my reviews.

I reviewed 37 movies this year.  The movies of 2014 seemed weaker that those of 2013.  That is likely more a reflection of the movies I saw versus the movies that were available.  Here’s a recap with links to the reviews.

Lone Survivor – 4/5 stars

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – 3/5 stars

Robocop – 3/5 stars

Non-Stop – 2/5 stars

300: Rise of an Empire – 1/5 stars

The LEGO Movie – 5/5 stars

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 4/5 stars

The Grand Budapest Hotel – 4/5 stars

Transcendence – 2/5 stars

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – 3/5 stars

Neighbors – 4/5 stars

Godzilla – 2/5 stars

X-Men: Days of Future Past – 4/5 stars

Maleficent – 2/5 stars

Edge of Tomorrow – 4/5 stars

Transformers: Age of Extinction – -10/5 stars

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 4/5 stars

Hercules – 3/5 stars

Guardians of the Galaxy – 4/5 stars

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – 2/5 stars

Lucy – 4/5 stars

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – 1/5 stars

The November Man – 2/5 stars

No Good Deed – 2/5 stars

A Walk Among the Tombstones – 3/5 stars

Gone Girl – 4/5 stars

Dracula: The Untold Story – 2/5 stars

Fury – 4/5 stars

St. Vincent – 5/5 stars

John Wick – 3/5 stars

Interstellar – 3/5 stars

Big Hero 6 – 3/5 stars

Mockingjay Part 1 – 4/5 stars

The Theory of Everything – 3/5 stars

Exodus: Gods and Kings – 3/5 stars

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies – 2/5 stars

The Imitation Game – 3/5 stars

Book Review: 2013 Revue

I read a lot of books in 2013.  26 in all.  Here’s a recap with links to the reviews.

Jitterbug Perfume – 3/5 stars

Reamde – 4/5 stars

Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writings – 2/5 stars

Eating Animals – 3/5 stars

The Fourth Hand – 2/5 stars

The Book Thief – 5/5 stars

South of Broad – 3/5 stars

The Warmth of Other Suns – 5/5 stars

Stormfront – 2/5 stars

Stonemouth – 3/5 stars

Fool Moon – 2/5 stars

Old Man’s War – 4/5 stars

The Jungle Book – 4/5 stars

Stranger Things Happen – 2/5 stars

World War Z – 5/5 stars

Zoo City – 2/5 stars

A Princess of Mars – 4/5 stars

Pump Six and Other Stories – 4/5 stars

The Ghost Brigades – 4/5 stars

The Last Colony – 4/5 stars

Dubliners – 3/5 stars

Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression – 5/5 stars

Peter Pan – 5/5 stars

Mercury Falls – 4/5 stars

Mercury Rises – 3/5 stars

Mercury Rests – 2/5 stars

Movie Review: 2013 Revue

I saw a lot of movies in 2013.  50 in all.  Here’s a recap with links to the reviews.

Flight – 4/5 stars

Skyfall – 3/5 stars

Lincoln – 5/5 stars

Life of Pi – 5/5 stars

Killing Them Softly – 3/5 stars

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – 3/5 stars

Les Miserables – 2/5 stars

Django Unchained – 4/5 stars

Gangster Squad – 1/5 stars

Zero Dark Thirty – 4/5 stars

Broken City – 3/5 stars

Side Effects – 4/5 stars

A Good Day to Die Hard – 1/5 stars

Jack the Giant Slayer – 3/5 stars

Oz the Great and Powerful – 3/5 stars

Olympus Has Fallen – 4/5 stars

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – ?/5 stars

G.I. Joe: Retaliation – 2/5 stars

42 – 3/5 stars

The Place Beyond the Pines – 3/5 stars

The Company You Keep – 3/5 stars

Ironman 3 – 3/5 stars

The Great Gatsby – 4/5 stars

Star Trek: Into Darkness – 4/5 stars

The Hangover 3 – 2/5 stars

Now You See Me – 3/5 stars

Man of Steel – 3/5 stars

World War Z – 2/5 stars

Pacific Rim – 1/5 or 4/5 stars

RED 2 – 3/5 stars

The Wolverine – 3/5 stars

2 Guns – 4/5 stars

Elysium – 1/5 stars

Kick-Ass 2 – 3/5 stars

The World’s End – 5/5 stars

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters – 3/5 stars

This is the End – 3/5 stars

Prisoners – 3/5 stars

Rush – 4/5 stars

Gravity – 5/5 stars

Captain Philips – 4/5 stars

12 Years a Slave – 5/5 stars

The Counselor – 2/5 stars

Thor: The Dark World – 4/5 stars

Dallas Buyers Club – 4/5 stars

Catching Fire – 4/5 stars

Homefront – 2/5 stars

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – 2/5 stars

American Hustle – 4/5 stars

Anchorman 2 – 2/5 stars