Archive for September, 2015

 
  • Movie Review: Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

    Movie Review: Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel There are not a lot of bright spots in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The lead actress acquits herself well. There is nice location shooting of the Pacific Northwest, with Vancouver standing in for Portland and Seattle. […]

     
  • Book Review: Gaming the Vote (2008)

    Book Review: Gaming the Vote (2008)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Gaming the Vote: Why Elections Aren’t Fair (and What We Can Do About It)” is an entertaining primer on the craziness of our usual method of running elections in this country and the various alternative methods […]

     
  • Book Review: Days of Rage (2015)

    Book Review: Days of Rage (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel Secret cells of bombers in the U.S. didn’t start with Islamic terrorists in the 1990s. We had a host of them throughout the 1970s and into the mid-’80s, a fact that is now little remembered. Bombing […]

     
  • Movie Review: The Lazarus Effect (2015)

    Movie Review: The Lazarus Effect (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel Hampered by a Frankenstein’s monster of a script, “The Lazarus Effect” lumbers across the screen invoking pity for the actors who squandered their creative energies trying to give life to this monstrosity. The plot is sewn […]

     
  • Movie Review: The Interview (2014)

    Movie Review: The Interview (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel DISCLAIMER: I only watched 30 minutes of this movie before turning it off, so this review may not be a fair assessment. Maybe things got a lot better after that point. I know they did for […]

     
  • Book Review: Dark Places (2009)

    Book Review: Dark Places (2009)

    by Alan F. Zundel I don’t like to admit it, but I can get fascinated by the sordid side of life. Clearly I am not alone, since Gillian Flynn has so many readers. “Dark Places” has a lot of sordid […]

     
  • Movie Review: The Drop (2014)

    Movie Review: The Drop (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The Drop” is a taut suspense drama that builds to a surprising and effective climax. Based on a short story by screenwriter Dennis Lehane, it has a short story’s efficient development and sharp sense of place […]

     
  • Book Review: Get What’s Yours (2015)

    Book Review: Get What’s Yours (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel If Social Security is your best financial investment, then a buying a copy of “Get What’s Yours: The Secrets To Maxing Out Your Social Security” is your second best investment—and not just for older people. Social […]

     
  • Movie Review: The East (2013)

    Movie Review: The East (2013)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The East” is a thoughtful and thought-provoking film, but lacks the emotional punch to make it fully satisfying. It prodded my brain more than my heart. And yet it treats of a subject that does touch […]

     
  • Book Review: The Divide—American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap (2014)

    Book Review: The Divide—American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel Justice may be blind, but it sure can smell money. Matt Taibbi’s “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap” makes this dismayingly clear. Of course, money has always bought better lawyers for […]