• Movie Review: Sicario (2015)

    Movie Review: Sicario (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Sicario” is a well-made movie about a grim subject, the U.S. “war” against Mexican drug gangs. I put war in quotation marks because the question of whether it is a literal or figurative war is a […]

  • Wrestling with the Muse

    Wrestling with the Muse

    by Alan F. Zundel You may have noticed I haven’t written about my writing lately. Actually, my last post on the subject was two months ago, when I wrote about distractions and procrastination. Now guess why I haven’t written about […]

  • Book Review: Green Parties, Green Future (2015)

    Book Review: Green Parties, Green Future (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Green Parties, Green Future” provides a handy overview of the political parties of the global Green movement, their origins, current state, and future challenges. Informative and written in a straightforward, almost dry style, it’d make a […]

  • 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 […]