A Pretty Good Year
I don’t tend to do big year-in-review posts, but this year I wanted to take a second. Behind the scenes, there were ups and downs (family, day job, work-life balance, and the like), but I came out the other side of 2011 all right. I even managed to get out of the house enough to attend some lovely cons where I hung out with some lovely people, and there were no champagne fights or anything!…
The Catherine Cookson Experience: “The Moth”
The Catherine Cookson Experience: "The Moth"So, here’s the deal: Part of me always wanted to save the best Cookson for last. However, the moment comes in your life when you realize you are just never going to make it through A Dinner of Herbs, and if I waited for that to happen before I did The Moth, this entry would be dated sometime in 2017.…
“Three Dragons”
Firstly, I hope everyone had or is having a happy nondenominational winter section of time full of some kind of delicious baked goods! (I tend to the Amateur Astronomer Nighttime Appreciation Celebration with iced sugar cookies, myself.) Secondly, something extremely fun happened! (Jade pendant, 3rd century BC) Recently, Esther at Fantasy Magazine asked if I wanted to write about dragons.…
In space, no one can hear you nerd out.
Ridley Scott puts out a Prometheus trailer that smacks a couple of generations of nerds right in the face by haunting the trailer for Alien. Do I dig it? The throwback elements of it, I do. The lack of non-screaming face-time for Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron, not so much. (I’d go into the underpants shot, but that means talking about the scene in Alien that is 110% underpants, -15% alien vanquishing, and that would lead into more than anyone wants, so we’ll just pretend nothing’s up.) And someday I will have to write about my feelings for Ellen Ripley, but loving her with the intensity of a thousand suns doesn’t mean I can’t love any other awesome lady that wanders this doomed-ass landscape (Hey, Vasquez!), so I’ll keep an open mind there.…
Baggins, of Bag End
So, they released a teaser trailer for The Hobbit! Let’s get this out of the way: I am one of the bajillions who has strong childhood memories of The Hobbit, and in the back of this whole analysis there is a four year old who keeps that book on her bedstand at all times and can already sing most of the songs from the animated movie, which I will go to the mat for a hundred times, because despite it being associated with the dreadful animated Lord of the Rings, every frame of The Hobbit looks like a Rackham stained glass window, and all the non-“Greatest Adventure” music holds up.…
“Shame,” “Drive,” and Strange Horizons
My latest Intertitles column is up at Strange Horizons! Frame Story is the one where I completely nerd out about two really impressive films, Drive and Shame, and some of the formal elements that they employ to great effect as narrative devices. I liked both of these movies to a somewhat-surprising degree; I tend to come down harshly on movies about Dudes Falling Apart with damsel-in-distress leading ladies AND movies with a lot of violence and overly-objectifying nudity, but both movies rose above those problems.…