manchester-by-the-sea

manchester-by-the-sea

It’s taken a week for me to recover from the emotional impact of this film. The unflinching tale of a family’s tribulation and one man’s inescapable heartbreak is easily the finest film I’ve seen in 2016, showcasing not only director/writer...
fantastic beasts

fantastic beasts

How wonderful to see Fantastic Beasts, and where to find them—this latest tale of magic, darkness, and colorful creatures— without ever having read or seen any of the Harry Potter films. I was in a unique position bringing no expectations or prior acquaintance with...
Two upcoming book events!

Two upcoming book events!

Hitting our stride now! Two Santa Cruz “Inside the Flame” events coming up. Please SAVE THE DATES! Tuesday December 6th we’ll have some dinner, some wine, and I’ll read a bit and reveal a lot @ Gabriella Cafe. Afternoon Prosecco Party at Soif,...
Allied Boredom

Allied Boredom

Since this film will be gone by the time you read this, there isn’t much point in offering an actual critique. Allied is a film loosely structured around Brad Pitt’s ability to wear suits and Oscar-winner Marian Cotillard’s inability to spin straw...
The Trespasser

The Trespasser

As reviewers are writhing all over themselves in praise of Tana French’s latest mystery, The Trespasser, allow me to remove myself from the frothing queue. Still bruised by her last book, I’ve been bruised all over again by this one. I had devoured...
Magical Mystery Tour

Magical Mystery Tour

As I emerged from a period of mourning over the recent election, I headed for what I knew would provide the perfect antidote—a matinee screening of Dr. Strange starring the elegant and resourceful Benedict Cumberbatch. The Big Screen and plenty of popcorn—it was sure...