Archive for December, 2015

  • Book Review: The Martian (2011)

    Book Review: The Martian (2011)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The Martian: A Novel” is a top-notch piece of popular fiction, much like the movie is a top-notch piece of popular entertainment. If you liked the movie you’ll like the book, and vice versa. Unsurprisingly, they […]

  • Movie Review: The Big Short (2015)

    Movie Review: The Big Short (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The Big Short” pulls off the improbable feat of being highly entertaining, educational, and timely all at once. This is fitting, as it is the improbable tale of an odd collection of traders who bet against […]

  • Movie Review: Dark Places (2015)

    Movie Review: Dark Places (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Dark Places” is a rather lifeless movie about a mass murder. Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, the author of “Gone Girl,” I think they were hoping for a similar success. Although the movie has […]

  • Movie Review: Hank and Asha (2013)

    Movie Review: Hank and Asha (2013)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Hank and Asha” is a pleasant little low-budget romance that leans too much on a gimmick. But before I tell you about that, let me tell you what I liked about it. The two leads, who […]

  • Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything (4/8/14)
By Barbara Ehrenreich

    Book Review: Living with a Wild God (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Living with a Wild God” is a tour de force by an exceptional writer tackling an exceptionally difficult topic. Subtitled “A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth about Everything,” it is part memoir, part scientific-philosophical exploration, and […]

  • Movie Review: Stan (2006)

    Movie Review: Stan (2006)

    by Alan F. Zundel There is a sub-genre of the biopic that could be called “The Tears of a Clown.” In these TV and movie dramas the personal lives of famous comedians are mined for the tragic. Buster Keaton, Charlie […]

  • Book Review: The War of Art (2002)

    Book Review: The War of Art (2002)

    by Alan F. Zundel Need inspiration for your creative self? “The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles” is a nice succinct guide and pep talk for the path. Many thanks to Steven Pressfield […]

  • Book Review: The Age of Acquiescence (2015)

    Book Review: The Age of Acquiescence (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel Why aren’t the majority of U.S. citizens rising up against their gradual (or not so gradual) impoverishment under the current economic system? That’s the question Steve Fraser sets out to answer in his book from earlier […]

  • Prologue to the Forthcoming Sequel to My Memoir

    by Alan F. Zundel Well, the ideas for the sequel to my recent memoir have jelled enough that I am finding some thematic direction for it. I just wrote a Prologue, which follows below. You comments are welcome. The last […]

  • Movie Review: Brooklyn (2015)

    Movie Review: Brooklyn (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel Sometimes the simplest stories are the most profound, and the story in “Brooklyn” is profoundly simple. A young woman leaves her home, adjusts to a new life, returns home, and struggles to decide whether to stay […]