Movie Review: ‘Dunkirk’

Writer-director Christopher Nolan has created some of the most memorable cinematic moments: the effect of the near-permanent daylight on a LA detective in Insomnia; the slippage of time between places created by a wormhole in Interstellar; the three-action-sequences-at-once in Inception; and the backwards in time unwinding of the plot of Memento. What these all haveContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘Dunkirk’”

Recent press: Quick Sip Reviews on my poem ‘Instructions for Astronauts’: ‘strange and haunting’

Thank you to Charles Payseur at Quick Sip Reviews for taking the time to read my work and write about it. Very cool! Quick snippet “strange and haunting” and “great”! If you need more, here are some snippets from his review of “Instructions for Astronauts”: This is a rather strange and haunting poem about humanityContinue reading “Recent press: Quick Sip Reviews on my poem ‘Instructions for Astronauts’: ‘strange and haunting’”

Book review: “Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale” by Chuck Kinder

This review first appeared in the Albany Times Union (August 11, 2001) Hilarious, loving characters in ‘Honeymooners’ Chuck Kinder’s first novel since “The Silver Ghost,” in 1978, “Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale” ($24; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 358 pages), is a hilarious, yet unflinching, eyes-against-the-windshield journey through years of booze, drugs, sex, friendships, lies and betrayalsContinue reading “Book review: “Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale” by Chuck Kinder”

Haiku movie reviews, March 2015

Song of the Sea (2014) Selkie seeks her voice Her brother’s kind of a jerk The spirits are saints? Vanity Fair (2004) Novel: No hero On Film: Reese Witherspoon stars Story? Doesn’t work 2 Guns (2013) Rat-a-tat-tat — bang! Two big stars come out shooting The bodies pile up Fury (2014) I watched this tankContinue reading “Haiku movie reviews, March 2015”

#tbt review: Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

This review originally appeared in the Times Union on March 1, 2007. “Lisey’s Story” by Stephen King. Read by Mare Winningham. Unabridged, 19 hours, 16 CDs. Simon & Schuster. $49.95. In ancient Greek drama, deus ex machina was used when the plot got so out of control that only divine intervention could resolve it. “Lisey’sContinue reading “#tbt review: Lisey’s Story by Stephen King”

#tbt Book Review: Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go

This review was originally published May 8, 2005, in the Albany Times Union. Kazuo Ishiguro is a master of the writing of memory. In fictions about an English butler, a Japanese artist and a world-renown pianist, he has found life-defining secrets, decisions and failures in the smallest moments, and uses them to create literary novelsContinue reading “#tbt Book Review: Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go”