• Movie Review: The Room (2015)

    Movie Review: The Room (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel The best movies not only grip our attention, but rekindle our sense of humanity. “The Room” is such a movie. The subject matter might sound grim, but it burrows down to excavate the best part of […]

  • Movie Review: The Revenant (2015)

    Movie Review: The Revenant (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The Revenant” is a spectacle; no doubt about it. With spectacular location shooting, spectacular action set pieces, and a spectacular recreation of the American frontier of the early 1800s, it will rivet your eyeballs to the […]

  • Movie Review: Spotlight (2015)

    Movie Review: Spotlight (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel Smart, perfectly paced, and with uniformly good work from the cast—including standout performances from its supporting players—“Spotlight” is one of my top picks for the best films of 2015. The “Spotlight” of the title refers to […]

  • Movie Review: Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (2015)

    Movie Review: Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Kumiko the Treasure Hunter” is a watchable but odd film. It won’t be to everyone’s taste. While combining a stylistically Asian first half with a homage to the 1996 movie “Fargo” in the second half, it […]

  • 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 […]