Category archive: Movies

On Shane, toxic masculinity, violence, and vicious cycles

I think it’s fascinating to observe toxic masculinity in action in Westerns. (Some quasi-spoilers here for Shane (1953).) In this... (More...)

Pre-movie experience: before _Wonder Woman_

This is a report of my pre-movie experience at Wonder Woman last night. This post is not about the movie,... (More...)

Time and Again

I've somehow for years had the idea that Jack Finney's 1970 novel Time and Again (which I hadn't read) was... (More...)

The Mandela Effect and other memories

I find the whole Mandela Effect thing intriguing. (A group of people remembering something that didn't happen.) Here's one I... (More...)


Kam and I saw the movie Arrival on Sunday evening. It was as good as everyone's been saying. I had... (More...)

State of the vacation

An update on how my leave has been going: It's been a weird week. I've been mostly getting plenty of... (More...)

Lovely short VR video: "Pearl"

A while back, Google created a system for viewing VR/360° videos called “Google Spotlight Stories.” You can view the short... (More...)

My favorite movies watched in 2015

In 2015, I watched 63 movies, down from 100+ in 2014. I came very close to completing my rewatching-all-my-old-favorites project,... (More...)

The Martian (book and movie)

A few weeks ago, I decided to take a look at the book of The Martian. I hadn't had much... (More...)

Life updates

And yet again, two weeks have gone by without a post from me here. What've I been up to? Day... (More...)

How to enjoy Terminator Genisys

I saw Terminator Genisys last night. Fortunately, Karen prepped me for it ahead of time, so I thought I'd pass... (More...)


I just watched the movie Tomorrowland, and I'm surprised I haven't seen more people posting about it. It's the story... (More...)

Tech is bad, nature is good

For a long time, we've been reading stories and books about how things mediated through technology are bad and being... (More...)

Good weekend

This weekend went surprisingly well in various ways: I completed something like a dozen to-do items that I had been... (More...)

How to write a first act the Pixar way

On the Toy Story 3 extras disc, there's a segment called “Beginnings: Setting a Story in Motion,” in which the... (More...)

Techno-renewal and other life updates

Last week was fairly difficult for a variety of reasons, but it ended pretty well. After difficult-family-anniversary stress on Tuesday,... (More...)

Harold and Maude

(I wrote this entry in July, but was reluctant to post it at the time. Now that I'm ready to... (More...)

The Song and the guy named Jed

I have no idea whether the new movie The Song is worth seeing, but I was mildly intrigued by the... (More...)

Excellent feminist movie: Made in Dagenham

I just rewatched the 2010 movie Made in Dagenham. It's even better than I remembered it: feminist, laugh-out-loud funny, occasionally... (More...)

Women in _Whiteout_

Finally watched the movie of Whiteout last night. It's a thriller set in Antarctica, in which US Marshal Carrie Stetko... (More...)

Interim entry

I posted here a whole bunch toward the beginning of WorldCon, mostly about the Hugos, and then switched to Facebook... (More...)

Lucy and the Guardians at the box office

When I saw the trailer for Lucy a few months back, the movie looked pretty bad to me, but I... (More...)

Assorted notes, loosely connected to Sara

A few notes more or less pertaining to Sara: On Thursday, driving home from the memorial service for Sara, I... (More...)

Some links about Narnia

I just read a lovely, excellent piece by Molly McArdle on the joys, and failures, of Narnia. “I write as... (More...)

Captain America: Winter Soldier

Saw the new Captain America movie with Kam a few days ago. Short version of my reaction: I loved it.... (More...)

Birthday week

I was going to try to do my usual birthday-week thing this week, spreading out fun stuff over the course... (More...)

Hugo recommendations

I've been meaning for months to blog about specific works and people I'm going to nominate for the Hugos, and... (More...)

Books vs pajamas

Pat (Spencer Tracy) and Jamie (Katharine Hepburn) are on a sleeper train, and the following dialogue ensues: Jamie: Would you... (More...)

What I've been up to (and why I've been glum)

Have spent most of the past week doing webmastery kinds of things for last night's launch of Jaggery, Mary Anne's... (More...)

More remixed trailers

I was having a frustrating evening, dealing with tech stuff. But yesterday, I posted a link to a trailer remixing... (More...)

Assorted updates

A few assorted life updates: Day job I've been at my current day job for nine years as of today.... (More...)

Dangerous Beauty

The other night, Kam and I watched the 1998 movie Dangerous Beauty. I had seen it before, in 1999; Kam... (More...)

Not exactly language for a lady

Last night, I watched the 2008 movie Changeling (set in 1928). It didn't do anything for me, and I ended... (More...)

Wordless "conversations" and the Bechdel test

There was a link the other day (from a non-public Facebook post) to a blog post about Pacific Rim and... (More...)

Some notes on Card

Some notes toward the blog entry that I'm probably not going to manage to write about Orson Scott Card and... (More...)

Darths & Droids for Best Graphic Story

This is a recommendation to nominate the webcomic Darths & Droids for the Best Graphic Story Hugo award. I wrote... (More...)

Conversation(s) With Other Women Blu-ray: Not Canadian

I've been trying to find the very interesting movie Conversation(s) With Other Women on Blu-ray for a while. This post... (More...)

Review: Valentine's Day (the movie)

If you're looking for an intertwining-plot-threads fun sweet romantic comedy to watch on Valentine's Day, you could do worse than... (More...)

Les Miserables Calmes

(Can you tell I still don't speak French?) I finally went to see the movie of Les Miz the other... (More...)

Unstrung Heroes

I first saw the 1995 movie Unstrung Heroes in late 1996, and I liked it a lot. I bought it... (More...)

Favorite movies watched in 2012

I watched 70 movies in 2012: 49 that I hadn't seen before, 21 that I had (though usually not in... (More...)

Movies lately

I've been watching a lot of movies lately, and have taken a look at a few new-to-me TV shows. Since... (More...)

Review(ish): Avengers

Finally saw Avengers the other day. Enjoyed it quite a bit—liked it significantly more than any of the precursor movies... (More...)

Current and forthcoming movies

There are a bunch of movies (both forthcoming and currently out) that I want to see this year, though I'm... (More...)


Wow, it’s apparently been two weeks since I posted here. FOGcon was good. It was great to get some time... (More...)

Imagine Me & You

A couple weeks ago, I somehow happened across a mention of a 2005 movie I had never heard of: Imagine... (More...)

The Artist as fanfic

After watching The Artist a couple weeks back, I went looking at reviews, and found one—generally negative, but with some... (More...)

2011 movies

I watched 41 movies in 2011, including 8 that I had seen before. (I rarely rewatch movies, but I've been... (More...)

Whoopi Goldberg's Broadway show

Some years back, I bought or was given the VHS version of the 1985 HBO special broadcast of Whoopi Goldberg's... (More...)

Review: Drive

Saw Drive on Tuesday night. What a mistake that was. I ended up writing a rather long discussion of it,... (More...)

Supporting my local multiplex

I go to one or two movies a month in theatres these days. Most of the time, I go to... (More...)

Captain America

Finally saw Captain America tonight, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Not by any means a Great Film. But fun,... (More...)

A couple of notes on The Terminal

I've had the 2004 movie The Terminal out from Netflix for a long time; finally decided last night to watch... (More...)


The NY Philharmonic recently did a production of Sondheim's Company starring Neil Patrick Harris (also featuring Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer,... (More...)

Upcoming events and other stuff

Suddenly it seems like there are many Things going on around here: This weekend in Vallejo: NorCal Pirate Festival. Entertainers,... (More...)

Biggest time-sink ever

I have been meaning for years to link to TV Tropes, a wiki that provides a vast and entertaining and... (More...)

Mini-Review: The Lost Thing (short film)

I've been reading and watching the Hugo nominees, and just got to the 15-minute-long movie The Lost Thing, based on... (More...)

Mini-review: Thor

Saw Thor last night. Overall, mostly enjoyed it. Not brilliant, and not even as much fun as the Iron Man... (More...)


My favorite movie that I watched in 2010 (and there was some tough competition!) was Tangled, which I saw in... (More...)

That was the month that was

I haven't been posting much lately, have I? In particular, it looks like I haven't posted any life updates here... (More...)

Review: P.S. I Love You

Some time ago, I saw a preview for the 2007 movie P.S. I Love You. It looked like it was... (More...)


Stephanie and I went to see Rango on Saturday night, and we enjoyed the heck out of it. It's an... (More...)

News flash: Forthcoming movies are based on old stuff!

I know people have been pointing out for years that a lot of new movies that come out are based... (More...)

Pink Panther quotes

Back in March, I watched the original Pink Panther movie, and didn't like it much. But it did include a... (More...)

Mini-review: Easy A

Having seen nothing about this movie other than the poster, which didn't interest me, I wasn't planning on seeing it.... (More...)

Mini-review: Despicable Me

Friday evening, Kam and I went to see Despicable Me, and we enjoyed the heck out of it. It was... (More...)

Mini-review: Inception

Finally got around to seeing Inception on Friday afternoon. Although the previews looked promising, I went into it with somewhat... (More...)

Review: G-Force

Saw a preview for G-Force a while back, and it looked like it might be fun. Later, someone (perhaps Twig?)... (More...)

Review: Knight and Day

The previews for Knight and Day looked like fun, and I like both Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, so I... (More...)

Assorted updates

When last we left me, it was a week ago and I had stayed home sick from work. Thursday was... (More...)

Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (movie)

I saw a preview a while back of the animated kids' movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and it... (More...)

High Noon

Every so often I get it into my head to watch some of the classic Westerns that I've never seen,... (More...)

Tuck Everlasting

I read Tuck Everlasting sometime in the early '90s, I think, and loved it. (I suspect I might not have... (More...)

Movies lately

I've been on a sudden movie-watching spree for the past week or two, after several months of averaging about one... (More...)

Lego Star Wars trilogy in 2:13

The latest video making the rounds: "The Fastest and Funniest LEGO Star Wars story ever told," covering the entire original... (More...)

Review: How to Train Your Dragon

After the wedding yesterday, I was heading home when I realized that it might be a good time to finally... (More...)


I got the 1981 movie Reds from Netflix back in November, but it was well over three hours long, on... (More...)

Review: Inkheart (movie)

As many of y'all may recall, a year ago I committed the sacrilege of disliking Inkheart (the book). One of... (More...)

Mean Disney Girls

If you've seen Mean Girls and you like Disney stuff at all, you must go watch this two-minute mini-remake of... (More...)

Review: She's the Man

Kam and I watched She's the Man last night. And loved it. For those who haven't heard of it (as... (More...)

Disney-songs deathmatch, day 22

Miggy's Disney-songs tournament proceeds apace. Do you care which Disney song gets declared the best of all time? Then go... (More...)

Who does whitewashing hurt?

Ellen Oh, a Korean-American writer, is one of many people who've blogged about the shameful whitewashing of the cast of... (More...)

Classics recast into high school settings

I recently learned about another modern movie that takes a Shakespeare play and reworks it to set it in a... (More...)

Westerns and science fiction

The opportunity of a Western is that it takes issues of our culture—conflict, racial conflict, economic injustice, what is... (More...)

Movies & TV lately

Here's what I've been watching: Watched the first two episodes of Glee 'cause everyone's talking about it; interesting and often... (More...)

Four reasons to watch FlashForward

I've now seen three episodes of FlashForward. So far, I'd say it's an interesting show; not brilliant, but intriguing. (I... (More...)

Maurice Sendak is so gay

Happened across a passing reference this morning to Sendak having come out last year (at age 80); looked it up... (More...)


Saw previews for Push some months back, and it looked intriguing: guys with telekinesis fighting each other. I came away... (More...)

Heist movies are meta-movies?

Nice line from an article about Steven Soderbergh's films: [...] nearly every heist movie—predicated on an elaborate and improbable plan... (More...)


I thought I'd been hearing good things about the new movie 9, and I certainly liked the look of it... (More...)


Various friends have seen and liked Ponyo lately, but it was barely on my radar. And I must confess that... (More...)


Finally saw Juno tonight. It's fabulous: charming, funny, sweet, smart, and with just a bit of an edge. It has... (More...)

Whiteout: The Movie

Ten years ago, Oni Press published a graphic novel called Whiteout, written by Greg Rucka and drawn by Steve Lieber.... (More...)

Weak, summery

Quick recap of last week: Saturday night: Returned from Acadia to Boston. Sunday: Hung out at Michael & Lisa's. (Thanks... (More...)

R.I.P., John Hughes

Just happened across the news that John Hughes has died of a heart attack at age 59. I never saw... (More...)

Mrs. Henderson Presents

Saw Mrs. Henderson Presents with Twig last night. Quite good, very much worth watching. Judi Dench is fabulous as always.... (More...)

My recent movie- and TV-watching

Some mini-reviews of movies and DVDs I've watched lately. (More...)

Real-person roleplay

I recently saw Natalie Portman live (well, on a screen, but in realtime, from a nearby location). Which gave me... (More...)

Pixar, girls, and awesome girl-movie titles

Excellent open letter to Pixar from Linda Holmes, asking for a movie featuring a girl who is not a princess.... (More...)


Just saw Up. Lovely movie. Thoroughly charming. Contains a zeppelin. Made me cry, made me laugh. Too sleepy (and have... (More...)

How do you recognize a One True Pairing?

In conventional romance novels, you can always tell who the female main character is supposed to (and going to) end... (More...)

Placeholder entry: Watchmen (no spoilers)

Saw Watchmen on Friday. No time for full discussion, but here's the short version of my reaction: Despite some flaws,... (More...)

Review: Igor

A few months back, I saw previews for an animated movie called Igor. It looked like fun: the premise was... (More...)

Watchmen opening imminently

I'm tempted to attend the Thursday midnight showing of Watchmen. The theatre a five-minute drive from my house is showing... (More...)

Alternate-reality teen comedy

I'd like to see a John Hughes-style high school comedy set in a universe in which it's the smart kids... (More...)


We went to see Coraline tonight. I probably wouldn't have gotten around to it this weekend on my own, but... (More...)

Coraline and Burton

I know at least two people who thought that the Coraline movie was directed by Tim Burton; it's an easy... (More...)

Free Oscar-nominated animated short

The list of Oscar nominees was released a couple days ago. Among the nominees for best animated short film is... (More...)

Coraline movie

Just learned that Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach) is directing a movie based on Coraline... (More...)

Slumdog Millionaire

I wasn't planning to see this movie, but somehow over the past couple days it started sounding more and more... (More...)

The Tale of Despereaux (movie)

I'd been seeing somewhat intriguing previews for this new animated movie The Tale of Despereaux, so it was already on... (More...)


Finally got around to watching Transamerica, which I've had out from Netflix for months. I kept thinking I might see... (More...)

Over the Hedge

After Xmas dinner this evening, Kam and I decided to watch something silly and fluffy, and it just so happened... (More...)

South Bay events: a cappella concert, movie outing

Tough choice between things to do in the South Bay Area next Friday evening (nine days from now): Talisman A... (More...)

Movies for blind people

I just happened across a site called Blindspots, featuring movie reviews that grade movies on the basis of how accessible... (More...)

Fun interview with Roger Moore

Happened across an interview titled "Roger Moore: I'm the worst Bond, apparently" at the Telegraph just now, while looking for... (More...)


Friday evening, Kam and I watched National Treasure 2. It was fun and silly; perhaps not quite as much fun... (More...)

Watchmen trailer!!!

The Watchmen trailer is out, and it's gorgeous. A few tiny false notes, and a few smallish things that make... (More...)

Jumper and Jumper

As I mentioned the other day, I saw the movie Jumper back in March. Back when we saw it, all... (More...)

Prince Caspian

Went to the late showing of Prince Caspian last night, 'cause I figured it may not be in theatres much... (More...)

Top movies

Having finally watched Das Boot recently, I'm now a step closer to having seen the top 75 of the IMDB's... (More...)

Heathers revisited

The other night, Twig and I were trying to decide what movie to watch, and I remembered that we'd talked... (More...)

The Big Snit

Somehow I seem to have failed to link to Canadian animator Richard Condie's 1985 short film "The Big Snit," one... (More...)

Jane Austen Book Club (movie)

Finally saw the movie of The Jane Austen Book Club. For some reason, I had gotten the impression that it... (More...)

Romantic comedy recommendations?

About six and a half hours from now, I'm heading for the airport, whence I'll fly to Chicago for a... (More...)

A few notes on women in fiction

tacityhydra just mentioned the Mo Movie Measure in passing; I was going to post this comment in response to that... (More...)

Two movie questions

Two questions re movies in the '80s: 1. Summer of '96 (I think), I decided to introduce Repo Man to... (More...)

Review: The Golden Compass (movie)

Kam and I saw the movie of The Golden Compass tonight. There may be some minor spoilers in this entry.... (More...)

Watchmen movie notes

They've started shooting the Watchmen movie! For a March, 2009 release! A blog entry on the official site shows some... (More...)

Meta-review: The Triplets of Belleville

The two things that everyone mentioned about The Triplets of Belleville back when it came out were that the movie... (More...)

Review (sorta): Picnic at Hanging Rock

Last night I was in the mood to watch a movie. The only one of my Netflix movies that I... (More...)

Still here

A couple of people have remarked on my silence of late--I've posted only five journal entries in the past two... (More...)

Forthcoming movies

At the last movie I saw in a theatre (one of this summer's part-three installments--maybe Spider-Man 3?), I saw a... (More...)

Week, movies, socializing, books, travel, etc

I never did get around to writing here about the tall ships. I would still like to, but the chances... (More...)

Howl's Moving Castle inventiveness

One quick note about the commentary on Howl's Moving Castle: A bunch of people in the supplemental materials on the... (More...)

Review: I, Robot (movie)

I liked it quite a bit. (More...)

Assorted updates

I once again find myself struck with blogging paralysis--too many things I want to write about, not enough time to... (More...)

Snakes in no pain

I have no interest in seeing Snakes on a Plane, but I've been amused and/or interested by some articles related... (More...)

Video roundup, part 1

It's been a while since I've posted a collection of videos, and the links keep rolling in. So here's a... (More...)

What you should know ahead of time about Superman Returns

The following is a spoiler, of a sort; kind of a meta-spoiler. But I nonetheless claim that almost everyone will enjoy Superman Returns more if they know this than if they don't know it; knowing this will help you set your expectations appropriately (and most of you probably know it already anyway). However, I know some people won't want to know it, in which case don't read the rest of this entry.


Review: The Da Vinci Code

Kam and I saw The Da Vinci Code a couple weeks ago. A few thoughts and comments: I haven't read... (More...)

More parkour

I coulda sworn that I posted at some point about parkour, the French sport/skill involving urban running, jumping, climbing, and... (More...)

Review: Fantastic Four

Kam and I finally saw Fantastic Four. It was, pretty much as expected, fun fluff. Better than Daredevil (which I... (More...)

About spoiler warnings

(This is another case where I wrote most of the entry months ago but didn't get around to posting it... (More...)

Ghibli Earthsea trailer

Studio Ghibli has released a second trailer for Gedo Senki, a.k.a. Tales from Earthsea. You may have to right-click that... (More...)

Five-minute summaries

Peter W. pointed to the Five-Minute "Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries" comic. Sort of in the style of the old Fotonovels,... (More...)

Journaling paralysis (and general update)

And after all that fuss about how I was going to flood y'all with entries, I ended up not posting... (More...)

Long week

Assorted bits and pieces from the past week or so (some good, some not): (More...)

Items: Video

Links to a bunch of cool online video items, for your delectation and enjoyment. Some of these require Flash; some... (More...)

Earworm: Somewhere That's Green

The other day the song "Somewhere That's Green" (from Little Shop of Horrors, though I have the movie soundtrack rather... (More...)

Africa, the Other, and sf

Some items that may or may not add up to more than the sum of their parts: Okay, so there's... (More...)

Review: King Kong

Finally got around to seeing the new King Kong. As usual, this won't be so much a review as a... (More...)

Economy and efficiency as motivations in fiction

Something I see quite often in both submissions and published fiction (including movies) is plots that hinge on people taking... (More...)

Star Wars misconceptions

While checking the quote in that last entry, I stumbled into a forum thread on The misconceptions you had about... (More...)


Here are some of the things I've done in the past week, in no particular order: finally washed some dishes... (More...)

Outline of Narnian history, plus nitpicking

I'm continuing to re-read the Narnia books. Will have more to say about that sooner or later, but for now,... (More...)

Superman Returns

Last month, Nick pointed to the teaser trailer for what he called Jesus Christ, Superman, for reasons that will become... (More...)

Review: Rent

It's been Jed's movie week. Narnia last weekend; Æon Flux Monday night; Brokeback Mountain last night (review to come later).... (More...)

Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Narnia movie was splendid. I went into it with very high hopes and a lot of trepidation. The hopes... (More...)

Review: Aeon Flux

Watched the new movie of Æon Flux after work this evening. The first third or so was every bit as... (More...)

Items: Comics, videos, photos

Assorted comics and comics-related items, plus a few cat and lizard photos, and some other stuff. Nifty comic strip in... (More...)

Review: It Should Happen to You

I've been hearing for years about It Should Happen to You: directed by George (My Fair Lady, Philadelphia Story) Cukor,... (More...)

Last Unicorn movie

A couple years ago, I found out that there were plans for a live-action movie of one of my favorite... (More...)

Forthcoming movies

Been meaning to post about these for weeks. Aeon Flux! Starring Charlize Theron, a welcome addition to the hot female... (More...)

This and that

(Yikes! No wonder the comment-spam levels have dropped precipitously—I broke the comments-display pages for my and Mary Anne's journals a... (More...)

Things done and undone

I started reading a submission just now and realized that I wasn't awake enough to read it, even though it... (More...)

Visual entertainment, party, etc

(This entry cobbled together in spare moments between bouts of magazine work over the past day or two.) In the... (More...)

Items: Movie, gullibility, names, androids

I've been posting a lot of personal stuff, and occasional sf-related stuff, but not very much Links To Cool And/Or... (More...)

Items: Shifting paradigms

Feeling a little better than yesterday, but still not up to going to work. Yesterday I didn't do nearly enough... (More...)

Robot Stories

We're back from Robot Stories. I'll write a real review of it at some point, but I wanted to briefly... (More...)

Three Laws rephrased

The fake robot-ad trailer for the upcoming I, Robot movie came out a few months ago, but now there's a... (More...)

Spellbound (the spelling bee movie)

Various people told me I would love this movie, but I think I just don't like documentaries much. I spend... (More...)

Review: Adaptation

Hmm—one of the few drawbacks to the tabbed browsing in the new version of Safari is that it's too easy... (More...)

Bend it like a unicorn

Last night Kam and I went to a lovely Burmese/Chinese restaurant in downtown Palo Alto, a place called Rangoon that... (More...)

Review: The Sum of All Fears

Watched The Sum of All Fears tonight. A surprisingly good movie, at least if you don't care about being true... (More...)