News & Reviews

I really hate critics. Sometimes it seems they give scathing reviews just to prove their existence. Often I find myself enjoying a movie or a book despite overwhelming panning by the critics. Also, I often see a movie on a critic's advice only to find that the movie didn't speak to me. Time and time again, history has shown that critics can be wrong en masse, as pieces of works thrown in the trash turn out to be the next generation's masterpieces.

In the following reviews, I try my best to point out the things that work, and not just point out the weaknesses. In that way, I often find myself at odds with the critics. Then so be it. The readers will ultimately decide on their own whether or not to pursue a work.

Also, further on down, I have a few news articles and commentary on topics I enjoy.

Reviews: Books
Beatty, Robert: Serafina and the Black Cloak
Brooks, Max: World War Z
Card, Orson Scott: The Memory of Earth (Homecoming 1)
Card, Orson Scott: The Call of Earth (Homecoming 2)
Card, Orson Scott: The Ships of Earth (Homecoming 3)
Card, Orson Scott: Earthfall (Homecoming 4)
Card, Orson Scott: Earthborn (Homecoming 5)
Cline, Ernest: Ready Player One
Collins, Suzanne: The Hunger Games (#1)
Collins, Suzanne: Catching Fire (#2) 
Collins, Suzanne: Mockingjay (#3)
Gaiman, Neil: American Gods
Halperin, David: Journal of a UFO Investigator
Hartness, John: The Chosen
Hartness, John: Hard Day's Knight (#1)
Hartness, John: Back in Black (#2)
Lazar, Matt and Amanda Thomas: Warrior Girl
Le Guin, Ursula: A Wizard of Earthsea
Liu, Cixin: The Three-Body Problem (#1)
Liu, Cixin: The Dark Forest (#2)
Liu, Cixin: Death's End (#3)
Martin, George R. R.: A Game of Thrones (#1)
Nieman, Valerie: Blood Clay
Patterson, James & Howard Roughan: Honeymoon
Pratchett, Terry: Going Postal
Rand, Ayn: Atlas Shrugged
Scalzi, John: Redshirts
Simmons, Dan: Hyperion (#1)
Simmons, Dan: The Fall of Hyperion (#2)
Watts, Peter: Blindsight
Wright, Will: Cinder

Reviews: Movies
10 Cloverfield Lane
Adjustment Bureau
Adventures of Tintin, The (2011)
Amazing Spider-Man, The 
Atlas Shrugged: Part 1
Avengers, The (2012)
Avengers: Infinity War
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Battle: Los Angeles
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Black Panther
Blade Runner 2049
Bucket List, The
Captain America: Civil War
Cowboys & Aliens
Dark Knight Rises, The
Despicable Me
Despicable Me 2
Devil (2010)
Dinner for Schmucks
Doctor Strange
Dog's Purpose, A
Edge of Tomorrow, Another plea to go see it
Ender's Game
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
G. I. Joe: Retaliation (2)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
Harry Potter 7.2
Hidden Figures
Hobbit, The: An Unexpected Journey (1) 
Hobbit, The: The Desolation of Smaug (2)
Host, The
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Hunger Games, The (guest review by G. A. Nightstalker) (1)
Hunger Games, The: Catching Fire (2)
Hunger Games, The: Mockingjay (3 & 4)
Imitation Game, The
In Time (2011)
Inside Out
Iron Man 3
Jungle Book, The (2016)
Jupiter Ascending
Jurassic World
Justice League (2017)
Knight and Day
Land of the Lost (2009)
LEGO Batman Movie, The
Les Miserables (2012)
Man of Steel, The
Mars Needs Moms 
Martian, The
Monuments Men, The
Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
Peanuts Movie, The
Pirates of the Caribbean(1): The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pirates of the Caribbean(2): Dead Man's Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean(4): On Stranger Tides
Planet of the Apes, (3-War for the)
Poltergeist (2015)
Ready Player One
Source Code 
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Star Wars: Solo (3 and 1/4)
Star Wars: Rogue One (3 and 3/4s)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (7)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (8)
Sucker Punch (2011)
Super 8
Thor (2011) (1)
Thor: The Dark World (2)
Thor: Ragnarok (3)
Total Recall (1990)
Total Recall (2012) 
Transformers(2): Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers(3): Dark of the Moon
Tron: Legacy
12 Years a Slave
War Horse
Warm Bodies
Wreck-It Ralph
Wonder Woman (2017)
World War Z
X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men: First Class

Annual Movie Lists

Reviews: TV (Each show below can have several links. Preview = a post anticipating the show. Premiere = a review after watching a couple of episodes. Update = periodic updates along the way. Giving up = when I personally drop the show due to lack of interest. Postmortem = a final review at the very end, usually with plenty of spoilers.)

12 Monkeys (2015): premiere
24: Live Another Day (2014): postmortem
Alcatraz (2012): premierepostmortem
Alphas (2011): premiere; update; update (2012); postmortem (2012)
Awake (2012): updatepostmortem
Believe (2014): postmortem
Better Call Saul (2015): premiere
Beyond (2017 - Freeform): first season
Bill Nye Saves the World (2017): premiere & giving up
Cape, The (2011 - NBC): premierepostmortem
Chuck (2007): update (2011); postmortem (2012)
Colony (2016): preview
Continuum (2012): premiere (2013)postmortem (2015)
Cosmos (2014): A Personal Voyage: premiere; review/postmortem
Designated Survivor (2016): first season
Doctor Who (2005): update (2011)update (2012)
Emerald City (2017): postmortem
Eureka (2006): update (2011); postmortem (2012)
Event, The (2010): postmortem (2011)
Expanse, The (2015): premiere (2016)
Falling Skies (2011): previewpremierepostmortem (2015)
Fear the Walking Dead (2015): premiere
Firm, The (2012): premiere; postmortem
Following, The (2013): premiere; giving up
Frequency (2016): postmortem (2017)
Fringe (2008): update (2011); update (2012); postmortem (2013)
Grimm (2011): previewpremiereupdate (2012); giving up (2014)
Good Place, The (2016): first season
Haven (2010): update (2011)update (2012); postmortem (2015)
Heroes Reborn (2015): premiere; postmortem (2016)
IT Crowd, The (2006): postmortem (2013)
Last Resort (2012): previewpremiere; postmortem (2013)
Legend of Korra, The (2012): premiere
Librarians, The (2014 - TNT): premiere
Magicians, The (2015 - SyFy): preview (2016)
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2013): preview; giving up
Minority Report (2015): premierepostmortem
Muppets., The (2015): preview; postmortem (2016)
Napoleon Dynamite (2012): premierepostmortem
Neighbors, The (2012): previewpremiere; giving up (2013)
Office, The (2005 - US): update (2011)update (2012); postmortem (2013)
Once Upon a Time (2011): preview; premiereupdate (2012); giving up (2013)
Person of Interest (2011): preview; premiere; update (2012); postmortem (2016)
Psych (2006): update (2011); postmortem (2014)
Resurrection (2014): postmortem (2015)
Revolution (2012): preview; premiere; postmortem (2014)
Simpsons (1989): update (2011)update (2012)
Smallville (2001): complaints (2011)postmortem (2011)
Stargare Universe (2009): postmortem (2011)
Terra Nova (2011): previewpremierepostmortem (2012)
Timeless (2016): update (2017)
Touch (2012): preview; postmortem (2013)
V (2009): jump the shark? (2011)postmortem (2011)
X-Files, The (1993) - Original Series: remembrances (2016)
X-Files (2016): preview #1; preview #2; postmortem? (2016)
Walking Dead, The (2010): update (2011)update (2012)
Warehouse 13 (2009): update (2011)update (2012); postmortem (2014)
Zero Hour (2013): preview (2013); premiere; postmortem (2013)

Reviews: Other
Uncle Orson's Writing Class 2012
Disney's Hollywood Studios vs. Universal Studios 
Rides at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Rides at Universal Studios - Florida
Rides at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Facebook Timeline
Lego Universe Comes to an End - Jan 2012
VG: Bubble Shooter
VG: Into Space
VG: Isoball X1
VG: Portal and Portal 2
VG: Star Trek Online
VG: Solarmax
Restaurant: Bonsai - Pfafftown 
Restaurants: Downtown Winston Salem Lunch
Restaurant: Old Europe - Winston Salem
Theaters: Carmike 10 vs. The Grand 18 - Winston Salem

News & Other Commentary
Anticipating Google+
You Don't Need Gmail Account to Join Google+ 
V on NBC -- Refuses to Stream in Order to Boost Ratings
Doctor Who: Season 6 Begins
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)
Space Battleship Yamato is Now an Action Movie
USPC Puzzle Competition 2011
Ender's Game Boycott
How to Catch Up on Old X-File Shows
How Trailers Reveal Too Much
TV Reviews Layout Updated - 2017

On the Lot -- Following up on a 2007 TV show featuring aspiring directors.
On the Lot: Zach Lipovsky (#5)
After the Lot: Zach Lipovsky
On the Lot: Sam Friedlander (#4)
After the Lot: Sam Friedlander