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Monday, September 26, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Amazing how Lin-Manuel managed to pull out the relevant bits and make it into a popular musical. A fascinating life

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler (Netflix)

I finally saw it just as President Obama's term is ending. People of the future, we didn't elect Trump, did we?

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik

A bit high level in some areas, but overall a fascinating way of making the seemingly ordinary things in life extraordinary.

Monday, June 06, 2016

The 21-Word Review: His Dark Materials Omnibus by Philip Pullman

"Read it as an adult!" they said. "It will still be amazing!" they said. They were sadly mistaken. Very, very mistaken.

Friday, June 03, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Kilo Two Bravo (Netflix)

Gritty and amazingly realistic. I could have used subtitles for the accents, but I'm pretty sure I caught the overall gist.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The 21-Word Review: The Revenant by Michael Punke

Having not seen the movie, I can't imagine how Leo survived it. If you ever think your day is going badly ....

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Red Cliff (Theatrical Version) (Netflix)

Truly spectacular, interesting, and complex. I could not tell who was who during the large battles. Perhaps colored hats next time?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Hitman, Agent 47 (Delta In-Flight Movie)

Every  flight, I pick a movie to sleep through that is sufficiently noisy but limited in plot. Introducing this week's winner.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Ironically, I was halfway through reading his book with the author died. A brilliant if unnecessarily dense book at times.

Friday, March 18, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 2 (Delta In-Flight Movie)

It is hard to remember when Jennifer Lawrence was a young, fresh, relatively new face in the first Hunger Games movie.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Black Mass (Delta In-Flight Movie)

Captain Jack is looking pretty bad these days. And his vocabulary has significantly suffered, too. Or perhaps this is a prequel?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The 21-Word Review: The Martian (Delta In-Flight Movie)

Nerds rule! Almost as techie as the book, but still exciting enough that liberal arts majors can enjoy it. Science FTW.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Creed (Delta In-Flight Movie)

Yes, it is definitely the best one since the first Rocky. No more lose, then a death, then win trite formula.

Monday, March 14, 2016

The 21-Word Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

The genre changes at least three times, and there is no way to predict what will happen next. I like surprises!

Monday, March 07, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Deadpool

Original, even if based on a longstanding character. And for those who asked, no - do not take your 12 year old.

Friday, March 04, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Day Watch (Netflix)

Sequel, vampires, shape shifters, dynamic subtitles, cars driving on buildings, apocalypse, the Chalk of Fate, swords, souped up utility trucks. Fantastic.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Night Watch (Netflix)

A perfect treadmill movie - innovative subtitles, distracting action, and a unique storyline that keeps your mind off of the running drudgery.

Friday, February 19, 2016

The 21-Word Review: The Ridiculous Six (Netflix)

I like to imagine that Netflix had Sandler create this because of some beef with Tarantino. No other explanation makes sense.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The 21-Word Review: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino and Alexander O. Smith

Who wouldn't like a book with an introverted, unattractive, overweight, genius, Japanese, mathematics teacher hero? But seriously, it works remarkably well.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Star Wars, the Force Awakens

I thought the [spoilers] was particularly interesting, especially when [spoilers]. And could you believe [spoilers] killed [spoilers]? [Spoilers] if [spoilers] [spoilers]?

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Big Short

The book was amazing, but I never expected it to work as a movie. Thanks you SAG friend for the ticket.

Monday, February 08, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Making a Murderer (Netflix)

I added Manitowoc County to the list of places to visit in my Wayback Machine, along with Area 51 and Roanoke.

Monday, February 01, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Things to do in Denver When You're Dead

Sleep.  Just fall down. Lie in the middle of a mile high street. Slide down the ski slopes on your face.

Friday, January 29, 2016

The 21 Word Review: Battle Royale

Hunger Games not brutal enough? Try the Japanese middle school version, where disrespecting elders is the justification for killing off kids.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The 21-Word Review: Reservoir Dogs (Netflix)

The 21 words that would best describe this movie, taken directly from the script, could not be published on this blog.