Archive for October, 2015

  • Movie Review: Nightcrawler (2014)

    Movie Review: Nightcrawler (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Nightcrawler” is one of those movies that is a vehicle for a talented actor to show his or her stuff in an unconventional role. Its attraction is a fascinating lead character; its shortcoming is that the […]

  • Book Review: Democracy More or Less (2014)

    Book Review: Democracy More or Less (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Democracy More or Less: America’s Political Reform Quandary” has important things to say about reforming the U.S. political system, but I fear its message won’t reach many people. It’s written in academese, a language similar to […]

  • Movie Review: The Boy Next Door (2015)

    Movie Review: The Boy Next Door (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The Boy Next Door” is billed as an erotic thriller, but I can think of more accurate labels. How about: cheesy, predictable, dumb, and deeply disturbing for its underlying message that women who have sex outside […]

  • Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

    Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Edge of Tomorrow” is a science-fiction sandwich: the usual at either end, with some interesting stuff in the middle. It’s passable due to a clever plot gimmick and strong performances from stars Tom Cruise and Emily […]

  • Movie Review: St. Vincent (2014)

    Movie Review: St. Vincent (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel If you enjoy Bill Murray, you’ll enjoy “St. Vincent.” It’s that simple. I’ve been a Murray fan since his stint on Saturday Night Live in the ’70s, and my wife was converted by “Groundhog Day” back […]

  • Book Review: The End of the Novel (1991)

    Book Review: The End of the Novel (1991)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The End of the Novel” is a brief and amusing book that’s not for all tastes. When I saw it the title piqued my curiosity, as I have been struggling to get a novel written. Turns […]

  • Movie Review: Steve Jobs (2015)

    Movie Review: Steve Jobs (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Steve Jobs” the movie, like Steve Jobs the man, crackles with energy and intelligence. Finally it is the season for movies targeted above the level of the teenage market! Aaron Sorkin (“A Few Good Men,” “The […]

  • Book Review: Love Always Wins (2012)

    Book Review: Love Always Wins (2012)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Love Always Wins” provides, as its subtitle claims, “Hope for Healing the Epidemic of Violence.” Part frank memoir, part testimony to the ever-present potential for healing, and part visionary call to non-arms for a better future, […]

  • Movie Review: Sweet Land (2005)

    Movie Review: Sweet Land (2005)

    by Alan F. Zundel It isn’t often my wife and I find a movie we both can enjoy. She leans toward warm and fuzzy family fare, and I prefer—well, just about anything else. We discovered “Sweet Land” the other evening, […]

  • Beginning of My New Memoir

    Beginning of My New Memoir

    by Alan F. Zundel In the late summer of 1975 I tasted God. Just a taste, mind you, but enough to send me to my knees weeping. There was no theological context or content to the experience, simply a sudden […]