Books, Movies

The Strange World of “Annihilation”: Comparing the Book and Movie

Last week I whizzed through reading James VanderMeer's sci-fi novel Annihilation, in preparation for its film adaptation by Alex Garland. I finished the book on Friday -- it was only a six-hour audiobook, although it's part of a longer series -- and I saw the movie over the weekend. And it was weird, in a good… Continue reading The Strange World of “Annihilation”: Comparing the Book and Movie

Movies

“The Shape of Water” Review: An Alien Fairytale

Last weekend I went to see Guillermo del Toro's new film, The Shape of Water. I didn't know what to expect going into it. Trailers made it look like a slightly spooky story -- perhaps a conspiracy tale? -- about a mysterious alien creature. That is the basis of the movie, but what the trailers failed to capture… Continue reading “The Shape of Water” Review: An Alien Fairytale

Books, Games, Movies

Celebrating Halloween’s Suspense (Without the Scares)

Halloween is a scary holiday, which I sometimes struggle to celebrate because I don't like horror. If it's dark or suspenseful, fine. If it's creepy or spooky, I can take it. But I'm not into too many jump scares, or anything too unbelievable, or scenes so disturbing I won't be able to sleep afterwards. For… Continue reading Celebrating Halloween’s Suspense (Without the Scares)