Archive for July, 2015

  • Movie Review: Mr. Holmes (2015)

    Movie Review: Mr. Holmes (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel Reflective and intricately constructed, “Mr. Holmes” is an engaging meditation on the need to come to terms with oneself before dying. Presented as a coda to the career of Sherlock Holmes, probably the most famous detective […]

  • Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013)

    Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013)

    by Alan F. Zundel The subtitle of “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” is “A Novel,” but it is better described as a fairy tale. It does not have the depth of character insight that a good novel […]

  • Guest Movie Review: Magic Mike XXL (2015)

    Guest Movie Review: Magic Mike XXL (2015)

    (Note from Alan: My daughter Rae is handling this one for me!) by Rae Zundel Be aware of spoilers ahead, but, come on, this movie hangs on a g-string sized plot anyways. No bullshit “finding yourself” story here, folks, just […]

  • New Opening to My Upcoming Novel

    by Alan F. Zundel Here’s the latest draft of the first few chapters of to my upcoming paranormal romance novel, “Hold Only Good Memories.” Feedback is welcome! Prologue When eyes meet it is more like touching or tasting than observing. […]

  • Movie Review: Double Idemnity (1944)

    Movie Review: Double Idemnity (1944)

    by Alan F. Zundel You better be sure you have a good relationship with your spouse before you sit down with her to watch “Double Idemnity,” the classic 1944 film noir about a woman plotting to have her husband killed. The […]

  • Book Review: On the Historicity of Jesus (2014)

    Book Review: On the Historicity of Jesus (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel What really happened back at the beginning of Christianity? Measured by trashy novels like “The Da Vinci Code” and last year’s best-seller, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” public interest remains keen on […]

  • Movie Review: Kon-Tiki (2013)

    Movie Review: Kon-Tiki (2013)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Kon-Tiki” is an amazing movie. Not only because it is based on an amazing true story, but because they did such a good job making it entertaining. You would think the story of six guys drifting […]

  • Movie Review: Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

    Movie Review: Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel If you enjoy plays you will enjoy this movie. Not that it is “stagey” and uncinematic. Rather, it has a good play’s qualities of literacy, profound themes, and dramatic suspense built upon personal interactions. But it […]

  • Movie Review: The Gallows (2015)

    Movie Review: The Gallows (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel Creepy location? Check. Teens in danger? Check. Sudden sounds and jump cuts? Check. Scary movie—well… If the three elements above are enough for you, maybe you will find “The Gallows” scary. I can imagine some teenagers […]

  • Scary Stories

    Scary Stories

    by Alan F. Zundel Do you like scary stories? I do. I went to see a ghost movie today, “The Gallows,” and admit I got scared a lot. Only it wasn’t the movie that scared me. I’ll be reviewing that […]