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The Visitor, 2007 drama

Directed by Thomas McCarthy [ Amazon.com ] Verdict: 8/10... A low-key yet wonderful film; proof positive regarding the acting chops of Richard Jenkins, an actor who has appeared in dozens of films Plot summary of The Visitor A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living [...]

October 22nd, 2011|Entertainment, Movies|0 Comments

Contagion: 2011 medical thriller starring Matt Damon

Verdict Amazon.com WidgetsContagion is a jarring, eye-opening film with a notably offbeat, unique score (it's largely electronic) - and given the fact that our world is overdue for a deadly pandemic, it's also quite frightening. On its pandemic flu website, the Centers for Disease Control has publicly addressed Contagion and some of the issues raised [...]

October 10th, 2011|Entertainment, Movies|0 Comments

Is Snopes.com a reliable source?

Examining the credibility of a popular hoax slayer Today I received a comment from someone who informed me that "most intelligent people have come to realize" that the Urban Legends Reference Pages - collectively known as Snopes.com - is "not a very reliable source." Rational skeptic [a manifesto] that I am, I [...]

October 5th, 2011|Writing|19 Comments

Limitless: A wildly entertaining 2011 sci-fi film

What if a pill could make you rich and powerful? Although I'm quite loquacious here about what happens in Limitless, I am not revealing everything. You can still enjoy watching Limitless and encounter numerous surprises, even after reading this post about the exciting, smart drug-centered science fiction film; I've carefully omitted plenty of choice details [...]

October 1st, 2011|Entertainment, Movies|0 Comments