Category Archives: Reviews

La La Land: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough Movie musicals are rare as the unicorn these days. When was the last time you saw them singing and dancing in an original production on a movie screen, except in children’s animation? So La La Land is a … Continue reading

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The Legend of Tarzan: A Belated Review

Darwin and I saw THE LEGEND OF TARZAN on DVD yesterday.  We’d both heard it wasn’t all that great, but you know–eye candy!  So we watched it. Eesh. Both Darwin and I agreed–the problem here was twofold.  First, the story … Continue reading

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ROGUE ONE: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough This is a review which MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. I have hidden many of them cleverly in the links or after the jump, but if this bothers you, go see the movie first! They really tried, OK? … Continue reading

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Arrival: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough Is there anything that makes heart and mind race better than a truly smart science fiction movie? Surely Arrival is going to be a finalist for the film Hugo and Nebula. It’s also garnered considerable critical … Continue reading

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Consideration of Works Present: The Jungle Book

(Picture from here.) When I grew up there were four books I read over and over: Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain Kim, Rudyard Kipling All the Mowgli Stories, Rudyard Kipling Crazy Weather, Charles L McNichols Crazy Weather was never made into a … Continue reading

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Dr. Strange: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  Marvel comics have never been core for me. But like most comic fans I’m well familiar with the major landmarks of the Marvelverse — the X-men, the Fantastic Four and so on. Dr. Stephen Strange I … Continue reading

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Moana: A Review

Over the weekend, I dragged Darwin to see MOANA.  Aran was working, so he wasn’t able to see it with us.  Our verdict? Yay! Moana, who is being groomed to become chieftain of her people, leaves her island to find … Continue reading

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Carousel: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  Over at Arena Stage in Washington DC a revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is wowing the town. In its day this was the perfect musical theater, uniting music, book and dance. Not until West Side … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  Margaret Atwood’s most famous novel was published in 1985. It is appropriate however to review it today, in this first week of November 2016. The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopia of a very specific sort. The … Continue reading

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New and Forthcoming Books, Fall 2016

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (Random House, October 2016) From the very first page, I knew that I was in the hands of a master storyteller, one who would effortlessly guide me into the lives of her characters, with … Continue reading

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