Still Not A Review Of “Battlestar Galactica”

So we’re in the home stretch of the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot now, nearly halfway through season 4. And by “we” I mean “me”, as my wife has more or less tuned “BSG” out at this point, except for some of the scenes where Al from “Quantum Leap”* (AKA Dean Stockwell) shows up, and the occasional conversation like this that ensues if she happens to be awake when I start an episode:

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Teaser Tuesday 8/26/14: We’re Still On “Hallowed Ground”

So this week I’m about halfway through Hallowed Ground, and at this point authors Steven Savile and David Niall Wilson have sufficiently muddied the waters that I’m not entirely sure who the bad guys are.  Is it The Deacon and his band of revival/freak show misfits?  Is it the mysterious traveling snake oil purveyor Balthazar?  Is it both?  Hmm, I bet it’s both.  Oh, and there seem to be people around who can turn into crows.

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Not A Review Of “28 Weeks Later”

So I recently watched “28 Weeks Later“, the sequel to Danny Boyle’s classic “28 Days Later“, the film that helped to usher in the “fast zombie”* boomlet of the early 2000s.  Like its predecessor, “28 Weeks Later” boasts a very strong cast (including Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle, Harold Perrineau, and Jeremy Renner) and it delivers the apocalyptic mayhem, but unfortunately it suffers from the fact that the characters behave in incredibly stupid ways.  If you imagine that they took Season 3 Andrea from “The Walking Dead” and put her in charge of a military operation to repopulate Britain after it was devastated by the rage virus from the first film, you’re not far off.

Because my wife studiously ignored the presence of this movie in the house, I can’t use the usual rating system of how long it took her to fall asleep.  Therefore, I’m going to dust off the “badmovies.org” style of bullet-pointed summary, which I think was last used in my infamous pan of “August Rush“, to illustrate some of the important things “28 Weeks Later” taught us.  Needless to say, there will be …

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Teaser Tuesday 8/12/2014: “Hallowed Ground”

So this week I’m reading Hallowed Ground by Steven Savile and David Niall Wilson, in which a questionable (is there any other kind?) old West preacher called the Deacon sets up a revival tent in a gulch outside the little town of Rookwood.

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“That was the end of Grogan… the man who killed my father, raped and murdered my sister, burned my ranch, shot my dog, and stole my Bible!”

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Freezing Bad; Or, Not A Review Of “Frozen River”

So, it’s been a while since I posted a “movie review”. The reason for the dearth of recent writeups is not that we haven’t been watching movies, but that she hasn’t really been paying attention to them lately, for various reasons, including that none of them is “Breaking Bad“. Anyway, here’s a sample of some of the selections that have arrived and departed unremarked. (Longtime readers will recall that the ratings system I use is, “How many minutes did it take for this movie to put my wife to sleep?” By that standard, none of these did very well.)

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Teaser Tuesday 7/22/14: “Arisen, Book Two: Mogadishu of the Dead”

So this week I’m reading the second book in the “Arisen” series, Mogadishu of the Dead (aka “Chicago”), in which some of Our Surviving Heroes from Fortress Britain make a run to the New World in search of a cure for the zombie plague, and possibly for a nice deep dish pizza.

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“Game over, man. Game over!”

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