Movie Review: “Mass”

Movie Review: “Mass”

The story is simple. The parents of a school shooting victim sit down face-to-face with the parents of the boy who killed their son (and several others). The adults have signed some paperwork in the hope the meeting will be therapeutic, as it takes place years after...
Movie Review: “Becoming Cousteau”

Movie Review: “Becoming Cousteau”

If you grew up in the middle of the 20th century, the first view you ever had of the undersea world and the animals who live there was via the TV specials of Jacques Cousteau. He had started making movies there in the 1940s, with one of them, “The Silent...
Mental Misfires

Mental Misfires

When James Holzhauer finally lost on “Jeopardy!” after winning 32 games in 2019, I heard from several people that it was “obvious” he had tanked the game on purpose. Those claims — like all wacky conspiracy theories — were based on...
Netflix Nonsense

Netflix Nonsense

No, this is not about the Dave Chappelle controversy, about which I have nothing to add that hasn’t already been said elsewhere. Last night, I went to a press screening of “The Harder They Fall.” It’s a movie I was looking forward to, because...
Four Random Thoughts

Four Random Thoughts

I don’t read a lot of fiction, but I really enjoyed the novel “Falling,” by TJ Newman. She’s an ex-flight attendant who wrote the thriller on cocktail napkins while passengers slept on red-eye transatlantic flights. The basic plot is that...
Reel Spoilers: “No Time To Die”

Reel Spoilers: “No Time To Die”

The Reel Spoilers guys asked me to sit in as they reviewed the new Bond movie. As usual, there were plenty of tangents and snark involved, and — considering how it ends — I suggested that the next one in the series should be called “James Trek: The...